Monday, June 9, 2014

What the world needs now is... cartoon Zlatan?

In addition to so much more, ummm, hellsyeah. Our man Timmy Howard gets invited to the Incrediblesque Pixar party, further cementing his status as the most globally recognized US player as this World Cup approaches. Dunno about you, but I could watch a feature-length presentation of this.







- Greg Seltzer

11 comments:

dikranovich said...

Cartoons aside, maybe the biggest news of the day was the FIFA president calling corruption claims, with regard to the 2022 bidding process racist.

Ghana looks like they will be coming out in a 4-3-3. I'm not sure if their wing play will be as strong defensively as ours. We can dominate that central midfield battle if Ghana think they can play three in the midfield.

Greg Seltzer said...

This is not a news site.

dikranovich said...

Come on tsar Gregor, don't be such a sore loser.

Greg Seltzer said...

What are you babbling about now? And is there some city ordinance where you live that prevents you from ever playing well with others or taking part in reality or sticking to topic or refraining from insipid insults disguised as nicknames?

For crying out loud, man. At least change it up occasionally. Maybe act human sometimes, keep us guessing which facility you are kept in.

justinwkoehn said...

Every once in a while, dik has a decent point, but it's always overshadowed by somewhat passive-aggressive ramblings.

That being said, I do enjoy the conversation here, and if something else is happening (i.e. Ghana just smoked SK - takeways?), then sometimes a thread about a new nike animation is sacrificed for the greater good.

Greg Seltzer said...

Perhaps, but like I said, NSC does not try to be a simple news outlet. You all can get that anywhere.

justinwkoehn said...

Do you think Howard has been included in these Nike commercials to reach out to the US market, or is he actually one of the most recognizable keepers in the world?

I think it's pretty cool that the same commercial is world wide. I remember last year, Samsung released the #Galaxy11 commercial, but it was regionalized (i.e. Donovan was only featured in the US market, Neuer in Germany, etc.)

Greg Seltzer said...

A bit from column A and B. But do realize that globally, with Donovan off the squad and Deuce back in MLS, Howard is an EPL standout who played for ManU and has firmly held a very difficult to keep USMNT #1 job in goal for eight years now (not to mention he is a big strapping guy that the camera loves who is well known for being a super nice guy). Tim Howard is a very recognizable figure anywhere you go in the world and holds a lot of respect. Add in that so much of our World Cup hopes are pinned on him and, yeah, he is definitely the current global face of the team.

I would say the five most well-known/well-regarded players in our current pool on a global scale are, in approximate order: Donovan, Howard, Dempsey, Beasley and Bradley. I would guess Jones and Altidore are next behind them.

chalaron said...

i'm surprised they used a player not at the World Cup. However, they did capture the Shrekness of Wayne Rooney.

chalaron said...

Greg, You think Beasley has a bigger global "name" than Bradley? 10 years ago Beasley I'd agree but now I think Bradley would be higher.

Greg Seltzer said...

It was just a rough guess at an order, but yeah, Bease is very well-known and I still get people from all over asking about him. In Turkey last summer, many people I talked to could only name Donovan, Howard, Deuce and Bease. Remember, he has already been to three World Cup, played Champions League for two different famous clubs, etc.