I have no idea what kind of NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel is going to be. I think he's going to be good. Really good. But the fact of the matter is none of us know.
Well, if corporate partnerships are any indicator of how good a player is going to be, Manziel is probably going to throw for 5,000 yards his rookie year, because at Johnny Football, LLC, the brand is the business and business is good!
A week or so ago, it was Nike. Now, McDonald's is part of Team Johnny! Monday afternoon, the internet got a hold of LeBron James' latest McDonalds commercial, which includes an appearance from one Jonathan Football! (Advice: Don't blink, you might miss it.)
Monday afternoon, the internet got a hold of LeBron James' latest McDonalds commercial, which includes an appearance from one Jonathan Football! (Advice: Don't blink, you might miss it.)
Here's the spot:
Did you see him?!? ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?!?
Ok, so it was two tenths of a second at the 0:15 mark, one quick Heisman pose and then he was done. So what?!? Easiest paycheck ever! Way easier than 4,000 autographs for a few grand. I mean, hypothetically, of course.
In the spot, LeBron is apparently being inducted into some sort of exclusive club for the people who are the best at what they do. The only other person I recognize in the spot is Manziel, who miraculously was inducted into this exclusive club as the best quarterback before LeBron was inducted as the best basketball player. I have to imagine that if this club were real, the years that LeBron was left out (which number at least two years, since Manziel is in) would have launched some of the most vitriolic "was he snubbed?" debates in the history of First Take.
Also, I like to imagine that somewhere in the basement of a really shitty fast food place there's a sewage tunnel leading to a dingy room where the people who are the worst at what they do all gather and continually vomit and complain. Like a bizarro version of this McDonald's club.
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Like Blaine Gabbert, Brett Wallace, Kendrick Perkins, and Nickelback all hanging in the basement of a White Castle.
As for the commercial itself, the burger looks very tasty, although it appears to have a lot of steps and elements to it. Meat, bacon, special sauce, artesian bread .... I mean, no disrespect, but that seems like a lot to put on the plate of the average fast food worker. Adding in the "chicken or beef" choice makes this whole thing the fast food equivalent of the New York Times Sunday crossword.
Johnny Manziel is still nine days away from his Pro Day, and he's already up two corporate partners on most rookies.