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13th Aug '16 6:24:03 PM StarTropes
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* Played with in Film/TalladegaNights: the two lead characters, who have had a blood rivalry all movie, both crash in the final race. They leap out of their cars and attempt to run to the finish line, with the crowd on the edge of their seats. The announcers then point out that their footrace is completely meaningless, as both were disqualified the moment they stepped out of their cars. Doesn't stop them.

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* Played with in Film/TalladegaNights: Film/TalladegaNightsTheBalladOfRickyBobby: the two lead characters, who have had a blood rivalry all movie, both crash in the final race. They leap out of their cars and attempt to run to the finish line, with the crowd on the edge of their seats. The announcers then point out that their footrace is completely meaningless, as both were disqualified the moment they stepped out of their cars. Doesn't stop them.
10th Aug '16 10:30:24 AM BunnyStar
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[[caption-width-right:314:The free-throw line! The goalposts! The MoralEventHorizon! [[HailFirePeaks The sandtrap! The avalanche zone]]! [[MovingTheGoalposts The goalposts]]! [[Creator/EddieIzzard The hanging gardens of Babylon...]] SPARE! Oh, but that is ''not'' [[Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook Numberwang!]] [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} Initiate MULTI-BAAAAAAALL!]] [[labelnote:But...]][[WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants It's not Tuesday, Patrick!]][[/labelnote]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:314:The free-throw line! [[MovingTheGoalposts The goalposts! goalposts]]! The MoralEventHorizon! [[HailFirePeaks The sandtrap! The avalanche zone]]! [[MovingTheGoalposts [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment The goalposts]]! [[Creator/EddieIzzard The hanging gardens of Babylon...]] SPARE! Oh, but that is ''not'' [[Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook Numberwang!]] [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} Initiate MULTI-BAAAAAAALL!]] [[labelnote:But...]][[WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants It's not Tuesday, Patrick!]][[/labelnote]]]]
14th Jul '16 1:01:11 PM Willbyr
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* In an episode of ''SquidGirl'', Ika plays soccer with some of Takeru's schoolmates. However, she has no idea how to play, and violates a lot of the rules, which the boys on both teams call her out on, such as [[LoopholeAbuse using her tentacles, which totally aren't her hands]], to get the soccer ball into the goal post, even though to the kids it looked like she held the ball in her hands. When she tries just using her feet, she's completely terrible to the point that the both teams collude to help her score at least one goal.

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* In an episode of ''SquidGirl'', ''Manga/ShinryakuIkaMusume'', Ika plays soccer with some of Takeru's schoolmates. However, she has no idea how to play, and violates a lot of the rules, which the boys on both teams call her out on, such as [[LoopholeAbuse using her tentacles, which totally aren't her hands]], to get the soccer ball into the goal post, even though to the kids it looked like she held the ball in her hands. When she tries just using her feet, she's completely terrible to the point that the both teams collude to help her score at least one goal.
20th May '16 2:04:23 PM Gimere
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Many {{Sitcom}}s use the gimmick of the sports episode, usually setting the man up to be [[BestedAtBowling humiliated by a woman]]. Other shows may also reference or involve sports. Sometimes sports knowledge will be used to differentiate [[RatedMForManly 'manly men']] from less seemingly masculine men (geeks and others) or from the women. Sometimes it is the man's wife or girlfriend that, when having to watch a game, totally gets it wrong. Or sometimes it is the man himself trying to show off and only ends up being a KnowNothingKnowItAll. Regardless of the scenario, it is always played purposely for the RuleOfFunny.

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Many {{Sitcom}}s use the gimmick of the sports episode, usually setting the man up to be [[BestedAtBowling humiliated by a woman]]. Other shows may also reference or involve sports. Sometimes sports knowledge will be used to differentiate [[RatedMForManly 'manly men']] "[[RatedMForManly manly men]]" from less seemingly masculine men (geeks and others) or from the women. Sometimes it is the man's wife or girlfriend that, when having to watch a game, totally gets it wrong. Or sometimes it is the man himself trying to show off and only ends up being a KnowNothingKnowItAll. Regardless of the scenario, it is always played purposely for the RuleOfFunny.



The trope name doesn't actually come from any examples; it's just a great example of a person afflicted with this trope. (For those not in on it: Wayne Gretzky is basically the most famous ice hockey player ever to live... and ice hockey uses a puck, not a ball.)

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The trope name doesn't actually come from any examples; particular example; it's just a great example of a person afflicted with this trope. (For those not in on it: Wayne Gretzky is basically the most famous ice hockey player ever to live... live, and ice hockey uses a puck, not a ball.)



* NBC Sports Network had [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KeG_i8CWE8 this ad]] for their coverage of the English Premier League, in which an American coach (who evidently has a background coaching basketball or American football) cluelessly mentions plans to get into the playoffs by playing hard for all four quarters. The English press corps is nice enough to correct him, at least.

