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VIDEO: Fake movie trailer about Detroit Lions playoff run is perfectly hilarious

Animated series “Gridiron Heights” made an awesome fake movie trailer about the Detroit Lions’ playoff run.

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I’ve long had a theory that comedy and football just don’t mix. So many people try and fail at it—just watch 15 minutes of the network pregame shows. But once in a while, someone absolutely nails it, and this week it’s the Bleacher Report animated series “Gridiron Heights.”

The cartoon short made a fake movie trailer turning the Detroit Lions’ playoff run into an action-movie, expertly parodying a cop drama filled with corruption, revenge, and a mob boss character (Roger Goodell, of course).

It’s a great premise for a video that will certainly resonate with Lions fans. In essence, Goodell has formed an entire organization designed to keep the Lions out of the playoffs. That includes a horde of officials, Mel Kiper Jr. ensuring Goodell that Detroit’s draft class was trash, and a genetically mutated Jordan Love designed to give the Packers yet another Hall of Fame quarterback.

But what sets this video apart from other feeble attempts at comedy is that it doesn’t just go for the low-hanging fruit. There are subtle jokes along the way that clearly display inner-knowledge of the team. Somewhere amongst this writing staff is a Lions fan. Who else would refer to Jahmyr Gibbs and David Montgomery as “Rhythm and Bruise”—a nickname that hasn’t even caught on, but some Lions fans know of? Or the inclusion of “blueberries” as the password, a reference to their all-blue jerseys. The “... and the surrounding suburbs” line was fantastic.

I also love some of the subtle jabs—like the throwaway gag mocking the league’s hypocrisy. On the phone booth Amon-Ra St. Brown is using (already in his blue hair!), there are two stickers: “Calls 25 cents,” and “Complaining about calls: $25,000.”

Nice to finally see some football comedy that is about the Lions, but isn’t at the team’s expense.

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