The Don’t Tread Video Contest Is On!

Donkey Kong! The Don’t Tread Video Contest is officially underway sponsored by The Shin Guardian, the American Outlaws, The Yanks Are Coming, and Concave soccer cleats. You gotta love Concave stepping up even through they’re out of the UK–thanks guys!

Don't Tread on Me Challenge!For the next week, ending at the stroke of midnight PST Thursday morning June 2nd, the eight videos below you will compete to be the absolute winner of Don’t Tread Challenge for the most insanely awesome video that gets fans, uber and wagon jumpers, flat-out FIRED UP for the USA in South Africa.

But….what’s more important about this contest is you….yes YOU the voter can send this post or one of the videos to that cute girl in the corner office or your uncle who only roots for Univeristy of Texas football and get them fired up for the biggest USA sports event since….well Germany in 2006.

We’re angling for serious voter count.

To the victor go the following spoils:

• 1 American Outlaws “We Are Not Sam’s Army In the Stands In Hartford” scarf

• 1 The Yanks Are Coming, well, “The Yanks Are Coming” t-shirt

• 1 pair Concave soccer cleats

• 1 mystery prize from The Shin Guardian

And all this will ship quite quickly to be there in time to be all dolled up for June 12th.

The rules are simple. Each “reader” (by IP address) can vote once per day.


The goal is promoting the team and in turn on of these fine creators will get some USMNT goodies.

#1 – The Speech

by 732FootballFilms


#2 – United States of Golazo

by John Santos


#3 – Don’t Tread On U.S.

by Luis

(Technical difficulties please stand by)


#4 – Wave Flag Wave

by Jay Bell


#5 – We’ve Got Ourselves A Game

by Colin Chapman


#6 – Put U.S. On The Map

by Mike Giunta


#7 – All Grown Up

by David Santos


#8 – Don’t You Tread On Me!

by K.L. Cleeton



36 responses to this post.

  1. First, awesome contest. Second, awesome entries. Thanks to everyone who participated. That got me fired up for Philly, not to speak of the Cup. Finally, I won’t say who I voted for, and it isn’t a knock on any of the other entries– but I’ll say it wasn’t close. At least for me. Good luck.


  2. Posted by Anonymous on 2010/05/27 at 2:01 AM

    I’ve fallen in love with #4…the elegance, the drama, the ending…and of course, EXALIFTIN


  3. Probably this question is too late but what about voting for top three? Winner, 2nd, 3rd get prizes. I get that the prizes might not be as great as 1st place but just a thought. Also if there was a way a poll for your second place pick, and one for your 3rd place, then maybe a point system could be awarded to them (i.e. 1st = 5, 2nd =3, 3rd = 1). Tally all points and decide top three winners. Now I know that would be some work for TSG but just thought giving so due to a few more of these great videos would be cool.

    Anyways whether or not this happens. I really have appreciated all these videos. My top 3 would be:
    1) Wave Flag Wave
    2) The Speech
    3) We’ve got ourselves a game

    I think these all were done very well. I am just a sucker for the slow inspirational ones. Which ones does everyone else like?


  4. Posted by Colin on 2010/05/27 at 6:11 AM

    my favorite is #5 ; )


  5. We’ve Got Ourselves a Game is my favorite… but there are a lot of great videos


  6. Posted by itally on 2010/05/27 at 7:33 AM

    Holy sh!t, watching these just got me even more worked up for the world cup.


  7. Posted by Jay on 2010/05/27 at 8:58 AM

    Well, of course I want to win this very cool contest, so I voted for myself: #4. But I will say I loved both #1: “The Speech” and #5: “We’ve Got Ourselves A Game.” The pacing in both of those videos was pretty damn good.


  8. Posted by Joe on 2010/05/27 at 9:51 AM

    gonna be watching these vids again and again all day at work.

    #4 was by far my favorite. got me amped for the US and the game. the rest were great, but #4 made me want to be at the game the most


  9. Posted by Tom on 2010/05/27 at 10:14 AM

    Lots of great stuff here — watching these was great way to spend my lunch. I won’t say which I chose, but I will say that K’Naan is tops.


  10. Posted by chris on 2010/05/27 at 10:57 AM

    #5 is my favorite. I’ve watched it about 100 times since it was first released on this site. great job by everyone else too though.


