ESPN's AFC South blogger, Paul Kuharsky, got in touch with people in the know yesterday and confirmed that Maude Flanders was, in fact, a Texans fan in the NFL's "America's Family" ad that ran during the Super Bowl. Controversy had broken out earlier in the week over whether the Texans were represented in the commercial or not, which clearly showed jerseys of all 31 other NFL teams, including some of them (wait for it, wait for it, the Jets and Patriots) multiple times.â†µ
"We absolutely included all 32 teams and you are correct, Mrs. Flanders (Maude) is wearing a "battle red" Texans jersey, although the blue looks very black on the sleeve," said Robert Stecklow, the NFL's director of advertising and media.â†µ
"Earlier renderings had a Texans logo on the sleeve, but somehow it fell off. It's all meant to be a little cartoonish, not perfectly done."â†µ
Great, so we've now been officially upgraded from "forgotten" to "represented by a dead character." We're on the right track! Again!â†µ
Then again, it does make a little sense if you squint your eyes. I mean, Maude was an overly religious stereotype character, and Kubiak did believe in Frank Bush a little too much.