It's official. Sports trick shot videos have truly gone global.
The newest contribution comes from New Zealand's All Blacks rugby team. Check out the mind-boggling ball skills exhibited below:
It's the latest installment of a growing genre: sports-centric pseudo-cinema verite. The phenomenon of clever trick shot videos (some for commercials, others self-promotional) always end with the same question: is it real or fake?
The list of choreographed athletic feats has sold everything from energy drinks to razors and covers nearly every sport: Michael Vick throws a football out of a football stadium (Powerade). Tiger Woods bounces a golf ball off his golf club like a ping pong ball (Nike). Ronaldinho repeatedly drills a soccer ball off the crossbar (also Nike). Roger Federer with a rocket serve (Gillette).
Of course, the fad is not reserved for big sponsors or big stars. The Texas A&M students known as "Dude Perfect" have drawn thousands of online viewers by sinking impossible basketball shops on tape. And the young lads who call themselves "The Legendary Shots" recently in Alabama.
The line between slick editing and athletic prowess is getting increasingly fuzzy. LeBron James may have drained some 90-footers for a Powerade commercial (fake) but he also hit an impromptu heave from nearly the same distance for 60 Minutes (real).