Tuesday, July 24, 2007

NCAA Football '08 "Texas fan" is really Baylor grad

Who is Lee Jennings? The question has been posed by Texas ShortHorn message boards, and most recently, by Peter at Burnt Orange Nation. What are they talking about, you ask? Watch this EA Sports NCAA Football '08 commercial and you'll understand.


Lee Jennings is supposed to be the the UT broseph that gamers can relate to - white, 20-something, southern, conservative, and fanatical about sports - the target demographic for EA Sports new college football game. However, there is one small problem: Lee Jennings is a fictional person. That's right "Lee Jennings" is a role played by LA-based actor and Baylor alum Toby Meuli (BFA 2004). Check out his IMDB profile if you don't believe us. But how do we know for sure, you ask? Toby responded to our email and confirmed the story.

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Toby "Lee Jennings" Meuli, Baylor Bear, Class of '04

So, sorry to ruin the illusion, my ShortHorn brethern, but your "fan" is our boy. That's Baylor, doing the work that ShortHorns don't want to do - making $$ off of EA Sports. In his email to the Editorial Board, Toby confessed his "sin":
In Baylor-Baptist fashion, I must openly confess that it is me in the Texas EA Sports commercial. Putting on that burnt orange shirt after spending four years despising the Horns has been my greatest acting challenge to date. Here's to the day when I can do an EA Sports commercial for Baylor Football. Sic'em.

Also, you'll like this, Matt Leinart shot his EA commercial the same day I did and we shared a dressing room. He was an incredibly nice guy and we swapped some losing-to-Texas stories; I think he hates them more than I do.

I, for one, am not mad at ya, Toby! We've been making money off the ShortHorns for years. Continue taking money by portraying LongHornies. We give your performance 5 Dingleberries out of 5 possible.

Sic 'em, Bears!

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8 Comments:

  • Yes that email is real. No, I will not give it out.

    Toby is profiting off the Horns and thus we approve of his actions.

    By Blogger Red Andrews, at 4:57 PM  

  • Red - love this story. Just goes to show it pays to be a Longhorn, or that you have to be paid to be a Longhorn. I guess Matthew Mc and Lance Armstrong were unavailable at that sum of money. That's good journalism, I can't even make anything up that good.

    By Blogger HeadThief, at 9:07 PM  

  • Yeah, thanks to PB at BON, we were able to apply our super-sluething skills to get to the bottom of this one.

    Another BearMeat case solved!

    By Blogger Red Andrews, at 9:39 PM  

  • Toby is a good friend who graduated BUT, (Baylor University Theatre), with my wife.

    Count on a B-sized link for this post. Brilliance.

    By Blogger The Cachinnator, at 1:32 AM  

  • Cach:

    We like your blog. Perhaps a blog alliance is in order. I'll have my interns draft up some paperwork and fax it over to your HQ.

    We could be about to make Waco history here.

    Red

    By Blogger Red Andrews, at 6:35 AM  

  • That is awesome!!! Sic 'em Bears!

    By Blogger Starshine, at 11:24 AM  

  • Go FROGS!

    KILLERFROGS.COM

    By Blogger Matthew, at 1:26 AM  

  • Done and done, good sirs. The link is forged and woe betide him who should try to break said link.

    Continue on in your brilliance. If there is ever anything the Waco Performing Arts Company or the Downtown Merchants Association can do for you, simply say the word and I will lay all of our resources at your feet.

    - the Cachinnator

    By Blogger The Cachinnator, at 8:59 AM  

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