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Friday, August 3, 2007

The great question in the media room the past several days -- aside from whether Sean Taylor will ever speak with us -- is whether Jason Campbell's NFL.com fantasy football commercial is real or computer-assisted.

In case you haven't seen the ad, Campbell sends out two receivers on deep routes, launches one deep ball down the middle, then rifles a second ball downfield, at which point the footballs collide and drop magically into the arms of the waiting receivers. It looks like a polished fake -- pleasant to look at but in no way authentic, the Ashlee Simpson of football commercials.

A team spokesman, however, has been insisting that he watched in person as Campbell executed the trick for an NFL.com crew. Fellow quarterbacks -- none of whom had seen the commercial -- were asked whether such a feat was possible.

"I've never even tried," Todd Collins said. "Maybe I'll try tomorrow; then I'll have a better answer for you."

"I used to do this as a kid; you throw the ball and I'll try to hit it," rookie Jordan Palmer said. "It's doable, but to split it and go perfectly to two guys? I mean, you can answer that, can't you? That's ridiculous."

Campbell finally was asked about the stunt while signing autographs for his adoring fans. "Did you hit it, did you hit it?" the adoring fans asked.

"Yeah," Campbell said.

"Yeahhhh, I knew that was real," one of the adoring fans said. (He was not alone; the team's official message board had a thread entitled "Fake or Real" that was 21 pages long by yesterday evening.) At which point I asked, literally, 10 follow-up questions, but was stonewalled at every turn. His answers included: "It's all about being creative"; "See, I can't answer that, then people would get mad"; and "It's a mystery, unsolved." I asked what I should tell the world. "Just tell them to observe what they see and have their own opinion," he said.

Then Campbell was snatched up by the media mob; the first question, naturally, was about the commercial. He told the mob that the stunt required 25 or 50 takes, and that the whole point of the ad was to leave people wondering, to leave the mystery unsolved.

"Just go home and try it out in your back yard," he urged us. "If you hit it, I'll give you $10."

Naming Rights

Before I get into any trouble, let me first note that my wife and I received a certain type of look whenever we told people we were thinking of naming our daughter Ida. . . . So I immediately felt some kinship with Brandon Lloyd when I heard that in the offseason he had named his son Elvis. . . . After reaching as high as 312th on the Social Security Administration's list of popular baby names in the late '50s, Elvis has fallen back into the pack. In 2006, it ranked 761st. . . . "He won't be made fun of," Lloyd said confidently. "Why would they make fun of him? What's wrong with that name? There's nothing wrong with that name." . . .

We know of at least six new mini-Redskins who entered this world since the New Year, plus at least three more who are on the way. . . . Few of the newcomers' names can match Elvis; London Fletcher's daughter is Paige, after his wife's maiden name (popularity: 76th); Rocky McIntosh welcomed Gavin (popularity: 38th), and Shawn Springs had Shawn II. "But I call him Apocalypto," Springs told me, "because he looks like the little kids on 'Apocalypto.' " . . . There's this trend of Redskins players giving their kids the same initials. For example, Ade Jimoh has Jenessa, Jenae and Jeremiah. "We started off with a J, so we just said, 'Well, let's keep it going,' " Ade's wife, Liz, told me. . . . Phillip Daniels, of course, has Dakiya, Damara, Davaris and DaKendrick. . . . Pierson Prioleau -- whose brothers are Patrick and Peter -- took it a step further, with matching middle initials: Pierson Jalen and Parker Jayden. . . .

And in perhaps the most interesting naming news, Andre Carter's expected son is expected to be named Quincy D'Andre. That would make him Quincy Carter, who, if you recall, not only struggled with drug problems during his NFL career but, even worse, was a Cowboy. Mom and dad declined to address this other Quincy Carter . . . but they did say they hope their Quincy Carter doesn't play football.


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