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Reality TV Can Bite, or Make You a Superstar

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You probably remember Sam Hoger (Pictures).

He was the “thief” on the first season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” the Spike TV reality show that breathed new life into the Ultimate Fighting Championship and put it on track to windfall profits. In an episode toward the end of the season, Hoger played dumb when his training partners discovered their gear was missing. When it was later found in Hoger’s bags, he halfheartedly apologized with a wide grin, and just like that the show had a villain viewers couldn’t wait to see smashed in the cage.

If you remember Hoger, it’s likely because of that little piece of drama. He’ll take that.

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Post #1   8/20/08 6:47:32AM   

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I'm sure it can be embarrassing or annoying to have yourself portrayed incorrectly, but when it comes down to it no one really cares about most of the personal stuff that ends up being aired unless it crosses a line (like taylor did.) Even bad publicity ends up being good the vast majority of the time. Look at Leben. He looked like a complete moron on the show, maybe that's accurate maybe it isn't, I'm sure he didn't want to be portrayed as a massive douchebag, but ultimately that's what made him so popular. (not that he wouldn't be at least moderately well known just based on his fighting ability, but you can't deny that he's one of the most well known fighters in the UFC as a result of his antics.)

It's pretty rare that being portrayed negatively can actually hurt you career-wise. It might hurt people's opinions of you but the reason it does that is because it gets your face out there for people to make an opinion about it in the first place, which then will generally also result in a lot more opportunities, because people know who you are even if they don't like you.

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you know that crazy thing about sam hoger is he probably has been the closer to stopping rashad evans than anyone else

Post #3   8/20/08 9:12:14PM   

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Posted by Sam_Rothstein

you know that crazy thing about sam hoger is he probably has been the closer to stopping rashad evans than anyone else



your right about that

Post #4   8/20/08 9:42:03PM