It's football season on "Catch It/Keep It", as
three armchair quarterbacks decide to get up off the couch and try their hand at
pulling an end run against Mike's latest destructive force: a few blow torches,
a dummy run, and some blasts from a water hose. Catch It/Keep It Action... it's
Our three rookies...
- MARVIN B. SMITH, JR.: architect, carpenter,
- DEMETRIOS "D" KALLIOS: carpenter, fabricator, inventor, former college
- JAMES CERASANI: metal fabricator, carpenter, entrepreneur, jack-of-all-trades
And the prize for a successful touchdown? VIP
tickets to the 2010 NFL Pro Bowl in South Florida, complete with accommodations,
and $100 from NFLShop.com.
This week's MOD is a 15-yard-dash of destruction
involving 250-pound "linebackers" (55 gallon drums), 2000-degree flamethrowers,
motorized spinning arms to knock the ball loose, and a high-pressure wall of
water. And the ball itself is no ordinary game ball... It's been submerged into
liquid nitrogen. They have to get a mannequin in NFL garb (which we'll refer to
as "the player").
Remember, you cannot mess with, touch, or alter
the MOD or the player.
Forty-eight hours... starting now! Good luck!
In their first hour, they decide on guiding the
player through a track using a coffin-like rig, thus going UNDER the MOD.
40 HOURS BEFORE KICK OFF
So far, their idea is still that.. an idea. On
paper. And no sooner than that realization is made than we have...
TEST #1: Mike's Water Pressure Test... Mike
thinks that they're underestimating the full force, all 1200 psi of the water
cannons. One of those hoses can rend asunder a trophy case. Two of those hoses
can send a clunker moving. They're starting to think about deflecting the water.
D & James will construct a shield to do just that out of sheet metal.
Now that their deflector's finished, it's time to
go back into their rails.
Meanwhile, Mike is making his own solution... a
hallway blocking everything.
23 HOURS BEFORE KICK OFF
The challengers still have to figure out how to
get the player to safely drop into their coffin. While they're doing that,
Zach & Mike are having fun with liquid nitrogen.
20 HOURS BEFORE KICK OFF
The team starts to assemble their solution... but
they still don't know how to get the player into the coffin. Mike notices that
that could be problematic. Zach says we hear a lot of "need to" and we need to
hear a lot of "done".
D senses a need to take charge and get the team
18 HOURS BEFORE KICK OFF
The team uses ancient Egyptian technology to move
the coffin across the field. But we're still missing the X factor: getting the
player into the coffin.
TEST #2: Mike's Ball Drop Test. The team isn't
really thinking about protecting the football. It's important to know what
they're up against in terms of the liquid nitrogen. A melon... breaks. On a
piece of insulating foam... protected.
The game clock is running out... The team press
on as normal, testing their coffin track out and adding a blocking mechanism for
the drums. Now that it works, how are we going to get the player into the
coffin? They decide... a simple hangman's hook will do it. They test it... FAIL.
5 HOURS BEFORE KICK OFF
... and they're no closer to success than they
were last night. D sets up a block of concrete in front of the barrels, while
Zach comes in. It's game day.. you need game jerseys.
D decides that they need something to block the
third barrel. Enter... the car. Marvin's not having any of that. He steals the
keys to the forklift. "No more key.. no more D."
3 HOURS BEFORE KICK OFF
That third barrel is problem #1. James goes with
a tripod system to stop the barrel from descending. As for the football
player... they think they have it ready. All they need to do is set everything
3 MINUTES BEFORE KICK OFF
And time to wrap it all up. Remember, the players
get one down and one down only. The MOD is triggered in five... four... three...
two... one... and away we go. Fire up the RB!
James drives the guy into the coffin... but
before the player gets into the coffin, the football is FUMBLED for a loss. In
the end, it was James' error that would cost them the Pro Bowl.
But the game is not over yet. Mike sets up his
solution, and if it fails, then they still win. Hut hut hike! Mike guides the
player through his tunnel... and he runs it in for a touchdown. Touchdown Mike
So no win today, but next week's another
challenge and another prize to be won. Remember, if they catch it, they keep it.
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