The title of this episode comes from the name of the former Green Bay Packers quarterback and coach, Bryan Bartlett Starr, or his nickname, Bart Starr.
Bart wears jersey number 15, which is the same number as what Bart Starr wore in the NFL.
This episode is based on the 1994 family sports comedy film, Little Giants.
Uter kicking the ball barefoot references the fact that many kickers in the NFL in the 70s and 80s kicked barefoot (particularly foreign ones). Kickers believed they could control their kicks better with their feet than they could wearing kicking cleats of the time period. Other kickers had trouble hitting the football's "sweet spot" wearing their issued uniform cleats.
Syndication cuts the first part of the Kwik-E-Mart scene where Bart plays a video game called "Cat Fight" where teenaged girls beat each other up ("I'll scratch you" "The hair!" "Slut!" "Loser!").
One of the kids on Bart's football team looks like Jaffee, except in this episode, if it really is him, he has black hair instead of red or orange.
Rod and Todd wear numbers 66 and 6 respectively, and are next to each other in the scene where Homer is about to announce Bart as the new starting quarterback. Standing together, their jerseys ironically form the number "666."
The You're cut scene was quoted/spoofed by Victorian premierDaniel Andrews on his Facebook page about his plan to remove the 50 worst level crossings on the Melbourne Metropolitan rail network. It should also be noted that the reason he refers to Burke Road being gone is due to the fact that work was completed on replacing the crossing with a overpass going over the rail line earlier in 2016.
Hank Hill from King of The Hill appears with his family when the Wildcats defeat the team from Arlen (the fictional Texas town where "King of the Hill" takes place), asking "We drove 2000 miles for this?" (If you include there and back this would be the aprox. distance to Springfield Missouri as Arlen is 96 miles out of Dallas which is 416 miles from Springfield MO.) Additionally, in the back of the bleachers Hank's friends/neighbors Dale Gribble, Bill Dautrieve, and Jeff Boomhauer can be seen.
Ned Flanders is shown getting angry at Homer for heckling him. Ned losing his temper at Homer might be a result of his therapy in Hurricane Neddy, in which he learned to let out his anger.
Homer's "Flanders..." jeer during the game is a reference to the "Darryl..." taunt during the 1986 World Series, and is the second instance the taunt was referenced (the first time in Homer at the Bat where Bart and Lisa utilized the taunt against Daniel Strawberry as revenge for him forcing Homer to be benched).
At Milhouse's house, the picture on the wall of Milhouse and Luann Van Houten depicts them both with black rims for glasses instead of the usual red ones.
In a faraway shot prior to the first game, Lewis's hair is a light blond-brown instead of its usual dark gray.