With last month’s NFL draft held in Nashville, the event brought hundreds of thousands of football fans who wanted to party while hearing a bunch of names get called.
And when you put it that way, the most interesting thing that could have happened to a draft attendee would have been running into an actual drafted player and partying with him. What a story that would have been!
A bunch of fans thought they had that experience with newly drafted Packers lineman “Deuce Dominguez” from Boise State. There was just one problem:
NFL prospect Deuce Dominguez doesn’t exist.
There was, however, a 6-foot-7, 285-pound guy who teamed up with House of Highlights to prank fans at the draft in Nashville. This prank turned out to be surprisingly easy.
To look the part, Dominguez initially went around town wearing Boise State Dri-FIT gear. And people just assumed that a large human in official-looking Boise State gear must be a football player.
Dominguez did news interviews, took tons of photos with fans, chatted with actual NFL player Taylor Lewan who told him to get a bunch of chewing tobacco. When Dominguez changed into a suit and rocked a Packers draft cap, everyone just assumed he was really drafted by Green Bay.
A similar prank also worked at the NBA draft. Four years ago, we saw a tall (like, 6-foot-10) internet writer, Connor Toole, trick everyone in Brooklyn into thinking that he was the Utah Jazz’s draft pick. Just as Dominguez’s prank worked, Toole had plenty of success with his prank.
Tall people have it so easy — at least for draft-day pranks.
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