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Gilbert's Video Challenge

I can't tell you how many professional athlete Web sites I've given my e-mail address to in recent months, sure that they would repay my hard work by sending me hilarious e-mails about their training regimens, or their eating habits, or asking me to make a video about myself dancing and reciting poetry. None of these hopes have panned out. Until now. And no, Adam Archuleta wasn't the athlete.

Two words: song choice, song choice, song choice. (By John McDonnell -- The Washington Post)

The site that is plugged on all those posters and Metro ads finally sent out a notice about our "first challenge." (I was gonna joke that at the end of these challenges, Gilbert dubs the lucky few who have survived "Junior Agents" and confers upon them the power to commission ice sculptures and collect NBA jerseys, but actually he dubs them "MVP" and inducts them into his 'Hall of Fame,' which might be weirder. Btw, last week Gil added three jerseys to his collection: Thunder Dan Majerle, Bruce Bowen and Michael Finley.)

Anyhow, the e-mailed challenge got nabbed by my Yahoo!!!!!! account's junk filter, from where I rescued it. The contest is sponsored by the oddly named ZeroTwoHero Foundation.

Gil wants you to make a video. No longer than 30 seconds.

The video submission should demonstrate the unique talent(s) of the entrant and can include singing, dancing, essay or poetry recital, story telling, etc. Video submission must be the property and original work of the entrant, may not have been previously distributed, may not have won prior awards, and must not infringe on any third-party rights.

There are an ungodly number of terms and conditions, which I'm pretty sure might disqualify Etan Thomas from submitting a poetry recital or James Lang from submitting an interpretive dance. Here is the challenge in Gil's supposed words:

So, what makes you so different? I challenge you to make a video that showcases your special talent. Do you sing? Do you dance? What do you do better than anyone else.

Come on. You know you've got something. Everyone's got something.

I planned to make a video complaining about my job, since I do that better than most anyone else. But I'm not allowed. Ageism.

Gilbert knows that everyone has something - a special talent that sets them apart. We're looking for raw talent, creativity, energy, spirit, and individuality - that's it. Show us what you've got.

Videos must showcase the talent of individuals 25 years of age or younger.

Do not make or submit videos that showcase violence, damage to property, disrespect, profanity, nudity, or any other offensive material - that would not be cool and will not be accepted.

Everyone's got something. Here's your chance to get noticed!

Deadline is Feb. 28. First 100 entrants get t-shirts, valued at $25. Then Gil chooses the Top 10, who will receive signed Arenas jerseys valued at $169, although the "Terms and Conditions" say the Top 10 will be chosen by unnamed "Judges." Videos will be scored on creativity (30%), technical quality (30%), and relevance to the theme (40%). The Top 10 move on to "The Court," where the public can vote on them. The winner will then be dubbed 'Challenge MVP' and "will be entered into Gil's 'Hall of Fame'." Then the white rabbit will run off and there will be a tea party and all that.

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 29, 2007; 10:28 AM ET
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