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Toth+Co Enlists Drew Brees for Wrangler

With football season around the corner, Toth+CO enlists Drew Brees in their latest spot for Wrangler’s new Advanced Comfort Jeans. And the results are…exactly what you’d expect from a Drew Brees Wrangler ad.

Brees sits on a cooler on the back of a truck, plays some football with his buddies and his son, and takes his lady out to dinner. Pretty generic stuff. Interspersed with this footage are graphics of Wrangler’s “4-way flex technology” which offers “20% stronger” reinforced fibers. And the spot ends, of course, with Brees delivering the longtime tagline of “Real. Comfortable. Jeans.” There’s nothing fresh here, but fans of Brees, and football fans who can’t wait for the new season, should still find it a welcome sight. Read more

Ogilvy & Mather NY Hypes ‘The Chase’ for NASCAR, ESPN

Ogilvy & Mather New York hypes NASCAR Sprint Cup’s “The Chase” elimination series with a new campaign for NASCAR and ESPN entitled “Battle of Nations.”

The campaign spot, entitled “The Hype,” which will run in 15, 30 and 60-second formats, documents fan and commentator excitement for the new “Chase” format to the Sprint Cup, which pits 16 drivers against each other in a tough elimination playoff format. “The Hype” imagines the drivers — and their respective fans and support teams — as nations preparing to face off in rounds of challenges to determine an ultimate champion. Ogilvy’s campaign will also include radio, print, social, and digital elements — including “Spreading The Word,” an educational video which we’ve included after the jump.

“The campaign celebrates this bold and transformational moment in NASCAR’s history, taking fans along for the ride and accentuating the drama and intensity of the new elimination format as each round unfolds,” said Scott Parker, vice president of marketing at ESPN.

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W+K Taps Neymar for Nike

With the world’s biggest soccer star set to lace up his cleats again, W+K tapped Neymar Jr. for a new Nike spot promoting the brand’s Hypervenom Phantom Boot worn by the Brazilian forward.

The 60-second spot, entitled “Mirrors,” likens Neymar’s speed and agility to playing with a field full of mirrors. As he makes his way down the field, opponents are unable to tell which is the real Neymar, and end up sliding into glass. Neymar dances around opponents and easily lands a shot in the back of the net, which is followed by the “Deceptive by Nature” tagline. W+K decided to forgo any voiceover or narrative in favor of showing Neymar in action, and the approach works, as the mirrors, coupled with Neymar’s considerable talent make for a visually interesting and entertaining spot. The soundtrack, “Rivers of Blood” by Wu.

Credits below.

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TBWA\Chiat\Day Taps Peyton Manning, Cam Newton for Gatorade

The late comedian Mitch Hedberg had a joke that went: “You don’t have to be sweating and holding a basketball to enjoy a Gatorade, you can just be a thirsty dude. Gatorade forgets about this demographic. I’m thirsty for absolutely no reason, other than the fact that liquid has not touched my lips for some time. Can I have a Gatorade too, or does that lightning bolt mean no?” Well, the brand seems to have finally issued its response to this question in a new campaign from TBWA\Chiat\Day, entitled “Sweat it to Get it,” with a resounding “No, you can not have a Gatorade, thirsty dudes.”

“Gatorade was invented to replace what athletes sweat out, Brent Anderson, executive creative director at TBWA\Chiat\Day in Los Angeles, explained to Adweek. “So the intent was to create something that might cause someone who reaches for a Gatorade to think, ‘Hold up…have I earned this?’” In other words, that lightning bolt does mean no.

In the campaign, starring Rob Belushi (son of Jim) and featuring cameos from Peyton Manning and Cam Newton (who also stars in an ongoing Under Armour campaign), customers at a gas station are told they can’t purchase Gatorade because they haven’t broken a sweat. The ads all follow the same basic formula, with Belushi as the straight man denying the customers and Manning or Newton appearing as either the manager or a fellow customer. The agency told Adweek that the ads were all “shot on location at an actual convenience store with over 15 hidden cameras” and directed by Jody Hill (Eastbound and Down). Stick around for credits and a few more spots after the jump. Read more

Kevin Hart Takes on Dave Franco in Madden NFL 15 for Heat, EA Sports

Heat, San Francisco taps Kevin Hart and Dave Franco (James’ brother) to star in a new online spot for EA Sports’ Madden NFL 15.

