Incase you weren't knee deep in vomit last night after the Pats got their arses kicked, Fox had some legit programming on when they honored The Simpsons for being on the air for 20 years. I've been a huge Simpsons nerd for years and the fact that a cartoon on in prime time about a family that never ages a single day can last for 20 years is just insane. I'll admit over the last few years that the show isn't what it was during the late 90s and early 2000s, but it's one of the only shows I can still watch just about any re-run of even though I know 90% of the episodes line for line.
I realize The Simspons don't directly relate to sports, but I'll do my best to tie in my top five Simpsons sports moments off the top of my head.
#5 - Bart and Krusty win the Super Bowl - From one of early "TreeHouse of Horror" episodes Bart is in mid dream of him and Krusty in the Super Bowl. "It's your basic Statue of Liberty play with one twist: you throw it to me! Knute Rockne called it the forward pass."
#4 - In one of the best episodes of all time when Homer goes to work for Hank Scorpio (Hammock district, pure gold), at the end Hank gets Homer a gift for all his help. Rather than get the Dallas Cowboys, like Homer wanted, Hank gives him the Broncos.
Marge: I think owning the Denver Broncos is pretty good.
Homer: (disheartened) Yeah, yeah.
Marge: Well, explain to me why it isn't.
Homer: (sighs) You just don't understand football, Marge.
#3 - When Homer becomes the coach of Bart's pop-warner football team and makes Bart the star QB and cuts just about everyone else. The best part of the episode is the closing credits when he reads off the people on the credits telling them they are cut.
#2 - DINGERS!!! Bart was diagnosed with ADD and is prescribed "Focusin", a drug to remedy his problems. At the end Mark McGwire makes a cameo.
Big Mac: Do you want to know the terrifying truth, or do you want to see me sock a few dingers?
Crowd: Dingers! Dingers!
#1 - Homer at the Bat. This one goes way back, it aired 18 years ago. Wow we're all getting old. With an All-Star (literally) baseball cast it was probably one of the coolest things for a then 10 year old kid to see on TV. Then add in the fact that Wade Boggs and Roger Clemens were on it and this episode will always go down as one of my all time favorites. Mattingly shaving most of his head to get rid of this sideburns. Ken Griffey Jr "There's a party in my mouth and everyone's invited." Just awesome stuff.
20 years. How many more can they possibly do?