Are you ready, kids?
Play-by-play announcer Noah Eagle, flanked by Nate Burleson and Gabriella Nevaeh Green, headed up an alternate broadcast of the Bears vs. Saints NFL wild-card game on Sunday aired exclusively on Nickelodeon — that’s right, the cable network for kids and home of Doug Funnie, SpongeBob SquarePants and Invader Zim.
Featuring ample references to shows past, SpongeBob and oodles and oodles of slime, the Nick production, which was designed to educate younger viewers about football, had an intriguing side effect: Football fans from all over, who were served up a bit of nostalgia on the TV, took notice of it.
While some criticized the program for being a bit less Nick-themed than expected, there was still more than enough zany content to light Twitter abuzz.
Some of the best moments made everybody happy.
Such as SpongeBob taking the place of the kicking net:
CGI slime on touchdowns:
And, of course, everyone’s favorite fictional character, Manti T’eo’s girlfriend:
Twitter chimed in with thoughts as it watched the whole shebang unravel:
kinda warms my heart that, in 2020, nickelodeon is still sliming people.
— bomani (@bomani_jones) January 10, 2021
And it wouldn’t be the NFL if there wasn’t an unfortunate hot-mic moment, with Bears wideout Cordarrelle Patterson letting an F-bomb rip on the field.
So, without further ado, the absolute, irrefutable, de facto rankings of the 10 best Nickelodeon shows ever:
- “Hey, Arnold!”
- “The Adventures of Pete & Pete”
- “All That”
- “Kenan & Kel”
- “Rocket Power”
- “Legends of the Hidden Temple”
- “Clarissa Explains It All”
- “The Fairly Oddparents”
Just missing the cut: “Are You Afraid of the Dark?”, “Ren & Stimpy” and “The Angry Beavers.”
Drake and Josh could not be reached for comment.