In a new video posted to YouTube, Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III turns up the sideline and sprints to an impressive 72-yard touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings.

Griffing then leaps into the stands to receive the adulation of Washington fans. The clip, from a 2012 game, contains just one little change:

The logo featuring the 'Redskins' mascot has been erased.

The 38-second video, published Friday by the National Congress of American Indians, has removed the mascot from Griffin's helmet in an effort to illustrate how getting rid of the controversial logo would change Washington football. The clear message is that it wouldn't change the football at all.

After Griffin's touchdown run, the video displays the words "Take it away and it's still Washington football."

Then comes the call to action: "Change the mascot."

The video's release during the lead-up to the Super Bowl is also done with intention. The YouTube description bills the video as "the #BigGame commercial the NFL would never dream of airing."

The call to change the mascot has grown louder in recent years, with shows like Comedy Central's "South Park" And "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" slamming supporters of the Redskins logo.

Despite the growing dissent, Washington owner Dan Snyder has vowed to never change the mascot, arguing that it honors Native Americans. So far, there's no indication he will change his stance unless forced.

The noise surrounding Deflategate is so loud, it's easy to forget that the Patriots are a family. Not just a family in the sense of wearing the same uniforms and playing team ball, but the kind of family that's made for TV, that grows closer in the face of adversity.

At any rate, Julian Edelman is here with a throwback to end all throwbacks: A music montage of the Patriots' key players and head coach, designed as a parody of the hit 1980s sitcom "Growing Pains."

In the video, we follow Edelman, Tom Brady and other key Patriots from childhood to their present roles with the New England franchise. It's nothing short of incredible:


Anyone familiar with "Growing Pains" can see just how easily the Patriots can slide into some of those role. Brady is the obvious Mike Seaver, a hunky, fun-loving protagonist that's maybe a little too much of a trouble-maker (see: deflated balls, sideline potty mouth). Rob Gronkowski is the perfect stand-in for Ben Seaver, a happy kid whose perpetual smirk suggests that there is mischief to be had.

Bill Belichick, of course, is Alan Thicke, the family patriarch who runs a psychiatry practice out of his home. Only a true psychopath would bring mentally ill clients into the home of four children, plus a once-homeless youth portrayed by a very young Leonardo DiCaprio (played by late-season addition LeGarrette Blount). Between that and the cut-off sweatshirts, Thicke and Belichick are a perfect pair.

Come on, Bill. Show us that smile again.

The original, for context:

Super Bowl ads have evolved well beyond the million-dollar spots themselves. The best ones become a part of popular culture and live long lives in the minds of fans.

And with the Internet, commercials are only the centerpiece of a marketing strategy built around that all-important Super Bowl ad. Brands are getting savvier about how they squeeze more value out of those opportunities.

That's why we're already seeing a steady stream of teaser trailers released online to stoke excitement for the commercials themselves. Nationwide Insurance, for example, this week released a teaser video starring Mindy Kaling that offers just a taste of what will transpire during breaks from the big football game itself:

England's Newcastle, meanwhile, has taken the unique approach of branding itself as an underdog in the big-money world of Super Bowl advertising. In the process, the company is able to poke fun at other Super Bowl advertisers while presenting itself in a unique, memorable way.

And what better spokesperson to pair with that strategy than the ever sarcastic, always irritated Aubrey Plaza?

Plenty more Super Bowl ads are rolling out pre-game video to stoke fan interest, and that's where Hulu comes in. The online video service has launched the Toyota AdZone, which will compile many of this year's Super Bowl commercials along with popular ad spots from years past.

Hulu said in a press release that it will be adding videos to the collection daily, and fans are encouraged to vote on their favorite commercials of all time.

So there it is: Super Bowl Sunday is no longer a one-day commercial bonanza. It's a 10-day event.

Andy Lucien, a 6-foot-5 junior from North Olmsted High in the Cleveland area, has become a viral sensation thanks to a vicious dunk he threw down Friday. ESPN's SportsCenter was among the notable outlets to showcase the most spectacular of Lucien's 19 points in a 50-32 win against Westlake.

And as tremendous as the dunk was, true basketball aficionados will appreciate how Lucien set himself up with a slick crossover dribble to split a double team. Here is the video via Team Flight Brothers:

Lucien, as you might suspect, has been blown away by the national attention.




The dunk has also helped make him a hit with the ladies, which is always a nice plus:




The Valparaiso play still works.

A high school team in Nebraska just won on a buzzer-beating three-pointer by using a set-up that Valparaiso immortalized in the 1998 NCAA tournament.

