Dan Parks proves he's game for a laugh
Ok, it's after midday and so it's 'hands up' time: it was a laser-guided kicking spoof.
But, as I interviewed Dan Parks, it did seem to me that his season has been extraordinary, and he has gone from being the outsider, in terms of Scotland, to the key player.
He is our country's most valuable players now.
Dan doesn't use a laser-guided kicking tee, he just lines the ball up the way he has done since growing up as a little boy in Sydney and kicks it over the posts.
There was a time when he used a pile of sand, but now it's a kicking tee he bought in Leeds some 10 years ago.
Why is Parks so valuable? Well, I watched Glasgow training yesterday and he is unfailingly happy at his work. Dan Parks was the man joking and laughing, getting stuck in and chatting away. In short, he is the perfect team man.
Secondly, he keeps a scoreboard ticking over. There is nobody else in European rugby who does what he does with a ball.
There might be a bigger topic in terms of technology coming into rugby, though. It is just possible that a laser might help a player, but I doubt it.
We use scrummage machines to practise, but we play against bodies. A rugby boot won't help you run, sticky gum might help you catch but it probably won't make you a better player. Shoulder pads might engender heroism, but the best tacklers don't wear them.
Aside from using technology to see if a score has been made, or reviewing footage to check for foul play, rugby is beautifully shorn of technology. And I like that. Though you may have other ideas?
And Dan Parks, with his innate kicking ability, is possibly the man who demonstrates that as well as anybody in the world.
If you have a talent in this world it will get you there and get you there superbly; I salute the guy.
He's nobody's fool, and thanks to him and Al Kellock for allowing us to feature him in an April fool.