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Posts Tagged ‘Ben Walker’

Paddy Power Favors Fools on the Pitch with ‘Fat Watch’

The image of fat, overpaid athletes who don’t care about what they do as much as they should is an easy shot for fans to take. It’s occasionally true. But this angle almost never comes from the house, since gambling companies don’t need to take a stance one way or the other to make money. But in the UK, bookmaker Paddy Power has teamed with CP+B for “Fat Watch” a contest to the bottom that rewards soccer players who take the least shots or spend the most time on the bench. Fans who support the clubs of the laziest players (Fernando Torres) will win some undisclosed prize, which seems more like compensation for rooting for FC Shame.

The 30-second spot is pretty funny and plays more like a comedy sketch than a commercial. I don’t think this idea could play in America, but for the stodgy fans across the Atlantic, the campaign’s sneering tone feels like a great fit. Credits after the jump.

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Wait, That’s Not Ben Walker

Here’s a classic sports news blooper that comes to us courtesy of the BBC, which mistakes our old pal, Adweek editor Michael Wolff, for Associated Press baseball scribe Ben Walker. Watch the awkward silence that ensues, then Wolff’s great comment and finally the awkward cut back to the newsman. As you see below, it’s easy to, um, confuse the two.

(via Daily What and Yahoo! Sports)

Thursday Odds and Ends

-Former Adweek cartoonist David Jones joined the Yahoo Advertising Blog team. link

-W+K London clears up the Nokia review reports. link

-ADC president Doug Jaeger was among those involved in the launch of Bloomberg LP’s Sustainability Report. link

-Former Barbarian Group/Goodby publicist Eva McCloskey is the latest to join up with Co: Collective. link

-There isn’t a bad thing to really say about Google Chrome’s “Dear Sophie” spot (above).

-BMB creative directors Ben Walker and Matt Gooden have left to take on joint ECD roles at CP+B London. link

-Groupon tapped David Elen Advertising to create a billboard campaign on Cali’s Highway 101, which led commuters to the brand’s tech jobs site. link

-Philly’s Red Tettemer + Partners was named AOR for the California Association of Realtors and created spots as well as a microsite for the company. link

-The ADC Gallery bogs got a makeover thanks to some Young Guns. link

-At least Hearst seems to dig AOL’s supersize online ad concept. link