Comedian Will Ferrell studied sports broadcasting at the University of Southern California and initially planned to go into broadcasting following graduation. After an internship at a local television station, Ferrell decided to go in another professional direction, but he obviously remained a sports fanatic.
Ferrell has been a fixture at sporting events over the years and has made several high-profile appearances at the ESPYs and even starred in his own Super Bowl commercial for Old Milwaukee. And in case you hadn't noticed, most of his movies over the years have been sports related.
Although, even when his movies aren't sports related, Ferrell manages to bring sports into the promotion. In July 2012, he and co-star Zach Galifianakis promoted their new political comedy The Campaign by eating pizza on the mound at Wrigley Field.
Thank goodness—Cubs fans really need something to cheer about.
Unfortunately MLB is a bunch of tyrannical…tyrants about their videos, so that moment isn't included on this list. But there are 21 other hilarious sports moments to enjoy.
In 2012, the Los Angeles Kings went on one of the most improbable runs in NHL history on the way to their first Stanley Cup in franchise history. Will Ferrell was excited, and he wanted others to be excited too.
Nobody will ever forget the ever-present vuvuzela honking of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Would that even be described as honking?
Anyway, Will Ferrell played the inventor, Jeff Vuvuzela, at the ESPYs.
In 2007, Will Ferrell played fictional USC coach Chuck Barry in a segment for the NFL Network. Pete Carroll, Matt Leinart and Ryan Kalil are among those in the USC football program that participated.
Ryan Kalil: I usually work out with Chuck about once a week and sometimes he kinda comes, even though I don't even call him.
Chuck Barry: No, no, come on! What is that? You look like a jerk! Are you trying not to get drafted? Cause that's exactly how you not get drafted!
In 2008, Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly appeared on the Australian chat show Rove, with Rove McManus, to promote their movie Step Brothers. Who knows why they decided to go with the double pole vault/Olympics angle, but it works.
John C. Reilly: Training for the Olympics in order to have something to talk about on a talk show…it's a lot…I'm not gonna lie to ya.
Will Ferrell: Especially when you're nowhere near being a world-class athlete in any way.
In 2006, ABC had University of Southern California alum Will Ferrell and University of Texas at Austin alum Matthew McConaughey do the pregame introduction to the BCS National Championship. The game was one of the greatest in college football history, and so was the introduction.
Matthew McConaughey: Which is where we are right now: About to win our first national championship in 35 years.
Will Ferrell: Now just hold on a second there, cowboy. This may be your first rodeo in a while, but for USC fans, it's our third national title game in three years.
Will Ferrell: Now I'm not sure what that is percentage-wise; I don't have the numbers in front of me, but I betcha it's pretty good. "Whats that? 100 percent—wow that is good!"
In 2011, Will Ferrell and Horatio Sanz joined hometown Royals fans Paul Rudd, Rob Riggle and Jason Sudeikis for an afternoon at the ballpark. The whole thing is hilarious.
Will Ferrell starred as basketball player Jackie Moon in this Bud Light commercial, which aired during the 2008 Super Bowl.
Jackie Moon: Oh hi. I'm Jackie Moon, I drink one beer and one beer only: Bud Light. A magical blend of barley, hops and delicious alcohol.
In 2007, Will Ferrell sat down with SportsCenter's Kenny Mayne for a predictably hilarious interview.
Best line/exchange: N/A. It's impossible from nearly six minutes of hilarity from two kings of comedy.
In July 2010, Will Ferrell briefly took the mound for the Round Rock Express, a minor league baseball team, as "Rojo" Johnson, a mustachioed pitcher with some anger issues and perhaps a drinking problem.
Best Insight: Apparently Rojo came from Venezuela and had a little problem with the law. He was arrested and convicted of buying and selling lizards and an iguana, and he spent some time in jail.
This has a few highlights from Rojo's performance, but the postgame press conference is also worth checking out.
In 2008, the legendary Tiger Woods won the ESPY for the Best Male Athlete, and Will Ferrell was kind enough to accept on Tiger's behalf. Actually, he accepted as Tiger, rather than on his behalf.
Will/Tiger: Ya know, people are always asking me: "Tiger, how do you do it?" and my answer is: "Shut up. I ask the questions around here. I'm Tiger Woods."
