Archive for the ‘sports’ Category

FPS – First-Person Soccer

May 1, 2008

Nike’s advertising department does it yet again.  I don’t know how these guys continue to make such original,  effective spots year after year, but I’m not complaining.  Hell, it almost makes me forget about their abysmal human rights record.


March Madness Gladness

March 18, 2008
Hog Wild

The first round of the NCAA Tournament is nearly upon us, and that means that I will be getting little to no work done for the remainder of March.  My school, the Arkansas Razorbacks, have yet again backed into the Tourney, and they are as frustratingly inconsistent as ever. I imagine we’ll be looking at another first round exit, this time at the hands of the Indiana Hoosiers.  That’s not stopping me from filling out multiple brackets, which will allow me to cheer for schools that I would otherwise look upon with complete disdain (yeah, I’m talking about you, Texas.)  Bracket building is a laborious process, one fraught with SERIOUS peril.  This is life and death, people.  Sure, all of the top seeds seem nearly unbeatable, but some (or all) of them will certainly fall well before Final Four weekend.  And there will surely be some unheralded group of scrappy, short, mostly-white kids who somehow eek out a run to the Sweet 16.  But whom?  Right now I’m leaning toward Davidson, but if previous years are any indication, I’m wayyyyy the fuck off.  Only time will tell, I guess.

Oh, and tangentially related:  the Razorbacks were defeated in last Sunday’s SEC Championship game by a team coached by Sam the Eagle:

Dennis Felton Sam the Eagle


February 25, 2008
This is Arkansas’ own, Darren McFadden, working out at the NFL Combine this past weekend. He’s running the 40-yard dash, which is a drill used to measure the raw speed of the prospects (…duh.) The thing is: he’s running it in 4.27 seconds. That’s… that’s just ridiculous. I was joking before the Combine that he was planning to run so quickly that he would rip a hole in the space/time continuum, thereby allowing him to finish before he even started. I didn’t realize just how close to the truth I was.  He’s stupid fast.

This is Called a 2-3 Stooges Zone.

February 11, 2008

The Pepperdine Poke

The above picture was snapped a few months ago, during a Pepperdine/Brigham Young basketball game. It seems to me to be conclusive evidence that the human skull is doubly useful as a bowling ball. Luckily, Jonathan Tavernari, the Brigham player, was completely uninjured during the play, and somehow, no foul was whistled. Let that be a lesson, I suppose: basketball should ALWAYS be played with the eyes CLOSED, lest something like this happen. Simple logic, really.

UPDATE:  a few hours after I posted this, Deadspin posted a nearly-identitcal article.  Now, I don’t really think they saw this post, but I DO think it’s kind of weird.  Similar (bad) jokes and all…

Sweet Sassy Molassy!

January 31, 2008
This video is part of a new promotional campaign by EA Sports for the game FIFA Street 3. A good spot in its own right, but I definitely prefer this 2005 Nike commercial featuring Ronaldinho. It takes the same concept (incredible soccer skills via CG soccer ball) but the finished project appears at least somewhat possible:
And of course, Powerade had a similar advertising shtick a few years back featuring Michael Vick and LeBron James, among others. (FIFA link via Adverblog.)