Aziz Ansari’s ‘Friday Night Lights’ Super Bowl was better than the real thing

The Super Bowl that America wanted. 


Michelle Jaworski


Published Feb 3, 2014   Updated May 31, 2021, 7:31 pm CDT

The Super Bowl may have been disappointing to pretty much anyone who wasn’t a Seahawks fan, but Aziz Ansari gave us the Super Bowl we deserved.

Forget the Broncos and Seahawks. It’s the Dillon Panthers versus the East Dillon Lions, and it’s personal.

What started off as a Friday Night Lights nod on Twitter turned into a bonafide game as it took on a life of its own—especially once FNL actor Scott Porter (quarterback Jason Street) got in on it.

@azizansari: So excited for the Super Bowl tonight: The Dillon Panthers vs. The East Dillon Lions!

— Scott Porter (@ScottPorter) February 2, 2014

He then started acting as both a football commentator and a reporter as the game fleshed itself out.

BREAKING: Big Tim Riggins was just seen leaving Flashdancers early this AM. Coach Taylor – not pleased. #FNLBOWL2

— Aziz Ansari (@azizansari) February 2, 2014

Smash Williams spotted leaving the Spotted Pig, reportedly in talks with Shawn “Jay Z” Carter to sign to Roc Nation Sports. #FNLBOWL2

— Aziz Ansari (@azizansari) February 2, 2014

More comedians joined in as on-field reporters, and Ansari just added their commentary to his own.

.@paulscheer reports: I’m on the field with Buddy Garrity and he’s promising free car leases to the winning team. #FNLBowl2

— Aziz Ansari (@azizansari) February 2, 2014

Breaking News: Jason Street has been spotted, sans chair, at the stadium. Wearing his traditional #6. Will he play? @azizansari @paulscheer

— Scott Porter (@ScottPorter) February 2, 2014

Since Landry Clarke’s portrayer, actor Jesse Plemons, ended up taking a much darker route into the world of methamphetamine on Breaking Bad, Ansari couldn’t help but bring Uncle Jack and his band of Neo-Nazis to the game to the team’s dismay.

Landry’s Uncle Jack and friends seen making a rather odd visit to the opposing teams locker room. Players seem rattled. #FNLBOWL2

— Aziz Ansari (@azizansari) February 2, 2014

BREAKING: Crucifictorious REPLACED by Bruno Mars for Half Time show. Landry – not pleased. #FNLBOWL2

— Aziz Ansari (@azizansari) February 2, 2014

But, as with any episode of Friday Night Lights, there was plenty of drama brewing off the field.

Tinker reportedly not yet at the stadium. Still in line for a ShackBurger. #FNLBOWL2

— Aziz Ansari (@azizansari) February 2, 2014

Big Tim Riggins nowhere to be found. Last spotted having a PBR at Lit on 2nd Ave at 3:45am last night. #FNLBOWL2

— Aziz Ansari (@azizansari) February 2, 2014

OVERHEARD: “Smash you listening to me or texting Drake about an after party?! Get your head in the game son!” – Coach Taylor #FNLBOWL2

— Aziz Ansari (@azizansari) February 3, 2014

BREAKING: Luke Cafferty no where to be seen. Reportedly seen taking his girlfriend Becky to see “Book of Mormon” instead. #FNLBOWL2

— Aziz Ansari (@azizansari) February 3, 2014

A winner wasn’t declared in #FNLBowl2, but whatever came out of it would have been better than what actually happened. And next year, somebody get Ansari a commentator job.

H/T Gawker | Photo via Kristin Dos Santos/Flickr

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*First Published: Feb 3, 2014, 1:19 pm CST