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 – December 7, 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!

Here’s Tuesday’s show:

The Plague: Reali says the Patriots covered the Jets on Monday night like the “Bubonic plague over Europe”. The bubonic plague was the “Black death” that killed 75 million people in Europe in the 14th century.

Chaka Khan: JA references the song “What Cha’ Gonna Do for Me” by 1970s singer/songwriter Chaka Khan. The lyrics go: “When the chips are down/In the cool of the night/When nothing seems right”.

Bad movie sequels: Reali refers to former Broncos coach Josh McDaniels’s taping allegations as “Spygate 2: Electric Boogaloo”, a reference to the 1985 film “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo” (a follow up to the 1984 film “Breakin’“). Here’s another ATH reference to the film.

Fun w/ Impressions: Tim Cowlishaw continues to wow us with his impressions, this time he does announcer Marv Albert, who was the voice of the New York Knicks for 37 years starting in 1967.

Slow animals: I forget the context, but Reali says something along the lines of “Moving like one in the night like a two- toed sloth.” A two-toed sloth is a slow, furry creature that lives in the forest and, yes, has two toes on their front paws. As far as  pop-culture reference goes, I’m at a loss.

Two-Toed Sloth: What does it mean?!?

Magic Bullet: Alluding to Donald Trump’s infamous “hair” flapping in the breeze in Foxborough on Monday night, Reali says it goes “Back and to the left, back and to the left. BACK, and to the left.” This was initially a reference to the 1991 Oliver Stone film, JFK, in which Kevin Costner tries to convince the court that Lee Harvey Oswald wasn’t alone in John F. Kennedy’s assassination, based on Kennedy’s head movement after being shot (Watch the courtroom scene here, starts around 3:20). The reference is made even more clear after Adande mentions the Zapruder Film. Abraham Zapruder was the man behind the camera of the most famous video of the JFK assassination.

This scene was also spoofed on episode of Seinfeld involving former baseball great Keith Hernandez and a “magic loogie” instead of former great president John F. Kennedy and a magic bullet. Watch it here.

Did I miss anything? (like that sloth phrase maybe?) Shout out in the comments or on Twitter @SayKNOWtoTrivia.

ESPN’s Around the Horn: Pop Culture References – November 2, 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!

Here’s Tuesday’s show:

Rage Against the Machine: The band Rage Against the Machine was mentioned due to San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson admitting that he “wants to rage. Right now.” after winning the World Series last night.

Glee: Reali says that Bill Plaschke has “more street cred than an episode of Glee” for his badass tone when using the word “rage”. Glee is a show on Fox.

Denny Green’s Rant: Tim Cowlishaw says that the Houston Texans “are not who we thought they were” , a reference to former Cardinals head coach Denny Green’s infamous speech in which he adamantly proclaims that the Bears “were who we thought they were”. Cowlishaw’s rendition is much more reserved.

Chuck Palahniuk: Reali references the novel Choke by Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club and Survivor. (Side note: Palahniuk fans in the Twitterverse are sticklers for the pronunciation of “Palahniuk”.)

The Thinker: Jackie MacMullen puts her fist under her chin to mimic the The Thinker, a famous sculpture by Auguste Rodin that often represents philosophy.

Canadian Shout-out! Tony Reali wished that the National Panel’s resident Canadian, Bruce Arthur of the National Post, could be there for the final segment, which involved this “loony” play between CFL powerhouses Montreal Alouettes and Toronto Argonauts (watch).

This aint your average "Gentille Alouette".

In reference to the Montreal Alouettes, Plaschke utters the line “gentille Alouette”, which is from the common French-Canadian children’s song “Alouette“. The line translates to “nice Skylark” in English. Growing up in Montreal I always assumed that an Alouette was an Alouette, not a special French word for a bird called a Skylark.

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

ESPN’s Around the Horn: Pop Culture References – October 19, 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!

Here’s a quick one from Tuesday:

So manly. Should be on an Old Spice commercial.

Brian Wilson: In reference to his beard, Bill Plaschke mentioned Brian Wilson. Wilson is a relief pitcher for the San Francisco Giants and he has a man beard. Like a real man beard. (Not to be confused with Beach Boys frontman Brian Wilson)

Chapelle’s Show: Tony Reali mentions “LeBron’s Hater Ball” in reference to LeBron James’s Hater Day. This is probably a shout out to the Chapelle’s show sketch “Playa Hater Ball“.

Menage a Trois: Reali refers to the Chacago Bears’ Cutler, Martz and Lovie as the “Carnage a Trois”. A “menage a trois” is a threesome (the sexy kind).

Rock, paper, scissors was mentioned. But you already know what that is.

Cat Stevens: After the the first cut, Realli says “The First cut is the deepest”. That was the title of a 1967 song by Cat Stevens. Rod Stewart also covered it. This is also probably just a common expression by now.

Bob Ryan: Last week, Mr. Reali said that he wished panelist Bob Ryan was there to utter his famous words “It stinks!”. Well yesterday he got his wish at the end of showdown. I think. I don’t really remember the context and don’t feel like scrolling through the podcast again…

BONUS PTI POP CULTURE REFERENCE: At the beginning of yesterday’s Pardon the Interruption, host Tony Kornheiser mentioned the dance “The Dougie”. Here’s an article from ESPN the talks about the “Dougie” trend in sports. According to Michael Wilbon (who heard it from Tony Reali) it originated with rapper Doug E. Fresh. Here’s a video of Reggie Bush doing The Dougie after a touchdown.

 

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…