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Allow Me To Be One Of The Many Dweebs To Make The Obligatory ‘Dukes Of Hazzard’ Reference

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Despite the fact that I regularly age myself with lame pop culture references from the early ’80s, I couldn’t pass this one up, and I suspect I will not be the only thirtysomething blogger to do the same. Sources familiar with the negotiations have indicated that the Seattle Seahawks will name Green Bay Packers executive John Schneider as their new general manager.

The official spoke to The Associated Press Tuesday asking to not be named because the team had yet to officially announce the hire. ESPN first reported the hiring.

Schneider was one of four candidates the Seahawks interviewed last week. He will share personnel responsibilities with new coach Pete Carroll.

For those of you still in diapers in the ’80s or were not even a twinkle yet in their deadbeat daddy’s eyes (he’s never coming back, just so you know), there was a show on CBS called the The Dukes of Hazzard. It detailed the good ol’ times of the good ‘ol Duke boys and starred actors John Schneider and Tom Wopat as Bo and Luke Duke. The Duke Boys spent most of their time righting hillbilly wrongs and evading local corrupt businessman Boss Hogg’s henchmen primarily by launching the General Lee, a souped-up 1969 Dodge Charger, over various impediments courtesy of strategically-placed bales of hay and dirt mounds. The Duke Boys also had the ability to blow things up simply by shooting arrows from their compound bows at things. It was a delightful little program.

After the success of The Dukes of Hazzard, Schneider went on to have middling success as an actor and musician, so appearances at Dukes of Hazzard festivals like the one depicted above became a necessary means for him to earn a decent living. Nevertheless, the actor John Schneider is likely still more famous than his professional football front office drone counterpart. So that’s cool for him. Too bad no one under the age of 30 has any idea there he once starred as the heartthrob Bo Duke, let alone that there ever was such a character as Bo Duke.

You know, come to think of it, it just occurred to me that a bunch of mouth-breathing morons in Hollywood got together a few years ago and decided a film remake of the popular television series starring Johnny Knoxville and Seann William Scott reprising the roles of Bo and Luke and Jessica Simpson portraying lusty Daisy Duke, so perhaps some of you young punks may have heard of the Duke Boys after all. But what a lame idea for a movie. I mean, what’s next? A Land of Lost movie? What?

Anyhow, it is likely that there was a much of a point to this post other than a trip down memory lane for yours truly and the news of Schneider’s hiring will likely not generate much interest outside of the greater Seattle area. Although this will probably be the top story in the next “I Share The Same Name With A Person Who Was Once Marginally Famous Club” newsletter. It comes out bi-monthly.

AP source: Seahawks name Schneider GM [Seattle Post-Intelligencer]