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.

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