FTDO: “Do You Believe in Magic?”

I found this on my daily (hourly) perousings of Yahoo sports editorials and blogs.

Magic pull off cruel, nay, crafty April Fool’s joke

The Magic’s PR and Marketing team sure had some fun with April Fools’ Wednesday in Orlando. Let me try my best to explain.

Giddy with whoopee cushion excitement all night long, the Magic pretended to “trade” Dwight Howard to the Oklahoma City Thunder, “re-sign” former great Penny Hardaway, and “play professional basketball” exactly like the Washington Generals. (They nailed that last one flawlessly, falling 99-95 to the sub-sub-sub-.500 Raptors.)

But the best prank of the evening came during half-time when the Magic staff appeared to crush the hopes and dreams of one poor, unsuspecting lad. Keywords here: “appeared to” …

Similar to CollegeHumor.com’s epic prank, a blindfolded fan heaved a half-court shot that he thought was worth $100,000, and the crowd — in on the gag — went bonkers. Convinced he had just hit the shot of his life, “Mr. Lucky” celebrated wildly before addressing the crowd on a mic. “I actually just got laid off from work,” he said, “but we’re going on a trip.” (To Disney World? I don’t know.)

And then they told him it was all a joke.

Abrupt record scratch!

Jaws dropped.

Horrible, right?

Well, not really.

You see, the blindfolded fan was actually a hired actor and the joke on the guy was really a joke on the crowd, which never realized it.

Magic PR and Marketing team, 1. Fools, 0.

Upon reading this, I laughed out loud here in my office- that is, when I got to the end and realized what the deal was. Before laughing, I was saying in my head… wow, that is pretty messed up man! How could they actually do that to someone?!? There had to be some sort of settlement by the Magic if this was for real.

And then it wasn’t.

A practical joke on 20,000 people. Well done Magic, well done.

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Underdogs…

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I think I’ve just witnessed some EPIC upsets in sports history… at least in international baseball history. The Netherlands baseball team, yes, baseball, defeated the heavily favored Dominican Republic in the pool’s second elimination game. The DR’s two losses? Both against Holland. It had been pointed out that the MLB players on the DR make a combined 80+ M dollars.

The Netherlands? Their two players currently make 0 dollars- just to add to how bloated the DR’s roster was in comparison to the Dutch.

On the hardwood:

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Cleveland State is going dancing. They just upset #17 Butler for the Horizon League Championship, giving them the automatic bid for the NCAA tournament. This is why playoffs are wonderful and should be instituted for a certain college sport. But I digress. Anyway, I’m sure Butler will be in the mix somewhere on Selection Sunday!

On a similar note, Notre Dame managed to beat Rutgers to advance to the second round in the Big East Tournament. They’ll meet West Virginia tomorrow, which is in theory, a do-able game. But with the Irish team that materialized this year, you just aren’t going to know what will happen. Let’s hope for the best. We need a deep run to at least the championship game (and perhaps even winning it) in order to make the dance ourselves. Highly unlikely.

Let’s go hockey team!

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