Tom's emphatic soccer-playing annoys Spike and Jerry. Eagle from "Flirty Birdy" and a homage to the classic leash gag from "Fit to Be Tied".
In other languages
German - Sport und Aktivitäten (Sports and Activities)
Spanish - Feliz cumpleañdeporte! (Happy Birth-Sport!)
Hungarian - Sportmacskákség (Sports-Cats-Ship)
Japanese - スポーツをする！(Play Sports!)
Dutch - Buig het zoals Thomas (Bend it like Thomas)
Italian - Il giocatore orgoglioso (The Proud Player)
French - Le chat joue le jeu (The cat plays the game)
Danish - Kattefodbold (Cat Football/Soccer)
Irish - An t-imreoir éagórach (The unfair player)
- Tom's name is referred to as 'Thomas' in the title.
- Storyboard artist Neal Sternecky returns with the (almost) Season 1 design.
- The title is a parody of the 2002 PG-13 rated comedy-drama sports movie, "Bend It Like Beckham" distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures about an 18-year-old Indian girl in London, England, United Kingdom playing soccer against her strict Sikh parents' wishes and her idol is real-life English professional footballer, David Beckham.
- The Eagle from Flirty Birdy appeared in this episode as one of Tom's victims in his soccer antics, but he got Tom back.
- The classic leash gag from "Fit to Be Tied".