*The University of Michigan — my alma mater! — lost Saturday’s nail biter to rival Michigan State University in the last ten seconds of the game. To be honest, I still haven’t quite recovered.
With a 26 -23 lead, Michigan’s punter Blake O’Neill fumble was snatched up by Michigan State’s Jalen Watts-Jackson, who returned the ball 38 yards for a game winning touchdown and a victory over my beloved Wolverines.
While MSU’s win sent the Spartans partying and left Michigan fans in stunned silence — some reports say fans sat in the Big House for over 15 minutes before leaving the stadium — WZZM‘s sports director Jamal Spencer reported a Michigan victory, saying “…they made a crucial stop and were able to run out the clock.” Continue reading →
*We’ve seen ’em a million times. An act done in a seemingly authentic setting; something that touches the heart, blows the mind, shakes the core of our very being — goes viral. And once something gets leaked online it lives forever.
Even if it was a lie.
What!? You mean that wasn’t …isn’t Bruce Lee nunchuckin’?
—Bruce Lee Ping-Pong
• What people think it is: Archival footage of kung-fu master Bruce Lee playing ping-pong with nunchucks
• What it really is: An ad for the Nokia N96 Bruce Lee Limited Edition
• Agency behind it: JWT Beijing
• Year created: 2008
• Views so far: 17.6 million on main YouTube clip
Here’s the video:
The Backstory: JWT Singapore created this viral masterpiece using a Bruce Lee look-alike, deceptively grainy visuals and some digital trickery. It was for a limited-edition Bruce Lee version of Nokia’s N96 phone. An original 10-second teaser featured only the fake footage with no mention of a brand, and it tallied more than 700,000 views in the first 24 hours. Nokia followed up soon with the full video and product reveal. To this day, many share the supposed nunchuck footage as real, and given Lee’s limitless talents, that’s not too hard to believe.
—Amazing Ball Catch by Girl
You’re kidding. I JUST saw this one for the first time and it blew my mind!
• What people think it is: An impressive wall-crawling catch from a minor-league baseball ball girl
• What it really is: An ad for Gatorade
• Agency behind it: Element 79
• Year created: 2008
• Views so far: 6.1 million on main YouTube clip
Here’s the video:
The Backstory: Even the client was reported surprised that this video had gone viral. They expected it to be shelved after its creative responsibilities with Gatorade was over. But Element 79’s viral clip was leaked online, immediately blew up and remains a frequently passed around clip. Shot during and after a real game between the Fresno Grizzlies and Tacoma Rainiers, the ad used a simple wire-and-harness rig to create the effect of the ball girl climbing the wall. According to Snopes, the once-shelved ad ended up running during the MLB All Star Game in July 2008.
• What people think it is: Slow-build news footage of a crash-proof motorcycle prototype
• What it really is: A U.K. road-safety ad for Thames Valley Safer Roads Partnership
• Agency behind it: ST16
• Year created: 2010
• View so far: 3.2 million on main YouTube clip
Here’s the video:
The Backstory : It’s low-budget and a bit cheesy, but for some reason that only makes this regional motorcycle-safety video more effective. The message, that technology only goes so far when it comes to avoiding disaster on the road, is one with universal appeal, and everyone loves a good (albeit grim) fail moment. The creators considered the video a success, largely because of how much discussion it sparked on motorcycle forums.
*In the words of the late Desi Arnez, Jr., “Lucy, you’ve got some ‘splainin’ to do!” But its not the crazy redhead we’re concerned with here, its MMA fighter Benny Madrid, who got so caught up in his big win over the past weekend, he chose to publicly thank what appeared to be two very special people: his wife and his girlfriend.
The ‘Wow!’ moment came after Madrid defeated Jeff Fletcher at the World Series of Fighting 23. It only took 1:26 minutes for him to use a rear choke submission (see photo below) to finisher Fletcher off before “El Hijo” was declared the winner.
Excited and obviously feeling himself, the fighter went into public speaker-mode and couldn’t help but thank the women in his life, namely his wife and his girlfriend.Continue reading →
*In what some might determine is one of those all blacks look alike scenarios, retired black tennis star James Blake will have a new story to tell in the future book he might write.
Accosted by five white undercover cops in front of his midtown Manhattan hotel in a case of mistaken identity, the man who once ranked No. 4 in the world of tennis was probably made to feel like something beneath a shoe when he slammed to the ground, handcuffed, and held there for 15 minutes.
“It was definitely scary and definitely crazy,” said Blake, adding that none of the men initially identified themselves as a police officer. His right eye appeared a bit red hours later at the hotel.
Blake was taken down around noon, as the cops were investigating a credit card fraud operation.
*With the notable exception of infomercial star and fitness guru Shawn T, black folks don’t show up on fitness videos often, and I’m told you don’t see us leading fitness classes, either. (I don’t have first-hand knowledge of that, as the last time I was in a fitness class I was preoccupied, waiting for the lunch bell to ring.) Most instructors that I’ve seen are way too young, way too perky, and way too white to really hold my attention.
According to USA Today, a new online fitness site, AcaciaTV, is trying to change that by offering a much more diverse group of instructors. Roughly half of them are African American or Asian, and a significant number of them are over 35. Some of them even know a thing or two about a drive-thru window, and come from careers and industries far from a gym.
In other words, they have much more in common with you and me.
*As proof positive that ignorance is indeed bliss, a self-described “Southern-American” white man was queried at a rally for people who support the confederate flag. Apparently, the man, who stood staunch in righteousness, was wearing a pair of tennis shoes well known to be designed by a black man. Moreover, the acronym used for the shoe was purposely done so to denote a symbol of empowerment for black people.
F.U.B.U. an American clothing and hip-hop apparel line founded in 1992 by Daymond John (“Shark Tank”), means: For Us By Us…
“Us” being the operative word for black folk.
So when this was told to the tattoo-wearing man, who was approached by someone named George Chidi of Neon Flag, the irony went right over this man’s head.
*While there are certainly enough model-types out there telling you what you can do to look like them, Jessamyn Stanley is not trying to hear it.
And she doesn’t encourage you to listen either.
Stanley posts inspiring messages (and more than 500 photos of herself in awesome yoga positions) on her Instagram page, where she shares her enthusiasm for yoga in poses like the downward dog, a forearm stand, and even the usage of a strap to deepen her dancer pose.
As a self-proclaimed “yoga enthusiast and fat femme,” this 27-year-old is the kind of yoga teacher many of her 53.1K followers are seeking. She captions her colorful photos with loving, inspirational messages for her students. And even lets them know that hey, sometimes it’s okay to slow down. It’s also okay not to know everything, but to learn and “celebrate the small victories.” Continue reading →