Air Bud, Defender of Freedom

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We all learned in late April that the greatest baseball movie of all time is Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch. I mean, a dog wins World Series MVP at the end of it! What more do you want? (Amazingly, in the third Air Bud movie, Air Bud: World Pup, Air Bud replaces Brianna Scurry in goal after she's injured during a penalty shootout. He makes the winning save and the U.S. wins the Women's World Cup, despite the clear rule violation of using a male dog.)

But I digress (obviously). Sometime over the summer, reader Brian sent me an email letting me know about a little bonus tidbit in my Seventh Inning Fetch review. Look closely at the date on the newspaper screencap, he wrote. I complied, and found this shocking piece of data.

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Holy crap! There are a couple of possible explanations for this.

  • It's simply a really weird coincidence. Eh, this is no fun.
  • The paper's a weekly, and prints on a Monday with a Wednesday date. This one doesn't work, either; the paper clearly has a "daily" price in the corner.
  • The front page has all the news about the horrible terrorist attack, and this is just the sports section. This one sort of doesn't work: Every newspaper was pretty much all 9/11 coverage that day; even sports sections were full of stories like, "How will 9/11 effect the NFL?"

That brings us to two possibilities:

  • It's an incredibly awesome sick joke put in to a kids' movie by someone who worked on Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch. Considering the movie came out in June 2002, it was maybe still a little early for 9/11 themed-humor -- which makes this little hidden joke all the more amazing. If this were true, my opinion of Seventh Inning Fetch would go from "best movie of the decade" to "best film in history."
  • In the Air Buddyverse, the 9/11 terrorist attacks didn't happen. Since Air Bud inhabits a world just like ours, one can only assume that Air Bud stopped the terrorist attacks. I'm not quite sure how. Maybe he bit Osama bin Laden or barked really loudly at Mohammad Atta? The real Air Bud (the one who could actually shoot basketballs) died after the first movie. If only we could have saved him!

Incidentally, there's a new Air Bud movie (the ninth) just out, although it's part of the Air Buddies spinoff series. Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws, with George Wendt, Christopher Lloyd, Richard Kind, Tom Bosley and Tim Conway, came out yesterday. No word if there are any 9/11 jokes in it.


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I'd like to know what other horrors are avoided in the Air Buddyverse. Did he stop the mass Cambodian killings by Pol Pot? Is there a "Year Zero" in the Buddyverse?

The Buddyverse is a Bizarro Land where Lottery winners decline winnings.

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