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2nd Apr '16 3:07:30 AM Morgenthaler
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* MisterEd steps up to the plate for the Los Angeles Dodgers in an episode.

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* MisterEd Series/MisterEd steps up to the plate for the Los Angeles Dodgers in an episode.
8th Feb '16 11:28:43 AM Ccook1956
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** 1936's ''Boulevardier From The Bronx'' had this all over the place. Dizzy Dan (rooster) has his Giants (players including a turtle, a pig and a dachshund) in Hickville for an exhibition game. A real cock-o'-the-walk, his team leads 3-0 going to the bottom of the ninth. Pitching, Dan loads the bases deliberately so he can get to Hickville's Claude (another rooster) and strike him out. On an 0-2 pitch, Claude hits a grand slam, winning for Hickville and getting the last laugh on Dan.

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** 1936's ''Boulevardier From The Bronx'' had this all over the place. Dizzy Dan (rooster) has his Giants (players including a turtle, a pig and a dachshund) in Hickville for an exhibition game. A real cock-o'-the-walk, his team leads 3-0 going to the bottom of the ninth. Pitching, Dan loads the bases deliberately with two out so he can get to Hickville's Claude (another rooster) and strike him out. On an 0-2 pitch, Claude hits a grand slam, winning for Hickville and getting the last laugh on Dan.
8th Feb '16 11:27:44 AM Ccook1956
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** 1936's ''Boulevardier From The Bronx'' had this all over the place. Dizzy Dan (rooster) has his Giants (players including a turtle, a pig and a dachshund) in Hickville for an exhibition game. A real cock-o'-the-walk, his team leads 3-0 going to the bottom of the ninth. Pitching, Dan loads the bases deliberately so he can get to Hickville's Clause (another rooster) and strike him out. On an 0-2 pitch, Claude hits a grand slam, winning for Hickville and getting the last laugh on Dan.

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** 1936's ''Boulevardier From The Bronx'' had this all over the place. Dizzy Dan (rooster) has his Giants (players including a turtle, a pig and a dachshund) in Hickville for an exhibition game. A real cock-o'-the-walk, his team leads 3-0 going to the bottom of the ninth. Pitching, Dan loads the bases deliberately so he can get to Hickville's Clause Claude (another rooster) and strike him out. On an 0-2 pitch, Claude hits a grand slam, winning for Hickville and getting the last laugh on Dan.
8th Feb '16 11:26:52 AM Ccook1956
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** 1936's ''Boulevardier From The Bronx'' had this all over the place. Dizzy Dan (rooster) has his Giants (players including a turtle, a pig and a dachshund) in Hickville for an exhibition game. A real cock-o'-the-walk, his team leads 3-0 going to the bottom of the ninth. Pitching, Dan loads the bases deliberately so he can get to Hickville's Clause (another rooster) and strike him out. On an 0-2 pitch, Claude hits a grand slam, winning for Hickville and getting the last laugh on Dan.
26th Nov '15 3:46:56 PM nombretomado
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* Used, surprisingly, in ''SamuraiChamploo''. In a baseball game against the {{Eagleland}} Navy, ninja Kagemaru is a little shorthanded. Even after conscripting Mugen, Jin and Fuu, he needs five more players. So he gets a really old man (who dies in his first at-bat), Fuu's pet flying squirrel Momo, and a dog. When one of the American sailors objects, the umpire consults a rulebook, and rules that "I can't find anything about dogs in the rulebook. He's good." [[note]]Fun fact: One of the Americans was named Abner Doubleday, who has a lasting belief that he invented the game.[[/note]]

