Pros vs. Joes

Pros vs. Joes

Pros vs Joes
Logo from the first two seasons
Created by Confidential
Starring Petros Papadakis
(Seasons 1–3)
Michael Strahan and
Jay Glazer (Season 4–5)
Country of origin  United States
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 46
Running time 60 minutes
Original channel MTV2
Original run March 6, 2006 – September 8, 2010

Pros vs. Joes is an American physical reality game show that airs on Spike TV. The show features male amateur contestants (the "Joes") matching themselves against professional athletes (the "Pros"; mostly of retired male and female pro-athletes) in a series of athletic feats related to the expertise sport of the Pro they are facing. For its first three seasons, the show was hosted by Petros Papadakis. Since Season Four, it has been co-hosted by Michael Strahan and Jay Glazer. The first two seasons were filmed at Carson, California's Home Depot Center, which was referenced in aerial shots.


  • Professional participants 1
    • Season One 1.1
      • Red Team 1.1.1
      • Blue Team 1.1.2
      • Yellow Team 1.1.3
      • Green Team 1.1.4
      • Purple Team 1.1.5
      • Orange "All-Star" Team 1.1.6
    • Season Two 1.2
      • Red Team 1.2.1
      • Purple Team 1.2.2
      • Green Team - Winner - Rodeny Williams 1.2.3
      • Teal/Gold Team 1.2.4
      • Blue Team / Burgundy Team - Winner - Jackson Wright 1.2.5
      • Yellow Team 1.2.6
      • Light Blue Team (The New Yorkers) 1.2.7
      • Orange Team (Finale) 1.2.8
    • Season Three 1.3
      • Green Team (South Regional I) 1.3.1
      • Purple Team (Northeast Regional I) 1.3.2
      • Light Blue Team (Central Regional I) 1.3.3
      • Red Team (Northeast Regional II) 1.3.4
      • Dark Green Team (West Regional I) 1.3.5
      • Royal Blue Team (South Regional II) 1.3.6
      • Yellow Team (West Regional II) 1.3.7
      • Gold Team (Central Regional II) 1.3.8
      • Purple Team (Semi-Final) 1.3.9
      • Maroon Team (Finals) 1.3.10
    • Season Four: Pros vs. Joes: All Stars 1.4
      • Basketball I 1.4.1
      • Football I 1.4.2
      • Basketball II 1.4.3
      • Football II 1.4.4
  • External links 2

Professional participants

Season One

Each of the first nine episodes of Pros vs. Joes consisted of a team of five professional athletes, distinguished by their uniform color on the show. Each team, other than the Red Team, appeared in two episodes. A special, "all-star", six-member Orange Team was put together for the season finale.

Red Team

Blue Team

Yellow Team

Green Team

Purple Team

Orange "All-Star" Team

===="Created By" credit for Pros vs. Joes successfully challenged==== In 2006, prior to the show's initial airing, attorneys for former Archie Comics Film & TV Founder/CEO Tony DeRosa-Grund's filed suit in NY State Supreme Court (Index Number:602080/06) against Spike and parent company Viacom, claiming that Spike had "lifted" the Pros vs. Joes show from another reality series, created by DeRosa-Grund, that the parties had been in discussions over called "The Rookie". Spike, was and is, part of Viacom (CBS) which had previously deficit financed DeRosa-Grund's prime time series "Sabrina the Teenaged Witch" in the amount of approximately $70,000,000 and had in turn generated over $300,000,000 in first run syndication. The suit claimed and provided incontrovertible documentation and evidence that, in part, that:
  • Pros vs. Joes was created by DeRosa-Grund and as Spike knew, a segment contained within "The Rookie" that DeRosa-Grund presented them in 2004/2005.
  • Spike had in their possession since 2004 the format sheets for "the Rookie" delineating the Pros vs. Joes component in detail.
  • At the time DeRosa-Grund had been in discussion with Spike he had already owned the URL which he had registered through Network Solutions which at minimum was over a year before Spike even announced Pros vs. Joes.
  • Senior executives at Spike, from then CEO Albie Hecht, on down had met with and/or spoke numerous times in 2004 and 2005 with DeRosa-Grund regarding Spike's acquisition of "The Rookie" (the parties could not ultimately come to terms on the acquisition). According to Spike's formal Answer to Court, they indicated they offered DeRosa-Grund time slots for the "Rookie" he found unacceptable, after which the deal fell apart.
  • That Spike, without permission from DeRosa-Grund, decided to go ahead with the Pros vs. Joes show after a deal terms for "The Rookie" could not be reached between DeRosa-Grund and Spike in 2004 for the show's airing.

