George Allen was the father of George Felix Allen, who is a United States Senator from Virginia and often mentioned as a Republican candidate for president in 2008.
Barry Switzer actually included a picture of his appearance in this episode, in his autobiography, "bootlegger's boy".
All three real-life coaches appearing on this show were retired at the time this episode aired, although two returned to coaching later. Hank Stram was the head coach of the National Football League's Kansas City Chiefs & New Orleans Saints. He was the winning coach in Super Bowl 4. Barry Switzer was head coach of college football's Oklahoma Sooners, winning three national championships. A few years after this episode aired, Switzer coached the NFL's Dallas Cowboys and was the winning coach in Super Bowl 30. George Allen coached the Los Angeles Rams and Washington Redskins, appearing in Super Bowl 7. Just a few months after this episode aired, Allen came out of a long retirement to coach Long Beach State University, a school that had not even fielded a football team the previous year. Allen coached the team for one season before he died. Not long afterwards, the school stopped playing football.
There is a real life award called the "Davey O'Brien" award, which goes to college football's best quarterback.
Luther's speech to Hayden is nearly word for word from a TV commericial for Lowenbrau Beer.