"Parks and Recreation" star Aziz Ansari took to social media Sunday and invented his own big game, featuring cast members of the critically beloved football-themed TV series "Friday Night Lights." Click through to follow his tweeted screenplay, for which he used the hashtag "#AzizsFNLBowl2."
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"@azizansari: So excited for the Super Bowl tonight: The Dillon Panthers vs. The East Dillon Lions! #AzizsFNLBowl2." Ansari accompanied his opening tweet with an image of actors Michael B. Jordan, left, and Scott Porter, both of whom portrayed high school quarterbacks in the "Friday Night Lights" universe. Porter's "Jason Street" is one of the most talented QBs to ever play for the Dillon Panthers, but he suffers a devastating on-field injury at the end of the first episode -- one of the greatest pilots in TV history. Jordan's "Vince Howard" reluctantly grows into his role as a team leader for the East Dillon Lions under the watchful eye of Coach Eric Taylor. Who'd win in an on-field matchup?
A Tim Riggins sighting
"@azizansari: BREAKING: Big Tim Riggins was just seen leaving Flashdancers early this AM. Coach Taylor - not pleased. #FNLBOWL2." Riggins, memorably portrayed by Taylor Kitsch, is a rugged, hard-partying fullback for the Panthers. The resident bad boy on the block, Riggins is a notorious Lothario and quickly becomes the show's breakout character -- while often finding himself at odds with his own teammates and coaches. But he's also one hell of a football player.
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"@azizansari: Smash Williams spotted leaving the Spotted Pig, reportedly in talks with Shawn 'Jay Z' Carter to sign to Roc Nation Sports. #FNLBOWL2." Brian 'Smash' Williams, played by Gaius Charles, is a star running back for the Dillon Panthers, as charismatic as he is conceited. But like Richard Sherman, Smash backs up his talk and ends up helping the Panthers win a state title with a miraculous last-second score. Jay Z would love to sign this guy.
Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose!
"@azizansari: Saracen 'very moved' by James Turrell exhibit at Guggenheim. Taking Grandma Saracen to Bloomingdales to 'get her a new perfume.' #FNLBOWL2." Ansari refers here to Matt Saracen, a bench-riding backup QB (played by Zach Gilford) who gets a chance under center for the Dillon Panthers after starter Jason Street is catastrophically injured. Despite limited skills and mobility, the shy and introspective Saracen uses his head and his determination to persevere, ultimately leading his team to a state title and earning a reputation as one of Dillion's all-time great signal callers. He also starts dating his coach's daughter. Awkward!
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Not the halftime show we expected
"@azizansari: BREAKING: Crucifictorious REPLACED by Bruno Mars for Half Time show. Landry - not pleased. #FNLBOWL2." Crucifictorious is a reference to a rock band fronted by Landry Clarke, a nebbish egghead who's also Matt Saracen's best friend. Much like Saracen, Clarke (portrayed by Jesse Plemons) isn't really a true athlete, and he joins the team only to try to please his father. But Clarke grows into a valued member of the squad through hard work and dedication ... even if Coach Taylor never can get his name quite right. Clarke is a much more lovable character than the one Plemons played in "Breaking Bad."
"@azizansari: Tinker reportedly not yet at the stadium. Still in line for a ShackBurger. #FNLBOWL2." Dallas Tinker, portrayed by LaMarcus Tinker (no relation), plays center for the East Dillon Lions. Usually referred to only by his last name, he's a gentle giant and a core member of a team led by star athletes Vince Howard and Luke Cafferty. In fact, he proves to be one of Cafferty's greatest allies both on and off the field. Tinker's an asset and will never let you down.
You can't escape Buddy Garrity
"@azizansari: Buddy Garrity also MIA, stuck in traffic after 'quick stop' at Eataly. #FNLBOWL2." Garrity, played by Brad Leland, is a businessman and former Dillon Panthers "legend," the biggest school booster of them all. While his intentions are mostly good, he ends up interferring with his beloved Panthers more often than he helps them. A bit of a nuisance, but also a good person to have in your corner when the chips are down, Garrity proves his loyalty to Coach Eric Taylor when he changes allegiances to the East Dillon Lions.
The Book of Luke
"@azizansari: BREAKING: Luke Cafferty no where to be seen. Reportedly seen taking his girlfriend Becky to see 'Book of Mormon' instead. #FNLBOWL2." Caffery, played by Matt Lauria, is a talented running back and strong safety who had planned to play for the Dillon Panthers, but is forced to play for East Dillon instead once his real address is discovered. Cafferty is a good guy and a beast on the field, but he struggles with his religiously strict parents. He also has to play second fiddle to talented Lions QB Vince Howard, and ends up with limited options at the college level.
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"@azizansari: HEARD IN DA HUDDLE: 'Landry, you're watching a Transformers trailer instead of listening (to) me?! Get off this field!' - Coach Taylor." Ah, the Taylors. Their relationship is what makes "Friday Night Lights" tick. Eric Taylor (right, portrayed by Kyle Chandler) is the coach every young athlete dreams of, molding young men into warriors and delivering speeches that make your eyes well up. His wife, Tami (left, played by Connie Britton), brings humanity and humor to the show as a tough-as-nails spouse who finds her calling in counseling student-athletes just as well as -- or better than -- her husband does. "Landry, get off this field!" Yep, seems like we've heard that one before.