The 5 Funniest SportsCenter Commercials of 2011

Soven Bery@@realsovenberySenior Analyst IDecember 25, 2011

The 5 Funniest SportsCenter Commercials of 2011

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    You know what I'm talking about, right? Those 30-second commercials that air on ESPN in between close games or blowouts or PTI or SportsNation

    The 'This is SportsCenter' commercials that usually feature a prominent athlete never fail to bring out a smile on my face. 

    While 2011 may have not been the best year for these commercials, there were some standout performances. And I am here to recognize that achievement in commercial. So let's begin! 

Honorable Mention: Joey Votto

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    In this skit, Baseball Tonight host Karl Ravech is going up against Mister Redlegs in a mustache contest.

    Okay, I chuckled. While it was good, there were places where the commercial could have been better. Since the spot had already tackled the topics of the Reds and mustaches, Corky Miller would have been a nice addition. 

    He is a Red with some mighty fine facial hair. 

5. Alex Morgan and Hope Solo

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    After World Cup fever hit the US, soccer darlings Alex Morgan and Hope Solo were everywhere. You couldn't turn on the TV with out their faces smiling back at you. 

    Add ESPN to the long list of guest appearances for Morgan and Solo. The commercial was humorous, but a little too slow for my liking and took a very long time to get to the final punch line. 

    Of course, one commenter pointed out the cameo by the Miami Dolphin mascot saying, "Maybe we've finally found out which type of football the Miami Dolphins are good at this year." 


4. Bucky

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    (Almost) CAUGHT! In this hilarious advertisement, Wisconsin mascot Bucky is looking at pictures of Arizona mascot Wilma Wildcat on a Facebook for mascots. 

    Wilbur isn't going to be happy! All in all, the spot is very funny but I feel that Hannah Storm knew what was going on the whole time.

    Bucky gets bonus points for quickly turning back around to the pictures after Hannah walks away.  

3. Abby Wambach

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    This was made as a prelude to the Women's World Cup and when I first saw it, I thought this was hilarious. Since then, it has become a bit overplayed but still retains its humor level. 

    Flopping and soccer are two words that have become synonymous in the sports world and this piece did a brilliant job at showing that. 

    The fake came out of nowhere and Abby knew it was a flop, but he stuck with it. The best part is the nonchalant walk at the end.

    Hands down. 

2. Brian Wilson

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    Any video that features Brian Wilson and his beard is a pretty darn good video. 

    This was a pretty darn good video. 

    Brian Wilson's beard is the greatest thing ever. 

    Also his shoes were awesome as well. 

    Fear the beard. 

    Are you even reading this anymore or just staring at his beard? 

1. Alexander Ovechkin

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    This commercial was by far the best ESPN promo of 2011. I can't pinpoint what exactly makes it so funny. 

    Is it the fear of Russian spies turned into a joke?

    Is it the teammate that pops his head out of the ceiling? 

    Is it the awkward laugh turned menacing stare? 

    I'm not sure, but I am sure that I enjoyed watching this commercial!