This is probably entirely fake, but props to the folks at Madden 25 and EA Sports for following up on last week’s viral video of Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson betting an eyebrow on last night’s 49ers-Seahawks game.
Here’s video of Kaepernick going through with his punishment, and shaving off his left eyebrow:
Again, this is most likely fake (and looks to have been shot at the same time as the commercial … notice that Colin doesn’t have his newly-grown beard either), but either way, we like the follow-through. We’ll just have to check out this week’s press conferences to see if Kaepernick is still sporting both eyebrows.
As if we needed any more reason to tune in for this weekend’s 49ers-Seahawks game, the two young gun QBs taking the stage have upped the stakes even further: Seattle’s Russell Wilson and SF’s Colin Kaepernick have made a wager that whoever loses on Sunday has to shave off one of his eyebrows.
The bet took place during a commercial for Madden 25, and it’s all on video, with both quarterbacks shaking on it … which I’m pretty sure means it can be upheld in a court of law.
Kaepernick: “Big game on Sunday.”
Wilson: “Yup. You know what we should do? Whoever loses has to shave an eyebrow.”
Kaepernick: “Alright. Hope you don’t like your eyebrow.”
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In their latest opus for DirecTV, the Manning Brothers have ventured into Lonely Island territory with this ridiculous rap video to promote the fact that you can now watch football on your phone as part of the NFL Sunday Ticket package.
The track, aptly named “Football On Your Phone”, is about as lame as you’d expect (“look at this guy using his phone as a phone. Your phone ain’t for callin’, your phone’s for footballin!”), but props to Peyton and Eli for fully committing to the gag with very little sense of ego or shame … and of course, for their totally awesome wigs.
I really don’t have much else to say about this one, as the video really speaks for itself, but it felt like it needed sharing.
By now, we’ve all seen the commercials for DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket. They’re everywhere.
The spots feature Deion Sanders, joined this season by Peyton & Eli Manning, as tiny fairy versions of themselves, spreading the gospel of the Sunday Ticket. And while the concept itself is fairly ridiculous, the campaign has allowed its stars to show off their considerable comedic chops.
As these outtakes demonstrate, while making the commercials, the guys were given a lot of freedom to improvise on the set … and as usual, Peyton’s dry humor shines here.
Our favorite moments are when he gives Deion a hard time for his fashion choices on the cover of his 1994 CD (“Prime, I love the crew vest, nothing underneath it. It’s genius, it’s brilliant. It’s aggressive … but it’s genius.”), and Peyton making excuses for why Eli couldn’t be there (“bad oysters … trust me, you don’t want to hear about it”).
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So this exists.
The ad wizards for the Papa John’s pizza franchise decided to enlist Cowboys owner Jerry Jones for their latest Dallas-area commercial. And not only that, but for some inexplicable reason, they decided to have Jones rap during the spot.
Let’s just say as a rapper, Jones is a very good businessman … watch for yourselves and drink it in:
Ummm … yeah.
Not surprisingly, Jones has an ownership stake in Papa John’s throughout Texas, and this isn’t his first ad for the franchise (check out this one where Jones gets punched in the junk by a little kid). But there’s just something unsettling about watching Jerrah – with all of his plasticized facial features – trying to imitate the moves of a hip-hop artist (:15), let alone trying to make his “rhymes” seem credible.
Thank goodness we don’t live in Texas where we’d be subjected to seeing this on a regular basis.
During the 3rd quarter of their impressive comeback win against the Panthers, after scoring the game-tying touchdown, Lions TE Tony Scheffler turned in the most intricate endzone celebration of the weekend – if not the season – with this tribute to ubiquitous the AT&T Flash Mob commercial.
Apparently, thanks to his shoddy cell phone service, Tony didn’t get the text that the flash mob had been moved to next weekend … oops:
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With the lockout giving NFL athletes even more time than usual to hawk products for huge endorsement deals, it should come as no surprise that two of the game’s most prolific pitchmen – the Manning brothers – are taking things to the next level with their new promotion. Football Cops is being presented as a new original drama from DirecTV, featuring Peyton and Eli as Mike Tahoe and C.J Hunter, two mustachioed partners who use their rocket arms as crime-fighting weapons.
And despite the fact that DirecTV is playing this up as a real new series, and even has 3 “episodes” listed on the website, its hard to believe that this will actually be a recurring full-length television program. If anything, it’s far more likely to become an unavoidable marketing onslaught of commercials and short-format viral videos that we’ll have to endure over and over (and over) this Fall, until the very sound of the theme music makes our ears bleed.
But before it gets to that point, enjoy the official trailer for Football Cops:
Yeah … as much as we love the Fu Manchu mustache on Eli (let’s face it, anything that helps butch him up a bit is a good thing), and seeing Archie getting into the act as defense attorney Orlando Midnight, we’re going to reserve judgement about this “show”. There’s a pretty good chance we’ll grow to hate it in time.
UPDATE: CBS has refused to air the NFLPA’s ad, obviously taking sides with their television partner (the NFL) in the labor dispute. Can anyone say conflict of interest?
What can I say, it’s a video kind of Friday.
This is the commercial that the NFL Players Association produced for the Super Bowl, in an effort to win public sentiment in the current labor negotiations between players and NFL owners. With a potential lockout looming, the players’ union is taking to social media to spread their message, and encouraging fans to sign a petition showing their support. From NFLLockout.com:
Players: “Let Us Play” Fans: “Let Them Play” Here we are, Super Bowl, the biggest event in sports, and an NFL Lockout looms very large. As the NFL celebrates its most successful season ever, NFL owners are preparing to lock out players and fans from their game starting in March. Owners have not opened their books or offered justification for this threat. The players want to play and the fans want to see them play. So, why won’t the Owners take a Lockout off the table? Do your part as a fan and help Block the Lockout.
I’m not sure who they think they’re kidding with the petition, but garnering public support and painting the owners as the big bad meanies in this whole debacle can certainly go a long way toward getting the owners to cave in negotiations down the stretch. Watch for yourself and decide if this commercial does enough to tug at your football heartstrings:
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So the big news (at least at ESPN) this week is that Brett Favre officially filed his retirement papers … again. We didn’t just fall off the turnip truck, so although we may have been fooled 2-3 times in the past, we’re simply not buying it this time. Let’s wait until about Week 12 of next season (assuming there is a season), and see if Favre hasn’t yet been tempted to return for one final run at the Super Bowl. Then we’ll talk.
In the mean time, making fun of Favre will be our modus operandi around these parts. Let’s face it, you’ll be getting more than your share of genuine Favre hysterics/worship elsewhere over the next 6 months. And fortunately for us, someone went out and made this parody of the famous LeBron James “What Should I Do?” Nike commercial, featuring a pretty good Favre doppelganger. It covers all the basics, from dong shots to the retirement fake-outs, along with this mantra from the ole gunslinger: ”completions are way more awesome when you force ‘em through triple coverage! Remember that!”.