After leaving Saturday Night Live to pursue a movie career, Will Ferrell returned to the set, only to be heckled and harassed by his former friends. Thank goodness Shaquille O'Neal was there to keep him safe and carry him around like a baby.
Will: And when I'm in Shaq's arms I know that I'm his little man and the earth can be a promised land.
Shaq: Woo woo woo woo woo
Will: Travel the globe
Shaq: Travel the globe!
Will: And sing our song of joy
Shaq: Woo woo woo woo
At the 2006 ESPYs, this behind-the-scenes look at the "real" Ricky Bobby aired, chronicling his rise from pit monkey to NASCAR champion. "Fellow" drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon and Cal Naughton Jr. offer commentary, and Dan Patrick narrates.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.: I'll tell you this much—that boy…drives like his ass is on fire.
Ricky Bobby: True story: I do, indeed, light my ass on fire.
At the 2006 ESPYs, Lance Armstrong took home the award for Best Male Athlete. Will Ferrell was on hand for a musical tribute and even offered a little lovin' to Mariah Carey on stage.
Will Ferrell: Here's to Lance Armstrong. I love you man. Now is that so wrong? Don't worry buddy I don't stalk, just lookin' for some pillow talk. Do you remember? Do you remember?
In February 2012, this Old Milwaukee commercial starring Will Ferrell aired during the Super Bowl. If you missed it, it's probably because you don't live in North Platte, Nebraska. The ad was produced by Ferrell, and he paid for the airtime as well.
In 2011, Will Ferrell joined Manny Pacquiao as a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live for one strange sing-along. I have no idea what the circumstances behind this were, but Ferrell and Pacquiao's duet of John Lennon's "Imagine" is hilariously off-key.
Best line/exchange: The awkward ending.
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby is far and away the funniest sports movie Will Ferrell has made—and we all know he's made a lot. The movie had some of the funniest one-liners in recent memory, but the outtakes—fake commercials and public service announcements that weren't in the movie—are even funnier.
Ricky Bobby: Christmas is just around the corner and what better gift to give a loved one than this JackHawk 9000. Available at Walmart!
Ricky Bobby: When you work on your mysterious ladyparts stuff you should have the best tools, too. That's why you should use Maypax, the official tampon on NASCAR.
Ricky Bobby: I'm Ricky Bobby. If you don't chew Big Red, then f**k you.
Will Ferrell's impression of legendary Cubs broadcaster Harry Caray has been one of the staples of his sports comedy for years. This sketch from Saturday Night Live features Ferrell's Caray hosting a show called Space: The Infinite Frontier.
Harry Caray: Hey! Now Ken, we all know that the moon is not made of green cheese.
Ken Waller: Yes, that's true Harry.
Harry Caray: But what if it were made of barbecue spare ribs, would you eat it then?
Ken Waller: What?
Harry Caray: I know I would. Heck! I'd have seconds and then polish it off with a tall cool Budweiser. I would do it. Would you?
In 2008, ESPN hoped to land Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly to host the ESPYs. Too bad things didn't work out, because they are major film stars with a lot of unreasonable demands.
Will Ferrell: Also, I wanna ride Big Brown.
John C. Reilly: And I wanna ride Secretariat. Next to him…attached to a chariot.
Will Ferrell: Isn't Secretariat dead though?
John C. Reilly: Dig 'im up.
Will Ferrell: Clone 'im.
In February 2012, Will Ferrell made his way to the New Orleans Arena to do the introductions for the Hornets and the visiting Chicago Bulls. It was one of the most buzzed-about events of the month.
Will Ferrell: At forward, Number 9! He collects rare birds and has a Dolphin name Shotzi—Luol Deng!
A while back, Mr. Ron Burgundy auditioned for a hosting spot on SportsCenter. It doesn't seem he got the job, but the results were hilarious.
Ron Burgundy: The University of Notre Dame announced today that it would change its mascot from the Fighting Irish to the Fighting Doberman Pinscher Genitalias.
Producer: That wasn't the story we had on the prompter.
Ron Burgundy: Well, of course, I made it up! Because I've got nothing here! You're giving me baseball, hockey, and I've got my keister blowing in the wind.