In my youth, I often enjoyed the occasional issue of MAD Magazine, even though I often wasn’t quite savvy enough to understand all of the jokes. One memorable parody took on the Ralph Macchio/Pat Morita epic, named for a long-time member of the Legion of Super-Heroes, but it was several years before I got the joke in the name of the piece: The KaRocky Kid. My 13-year-old brain liked the sound of it, but missed the small dig at the creator’s having used much of the plot of Sylvester Stallone’s earlier boxing epic. (They also shared a director.) Eventually, though, I started seeing the parallels in the twin stories of LaRusso and Balboa, and eventually came to realize that the ‘Underdogs Never Lose’ plot was so commonly used in fiction as to be a cliche even in 1984. Indeed, if you take Hollywood’s word for it, the well-financed, arrogant, high-pressure competitors should NEVER take the big win, which should come as a surprise to fans of the Yankees.
The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) reminds you that this is NOT a cheer-ocracy, this is a cheer-tatorship, asking: What’s your favorite uplifting ‘Cinderella Story’ in pop culture?