The 12 Funniest Sports Commercials of All Time
Everyone loves a good laugh, especially when it is unexpected.
For a director, the art of making someone laugh is difficult, but you have a fighting chance when the subject is known throughout his industry as being scary serious.
Richard Pryor once said, “There’s a thin line between to laugh with and to laugh at.” In most of these cases, the athlete is being laughed at and seems to not mind—making it even funnier.
So, here is a collection of some of the funnier sports commercials ever made.
Some will make you chuckle, while others will make you laugh out loud. Either way, you'll smile.
12) Larry Bird vs. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Kareem and Larry represented one of the most heated rivalries in all of sports. So, it was odd to see the two yuck it up for Lays, but they played it well.
The ending is what makes this one a classic.
11) Pro Football: You Ain't Built for This
This commercial is an ode to the Polk High football legend in all of us.
It is for the weekend warrior who is delusional about the obvious disparity in talent between him and an actual athlete.
The television has a way of making us believe we can play with the big boys. Well, this commercial reminds us what the big boys go through.
10) Hockey Cat in the Hat
Hockey makes an appearance on the list for its great rendition of clichés.
All professional coaches should be forced to watch this.
Joe Head Coach explains why his team “lost."
9) My Swedish Twins: The Wrong Pair
Hockey is not known as a creative sport, but it has some of the best commercials ever.
This one shows Swedish “twins” entertaining the crowd. What makes this one of the better commercials is how into the role the Swedish players are.
8) Dennis Hopper and Sterling Sharpe: The Train's Comin'
Dennis Hopper plays an awestruck NFL referee who tells you about the bad things Bruce Smith and Michael Irvin do.
Here, he chases down the choo choo train that is Sterling Sharpe.
7) Barry Sanders and Vince Lombardi: One Shoe Homeboy
It's funny that the people of Nike decided to channel one of the Lions' most hated rival's leaders to discuss one of Detroit's best players.
Nevertheless, Vince Lombardi is brought in to get a sideline view of the greatest running back in NFL history.
Even in just one shoe.
6) Brian Wilson: Black Ops
There is no better character in all of sports than San Francisco Giant Brian Wilson.
He's in true form here, as he goes “black ops” for a Chalupa.
Maybe it’s the beard or the Ninja style in which he describes his moves that make this one so funny.
But, either way, funny it is.
5) EA Sports Greatest Team Ever: We Now See What Our Fans Look Like
This commercial puts a face to the comment section for each B/R story.
You have Stank Foot, Yo Momma and Leo Tard all make an appearance to tell you—or better yet, to tell Michael Jordan—who is the greatest basketball team of all time.
I especially love the part when the Boston cat says, “Yeah, we beat them."
4) Wilt Chamberlain: Can You Imagine the Size of His Toilet?
This is a commercial about constipation.
How much do you think they paid Wilt to do a commercial about constipation?
Oddly enough, Wilt never sits down in the entire 35-second spot.
I wonder why?
3) Best Baby: Gotta Love Hockey Fans
Just unnecessarily funny.
There is no other way to describe it, and it is so only something a Hockey fan would do.
2) Chicks Dig the Long Ball: Real Men Don't Wear Denim
One of the best commercials ever made.
This takes two of baseball’s biggest names and biggest geeks and just allows them to be who they are. You see them shop in business casual attire, try to lift weights and sit ridiculously close in a sauna.
Then the most awkward form of male bonding takes place when the two “forearm bump."
Honestly, you will watch this commercial over and over again.
1) Converse Weapon: To the Hip-Hop the Hippity Hip Hop
What happens when you let Kevin McHale and Larry Bird rap?
It is indescribable—and tragically funny.