In Homer at the Bat, a gem of an episode from season three of The Simpsons, Mr. Burns assembled ringers for the company softball team.
In real life, many members of this All-Star team also suffered bizarre incidents which hampered their effectiveness after the 1992 season. Here are the ringers for the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant Team and how they were cursed.
|POS||NAME||FATE ON SIMPSONS||FATE IN REAL LIFE|
|C||Mike Scoscia||Radiation poisoning from plant accident||Injured, missed all of '93 season. Retired.|
|1B||Don Mattingly||Kicked off team for refusing to cut sideburns||Numerous injuries, decline in power|
|2B||Steve Sax||Arrested on suspicion by Springfield Police Dept.||Lost job, became .230-hitting role player|
|SS||Ozzie Smith||Enters Springfield Mystery Spot and disappears||Slow decline in fielding skills|
|3B||Wade Boggs||Beaten up by Barney in Moe's Tavern brawl||Average fell to .259. Signed with Yankees|
|LF||Jose Canseco||Busy rescuing furniture from burning house||Arm & back injuries curtail career. Drugs, violence, disgrace|
|CF||Ken Griffey Jr||Mr Burns' nerve tonic causes gigantism||Injuries, injuries, injuries|
|RF||Darryl Strawberry||Pinch-hit for by Homer Simpson||Drugs, alcohol, guns, disgrace|
|P||Roger Clemens||Hypnosis convinces him he's a chicken||PEDs, adultery, disgrace|
Admittedly, the Ozzie one is a bit of a stretch, but you must admit the others all encountered some tough luck (self-imposed in some instances) after this episode aired. Still a fantastic episode, though.
The Longest Daycare, which aired prior to Ice Age: Continental Drift, is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.
I never liked The Police. I'm not talking about law enforcement, I'm talking about the English rock band. I acknowledge they have a number of hits and I've caught myself singing Roxanne at least twice, but I never loved their sound.
I dislike Sting as a solo artist even more. When I hear a Sting song, I cringe a little bit and if I can't turn the station I start singing something else in my head in an effort to drown it out. Sting's music isn't my cup of tea, as the Brits would say.
I don't like his music, but Sting as a person has always got a free pass from me. It all comes down to one fact I learned back in 1992 while watching The Simpsons episode "Radio Bart". He's a good digger.
I've been giggling at the official logo for the 2012 London Olympic games since it was unveiled 5 years ago. Click over and see what I mean.
I've only recently checked out the mascots for these upcoming Olympic games, and they're a little goofy as well. They're called Wenlock and Mandeville and here they are:
When I see them, all I can think of is Kang and Kodos from The Simpsons Halloween specials.
The Simpsons made their television debut 25 years ago today in a series of animated shorts on “The Tracy Ullman Show.”
Seven years ago, I wrote about how I never missed an episode.
As previously declared, I won't miss a new episode of "The Simpsons". I've been watching for half my life and I'll continue watching until Matt Groening pulls the plug.
A couple of years ago, I stopped watching. Still, I look back at those first 10 years of The Simpsons with incredible fondness and thank them for thousands and thousands of laughs.
How big a fan was I? For years the first thing I'd do when I woke up on Sunday morning was update my Homer Simpson Quote Page. That page remains filled to the brim with gold, should you have a minute or two to spare.
"Life is just one crushing defeat after another until you just wish Flanders was dead."
Our classless, short-sighted, pathetic excuse for a mayor Rob Ford has my blood boiling and gut busting again. Actually, it's not Rob Ford this time, it's his big brother Councillor Doug Ford, although I half suspect they're the same person.
Dougie has a vision for our eastern waterfront, and he shared it this morning. It includes a monorail, a big ferris wheel and a megamall, whatever that is. It sounds disastrous. It sounds like an episode of The Simpsons.
Every time I point out how ridiculous Rob Ford and his brother are, I'm hit with the Ford defenders telling me I hate Rob Ford for being fat. I don't hate Rob Ford for being fat, I hate Rob Ford for being ignorant, short-sighted, classless and embarrassing. He tricked a great deal of Torontonians into voting for him so he could find gravy, and now that there's no gravy, he seems hell bent on ruining everything great about this city, including our eastern waterfront.
I'd like to hear from one person who thinks Doug Ford's vision for this city's waterfront is a good idea. Go ahead.... I'm waiting.
Happy Valentine's Day. I choo-choo-choose you.
I don't know how I missed this...
Usher's hit song OMG sounds exactly like the Christmas carol Homer tries to write at the beginning of the Simpsons episode "Dude, Where's My Ranch?", which first aired in 2003.
Judge for yourself.
Speaking of Homer, I meticulously updated my Homer Simpsons quotes page every weekend for years. It's waiting for you at https://www.torontomike.com/homer.html.
The Simpsons' couch gag last night was directed by Banksy. It's dark, disturbing and very good.
While we're discussing the Sunday night cartoon block on Fox, The Cleveland Show had a "Down goes Brown" reference. Coincidence? I have a forensic analyst on the case and will report back my findings soon.
Lisa Simpson’s wedding ceremony from the sixth season episode “Lisa’s Wedding” takes place today at 1pm.
And she's still 8 years old!
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