The spot, which also sees guest appearances from Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard and Epic Meal Time co-creator Harley Morenstein, sees Hart go to great lengths to get Franco to take him on at Madden NFL 15. Hart’s incessant challenges of Franco degenerate into destruction of property over the course of the over three minute spot. It all starts out with one epic slap, before (for some reason) going musical, as Hart continues to challenge Franco to take him on in Madden NFL 15. That decision is questionable, to say the least, making it a bit of a challenge to get through the overly long spot. Things are at their most entertaining when Hart is directly baiting Franco, free of musical interjection. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

Y&R NY Taps Richard Sherman for Campbell’s


Y&R New York taps star Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman to be the 19th NFL player in the long-running “Mama’s Boy” campaign for Campbell’s Chunky soups. Sherman’s mother is featured in the ad as well.

The spot continues the “Mama’s Boy” tradition of goofiness. In this case, a fan painted all in blue and a helicopter factor in to the 60-second spot, which ends with a tender moment between Sherman and his mother. “Mama’s Boy” first ran all the way back in 1997 with Reggie White and his mother, and returned in 2012 following a four year hiatus. Sherman’s spot marks the first time in years that a player’s real mother was cast in place of an actress. The spot’s producers chose to cast a real fans in the spot as well, including superfan Tim Froemke, who appears in the spot with his entire body painted blue, using Skype for auditions. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

The Martin Agency Brings Fenway Home for Benjamin Moore

Even if you hate the Red Sox (as an Orioles fan,I naturally fall into this category), you have to admit that Boston has one hell of a ballpark. Perhaps the most iconic aspect of Fenway is the huge wall in left field known as the Green Monster, which Benjamin Moore imbues with its distinct hue. The Martin Agency is letting fans know that Benjamin Moore is now letting fans take the color home, as part of “The Fenway Collection” in a new campaign.

In a 30-second spot, The Martin Agency shows fans turn a living room wall, fire hydrant, satellite dish, garage door and a playground into their own version of the baseball landmark. Set to the tune of “Dirty Water” by The Standells, the spot lets the color speak for itself, eschewing any dialogue to show the paint used in a variety of inventive ways. As part of the campaign, Benjamin Moore will also be using the paint collection to renovate youth baseball fields. The Martin Agency helped document this in “Bring the Green Monster to Local Fields,” which we’ve included, along with credits, after the jump. Read more

W+K NY Finds ‘Different Ways In’ for ESPN

W+K New York has a new campaign for ESPN, promoting the network’s coverage of college football and stoking fans’ excitement for the first year of the college football playoffs.

The campaign, entitled “Who’s In?” will run from the start of the season until a National Champion is crowned in January. “Different Ways In” (featured above), the campaign’s debut spot, launches today across ESPN’s networks and digital properties. Narrated by Burt Reynolds, the 60-second spot manages to cram in references to 20 different schools, as well as cameos from Jerry Jones, Jimmy Kimmel, Urban Meyer, Les Miles, Sam Bradford and JJ Watt. That’s not a bad way to stoke excitement from fans of different schools for the FBS College Football Season on ESPN, which begins Wednesday, August 27. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

GreenLight Taps Cam Newton for Under Armour

At the end of last month, we brought you news of Droga5′s campaign for Under Armour highlighting American Ballet Theatre soloist Misty Copeland. The latest from the brand, created by GreenLight Media and Marketing, tells the kind of story more expected from the brand, turning to Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton for a new series entitled “Huddle Up.”

The first episode in the series begins with the Panthers’ disappointing end to the 2013 season. While the season is over, Newton has his work cut out for him in a busy offseason that sees him working towards a college degree, recovering from surgery, and helping the kids at his program. Over the course of around six minutes, viewers are given a well-rounded view of Newton’s life off the field as he prepares for training camp.

Under Armour vice president of creative Brian Boring told Fast Company that the goal of the series is to “create stories that inspire athletes,” adding, “The content series format gives us an opportunity to tell a deeper story through the voice of an athlete, specifically in this case, football players.” Read more

Wongdoody Taps Russell Wilson for Alaska Airlines

Wongdoody taps Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in a new spot for Alaska Airlines.

In the 60-second spot, Chief Football Officer Wilson puts the Alaska Airlines crew through training camp, remarking, “Alaska Airlines and I are basically one and the same: we’re always prepared. The separation’s in the preparation.” Wilson runs snackuracy and teddy bear tossing drills, and quizzes the team on routes and seat switching strategy. The airline training camp schtick is not a bad idea, and it is timely, but the full-length spot stretches the idea a little thin. It is much better served by the 30-second version, which we’ve included, along with credits, after the jump. Read more

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