Friday, November 21, 2008
I love the new ad for Guitar Hero World Tour that parodies Tom Cruise's famous living room air guitar scene accompanied by Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock and Roll." However, they cast four name-brand superstar athletes when in fact, only three of them merit the title of "hero" to be looked up to.
Tony Hawk is a hero.
Michael Phelps is a hero.
Kobe Bryant is a hero.
But A-Rod is no hero.
A-Rod may be an excellent athlete and one of the greatest baseball players of the last decade. But as a human being, he's pretty despicable and does not set a good example to any kid.
Did the people who cast this commercial have sudden memory loss about his recent escapades cheating on his wife Cynthia -- notably Madonna -- and getting caught with the paparazzi in the act? Did they remember A-Rod's announcement during the pinnacle game of the 2007 World Series that he was opting out of his Yankees contract so he could greedily get an even more lucrative deal?
There's a nice long list of great baseball players who really could be the "hero" in the new Guitar Hero World Tour game instead of A-Rod: Derek Jeter, David Wright, and Ryan Howard are just a few of them.
When I see A-Rod slide onto the floor with his scowl at the beginning of this ad, he just should have kept skidding right out of sight.