As a Boston sports fanatic, Charlie Moore was more than thrilled to have former Boston College and NFL quarterback Doug Flutie on his show.
"Now being from Boston and living here all of my life, you come to realize a few things about being a Boston sports fan," Moore says. "One, you hate the Yankees. Two, you know everything there is to know about sports. And three, nobody mentions Bucky Dent.
"Now, Doug is more known for last-minute heroics against the University of Miami Hurricanes and winning three Grey Cups in the CFL. To put it mildly, Doug is quite the athlete."
For a special episode of Beat Charlie Moore, which airs on at 3 p.m. ET Wednesday and at 7:30 a.m. Saturday on ESPN2, the host heads to Flutie's hometown of Melbourne, Fla., to fish for bass, dig into the quarterback's career and hit the gridiron for more heated competition.
More than just fishing, Moore said, the show is about spending a day on the water talking about Flutie's life. Just as David Letterman sits his guests on studio couch, Moore invites his into the studio as well as a good ol' fishing boat.
Flutie's family moved from Melbourne to Natick, Mass., when Doug was entering high school, so Moore said he thought it would be nice to take Flutie back home. He enlisted friend Lamarr Cox to guide them out into the swamps.
"Lamarr is a bit of a character in his own right," Moore said. "I call him the swamp guide. He has a bunch of airboats that go really fast, and Lamarr likes to take you to places that no man would even think about going, deep into the swamps of Melbourne, where the really big gators roam."
There were no shortage of big gators. The camera boat crew, staffed by producer Bob Sylvester, cameraman Dustin Blanchett, and Moore's personal alligator body guard Jim Kevlik, spotted a 12-footer that appeared to have an otter stuck in its mouth. The danger was limited: Both the alligator and otter were dead.
"I guess this is one gator that bit off more than it could chew," Moore said, "But it was really something to see."
His years quarterbacking the Buffalo Bills must have paid off, because he held up well against a cool morning made colder by a 50 mph airboat ride.
"I'm not sure how many have gone fishing for bass out of an airboat, but it truly is a difficult experience," Moore said. "There is no trolling motor, so basically we are at the mercy of the airboat drift."
Choosing a little spinner for Flutie and himself, Moore called his first fish.
"I should catch my first bass right in that patch of grass," Moore said. "Doug was freaking out that I called that fish on cue."
Moore added another fish 20 minutes later, making it 2-0, but he declined to reveal whether Flutie pulled off the fourth-quarter comeback.
After the fishing, the challenge rolled out on a football field in Melbourne named after the Flutie family. Flutie displayed his drop-kick abilities in 2006, against the Colts, he became the first NFL player in more than 50 years to kick an extra point drop-kick style then a two-hand touch game quickly turned into tackle football.
"Let's just say that the fishing and airboat ride was a lot of fun, but playing football with an NFL quarterback who doesn't like to lose was a whole lot more fun," Moore said. "Doug's friend Paul turned out to be quite the ball player. Come to find out, he played at Natick High with Doug's brother Darren. The game was back-and-forth."
No word on whether Moore needed to throw a Hail Mary to pull out the victory.