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* Used, surprisingly, in ''SamuraiChamploo''.''Anime/SamuraiChamploo''. In a baseball game against the {{Eagleland}} Navy, ninja Kagemaru is a little shorthanded. Even after conscripting Mugen, Jin and Fuu, he needs five more players. So he gets a really old man (who dies in his first at-bat), Fuu's pet flying squirrel Momo, and a dog. When one of the American sailors objects, the umpire consults a rulebook, and rules that "I can't find anything about dogs in the rulebook. He's good." [[note]]Fun fact: One of the Americans was named Abner Doubleday, who has a lasting belief that he invented the game.[[/note]]
20th Aug '15 5:00:09 PM StFan
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* In the ''Leaping Lizards'' entry of the Literature/NintendoAdventureBooks series, the Mario brothers and company are competing in the Mushroom Games. Why? The king of the Mushroom Kingdom has been [[BalefulPolymorph turned into a rabbit]] and the prize is a magic whistle that will change him back. This rabbit form however is advantageous; depending on what choices you make, you can have the king in rabbit form complete the high jump event and win big! Of course, the Koopas complain about this selection not being fair -- which turns out to be bizarre as [[{{Hypocrite}} they themselves cheat throughout the games]].
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* In the ''Leaping Lizards'' entry of the Literature/NintendoAdventureBooks series, the Mario brothers and company are competing in the Mushroom Games. Why? The king of the Mushroom Kingdom has been [[BalefulPolymorph turned into a rabbit]] and the prize is a magic whistle that will change him back. This rabbit form however is advantageous; depending on what choices you make, you can have the king in rabbit form complete the high jump event and win big! Of course, the Koopas complain about this selection not being fair - which turns out to be bizarre as [[{{Hypocrite}} they themselves cheat throughout the games]].



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* Averted in an episode of ''HappyDays''. The other team might not have complained about Richie's high school hockey team using a German Shepard for a goalie but Richie's team ended up [[RealityEnsues losing that game 12-0.]]

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* Averted in an episode of ''HappyDays''.''Series/HappyDays''. The other team might not have complained about Richie's high school hockey team using a German Shepard for a goalie but Richie's team ended up [[RealityEnsues losing that game 12-0.]]



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* xkcd's Randall Munroe must really hate this trope, it's been referenced (at least) five times in his comics and what-ifs

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* xkcd's ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'''s Randall Munroe must really hate this trope, it's been referenced (at least) five times in his comics and what-ifs



* The webcomic ''{{Concerned}}'' (set in the world of ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'') shows the erstwhile hero telling a monster called a Gargantua "There's no rule against having a Garg play soccer! This is gonna be the best season EVER!"

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* The webcomic ''{{Concerned}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Concerned}}'' (set in the world of ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'') shows the erstwhile hero telling a monster called a Gargantua "There's no rule against having a Garg play soccer! This is gonna be the best season EVER!"



* While the trope itself doesn't appear ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' Red Mage refers to "The Air Bud Clause" when explaining [[AintNoRule how natural twenties work in Rock, Paper, Scissors.]]

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* While the trope itself doesn't appear ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' in ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'', Red Mage refers to "The Air Bud Clause" when explaining [[AintNoRule how natural twenties work in Rock, Paper, Scissors.]]



* Subverted in ''TheHairBearBunch'' episode "King Klong Vs. The Masked Marvel." Bananas the Gorilla, as King Klong, defeats the Masked Marvel (Botch, filling as the Marvel who came down with measles) but loses the offered $500 prize because animals cannot compete as wrestlers.

