Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others
Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others
Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others
Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier
Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others
Lionel Hutz, Troy McClure and Additional Voices
Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others
When Homer and Lisa are watching TV, a football player wearing a red jersey is being interviewed and says "We came here to play!", causing Homer to get excited and pick up the phone. However it is then revealed that he plays for the Philadelphia Eagles, who have green and white jerseys, not red.
If you look closely, you can see Cesar and Ugolin, from episode 1-11, "The Crepes of Wrath." They appear to live in a new house or apartment.
At the discount clothing outlet, Marge and Bart shop at Wee Monsieur.
The family's dining at the Gilded Truffle marks a return visit. The first trip was during episode 3-7, "Treehouse of Horror II" in the "Monkeys Paw" segment.
Inside Moe's black bookie betting book are listed the following entries: "Barney-$5-Pittsburgh", "Smitty-$12-New Orleans", and 'Homer-$20-Denver".
Homer eats, among several other products, New Bar-B-Q Chips, Salt Doodles, Krunchy Korns and pork rinds.
When Lisa goes to the library to look for a book on 'football,' in the card catolog, she goes straight to the 'De-E' section in the alphabetical listings.
Lisa: Dad, you must have bought me every Malibu Stacy accessory there is!
Homer: Not quite. They were out of Malibu Stacy lunar rovers.
Homer: You see, Lisa, your mother has this crazy idea that gambling is wrong. Even though they say it's okay in the Bible.
Lisa: Really? Where?
Homer: Uh, somewhere in the back.
Marge: Homer, those were very thoughtful presents, but you have to tell me where you got the money from.
Homer: All right, Marge, I'll tell you, but first you have to promise you will not get mad.
Marge: I promise I will get mad, because I always do when you make me promise I won't.
Homer: All right, if you must know. Lisa and I have been gambling on pro football.
Homer: You promised you wouldn't get mad!
Marge: I did not! She's an eight year old girl!
Homer: Marge, she never loses. Aren't parents supposed to encourage their kids whenever they show talent?
Marge: But gambling is illegal.
Homer: Oh, only in 48 states. Besides, it's a victim less crime. The only victim is Moe!
Lisa: How's the game going?
Bart: "You hate dad" is up by a touchdown.
Larry: What you got riding on this?
Homer: My daughter.
Larry: What a gambler!
Adult Lisa: Listen mister, I've been gambling since I was eight and I've been hocking jewelry since I was twelve!
"Smooth" Jimmy Apollo: Well, when you're right 52% of the time, you're wrong 48% of the time.
Homer: (yelling at the television set) Why didn't you say that before?!
Lovejoy: Well, I'm glad some people could resist the lure of the big game.
Guy: Oh my god, I forgot the game!
Moe: I'm sorry Homer, you can't take any more of my money, I'm out of the bookie business.
Barney: But Moe, you've been taking bets all…
Moe: Hey Barney, how bout a free beer!
Homer: Don't worry, Moe, I'm not betting.
Moe: What!? Gimmie that.
Homer: Boy, I know you're gonna like your present.
Bart's Present: Shuddup, shuddup, kiss my butt, shuddup, go to hell, go to hell!
Bart: Dad, I promise I'll never get tired of this.
Waiter: Hello, I'm Marco, and I'll be your waiter.
Homer: Hello, I'm Homer and I'll be your customer!
Waiter: Hmm…haven't heard that one before.
Lisa: Uh, mom, could you loosen my blanket a little? Dad tucked me in too tight and it's cutting off the circulation in my arms and legs.
Homer: Oh, well, you like ice cream don't you?
Homer: Don't you like ice cream better when it's covered in hot fudge?... and mounds of whipped cream?... choc nuts, and those crumpled up cookie things they put on top! Mmmm…crumpled up cookie things.
TV - Coach: You want some of this don't you?
TV - Coach: Well, you need to know the winner, and I know the winner! So call me now…whoah. (speaking faster) Five dollars for the first minute, two dollars for each additional minute!
Phone Message: You.... have reached... the... coaches... hot...
Phone Message: Line...
Homer: Yeah, lay it on me, coach!
Phone Message: In the game of.... Mi..am..i..
Phone Message: Versus Cin..
Phone Message: Cin...
Phone Message: nat..
Phone Message: ti...
Homer: Come on, come on, don't you realize this is costing me money!!
Phone Message: We must consider... many... things.... The wind...
Homer: D'oh, not the wind!
Phone Message: Is blowing out of the....west.
Phone Message: At five...
Homer: Miles per hour!!!
Phone Message: miles...
Homer: D'oh, this is ridiculous!
Marge: Well, do you ever take an interest in anything he does?
Lisa: Well, we used to have burping contests but I outgrew it.
Lisa: Dad, I'm making the Chiefs my 5 star silver bullet special. And with your blessing, I'd like to tie it to the Cowboys, plus 5 in Chicago.
Homer: Good, Good. You Call Moe.
Lisa: (Dials phone) Hello, Moe? It's L.S. calling for H.S--
Moe: Just give me the numbers Lisa.
Lisa: Wouldn't it be fun if we watched the game together?
Homer: Eeeeeh.....okay, just don't say anything and sit down over there...... Over.... over.... over.....over....
Homer: Lisa! Please! I can't hear the announcers!
Lisa: He said Denver just fumbled.
(Show and tell)
Ralph: And when the doctor said I didn't have worms anymore, that was the happiest day of my life!
This episode premiered three days before Super Bowl XXVI which was, just as it is in the episode, between the Washington Redskins and the Buffalo Bills. Lisa's prediction that Washington would come out the victors turned out to be correct, they won 37 to 24.
Blackboard Joke: None.
Couch Gag: Homer accidentally sits on Santa's Little Helper.
In 1992, Yeardley Smith won an Emmy for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance for this episode.
The Bud Bowl
The commercial in which helmeted beer bottles play in "The Duff Bowl" is a reference to a series of ads that were popular in the early 90's in which computer animated bottles of Budweiser and Bud Lite played in a bowl game called "The Bud Bowl".
Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder
Smooth Jimmy Apollo looks just like Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder, which is also who this episode is named after.
Homer: I used to hate the smell of your sweaty feet. Now it's the smell of victory.
This is a take-off of a line from the 1979 film Apocalypse Now, in which Kilgore (Robert Duvall) says, "I love the smell of napalm in the morning. Smells like victory."
Lisa's Malibu Stacy dolls are a parody of Barbie dolls.
Title: A take on the famous oddsmaker "Jimmy the Greek."
Inside Football Today host Brent Gunsilman parodies sportscaster Brent Musburger.
Movie: Waugh! Sorry, Mrs. Glavel."
A tip of the hat to the comedic side of early Jerry Lewis comedy films, many of them in which he played a clumsy oaf opposite Dean Martin.
Troy McClure: My new show is called "Handle with Care." I play Jack Handle, a retired cop who shares an apartment with a retired criminal. We're the original Odd Couple!
These are two obvious references to the shows Switch and The Odd Couple.
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