A NFL highlight this week saw Blake Bortles' No. 1 fan, Jason Mendoza (played by Manny Jacinto on NBC's The Good Place) was living it up on the sideline.

NBC’s The Good Place has become known for a lot of sports references over the years, but many of the most notable have been about Jacksonville Jaguars’ superfan Jason Mendoza. Adorable doofus Jason (played by Manny Jacinto, seen above at a Jaguars’ playoff game in January 2018) loves many things, but he really loves the Jaguars, and in particular, quarterback Blake Bortles. That’s led to him going so far as to get married in his Bortles jersey and to repeatedly yell “Bortles” when he throws a Molotov cocktail (something he does a lot, to the degree of real-life Molotovs now requiring Jason Mendoza references). But with Monday’s news that the Jaguars plan to sign Nick Foles in free agency and release Bortles, even the show’s official Twitter account (which used to only follow two accounts, the Jaguars and Bortles; sadly, it’s now only following philosophers) is a bit worried about Jason:

And writer/producer Megan Amram sent out her own crying emoji tweet Monday:

So what happens when Jason’s loyalty becomes split between the Jaguars and Bortles? It seems likely he’ll stick with the team, as we’ve already seen that he can’t handle going against the Jaguars. Even in a Madden game with eternal damnation on the line. But Blake Bortles is a cool name, one so cool that it’s already served as a couple of plot points, including with alias inspiration:

Jake Jortles

And Bortles (or Jortles) is by far the best thing to say when throwing Molotov cocktails:


Jason Mendoza throws a Molotov cocktail at a train while yelling "Bortles!"

In fact, maybe that’s the solution here. As it is to most things.

Jason Mendoza's Molotov cocktail problem-solving strategy.

And the whole Jeremy Bearimy of it all means that it isn’t even necessarily the current year in The Good Place, so maybe this won’t have any on-screen effect and Jason can live in a Bortlesian paradise forever. But, hey, if he really needs to yell about Jacksonville’s quarterback, there’s a nickname he could use. It might not be fit for broadcast television, though.

[The Good Place on Twitter; photo via the Jaguars’ Twitter account]




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