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D.C. United vs. Hotel Lobby

Olsen, Simms, Namoff and McTavish enjoy a kickaround at the Fairfield Inn & Suites:


By Steve Goff  |  March 31, 2009; 11:31 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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i love you guys but this is pretty awful

Posted by: DC07 | March 31, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Getting hit in the back of the head with a soccer ball? I got that move!

Posted by: Brendanukkah | March 31, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

It's too early for this.

You might as well go ahead and get in the game.

Posted by: sitruc | March 31, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Was the courtesy shuttle a VW?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 31, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Love the disclaimer at the end.

Posted by: mason08 | March 31, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, compared to the "Brazilian team at the airport" video a few years ago it's pretty lame, but where else would you learn that Namoff is left-handed?

Posted by: b18bolo | March 31, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Ha, Ha!

Posted by: DadRyan | March 31, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

All we need is for Bennie to get injured in a Fairfield Suites lobby because an employee jumps on his back!

Posted by: Beckster1 | March 31, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Beckster - If he can take Cuauhtemoc Blanco throwing himself at him, he can take a woman hopping on his back.

Posted by: DCU_Rick | March 31, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

What a relief.

From your headline I thought it was about one more barrier to building a stadium in PG County.

Posted by: seahawkdad | March 31, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Benny's razor blade moment at the beginning was funny.

Posted by: Tweaked | March 31, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

O come on! That video was awesome. The best part is when Benny picks up the razor and then just shrugs as if to say what the hell do I need one of these for?

Posted by: bluesfan1 | March 31, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Just wondering -- what is the audience for this kind of long-form advertising? How do they reach an audience?

I did like the bit about the razor...

McTavish has got to be more careful with the way he throws his head into the play....

Posted by: fischy | March 31, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

I used to stay at Fairfield In quite regularly - unless there was an important soccer game, then I stayed somewhere that carried ESPN2. It's been a few years, maybe they fixed that - I know I complained every time stayed there, trying to do my part to help :-)
funny commercial, I wonder how many takes ended up breaking the stuff in the lobby - would love to see the out-takes :-)

Posted by: dcufan | March 31, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Funny thing is, I ran into the Chicago Fire arriving last Friday night at the Gaylord National Hotel and they weren't doing anything this stupid. Plus they were staying in a much nicer hotel than a Fairfaield Inn. Although seeing Blanco that close in person made me realize how much of a short hunchback he really is.

Posted by: DCU_VW | March 31, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Bennie's got a great future in commercials. Love the expression to the yellow card and the swagger after the goal.

Posted by: jayhoopz | March 31, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Man was that hard to watch. I agree with all the comments so far esp. the razor bit.

Posted by: jleppig | March 31, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Is it me, or does Benny wear his suit as if he were 'Defendant A' is a meth distribution trial?

Posted by: ErickSp8 | March 31, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Is it a DC United commercial, or a US Nat's commercial? Olsen picks up his blue Nats jersey in the beginning, but then he's surrounded by United team mates. Something strange with that.

Also, no MLS branding of any kind (unless I missed somehting), and we know United has committed to an entirely different hotel for visiting teams. What's the point of this video?

Posted by: sec204 | March 31, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Glad to see it was just a cheesy commercial. I thought the DC Hotel Lobbists were fighting DC United's attempt to move into Maryland......got to change that mentality.....Ben fits into a suit like elephant fits on a tightrope...an odd fascination that ends horribly.

Posted by: boda-united | March 31, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

maybe this gets them cheaper rates? cash for the team? Either would help. Agreed in "who runs a two minute commerical?" Maybe there's a 30 second edit?

Much funnier than the VW ads from last year for the Cup.

Posted by: eadc | March 31, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Indeed... why did we have all our defensive players juggling? Pretty sure Gomez, Moreno, Emilio, hell, even Khumalo could have presented the skill of the league a bit more. Though I am surprised that Namoff has Any moves!

Posted by: UnitedDemon | March 31, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

I thought the suit looked sharp. Fairfield is probably not an MLS presenting partner, hence no authentic MLS gear. The Nats jersey also didn't show the swoosh or USSF badge. But, why not use the back of a United jersey, font copyright?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 31, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Maybe all they could afford was Benny and three minions.

Posted by: Jaywag86 | March 31, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Namoff can juggle pretty well for a defenseman. Cut them some slack. They were in dress shoes and suits.

