Music , Sports , Video
Tags: ad, commercial, donal logue, gilbert arenas, jimmy the cab driver, mtv, NBA, rainn wilson, rip off, Video, youtube
(Jimmy the cab driver, circa 1993)
When I first saw the new NBA commercials featuring Rainn Wilson (Dwight from The Office) as a crazy cab driver with different NBA players in the back, I thought they were hilarious. Then I realized it reminded me of a similar ad campaign from the 90’s… which I automatically assumed was from the NBA, and they had just re-worked it.
Thanks to The Google, my memory became more accurate. The ads weren’t from the NBA, they were from MTV. The character of ‘Jimmy the cab driver’ was a household name and commercial in the 1990’s, played by actor Donal Logue. Classic commercials that everyone born before ’84 should remember.
So, what is it….. a blatant rip-off, or a clever homage to a childhood hero, Jimmy the cab driver?
Original MTV ad:
NBA’s current ad:
Insane. Thanks to J.Z. for the link. Apparently Shaq saw this and bet the kid $1,000 in a game of horse.
The Grip posted this, and I thought it was so funny, I immediately posted a link to it on Twitter. Less than 5 minutes later, @TheLeroyBrown was following me on Twitter. That’s brilliant, and reason enough to re-post the video. But first, a few words from Leroy:
“In tenth grade, I beat out MJ for the last spot on our varsity basketball team, igniting a fire that inspired him to greatness. Since then I have motivized countless people with my inspirational DVD series and workshops. Now, with the launch of my revolutionary website, I’m finally able to motivate the world, including Canada.”
Comedy , Sports
Tags: buzzer, cavs, cavs bench, game 2, game winner, lebron, magic, reaction, shot, youtube
The Shot Heard Round The World. You’ve all seen or heard about the Lebron game winner against the Magic in Game 2 last night. But you may not have heard of the Best Reaction Award. It goes to….
…a dude on the Cavs bench, who I’m 99% sure is Darnell Jackson (pictured above). Fast forward to the 1:58 mark. I’ll quote Mr. Berger who said,
“he gives it the fingers-in-the-cookie-jar then just strolls out on the court like it was all planned.”
Someone identify this man, ever so cool. Is it Jackson? I’ve got Jose3030 working on a gif (crossing fingers)….
Jordan’s retirement [EDIT] induction to the Hall of Fame yesterday was either anti-climactic, or I just wasn’t paying attention. But based on his reaction, I think it would have been better suited down the road, with a bigger celebration.
I came across this unofficial story of the Jumpman logo, and learned some things I didn’t know.. mainly that this pose wasn’t an actual dunk. Check out Like Mike Clothing for the fully story with pics.