Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Trending: Beckham, Howard help Snoop
By Bill Speros Special to ESPN.com
Now that Cyber Monday has passed and many of us are maxed out on our credit cards, it's time to get maxed out on holiday cheer.
To help us along in that department, adidas offers an animated "Cautionary Tale of Ebenezer Snoop."
The YouTube video is a retelling the classic "A Christmas Carol" in "very Snoop Dogg (or is it Lion?) way." As Ebenezer Snoop travels through the past, present and future in search of holiday spirit, with the help of some spirits, he gets some help from David Beckham, Stan Smith, Dwight Howard, Derrick Rose and singer Rita Ora. Snoop is trying not to end up "stuck with the bahhumbizzles forever." The spot is part of a #bahhumbizzle campaign that began on YouTube with several teaser spots. The campaign includes a Facebook app that allows users to get "un-Scrooge-ified," with the help of Ebenezer himself, by buying adidas products.
Ebenezer Snoop has hijacked the @adidas Twitter feed for the holiday season, as well. "Will this season be #bahhumbizzle or will it be a #happyholidizzle?" the site asks.
• If Facebook traffic determined the BCS championship, the Florida Gators would be waiting to learn their opponent in Miami on Jan. 7. The Gators -- who will likely receive a Sugar Bowl bid, much to the chagrin of Nick Saban -- reclaimed the top spot in this week's Facebook College Football Power Rankings in the wake of their 37-26 victory over intrastate rival Florida State on Saturday night. The Gators were not ranked the previous week but rolled up plenty of traffic on the social media site as they rushed for 224 yards overall and scored 24 points in the fourth quarter. FSU claimed the No. 7 spot on Facebook.
Saban's Alabama Crimson Tide moved up to No. 2 on Facebook from No. 20 after routing Auburn 49-0 in the Iron Bowl to set up the SEC championship game against Georgia, which defeated Georgia Tech. The Bulldogs are No. 3 on Facebook, up five spots from last week. The winner of the SEC title game faces Notre Dame for the BCS championship. Ohio State and Michigan completed the top five on Facebook following their annual clash. The bowl-ineligible Buckeyes closed their season at 12-0 with the 26-21 victory in Columbus.
Despite its thrilling 22-13 nationally televised victory over USC and 12-0 record, the Fighting Irish could not crack the top 10 on Facebook, finishing 11th. South Carolina, FSU, Texas, Oklahoma and USC rounded out the top 10.
Each week, Facebook weighs and combines total mentions received by each college football team with both the raw change in mentions on the site as well as the percent increase in mentions to arrive at an overall score -- the Facebook Social Power Ranking. Mentions are tabulated by aggregated posts or comments containing terms specific to each team.
• In case you missed it: Nets 96, Knicks 89 in OT. Bragging rights go to Brooklyn.
It seems all eyes were on Barclays Center on Monday night. Wonder which team LeBron was rooting for?