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Series / Dan Le Batard is Highly Questionable

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Another addition to ESPN's "Journalists yell about sports" block. Originally hosted by frequent Pardon the Interruption guest host Dan Le Batard, and his father Gonzalo (referred to as "Papi" by everyone) the show traditionally broke down into four segments.

  • Opening Questions: General questions posed to Dan and Papi about the latest sports stories of the day.
  • Guest Interview: Guest interviews with various sports stars, actors, coaches and so on.
  • Do You Question?: Viral videos that may or may not have to do with sports are presented to the anchors, with a question about the video being asked of the anchors. Usually the anchors don't have much info about the video in advance, garnering a more genuine reaction.
  • Si Or No: Questions about whether Dan or Papi are interested in general television programming of the night.

In May 2013, Around the Horn panelist Bomani Jones joined as a co-host; the show's title then became Highly Questionable. Jones left the show in July 2017; "Papi" went from a daily co-host to an occasional one in 2019. Le Batard left ESPN at the start of 2021 after frequent head-butting with network management, and his final show aired January 4, 2021. The show now exists as a traditional sports-discussion show with a rotating cast of ESPN's frequent TV personalities from the "talking head" block.


This series provides examples of:

  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents:
    • During one segment on the April 19, 2012 episode, Papi started dancing causing Dan to grimace through the whole bit until he eventually said: "I'm just going to stop so you have to!"
    • Papi seems to enjoy unbuttoning his shirt whenever he gets the chance. Usually he's stopped, but there was an episode in 2014 where he undid it all the way. Dan and Bomani, seeing what was about to happen, bailed immediately.
  • Backhanded Apology: Just about anytime Papi is "forced" to apologize.
  • Breakout Character: Be they viewer or guest, everyone loves Papi. While Dan was originally supposed to be the featured person on the show, Papi soon became the more popular cast member.
  • Butt-Monkey: Former Washington Wizards and current Philadelphia 76ers player JaVale McGee has managed to be the source of quite a few embarrassing basketball bloopers that Dan and Papi have watched.
  • Catchphrase: Papi's "Sí, Sí, I'm very intrigued!"
  • Denser and Wackier: In contrast to the other talking-heads shows that succeed it in the ESPN mid-afternoon block, the show has a more comedic slant, including a segment dedicated to viral videos. In addition, the show also includes interviews with actors and musicians in addition to athletes.
  • Dirty Old Man: Sometimes Papi would reveal some... interesting predilections, especially on "Si or No".
  • invokedDude, Not Funny!: Ozzie Guillen's infamous "I love Castro" comments got this reaction out of Dan and Papi, both being Cuban-American.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Papi
  • Flipping the Bird: Papi constantly, the "double bird" variety.
  • Funny Back Ground Event: Watch Bomani when Papi goes to make a call to his "bookie" Juanito. His expressions are priceless.
    • Also, during a particularly absurd viral video, there will be a "Dan Cam" or "Bomani Cam" to catch the anchor's reaction.
  • Gag Censor: Whenever Papi pulls his shrit up, "HQ" logos are used to censor his nipples.
  • Gilligan Cut: During the 2016 Halloween episode, at the beginning of "Do You Question?", Papi said, "Time to play the game that thinks Halloween is for losers!" The two co-anchors agreed heartily with him, not wanting to dress up for the occasion (a running tradition among the other shows in the late-afternoon block). After the bumper, the anchors appear on-screen dressed as Star Wars characters.
  • Groin Attack: A favorite source of humor for Messrs. Le Batard. Particularly if it's a baseball umpire.
  • Large Ham: The question isn't "In what segments have Dan and Papi been large hams?". Its "In what segments have Dan and Papi NOT been large hams?". The answer, while greater than zero, is not a large number.
  • Never Live It Down: LeBron James will never be forgiven for leaving Miami to return to Cleveland.
    • And as of 2016, neither was Dwyane Wade...
    • ...until 2018, when D-Wade returned to Miami in 2018 for what proved to be his final NBA season.
  • Only Sane Man: Bomani Jones tries, but many times comes off as Not So Above It All.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: The day after then-Miami Marlins manager Ozzy Guillen went on a Pro-Castro rant the show led off with Papi delivering a somber speech about his feelings on the topic. Papi is a Cuban refugee who, like many, fled Castro's Cuba for a better life in Miami. No jokes, no catchphrases, just a guy laying down his feelings about the dictator he fled as a youth. ESPN even aired the full version in a special time slot.
  • Running Gag: Several:
    • "Oh, sí, sí, I'm very intrigued!"
      • "No, no, I'm not intrigued at all! Are you kidding me!?"
    • "STRIKE THREE!" (Papi, while gyrating in Dan's direction and making a gesture similar to a baseball umpire calling a strikeout)
    • Dan and Papi's codpieces
    • The recurring video medley of umpires being on the receiving end of a Groin Attack
    • Dan Le Batard's distaste for The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, which are frequently presented by the producer during the "Sí o No" segment. (ABC, which airs both Bachelor shows, is owned by the same parent company as ESPN.)
    • "Juanito" takes bets on almost anything, ranging from the America's Cup to middle school basketball.
      • Juanito and Papi also apparently fix many of those games (even something like Pee Wee Football) in order to make money betting on them.
    • During the annual "Papi Awards", the winners for each category are unable to accept the award, so Papi reuses it for the next category
    • When bidding farewell to a guest host, Papi will go to shake their hand or give a fist bump, but then at the last moment, withdraws his hand and scratches his head instead.
      • Mina Kimes and Katie Nolan are Papi's frequent victims.
    • After Chicago Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg called out NBA refs for not calling Boston Celtics guard Isiah Thomas for "carrying the ball" in a 2016 playoff game; soon "Fred Hoiberg" was calling in on the banana everytime they showed a basketball clip where someone carried the ball, even if it was a dunk contest where participants are typically not required to dribble.
    • After a video is shown, Papi often says "That was bad, but it could have been worse..." to segue to another related clip, or a montage of them.
    • Papi frequently jokes that the University of Kentucky and coach John Calipari pays their men's basketball team. This leads to a test screen saying that the show will return in a few moments, after which Dan prompts Papi to apologize. Usually a Backhanded Apology.
  • Sand In My Eyes: When caught on camera crying during an interview with NBA player Wes Matthews, Papi waved it off, claiming he wasn't crying.
  • Stealth Pun: When calling his "bookie", Papi will use a piece of fake fruit from the nearby bowl as a phone. What kind of fruit? A banana. That's right, Papi uses a banana-phone.
  • The Unfavorite: Dan
  • Vot Ocksent??:
    • Papi's heavy accent and (apparently) English not being his first language leads to some comical mispronunciations of long and complicated names (such as Duke men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski). Bonus points if Dan makes him try to spell the athlete's name.
    • Papi's sign-off line is "That's all the time we have for today, thank you for watching." The "watching" sometimes sounds like "washing" with Papi's accent, so Dan sometimes adds, "we always appreciate you washing" or something to that effect.

Alternative Title(s): Highly Questionable


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