How Interviewing Trick Daddy, Rick Ross, Luther Campbell, and Lil Wayne Got Me Addicted to ESPN

The weekend before last, I went to the NASCAR Ford 400 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway and it was amazing.

I used my press pass to get right up on the track and it felt like my teeth were gonna explode. Kind of like the way they felt at a recent Otto Von Schirach show. After the race, my brother and I stopped at a nearby sports bar, where a band was playing Ozzy Osbourne covers.

See the cut for Prunk TV clips of NASCAR action, the Ozzy bar band, and an interview with Dolphins Hall of Fame offensive guard Larry Little.

And yesterday, I was lucky enough to interview Miami Dolphin Hall of Famer Larry Little. We discussed music, the Dolphins, the Heat, and more.

If you have been to Sun Life Stadium you will see the name Larry Little in gigantic letters above the field. If you are not familiar with Miami Dolphin history, let me clue you in: Larry Little played on the only undefeated NFL team in history, the Miami Dolphins 1972! Larry Little is an OG. Back in the day, he was one of the highest paid pro football players, making $100,000 a year, which is pocket change for a pro athlete these days.

Mr. Little is Prunk TV's second interview with a sports star. (Melo was the first.) And to be honest, Prunk TV is the reason that I started watching sports in the first place.

You see, when I interviewed Trick Daddy a couple of years ago, he seemed saddened that I had no interest in sports: "If you love Miami, you gotta love the Dolphins, 'Canes, Panthers, Marlins, and Heat," he told me. Around the same time, I was at Rick Ross' house and the first thing he started talking about was football. Then I went to Uncle Luke's house, we discussed sports, and I felt like an idiot because I just did not know shit from shinola. The final jolt, was being in the studio with Lil Wayne and Cash Money. The studio where they record is surrounded by TV sets on mute tuned to various live sports events. One of the TV screens was on a NASCAR race and I was perplexed. "Wayne is a real sports fan," said one of the studio engineers. "He is an expert on golf, car racing, hockey, and everything else that they show on ESPN."

So now, let's talk about the current Miami Heat situation for a moment. Heat fans are disappointed, because Lebron made a decision to join the Heat and the whole town got all excited. Lebron was the messiah coming to Miami. But let's be patient people, Lebron is only human. He made a life changing decision. Lebron gets booed around the country and that's gotta take its toll on the man's psyche. Does Lebron wake up every morning regretting his decision to move to Miami? Is it really an Illuminati experiment? Can we please stop calling Miami, "Wade County"? Because it is not Wade's team anymore!

It reminds me of Van Halen back in the '80s (using David Lee Roth and Eddie Van Halen as an allegory for Dwayne Wade and Lebron James). As a band, they were amazing on stage. You had a guitar virtuoso and a highly skilled vocalist. The entity known as Van Halen was selling out stadiums around the world. But behind closed doors, their egos were in heated conflict. Eddie wanted the spotlight while he ripped his guitar solos, and David Lee Roth wanted the spotlight while he jumped around and sang. Whose band was it? Eddie's or David's? Whose team is it? Lebron's or Dwayne's?

KEEP MIAMI NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Jason Handelsman