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* Subverted in ''TheHairBearBunch'' ''WesternAnimation/TheHairBearBunch'' episode "King Klong Vs. The Masked Marvel." Bananas the Gorilla, as King Klong, defeats the Masked Marvel (Botch, filling as the Marvel who came down with measles) but loses the offered $500 prize because animals cannot compete as wrestlers.
5th Aug '15 12:01:23 AM PaulA
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* In "Nothing in the Rules" by Creator/LSpragueDeCamp, one team at a girls' swimming competition contains a mermaid, who wins everything she enters. (To avoid disqualification for not using the proper swimming form, the mermaid only competes in the freestyle events.) In response to the opposition's outrage, the team coach points out that the rules only specify that all entrants must be female; nothing is said about species. The officials are reluctantly forced to admit that he's right. Whereupon the opposing coach visits the city zoo and borrows a female seal, who (properly incentivized with a bucket of fish) outswims the mermaid.
16th Jul '15 10:12:06 PM Ptorquemada
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* ''Film/RacingStripes'', a kids' movie about a zebra that wants to be a racehorse. To quote TheOtherWiki's summary, ''It is similar in the style to the 1995 movie ''{{Babe}}'', in that the protagonist is a talking animal who lives on a farm and succeeds at an activity not expected of his species.'' While there's a greater similarity between horses and zebras than there are in most examples of the trope, even most ''horses'' can't compete as racehorses, because races are generally limited to a very specific breed of horse (thoroughbreds, quarter horses, ''etc.'') and these terms are minutely defined (often even to how the animal was ''conceived''); funny as it might sound, there's no way you could enter a zebra as a [[ExactWords "quarter horse"]] (with the implication being that [[ComicallyMissingThePoint the other three quarters are zebra]][note]]The "quarter horse" is actually a breed of horse that is exceptionally good at sprinting short distances, so that stands a good chance of beating other breeds in a race of a ''quarter'' mile or less[[/note]]).

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* ''Film/RacingStripes'', a kids' movie about a zebra that wants to be a racehorse. To quote TheOtherWiki's summary, ''It is similar in the style to the 1995 movie ''{{Babe}}'', in that the protagonist is a talking animal who lives on a farm and succeeds at an activity not expected of his species.'' While there's a greater similarity between horses and zebras than there are in most examples of the trope, even most ''horses'' can't compete as racehorses, because races are generally limited to a very specific breed of horse (thoroughbreds, quarter horses, ''etc.'') and these terms are minutely defined (often even to how the animal was ''conceived''); funny as it might sound, there's no way you could enter a zebra as a [[ExactWords "quarter horse"]] (with the implication being that [[ComicallyMissingThePoint the other three quarters are zebra]][note]]The zebra]][[note]]The "quarter horse" is actually a breed of horse that is exceptionally good at sprinting short distances, so that stands a good chance of beating other breeds in a race of a ''quarter'' mile or less[[/note]]).
16th Jul '15 10:11:26 PM Ptorquemada
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* ''Film/RacingStripes'', a kids' movie about a zebra that wants to be a racehorse. To quote TheOtherWiki's summary, ''It is similar in the style to the 1995 movie ''{{Babe}}'', in that the protagonist is a talking animal who lives on a farm and succeeds at an activity not expected of his species.'' While there's a greater similarity between horses and zebras than there are in most examples of the trope, even most ''horses'' can't compete as racehorses, because races are generally limited to a very specific breed of horse (thoroughbreds, quarter horses, ''etc.'') and these terms are minutely defined (often even to how the animal was ''conceived''); funny as it might sound, there's no way you could enter a zebra as a "quarter horse" (with the implication being that the other three quarters are zebra).

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* ''Film/RacingStripes'', a kids' movie about a zebra that wants to be a racehorse. To quote TheOtherWiki's summary, ''It is similar in the style to the 1995 movie ''{{Babe}}'', in that the protagonist is a talking animal who lives on a farm and succeeds at an activity not expected of his species.'' While there's a greater similarity between horses and zebras than there are in most examples of the trope, even most ''horses'' can't compete as racehorses, because races are generally limited to a very specific breed of horse (thoroughbreds, quarter horses, ''etc.'') and these terms are minutely defined (often even to how the animal was ''conceived''); funny as it might sound, there's no way you could enter a zebra as a [[ExactWords "quarter horse" horse"]] (with the implication being that [[ComicallyMissingThePoint the other three quarters are zebra).zebra]][note]]The "quarter horse" is actually a breed of horse that is exceptionally good at sprinting short distances, so that stands a good chance of beating other breeds in a race of a ''quarter'' mile or less[[/note]]).
16th Jul '15 9:48:00 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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->''"[[AintNoRule Ain't no rule]] says a dog can't play soccer."''

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->''"[[AintNoRule Ain't ->''"Ain't no rule]] rule says a dog can't play soccer."''
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