Coin flip picture that went viral is Nike ad
An unbelievable photo purportedly from the opening coin toss of the National Championship Game Monday went viral, but it turns out that photo was a fake and just an advertisement by Nike.
The photo shows a completely clear look at the coin along with players from both Ohio State and Oregon looking up as the coin flips through the air.
The photo went viral with help from ESPN’s Don Van Natta, who tweeted out a version of it that received thousands of retweets:
— Don Van Natta Jr. (@DVNJr) January 13, 2015
Unfortunately, as Deadspin pointed out, the photo was actually created by Nike. The original photo even has a Nike swoosh in the top right corner.
— Nike (@Nike) January 13, 2015