Rex Ryan looks just like Sgt. Hatred from "The Venture Bros."
It's a shame that the Venture Bros. cartoon isn't more widely known. For one thing, it's a fantastic program - one of my favorite shows off all time - that's smart, funny, edgy and action-packed like few others can ever aspire to be. For another, more people would be making the connection that Rex Ryan, former Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator and current New York Jets head coach, looks EXACTLY like the character Sergeant Hatred.
The similarities between the two don't stop there, though - there's more to it than just looks. On the cartoon, Sgt. Hatred is a 50-something, overweight loudmouth who loves, well, feet. Please tell me that statement doesn't describe Ryan as well.
Your friend and mine, Larry, first made the connection and sent me the picture at the very top (he's also the one that pointed out how similar Sarah Palin is to a certain GI Joe villain), and I think it's spot on. If there is ever a live-action Venture Bros. movie (a cartoon one would suit me just fine), Rex Ryan NEEDS to play Hatred. It's a match made in heaven. Or wherever Rex Ryan comes from.
I mean, really. Just look at it!
Speaking of football, next up on the playoff schedule has the Jets traveling to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers. It's greedy of me, but I'm really hoping the Steelers can win two more games this season to capture the Lombardi trophy for a record seventh time. That way I can be happy and every other fan of every other team can be very, very jealous. Make it happen, boys.
I had a chance to make it to the last game versus the Ravens, a thrilling beat down that Baltimore has had coming for quite a while. Seriously, they like to talk. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editor Dan Gigler was there with a camera and I just happened to be in the right place in the right time to get my photo snapped with the aforementioned Larry as we celebrated the victory. Gigler put it up on the PG website with other pictures from the game. Check out the entire post or, for my fantastic image, look no further than directly below:
Larry and I took a few videos of the game which we promptly uploaded to our YouTube page, each of which now have more views than almost all our Franks and Beans videos. The Steelers videos took literally minutes to shoot, edit and upload. Franks and Beans takes hours of our time and thoughtful creativity that involves more thought than just hitting the 'record' button. And yet the people have spoken, I suppose. Check out the most popular so far, the playing of the "Renegade" song that the fans and defensive players get so excited to hear:
We also filmed some Franks and Beans while we were there, since we are so crafty and opportunistic. That footage will be part of episode 52 (or thereabouts), but in the meantime, check out our newly released episode 50, in which we did something strikingly similar by filming a clip at the Pittsburgh Penguins' new stomping grounds, the Consol Energy Arena. I hate that it's named after a coal company (I'm sure Consol is spending more money on marketing and advertising than, say, researching clean energy solutions or improving employee health benefits), but man, is it a top-shelf arena.
This post had almost nothing to do with comic books, the theme of this blog. I apologize for that. Oh, the Fantastic Four "death" issue comes out next week. I'm sure it'll make me want to vomit. There we go.