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Neely, Farrelly reunite for NBC’s Thanksgiving Showdown promos

Oct 30, 2013, 3:19 PM EDT

Cam Neely and Bobby Farrelly, together again… with Mike Richter in the mix as well.

That’s what you’ll see during tonight’s NBCSN Rivalry Night broadcast between Boston and Pittsburgh, as the first of three Thanksgiving Showdown commercials — starring Neely, Richter and directed by Farrelly, he of “Dumb and Dumber” fame — will go to air.

“I’m a hockey nut. So when the NHL and NBC approached me to direct the commercial and said it would feature Cam Neely and Mike Richter, I was flattered,” said Farrelly. “It was a pleasure to work with two hockey greats to promote a game featuring two legendary teams, including my beloved Bruins.”

This year’s Thanksgiving Showdown goes on Friday, Nov. 29 at 1 p.m. ET with a playoff rematch between Boston and New York. The lead-up ads feature family relatives from Boston and New York carrying their personal Bruins-Rangers rivalry to Thanksgiving dinner, with Neely and Richter trying to intervene.

“We were just throwing barbs at each other – things you say to any one of your friends,” Richter told Variety.  “It wasn’t hard to quickly come up with spirited comments about Boston and, for sure, Cam Neely had plenty to say about New York.”

If you aren’t able to catch tonight’s promo, don’t worry. Three 30-second TV spots, two 15-second commercials and a two-minute extended version will run across the broadcast, digital and social media platforms of the NHL, NHL Network, and NBC Sports Group.

The NHL has tweeted out a few images for your perusal:

  1. amityvillefun - Oct 30, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    In Cam We Trust.

  2. hosewater2 - Oct 30, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Hey NBC check the standings much? If so why are we still getting NYR on national TV? Think this is a compelling matchup? What a joke.

    • ibieiniid - Oct 30, 2013 at 3:56 PM

      how do you not know by now that any 2 teams in the league have the ability to play a great game any day of the week. plus, that’s a month away homie, don’t let the Rangers record right now fool you.

    • timsabourin - Oct 30, 2013 at 4:12 PM

      NYR are currently three (3) points out of a playoff spot fyi

    • hockeyflow33 - Oct 30, 2013 at 4:40 PM

      They’re an original 6 team in the biggest market against a longstanding rival with some of the league’s premier talent and you wonder why they will be on national tv?

  3. ibieiniid - Oct 30, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    good to see the guy that played Jabba the Hutt is still getting some work. (on the right in the bottom pick)

    • ibieiniid - Oct 30, 2013 at 3:47 PM


    • joey4id - Oct 30, 2013 at 3:56 PM

      He’s a first round pic to play D, and in front of the net on the PP. You think he can play in nets?

      • ibieiniid - Oct 30, 2013 at 3:58 PM

        now that you mention it, THAT’S who that is. man, Goldberg really let himself go.

    • imleftcoast - Oct 30, 2013 at 4:00 PM

      That’s Lucic. “Get in front, and tip the puck Milan!”

  4. amityvillefun - Oct 30, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    From “Clerks” –

    “Look….he can’t even pass…. Don’t pass it to him, he sucks!”

    “I’m not even supposed to be here today!”

  5. hibackhand - Oct 30, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    “Okay. Who is the DEAD MAN who hit me with the salt?”

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