Looks like they’re trying to throw us off (maybe to end around some licensing fees or something?) by labeling it “Arkansas vs. Mississippi State” (and maybe piping in the Hog on Dog audio, too?) but trust us, we know (or at least are pretty confident we know) a background 2006 Iron Bowl clip when we see it… you know, thanks to the game’s apparent immense, immense, never ending popularity with network television ambiance directors, or whomever it is that keeps torturing Mike Shula.
In fact, crunching the Nilson ratings would I’m sure reveal the 2006 Iron Bow to be the most caught-a-glimpse-of football game in the history of 2010s prime time.
True, the last time Brad Lester and the boys were on modern air (a 2013 episode of NBC’s Parenthood) they weren’t beating Bama but the Gamecocks. But you still have that 2011 Body of Proof episode and that 2013 episode of The Mentalist.
This time it’s the creatives at Mindy Kaling’s new hit The Mindy Project, the first Fox show to hold up The Thumb, and the first comedy. The 2006 Iron Bowl had previously only popped up in crime dramas, unlike the 2007 Iron Bowl which the monkey on NBC’s short-lived comedy Animal Practice found absolutely hilarious. (Can’t see the video? Try here.)
The game is on, in aforementioned disguise, in the background of at least three scenes in the 2012 episode Thanksgiving from the show’s first season, most prominently during a delightful onscreen reunion of Kaling and her The Office co-star Ed Helms.
Since anachronisms—I mean, the game was played eight years ago—don’t seem to be a concern for such a trivial set design detail, I’m kind of holding out hope we could see it in the final final season of Mad Men, or maybe even Turn.
Eagle Eye Award: Scott Hughes.
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