Day 7 of our tournament features Elly May Clampett, the USA Up All Night chick, a guy who backed up Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson at quarterback, and a nonlawyer not named Guirard known as the “Big E.” (For Day 6’s results, click here.)
FOXES: Donna Douglas (7) vs. Rhonda Shear (10)
The iconic role of Elly May Clampett on the legendary TV show The Beverly Hillbillies was played by seventh-seeded Donna Douglas. Born Doris Smith just northeast of Baton Rouge in Pride, she won the titles “Miss Baton Rouge” and “Miss New Orleans” before moving to New York City, where she became a model and actress. Still relatively unknown, she was selected from among 500 young actresses to play Elly May alongside veteran actor Buddy Ebsen. A few years later, she co-starred with Elvis in the movie Frankie and Johnny. Later in life, she got into real estate and became a gospel singer. Up until her death earlier this year, she never ventured out into public without hair and makeup reminiscent of a 20-something Elly May.
Shear was regularly seen on New Orleans area TVs, filling out brightly colored leotards quite impressively on commercials for Shape Spa.
Before she graced the pages of Playboy, toured as a stand-up comic, and became known as the bubbly blonde host of USA Up All Night on USA Network, No. 10 seed Rhonda Shear was regularly seen on New Orleans area TVs, filling out brightly colored leotards quite impressively on commercials for Shape Spa. Prior to that, the New Orleans native Rhonda Honey Shear (yes, her Jewish parents named her “Honey”) earned several beauty titles, including Miss Louisiana USA in 1975, as well as Miss Louisiana for both the Miss World and Miss International pageants. She now owns the underwear/lingerie brand Rhonda Shear Intimates. Shear also managed to appear on at least one episode of seemingly every show to ever air on American TV during the ’80s and ’90s, including Happy Days, in which she played the girlfriend of Fonzie, who also was played by an attractive Jew.
JOCKS(es): Terry Bradshaw (7) vs. Elvin Hayes (10)
No. 7 seed and son of Shreveport Terry Bradshaw was the first NFL quarterback to win three and four Super Bowls, and he did so in the span of six years. The Hall of Famer was selected first overall in the 1970 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers, a team that had finished the previous season with just one win. A two-time Super Bowl MVP and current co-host of Fox NFL Sunday, Bradshaw became a top pick by setting passing records at Louisiana Tech, where he initially was second on the depth chart at quarterback behind Phil “Roxie” Robertson, who’s better known today as the homophobic patriarch on A&E’s Duck Dynasty. Bradshaw also has dabbled in music and acting, most notably as Mel Tillis’ sidekick in Cannonball Run.
He initially was second on the depth chart at quarterback behind Phil “Roxie” Robertson, who’s better known today as the homophobic patriarch on A&E’s Duck Dynasty.
Tenth-seeded Rayville native Elvin Hayes was The Sporting News, Associated Press, and UPI College Basketball Player of the Year in 1968, partially because he led his Houston Cougars to victory in front of over 50,000 fans in the Houston Astrodome earlier that year in the first-ever nationally televised regular season game. In what’s been called the “Game of the Century,” the future Hall of Fame center/power forward scored 39 points and snagged 15 rebounds while limiting UCLA’s Lew Alcindor (known today as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) to just 15 points, helping the Cougars snap the Bruins’ 47-game winning streak with a 71-69 win. In the NBA, the No. 1 draft pick spent nine of his 15 seasons with the Washington Bullets (when it was acceptable to call an NBA team the “Bullets”), where he won an NBA title in 1978. The “Big E” led the league in scoring his rookie year, was a 12-time All-Star, and ranks ninth in NBA history in career scoring and fourth in career rebounds.
Ready. Set. VOTE! (Polls close nightly at 10 p.m. CDT.)
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