  11. […] The guys over at one of the best US Soccer blogs ever (The Shin Guardian) has done a video contest to find the best USMNT video on youtube, go see the finalists. (TSG) […]


  12. I have no idea which one to vote for. Well done again by all of you.


  13. Posted by John on 2010/05/27 at 12:59 PM

    ESPN Announcer “This contest is sponsored by Sams Army!”

    (#5 for me)


  14. Posted by BW on 2010/05/27 at 2:09 PM

    5 is a great video of the Spain game, but to me it’s missing the hype factor. 7 gets my vote b/c it gets the adrenaline flowing at the end. after watching it, I’m ready to head out of the tunnel onto the pitch!


  15. Posted by RitaC on 2010/05/30 at 9:05 AM

    I get goose bumps every time I watch #5. . . . and I mean EVERY time. Its the best. Really gets you excited for June 12.


  16. Posted by Colin on 2010/06/01 at 5:18 AM

    Thanks RitaC


  17. Posted by Susan leining on 2010/06/01 at 10:38 AM

    Great stuff. Cant wait to see them play in sou
    th africa


  18. all of them deserve the award, but #5 is the one that everytime i watch it get chills. nothing better to get me pumped for the WC then when i watch #5


  19. Posted by Poco on 2010/06/01 at 11:08 AM

    The build up and crescendo of #5 is so inspiring and motivational it makes me want to stand up and cheer every time I see it. It could bring a tear to an emotional person’s eye. “We’ve Got Ourselves A Game” is truly the best of the lot.


  20. Posted by Carl and Lori on 2010/06/01 at 1:31 PM

    #5 – We’ve Got Ourselves a Game is the one for me. It sums up where we are as a team – the US dominates at so many sports and many hate that we are such a super power – except in Soccer, Football, Fussball. Futbol – we are still ascending and fighting for respect. The “world powers” in this sport don’t want us to win, but in that typically American way, we believe in ourselves and don’t listen to those who say we can’t, we won’t, we shouldn’t be able to… hey “We Believe!” and in S Africa, we’ll show everyone that because of that belief in each other and a refusal to be intimidated, “We’ve Got Ourselves a Game!”


  21. Posted by b on 2010/06/02 at 12:41 AM

    I watch #5 – We’ve Got Ourselves A Game at least twice a week and before every USMNT game.
    If that video doesn’t win in a landslide, there is some voting fraud going on.


  22. Posted by patrickhattrick on 2010/06/02 at 8:05 PM

    We’ve got ourselves the game. I think I’ve watched it a hundred times. Great music paired with great voice paired with great vid. This is a completely different kind of test where passion has a funny way of trumping logic. It’s the Don’t Tread Challenge.


  23. Posted by sam on 2010/06/08 at 7:48 AM

    Would say we got ourselves a game, but the speech is stolen from a versus commercial. With that said im voting for #4


  24. Posted by phil on 2010/06/10 at 11:05 AM

    as a non-soccer fan other than the national team, #5 gets my emotions going like nothing else


  25. Posted by Jorge Parrado on 2010/06/10 at 1:16 PM

    The Speech is my favorite one…come on You Yanks!!!


  26. […] The Shin Guardian along with the American Outlaws, The Yanks Are Coming, and Concave soccer cleats, are sponsoring a video contest to help bolster support for our boys in South Africa. Below youll see one of my favourite entries so far. Visit The Shin Guardian page to check out the rest of the video entries. […]


  27. Posted by lou mae earl on 2010/06/11 at 9:39 AM

    Late submission:


  28. #5 is def the best. nee to fix it tho


  29. Posted by Dave on 2010/06/24 at 8:33 PM

    Man you gotta fix #5, it was the best one!


  30. Posted by Mike on 2010/08/22 at 11:04 AM

    What’s the deal with the contest? Do we have a winner?


  31. Here’s another video I came across that got me a little amped up for 2014 already. The Production value of this made me feel like I was watching a hollywood trailer.


  32. Posted by Mike on 2010/11/02 at 8:58 AM

    Who Won the Contest? Where is the Winner Info. Posted on this site?


    • Posted by cosmosredux on 2010/11/02 at 10:46 AM

      The winning video was #4 and had to be removed for copyright violation. Apologies.


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