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Fox' "Family Guy" Bases Latest Episode Around NFL, As Peter Griffin Attends A Patriots Game
Published March 17, 2014
FOOTBALL FUNNIES: During the game, the culture of alcohol at sporting events also is addressed, with Peter noting of two fans in the crowd, "This is my favorite part of the game when two drunk guys, each holding a baby, get into a fistfight." Peter later adds, "Now here comes security to kick out the wrong person." The storyline starts to emerge as late in the game, the Patriots have to just run out the clock but instead fumble the snap and the Bills return it for the game-winning touchdown, the tenth loss in a row for the Patriots. Bills RB C.J. SPILLER tells the Fox NFL postgame show, "All thanks and praise goes to God. He really won this one for us." At this point, Peter, Cleveland, Glenn and Joe search for God's "address" before meeting with "Death" played by ADAM CAROLLA, who takes them to visit heaven. Peter tells God, "Why ya gotta hurt Patriots' fans? These are good, drunk people who work hard to get absolutely nowhere in life. There are three million fishermen and only seven fish left in the sea, but they live to watch football, many of them still on Zenith or Sylvania television sets. Please God, we're begging you, leave football alone." At this point, God admits he doesn't have a problem with Patriots fans, but "it's Belichick. I don't like him. I gave that guy three Super Bowls and he never smiled once, not even at home. Be grateful!" God said if they can "make Belichick smile, I'll let the Patriots win again." They meet with Bellichick and make him smile with tales of Joe's life ("Family Guy," Fox, 3/16). Last night marked the second time the Patriots were the focus of a "Family Guy" episode, as the team also was featured during an episode in '06 (THE DAILY).