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Jimmy Clausen gets front, back cover treatment on ESPN mag

ClausenAvatar.jpgDespite the consistent criticism that has been directed at Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen by draftnik Todd McShay, someone at ESPN thinks sufficiently highly of Clausen to believe that he can sell magazines.

And DVDs.

Clausen appears on the front cover of ESPN The Magazine‘s 2010 draft preview issue as himself.  Clausen also appears on the back cover with blue skin, long hair, and tail, as part of a promotion for the home release of Avatar, the best-picture nominee that was, in our view, far better than The Hurt Locker, which won the life-size sculpture of Jay Glazer, sans goatee.

The article on Clausen is revealing as well, explaining how as a fifth-grader he could throw the ball 55 yards, thanks to a throwing motion that traced to older brothers who played quarterback and time spent firing a baseball as a catcher. 

The Avatar version of Clausen could likely fling the pigskin even harder.  If it didn’t eat the thing first.

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  1. SteelCurtnDee says: Apr 5, 2010 2:02 PM

    I didn’t see The Hurt Locker but even so I’m pretty confdent when I say it had to be better than Avatar.
    People are going to look back at avatar in 10 years and realize how terrible it was. The technology was the only thing keeping it afloat.

  2. John El Way says: Apr 5, 2010 2:02 PM

    Hurt Locker wasn’t that good, Avatar is gay, Bastards blows them all away.

  3. Marauder24 says: Apr 5, 2010 2:02 PM

    Avatar lost because Americans could not take the obvious imperialist implications of the storyline.

  4. Loyal 49er Fan says: Apr 5, 2010 2:02 PM

    Avatar better than Hurt Locker? Stick to football analysis Florio, apparently you have no taste in films.

  5. efangule says: Apr 5, 2010 2:07 PM

    Florio is going to get raked over the coals for not liking “The Hurt Locker”. I can see it now.

  6. robert ethan says: Apr 5, 2010 2:09 PM

    Yeah, Clausen is going to turn out to be the best of the bunch. It’s just a question of whether someone realizes that within the next couple of weeks or not.

  7. chickenragnar says: Apr 5, 2010 2:12 PM

    Avatar = Ferngully

  8. Love_Boat_Scandal says: Apr 5, 2010 2:12 PM

    You thought “Avatar” was a good movie, Florio? Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. You’re even lamer than you appear.

  9. Jeff says: Apr 5, 2010 2:12 PM

    This is why people hate ESPN. Sam Bradford is the man and has a Heisman, but Jimmy Clausen gets the publicity because he went to Notre Dame.
    Same thing when Mark Sanchez got more press than the FIRST PICK IN THE DRAFT just because he went to New York.
    Or when Brady Quinn got the pub instead of the FIRST PICK IN THE DRAFT because he went to Notre Dame too.

  10. PatricktheDookie says: Apr 5, 2010 2:12 PM

    I’m not saying Avatar was amazing… but Hurt Locker was definitely not the best picture this year.
    My vote would have gone to Away We Go, which wasn’t even nominated.

  11. nittanylion0 says: Apr 5, 2010 2:13 PM

    Basterds > Avatar > Hurt Locker. Book it.
    All three were entertaining enough to easily be 3 of the best of last year. Much better than anything that’s come out so far this year.

  12. Drew Brees' Face Smudge says: Apr 5, 2010 2:13 PM

    Avatar better than Hurt Locker?
    Florio Jr., is that you?…….

  13. stiller43 says: Apr 5, 2010 2:14 PM

    They both sucked and Clausen’s going to suck even worse.

  14. I didn't hear no bell. says: Apr 5, 2010 2:14 PM

    “Florio is going to get raked over the coals for not liking “The Hurt Locker”. I can see it now.”
    No he isn’t going to be raked over the coals because he didn’t like the Hurt Locker. He’ll get raked because he said Avatar was better than the Hurt Locker. Try to keep up.

  15. Duck Fallas says: Apr 5, 2010 2:15 PM

    Avatar was retarded eye candy. Everyone was too distracted by 3D falling leaves to notice all the plot holes.

  16. Jeff says: Apr 5, 2010 2:16 PM

    I liked Avatar the first time I saw it, when it was called Dances With Wolves.

  17. BrownsTown says: Apr 5, 2010 2:17 PM

    Marauder24 weighs in with the Captain Obvious observation. I bet you thought you were among the few to pick up on that tone.

