A hint to the "Maryland Gladiators" competing tonight at the Baltimore Arena against those champs of the big biceps and big hair set, the "American Gladiators": Get tougher names for yourselves!
We're sure Eric Evans, James Gordon, Laura Majchrzak, Shetha McKenzie, Chaz Riddle, Ronald Sanders, Sharon Stouers and Barbara Wohndutka are tough -- they did beat out hundreds of others in local auditions on Sept. 16 to take on the heroes of that cult TV show, "American Gladiators." (Joe Garrison, Laura Lippman, Ivory Turner and Cherle Sparks were chosen as alternates as well.)
But they don't sound as tough as Gemini, Laser, Nitro, Thunder, Malibu, Blaze, Ice, Gold, Zap and Diamond -- the American Gladiators taking their show (which airs locally at 12:30 a.m. Saturday on WJZ-TV) on the road for a live tour of the country. The show comes to the Arena tonight at 8; tickets are available at the box office or through TicketMaster for $12.50 to $16.50.
Still, James Gordon, 27, of Laurel, says he and his teammates are ready. "I'm looking forward to eating them up," said the Gulf war veteran and vehicle tester for the Army at the Aberdeen Proving Ground. "I think I'm in top form, and I'm really excited about this."