Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Pointless Tuesday List: Favorite Packer/Pop Culture Crossovers

It's been a while since I have done one of these. Here are my five favorite Packer/pop culture crossovers:

(5) Don Majkowski covers "Every Rose Has Its Thorn."

Every rose has its thorn. Just like every night has its dawn. Just like every metaphor breaks down eventually.

Back in 1990 the Majik Man has a minor radio hit in Wisconsin with his cover of Poison's "Every Rose Has Its Thorn." He donated all the proceeds to cystic fibrosis research.

Is it just me or should Brett Michaels write a new verse about a Pro Bowl quarterback who finished second to Joe Montana in MVP voting only to blow out his rotator cuff, be succeeded by a Hall of Fame quarterback, and be relegated to a footnote in football history. Damn. Every rose really does have its thorn.

As shown below, the Majik Man is still singing his signature tune. If you can listen to this without wanting to throw up a lighter and nod soulfully, you are a dick:

(4) Reggie White and Friends Film Reggie's Prayer.

This is one that I have posted about before. And for good reason. It's one of the greatest things of all time. Reggie White and Pat Morita with cameos from Favre, Holmgren, Paup, MC Hammer, Willie Roaf, Gayle Sayers, and the Paul "Big Show" Wight. Now THAT is an ensemble cast.

The movie is as well-meaning as it is hilarious. It's earnest gone to camp (word play!).

(3) Bart Starr Appears on "Gentle Ben."

I vaguely (and I mean vaguely) remember seeing this episode in syndication when I was a kid. For those that are unfamiliar with this show, it was like Flipper, except with a bear and without the awesome theme song. It starred Clint Howard.

How perfect is this cameo? "Gentle Ben" is about the furthest thing from cool as was ever recorded on film---maybe the most wholesome (and kind of boring) family show that ever aired. Many valuable lessons were learned. Bart Starr wouldn't have it any other way.

(Actually, come to think of it "Gentle Ben" might in fact be one of the most subversive family shows ever.)

(2) Ray Nitschke Appears in Head.

Here's another one in the "this really happened" category. The Monkees made a (strange) movie called "Head" and recruited cameos from lots of stars like Jack Nicholson, Sonny Liston, Frank Zappa (with a talking cow, of course) and Ray Nitchke.

The movie requires some "suspension of disbelief": everyone knows that single digit numbers are reserved for quarterbacks and kickers:

(1) Brett Favre Appears in There's Something About Mary.

Look. I hate the guy, but he did have one of the most awesome scenes in one of the highest grossing comedies of all time. The cameo was so well set-up. I saw the movie on opening weekend and had no idea the Favre scene was coming. I nearly fell out of my chair. Even watching it now, it kind of made me like Favre if only just a little. Don't worry: I got over it.

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