Jon Stewart Hosted MTV’s Rock N’ Jock in 1993 Featuring Flavor Flav and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Bryan Brandom
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In case you've never heard of slap bracelets or Spin Doctors, let me clue you in on something: the '90s were pretty awesome.

One man who can attest to that? Jon Stewart, who, after creating The Daily Show in 1999, finally said goodbye this week after 16 years behind the desk.

But even before that, Stewart hosted The Jon Stewart Show on MTV in 1993, a marriage that led to the comedian co-announcing a Rock N' Jock basketball game with Steve Albert.

More history for the '90s-averse: Rock N' Jock was an MTV show that featured teams of celebrities and athletes in games of softball, basketball, and eventually, bowling.

This particular episode features celebs Flavor Flav, Bill Bellamy, Dean Cain, Michael Rapaport (who, despite being terrible, continues to insist upon appearing in every celebrity basketball game), and Ed Lover, as well as ballers Rick Mahorn, Mark Jackson, Gary Payton, and Dan Majerle, with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar serving as a coach.

Oh, and there's also 10-point shots, a separate rim way above the actual basketball hoop for 25-point shots, and a penalty box.

Like I said, the '90s were pretty awesome.

Albert, who's currently the play-by-play announcer for the Phoenix Suns, recently gave Stewart a predictably sparkling review to

Jon Stewart? Whatever happened to him? I guess he peaked with MTV Rock N' Jock and just couldn't get a break after that! … Jon was an up-and-coming comedian at the time but one of those guys who had the 'it' factor. You knew he was destined for something special. But of greater significance to me was his humility and the way he carried himself. He was a true sports fan, very respectful of yours truly as a play-by-play announcer and seemed genuinely thrilled to be my color commentator. For a situation that might have been somewhat foreign to him, he handled it like a pro, like he'd been doing it for years…knowing exactly when I was supposed to speak as well as when it was his turn to speak. And when he spoke, he was usually witty and funny.

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