Sports On TV: South Park’s 20 Greatest Sports Moments

Edit: We’re re-running this today in celebration of the 16th anniversary (to the day) of ‘South Park’s’ first airing. If you haven’t read it before, check it out!

The Sports On TV column returns with one of the most requested shows ever: Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s 16-season strong cultural landmark, ‘South Park’.

‘South Park’ has been around since 1997, and has changed along with the times. When it started, Parker and Stone were getting $1,200 to make video Christmas cards for Fox executives. In 2012, they are influential, Tony Award-winning, multi-millionaire media moguls. One thing hasn’t changed: in season one, Kenny was getting ripped apart by football players. In season 16, Tom Brady is guzzling a Gatorade bottle of a child’s semen. Sports are one of the weirdest, stupidest, most ritualistic and overly-glorififed things human beings can do, and ‘South Park’ has been in tune with that since the very beginning.

So, here are my choices for the 20 greatest South Park sports moments. Like a lot of the shows we do, there are a ton of moments we had to leave out, so a part 2 will probably happen. If we left out your favorite moment, or you have something to say about a moment we chose, be sure to drop down into our comments section and let us know.

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Episode: “Big Gay Al’s Big Gay Boat Ride” (season 1, episode 4)

What Happens: Ned and Uncle Jimbo show up to South Park Elementary School to pressure football coach Chef about beating the spread in the upcoming Homecoming game between the South Park Cows and Middle Park. Unfortunately for Chef, star quarterback Stan Marsh is nowhere to be found at Homecoming, because he’s wandered into a Big Gay Animal Sanctuary in the forest to find the dog he berated for being homosexual. Keep in mind that this is four episodes into the run of the show. Stan learns an important lesson about acceptance and returns in time to throw a touchdown pass to Kyle and beat the spread, but not before Jimbo and Ned have taken matters into their own hands with an exploding mascot reliant on the note-hitting abilities of John Stamos’ brother. Fun fact: It is pretty hard to succinctly recap ‘South Park’ episodes.