10 Best ESPN Commercials of All Time
Doesn't it look like the best job ever?
To be immersed in a world where you're surrounded by professional athletes and mascots, and your biggest worry is who to pick in your ESPN office suicide pool is the epitome of the American dream.
Right, the ESPN offices aren't really like that.. as far as we know. Maybe the NJ Devil and Iceburgh really do mess with the thermostat all day, and maybe David Wright really is making plans with studio analysts behind a certain mascot's back.
As unrealistic as these commercials are, they're still downright hilarious, and every fan of the show has a favorite.
These are my 10 favorite SportsCenter commercials of all time, in no particular order.
Side note: There are a ton of these online, and I'm sure there's some I haven't seen. If you can find one that you really like, please post the link in the comment section.
I start with this one, because I think it's my personal favorite. SportsCenter anchors Stuart Scott and Kenny Mayne star in this 30-second clip of them playing in a charity-type game for a Big Brother knockoff program.
Remember those kids in gym class in high school that took it way, wayyyy too seriously? The ones who would play defense on girls like Ron Artest in an NBA Finals game or go headhunting like Roger Clemens in a game of dodgeball?
This is how Stuart and Mayne are in this commercial. It doesn't get much funnier.
WKU Mascot Very Indecisive
The final five seconds of this short commercial, with the Western Kentucky mascot "Big Red" walking away with his head down and the door making a somber squeaking noise as it closes, makes it hilarious. Can't help but feel bad for the poor guy...or girl...or whatever it is.
Steve Irwin Captures an Alligator
The late Steve Irwin makes an appearance in this SportsCenter ad. As Irwin is trying to convince anchor John Anderson that ESPN should air "The Croccodile Hunter," the elevator opens with the Florida Gators mascot inside.
Irwin's inner hunter kicks in, and well...you can probably guess the rest.
Bobby Labonte Gets His Car Taken Out for a Spin
Bobby Labonte and anchor Rich Eisen rush out to stop a mascot (unknown to me, if you know who please let me know!) from making donuts with his beloved No. 18 car.
Well, Labonte goes out to stop him. Eisen goes out to pay up for the mascot winning a little wager.
Richard Simmons Comes In To Knock Anchors into Shape
As awesome of a gig as it may be, make no mistake, these anchors and everyone else at ESPN work ridiculous hours. There are days where the first game will start at one in the afternoon, without the last one ending until one in the morning. Add pregame and postgame analysis to that, and that's a long day for anyone.
This commercial makes light of that job factor, as Richard Simmons makes a visit to help improve the anchors' endurance.
Referee Informs Cafeteria of Decision
In this glimpse inside the ESPN world during lunch hour, a referee informs the cafeteria of a change in the menu, much to the dismay of the anchors and mascots in attendance.
Old Timers Day
ESPN tries to bum the "Old Timers Day" promotion from baseball and brings in some senior citizens in to help anchor the show, but it doesn't go as planned.
Professional Wrestlers Invade ESPN's Offices
WWF (now the WWE) wrestlers invade Bristol to demand their highlights shown on SportsCenter, while the anchors try to keep themselves from being piledriven through their office desks.
The Stanford Tree Influences John Anderson To Recycle
Anchor John Anderson throws some paper into the non-recycling basket, until he awkwardly runs into the Stanford Tree.
WNBA Stars Rank SportsCenter Anchors
Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird are working on ranking the cutest males in the ESPN office. Scott Van Pelt reads the list and isn't thrilled with where he fell.