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…

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