Tuesday, March 20, 2007

MacGyver vs. The A-Team

Today's Grudge pits two of the most resourceful forces of nature ever to grace the television. Of course I mean MacGyver and the A-Team. Give MacGyver a roll of duct tape and a chocolate bar and he'll give you a makeshift grenade. Give the A-Team (if you can find them) a garage with some scrap metal and they'll give you a makeshift tank. Special thanks goes to Todd G for suggesting this one.



Blogger burke said...

the a-team wins because they use guns. macgyver was a genius, but his duct-tape contraptions usually served only to distract his captors and allow him to escape. the a-team scared the pants of bad guys by shooting the ground near the feet.

i'm still trying to figure out under what circumstances macgyver and the a-team would ever fight. if they did, i'm sure it would have something to do with competing latin-american orphanages. or maybe becuase face tried to make a move on one of macgyver's old love interests.

March 20, 2007 at 7:46 AM  
Blogger Jenny said...

I have to say the A-team would win. There's more of them and they're just so damn tough! Macgyver does have some nice hair though. If it was a hair competition, then Macgyver would definitely win.

March 20, 2007 at 10:10 AM  
Blogger Tommy said...

Don't get me wrong, McGyver is smart ... real smart ... but he looks too much like Sting to take him seriously. The A-team is a bunch of Vietnam vets on the run from the government--that's tough. In all honesty, I think I'm still scared of T.

March 20, 2007 at 11:35 AM  
Blogger Lane said...

I think I'd have to go with the A-Team as well, just because they were so dang cool. I mean, Face is a hero of suave and sophistication to us all, and MacGyver's a little bit more on the nerdy side.

But in MacGyver's defense, he can put together one of his innovative contraptions much faster than the A-Team. I mean, in seconds. With whatever random crap he has at his disposal. To make their tank, the A-Team require welding kits, lots of guns, and at least a few hours (which translates into a 5-minute montage).

March 20, 2007 at 11:40 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

I have to agree that in a physical battle between the A-team and MacGyver, the A-team would probably win. But on the other hand, if the question posed were "who would you rather have around on a daily basis," I would have to say MacGyver. At least in my experience, I've found that I'm more likely to need someone around who can fix things and make nifty contraptions than someone around to shoot at bad guys.

I have an uncle who is just like MacGyver. One time he fixed the motor on a houseboat with a can opener, saving our family vacation. And let me tell you, he has gotten me out of a pinch or two. Of course, he generally was also the person who got me into the pinch, but oh well.

March 20, 2007 at 12:32 PM  
Blogger Mitch said...

MacGyver. Making fun of Mr. T has become so passe. Plus, swiss Army knifes and synthesizer theme songs are awesome.

March 20, 2007 at 2:27 PM  
Blogger Nolan said...

I pity the fool who doesn't vote for the A-Team!
(Somebody had to say it!)

March 20, 2007 at 4:08 PM  
Anonymous robin said...

I met Mr. T in a Chicago elevator when I was 5. I was in awe. So I'll go with A-Team.

March 20, 2007 at 8:30 PM  
Blogger Lane said...

Robin, I'm beyond jealous. I'd love to meet 'T'

March 20, 2007 at 8:52 PM  
Blogger Kirk said...

I'm gonna have to go with the A-Team. It's not always about who would win in a fight(the A-Team without breaking a sweat), sometimes it's about so much more. That's exactly what the A-Team is--so much more. They have the ability to improvise contraptions to get them out of a jam like MacGyver, but they also use guns, drive about the sweetest damn van I've ever seen, and have enough personality to fill multiple shows if need be. I pity the fool that can't see the A-Team is the winner here.

March 20, 2007 at 9:02 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Let us not forget. MacGyver is an individual. A-Team, well, it's a group of individuals. Put ONE representative of the A-Team up against ONE MacGyver...now THAT might turn things around a little bit. Just think what a swiss army knife, chewing gum, and a cigarette can do to Mr. T!

March 20, 2007 at 9:55 PM  
Blogger Dayna said...

I think both of them are dang cool. I mean, really, you have Dwight Schultz who is like the 80's version of Jim Carrey - he can do any impersonation, play any part - talk about talented. Then there is Dirk Benedict. How cute is he? And he was Starbuck! It doesn't get better than that. And then there's MacGyver. You take your everyday paper clip, your ball point pen and a stick of gum and you've got a metal detector. How can you not want to be like him when you grow up?

March 20, 2007 at 10:03 PM  
Blogger Bryan said...

Lane, you really know how to tear a person in two. How can one decide between two heroes of one's childhood? Here's how I'm going to decide, and this will probably have little bearing on anyone else's decision, even though it really should. Both shows had a character named Murdock. In one, he was the goofy comic relief, in the other, he was in the seemingly invincible recurring bad guy. If the fight came down to those two, then I'm afraid the MacGyver Murdock would totally win. One vote for MacGyver.

March 21, 2007 at 10:39 AM  
Blogger Nolan said...

Bryan I'm suprised you wend with macgyver! If I remember correctly, our senior project team was the A-team, and I think you took on the role of Murdock! Though that was probably just because you had the same name. If only I had that picture still, but then people would see that our Mr. T was quite a bit fairer skinned than the original....

March 21, 2007 at 3:23 PM  
Blogger Bryan said...

Nolan, I was all set to go with the A-Team for exactly the reason you mentioned, but as I reasoned it out, Murdock-a-Murdock, so to speak, the necessary conclusion became clear.

Besides, I would usually vote brains over brawn, and though the A-Team uses a good mixture of both, I think Mac is still smarter. I saw him make cannons out of bamboo and swamp gas once.

March 21, 2007 at 3:34 PM  
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March 21, 2007 at 3:45 PM  
Blogger Lane said...

Bryan, I am concerned that you may be misunderestimating Capt. H.M. "Howling Mad" Murdock. He was an exceptional Vietnam fighter pilot, is a master of disguise, and is fluent in numerous languages (including Mandarin). Further, he may not know Karate, but he does know ka-razy!

See here for the proof.

March 21, 2007 at 3:47 PM  
Blogger Matt said...


This isn't truly a fair comparison because Mac is just one man. The A-Team is made up of former Special Forces soldiers, each with unique abilities.

If MacGyver had a couple of compadres to help him along the way, this would be a fair comparison.

I mean, this is like comparing MacGyver to Michael Knight.

Now, if you're going based solely on theme songs, A-Team was much stronger.

April 4, 2007 at 3:05 PM  
Blogger Lane said...

Matt, life isn't fair. And neither is the Grudgematch. It's all about making your case either way - you can add in caveats if you like. Like you could argue, what if MacGyver was cloned and there were 4 of him...?

April 4, 2007 at 4:42 PM  

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