  18. iamahospital says: Apr 5, 2010 2:25 PM

    one of the better avatar reviews i’ve read:
    http://decibelmagazine.com/Content.aspx?ncid=350341
    p.s. florio doesn’t even know what he’s supposed to know: football. and he certainly can’t review movies.

  19. JJCheesehead says: Apr 5, 2010 2:27 PM

    there arent even words to describe what bitches you sound like complaining about movies.

  20. FreeAgentPro says: Apr 5, 2010 2:29 PM

    Clausen may surprise some people because he is as ugly as the day is long, and may therefore get to sleep and wake early enough to dedicate his life to football. IMHO the Avatar version of Clausen is better looking than his real skin.

  21. notthesicko says: Apr 5, 2010 2:37 PM

    Avatar was boring. If not for the 3D, I probably would have stabbed my testicles to distract my mind from the boredom that movie caused. I get the whole poltical/social commentary/comparison. It’s really not that intelligent. It’s not the first movie to do that, and sure as hell won’t be the last. The Hurt Locker was at least entertaing/suspenseful.

  22. WingT says: Apr 5, 2010 2:41 PM

    Will Clausen arrive at the draft in a limo? Gawd I hope so, that would be funny.
    He played extremely well last year in college. If ND had any kind of defense he would have challenged for the heisman.

  23. Fonetik says: Apr 5, 2010 2:42 PM

    Avatar sucked, Hurt Locker was pretty good, and Tarentino got screwed on Best Picture for Basterds because the Academy sucks. Case closed.

  24. Marauder24 says: Apr 5, 2010 2:50 PM

    Marauder24 weighs in with the Captain Obvious observation. I bet you thought you were among the few to pick up on that tone.
    Not at all…I was just hoping for a stupid response from Vox Veritas. Instead it came from you.

  25. JasonGiambi says: Apr 5, 2010 3:02 PM

    I wouldn’t know if Avatar was the better of the two films because when I went to see it in the theater, Florio was sitting in front of me and I couldn’t see the screen over his hair. have some courtesy and change your wig when you go o the movies, Florio.
    It would be interesting to see Clausen in Minnesota, if thats how the cards fell.

  26. AllThat says: Apr 5, 2010 3:11 PM

    all 3 movies sucked and i didn’t see 2 of them. Were the Avatar people from Boise State?

  27. CapsLockKey says: Apr 5, 2010 3:20 PM

    Seems fitting as Clausen already looked enough like a Muppet BEFORE painting him blue.

  28. BuckyBadger says: Apr 5, 2010 3:23 PM

    AllThat, if you didn’t see the movies how can you say they sucked?

  29. BuckyBadger says: Apr 5, 2010 3:24 PM

    Avatar had great special effects but the story itself was unoriginal and predictable.
    Hurt Locker was easily the best movie this year.

  30. Joel_mac5 says: Apr 5, 2010 4:55 PM

    You know what is better than Avatar?
    Gimme a minute to see what is on Univision…
    Still don’t get the draftniks stumbling over each other over this guy.

  31. granadafan says: Apr 5, 2010 5:40 PM

    To “Jeff says: April 5, 2010 2:12 PM
    This is why people hate ESPN. Sam Bradford is the man and has a Heisman, but Jimmy Clausen gets the publicity because he went to Notre Dame.”
    The Heisman trophy winner is a joke and clearly a popularity contest by colleges who can pump out glitzy Heisman swag. The winner does not equal best player in draft. Look at the list of the winners the past 20 years and tell us their NFL careers. Three of them never even played in the NFL (Charlie Ward, Jason White, Eric Crouch). Perhaps only Charles Woodson (a defensive player) has had any sort of a stellar career, maybe Reggie Bush and Carson Palmer too.

  32. JayPhilly says: Apr 5, 2010 6:41 PM

    I hate how ESPN is being used as a co-marketing theme for their Disney overlords. It’s a sports magazine…advertising Avatar? Like Bill Simmons and his podcasts where he talks about shows on ABC only. So annoying. I like sports to get away from Hollywood BS.

  33. Bious says: Apr 5, 2010 8:07 PM

    An over-rated movie depicting an over-rated player
    Brilliant

  34. Krazy says: Apr 6, 2010 9:33 PM

    Hurt Locker better than Avatar? lmfao..I don’t think people here truly understand how pathetic they sound. The amout of avatar-hating simpletons is staggering. A movie about bomb defusing vs an epic movie with awesome soundtracks, visuals, and a good story? lol’d..no need to say more.

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