First it was The Bachelorette, then it was Gordon Ramsey. Now it’s The Simpsons.
America’s klutziest family will be hitting the curling rink in a February episode spoofing the Vancouver 2010 Olympics.
And, of course, Marge turns out to be a natural with a broom whereas Homer is . . . Doh!
The Simpsons episode is the latest pop culture plug for the Winter Games.
First it was Bachelorette Jillian Harris, who went curling with her suitors in Vancouver and even donned a 2010 sweatshirt.
Then it was celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey, who brought his Hell’s Kitchen show to Whistler’s Araxi restaurant.
Now it’s Homer and Marge who join Principal Skinner and his mother in a mixed doubles curling match for Olympic gold.
Rick Patzke, the CEO for USA Curling, and Edmonton curler Randy Ferbey both agree the episode can only bring a wave of good publicity to a sport that’s not watched nearly as often as hockey, skiing or figure skating.
Patzke said Homer is the quintessential curler in that he drinks beer, eats doughnuts and makes fun of himself.
Talking of cartoons, Vancouver will also feature in a Mario and Sonic, 2010 Olympics video game.