Nike April Fools Day Jokes 2010: Joe Farris' Sports Pranks
ESPN and CBS Ran Several April Fools Day Joke Stories That Were Sponsored By Nike. Are the Allison Bick, Cory Edwards, and Darryl Jameston April Fools Day Stories Ethical?
It's been a long time since Sidd Finch, but it seems like sports April Fools Day jokes are all the rage in 2010. On the 25th anniversary of the classic SI Sidd Finch story, there were several attempts at Sidd Finch-esque stories.
For April Fools Day 2010, ESPN and CBS ran stories that like the SI Sidd Finch story revolve around young unknown athletes with super-human abilities.
ESPN Page 2 April Fools Story
ESPN Page 2 ran a story on South Carolina runner Allison Bick who received a speeding ticket for running too fast.
CBS Sports April Fools Day Story
CBSSports.com has two April Fools Day sports stories: one about high school running back Chaz Baxter running a 3.91 40-yard dash.
Bleacher Report April Fools Day Stories
Bleacher Report has a story about Cory Edwards, a football lineman who pulled a truck across the field on pro day. There was another story about Darryl Jameston, a 16-year-old basketball player with a 50-inch vertical.
Who is Joe Farris?
Many of the stories were written by someone named Joe Farris, who looks a lot like comedian David Koechner.
All of these stories appear to have been done with the assistance of Nike. At the end of the sports April Fool's Day joke stories, there is usually a reference or link to Nike shoes.
To many, the Nike April Fool's Day stories may seem like a harmless joke, but some are wondering what they say about the company's relationship with the media. After all, these Nike April Fool's Day stories do appear as news stories on major sports websites and feature plenty of references to Nike and Nike products.
While they may be fake news stories, they're fake news stories that are essentially a form of advertising for Nike.
The stories are too unbelievable to fool anyone for long, and there's a link to the explanation at the bottom. That's not the point. The point is that for sports fans, April Fool's Day is officially sponsored by Nike.