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.

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