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Here’s Heat’s New Brotastic ‘Born to Madden’ Spot

Although you have to wonder how necessary advertising the next Madden game really is, considering how football/gaming bros pretty much spend all summer salivating in anticipation of the pigskin franchise’s next release, Heat has put together a pretty brolarious spot for EA Sports’ 25th anniversary of the franchise.

In the second spot of the “Born to Madden” campaign (following the Arian Foster/Marshawn Lynch opus), directed by Wayne McClammy, it is revealed that the real inspiration for the NFL careers of Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson was a summer camp pact made in their youth to one day beat each other in Madden, as each other. The spot highlights some of the hardcore training Kaepernick and Wilson underwent, all so they could make the NFL, rise to star status, and play Madden NFL 25 against each other. So far Kaepernick and Wilson’s Madden sessions have led to only minor injuries, including a mild concussion suffered by Wilson from a stray thrown controller.

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Arian Foster, Marshawn Lynch Get Generational for ‘Madden 25′

Madden is turning 25 this year. That means decades of video game football obsessions have now been around long enough to be passed from parents to children and then some. To kick off the game’s promotional campaign, EA Sports debuted “Running Back Sons” yesterday, a minute-long spot about the origins of star running backs Arian Foster and Marshawn Lynch. While you might expect their motivation to come from supportive families, inspirational coaches, and the love of the game, it turns out that their success can be traced back to a friendly battle of brinksmanship between their fictitious fathers, Darian Foster and Marshawn Lynch Sr.

Fathers Foster and Lynch (played by the actual Foster and Lynch, respectively) spend all of their time playing Madden in unusual places as their sons train for football. At one point, young Marshawn even spins around a bear, establishing the beginning of “Beast Mode.” Finally, now that Arian and Marshawn are millionaires, their fathers can play Madden in the pool, which sounds about as dangerous as training with a bear.

This spot is sure to get plenty of airtime in the next few months, especially considering Foster and Lynch have decent acting chops when it comes to commercials. As Marshawn Sr. says, that’s that beast mode right there (raspy old-man laugh) Credits after the jump.

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Wednesday Odds and Ends

-Former Apple design director and Method co-founder Mike Abbink has returned to Wolff Olins to serve as creative director in its New York office.

-Nike is none too pleased with Reebok already selling Tim Tebow Jets jerseys. link

-Meanwhile, Houston Texans running back Arian Foster has joined the likes of Tom Brady and Cam Newton as pro athlete endorsers for Under Armour. link

-What do Katy Perry, Derrick Rose and Lionel Messi all have in common? Well, they’re still “all in” for Adidas (above).

-R/GA has teamed up with flavoring/dining brand Lawry’s to let moms “dinnertise” to their kids. link

-JetBlue insists its brand is merely “tarnished, not destroyed” following the mental collapse of one of its captains this week. link

-St. Louis-based shop Boxing Clever promoted Jim Harper to partner.

-PA-based digital creative boutique Neo-Pangea helps NatGeo herald the Titanic disaster’s 100th anniversary with a site and gaming experience. link

-If you dig this 5.9 second clip that’s part of a contest from BMW USA, feel free to “Like” on Facebook of give it a “thumbs up” on YouTube. link; link

-Just For Men is serving as the first-ever sponsor of the NHL playoff-themed “Beard-a-Thon” program. Seems like an apt choice. link

-The 4A’s teamed up with Arnold to launch a new web-based video platform aimed at young adults called Open Advertising. link