Pop Culture References from ESPN’s Around the Horn – March 7, 2011

Have you ever been watching Around the Horn on ESPN and think to yourself “I wish I could be as knowledgeable as Stat Boy 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!

We kick off the week with yesterday’s episode:

LIFE IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES!!!

Penny Marshall Movies: Host Tony Reali opens the show with “Four sportswriters who know there’s no crying in competitive banter” in light of Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra admitting that some of his players were crying the locker room after Sunday’s loss to the Bulls. (This just in, it was “probably an exaggeration“). This is a reference to the famous line by Tom Hanks from the film A League of their Own:

“Are you crying? Are you crying? ARE YOU CRYING? There’s no crying! THERE’S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL!

Props to Plaschke: Bill Plaschke mentions Run DMC. And gets 6 points for it.

Seattle Grunge Bands: Michael Smith attempts to get points by singing Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town by Pearl Jam. Reali mistakenly refers to it as another Pearl Jam hit Yellow Ledbetter.

Don’t be so hard on yourself man, it happens to the best of us. Especially since there is no mention of elderly women or yellow ledbetting in the lyrics or either of those songs.

Paige invents “brilliant” new statistic: Woody Paige invented a new statistic based on the phrase “As far as I’m concerned”. Paige said that the Chicago Bulls are  “#1, as far as I’m concerned, in terms of comebacks at the end of the game.” It hasn’t found its way into  Urban Dictionary yet.

#Winning: Reali says that in light of the Lakers’ recent success, the parties at Bill Plasche’s house must be Charlie Sheen-esque.

John Hughes Movies: Dwight Howard was on the bench last night because of too many technicals. Reali referred to it as “Dwight Howard’s Day Off”, probably a shout out to the film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

ATH Trivia: Reali notes that The Lightning Round is the longest title in the ATH catalog. (Longer than The First Word, Buy or Sell, 1st Cut, Out of Bounds, 2nd Cut, Showdown, Facetime or Paper Toss).

Did I miss anything? Shout out in the comments or on Twitter @SayKnowtoTrivia.

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