Saturday, October 10, 2015
These DraftKings Commercials are getting longer, and sadder
(Not shown: the 99.9% of players who lost their cash. Hmm, I guess DraftKings didn't have quite enough cameras available to be trained on them. Just enough to be ready to coincidentally capture the "spontaneous" moment the other one-thousandth of one percent when they realized they would be able to pay rent- and continue to play DraftKings- for a while longer before finding another way to part with their money.)
I thought about posting the TEN MINUTE VERSION of this ad for commentary, but I decided that I have few enough regular visitors to this blog. Plus, I couldn't get through it- way too depressing- so why would I ask anyone else to?
"Compete against your friends, compete against your family..." yes, that's a great idea. Get everyone you know and love sharing your pathetic gambling addiction. That way they'll understand why you always seem so distracted, angry, upset, and in need of a few bucks to tide you over until next payday. Of course, they'll be in the same boat, so maybe it's not such a great idea to sell them on the idea of DraftKings. You'll have to borrow from someone, after all- so you'll want as many financially solvent people in your lives as possible.
This is especially true when you realize that the thrill of Talkin' Smack (ugh, is every guy in the United States a perpetual teenager?) isn't really all it's cracked up to be when your wallet is always empty. At some point you're going to want those people you bored out of their minds with your addiction to give a damn about you (they are also going to figure out pretty quick that there are only two versions of you- the Talkin' Smack version, which shows up every few weeks when you've managed to win a little money, and the Quiet Subdued version, which is the Default You because hey, moron, you are going to lose a LOT more often than you win.
Listening to these pathetic losers talk about how exciting DraftKings makes football (which of course used to be soooo boring with all the hanging out with friends eating junk food, drinking beer, and cheering and screaming and crying at the tv set) really puts a damper on actually WATCHING football. Commercials for this "product" (with it's virtually-invisible "play responsibly" disclaimer) are as ubiquitous as any car or cellphone ad. I think I'd rather see some self-satisfied douche with four-days growth cruising around in his Audi than this; at least he wasted his money on something that lets him show well to his fellow douche friends.*
*I'd love to see a study which shows the average yearly income of people who participate in DraftKigns. I'm guessing it's around $35,000 and like all gambling, it's generally being done by the people who can least afford to be stupid with money. There really ought to be a law.
(BTW, I heard a new commercial for Powerball the other day. The tagline was "OMG someone has to win- who has a better chance than you?" I wish I were kidding.)