Wednesday, August 18, 2004

The rivalry lives!

The best ad I've seen on TV lately is one I spotted today for Fox Sports Bay Area.

A bicyclist has been struck by a car and is lying injured in the street. An ambulance arrives to assist. The two EMTs leap from the vehicle and dash to the unconscious victim, life-saving equipment in tow. The paramedics lean down to begin resuscitation, unzipping the cyclist's jacket as they do so. Underneath his windbreaker, the victim is wearing...a Los Angeles Dodgers T-shirt.

The paramedics pack up their gear, pile into the ambulance, and drive off, leaving the cyclist as they found him.

Okay, so you have to be a Giants fan to appreciate it. I thought it was hilarious.

The spot reminded me of another Giants-oriented TV commercial from back when Jeffrey "The Hac-Man" Leonard was one of San Francisco's star players. The ad featured Leonard, whose other nickname was "Penitentiary Face," staring into the camera and intoning, "You shouldn't hate anyone. The Bible says it's wrong to hate. But if you were going to hate someone, the Dodgers would be a good place to start."

Dodgers fans, feel welcome to keep your comments to your own late-arriving, early-departing, beach-ball-bopping selves.

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