NFL Fantasy Files: Unbelievably Cool Tricks in Genius Ads
Would you look at that!
Chris Cooley, Pro Bowl fullback for the Washington Redskins, put his hand through a wall and caught a football without seeing it.
Jason Campbell threw two footballs to two receivers by bouncing them off each other!
A cautious observer can tell that these tricks were made with computer graphics and a green screen, but they are still cool.
As I was searching for pictures, I actually found this interesting article that was written about how the ads were filmed:
I came across these ads, which were made by NFL.com before the start of the 2008 season, a few weeks ago when a friend urged my roommate and me to check them out. We thought they were cool, and while showing them to my other roommate for the first time tonight, I decided to make this slide show.
They can all be found on YouTube.com, which is the best way to fully enjoy the crazy stunts. I encourage anyone intrigued by the slideshow to go check them out.
I will attempt to recreate the stunts performed in the pictures. Also, I will give feedback to the obvious fake aspects of the ads that are still eerily entertaining to watch even when the observer knows as much.
These are my top-five ads.
Chris Cooley: So Strong He Can Punch Through a Wall and Catch A Football
This is one of my favorites. Cooley, who plays for the Redskins, walks into a newly-built house and pounds on a wall to show its strength. The wall sounds solid as he knocks it a few times.
Cooley picks a spot and tells his friend playing quarterback where to throw the ball.
Then, Cooley goes behind the wall, and he tells the quarterback to throw the ball.
Then, an amazing thing happens.
Not only does he punch through the wall, he catches the ball too!
I don't doubt that Chris Cooley can punch through a wall, but this one was obviously fake.
Overall, I give it a 9.5 out of 10.
Jason Campbell: So Good He Can Throw to Two Recievers At Once
Our next ad features a fellow Redskin, quarterback Jason Campbell.
He starts off with a football in each hand and a receiver on both sides of him. Both receivers run go routes straight down the field.
Campbell throws one up, then hits the first ball in mid-flight with the other ball. Both balls magically land in the receiver's hands.
This one is above average, a 7 out of 10.
Neil Rackers Kicks Four Balls Off Uprights
In this ad, Arizona Cardinals' kicker Neil Rackers does something that is basically impossible.
He lines up four balls from around the 30-yard line. The first image is Rackers explaining that he is planning on hitting the left upright with the first two balls and the right upright with the other two balls.
The second image shows him running toward the first ball, and the third image is him kicking the second ball. Believe it or not, the last image is a ball hitting an upright.
Rackers hit all four uprights, just like he said he would. However, it was quite unbelievable.
This ad receives 6 out of 10.
Mason Crosby Kicks Three Consecutive Crazy Trick Shots
In this video, Green Bay Packers' kicker Mason Crosby has a field-day on the University of Wisconsin's campus.
In the first and second pictures, Crosby is shown setting up three footballs from around 25-30 yards away from a huge building on campus with a bell. As he sets them up, he explains excitedly, "They hate when I do this."
In the third picture, Crosby proceeds to kick the footballs in rapid succession, ringing the bell as he goes.
This one is just great.
I give it a 9 out of 10.
Chris Chambers Can Catch Three Footballs by Sandwiching one Between the Other Two
This video is my favorite.
The San Diego Chargers' Chris Chambers shows of in this ad. There are three quarterbacks that throw to Chambers in succession.
The first picture shows him setting up, while the second shows him yelling to the quarterbacks, "One more time!"
Chambers stands with his back to the quarterbacks and catches the first two balls without looking.
Then, with those two footballs in each hand, he catches the last three between the other two (shown in the third picture)!
This one gets a 10 out of 10!
Again, if you are a fan of NFL football, you have to go check these videos out! There are a ton of them, and they are fun to watch by yourself or with friends.
Some of them, the kicking ones especially, look real. Some other ads are obviously fake, but they are still hard to turn away from.
Take a minute and check out this collection of the ads, its great! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHH-6ZQktRQ
Overall, I love these short films and all the great things CGI is bringing to the world of entertainment.