Season 6 Episode 2

'I' on Sports

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Oct 01, 1987 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Sam tries to dodge his bar duties so he can fill in for a friend as a sports broadcaster.

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  • G-g-g-Groin Injury

    Another classic Cheers episode and it came only two shows into the Rebecca Howe era. Sam\'s old buddy Dave comes to the bar to offer Sam a chance to do the evening sports on Channel 13. Sam accepts the offer and begins playing hookey from the bar in order to get to the tv station. What follows are some of Sam\'s best moments ever as he ends each sportscast with his own editorial commentary. Problem is that he gives us some of the most cliche commentaries possible. The interaction with anchor woman Joanne is priceless and who could forget his rap song with the unforgettable, \"g-g-g-groin injury\"? He eventually get\'s fired by the TV station but his short TV career was a memorable one.moreless
  • Sam's friend Dave Richards (Fred Dryer) asks Sam to fill in for him on his sports show, but however hard poor Sam tries, he can't seem to get his commentaries rightmoreless

    This episode is such a classic, one of my all time favourites. Sam's casanova friend Dave asks him to fill in on his sports show I on sports. Sam agrees and pretends that he's been robbed to get out of work in brillaint Woody scene (I haven't seen Woody shine like that in a while. Anyway, Rebecca soon find out about Sam's disappearing act but lets him do the show anyway. Sam is terrible at it though, completely rubbish at his commentaries so he tries several things:

    A sports rap:

    Time to rap about a controversy

    Gonna take a stand, wont show no mecy

    A lot of folks say jocks shouldn't be

    Doin the sports news on TV

    I dont wanna hear the latest scores

    From broadcasting school bore

    So get your scores from a guy like me

    Who knows what its like to have a groin injury

    Gra..Gra...Groin Injury!

    And a Ventriloquist act with 'Little Sam'

    The whole episode is simply classic especially with such highlights as the gangs' reaction to Sam's appearances, Sam and Carla purposely ruining their uniforms, along with Woody's uniform, Woody's phone holding, and the rap/ventriloquist acts...this is must see, and will convert anyone into a fan and those who don't find it funny don't really deserve a sense of humour.

    Sam: My knowledge of sports, my good looks, my ability to rhyme.....

Rhea Perlman

Rhea Perlman

Carla Lozupone Tortelli LeBec

George Wendt

George Wendt

Hilary Norman "Norm" Peterson

Ted Danson

Ted Danson

Sam "Mayday" Malone

Bebe Neuwirth

Bebe Neuwirth

Dr. Lilith Sternin-Crane

Kirstie Alley

Kirstie Alley

Rebecca Howe

John Ratzenberger

John Ratzenberger

Clifford C "Cliff" Clavin, Jr

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The news anchor's name was Joanne but, toward the end of the episode, in the final commentary before Sam is fired, when the puppet "Little Sam" tosses it back to the anchor, it sounds as if Sam says "Diane." If so, an obvious slip after 5 years of saying Diane.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Cliff: I guess [Sam] won't be showing his face around here tonight.
      Carla: Would you come into a place where everyone thought you were a complete idiot? Never mind.

    • Rebecca: Well you used to be the boss. How did you feel when people lied to you?
      Sam: I had a rule, when anyone ever lied to me they had to go to bed with me.
      Rebecca: That's one way to make sure it won't happen again.

    • Sam: Right now I gotta get Rebecca to give me the rest of my nights off.
      Norm: No problem there, Sammy. I don't think you work here anymore.

    • Norm: Sammy, it was the single greatest exhibition of sports casting I've ever seen in my life and I'm not just saying that to get a free beer. If the spirit does move you Sammy I take a size 12 sudsy.

    • Sam: What am I going to do about this?
      Frasier: Sam, may I suggest deception?
      Cliff: Well hold onto your horses there, Frasier. I mean as a psychiatrist isn't your job to seek and uphold the truth?
      Frasier: Get real, Cliff.

    • Dave: I make an ungodly amount of money and I know exactly how to use it.
      Rebecca: You must be a friend of Mr. Malone's.

    • Dave: Sam, I've got a proposition for you.
      Sam: no no no. If she's not good enough for you, I sure don't want her.

    • (Regarding Sam's ventriloquist act on TV.)
      Rebecca: If either of them mentions the bar, I'm suing.

    • Woody: Make him talk Sam, make him say my name!

    • Sam: Time to rap about a controversy. Gonna take a stand, won't show no mercy. A lot of folks say jocks shouldn't be doin' the sports news on TV. I don't wanna hear the latest scores from a bunch of old broadcasting school bores. So get your scores from a guy like me who knows what it's like to have a groin injury. Gra..Gra...Groin Injury!

  • NOTES (2)