Honestly, we live in a strange and wonderful world. And the announcement of a new show about Mike Tyson racing pigeons is a powerful reminder of that. From the AP:

Former world heavyweight champ Mike Tyson will take flight on Animal Planet with a new sport – pigeon racing.

The network this week announced a new reality show that will pit Tyson, a novice pigeon racer, against serious competitors.

The show is currently titled “Taking on Tyson” and promises to bring audiences inside this “intensely competitive and bizarrely fascinating world.”

Tyson has raised pigeons all his life but will take to the rooftops as a racing rookie. The network says he’ll be assisted by a colorful team of pigeon experts as he rears, trains and races them.

The fact that even Animal Planet has succumbed to a culture of ironic detachment and post-modern winking to a jaded audience does not necessarily bode very well for a sustainable future in entertainment. That being said, I can’t wait to get a Crave Case and some Jolt with my homies and watch this at a bar that shows it as a goof. The name could use some work, though. Taking on Tyson? Uh, no. This is a TV show about MIKE TYSON RACING PIGEONS. It’s not called Taking on Tyson. It’s called Mike Tyson’s Ultimate Pigeon Race Out. Or Mike Tyson Floats Like A Butterfly, Races Like A Pigeon. I know that’s a quote from Muhammad Ali, but this is a show about Mike Tyson racing pigeons, so you don’t have to be so strict about it. Or you could just call it Mike Tyson Races Pigeons, No Joke, This Is A Real TV Show: The Show. Better.

Comments (44)
  1. Mike Tyson Pities the Fool Who Races Against His Pigeons

  2. Animal Planet has big plans for sweeps week when they will feed Mike Tyson to a panther.

  3. Phew. I first read it as Mike Tyson RAPES pigeons.

  4. So does he race the pigeons or do they race against each others, the article doesn’t make it clear

  5. Mike Tyson’s Pigeon-Out!!

  6. “a new reality show that will pit Tyson, a novice pigeon racer, against serious competitors.”
    Is there anyone who’s NOT a novice pigeon racer?

  7. Um this sounds really fun and innovative, sign me up. I’ll watch it right after 16 and Pregnant.

  8. Animal Planet’s new lineup also includes Andre Agassi, Snake Handler and Horse Whispering with Paul Reubens.

  9. Honestly, nothing makes me happier than the thought of “a colorful team of pigeon experts.”

  10. “I’ll race your pigeons till you love me” -Mike tyson

  11. I can’t wait for the ripoffs:
    Evander Holyfield Breeds Gerbils
    Oscar De La Hoya Grows Sea Monkeys
    George Foreman Trains Cats

  12. I don’t understand how Vick was crucified for dog fighting, but Animal Planet is rewarding Tyson with his own show for pigeon racing? Before you know it, we will be seeing teenagers everywhere capturing pigeons for their underground pigeon racing rings. SAVE THE PIGEONS!

    • The first rule of pigeon racing club is you do not talk about pigeon racing club.
      The second rule of pigeon racing club is YOU DO NOT TALK ABOUT PIGEON RACING CLUB.
      The third rule of pigeon racing club is No Falcons.

    • I’m manically listening to a bunch of mashups as I surf VGum, and this gif is AMAZING to literally anything with an awesome mashup beat.

  13. What they meant to say was the show will be called “Mike Tyson’s Pigeon Punch-Out.”

    • This show will be part of the new “Animal Planet Paw-er Hour” with another new show following it in a 1-hour block. What’s the other new show, you ask?

      “Animal Cops: Af†er †he Rap†ure”

  14. Why does Mike Tyson always have to play the race card?

  15. I hope this doesn’t conflict with Toddlers in Tiaras

  16. This is unsurprising. I don’t know if you’ve seen any of Animal Planet’s new “edgy” programming but this fits right in. Right after an hour block of Ghost Cat or Pit Boss.

  17. How can we make this into a joke about biting off ears. “Ear to the Sky?” “Take a Bite out of Tyson?” “Mike Tyson Will Fuck You Up Pigeon Boy?”

  18. Helloooooooooo relevance!

  19. I’m most excited for the inevitable woefully misguided marketing tie in with a certain poultry processing company…

  20. Tyson and his pigeons is the greatest thing that was ever on Jimmy Kimmel. Apparently he’s been raising pigeons since he was a kid.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubIlBKZFHsI

  21. “Tyson has raised pigeons all his life but will take to the rooftops as a racing rookie. The network says he’ll be assisted by a colorful team of pigeon experts as he rears, trains and races them.”

    If you asked me yesterday if I ever thought I would read those two sentences, I have to admit, I would have told you “no way.”

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