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.