ESPN’s Around the Horn: Pop Culture References – October 13, 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 get started with yesterday’s episode:

Dead Ball Era: At the end of the first round, Host Tony Reali says “Low scoring game today. Dead-ball era of Around the Horn.” The dead-ball era was a period in major league baseball characterized by low-scoring games and low (or non-existent) home run totals. This period lasted from about 1900 to 1919, the year Babe Ruth hit a then unthinkable 29 home runs. Teams relied primarily on strategy-driven “small ball”, which relied heavily on stolen bases and hit-and-runs. The quality of the baseballs at the time and the size of the ball parks were also to blame for the low run totals. And hey check this out, apparently the spit ball was still legal until 1921.

Thanks to Bill Plaschke for bringing up one of the greatest moments in American sports history

Salute Your Shorts: ATH showed a video of a soccer goal celebration by Montenegro’s Mirko Vucinic during a Euro 2012 qualifier last week. After the goal, Vucinic removed his shorts and paraded around with them on his head. Reali exclaimed that he was “saluting his shorts”. Salute Your Shorts was a Nickelodeon television series from the early 90s. It focuses on the life of a group of teenagers at summer camp, Camp Anawanna. The title of the show is derived from the  campers’ practice of raising a pair of boxer shorts up a flagpole as a prank.

Brandi Chastain: When discussing Vucinic’s goal celebration, Bill Plaschke suggested that Brandi Chastain’s celebration was better. Chastain is best known for her game-winning penalty shootout goal against China in the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup final and her subsequent jersey-removal, exposing her sports bra.

**UPDATE 8:32 PM

Jay-Z Song: In showdown, J.A. Adande said that there was “zip, zero” confidence in 49ers coach Mike Singletary and Cowboys coach Wade Philips. Mr. Reali gives the point to Adande for his “Zip, Zero, stingy with dinero”. That’s a line from the Jay-Z song “I Just Wanna Love U” (the song that goes “Im a hustler baaayby” in that high pitched voice.) Thanks to @givedap for the tip, via Twitter.

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