The Spike Video Game Awards can always be counted on to supply awkward moments, but they're usually a celebrity bombing a joke with a hamfisted, if not intoxicated delivery. Last night we got something different, and no, we're not talking about the teabagging spree.
That's "The Black Baron," a YouTube hypeman who had earlier ripped the the awards show and was brought to it by organizers to enjoy the program at the table of Spike TV honcho Neil Shermans. Black Baron wasn't in any conciliatory mood after Spike's thankless gesture, vowing to both put a boot in and piledrive their asses, and also—said to Shermans' face—teabag their top executive. You can see the entire confrontation here.
Well. This screengrab may not be the best exploitable, but that's where you guys come in. That's Shermans holding out his hand, and you can put something in it. You can swap out Black Baron with someone else. You can substitute Referee Mario for Zachary Levi. Whatever, let's take something awkward and make it awkward and hilarious.
Source Image: The Black Baron Stares Down Spike TV's Neil Shermans
You know the rules: The 20 best will get rounded up and published at the end of next Saturday. Meantime, I and the rest of the starred commentariat will approve and promote as many as we can so folks can see them and pass judgment.
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1. Create your 'Shop.
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