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Last Night's Maryland Halftime Prank

Jeez, skip one lousy home game against a Top 25 team and you miss an appearance by Jared from Subway AND this halftime prank, which may or may not have been fake but is worth watching anyhow. Now if Dave Neal had taken a blindfolded half-court short, he definitely, definitely would have made it....

Oh, and The Post is definitely gonna do a series of investigative articles on the pranksters, what Gary knew, when he knew it, and whether he shared any of the information with Kathy Worthington.

(The prank involved one guy from College Humor, with help from a friend who works for ESPN, getting another guy from College Humor out onto the court for a blindfolded half-court shot with $500 k on the line. The crowd was told to cheer when the guy shot, to make him think he had cashed in. They did. And he, apparently, did.)

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 4, 2009; 1:22 PM ET
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For those of us who work where videos are blocked and don't want to wait until we get home, would somebody please describe what happened?

Posted by: Dougmacintyre | March 4, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Dougmacintyre, quick overview:

Friend 1 sets up fake blindfolded 1/2 court shot for Friend 2 to take for $500,000.
At 1/2 time, Friend 1 goes out to center court and tells the MD fans that a prank is about to happen and wants the fans to cheer like Friend 2 made the shot even if he misses it.
Meanwhile Friend 2 is in the back filling out paperwork and can't hear Friend 1.
So Friend 2 comes out and puts a blindfold gets ready and shoots the ball. The crowd erupts in cheers and Friend 2 runs around and can't believe that he just made the shot. MC is on the mic for the staff to bring out the check and out comes Friend 1 with a giant check. Friend 2 can't see that it is Friend 1 until he has the check in hand and over his head. Then he realizes it is his friend he drops the check in embarrassment.

Posted by: _newt_ | March 4, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

All the friend connections ruin it from being enjoyably cruel or really funny.

Posted by: sitruc | March 4, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Definitely set up. Definitely dumb. But it was pretty funny to see the mock roar of the crowd at Comcast Center.

Why does everything have a slightly mean spirited edge in College Park? They need to calm down a bit.

Posted by: Kev29 | March 4, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Burn. Testudo truly sold it, though.

Posted by: StetSportsBlog | March 4, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

It's the latest in an on-going prank war between these guys. It's an ever-escalating thing. Some of the previous pranks are just awesome.

Posted by: ThisGuy | March 4, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Are these the same guys who did the fake marraige proposal on the big screen at Yankee Stadium?

Posted by: JPO2200 | March 4, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

The video shows some of that and alludes to it a few times, JPO2200.

Posted by: sitruc | March 4, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

I wish that guy didn't find out it was a prank until his mattress was already on fire.

Posted by: disgruntledfan | March 4, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Great prank. This one beats the Yankee stadium one.

Posted by: JDP_ | March 4, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the text description, _newt_!

Posted by: Dougmacintyre | March 4, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

This one was the least mean. All the previous jokes crushed dreams and ruined relationships.

Posted by: Petey82 | March 4, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

I was at the game, and it seemed very fishy to me. The guy who supposedly got pranked seemed like he knew what was coming and was just acting. Still, you gotta give props to the guy in the red windbreaker who had the microphone -- he did a great job selling it.

Posted by: Incredulous2 | March 4, 2009 7:37 PM | Report abuse


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