Here are a few funny, entertaining and inspiring things I collected along the way this past week. The only common thread is that I’ve seen all these things discussed in numerous places, both online and offline. What did I miss?
If you missed the US Women beat Brazil to advance to the World Cup semi-finals, you missed one of the greatest games I’ve ever seen. In the final seconds of overtime, Megan Rapinoe landed a ball on the head of Abby Wambach, who finished with authority. This sent the match into penalty kicks, where the US prevailed (since then, the US has advanced to the finals). The Internet exploded with excitement, and despite FIFA’s best efforts, it can be found here (the break starts about 5 seconds into where I linked the video).
By the way, this is what you get on YouTube when you search for the official video clip of the goal [insert sad trombone here]:
Kenny Powers – MFCEO Of K-Swiss
Not since Old Spice have I seen a brand receive so much Internet love as K-Swiss did this week. Eastbound and Down is an HBO show about a has-been professional baseball player called Kenny Powers. Kenny is pretty much the most despicable character on TV, but in a really funny way. Anyhow, K-Swiss broke a brilliant campaign this week in which Kenny Powers is named CEO of K-Swiss. There are a series of great video clips on Funny or Die (NOTE: the language is not for the modest) and a cleaner TV version. Like it or not, this is a brand doing something big, bold and inescapable.
GIFs GIFs Everywhere
Animated GIFs were all the rage this week, apparently because you can post them to Google+. GIF Shop seems to be the go-to source for creating them yourself, as I’ve done. Fascinating, I know. My apologies for not including a cat, which seems to be pretty standard.
How New Yorkers See The Rest Of The US
Thanks to Ogilvy’s Gavin Becker for this gem. As a former New Yorker I know there’s a lot of truth to it. The LA-SF note is my favorite. Click on it to expand.