Why Did ‘The Simpsons’ Feature A Shoutout To Villanova In The Opening Sequence On Sunday?
April 4 / Rick Chandler / SportsGrid
As we know, Marge Simpson has a serious gambling problem ($pringfield: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling, Season 5, Ep. 10, 1993). And it's back, apparently, as seen above from Sunday's opening sequence. There's no other explanation for Bart's plaintive cry for help at the classroom chalkboard.
And by the way, what school still has chalkboards?
Anyway, The Simpsons will be rooting for Villanova tonight when the Wildacts take on North Carolina for the Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament National Championship (9 p.m. ET, TBS. Live streaming: NCAA.com, March Madness app.).
If Marge hasn't gone off the wagon with her gambling, why has The Simpsons chosen Villanova? It may be nothing more than the show's writers liking the name. Witness this episode from 1997, The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson (Season 9, episode 1), in which Barney drives Homer's car home and doesn't return for two months (ep. dug up by Dime Magazine).