The Morning Stake | 2020.02.07

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A Scrubs Reunion: Talking Gags, GIFs, and ‘Guy Love’ The medical comedy’s cast and creator reflect on its legacy of zaniness and warmth. Via Vulture:

Which ones do you use?
Braff: They’re often like me and Donald rubbing our heads together. I’m like, “I miss you.” And then it’s me and Donald rubbing our heads together.

Faison: That’s the best … I think that might be my favorite GIF I’ve ever seen in my life.

Braff: Yeah, but for any emotion you can think of, if I put in like, “Oh, I’m happy,” a Scrubs GIF will come up, and I’ll say, “Oh, I’ll just use that.”

But one thing I think that’s so unique about the show, and a credit to Bill and the other writers: I’ve never seen something that navigated in, without commercials, 22 minutes, from the broadest comedy you can think of, all the stuff we’re all laughing about, and then find a way to have a scene like the one with my character and Johnny C. [when Dr. Cox becomes depressed], and I played it completely straight. It’s just that the hairpin turns of that, on paper sometimes you wouldn’t even think that that can work. But it usually did.

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Haverty Finds Mahomes. This story really had not been told, but if you’d like to give anyone credit for finding Patrick Mahomes, it would be former assistant coach and player, Trey Haverty. Dallas Morning News’ Kevin Sherrington recounts that story:

Haverty, who caught a lot of passes at Tech from some pretty good quarterbacks, was willing to bet bigger. He’d scouted Mahomes as an assistant at TCU, when he’d been wowed by Mahomes’ first season as a starting quarterback at Whitehouse in 2012. Persuading his boss at TCU was another matter. Gary Patterson might have been sheepish about quarterbacks who played baseball. He’d lost the commitment of Argyle’s Austin Aune in 2012 when the Yankees took him in the second round, then threw a million dollars at him. Hard for a coach to take such a risk twice in three years.

Even so, after leaving TCU for Tech, Haverty didn’t have to talk his new boss and former teammate into anything. Kliff Kingsbury loved Mahomes. He saw an heir to Johnny Manziel, the magician he’d coached as offensive coordinator at Texas A&M. Until Johnny Football came along, coaches thought an Air Raid-type offense ought to be piloted by a pocket quarterback. Manziel taught Kingsbury how much better it looked with a quarterback who could find his way out of trouble.

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