publication date: Monday, October 9, 2006 (part of Round XXVIII)
clue: Who wants a hug?
explanation: Reynolds was a professional baseball player and sports commentator fired from his analyst position at ESPN for inappropriate hugging, a form of sexual harrassment, a few months before this goo was published. more…
solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Denise Sawicki, Amy Austin, Mike Eberhart, Dave Mitzman, Elliot Farney, Jerry Mathis, Tony Peters, Megan Baxter, Chris McKinnon, Todd Brotsch, Kerry Odell, and Joy Dunn
trivia: Scott had intended to publish this goo earlier in the round while the news of Reynolds's termination was still fresh, but decided to make the goo harder and wait until near the end of the round. (It didn't work.)