Tag Archive | Groundhog Day

The Groundhog Doesn’t Actually Live In That Tree Stump, FYI

Here I am on sacred ground with my pals John P. and Jim R. in 2008. We drove four or five hours one faithful Saturday afternoon that March with our other buddy Ben D. just to visit Punxsutawney Phil, the master rodent of weather prognostication, in his natural habitat. Yes, I am suppressing a giggle because I am standing in an area known as “Gobbler’s Knob.”

The original plan was to attend that year’s G-Hog Day festivities on February 2nd; we pushed our journey back, though, because it turns out Punxsy Phil is accessible to the public any time of year via a glas-encased enclosure adjoining a library in the center of town (no, he doesn’t actually live in that tree stump!) and the general consensus amongst us jerks was that the weather might be friendly thirty days after the fact. We nearly broke our necks on that icy fallacy the minute we stepped out of the car.

For some reason, the four of us felt compelled on this trip to make our definitive “top ten favorite albums ever” lists. Here, Ben and I pretend to present Punxsutawney Phil with our selections (“He just declared six more weeks of Metallica’s Black album!”). Fun fact: the town keeps Phil’s fake stump at Gobbler’s Knob heated so he may achieve maximum comfort for the fifteen minutes a year he spends snorting around inside.

Oh hey, did I mention it was like five degrees in Punxsutawney when we were there? Because it was. Suddenly I gained a newfound respect for all those rebels who fought in the Battle of Hoth.

Four winners standing outside the groundhog’s permanent home at the library. Phil was taking a nap in the back of his area at the time, so we couldn’t really get a good picture of him. Another fun fact: the police station is located right next to the library. Thus, you’d better have some kind of incredible escape plan if you go in there with the intent to kidnap Phil (don’t waste your time trying to kill him, because according to his handlers this rodent has achieved immortality thanks to some secret magical elixir they mix into his gruel).

In fact, a cop came striding out to meet us when we were less than ten feet away from the “Groundhog Zoo.” I guess he could tell we weren’t locals. What gave it away, Officer? Was it my trucker cap or my friend John’s five hundred dollar sneakers?


A new trailer for the Ghostbusters video game has just been released. There’s quite a pleasant surprise thirty-five seconds into said trailer: Brian Doyle-Murray. God, I love that raspy-ass voice of his. I hope my kids all end up sounding like that.

By the looks of his character’s duds, I’d wager a guess BDM is reprising his role as ceremonial marmot whisperer Buster Green from the 1993 classic Groundhog Day for this landmark game. Awesome, although I don’t quite remember Buster having a feather in his top hat and two comely bitches by his side. Maybe that was a deleted scene or something.

UPDATE: According to the Internet Movie Database entry for Ghostbusters: The Video Game, Brian Doyle is playing fictional New York City Mayor Jock Mulligan. Well, that explains the feather.

You know what I always say: there just ain’t enough Brian Doyle-Murray in the world. With that in mind, here’s a bunch of BDM goodness:





And for the grand finale, BDM as Captain K’Nuckles, singing the “Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack” theme song:

For some people, October 31st is Halloween. Not for me. First and foremost, that’s Brian Doyle-Murray Appreciation Day. I usually celebrate by putting on plaid pants, guzzling acid, and complaining about stuff in a thick Midwestern accent. It’s ever so much fun.