World Simpsons Day: 17 great athletes who were satirized in the series

In 2017, April 19 was chosen as the world simpsons daybecause that day, but from 1987, was released good nighta short film that aired on The Tracey Ullman Show and that meant the first appearance of the yellow family on television. After 48 shorts, Matt Groening He managed to transform his creation into a series that was launched on April 17, 1989 and that continues to this day. Since then Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie they have become icons of American culture and dozens of stars have passed through the city of Springfield, among which several athletes stand out.

Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Serena and Venus Williams

The tennis players participated in a match with Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras

in the episode Tennis the Menace from Season 12, Homer wanted to upgrade his family’s social life by building a tennis court in his backyard (even though he believed mud wrestling was practiced on the court). Such was the fanaticism of his loved ones for this sport that they signed up for a doubles tournament in which several stars who dominated the ATP and WTA rankings at the time were invited.

Due to his obsession with winning, Homer replaces Lisa with Venus and Marge does the same with Bart to make room for Serena. Finally, the Williams sisters invite Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras to the duel, so the popular couple also ends up watching the game from the stands.

magic johnson

The former Lakers basketball player spoke with Homer

In the third season of the series takes place the episode Homer Defined, in which the family patriarch makes a mistake that makes him a national hero. The nuclear plant run by the evil Mr. Burns is about to suffer a nuclear meltdown and Homer, in charge of security, resorts to the “From tin marin de do pingüé”, to touch the button that prevents the catastrophe.

That is why the protagonist becomes an idol and receives a congratulatory call from Magic Johnson himself, a star of the Los Angeles Lakers at the time, in the middle of an NBA game.

Tony Hawk

The skateboard legend was Bart’s friend on The Simpsons

One of the few athletes to have had a starring role on The Simpsons was the skateboarding legend in the Season 14 episode Barting Over. In that episode, Bart gets fed up with living under his father’s tutelage and emancipates himself by leaving. to live in an apartment where there is a skate park. There he meets Hawk, who becomes his friend, being the envy of all his classmates at school.

Finally, everything is defined in a skateboard battle between the athlete and Homer, the latter being the winner of the duel by using a smart board that allows him to do tricks that defy the laws of gravity.

Mike Tyson

The character was inspired by the figure of Mike Tyson

The Simpsons created a character inspired by the former world boxing champion who first appeared in the eighth season, when Homer decides to venture into boxing on the recommendation of his friend and then manager Moe. There, he takes on the dreaded Drederick (or Rufo) Tatum, a former heavyweight title winner recently released from prison.

Tatum is a clear parody of Tyson, not only because of his physical resemblance and his history (both champions who went to jail), but also because his manager, Lucius Sweet, is inspired by Don King. The fight is, as expected, victory for the boxer by abandoning Homer, who is taken out of the ring by Moe just before the knockout.

Ronaldo Nazario

The former Brazilian soccer player had his participation in the animated series

Among his many professions, Homer Simpson was also a soccer referee. Happened during the episode Marge Gamer of season 18, in which he has to direct several matches of his daughter Lisa, who, taking advantage of her father’s love, constantly fakes infractions that are charged by him until Ronaldo Nazario shows up. The Brazilian, who wears the Real Madrid shirt, accuses the girl of being a “cheat”, who gets angry with her father. “Another family separated by Ronaldo,” the former 1994 and 2002 World Cup champion striker says happily.

Joe Namath

The former football player participated in the animated series

Who knew how to be a figure in the NFL had an uneventful passage through the backyard of the house on Avenida Siempreviva 742 after a problem with his car. His appearance occurred in the episode Bart Star of the ninth season of the series at a key moment for Bart, who at that time was serving as quarterback of a children’s team, but his terrible performances were bringing him problems with his teammates.

That is when the former player who led the New York Jets to win the only Super Bowl in their history tells him: “There is only one thing you have to know to be a great quarterback”, but he is just interrupted by the shout from his wife to let him know that they had already fixed the vehicle and that therefore they could leave. The secret was never revealed.


The Brazilian soccer legend participated in a chapter

The former Brazilian soccer player considered by various experts to be the best of all time also had a brief but fun experience on The Simpsons. During the ninth season, the figure of O Rei had a stellar moment in The Cartridge Family, an episode in which the family attends a soccer game in Springfield between Mexico and Portugal.

In the preview of the match, Pelé approaches the center of the field, takes a microphone and recommends the use of a cleaning product just before receiving a bag full of money. It is evident that his time with the MLS Cosmos in the mid-1970s is remembered more for his appearance in advertisements than for his game.

Tonya Harding

The former skater was mocked in the animated series

In one of the Halloween specials, Homer’s mistake causes the machines to rebel against humanity and destroy the planet Earth. The only way out for Homer and Bart is a ship that escapes from Earth’s orbit towards the sun, although they find out the destination when they are already aboard it.

There they meet “second class” celebrities, among which stands out the former figure skater Tonya Harding. In the United States, her name has been tarnished after, in 1994, someone close to her hired a hit man to attack her greatest adversary, Nancy Kerrigan.

LeBron James, Yao Ming, Tom Brady, Michelle Kwan and Warren Sapp

Warren Sapp, Tom Brady, Yao Ming, LeBron James and Michelle Kwan all appeared on The Simpsons
Warren Sapp, Tom Brady, Yao Ming, LeBron James and Michelle Kwan all appeared on The Simpsons

During season 16, Homer gains popularity in the United States for dancing in a funny way in a video that goes viral. That’s why in the episode Homer and Ned’s Hail Mary Pass several American sports figures resort to him to win the sympathy of the public. “My fans love my scoring, but they hate my dancing,” LeBron James explains to Mr. Simpson in a sentence that sums up why everyone needs his help.

After training, Homer teaches LeBron James, Warren Sapp (Football Hall of Famer), Yao Ming (former Chinese player for the Houston Rockets), Tom Brady (NFL legend) and Michelle Kwan (Champion figure skating world championships) original festivities to win the affection of the public. In return, they help him put on a Super Bowl halftime show.


A Brazilian-inspired character appeared in one episode

Like Mike Tyson, Neymar also has a character inspired by him within the yellow universe. In the preview of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, soccer fever invaded the United States and The Simpsons put Homer to arbitrate nothing less than the final of that contest in the episode You Don’t Have to Live Like a Referee from season 25.

The match that defines the champion is disputed by Brazil and Germany. During an attack by the local team, the striker nicknamed ‘El Divo’, who has a haircut similar to Neymar’s, collapses in the area looking for the referee to charge an infraction, but Homer, despite having been bribed to do so, does not validate the lack The simulation of the footballer, something usual in the current PSG player, is taken to the extreme that he even fakes his death.


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World Simpsons Day: 17 great athletes who were satirized in the series