The “Simpsons” marathon currently airing on FXX is giving plenty of people the chance to re-discover the joys of the classic show. It is also giving executive producer Mike Scully the chance to tweet out scads of interesting tidbits about the cartoon sitcom he knows so well.
Monday brought us this item:
The episode in question is 1998’s “The Last Temptation of Krust,” in which Krusty the Clown launches a short-lived career as a caustic stand-up comedian, but not before embarking on an epic bender. Amid a montage of booze-fueled misadventures comes this moment:
It’s understandable that the NHL might not have liked to watch its signature piece of hardware getting used and abused, but, of course, the show was simply making a comedic reference to real life. There’s a longstanding tradition of the Cup spending much its offseason in the possession of the players whose teams win it, and that inevitably means spending a fair amount of time around folks who have had more than a few.
In other words, there’s a very good chance that when Krusty hurled into the Cup, it could merely have been the first time that had happened in animated form.