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This episode was nominated for an Emmy Award. In the same year, The Simpsons won an Emmy for the episode Homer's Phobia, which also dealt with homosexuality even though Big Gay Al's Big Gay Boat Ride was the same year as Homer's Phobia.
Clyde's voice is different in this episode than the later episodes; instead of his later nasal tone, his voice sounds exactly like Butters.
The Sports Book betting shop is about the size of an outhouse from the outside, but gigantic when they go inside.
Jersey numbers: 00 Pip, 4 Stan, 12 Kyle, 13 Kenny, 29 Clyde, 59 Kevin C., 68 Cartman. "13" is often considered unlucky, "00" emphasizes just how bad Pip is and 68 is the biggest number emphasizing Cartman's large size.
Kenny would wear the same number playing for South Park's Little League team in The Losing Edge
This was the only South Park episode that displayed the Comedy Central "card scan" closing logo when it first debuted, as all the other episodes of the season used the "transmitter" closing logo (almost all new distributions of this and all other episodes have plastered the newest closing logo over the earlier ones).
You can see a lighter version of Token sitting behind Mr. Garrison at the football game.
First episode that Mr. Garrison takes off his glasses.
TV Guide refused to advertise it under its actual name for fear of offended readers, and instead called the episode "Big Al's Boat Ride".
When Stan returns to the game and scores a touchdown, everyone cheers. Ned's right arm, the stumpy one, is connected to the fake arm used in the episode before to scare Cartman. The arm does not appear to be connected by anything.
When Mr. Garrison is talking to Jimbo at the game about losing money, he lets Mr. Hat talk after him. Mr. Garrisons entire mouth moves instead of just corner; he probably slipped up out of anger.
When Pip is struck at the school, a flash can be seen, most likely indicating how hard he was struck.
Starting with this episode, Cartman's cut-out model looks slightly different from previous episodes. His chin line was redrawn and his left shoe was altered. He remained this way from every episode onwards.
References to Popular Culture and History
Instead of writing about Asian culture, Cartman writes an essay on how the characters on the TV series Simon & Simon aren't brothers in real life.
Fosse asks Stan if his dog Sparky has been in any Pride marches recently. Pride marches are common practice of Gay pride movements all over the world.
Singing at the football game half time show is Richard Stamos, the older brother of actor John Stamos. The song he is going to sing is Lovin' You which was originally sung by Minnie Ripperton. Also, in real life, John Stamos doesn't have an older brother named Richard.
Cartman believes God hates gay people and he believe it's why he "smote those sodomies in France." Cartman is confusing the story of Sodom and Gammorrah as told in the Bible.
The host of the South Park cable access show Jesus and Pals is apparently Jesus who according to the bible is the son of God.
Stan wishes his dog could be a "Rin-Tin-Tin." Rin-Tin-Tin was a heroic dog featured in a series of radio and television programs of the 1920s & 30s.
Chef's words of wisdom "you can't teach a gay dog straight tricks" is a play on the phrase "you can't teach an old dog new tricks."
The sports announcer, when watching a tackle states he hadn't seen a beating like that since Rodney King. In 1991, Rodney King was recorded being beaten by six LAPD police officers. The incident sparked tensions in LA that eventually led to the 1992 LA Riots. When Pip is tackled later, he states that he hasn't seen an Englishman take a blow like that since Hugh Grant, this is in reference to Hugh Grant's arrest in June 1995, when he was caught performing a lewd act in public with a Hollywood prostitute.
While Stan is on Big Gay Al's Big Gay Boat Ride, a portion of it features a number of miniature characters singing a song called We Are Gay, which is a parody of the ride It's a Small World which is an attraction at the Disneyland theme park and it's other sister parks in Florida, Paris, Japan and Hong Kong. Among the dancing miniatures is Olympic figure skater Brian Boitano.
The disappearance of Big Gay Al at the end of the episode is a spoof of Dr. Lao's disappearance at the end of the movie The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao.
The song played during the closing credits is "Now You're a Man" by DVDA, a band that includes South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker. This song was also featured in their film Orgazmo.
When Kenny receives the punt, the announcer says that he is number 23. But the number on his jersey is 13.
The first two shots show the school with a football field, but in the third shot of the school, the football field is not there. In the fourth shot of the school, the football field is there again. According to the game, the field is on the right side of the school, though.
When you see Token sitting on the bleachers, his face appears to be like a white character but his hands are still black.
There are two Butters watching football game: one of them is sitting with aliens, another sitting with Cartman's mother, Liane Cartman.
After Kyle scores a touchdown, one of the announcers exclaims "I haven't seen a Jew run like that since Poland, 1938." This is a reference to Nazi Germany's invasion of Poland, which actually occured in 1939.
When everyone is jumping, a person wearing a shirt with a cow on it can be seen jumping; the person is jumping, but the cow picture stays in place.
Tackled by three Middle Park players causing his head and arms to rip off. Rats chewed on his corpse, following an early running gag. This was an episode where Kyle says the entire "Oh my God. They killed Kenny! You Bastards!"
Two visitors can be seen in the upper right crowd at the football game.