Thanks to the internet, you may already know all the practical ways to make use of your kid’s LEGOs. But if your kid’s third anti-pants tantrum today didn’t tip you off, the realities of your life are rarely that reasonable. If you’re looking to match that with some impractical LEGO projects, look no further than your fellow father Jared Jacobs’ Instagram feed. Sure, that’s a departure from most dad’s social media platform of choice (yelling in the garage), but there are no iconic sports moments being recreated in there (unless you have a Golden Tee machine).
That’s exactly what the 38-year-old Idaho0-based dad has been doing. After he started experimenting with stop-animation shorts a few years ago, Jacobs eventually found that the combination of LEGOs and sports was the perfect muse. Since then, he’s recreated University of Michigan punter Blake O’Neill’s infamous fumble, BYU’s “Mangum Miracle,” Tiger Woods’ chip on the 16th hole of 2005 Masters, and much more. But perhaps the most impressive part is the patience required to produce stop-animation using LEGOs. He has to move every piece by hand and shoot each moment, which can take up to 50 hours. If it wasn’t obvious, Jacobs is a father of 3, which explains where he gets that patience from.
Jacobs’ posts have been so impressive, it landed him a new gig making these videos for the Big Ten Network’s show BTN Tailgate, but this time he will be using Ovo Sports collectibles, a LEGO competitor (gasp!). If your brick laying skills can’t compete with his, don’t worry. He told Vocative that his kids — ages 4, 8, and 10 — are not sports fans and don’t really care about his work. “I don’t want to scar them so they never want to play with Lego again,” Jacobs said. Much like his kids, yours wouldn’t be impressed anyways.