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Seven Easter eggs in ‘The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers’ every old-school fan will appreciate

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Seven Easter eggs in 'The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers' every old-school fan will appreciate

The Mighty Ducks are back.

On March 26, Disney launched its reboot of the old hockey franchise with “The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers” on its streaming service Disney+.

Based on the 90s movie that spring-boarded a generation of hockey fans, the newest version focuses on Evan, a hockey-crazed kid in Minnesota who gets cut from the Mighty Ducks — now a top-level and championship-winning peewee team — and forms his own team with the help of his mom (played by Lauren Graham). 

Since it’s basically a what’s-happened-since-the-original-Ducks-movie type of show, Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez) is back and appearances by more of the original cast are expected later in the series. But if you want to see the whole season in one fell swoop, Disney is only releasing one episode at a time — every Friday through April 30.

While the 2021 version is predominately geared to a new generation of Ducks fans, the reboot has already dropped a number of Easter eggs for the, er, older generation in the first episode.

Here are a few that we could pick up.

Warning: Spoilers below

Seven Easter eggs in “The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers”

1. Quacking

The first throwback nod comes within the first two minutes of the episode.

Two kids are hosting a Mighty Ducks podcast at the team’s first practice of the year. They disclose that the modern-day version is a powerhouse and has won a record 10 state championships.

“Little different than the Ducks of the 90s, they actually used to quack,” Mary Joe says with a laugh.

Nick, her podcast co-host, responds: “Adorable.”

Well, yes kids, they did quack in the original movie, and yes kids, it was adorable because ducks stick together.

(Credit: Disney)

2. Hendrix Pavilion

The 2021 Ducks skate at Hendrix Hockey Pavilion, which might just be the only homage to “D2: The Mighty Ducks.” In the movie sequel, Hendrix is the sponsor of Team USA at the Junior Goodwill Games and, if you’ve never seen the movie, the Ducks basically become Team USA.

3. Cake Eater

According to Urban Dictionary, a cake eater is a Minnesota-based term for people that are “so rich they can have their cake and eat it too.” Jesse throws the term around a few times, usually at Adam Banks, but he does call Gordon Bombay it too.

“Forget it, cake eater,” Jesse Hall says to Bombay in the locker room before storming out with his brother Terry after the coach says he’s adding Banks to the team. Jesse also calls him a cake eater, more as a term of endearment, at the end of the movie when Bombay is shipping off to the minors.

In “Game Changers,” Bombay now runs a rink and he eats cake — a lot of it — but it’s the leftover cakes from kids’ birthday parties. He’s no longer a rich lawyer, but he can eat his cake.

4. Football helmet

While it’s definitely not the proper equipment for playing hockey, Dave Karp is seen sporting a football helmet before District 5 gets sponsored and becomes the Ducks back in 1992.

In Episode 1, Coach T (played by Dylan Playfair) asks, as the kids are skating out onto the ice: “Is that a football helmet?”

And yes, one of the kids is sporting the helmet.

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5. Minnesota sweatshirt

It’s pretty evident that Evan is the new Charlie, so it was a nice touch to have him sport a sweatshirt similar to the one Conway wore for Bombay’s first game as District 5’s head coach when he was at the still-to-be-named team’s first practice. 

6. The Flying V

“Flying V” Evan yells as he leads his new team — The Don’t Bothers — out onto the ice.

You may recall, the Flying V was the Ducks’ go-to move back in the day when a goal was needed.

7. “I hate hockey and I don’t like kids”

This may be the ultimate Easter egg in the first episode and it’s brilliant.

Bombay tells Alex when she asks him to coach the new team: “I hate hockey and I don’t like kids.”

In the original movie, he utters the exact same line to the team when he meets them for the very first time after pulling his stretch limo out onto the frozen pond. 

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Anthony Edwards has no idea who Alex Rodriguez, potential Timberwolves owner, is

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Anthony Edwards, meet Alex Rodriguez: Your potential future boss. Oh, and only one of the most singularly talented, charismatic and controversial MLB players this millennium.

As Rodriguez and e-commerce billionaire Marc Lore continue to finalize a deal with current Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor to take over the Minnesota franchise, reporters began asking current players their thoughts on their potential new boss.

