BARBERSHOP SPORTS talk in a basement between a pair of fanatics isn't anything out of the ordinary.
But when those two fans get a chance to banter on a national platform, well, that closes in on extraordinary.
Such is the case for a pair of Pitman (N.J.) High alums Greg Molyneaux (Class of 1994) and Chris Meares (Class of 1997) who started the growing YouTube sensation, "Mole and Meares Show" in Molyneaux' basement in 2008. Tonight, their project is a scheduled feature on Showtime's "Inside the NFL."
In what started out as just a couple dudes talking - and arguing - about various sports topics, Molyneaux (aka Mole) and Meares decided to focus solely on the NFL, analyzing the week that was before a breakdown of the upcoming week. An executive with NFL Films saw their show and figured that Mole and Meares would be perfect for a planned feature on amateur webcasts, primarily those involving football.
Last Tuesday, an NFL Films camera crew visited Mole's basement in Glassboro for some behind-the-scenes footage. The next day, the two drove to NFL Films headquarters in Mount Laurel and traded football jerseys for suits for the filming.
"Our goals for 'Mole and Meares' were pretty much exceeded with this experience," Molyneaux wrote via e-mail. "Now we are focused on growing a fan base and driving traffic to our website to earn advertising money. We are a long way from retiring off of 'Mole and Meares,' but this week was very positive."
To their credit, both men picked the Eagles over the Giants last Sunday, with Meares providing this rationale: "Never will I pick against the Eagles especially against the Giants. I don't care if Phil Simms sits in this very studio and is a Giant, I will pick the Eagles all day long."
Dealing with a run of injuries on top of a dismal season, the Cowboys promoted cornerback Teddy Williams from the practice squad to play wide receiver. Just one minor detail: Despite his billing as a tackling dummy, Williams hasn't played an organized football game since high school.
- Kerith Gabriel