Friday, September 19, 2008

Behold The Dane Cook Dodgers Curse (TM)

With today's much-anticipated release of "My Best Friend's Girl", another Dane Cook vehicle that is sure to bring Oscar buzz, Cook is in the crazy--dare we say, hilariously awkward!--position as he "faces the ultimate test of friendship when his best friend hires him to take his ex-girlfriend (Hudson) out on a lousy date in order to make her realize how great her former boyfriend is." Madcap antics and screwball hijinks ensue! And why wouldn't they; Cook's character is named "Tank," for crying out loud! How much more funny can you get than that?!

Unfortunately for the Dodgers, however, there won't be many smiles out at Chavez Ravine tonight, and they know it. Call it The Dane Cook Dodgers Curse (TM). The fact of the matter is, the Dodgers have never won a home game on the opening day of a Dane Cook-acted movie. This is true for the opening day of every movie in which Cook has been listed as an "actor" (and we use this liberally); the Dodgers are 2-5 overall with both wins coming on the road; and with the Dodgers at home hosting the Giants tonight, well, let's just say the Dane Cook Dodgers Curse (TM) is almost too much to bear.

The data:

Dane Cook Movie Release date Dodgers result
Buddy June 6, 1997 L vs. STL, 1-3
Flypaper July 18, 1997 L @ ATL, 1-4
Mystery Men Aug 6, 1999 L @ NYM, 1-2
Simon Sez Oct 29, 1999 DNP
The Touch Aug 1, 2002 L @ CIN, 4-6
Stuck On You Dec 12, 2003 DNP
Torque Jan 16, 2004 DNP
Mr. 3000 Sept 17, 2004 W @ COL, 8-6
Waiting… Oct 7, 2005 DNP
London Feb 12, 2006 DNP
Employee of the Month Oct 6, 2006 DNP
Mr. Brooks June 1, 2007 W @ PIT, 5-4
Good Luck Chuck Sept 21, 2007 L @ AZ, 3-12
Dan In Real Life Oct 26, 2007 DNP
My Best Friend’s Girl Sept 19, 2008 ?????

SoSG has tried to interview Dodger players about the Dane Cook Dodgers Curse (TM), but most of the players declined comment on the record (off the record, one of the players planned to see the 10a showing at Arclight, if anyone is interested in joining him). The only person who commented on the record was KABC broadcaster Charley Steiner, who said, "Dane Cook Dodgers Curse? Hogwash. The Dodgers are going to score 25 runs tonight and win the game handily."

To which we can only reply, "Good luck, Chuck."


Unknown said...

Personally, I am more bothered that the Dodgers havent played on any of his 4 October release dates.

Erin said...

1) I hate Dane Cook, and now I hate him even more.

2) I can't believe he's been in that many movies.

Jeanette said...


i'll be watching the 11:50 at Arclight as well..

QuadSevens said...

As bad as Dane Cook is, he always seems to have good looking female counterparts in a lot of his movies.

On a different note, I have received the Dodgers/Jet Blue car air fresheners. One is in my car as of this morning. Pictures coming soon.

Eric Karros said...

Hey, could you do this analysis on Kevin Bacon movies please?

Neeebs (The Original) said...

mmmmmm, BACON!

Delino DeShields, Sr said...

I'd say the world is in a Dane Cook curse.

GK Larsen said...

Personally, I think Dane Cook's star is fading pretty rapidly. A Dodger win tonight should finally put an end to him. As if a playoff berth and a chance to beat the Giants weren't enough to want the win.