It’s Time for the Next Great Sports Commercial Character
- Updated: November 18, 2009
THE RICK: My Name’s Rick…People Call Me “The Rick”
I always had a soft spot for Mike O’Malley as ESPN’s “The Rick.” Not as keen on him constantly popping on my screen as Time Warner Cable hype guy, but there are more irritating pitchmen. Couldn’t find my favorite “original,” but here’s something to jog the memory (assuming you know who the hell I’m talking about).
LIL’ PENNY: Tell ‘Em Lil’ Penny From the Science Club Says Hell-o
Chris Rock is the man. Can you do that for a brother?
MARS BLACKMON: Here with My Main Man Michael Jordan
I think Spike (um, I mean Mars) still reigns supreme in terms of a lasting true character in the sports commercial realm. He was around for years. He had his own unique personality. Mars was the perfect sidekick for his Airness. Do you know, do you know, do you know?
LEON: He Can’t Do Everything
Sure, it may be all about selling beer. And, who knows, perhaps Leon wasn’t driving Bud six pack sales up. Still, he made me laugh — particularly in this one. There ain’t no we, either.
LARRY JOHNSON…IS GRANDMA-MA
This was like that Martin Lawrence movie, you know, before the Martin Lawrence movie. Thanks for the comment/tip, anon.
DENNIS HOPPER AS CRAZY REF GUY: Bad Things, Man
I was a big fan of Dennis Hopper as the mildly-crazed “ref” for Nike. My all-time favorite has to be the classic Bruce Smith spot, but there were others. A great example of a “generic” sports character within the genre. Name or no name, we need to bring these folks back.
TERRY TATE: Office Linebacker
Terry Tate. Office linebacker. Sheer. Brilliance. This extended version is well worth the four minutes. Make time.
The McKenzie Brothers: Roses Have Thorns
I’ve been looking for this clip forever. That I have finally found it gives me a disproportionate amount of pleasure. Although the McKenzie Brothers weren’t particularly sports-focused commercial characters, this one deserved inclusion.
So, first off, who else am I blatantly missing? What other sports commercial “characters” have made us laugh out loud over the years? And is anyone doing it now? Who needs to make a comeback? Which one and done deserved a longer life and showed potential? Hit me up in the comments…or not.