Mongo’s CandyGram

Today’s blog title comes to you care of a team name I used in a fantasy football league several years ago.

For those of you not familiar with the fact that The Godfather II took home the Oscar for the best film of 1974, then you’re probably clueless of the fact that it completely robbed the honor from the most deserving film that year.

You’re probably thinking of Chinatown, which took the Golden Globe for best film that year, but that one sucked it up compared to the victim of that year’s biggest snub.

I’m talking about Blazing Saddles.

If you think that movie could be made today and enjoy the success it garnered back then, think again. It’s littered with the ‘N’ word from beginning to end. If that’s not enough, there’s plenty of stereotyping to go around for everyone and a good fart joke to boot.

Back then, there were no political correctivity filters to keep films like this in check. Thought police were nothing but a plot device in an Orwell novel.

It was funny too.

Most films by the late Mel Brooks from that era were.

On a side note, at the time of this writing, Mel Brooks is still alive and kicking that I know of. Hang on, let me check….

Yeah, he’s still good.

There will be a point after his passing that a random Google search will bring you to this article. I’m nothing if not perceptive, and I would like to think Mr. Brooks would appreciate the little funny I just attempted there.

It’s good to be the king.

So what’s the deal with Mongo’s CandyGram?

Mongo was one of the bad guy’s henchmen portrayed by Alex Karras. When he started raising a ruckus in a small western town, the sheriff delivered a candygram to Mongo which in actuality was a bomb.

Looking back on that name I used for my fantasy football team all those years ago seems to have been a bit prophetic. I think I only won two or three games that season with that name. Who names a team after something that’s going to blow up in your face?

Randy Tharp

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