Not since Haley Joel Osment’s 1999 confession of spectral perception has someone’s vision of the afterlife sparked as much attention as New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold’s Monday-night sideline assertion that he was “seeing ghosts.” The claim came amidst the Jets’ 33-0 routing by the New England Patriots, and while the majority of the media focused on what the statement said about Darnold’s quarterbacking ineptitude, executives at Netflix heard the faraway cha-ching of exploitation for monetary gain.
Darnold was swiftly contacted, and an agreement was made for Darnold to lead a team of paranormal investigators in the pilot season of a new ghost hunting series, Gridiron Ghosts. The series will follow the quarterback stadium to stadium every week as he confronts new ghosts in each city. Of particular interest will be the eighth episode of the season, in which Darnold travels to Baltimore, the city which marked the death of Edgar Allan Poe, to whom the Ravens’ mascot is an omage.
Netflix is rumored to be requesting footage of Monday’s game from ESPN and the NFL for use in the opening sequence. When asked, they seemed to confirm the rumor, saying, “Whether we get the footage or not isn’t critical to the success of the series. Sam will assuredly provide countless soundbites in the future that we can capitalize on.”
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