Pop Culture References from ESPN’s Around the Horn – March 14

Have you ever been watching Around the Horn on ESPN and think to yourself “I wish I could be a #1 seed like Tony Reali and understand all his pop culture references. *sigh*.”? Well wish no more! I’ll explain all these references to you, free of charge!

Here’s the lowdown from yesterday’s Bracket busting edition.

AI’s “Practice”: “We’re talkin ’bout brackets” exclaims Tony Reali at the beginning of the show. This is a reference to Allen Iverson’s infamous press conference where he says the word “practice” at least 20 times.

Flyers from the 90s: Reali refers to this year’s Southwest region as the “region of doom”. Sounds a lot like the “Legion of Doom” line that the Philadelphia Flyers put together from 1995-97 which consisted of Eric Lindros, “Johnny on the Doorstep” LeClaire and Mikael Renberg. Legion of Doom is also a group of baddies from the DC Universe (with dudes like Black Manta, The Riddle, Lex Luthor etc.)

The truth is that Colorado was left out of the tournament.

Jack: In reference to people weeping over this year’s NCAA tournament snubs, J.A. Adande references a line from Jack Nicholson’s famous “You can’t handle the truth!” speech from the 1992 film A Few Good Men: “You weep for Santiago and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know: that Santiago’s death, while tragic, probably saved lives.”

 

A Jim Carrey role we can be proud of: After Reali finally finishes reciting the number of possible NCAA tournament brackets (18,446,744,073,709,551,616 – not counting the new”first round” games), he says “So I’m saying there’s a chance!”. This is in reference to a line by Jim Carrey’s character Lloyd Christmas in the 1994 film Dumb and Dumber after Mary Samsoni….i mean Swanson tells him there’s a one-in-a million chance that “a guy like you and a girl like me… [will end] up together”.

People who look alike: Woody Paige says that the Morris twins from Kansas University are the best twins since the Olsens and the Gibbs. That would  be Maurice and Robin of Bee Gees fame and Mary Kate and Ashley of former countdown-til-they’re 18 fame.

Whoa!: In reference to two top plays from the weekend, Reali mentions the  Joey Lawrence “Whoa” and the Keanu Reeves “Whoa“. The former was a catchphrase that Lawrence made famous in the 90s sitcom Blossom. The latter originated from the 1999 film The Matrix after a, um….stoic? Neo (Reeves) learns he’s got crazy Matrix super powers.

Curb: Reali addressed two “prittay, prittay” makes from the weekend. This is a reference to one of Larry Davids catchphrases on the HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm. He uses it when something is “pretty good”. Just watch this video already.

Pop Culture References from ESPN’s Around the Horn – March 7, 2011

Have you ever been watching Around the Horn on ESPN and think to yourself “I wish I could be as knowledgeable as Stat Boy Tony Reali and understand all his pop culture references. *sigh*.”? Well wish no more! I’ll explain all these references to you, free of charge!

We kick off the week with yesterday’s episode:

LIFE IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES!!!

Penny Marshall Movies: Host Tony Reali opens the show with “Four sportswriters who know there’s no crying in competitive banter” in light of Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra admitting that some of his players were crying the locker room after Sunday’s loss to the Bulls. (This just in, it was “probably an exaggeration“). This is a reference to the famous line by Tom Hanks from the film A League of their Own:

“Are you crying? Are you crying? ARE YOU CRYING? There’s no crying! THERE’S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL!

Props to Plaschke: Bill Plaschke mentions Run DMC. And gets 6 points for it.

Seattle Grunge Bands: Michael Smith attempts to get points by singing Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town by Pearl Jam. Reali mistakenly refers to it as another Pearl Jam hit Yellow Ledbetter.

Don’t be so hard on yourself man, it happens to the best of us. Especially since there is no mention of elderly women or yellow ledbetting in the lyrics or either of those songs.

Paige invents “brilliant” new statistic: Woody Paige invented a new statistic based on the phrase “As far as I’m concerned”. Paige said that the Chicago Bulls are  “#1, as far as I’m concerned, in terms of comebacks at the end of the game.” It hasn’t found its way into  Urban Dictionary yet.

#Winning: Reali says that in light of the Lakers’ recent success, the parties at Bill Plasche’s house must be Charlie Sheen-esque.

John Hughes Movies: Dwight Howard was on the bench last night because of too many technicals. Reali referred to it as “Dwight Howard’s Day Off”, probably a shout out to the film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

ATH Trivia: Reali notes that The Lightning Round is the longest title in the ATH catalog. (Longer than The First Word, Buy or Sell, 1st Cut, Out of Bounds, 2nd Cut, Showdown, Facetime or Paper Toss).

Did I miss anything? Shout out in the comments or on Twitter @SayKnowtoTrivia.

