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.


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