July 11, 2003

Lamest sports-ads ever.: What would you add?

posted by Ufez Jones to culture at 01:24 PM - 18 comments

My vote has to go to the Sprint or MCI or AT&T or whatever company it was the Jordan was shilling for that year where he appeared almost non-stop with Looney Tunes Characters (right after Space-Jam came out). The one where Tweety-Bird (I think) would sing "I believe I can calllllllllllllllllllllll, I can use my phone is allllllllllllll". Horrid. Et tu?

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:26 PM on July 11, 2003

Wow. That is a comprehensive list. All those ads did suck something awful. I can't add anything because the bad ones don't stand out in my mind like the really good ones (the best one I've seen in awhile was the Yao Ming Apple computer one with Mini-Me)

posted by vito90 at 01:37 PM on July 11, 2003

The worst: Reeboks Let U B U.

posted by jason streed at 01:37 PM on July 11, 2003

I can't believe they didn't mention George Foreman. Altho, one must say that most anything he advertises does turn to gold. Or am I wrong?

posted by worldcup2002 at 01:38 PM on July 11, 2003

Heh, vito, the Yao/Verne Troyer ad was pretty good, but that horrible "Yo" "Yao" "Yo" "Yao" ad made me kvetch something awful. I had completely forgotten Let U B U, jason. *sighs*

posted by Ufez Jones at 01:40 PM on July 11, 2003

All commercials are bad...

posted by StarFucker at 02:19 PM on July 11, 2003

The reason "Let U B U" sucked so bad? It came out at the same time as the Michael Jordan/Mars Blackman "It's gotta be the shoes!" ad. Stupid, pointless, bizarre ad vs. funny, fresh, catchy ad. Hmmm....

posted by grum@work at 02:23 PM on July 11, 2003

All commercials are bad... Not if they entertain me. 1984

posted by grum@work at 02:27 PM on July 11, 2003

I've only heard it on the radio, but the Nolan Ryan's tender aged beef commercials kill me.

posted by rcade at 02:27 PM on July 11, 2003

I'm sure you've probably seen them in the past, rcade, but Nolan's local/Texas-wide commercials are brutal. The Dairy Queen, House foundation repair, and this past year, some political commercials for Republican State Senate candidates. The major problem with them is, they all look locally produced.

posted by Ufez Jones at 02:33 PM on July 11, 2003

In his rookie season, Derrick Coleman had a short lived spot for And 1 where he closed with the tough guy tagline "You're Welcome!!" And I remember thinking, man, you've really got to prove your bad-assness on the court before pulling a spot like that. I suppose it wouldn't have been quite so painful if he had gone on to have a hall of fame career, but he was among the biggest NBA busts of the 90s (along with Shawn Bradley & Joe Smith).

posted by jonson at 04:38 PM on July 11, 2003

Oh man...do you guys remember that one commercial with that one guy...i forget his name...i think it was for EverReady batteries...he put one his shoulder and said, "I dare you to knock this off my shoulder..." or something like that... Man, that cracked me up!

posted by StarFucker at 05:01 PM on July 11, 2003

Man, that cracked me up! Man, this cracked me up!

posted by qbert72 at 05:11 PM on July 11, 2003

Where is "Major League Superstar" Fred McGriff when you need him?

posted by Bag Man at 05:42 PM on July 11, 2003

Right here.

posted by chules at 07:22 PM on July 11, 2003

Rafael Palmeiro for Viagra.

posted by hootch at 09:43 PM on July 11, 2003

Its probably a Boston thing... I cannot stand the old timey WB Mason commercial that parodies the Babe Ruth sale. It takes place immediately as Ruth was sold. There's some whorey old tart in the commercial who is in charge of office supplies at Fenway and the WB Mason private eyes discover she overspent on office supplies (oh the horror!) and that's why the Red Sox had to sell Babe Ruth.

posted by jerseygirl at 11:02 PM on July 11, 2003

As for good ads, I'm a big fan of the new Espy Awards ads. Being from San Francisco, I especially like that one where Barry Bonds hits a homer into McCovey Cove and Terrell Owens jumps out of his raft to get it...

posted by swank6 at 03:14 PM on July 12, 2003

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