ESPN’s Around the Horn: Pop Culture References – October 18, 2010

Have you ever been watching Around the Horn on ESPN and think to yourself “I wish I could be as young and hip and good looking as Tony Reali and understand all his pop culture references. *sigh*.”? Well wish no more! I’ll explain all these references to you, free of charge!

Let’s see what you missed on Monday:

This is what Tony Reali looked like on Monday

Mad Men: With Sunday’s new episode of Mad Men fresh in his head, Tony Reali slicked back his hair to look like the bro of bros, Don Draper. He also exclaimed “Draper Me” at the beginning of the show. Draper, portrayed by actor John Hamm, is a founding partner of the advertising firm Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce in the AMC television series about sex, booze and sometimes 1950s advertising executives.

Gil Brandt: Jackie MacMullan says that Woody Paige, with his cowboy hat, looks like Gil Brandt. Brandt was Vice President of player personnel (and master scouter) for the Dallas Cowboys from 1960 to 1988. Although i can’t seem to find a Google image of him with a hat on. Brandt is currently a commentator for SIRIUS Radio and NFL Redzone.

Jackie Mac adds that with his hat off, Woody Paige looks like Dennis the Menace.

The Killers: Reali said that Sunday’s blown pass interference call was a “Killers call” and added “all these things I haven’t done by Brandon Flowers.” While Brandon Flowers plays cornerback for the Kansas City Chiefs, the more recognizable Brandon Flowers is the frontman for the band The Killers. They have a song called “All These Things That I’ve Done“.

Rand McNally: I think this came up when someone suggested that the week 1 BCS standings acted as a road map to the championship. Woody Paige argued that even Rand McNally couldn’t accurately map out the rest of the college football season. Rand McNally is a famous publisher of maps and atlases.

Not a bad way to start the week. Let me know what I missed in the comments or shout out on Twitter (@SayKNOWtoTrivia).

ESPN’s Around the Horn: Pop Culture References – October 15, 2010

Have you ever been watching Around the Horn on ESPN and think to yourself “I wish I could be as young and hip and good looking as Tony Reali and understand all his pop culture references. *sigh*.”? Well wish no more! I’ll explain all these references to you, free of charge! Let’s take a look at Friday’s episode:

TRON: To kick off the show, Tony Reali says “Welcome back to TRON!” This is a reference to ATH’s fancy new HD television studio looking all futuristic, like the 1982 movie TRON, in which Jeff Bridges is essentially sucked into a video game. Don’t watch this video if you don’t want your mind blown.

Scene from the 1982 movie TRON? Or Tony Reali with the National Panel?

As is with Hollywood these days, a sequel/reboot/remake (TRON: Legacy) is set to be released this December.

L.A. Confidential: Reali introduces one of the segments as “The NFL matchups you desire, Fleur de Lys”. This in reference to the 1997 Best Picture nominee L.A. Confidential starring Russell Crowe, Kevin Spacey, Guy Pearce and Kim Basinger. The movie takes place in the 1950s and follows detectives White, Vincennes and Exley as they investigate a multiple shooting at the Night Owl diner. One of the main plot points involves a call-girl service called “Fleur de Lys” with the slogan “Whatever you Desire”.

Twitter: In J.A. Adande’s introduction, he says “hashtag FF” (#ff). This is a reference to a practice developed on Twitter in which people suggest who to follow. Mashable’s explanation is quick and concise.

NOTE: You can follow ATH on Twitter @AroundTheHorn.

30 Rock?: Coming back from the break, Woody Paige says “I’d like to correct some of the mistakes I made before we do the west coast version.” This could just be Woody being witty. But it may have to do with the previous night’s episode of NBC’s 30 Rock which aired live. The show was acted out live twice, one for the East Coast viewers, and one for the West Coast.

Larry King and Mad Men: Reali introduces the next segment with “On any given Saturday DOT DOT DOT” and adds “we call that a Larry King lead in the business”. Larry King is a TV and radio host and former newspaper columnist for USA Today. His columns consisted of a sentence or two on a topic, followed by an ellipsis (…), followed by another sentence or two on a different topic.

This may also have something to do with AMC’s groundbreaking television series, Mad Men (Sunday 10 EST), because Adande repeats the DOT DOT DOT reference in a Larry King voice and adds “If Mad Men doesn’t win an armful of Emmy’s I’m never watching television again.” Alas, I just might not have seen that episode…

NOTE: You can also follow Larry King on Twitter @kingsthings.

NBA 2k11: This is a new basketball video game. Michael Jordan is on the cover. And while promoting the game, Jordan said he could drop 100 points in today’s NBA.

Star Trek: I’m working with the podcast here, so no visuals for me, but I’m assuming Tim Cowlishaw threw up the Vulcan hand gesture that accompanies the line “Live Long and Prosper” because Reali said “live long and dateless”.

