Everyone has "those friends" right? Those friends where you watch a show or movie together and you can turn to them and say "that's you dude!". Sometimes the references are compliments and flattering, other times you're being compared Fat Bastard from Austin Powers. The good, the bad and the ugly I took sometime to compare some of the Free Parking Podcast game to everyone's favorite sports movie characters. Some of these I've had in my head for years - other I came up with for the purpose of this blog but I think they're all pretty dang good. Take a peak and if you know the boys, let me know how I did!
DJ Nater – Brickma from Rookie of the Year
The glasses, the facial hair, the clubhouse moral booster. Not to mention him quoting Mr. Brickma perfectly word for word, line for line from Rookie of the Year. DJ Nater even has a shirt, claiming “Hot Ice”. Coming full-circle, that’s how I would even describe his music mixing skills. Hot ice; the perfect combination of ear blasting, dance-provoking beats and cold, “who hurt you” lyrics.
“The key to being a big league pitcher is the 3 R's: readiness, recuperation, and conditioning! You see, after the game, a lot of guys like to ice up their arm. Still, other fellas think that heat is the way to go. But I have discovered the secret, Henry: hot ice! That's right: hot ice. I heat up... the ice cubes! It's the best of both worlds!”
Timmy - Morris Buttermaker (Coach) from The Bad News Bears
If there was any member of the Free Parking Pod team I could picture tossing batting practice to minors on a summer afternoon while plastered off of cheap, stale beer out of a brown paper bag it would be Timmy. And I mean that in the most complimentary way possible. Granted, The Intern still loves his beer straight out of the depths of a sunken submarine BUT the kid has heart and loves a good team. I could see him giving back to the community one day, coaching a pee-wee squad, trying to relive the glory days while getting the next generation to the Big Leagues – a place we only see in our dreams anymore.
Engelberg: You're not supposed to have open liquor in the car. It's against the law.
Coach Buttermaker: So is murder, Engleberg. Now put that back before you get me in real trouble.
Bush - Cal Naughton Jr. from Talladega Nights
The shake to my bake. The bread to my butter, the dill to my pickle if you’d say. That crazy son of a gun who’d let me draft on him while going 200mph around Daytona Motor Speedway to slingshot into first place. As Cal says “we go together like cocaine and waffles”, that perfect mix of illicit activity combined with sweet comfort food. And at the end of the day, if I was running around naked on a racetrack being burned by an invisible fire, Bush is the guy I want trying to save me.
“I like to think of Jesus as wearin' a Tuxedo T-shirt, 'cause it says, like, ‘I want to be formal, but I'm here to party too.’ I like to party, so I like my Jesus to party…
I like to think of Jesus with like giant eagles wings and singin' lead vocals for Lynyrd Skynyrd with like an Angel Band, and 'm in the front row, and I'm hammered drunk...”
Bryce - Happy Gilmore from Happy Gilmore
He has a long drive, horrible short game, can’t ice skate to save his life but I think he has a chance fighting Bob Barker greenside. Bryce would be the guy to meet us on the 9th green at 9pm while also having the ability to steal your girl on center ice; turning the lights down low and throwing on the disco ball. Give the guy a couple of Founder’s All Day IPA’s and a mixed drink of Jameson and he’ll be the first one in the batting cage eating baseballs to prep for hockey season next year. This one was a no brainer and I’ll throw in another recent Sandler reference to Uncut Gems and Bryce’s sports betting addiction, “So look… Let’s f**king bet on this”.
Fundie (La Cava) - Hamilton “The Babe” Porter from The Sandlot
Resident baseball blogger. Constant content homerun hitter. The rally guy for everyone on a Friday. It's Fundie as Porter from the Sandlot.
Who's strutting their stuff at the pool smirking "hey ladies"? Who's chirping at rec flag football that someone "play's ball like a girl"? Who's saying speed the game up because he has to get home for dinner? It's Fundie.
Truly if you don't believe me on any of this, check out our recent instagram post with La Cava strutting it on the beach with Hammons. You weren't there during intramurals in college when he smack talked me several times with the same diss that I play ball like a girl. Oh - and I got off of a FaceTime call with him earlier today and he ended it by saying, "sorry, got to go I'm home and my mom made chicken cutlets".
Hammons - Rocky Balboa from The Rocky Franchise
Out of all of the sports movie characters to choose from, there are a few untouchables. Rocky Balboa is pretty close to that list but IMO fits Hammons too well not to mention.
First off, the physique. My guy is an absolute freak in the gym and is a few steps away from strapping up the boxing gloves as we speak. Out of the entire FPP crew, he’s definitely one that I would want in my corner if we ever got into a bar fight.
Second, the mentality. “It’s not about how hard you get hit; it’s about how hard you get hit and keep moving forward”. Kid is the definition of the lightning bolt, just tenacious attack of everyday to be the best he can be but with love and compassion.
Lastly, he’s a ladies man as we all know. In the gym and in the boxing ring of life he’ll do anything to win, but when the final bell rings and he takes off the gloves he knows how to treat a lady right and show her a good time.
Oh and not to mention with ESPN Top Rank Boxing back on TV, he may be their number one viewer.
Meade - Billy Beane from Money Ball
Yes, Billy Beane was a real person and General Manager for the Oakland Athletics among other roles in MLB front offices. But the man changed the way how the game worked. He was a numbers guy. It wasn’t about the flashy homeruns or the top-speeds on the radar gun, but the statistics – the nitty gritty. Meade is our numbers guy at FPP, watching our finances and the world markets with a magnifying glass. Sometimes we’ll get a text at 11:30pm making us aware what the market is doing tomorrow. Or we’ll get a notification at 6am sharp about an IPO of an unheard of company that we need to jump on. Like that minor league nobody with a fantastic WAR rating or OBP, Meade knows the numbers before and better than anyone else and will use them to get the win.
Piper - Rick "Wild Thing" Vaughn from Major Leagues
It’s not as much the character of Rick Vaughn but his nickname that just SCREAMS “Hunter Piper” in Major Leagues. Wild Thing. Truly, we need to call him Wild Thing. There’s one anecdote that stick out to me to support this one.
One time I was partying with Bush at his University of Delaware humble abode. The night was at a fork in the road; to either keep the party going or turn things down in the wee-hours of the morning. We received a phone call from none other than Piper at 1am that he was on his way from two hours away to join us and the festivities. After a couple more beers, there he was at the door to give the party one last push. Who would drive two hours at 1am to meet up with their intoxicated friends for just another few minutes of hanging prior to the crash? Wild Thing.
Dever - Charlie Conway from The Mighty Ducks
Ducks Fly Together.
Similar to Conway, I’m not the best skater on the ice or the most skilled. I’m not flashy with the hands and cannot rip it bar down on command. However, I definitely could picture the C on my chest while rocking the FPP jersey along with Bush. The grind it out, day-in and day-out type player the team needs. When the wind is hard and the sky is black, FPP flies together. Oh and give me the penalty shot to win the game Coach. One-two-three triple deke.