Spike settled and paid DeRosa-Grund. The terms of the settlement were subject to a non-disclosure agreement between the parties.

Season Two

Each of the second season episodes of Pros vs. Joes consisted of a team of four professional athletes, distinguished by their uniform color on the show. Unlike the first season, returning teams wore different colored uniforms upon their return. Like the previous season, the teams on the season opener and finale wore red and orange uniforms respectively. The Season Two winner was US Army Veteran SGT Jay McKeown.

Red Team

Purple Team

Green Team - Winner - Rodeny Williams

Teal/Gold Team

Blue Team / Burgundy Team - Winner - Jackson Wright

Yellow Team

Light Blue Team (The New Yorkers)

Orange Team (Finale)

Season Three

For Season Three, the format was changed to a "Last Man Standing" format, akin to the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament with regionals held at the now demolished Orange Bowl Stadium in Miami, Florida, RFK Stadium in Washington, DC, the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans and the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, where the finals were also held. The format now featured eight "Joes" in the opening round that tests them in a contest that will eliminate two of the Joes from contest. Those six remaining Joes were then ranked from one through six with the top seed taking on number six, number two against number five and number three against number four in a home sport of one of the pros, with the top two seeds choosing from the three pros. The winners advance to overtime, but now includes a bench where the Joes change from one uniform into another. Again the fastest among the three advanced to the finals. Gabriel Canape, a wireless rep from Lebanon, Missouri, was the winner.

As in past seasons, the pros are designated by the color of their uniforms.

Green Team (South Regional I)

Sudden death: Wrestling battle royal

joes: Eddie Dubose, Brent Allen

Jason Vogel   Matt  Hill
     Dallas Robinson Steve Huff

WINNER: Jason Vogel

Purple Team (Northeast Regional I)

sudden death: punt

joes:"Iron" Mike Hall, Robert Foster

Mark Rohling Donnie Frazier
     Fameet Hammett Kevin Witt

WINNER: Mike Hall

Light Blue Team (Central Regional I)

Sudden Death: rebounding

Joes: Jay Williams Micheal Martin

Chris Rich  Tony Railing
     Derek Schafer Will Hunter

WINNER: Derek Schafer

Red Team (Northeast Regional II)

Sudden Death: onside kicks

Joes: Mike Kotsch Pablo Healing

Rahul Soni    Jermaine Reid
     Joe Goodwin   John Grkovic

WINNER: Joe Goodwin

Dark Green Team (West Regional I)

Sudden Death: TD Returns

Joes: Terrius Moseby Dave Hubert

Dan Falkner     Jerry Lehman
     Carvel Gardner  David Ortiz Jr

WINNER: David Ortiz Jr

Royal Blue Team (South Regional II)

Sudden Death: scoop and score

Joes: Clayton Monte Greg Macaluso

Brian Peters    Mark Kilibarda
     Art Miller      Devon Tilly

WINNER: Clayton Monte

Yellow Team (West Regional II)

Sudden Death: intercept the ball

Joes: Dion Santo Clarence Chaney

Adam Wasserman Justin Simonsen
     Micheal Stange Trent Madsen

WINNER: Trent Madsen

Gold Team (Central Regional II)

Sudden Death: strip the dummy

Joes: Red Simmons Gabriel Canape

Cory Driggs Cakvin Lafiton
     Tim Fritz   Kirby Sykes

WINNER: Gabriel Canape

Purple Team (Semi-Final)

Maroon Team (Finals)

Season Four: Pros vs. Joes: All Stars

For the fourth season, which premiered April 27, 2009 at 11 pm ET/PT, the new hosts are FOX Sports NFL Sunday regulars Michael Strahan and Jay Glazer, and is titled "Pros vs. Joes All Stars". In addition, the format changed to a 3-on-3 competition between teams made up of three pros and three joes in three separate skill events and an end game between the teams. If the Joes beat the Pros, they get $10,000.

Basketball I

Football I

Basketball II

Football II

External links

  • Pros vs. Joes at the Internet Movie Database
  • Pros vs. Joes at
  • Official Spike TV website for "Pros vs. Joes"
  • Official Site for becoming a contestant on Pros vs Joes