Sunday, December 11, 2011


I think what Zomby needs in life is a coach, someone to inspire him and point him in the right direction. Someone like... Coach Bobby Finstock.

Jay Tarses as Coach Bobby Finstock in Teen Wolf

Jay Tarses is truly one of the legends of 1970s and 1980s TV comedy. As a writer and producer, he worked on such beloved shows as The Bob Newhart Show, The Carol Burnett Show, Buffalo Bill, and The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, as well as the short-lived but well-regarded Open All Night. Tarses was probably one of the first behind-the-scenes people whose names I noticed popping up in the credits over and over again, and there was even an inside reference to him on Taxi when Louie DePalma's high school rival was named "Stanley Tarses." And if that's not enough, Jay co-wrote two of the first three Muppet movies. Really, it's a sterling resume.

But that's not why you probably know him.

You probably know him as Coach Bobby Finstock from Teen Wolf. Whatever you may think of that movie (and I happen to like it), you cannot deny the hilarity of Tarses' performance as the utterly pragmatic, laissez-faire basketball coach. Here's a good montage of Tarses as Finstock in "action":

"It doesn't matter how you play the game, it's whether you win or lose. And even that doesn't make all that much difference." - Coach Bobby Finstock

Words to live by.

But before we leave the topic of Teen Wolf forever, here's a selection from the film's soundtrack -- Mark Vieha's "Way To Go." Why not use it to underscore your next werewolf basketball montage?

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