On this week’s Garfunkel and Oates, Riki and Kate sing about the ridiculousness of football (and sports in general). For instance, is watching able-bodied millionaires toss a ball around really the best use of our time? But if the game itself seems absurd, you should meet some of its players.
9. Rudy Zolteck
The chubby pee-wee juggernaut in Little Giants was one of three receivers that won the game, so he turned out to be good for something after all.
8. Barney Gorman
In the movie Garbage Picking Field Goal Kicking Philadelphia Phenomenon – yes, that’s really the title – Tony Danza plays a trashman turned Philadelphia Eagle.
7. Air Bud
The canine hero first made his bones on the basketball court, but in the 1998 sequel Air Bud: Golden Receiver he demonstrated a knack for football as well.
6. George Plimpton
Writer George Plimpton actually tried out for the Lions, but the film version of his novel Paper Lion puts the Paris Review co-founder on the field against the Cardinals.