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Monday, April 9, 2012

Video: Tossing Softballs from Terminal Tower is a Poor Publicity Stunt

Posted By on Mon, Apr 9, 2012 at 9:54 AM

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Man, there's something about cuing up old TV footage on a Monday morning that just nudges everything into historical perspective. The minimalist décor, weird clothing, unscripted awkwardness – it all makes for a glorious Delorean ride that either leaves you appreciative of our ADD-what-now news coverage today or nostalgic for the times when a walking corpse like Ted Stepien could claim a chunk of airtime with inexplicable arm candy bizarrely in tow.

Newsnet5 has unearthed this piece of gold from their achieves featuring the former Cavs owner, a man who holds down select real estate on local hate lists for pissing all over the team in his tenure and famously cutting loose Joe Tait.

But in this 1980 broadcast, Stepien came under fire for a stranger insult to the public weal.

To celebrate the Terminal Tower's 50th birthday, Stepien was asked to toss softballs from the top floor; waiting below were members of Stepien's professional softball team, the Competitors, who were supposed to catch the high altitude tosses. This was a re-do of a stunt pulled by the Indians in the 30s. But unlike that piece of street theater, when Stepien started winging softballs from the roof, the balls sailed into the crowd, injuring two people.

In the latter half of the clip, Stepien tries to talk out went wrong – but he really sinks his whole explanation by stationing a pretty girl at his flank who we only learn in the last seconds is a Cavs' ticket seller but never are clued into why she's there in the first place.

And what the hell is a professional softball team?

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