South Park Review: "Crack Baby Athletic Association"

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I love just how out there South Park will go during some of its satires, always pulling off what seems to be absolutely ridiculous concepts.

Only Matt Stone and Trey Parker could take go from making fun of a Sarah McLachlan commercial to a full-fledged mocking of the NCAA.

Crack Baby Athletic Association Picture

So, how did they get there? By giving a bunch of crack babies a basketball of crack, of course! Hey, I don't make up the rules. I just write them down.

Things started off somewhat subtle. Well, as subtle as a non-profit organization that's extorting its unpaid players to make millions could be. Oh, and did we mention it was named the "Crack Baby Athletic Association," or the CBAA. Not to be confused with the NCAA.

That is, until they through subtlety out the window and Cartman met with the President of UC Boulder for a little slave shop talk.

How do they get away with not paying their players?

Meanwhile, the NCAA wasn't the only target of South Park's wrath this week. For some bizarre reason, the second target was Guns N' Roses guitarist, Slash, and his ubiquitous ability to play at multiple venues.

Outside the guy selling out his likeness to Guitar Hero 3, I can't figure out why they picked on this infamous rock star. Somehow, they seemed to pull it off as they tied it in with the A story for a ridiculous WTH ending.

So while the story was a little more out there than previous satires and not quite as biting as it could have been against the NCAA (though some of the slave comments came damn close), it was still a pretty decent episode.

Far from their best episode, but any time you stick Cartman in some suspenders and make him a business owner, you got me laughing. Combine that with turning Kyle into the firm's guilty Jewish accountant and the return of delicious KFC gravy and you had enough humor to pull off the episode.

Oh, and did you realize that not only Baconalia really is going on at Denny's, you can in fact order a Sundae with it as a topping? I'm not proud to say I went to one this past weekend. And no, I did not partake in the sundae.

So, what did you all think of the episode and what were your favorite South Park quotes? And help out a gambling man. Which crack baby team are you betting on this season?


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don't you mean baconalia? lol noob "I'll give you 40 dollas for the white ones and 50 for the blacks"




"Screw you sir, I'm going home" In what I can only assume was some sort of Texas or Tennessee accent, was classic and had my sides splitting. Cartman hasn't used that in quite some time. Awesome.


I about died laughing when Clyde's parents started singing. Definitely the best episode so far this season.


I thought the episode was great and an awesome dig at the NCAA. I didn't think they were picking on Slash at all however and thought they were more paying a tribute to him in a way by comparing him to the jolly big man himself. The funniest part to me was when Stan realized all the owners of the CBAA still thought Slash was real and just walked out. A close second though was when he woke up and Kyle was standing in his room in the middle of the night still in his suspenders talking about why what he was doing was okay.


I liked it. Definitely not a classic, but still, my favorite so far this season.


@Kristine - Thanks for the correction. I was rushing to get the review up last night. Now to turn the tables, your example should have been e.g. instead of i.e. ;)


The summary was interesting but the grammar, not so much. IE: Through should be used as threw, just sayin. :)


If you're a sports fan, last night's episode was an A+++ Although I'm not sure how much more biting they could've been when they compared the NCAA & colleges to slaveowners. How much more biting did you want?


I thought it was ok.....

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