BGSU sack video is a big hit (6-27-13)
Written by By JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor
Thursday, 27 June 2013 07:14
It started out as a ‘fun’ way to promote Bowling Green State University football and the number of sacks for its defense last season.
|BGSU's Ted Ouellet (left) and Dave Meyer. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
In the middle Dave Meyer, an assistant director for athletic communications at BGSU, was flat on his back asking: ‘‘Is Ted OK.’’
The end is not in sight as an online video of Meyer being sacked by BGSU senior defensive tackle Ted Ouellet has received over 50,000 hits and has been shown nationally on several ESPN shows.
Meyer, who has never played a down of football in his life, is 6-foot-1, 190 pounds, while Ouellet is 6-3, 290.
‘‘Seriously, and you’re going to think I’m nuts, this is something that I have been wanting to do for a couple of years,’’ said Meyer, who has been with the athletics communications staff for the last eight years. ‘‘I was just waiting for the right opportunity to come along and after last year with that really strong defense that we had, I thought what a great way to kick off the season.
‘‘We could showcase all the sacks we had last year and start off 2013 with one as well.’’
Meyer found a willing accomplice in Ouellet.
‘‘I thought it would be a little fun thing to do in the summer, so it was no big deal,’’ Ouellet said.
After a visit to the equipment room, Meyer had his pads and helmet, but had no clue on how to get everything put on properly.
‘‘It took forever. Ted probably got all his stuff on in five minutes,’’ Meyer said. ‘‘I was struggling. I couldn’t get the pads on right; I can’t get them buckled.’’
The two made a couple of practice runs to make sure the camera was set up correctly and then with a few members of the football staff watching, it was show time.
‘‘I sprinted in the other direction and said ‘I’m not sure I can do this,’’’ Meyer said after the first practice run-through. ‘‘After talking with Ted, we had him scoot up a little closer so I won’t go over the mat completely.’’
With everything set and a football tucked under his arm, Meyer said ‘hike’ and Ouellet got a good running start, hitting Meyer square in the chest, lifting him up and pancaking him to a mat that was placed on the turf of Doyt Perry Stadium.
‘‘When he hit me, I felt like I was in the air for a minute and a half and I had a lot of stuff to think about,’’ Meyer said. ‘‘After I realized I was going to be all right, it just came to me (to ask if Ted was OK).’’
Ouellet said he wanted to make sure he didn’t hurt Meyer as he started the sack about two and a half or three steps from Meyer.
‘‘I tried to make sure I kept it in the chest area and not hit him in the head or anything,’’ Ouellet said. He was concerned that without the helmet being properly fitted there was potential for injury if Meyer hit the turf rather than the mat.
‘‘I wasn’t up to full speed quite yet, but I got a little head of steam going,’’ Ouellet added. ‘‘Some of the coaches were watching so I had to make sure the form was at least halfway decent.’’
The session at Perry Stadium was done on Thursday and the video was posted on Friday night.
‘‘When I went to bed on Sunday, we had about 4,000 views,’’ Meyer said. ‘‘And then Monday, people got back to work and it just exploded from there.
‘‘It just shows the power of social media, tweets from everywhere ... It just blew up real quick.’’
Meyer said Wednesday morning, the number of views was approaching 50,000.
‘‘I thought it would be fun. I didn’t think of it getting the attention that it did,’’ Ouellet said. ‘‘I didn’t anticipate it blowing up like it did ... I was really surprised, obviously, by the attention.
‘‘I’ve heard from some friends back home, people I haven’t talked to for a while.’’
The Meyer-Ouellet encounter is the second-highest viewed video in BGSU athletics department history, trailing only the marriage proposal of Luke Zerkle to Cassie Berning on senior night for the BGSU volleyball team last November. The proposal video is sitting at almost 80,000 views.
‘‘It’s June and we have more than 50,000 people talking about Bowling Green football, I couldn’t be more excited,’’ Meyer said.
Meyer said the video with Ouellet was the first and last time he would be an athlete.
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 June 2013 09:17