One would hope their team's football coach's favorite fictional character was some hyper-masculine conquerer like Conan the Barbarian or Mel Gibson's take on William Wallace inBraveheart
. Sure, it would make them a drag to talk to at parties, but identifying with such brave warriors would hopefully channel into their leadership on the field.
The new Dolphins coach quotes the short, bald, neurotically slow-witted character from "Seinfeld." Philbin loves the show. He fell asleep on many Wisconsin nights watching Seinfeld re-runs on the bedroom television.
As Dolphins assistants break up from a meeting, Philbin says, "Onward and upward," which was George's whimsical battle-cry for some episodes. Upon leaving a room, he says he's "going out on a high note," to "leave them wanting more" -- another well-known Costanza-ism.
Of all the television characters to have constantly on the brain, Philbin picks Costanza? The dude's biggest success in the nine-year run on that show is that his fiance died after having an allergic reaction to envelope glue. Seriously, that was just about the only thing that worked out right for George in 180 episodes.