Bucks Diary

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Red Forman... HUGE Bucks fan

In the realm of popular culture, the Packers get mentioned all the time. The Brewers, not so much, although the one mention I can think of did come in the Tarantino classic "Reservoir Dogs" (oh, and of course the Brewers are central to the awful movie "Mr. 3000"). But I had never encountered a single Milwaukee Bucks reference... until last night.

Last night on FX, the Bucks played a pivotal role in a subplot of the sitcom "That 70s Show" (which is set in the fictional Wisconsin city of "Point Place"). The episode was entitled "Kelso's Serenade".

In the episode, Kitty Forman wants Red Forman to accompany her on a Sunday visit to Kitty's crotchety old Aunt Pearl. Red resists bitterly, protesting that "The Bucks are playing the Celtics!" No luck. He has to go. I feel ya, Red.

Later in the episode, after Aunt Pearl has apparently locked herself in the bathroom, an exasperated Red turns on the Bucks game and starts watching. In a half-hearted attempt to coax Pearl out of the bathroom, Red yells "Come on out Pearl! There's a Bucks game on." An excited Pearl immediately bolts out of the bathroom. "The Bucks, huh?!" Has Red found common ground with the old hag? Not really.

Pearl: "The only thing that keeps me going is watching the Bucks lose!"
Red (under his breath): "Go Bucks!"

Good stuff. Finally, the Bucks get one last mention when Red uses them -- as any good Bucks fan would -- to help illustrate a life lesson to son Eric about the need to compromise with women.

Red: "Hey! Do you really think I wanted to spend the whole damn day sitting in a room with a woman who hates the Bucks and smells like cabbage? Well I didn't. But that's the price you pay, son."

Red Forman, pop culture's one and only sworn member of BucksNation.


At April 11, 2008 at 3:20 PM, Anonymous Doug said...

Right on post. Me, being from Green Bay, always cringes at this show's lack of historical accuracy with their basement Packer helmet having the wrong facemask. At least the bars on it are gray. I haven't seen this episode, but it sounds good. Why couldn't the writers at least mention some players' names of the late '70's, like Brian Winters or Marques Johnson? Who cares if most of the audience wouldn't have gotten it?
Yeah, and by the way, "Point Place" is supposedly a suburb of Green Bay on the show.

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