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Memphis Grizzlies: How the Simpsons Can Star Their Players

Tom FirmeAnalyst IIAugust 26, 2011

Memphis Grizzlies: How the Simpsons Can Star Their Players

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    Memphis Grizzlies players on The Simpsons?

    Why not?

    On Tuesday, reports stated that Lady Gaga will guest star on an episode of The Simpsons this season.  In 23 seasons, The Simpsons have featured scores of celebrities, including numerous athletes such as Derek Jeter, Daryl Strawberry, and Tony Hawk.  These celebrities have only produced mild laughter in attempts to complement the funnier Simpsons cast of characters.

    Instead, The Simpsons could guest star Grizzlies players.

    The Simpsons could jump for greater novelty and bigger laughs by featuring players from the Grizzlies, which has the worst franchise record in the NBA.

    In recent years, the Grizzlies have developed winning tendencies.  Hopefully, this would win credibility with The Simpsons writing team.

    In this piece, one can see the endless possibilities with Grizzlies players on The Simpsons.

1. Zach Randolph and Sideshow Bob Take Aim at Krusty the Clown

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    Grizzlies leading scorer Zach Randolph is an accessory to Sideshow Bob's latest plot to take out Krusty the Clown, Bob's old boss.  Bob convinces Randolph, who is described in the episode to have been babysat by Bob when he was a child, to buy a house in Springfield to house him while he builds his plot to kill Krusty. 

    Unbeknown to Bob, Randolph has numerous friends in his past who seek favors from Randolph.  Randolph hosts several felons, all of them wanted in other states, in his house.  While Bob is irritated by the felons taking up space in the house, he decides to use them in his plot. 

    While one of the felons grabs some food at the Kwik-E-Mart, he meets Lisa and leaks the plot to her.  Lisa informs Bart.  Near the end of the episode, Lisa and Bart prevent Bob from poisoning Krusty's drink during Krusty's television show.

2. Milhouse Enters Three-on-Three Tourney with Rudy Gay and Marc Gasol

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    In an attempt to win Lisa's affection, Milhouse enters a tournament with Grizzlies front men Marc Gasol and Rudy Gay

    Gay and Gasol carry the team throughout the tournament while Milhouse draws attention to himself, making no-look passes and driving the lane before kicking the ball out to Gay.  Between games Milhouse does his best with Lisa, telling her all about how he commanded the game and convinced two millionaire athletes to play together happily. 

    Milhouse believes his efforts are paying off, but it is hard to tell. 

    In the championship game, the team faces the barnstorming trio of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and Jeff Green.  They play close with the Thunder players until Gay breaks his ankle on a baseline drive and has to leave the game with two points left for the win.  Josh Selby, the only guy Marc Gasol can reach by phone, fills in and the game is lost.  Milhouse's dreams are crushed again.

3. O.J. Mayo and Teammates Lure Flanders into Becoming Jehovah's Witness

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    O.J. Mayo and three Grizzlies teammates, having become Jehovah's Witnesses, knock on Ned Flanders' door one day and deliver a rousing speech.  Flanders is taken away and enters the religious denomination. 

    During the episode, Flanders knocks on doors with them, but is dejected by the poor results.  At the end of the episode, he quits as a Jehovah's Witness when Mayo gives his $50,000 to find himself a call girl.

4. Flanders Protests Haddadi Moving into Springfield

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    When Grizzlies backup center Hamed Haddadi moves with his girlfriend on the opposite side of the Simpsons' house, Ned Flanders becomes outraged.  Flanders won't stand for having Muslims on his street.

    With his sons, Rod and Todd, Flanders stages a hunger strike outside of Haddadi's house. 

    After the Simpsons host the Haddadi and his girlfriend for dinner, Flanders begs Homer not to talk to them again.  Immediately, Homer's mind jumps to the sweets that Haddadi's girlfriend had brought.  Then, he rushes into their house and asks Hamed for more.

    At the end of the episode, the hunger strike ends when Rod and Todd's stomach hurt and Haddadi's girlfriend brings them food.

5. Superintendent Lionel Hollins Enforces 24-Hour School Days

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    In this episode, Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins is the harried superintendent of Springfield schools.

    Hollins informs Principal Skinner that Springfield Elementary School, along with all other schools in Springfield, must begin having school for 24 hours a day, seven days a week due to low standardized test scores.  Hollins dictates that school will be in session for 18 hours, and then the children will be allowed to sleep for six hours before starting the next school day.

    After three days, Mrs. Crabapple is hospitalized for exhaustion.  Milhouse rises up to teach the class.

    In the end, parents complain that they haven't seen their children in a week, and Hollins restores normal school days.

Tossed in the Trash: Darrell Arthur as Simpsons House Cleaner

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    Grizzlies reserve Darrell Arthur becomes the Simpsons housekeeper when Marge breaks her hip in a freak accident.  Arthur becomes a nervous wreck dealing with every mess that Homer creates, not to mention Bart skateboarding in the house.  Eventually, Arthur quits and leaves town.  The house becomes a mess.  At the end of the episode, Homer contracts the job to Rod and Todd Flanders.

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