Posted by: jayhoopz | March 31, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Just wondering -- what is the audience for this kind of long-form advertising? How do they reach an audience?
fischy, I'm pretty sure you answered your own question and didn't realize it.

Posted by: sitruc | March 31, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

I'm not answering any questions, but MLS is Adidas while US is Nike. Also, the font on MLS uniforms is a league standard by another company. I don't believe it is Adidas.

Posted by: sitruc | March 31, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Great fun! Loved it!

Haven't stayed in a Fairfield Inn for a while, but will now the next chance I get!

Posted by: Ron16 | March 31, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who doesn't think Namoff has some skill hasn't been watching him very closely. I think he would have been a better fit at outside back if DC United weren't so hard up for outside backs when he finally broke into the starting lineup years ago.

Posted by: BarkerDavidL | March 31, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Fun commercial. Also giving a whole new meaning to Goff's "Morning Kickaround" headings... :)

Posted by: SportzNut21 | March 31, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

BTB has the Behind the Scenes video

Posted by: Jaywag86 | March 31, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

at first I thought DCU was going to get involved in some unfortunate publicity stunt of DC United vs. R. Kelly. Everyone knows that after RFK is the after-party, and after the party is the hotel lobby.

Marketing folks around the country say: a)let's have soccer players kick the ball around in our store / enterprise. b) is Ben Olsen available?

I also liked the (sub-concious?) dig at MLS salaries as Benny says that what he and his fellow players look for is free breakfast. If you eat enough for breakfast and stuff some rolls in your jersey, you don't have to eat again that day!

Posted by: diego_r | March 31, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

"why did we have all our defensive players juggling? Pretty sure Gomez, Moreno, Emilio, hell, even Khumalo could have presented the skill of the league a bit more"
--I think these four juggle pretty well as it is, but at any rate I'll bet the hotel chain also wanted native-born English in the commercial, even though the guys don't talk much.

Posted by: fallschurch1 | March 31, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

LOL!...I thought the same thing:
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What a relief.

From your headline I thought it was about one more barrier to building a stadium in PG County.

Posted by: mbetka23 | March 31, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

so how many hamstrings were pulled?

Posted by: Pete803 | March 31, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

great video - when are we going to see Olsen get some cameos in sitcoms or films?

Posted by: douglasquaid | March 31, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Priceless.

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | March 31, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Simms looked great in his suit, meanwhile McTavish is busy updating his facebook status... His little smirk reminded me of the way I act when I get caught looking at booty on the interweb...;-)
Those were Adidas MLS matchballs in the bag, but they kick around the weird foamy toys R us ball...?
Are people really surprised to find left footed players left handed?
Hmmm. What do I know?
Jimmy Conrad was seeing into the future when he joked about Benny's future in Television...

Posted by: DadRyan | March 31, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Is that a made for tv Fairfield Inn cause the last one I stayed in 2 yrs ago didn't look anything like that but very spartan. Anyways, good to see those guys represent!

Posted by: Charisma_Man | March 31, 2009 8:41 PM | Report abuse

DadRyan: I think Namoff is naturally right-footed, although he has a very good left foot as well. That's why I was surprised to learn that he was left-handed. Maybe he is like Ted Williams: bats left, throws right.

Posted by: b18bolo | March 31, 2009 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Or maybe he's like me: writes with his left, kicks hard with his right, and knocks you out with his right hook!
Boo Ya!Lol... I was just trying to join the snarky ranks of people chopping up this add, that' on the hotels site now..
No worries

Posted by: DadRyan | March 31, 2009 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Ad that is on the hotel's site now...oops.
I do bat left handed, throw left handed, and golf right handed...
I knock fools out either handed. Pull chicks either handed. Extreme Slip and Slide right handed, fly fish left handed, use scissors right handed, take pictures with digital cameras right handed, but my SLR film camera is left handed...

Posted by: DadRyan | March 31, 2009 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Curse this family blog for keeping me from asking the obvious question on handedness.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 31, 2009 11:51 PM | Report abuse

I kinda rather enjoyed it.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | April 1, 2009 8:46 AM | Report abuse

I can't wait to tear up a Fairfield Inn with my soccer ball. To heck with the disclaimer at the end.

Posted by: jayhoopz | April 1, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

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