[Promoted for Front Page Friday!]
I know some of you may have seen this before, but I'm not sure if I've ever posted it here so I figured I'd take advantage of the Front Page Friday to show if off. First, if you're not familiar with the old Reebok "Terry Tate Office Linebacker" commercials, go watch that first.
Okay, a little back story. Back in my freshman year, I guess around February or March 2005, I lived in the new Discovery Hall. Down the hall lived Brad Ekwerekwu and his roommate (who I won't name because he makes a "surprise" cameo in the video). My friends and I got bored one night and decided to recreate this commercial in a Mizzou fashion. We first tried to get Brad's roommate, but due to some soreness in the ribs, he politely declined. He did, however, make a few phone calls and soon thereafter we had our star, the ridiculously awesome Greg Bracey. From the get-go, Greg was 100% about this movie. He needed no script, no rehearsal, what you see was all first or second take. For the "interview" scenes, we actually could only have one cameraguy in the room (Brad E's dorm room at the time) because we'd inevitably end up laughing too hard and ruining the take. (I wish I could find the bloopers. On one take instead of tackling the target, Greg just stepped in front of the camera and mooned everyone.) Unfortunately on such short notice, we couldn't get uniforms, pads, or even a competent actor for our Res Hall authority (sorry if you're friends with Phil). But it was an awesome way to spend an evening and I think for the three hours it took to make, it was totally worth it.
Interesting fact: we gave a DVD of the clip to Greg and we hear that he showed it around the locker room to the rest of the team. I don't know who all watched it, but maybe Pinkel has seen it??
Second interesting (and much funnier) fact: most of the people in the video are friends from the floor, but to this day we still don't know who the kid studying in the lounge is. We busted in on the poor guy while he was actually trying to study, and he just sat there in bewilderment as we filmed the scene. So lounge guy, if you're reading this, I hope we didn't screw up your test grade.
Without further ado... Greg Bracey: Res Hall Linebacker.