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* NBC Creator/{{NBC}} Sports Network had [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KeG_i8CWE8 this ad]] for their coverage of the English Premier League, in which an American coach (who evidently has a background coaching basketball or American football) cluelessly mentions plans to get into the playoffs by playing hard for all four quarters. The English press corps is nice enough to correct him, at least.



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* A {{Spider-Man}} comic used this as part of SpotTheImpostor [[WereStillRelevantDammit involving Barack Obama, of all people.]] It all starts with trouble at the Presidential Inauguration -- namely, ''two'' Obamas showing up, each claiming to be the real one. Spidey swings in and points out that Obama played basketball in college, leading to a Secret Service agent suggesting a three-point shootout to determine the real president. The fake Obama [[spoiler:the Chameleon in disguise]] begins sweating and stammers something like "even if we did find a basketball field, where will we find an umpire at this hour?" Sadly, this means that the world's first three-point shootout between a supervillain and a U.S. president has yet to happen.

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* A {{Spider-Man}} comic used this as part of SpotTheImpostor [[WereStillRelevantDammit involving Barack Obama, of all people.]] It all starts with trouble at the Presidential Inauguration -- namely, ''two'' Obamas showing up, each claiming to be the real one. Spidey swings in and points out that Obama played basketball in college, leading to a Secret Service agent suggesting a three-point shootout to determine the real president. The fake Obama [[spoiler:the [[spoiler:who is actually the Chameleon in disguise]] begins sweating and stammers something like "even if we did find a basketball field, where will we find an umpire at this hour?" Sadly, this means that the world's first three-point shootout between a supervillain and a U.S. president has yet to happen.



* Played for laughs in ''TopGear'', with Jeremy Clarkson talking at one point about "golf bats".

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* Played for laughs in ''TopGear'', ''Series/TopGear'', with Jeremy Clarkson talking at one point about "golf bats".



* In a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-mSGikBezc promo]] for ''{{ESPN}} College Gameday'', the main cast are shown playing cards. [[CloudCuckooLander Lee Corso]] lays down his cards with a triumphant "Straight flush!"[[note]]A poker hand[[/note]]

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* In a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-mSGikBezc promo]] for ''{{ESPN}} College Gameday'', the main cast are shown playing cards. [[CloudCuckooLander Lee Corso]] lays down his cards with a triumphant "Straight flush!"[[note]]A flush!"[[note]]That's a poker hand[[/note]]



'''Corso''': ''King me!''[[note]]That's checkers[[/note]] (The others thrown their cards down in disgust)

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'''Corso''': ''King me!''[[note]]That's checkers[[/note]] a checkers term[[/note]] (The others thrown their cards down in disgust)



* In a 2009 game between the Bengals and the Browns, broadcaster Rich Gannon debated whether the Bengals should run down the clock before kicking an overtime field goal, so as not to allow the Browns time to return a kick. His broadcast partner helpfully reminded him that NFL overtime (under then-existing rules) is sudden death.

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* In a 2009 game between the Bengals and the Browns, broadcaster Rich Gannon debated whether the Bengals should run down the clock before kicking an overtime field goal, so as not to allow the Browns time to return a kick. His broadcast partner helpfully reminded him that NFL overtime (under then-existing rules) is sudden death.{{sudden death}}.



* When SarahPalin resigned the Alaska governorship, she described herself as a "point guard"...and [[{{Metaphorgotten}} then it]] [[http://nba.fanhouse.com/2009/07/07/its-on-point-guards-vs-sarah-palin/ got weird]]. The fact that she played as a point guard in high school and majored in sports journalism just adds to the absurdity.

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* When SarahPalin UsefulNotes/SarahPalin resigned the Alaska governorship, she described herself as a "point guard"...and [[{{Metaphorgotten}} then it]] [[http://nba.fanhouse.com/2009/07/07/its-on-point-guards-vs-sarah-palin/ got weird]]. The fact that she played as a point guard in high school and majored in sports journalism just adds to the absurdity.
11th May '16 4:59:32 PM LinTaylor
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* In ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'', Pink Ranger Amy is a fan of the rugby [[ShowWithinAShow manga]] ''Love Be Ball Touchdown'' (''Love Touch'' for short). Grey Ranger Tessai complains that rugby goals are called tries rather than touchdowns, and TheMentor Torin remarks that the title is an example of this trope, since the manga's heroine makes the same mistake in an early chapter.

