By Ray Martin
When Blake Jackson, our multimedia reporter, suggested I play a game of HORSE in a video with Verdigris guard Rotnei Clarke, I knew it was a good idea.
But I never envisioned ESPN, the king of sports media, copying Blake’s work. Analyst Bill Walton played a game of HORSE with actor Will Ferrell, who plays in the movie “Semi-Pro”, which is set to release Friday.
The least Walton could have done was give me a call, shoot me an e-mail, heck, even put a disclaimer on his video!
Sure, ESPN has a few more resources and technological advantages than we do here at The Oklahoman. And sure, Bill Walton shooting hoops with Will Ferrell probably gets a few more hits than my video with Clarke. I’ll even concede that Walton is a better reporter than yours truly, and he probably had better questions for Ferrell in their interview.
But none of that takes away from the fact that his idea (or whoever it was that ripped us off) was completely unoriginal. The story behind their video is nothing more than two famous people who dressed up in Halloween costumes to shoot a few hoops, embarrassing themselves in process. It’s lame at best. Did Walton play high school ball with Ferrell? I think not. Did Walton hang out with Ferrell on the weekends, have dinner with his family on numerous occasions, and cry with him after losing in the state semi-finals? No way.
That’s what makes our video top notch, and original.