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10 Games from Sitcoms That Should Be In The Olympics

By Nadia Chaudhury | Seriously Random Lists | February 6, 2014 | Comments ()


The Winter Olympics start tonight, with the Opening Ceremony tomorrow, not that you’re going to watch. Except for the #nbcfails. We have a couple of suggestions for making the games more exciting, though: here are some games of brawn and sometimes brain, but not too much, that the Olympic Committee really should squeeze in.


1. Baskiceball from How I Met Your Mother
The marriage of basketball and ice hockey makes perfect sense for the Eriksen men. And hey, they have to work off that seven-layer salad somehow. Just remember to never call it Iceketball.
Who would probably win: Marshall, because no one ever suspects the runt of the family.

2. Blernsball from Futurama
A mega-upgraded version of baseball in the future, there are slight variations of the game. An elastic line secures the baseball to the field, home runs are made when the ball goes through a hole in a billboard, and it’s mass chaos during multiball time.
Who would probably win: Bender, because doesn’t he always win?


3. Chardee MacDennis from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
The brilliantly crazy three-level game where the stakes are high, and the chances of everyone storming off in a drunken rage are even higher. Level Two is where the gang’s strength is tested, by chugging a drink for as long as it takes for the other team to count ever-so-slowly to five seconds, playing chicken with darts, and the grape gobble, which is exactly what it sounds like.
Who would probably win: Charlie, because, wildcard, bitches.

4. Fireball from Friends
Don oven gloves, set tennis ball on fire, and try to throw the inflamed ball in a bowl. Good safe game, right? For tiebreakers, upgrade the tennis ball with a bowling ball, and whip out the torch for Ultimate Fireball.
Who would probably win: Chandler, because Joey would be distracted by the fire.


5. Flonkerton from The Office
The Dunder Mifflin gang took it upon themselves to create their own Olympics. One of the games, Flonkerton, loosely translates to Box of Paper Snowshoe Racing or Icelandic Paper Box Snowshoeing. Racers run to the finish line with paper boxes strapped to their feet. Plus, cheap medals!
Who would probably win: Kevin, because he’s a pro at walking in and out of boxes (see: Pam and Jim’s wedding).


6. Hot Lava from Community
The rules are basic: Stay on furniture and don’t touch the floor, or you’ll melt to death from (imaginary) lava. The stakes? The loss of your best friend to his rapping career.
Who would probably win: Abed, because now he has nothing to lose.


7. Jiggly Ball from Scrubs
A game based on fear of missing out than anything else, the Janitor convinces everyone else to talk about Jiggly Ball, except for J.D. When he pretends to know what the game is, he’s the sitting duck as everyone throws tennis balls at him. And that’s why you don’t lie, kids.
Who would probably win: Everyone except J.D.


8. Spaceball from Firefly
The Serenity crew plays a bizarre version of basketball that I assume is called Spaceball based on the music, the involvement of a ball and a vertical hoop, and the riding on a teammate’s shoulders, like Kaylee did.
Who would probably win: River, because of her powers.
(I know it’s not necessarily a sitcom, but Wash + dinosaur toys = funny.)


9. Tetherball from 30 Rock
Shockingly, the real game of tetherball isn’t in the Olympics, but it should be. The simple act of hitting a ball tied to a pole back and forth isn’t the most challenging of sports, but let’s make Jack Donaghy’s dream a reality, for ratings’ sake.
Who would probably win: Kenneth, because he’s the only one who shows up.


10. True American, from The New Girl
As any true American knows, alcohol is the key to anything fun and worthwhile. The rules are intense, but to sum up: lots of beer and liquor, no touching the floor, and AMERICA.
Who would probably win: Nick Miller, because he is nothing but booze.

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  • candace hathaway

    I hesitate to add Cones of Dunshire because it isn't an athletic game, but True American made the list so what the heck.

    What a noncommittal comment. Shutting up now.

  • Rebecca Hachmyer

    Appropo of nothing, did anyone else find the "Prince" episode of New Girl totally incomprehensible and filled with plot contrivances? Is there an in-joke that I am missing?

  • Rebecca Hachmyer

    And don't forget another Friends classic, in which they simply toss the ball back and forth for like a day and a half.

    Team Monica!

  • bimboden

    I'm pretty sure Pyramid should be on this list?

  • TheReinaG

    Did we watch different BSGs? Because the one I watched certainly wasn't a sitcom.

  • bimboden

    This is what happens when you try to skim Pajiba in the middle of running reports at work... and I'm also blinded by my eternal love for all things Anders.


  • e jerry powell

    If those uniforms were mandatory, I could seriously get behind some Olympic tetherball.

  • Buellie413

    This list made me smile super hard, and that is SOMETHING after a day consisting of 5 meetings and crazypantsery at work.

  • Tinkerville

    Chardee MacDennis is great, but let's not forget Flip-Flip-Flipadelphia!

  • zeke_the_pig

    Who's to say we didn't put that same poison...into the drinking water!

  • dizzylucy

    Ah Flonkerton. Somewhere I have a Flonkerton t-shirt.

    I think I might prefer the Synchronized Running to Tetherball from 30 Rock.

  • BWeaves

    Not a game, but an award. Back in high school, my drama class used to hand out it's own version of the Tony or Oscar to various people in drama class. They wrapped single serving Coke and Pepsi bottles in aluminum foil and fashioned wings at the top. We called them the Peppy Awards. It's a quick and easy thing to do and looks like an impressive award from a distance.

  • stella

    Aww that Community picture made me tear up. Awesome list, by the way!

  • You forgot gurney races from M*A*S*H. But that's likely before your time.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Hot Lava: A proud tradition for children everywhere. I think Mr. Julien's family actually called it the same name.

  • Bedewcrock

    True American!

  • I have a friend that moved into a house with three guys. Every once in awhile I ask her if they've either started playing True American yet or developed their own game in the same style. Sadly, I think they're all workaholic young professionals that don't have time for such hijinx.

  • lowercase_ryan

    This list spurred me to try for a Pajibacon in the LA area in which we play this for real.

    I sincerely hope it happens.

  • Tinkerville


  • Berry

    Had Flonkerton not made the list, I would have become one of Those People. You know, the ones who question your entire value as a carbon based life form because you left their favorite off the list. But it did, so crisis averted.

  • Mrs. Julien

    For now...

  • I feel like Hot Lava has a better chance of being an Olympic sport than Bowling, the one shot I'd ever have at being an Olympian. So, you know, time to switch disciplines.

  • Guest

    Firefly is a sitcom?

    Better of Ted - Track and Field.

    Arrested Development - Floor (Gymnastics).

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    If you're going with Better off Ted, you're going with bagel toss.

  • WerewolfgangAmadeusMozart

    I believe you mean "Linda Bagel."

  • Aaron Schulz

    You think you can beat me at Linda Bagel? Because ya know, im Linda.

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    Thank you. My Googling finger is broken.

  • Guest

    +1 or Medieval Fight Club.

  • lowercase_ryan

    oh sweet shit yes

  • Nimue

    Ok, I don't heap out praise easily or warm up to people quickly. But, I am really digging the vibe you are putting out there this week young lady. (I just assume you're younger than me and I can call you that.)

  • foolsage

    She's off to a strong start, agreed.

  • sian8470

    No penny can?

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  • sian8470

    The rest of the list is awesome, by the way. Belated welcome, Nadia!

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