We’ve come across some internet buzz regarding yet another piece of predictive programming from The Simpsons – a World Cup matchup featuring Mexico VS Portugal. Both teams have made the Round of 16, and there’s a possibility of them meeting in the Semi-Finals (if Mexico beats Brazil then either England or Belgium, and Portugal beats Uruguay then either Argentina or France). The episode in question “The Cartridge Family” aired on 2 November 1997, with Springfield Stadium hosting a soccer game to ‘determine once and for all which is the greatest nation on earth’.
Twenty Eighteen FIFA World Cup =402. Mexico V Portugal =204. The game starts with an appearance by Brazil legend Pele =420, and the episode aired 1204 days after Brazil won their last World Cup. The Wikipedia page for the episode tells us that Mexico VS Portugal happened (tie) in the group stage of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup (6/18/17), which we see was played exactly 1024 weeks after the episode. What it doesn’t say, is Portugal =124 went on to defeat Mexico for the bronze. Two Thousand Eighteen World Cup =124. Simpsons =124.
The Simpsons Cartridge Family =442/244. Moscow World Cup =2440. There are at least two other soccer references in The Simpsons, both involving Brazil. “Marge Gamer” aired on 22/4, a span of 11 years 2 month 24 days before the 2018 World Cup Final, and featured an appearance by Ronaldo =244 (the Brazilian legend not the Portuguese). Croatia =244 (Jewish).
- “You Don’t Have to Live Like a Referee” was dedicated to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and aired exactly 224 weeks before the Final of the Twenty Eighteen FIFA World Cup =1224, which comes 2 months 24 days after Queen Elizabeth’s birthday. Mexico V Portugal =1224. Soccer =24. Football =24.
Mexico Portugal =179. The Confederations Cup match in question was held 19 years 7 months (16 days) after the episode, which aired 1079 weeks before this year’s Semi-Finals. Two Thousand Eighteen World Cup Moscow =179. That’s interesting. After the soccer game in the episode gets too boring for the citizens of Springfield, a riot erupts, with the Scottish buddies of Groundskeeper Willie showing them all how it’s done. Perhaps this is a nod to England =2040 going the distance? The United Kingdom =179.
If we count the time between 18 June 2017 and 10 July 2018 we get 55 weeks 1 day. The clock behind Kent Brockman’s head in the announcer’s booth reads 1:55. Two Thousand Eighteen FIFA World Cup =155. Elizabeth =155. Royal =551. Incidentally, of all the nations remaining in the Final 16, the only country with the synch is France =155.
‘The Cartridge Family’ aired exactly 1080 weeks before the final match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and Portugal defeated Mexico for bronze 1 year 8 days before the Semis. Perhaps this implies an 180-degree inversion, and it’s Mexico’s & Portugal’s opponents that will meet in the Semi-Final – Brazil & Uruguay. Remember the Pele reference. So we’ll see what happens, but it’s juicy little finds like this that certainly make the tournament that much more interesting to observe.
“I’ll kill myself if Portugal doesn’t win.” – Homer Simpson