The key to this play is the player catching the long inbounds pass. He must pass it instantly to the designated shooter. According to the Beatrice Daily Sun, Jayden Otto of Bruning-Davenport-Shickley performed this role perfectly. Otto caught the inbounds pass from Grant Norder at midcourt. Otto immediately swung the ball to Riley Tegtmeier, who nailed the three-pointer for a 41-40 win.

Compare to the original in which Bill Jenkins took Jamie Sykes' inbounds pass and hit Bryce Drew, who connected to give No. 13 seed Valpo a 70-69 upset over Ole Miss in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Tegtmeier told the Daily Sun that his team practices this play regularly.

"It’s designed to just try and get a shot off and it doesn't have a high probability of working, but luckily in this tournament it worked for us," he said.

He never saw it coming.

A soccer player named Mitchell van Gastel, a midfielder for the Barendrecht club in Dutch amateur league, had to be stretched off the field after having his nose broken by an accidental elbow shot from the referee.

Dutch news outlet Omroep West reports the referee, Wim Bronsvoort, dropped van Gastel in the 83rd minute of a match against Scheveningen, and has video of the unfortunate moment:

Michelle Jenneke is still dancing. And posing.

The Australian hurdler became a YouTube sensation in 2012 for this sexy pre-race warmup dance. That led to her starring in a parody video, a mention by Jay Leno on The Tonight Show and ultimately a modeling gig for the 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

Now Jenneke, 21, is starring in a World Star Hip Hop video. Like her previous clips, this one accentuates her enthusiasm and fitness.

If there's a disadvantage to Jeff Gordon's thirst for victory, it looks like we've found it.

The Washington Wizards brought in Gordon to participate in an on-court tricycle race during Tuesday night's game, matching the NASCAR legend up against an unassuming NBA fan. When the proverbial starter's pistol went off, Gordon took off.

And almost immediately, he destroyed his competition.


For all the entertainment of watching Gordon smile, holler and celebrate while riding a tricycle built for a full-size man, the best part of this clip might be listening to Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley provide color commentary. While Smith yells "Don't do it, Jeff! You've got too much respect!" at the start of the race, his counterpart Barkley is able to fully enjoy what unfolds in front of them.

And while it's true that Gordon's trike race is weird, even unsettling, no one can deny that it makes for good television.

Gordon wasn't bashful about celebrating his victory, either.






It only took six seconds for Karon Keyes to become a viral sensation.

Keyes, a junior wide receiver at Glenbard East in suburban Chicago, is the subject of a new Vine video that has quickly gained millions of views.

The video takes place at the Boom Football team tryout, where the high schoolers are performing a drill in which a defender tries to cover an offensive player. Things didn't go so well for the unfortunate young man tasked with defending Keyes.

Here's the video:

The defender's ankles have drawn lots of sympathy on Twitter:




The sports community has been tricked by high school football highlights before, but this seems real. A look at Keyes' Twitter profile shows the teenager is reveling in his newfound fame:



According to the man who filmed the video, Gus Ramos, Boom was started by former NFL fullback J.R. Niklos.


In-game contests are one of the great joys of attending a live sporting event. Fans get to participate, huge prizes are dangled in front of their faces, and the rest of the crowd gets to cheer on with little consequence.

Sometimes, though, a team raises the stakes. When the Idaho Stampede -- the D-League affiliate of the NBA's Utah Jazz -- offered a $25,000 tractor to a fan in exchange for hitting four shots from the court, things got serious.

A $25,000 tractor? That's a life-changer. As long as you own a farm. Either way, one lucky fan was given a shot at glory -- technically, four shots at glory. All he needed to do was hit a layup, a free throw, a three-point shot, and a half-court shot in 30 seconds.

And we'll be darned, that fan did exactly that.

Except it took him 32 seconds. And when he made that improbable half-court shot, the fan believed whole-heartedly that he won.

It's all here:

Granted, all of this information comes from the video's description on YouTube, which isn't quite Pulitzer-caliber journalism. But if the account posted is correct, an error with the game clock prevented the time from being shown to the fan as he went through his shots.

A small indicator on the side of the court showed that the time ran out before the fan drained the half-court bomb. Technically, this constitutes a loss -- a crushing loss, if you're a farmer and needed a new $25K tractor. A loss that's tough to bounce back from.

But since we haven't heard definitively one way or the other, it's possible the Idaho Stampede were gracious and gave the man the tractor he won.

Nay, the tractor he earned. With his bare hands.

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