Friday, April 6, 2007

WG: Ned Flanders vs. Mister Rogers

Time for the Weekend Grudge! This weekend's participants share much in common. Besides being regular church-goers, they both enjoy a good sweater, and they're both desperate for acceptance: they just want to be good neighbors. And now, they're sharing the grudgematch ring.

"Hi diddly ho, neighbor-ino!" says Ned Flanders, whilst Fred Rogers, a bit less subtle, counters with a "please, won't you be my neighbor?"

Who wins the battle of these desparate neighbors? (Thanks to the Toddster for the submission)



Anonymous The Toddster said...

I'm going to go with Mr. Rogers. This morning I tried to change my clothes without ever breaking the rhythm of my theme song. I did alright buttoning my cardigan—I'll admit that I had to slow down my tempo a bit there—but when it came time to toss my shoe from one hand to the other, I just couldn’t do it. By the time I was supposed to be lacing up my shoes I was a complete mess. My singing got quieter and quieter until I was finally silent. I really wished I'd had a distraction like the trolley to the Neighborhood of Make-Believe to take away some of the awkwardness of the moment. I'm thinking I should switch back to Velcro for a while to help me get my confidence back.

Seriously though, Mr. Rogers is only getting to get more and more popular in death. He's a lot like Tupac in that regard.

April 7, 2007 at 11:53 AM  
Anonymous Brad said...

While this is a close match, I must go with Flanders.
1. Did you see that episode where he was totally ripped?
2. Flanders has this bottled-up fury that rears its ugly head when it needs to.
3. Flanders' neighbors = Simpsons.
Mr. Roger's neighbors = happy children and reminiscing adults.

When they first meet, they'll sit down and have a steaming cup of tea and bible study. Then, they'll go at it. When Flanders wins, guilt will overcome him and he shall repent.

Unless Mr. Rogers can get Flanders into his magical made-up land. Then Mr. Rogers can call up the magical powers that be to smite Ned. But that's not likely to happen. So Ned wins on neutral ground.

April 7, 2007 at 2:57 PM  
Blogger Lane said...

"Hens love roosters, geese love ganders, everyone else loves Ned Flanders!"

Todd and Brad both make great points. But let's not forget that Flanders' greatest weapon may be his incredibly large capacity to be annoying. While Mr. Rogers may try to counter with his strong capacity for patience. But although Rogers is a patient fellow--he's got limitations. Note that he always gets his message from Mr. McFeely, a.k.a. "Speedy Delivery"

Apparently, bourgeois megastars like Mr. Rogers aren't patient enough to use U.S. Mail like the rest of us peasants.

April 7, 2007 at 3:57 PM  
Blogger A Fender Bender said...

Ned Flanders, Ned Flanders, Ned Flanders

Mr. Rogers could not withstand the wrath that Ned puts out. He has to put up with Homer Simpson, Mr. Rogers would wilt at the first Simpson BBQ. Now if you has said King Friday, that's another story.

April 8, 2007 at 9:00 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

"Vote for Ned Flanders, the man with the chest..." (*Footage of Maggie's birth) Enough said, I agree with Brad.

April 11, 2007 at 11:25 PM  

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