When Nicklas Backstrom suffered a neck injury in Russia a month ago, Caps nation was tense. Backstrom, who missed 42 games last year due to a concussion, proved how valuable he was to the organization just by being on the sidelines. The Capitals played some of their worst hockey in several years without their top pivot. What did we learn? Nicky is irreplaceable.
Well, via a new Geico commercial that was released today, we can see just how talented Backstrom is at hockey.
And now we have two Alex Ovechkin commercials for Nike in consecutive days. Here we find the Russian machine showing off both his trick shot ability and deep love for citrus fruits. As an elderly Russian woman drops some groceries walking home, Ovechkin — always eager to be a good sumaritan — discreetly shoots an orange into her basket. Awesome.
Kinda bad timing to release this right after their 1-0 loss to the Bruins, but here’s the new “Because it’s the Cup” commercial featuring Alex Ovechkin.
Because he celebrates like a kid.
Because he celebrates with the fans.
Because he celebrates with style.
Because if you think this is celebrating, wait until he wins it all.
Because it’s The Cup.
With Bruce Boudreau gone from the organization and Alex Ovechkin only doing A-list projects, there’s a void to fill in Caps corny commercial spots this year that not even John Carlson’s carpets can fill. But have no fear, Brooks Laich is here. On top of his flawless promos for Window Nation, Laich also managed to shoot a commercial with The Sports Junkies of 106.7 The Fan and it ran for the first time during last night’s Capitals game. Laich, in his most natural dialect, Saskatchewanese, promotes both the IT Firm Latisys and his weekly radio show. Luckily, he has a face for TV.
Let us know what you think of his performance in the comments below!
S/T to RMNB’s Chris Gordon for the almost flawless video.
During NBC’s Sunday Night football game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Kansas City Chiefs, the network debuted Alex Ovechkin’s commercial promoting NBC’s 24-hour sports channel (the reanimated corpse of Versus as of January 2). Set in black and white, Ovechkin is shown lacing up his skates. Ovi says, “practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.” Which is funny because… well. Yeah.
S/T to @Valtard for posting the video.
The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) teamed up with the Capitals’ Tomas Vokoun and Jeff Halpern a few months ago to shoot a PSA encouraging parents to check ratings when choosing games for their children — what Vokoun calls a “box check.” The ad, which has been playing without sound in Verizon Center bathrooms all season long, has finally made it to YouTube and we have it above. One word of advice for companies looking for a Caps spokesperson: Halpern is a natural!
Below the jump, check out a few behind-the-scenes pics from the ad via ESRB’s Facebook Page.
John Carlson ponders the next call-up for the Caps.
With Brooks Laich cornering local advertisements for windows and Alex Ovechkin being a spokesman for nearly everything else, rarely does another player on the Capitals get a chance to show off his acting chops.
Lucky for us, John Carlson — clearly a hot commodity after his incredible acting debut with Force 3 — recently inked a deal with Hadeed Carpet. Their two new spots debuted over the weekend on both Hadeed Carpet’s Facebook page and Comcast SportsNet.
Follow me past the jump as Captain America sells us on the finest wall-to-wall carpet cleaners in the area. SPOILER ALERT: Carlson doesn’t give anyone a pound this time. Sigh.
In Ovi’s latest awesomely-bizarre commercial for Mr. Big, we learn that to be a big deal like him, you have to change bad things into good things. You know, like turning a kid’s broken skateboard into a gas-powered grand piano with grandma provocatively posing on top. Personally, I would have asked for a zamboni-tank that has a Greenman targetting system, anti-octopus shielding, and a rapid fire burrito gun. But that’s just me.
S/t to Capitals Overtime.
Few things are as quintessentially American as government contractors — except of course for John Carlson.
So what do you guys thing of Carlson’s acting debut, and how does it stack up to Ovi’s fantastic natural talent for the art?
S/T to a fan post on Japers’ Rink by bagace.
The Sydney Ice Dogs, a semi-professional ice hockey team in the Australian Ice Hockey League, recently released their first commercial to the world for their “Come to an Ice Dogs game, or we’ll ruin yours!” campaign. Above, an unsuspecting golfer learns the hard way that he should probably go over to the Catholic Club’s ice rink in Liverpool, New South Wales ASAP. Sure, this post has absolutely nothing to do with Nick Backstrom’s hand injury, the Capitals, or Russia in general, but since we love gratuitous violence – and it’s a Wednesday – we thought we’d share. Let us know what you think in the comments below.
S/T to @saskystewart, the self-proclaimed “First Lady of Australian Ice Hockey” for posting.
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