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* In ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'', Pink Ranger Amy is a fan of the rugby rugby-themed {{Shoujo}} [[ShowWithinAShow manga]] ''Love Be Ball Touchdown'' (''Love Touch'' for short). Grey Ranger Tessai complains that rugby goals are called tries rather than touchdowns, and TheMentor Torin remarks that the title is an example of this trope, since the manga's heroine makes the same mistake in an early chapter.
11th May '16 4:58:45 PM LinTaylor
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* In ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'', Pink Ranger Amy is a fan of the rugby [[ShowWithinAShow manga]] ''Love Be Ball Touchdown'' (''Love Touch'' for short). Grey Ranger Tessai complains that rugby goals are called tries rather than touchdowns, and TheMentor Torin remarks that the title is an example of this trope, since the manga's heroine makes the same mistake in an early chapter.
5th May '16 8:42:23 PM nombretomado
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** There's also another scene in ''My Cake'', where Cox and JD's brother try to cheer JD up by watching a sporting event with him. They wear Detroit Red Wings attire as they watch a college football game...between two professional teams.
* Rebecca serves as an announcer to a hockey game that Joey participates in in an episode of ''FullHouse.'' Feeling the need to upstage her, her husband Jesse attempts to join in. Keep in mind that Jesse is not athletic in any shape or form and knows nothing about sports, so naturally he looks like a complete idiot not knowing about the penalty box or even the ''game clock.'' This happens in another episode when he tries to play basketball to impress his children. Jesse is a horrible case of CharacterizationMarchesOn. Earlier seasons had him being as athletic and knowing about sports as Danny and Joey; after the fourth season, he has no athletic ability and claims to know nothing about sports at all.

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** There's also another scene in ''My Cake'', "My Cake", where Cox and JD's brother try to cheer JD up by watching a sporting event with him. They wear Detroit Red Wings attire as they watch a college football game...between two professional teams.
* Rebecca serves as an announcer to a hockey game that Joey participates in in an episode of ''FullHouse.''Series/FullHouse.'' Feeling the need to upstage her, her husband Jesse attempts to join in. Keep in mind that Jesse is not athletic in any shape or form and knows nothing about sports, so naturally he looks like a complete idiot not knowing about the penalty box or even the ''game clock.'' This happens in another episode when he tries to play basketball to impress his children. Jesse is a horrible case of CharacterizationMarchesOn. Earlier seasons had him being as athletic and knowing about sports as Danny and Joey; after the fourth season, he has no athletic ability and claims to know nothing about sports at all.
21st Apr '16 9:52:33 PM ultimomant
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* Dexter of ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', being the overly stereotypical nerd he is, is quite naive when it comes to sports. One episode had him distract his dad by constantly asking inane questions in regards to a golf tournament they were watching:

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* Dexter of ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'':
** Dexter,
being the overly stereotypical nerd he is, is quite naive when it comes to sports. One episode had him distract his dad by constantly asking inane questions in regards to a golf tournament they were watching:



* In ''JohnnyTest'', Johnny goes skiing and is denied access to a trail due to it being "NK-13", for no kids under age 13. Trail markers do not work that way, despite the size or difficulty. Though it's unlikely they'd want 10-year-olds going on double-diamond trails, they don't regulate it.

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** When the show was UnCanceled, the roles were reversed. One episode had Dexter's dad repeatedly mess up a golf tournament because he had a warped understanding of the rules and ignored Dexter trying to correct him. For one thing, he didn't understand what the holes were and thought you had to avoid the ball falling into them.
* In ''JohnnyTest'', ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'', Johnny goes skiing and is denied access to a trail due to it being "NK-13", for no kids under age 13. Trail markers do not work that way, despite the size or difficulty. Though it's unlikely they'd want 10-year-olds going on double-diamond trails, they don't regulate it.



* Done in ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' when the penguins try to play hockey against the sewer rats. King Julien is assigned as a cheerleader, and tries to demoralise the rats;

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* Done in ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' when the penguins try to play hockey against the sewer rats. King Julien is assigned as a cheerleader, and tries to demoralise demoralize the rats;
22nd Mar '16 10:11:23 AM megarockman
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* Averted in December 2015. Yankee Stadium hosted a college football bowl game between the Duke Blue Devils and the Indiana Hoosiers. On the Indiana roster was a running back named...Alex Rodriguez. Who was able to run the ball into the end zone, leading to the headline "Alex Rodriguez Scores a Touchdown in Yankee Stadium".

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* Averted Subverted in December 2015. 2015: a headline on MLB.com's website reads [[http://m.mlb.com/cutfour/2015/12/26/160491730/alex-rodriguez-pinstripe-bowl-2015 "A-Rod Scored a Touchdown in Yankee Stadium"]]. No, not the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_Rodriguez baseball slugger for the New York Yankees]]. Yankee Stadium hosted hosts the annual Pinstripe Bowl, a college football bowl game that in 2015 was between the Duke Blue Devils and the Indiana Hoosiers. On the Indiana roster was a freshman running back named...[[http://espn.go.com/college-football/player/_/id/3858264/alex-rodriguez Alex Rodriguez. Rodriguez]]. Who was able to run the ball into the end zone, zone in the 3rd quarter of the game, leading to the headline "Alex headline. The game's announcers did some LampshadeHanging on [[NamesTheSame his name]] when Rodriguez Scores a Touchdown in Yankee Stadium".scored, imitating the home-run calls of long-time Yankees play-by-play announce John Sterling.
19th Mar '16 4:57:41 AM Hossmeister
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