Collleeeeege: Tony Reali usually says “Colleeeeege” when introducing college football. I usually say it when I’m introducing anything and everything. I’m sure it’s from somewhere but it’s kinda tough to Google “Collleeeeeeege”.

Brandon Tate fantasy: This is not a reference. Reali asked if anyone on the National Panel was going to start Brandon Tate in Fantasy Football this past Sunday. My sister did, and it did not go great for her.

So that’s it for Friday. Let me know what I missed in the comments or shout out on Twitter (@SayKNOWtoTrivia). Stay tuned tomorrow for Monday’s show references! Word on the street is Mad Men will have a prominent role…

ESPN’s Around the Horn: Pop Culture References – October 14, 2010

Have you ever been watching Around the Horn on ESPN and think to yourself “I wish I could be as young and hip and good looking as Tony Reali and understand all his pop culture references. *sigh*.”? Well wish no more! I’ll explain all these references to you, free of charge! Let’s keep it moving with yesterday’s episode:

Flava Flav Name Drop: J.A. Adande mentioned he was at the Laker game last night with “Flavaa Flaaaav” and Mike Tyson. Mike Tyson is Mike Tyson. The Boxer. ‘Nuff Said. Flava Flav is a rapper, but gained mainstream notoriety from his VH1 reality shows The Surreal Life, Strange Love, and Flavor of Love. He also wears big clocks around his neck and shouts his name just like Adande did.

The Daily Show: To get the show started, Tony Reali says “Here it is, your moment of zen”. Host Jon Stewart uses that line at the end of every Daily Show (Mon-Thurs 11 PM ET, Comedy Central) to cut to an amusing video during the closing credits.

I’ve Got Hurt Feelings: “Anyone? Does anyone know what I’m talking about?” Apparently not. The National Panel clearly isn’t a fan of HBO’s Flight of the Conchords. The show follows New Zealand music duo Bret and Jemaine as they try to make it big as a rock group in the US, but only end up playing at dive bars and aquariums, entertaining their 1 fan. The show incorporates actual music from the duo. In this case, “I’ve Got Hurt Feelings” (as sung by Tony Reali in yesterday’s episode) appeared in season 2, episode 3, “Tough Brets“.

Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo: When referring to the Pittsburgh Penguins’ new area, The CONSOL Energy Center, Reali calls it “Igloo 2: Electric Boogaloo Igaloo” (or something like that). This is in reference to the Penguins’ old area, nicknamed The Igloo, and the 1985 film “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo” (a follow up to the 1984 film “Breakin’“). The description on IMDB says “A developer tries to bulldoze a community recreation center. The local breakdancers try to stop it.” Sounds like a winner to me.

Jersey Shore: “T-shiirt Tiiiiime” exlaims Tony Reali. This is a reference to MTV’s The Jersey Shore, a relaity TV show starring 8 self-proclaimed “guidos” living together in Miami Beach. From what I can gather, “T-shirt Time” refers to the time period right before going out to the “clubs” where the dudes chill in their beaters (or shirtless). Once “T-Shirt Time” is proclaimed, eveyone must put on their T-Shirts and head to the clubs. The voice they use to announce “T-Shirt Time” is the same that Tony Reali used.

George W. Bush as “The Decider”: After claiming that New York Jets coach Rex Ryan should be the one to decide whether or not to play conrnerback Darelle Revis this Sunday, J.A. Adande added an impish “heh heh” laugh as an impersonation of George W. Bush, who, in April 2006, stated “I’m the decider, and I decide what’s best“.

Dr. Seuss: J.A. calls Woody Paige “Dr. Seuss” for, uh, sounding like Dr. Seuss pretty much.

Henry Gross: After Woody Paige exclaims that he named his daughter, Shannon, after a dead dog (sounds a lot worse when i type it), Jackie MacMullan jumps into her greatest rendition of “Shannon” by Henry Gross.

The Emmy Awards: Tony Reali jokingly suggests that ATH will win an Emmy because of their rad new sound effects. The Emmy Awards are of course given out each year to best and brightest in the television industry.

Bob Ryan: Mr. Reali said that he wished Bob Ryan was there to utter his famous words “It stinks!”. Bob Ryan is a reporter for the Boston Globe and a frequent member of the National Panel. The impression was pretty spot-on. It did sound a bit like a mix of Bob Ryan himself and Reali’s old timey voice.

Fashion Faux-Pas: A lot of fashion advice was thrown around in yesterday’s episode but I’ll just leave that to the experts.

Anchor Bar: I’m not sure how Woody Paige worked this one in, but the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, NY is credited to inventing the very first buffalo wing.

So that’s that. Did I miss any? Probably. Let me know in the comments or shout out on Twitter @SayKNOWtoTrivia.

Stay tuned tomorrow (or Monday, depending on how much drinking I get done this weekend) for a recap of Friday’s show.