Don’t You Think “The Office” Missed a Huge Opportunity to Spoof Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out?


Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out was probably the biggest and most important game of my childhood.  My dad and I would take turns playing and trying to beat the likes of Glass Joe, King Hippo and Piston Honda just to get a crack at Kid Dynamite himself, Mike Tyson.  My dad defeated him before I did.  I remember him waking me up in the middle of the night just to show me.  He was practically out of breath with excitement.  I was in awe.  I thought Tyson was invincible, both in real life and in the world of video games.  A short while later, Buster Douglas would destroy that idea and, from then on, the video game never quite as cool again.

I hopped on YouTube Wednesday night because I couldn’t remember how the Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out “bike riding” theme sounded.  Because, apparently, that is what the internet is for.  After watching a quick video and humming along, it dawned on me that Little Mac, the hero of the game, looked a lot like the actor/writer BJ Novak from The Office.  I went looking on Google Image Search for pictures of the two of them to show a friend the resemblance.  From out of nowhere, it hit me that the character of Stanley from the same show is a dead ringer for Little Mac’s trainer, Doc.  Once that happened, this photo was just elementary.  It still kind of cracks me up.

I put the photo up on my Facebook and Twitter but it didn’t get much of a response.  Eh, whatever.  It happens.  So, I put it here as well in case anyone stumbles across it.  Maybe you’ll get a kick out of it, too.


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