Ever since Tiger Woods first bounced a golf ball on one of his irons and then smacked it out of the air, advertisers and enthusiastic college kids have been going further and further with "trick shot" viral videos.
These gimmicky vids have been done to death, and as such, have become ripe for parody. Enter CollegeHumor and Wayne Gretzky. The unlikely pairing posted a satire of the trick shot genre yesterday that has the Great One eviscerating the "athlete with infallible skill" character that's common to these types of clips (while still nailing some pretty funny fake shots).
For a quick refresher on some of the trick shot videos that brought us to the point where Gretzky can make trees come to life with a puck, read on.
Roger Federer Plays William Tell
The Swiss Grand Slammer knocks a can off a crew member's head with a forehand smash at a shaving cream commercial shoot.
Trashman David Beckham
David Beckham turns a soda shoot into a clinic on crossing soccer balls (into three garbage cans, from distance).
Johnny Mac's Eagle Arm
The only non-pro on the list, the University of Connecticut's third-string QB won himself 6 million YouTube views with his pigskin skeet-shooting.
King James' Consecutive 90-Footers
Where were these in the NBA Finals?
Sidney Crosby Conquers the Pyramid
It's no "Spring Has Sprong", but Sid the Kid still entertains.
Even If You're Not A Rugby Fan...
These charming members of the New Zealand All-Blacks make the sport seem intriguing.
Magic & Bird
As classic as a throwback jersey.