Imagine if you combined ESPN’s game of the week with your favorite “Saturday Night Live” skit. That gives you an idea of what to expect from the second season of “The 5th Quarter,” premiering on Verizon Media’s go90 platform Thursday.
The comedy parody series chronicles “the greatest untold and untrue stories in sports history,” with emphasis on the word “untrue.”
Where else would you find top NBA stars such as Blake Griffin and DeMarcus Cousins joining forces with Hollywood stars like George Lopez and Bella Thorne, and having ESPN analysts Kenny Mayne and Michelle Beadle offering their commentary on the action? Season 2 opens with “Born to Walk,” the story of underdog Sheldon King’s climb to Olympic Gold and the development of the fiercest rivalry the sport of Men’s Race-Walking has ever seen. The episode stars Griffin as Sheldon King and Jimmy O. Yang (“Silicon Valley”) as his nemesis, Jimmy Kong.
“It’s obviously always been a dream to play a competitive race walker,” Griffin joked at the Season 2 premiere screening Wednesday night. At least we think he was joking …