ICYMI: All the moments when the sports world met Hollywood

The Film Buff reviews the week that was

Anna Kagarakis
January 12, 2018 - 11:18 am
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Here’s some quick hits from the week:

 Jacksonville Jaguars in “The Good Place”

Sports teams tend to make their way on different television shows. On NBC’s critically acclaimed comedy about the afterlife called “The Good Place,” there's a running joke about the Jacksonville Jaguars. The show stars Ted Danson and Kristen Bell, but Manny Jacinto plays the show’s village idiot Jason Mendoza, a hard-core Jaguars fan, and they really mess with Blake Bortles and the Jags.

The show has been crushing the team since 2016. In one episode, Jason wore a Blake Bortles jersey under his jacket at his wedding then yelled “Jacksonville Jaguars rule.” In another, he asked Danson’s character, the architect of the afterlife world, if his team will ever win the Super Bowl? Danson’s answer: “Jason I can’t predict the future. But no. They won’t.”

In the latest episode, Jason was shredded again for his super fandom during a roast in front of the entire neighborhood. Jason tries to defend his team: “All we need is a defense, and an offense, and some rule changes.” In real life, Jags have a fantastic defense, as for the offense…Bortles is still the quarterback.

Side note: The show’s official Twitter account follows exactly two accounts, The Jacksonville Jaguars and Blake Bortles. Quality trolling there.

Who’s your daddy? Rueben Amaro Jr. on “The Goldbergs”

Former Phillies GM Rueben Amaro Jr. appeared on ABC’s The Goldberg’s, a nostalgic fictionalized version of creator Adam F. Goldberg’s upbringing in the 1980’s in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Amaro Jr. actually went to William Penn Charter School, the school the show’s academy is based on, and he is a recurring character on the show except he plays his own father.

Harry Connick Jr. is a New Orlean Saint

Harry Connick Jr. lived out his childhood dream: he became a New Orleans Saints player for a day. The New Orleans-born musician signed a one-day contract with the team and participated in practice on January 4th.   He suited up and ran some drills but took no hits (Saints management not a fan of him getting THAT involved.) Connick said he was more than ready to enter into the game against the Panthers, but it looks like they didn’t need him, we’ll see what happens against the Vikings. He’ll air video from the day on his show “Harry” on January 15th.

Marky Mark looking to make directoral debut 

Mark Wahlberg is interested in making his directoral debut in an upcoming biopic about the life of NBA star Caron Butler. Wahlberg is already producing and acting in the flick. Another name linked to the project is acclaimed director, Peter Berg of Friday Night Lights. 

John Cena the Slime King!

Nickelodeon is bringing back wrestler and entertainer John Cena to host the Kids’ Choice Awards for the second straight year. The award show takes place in March. The 16-time world champion will also work behind the scenes for “Nick,” serving as executive producer for the Keep It Spotless competition series. It’s being compared to a modern-day Double Dare for kids.  (I still dream of diving into the giant pool of ice cream!)

Raise your glass!

P!nk will perform the national anthem at Super Bowl 52 in Minneapolis. Justin Timberlake is performing the halftime show – no word yet on a JT and Janet reunion. (Crossing fingers!)

Golden Janney!

Actress Allison Janney took home the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Tole for her outstanding work in I, Tonya.

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