But Edwards, the rookie out of Georgia, has no idea who Rodriguez is, as this exceptionally funny video showcases:

MORE: Rodriguez, Marc Lore negotiating deal to buy Timberwolves

Hey, at least he’s honest. And the explanation that he simply doesn’t watch baseball — as if only MLB fans know Rodriguez — is pure comedy. It’s not as if Edwards doesn’t understand the sport of baseball, either. In the video below, he describes how he was talented enough as a multi-athlete star to play in MLB had he decided to take that career route:

To be fair, Edwards, 19, wasn’t even born yet when Rodriguez began his MLB career in 1994 with the Seattle Mariners. And he was just 15 years old when Rodriguez hung up the cleats for the final time after the 2016 season.

Still, you’d think he would have at least heard of someone who was a 14-time All-Star selection, three-time AL MVP, two-time Gold Glove Award winner and 10-time Silver Slugger Award winner, among other accolades. And that’s to say nothing of his controversial PED use, which cost Rodriguez the entirety of the 2014 season due to suspension.

Look at it this way: If Rodriguez ends up gaining ownership of the Timberwolves, Edwards will have plenty of future opportunities to learn more about his new boss.

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Aaron Rodgers has perfect response for ‘Jeopardy!’ contestants who whiff on Packers question

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Who are the Green Bay Packers?

Only one of the most historic franchises in the history of the NFL, owner of 13 championships and four Super Bowl victories and the current team of “Jeopardy!” guest host Aaron Rodgers. Oh, and a question on Tuesday’s episode.

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Unfortunately, all three contestants whiffed on the question after Rodgers’ introduction: “In the 1960s, these Midwesterners earned five NFL championship trophies.” Rodgers, of course, referred to Vince Lombardi’s Packers, who won titles in 1961, ’62, ’65, ’66 and ’67 — the latter two Super Bowl victories.

To make matters worse, one of the contestants then managed to correctly guess the Boston Celtics as the team to win the NBA title every year from 1959-66.

At the very least, it afforded viewers the opportunity to watch Rodgers show off his comedic chops. He clearly has picked up a few tricks from his discount double check and State Farm ad appearances. It certainly will do nothing to curb his enthusiasm for hosting the show full-time — while also serving as quarterback for the Packers.

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Jake Paul accused of sexual assault by TikTok star

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YouTube personality-turned-boxer Jake Paul has been accused of sexual assault.

Paul’s accuser, Jasmine Paradise, posted a 20-minute YouTube video on Friday in which she claimed Paul sexually assaulted her at his Team 10 house in Los Angeles. Paradise is a TikTok star with more than 525,000 followers.

In the video, Paradise focused on events she said occurred in June and July 2019; she said she met Paul at his home in July of that year after visiting his house several times with friends starting in June. In the video, Paradise said she and Paul had several awkward encounters at first, but that one night he pulled her into a corner of his studio area and began kissing her. She said she “was fine with that. I did think he was cute.”

Afterward, however, Paradise said Paul took her into his room and began to show frustration at her reluctance to have sex with him. She said he forced her to have oral sex after she told him “No” several times.

“Sex is very special and very important to me,” Paradise said in the video. “But I haven’t had sex with that many people. Normally, everybody respects me when I don’t want to do sexual things, so I thought that it was fine if I went in his room. I thought it would be fine to kiss him, because I thought he would stop if I didn’t want to do anything else.

“He didn’t ask for consent or anything. He knew I didn’t want to do anything with him because he said, ‘If nothing is gonna happen, what’s the point?’ Then he shoves himself in me.

“That’s not okay. On no level at all is that okay.”

Paradise also posted several text conversations between her and Paul, as well as photos and videos of her at his Team 10 house, as proof of her allegations in the video.

Daniel E. Gardenswartz, Paul’s lawyer, said his client “categorically denied” Paradise’s claims in a statement (via the New York Post).

“Our client is aware of the recent allegation against him. While others have already begun to debunk the claim alleged against him, our client categorically denies the allegation and has every intention of aggressively disproving it and pursuing legal action against those responsible for the defamation of his character.”

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