After watching Super Bowl XLIII and playing a drinking game that involves every person at the party taking a sip of their adult beverage every time Mike Tomlin popped up on the tube, I noticed something. Either the Steelers' head coach is Omar Epps' long lost brother or the warning on the beer can isn't lying when it says the contents can impair your judgement. And trust me, the youngest coach to win a Super Bowl showed up on that screen a lot more times than I was expecting him too.
After I received verification from everyone else at the party that my claims of the two successful men's resemblence was warranted, I got to thinking about what other coaches and athletes in the sports world could have long lost siblings. I mean, it just wouldn't be right if we didn't help a lending hand to some of our favorite sports figures with our newfound knowledge.
Mike Tomlin and Omar Epps : I'm not sure if it's the haircut, facial hair, facial expressions, features or just both of their general dispositions but I think most of you would agree they could easily pass as brothers and possibly twins. Both are well known, successful men that are the best at what they do, but I think the most interesting thing is that you can even say their personalites are the same. Both are confident yet soft spoken individuals who also look like they can take charge and won't be pushed around. Not to mention Mr. Tomlin has just won arguably the greatest prize in all of Sports with the Vince Lombardi trophy and a Super Bowl ring, while Omar Epps is on one of the most successful TV shows on television (House) where he gets to pretend sleep with Thirteen. And if you are a frequent reader of Delusional Banter, then you know how strong my affinity for Olivia Wilde is. There is no doubting the success of these two look alikes, but someone needs to let them know that they were brothers separated at birth.
Jason Taylor and Xerxes from the movie 300 : I have seen 300 about five times, but I thought Jason Taylor was actually in the movie playing the role of Xerxes the first time I saw it. Hey, it's not that off-the-wall especially with Mr. Taylor's emergence onto the Hollywood scene after his appearance on Dancing With the Stars and his interest in a cinematic career after football. It wasn't until the other night it was on TV again that I was reminded, maybe Jason Taylor's long lost brother was at one time the ruler of the Persian empire. Yes, I understand that the math doesn't work out here, but arithmetic is not my strong suit. Anyway, the man who really played Xerxes is Rodrigo Santoro, who actually looks nothing like Jason Taylor or the role he played in this movie. I guess what I am saying here is that the wrong person was cast in this movie to play the role of Xerxes. Don't get me wrong as Santoro did a great job, but with Jason Taylor in this role, it may have cost less to pay him while bringing more attention to the movie, and there would have been a lot less work for the makeup artists. Either way, there is just no way of denying the obvious resemblence.
George Karl and John Lithgow : I remember when I first saw George Karl on the sideline of a basketball game. I suddenly thought maybe it was a basketball movie where John Lithgow was playing the coach. It took me a few seconds to realize that George Karl and John Lithgow were just twins that had not found each other yet. Just look at the two of them; they both have the same gray ring of hair around their bald head as their desperate attempt to keep the hair they have has become their signature look. They even have that same dumb look on their face, almost as if they didn't know where they were or exactly what they were talking about in the middle of a conversation. Granted, that is part of John Lithgow's comedic approach and every coach goes through a period of confusion, but there is no denying the likeness. Despite earning multiple Emmy and Tony Awards as well as some Oscar nominations, Lithgow is probably best known for his role as Dick Solomon on 3rd Rock from the Sun. Karl is currently 12th on the all time NBA coaching win list and is the head coach for the Denver Nuggets, but I will always remember him as the coach of the Seattle Supersonics when Shawn Kemp, Gary Payton and Detlef Shrempf ruled the hardcourts.
Sam Cassell and Kif Kroker (The alien from Futurama) : Now don't get me wrong here, I am not attempting to make fun of Sam Cassell (Just because he went to Florida State) and as a matter of fact, he is one of my favorite basketball players of all time, but he just so happens to look like an alien cartoon character. We all look like someone as I'm sure I share a likeness withe something not so pleasant, but c'mon...you can't tell me that a mention of the striking resemblance is not warranted. Plus, he talks so much that you can't really understand what he is saying, which could possibly be interpreted as another language from a far-away land. If you don't believe me, just ask Kevin Garnett. Cassell has actually had a successful basketball career winning two NBA title with the Houston Rockets and another with the Boston Celtics, and I have heard he is a really nice guy, but that is not what people know him as. If you ask anyone if they know who Sam Cassell is, they will say, "Isn't that the alien basketball player." I don't make this stuff up folks, I'm just the messenger. And in case you don't know much about Kif Kroker he is from the planet Amphibios 9 and is the assistant to Captain Zapp Brannigan and Fourth Lieutenant on the Democratic Order of Planets (DOOP) starship Nimbus.
Robert Horry and Will Smith (the actor) : This is probably the most striking resemblence out of the five I have listed and I believe everyone already knows about this one, but it was just too perfect to pass up for the sake of my message. I don't even think there is much to explain for this one and if there was a movie made about Robert Horry's successful basketball career, it would be a crime if Will Smith wasn't given the role. As a matter of fact, if Will Smith didn't play Robert Horry, nobody would watch it for the sheer stupidity of not hiring the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. I probably don't need to delve into the accomplishments of Will Smith as he is probably the most successful and well liked actor in Hollywood with two or three blockbuster movies each year, but I think everyone will always remember him as the Fresh Prince. Robert Horry "Big Shot Rob" has won a total of seven NBA titles (two with the Rockets, three with the Lakers and two with the Spurs) which makes him one of only nine players to have seven or more championships in the NBA, and the only one who did not play on the 1960s Celtics. But I don't care what anyone says, they are definitely brothers!
I know there are plenty of other look alikes out there and I would like to hear about the ones I did not include.