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Deutsch LA, PlayStation Let Fans Vote for ‘MLB13′ Coverboy

Choosing between Andrew McCutchen and Matt Kemp may be a more difficult decision than Obama v. Romney, but Deutsch LA and Playstation have empowered baseball fans by letting them vote on the cover subject of MLB13: The Show. Think of it as an election with no negative campaigning, backstabbing, or general political pessimism. The only sad part for me is that no Mets are on the ballot, but for everyone’s sanity, that’s probably a good thing.

The video game will hit shelves March 5th, and fans can select from a pool of seven different players including McCutchen, Kemp, Buster Posey, C.C. Sabathia, Ryan Braun, Miguel Cabrera, and Bryce Harper. Each player made 30-second clips explaining why he should be chosen over the other candidates. Athletes can’t act (other than Victor Cruz), but you should check out the videos on Youtube if you want to learn how to get dreads like McCutchen or hear trophy cleaning techniques from Mr. Posey.

Let’s hope this baseball vote goes differently than the Hall-of-Fame vote from earlier in the week, otherwise Playstation might have to go to Plan B and put a Met on the cover.

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State Farm Steals Aaron Rodgers’ ‘Title Belt’

During last year’s race to the Super Bowl, Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers invented a new kind of touchdown celebration that Wisconsinites of all walks could perform with pride. Rodgers’ homage to professional wrestling, the “Title Belt” became an image synonymous with the Packers’ playoff run, a run that ended with Rodgers holding the Lombardi Trophy above his head, a replica WWE championship belt draped over his shoulder.

If Milwaukee Brewers’ left fielder Ryan Braun‘s use of the gesture to motivate his team in the NLDS or State Farms’ usurpation of it for the above “Discount Double Check” spot are any indication, the celebration isn’t going away anytime soon. Created by DDB Chicago, the spot (which debuted last weekend) even squeezes in an overenthusiastic cheesehead at the end. If you want to learn more about the dance and the NFL’s current best quarterback, watch the Packers tear apart the Minnesota Vikings next Sunday afternoon on Fox. If you want to learn about the time I kept doing the “Title Belt” gesture to a increasingly angry Cleveland Browns fan this summer (and the resulting physical altercation), you’ll have to wait until this spot gets a sequel. Credits after the jump.

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