OT: New ESPN Gameday commercial

Submitted by Magnus on October 20th, 2009 at 6:10 AM

Does anybody else really hate the new ESPN Gameday commercial? Kirk Herbstreit, Urban Meyer, Desmond Howard, and Chris Fowler are all playing bocce or something, and Herbstreit asks Meyer if he'll ever do something iconic with his wardrobe, like Tressel's sweatervest or Spurrier's visor. Meyer shows his two national championship rings and says, "Does this count as part of my wardrobe?"

Then Chris Fowler steps in and says, "I'd say that's...iconic." Desmond goes "Oooooooooooooooh" and Fowler/Meyer pound fists.

I normally like ESPN commercials, but I hate this one. I want to flip the channel every time I see it. I think it's partly because I can't picture any real person thinking, "Oh, snap! Those rings ARE an integral component of that man's wardrobe!" Also, Chris Fowler's pregnant pause before "iconic" is such a horrible acting job that it makes me want to punch a baby giraffe.


The Original Seth

October 20th, 2009 at 8:34 AM ^

I mean, I think most of these are kind of funny.
Of course, for a station that vaguely prides itself on providing "news," it's a gross conflict of interest and nothing more than opportunistic synergism to even have these corches on their commercials at all. (Notice how it's only Saban, Meyer, Brown, etc.? Where's my commercial involving Brian Kelly, or Chris Peterson? God forbid you act like there's any college football being played besides in teh ESS EE SEEE and the Big XII South...)


October 20th, 2009 at 8:34 AM ^

To be honest, this one doesn't disappoint me as much as the Big Ten Fan Camp commercial with the Michigan kids catching the Buckeye kid in a trust fall. The commercial would have been better if they had just left it with the Buckeye scared to fall. It also would have been deviously hilarious if they had let her fall. Does that make me a bad person?


October 20th, 2009 at 8:57 AM ^

There is a way to re-make the commercial. After the "iconic" crap, Charlie Weis waddles in and waves his shiny Super Bowl rings in Meyer's face, like he did with Terrelle Pryor.

And then Pete Carroll jumps in the commercial while listening to an Ipod loaded with Phish and Bone Thugz, reading off the scores of his victories over Notre Dame.

And then Lloyd Carr walks in and says, "I made Tom Brady, not you fat Charlie." Then he looks at Urban and says, "41-35, chump."

Fade to black.


October 20th, 2009 at 9:00 AM ^

The Mack Brown Gameday commercial is one of the best things on ESPN. It could be the fact I irrationally like Mack Brown, but I can't help but laugh when he says "You don't freestyle Texas Fight!"

I really want a commercial next year with RichRod making Fowler and Kirk do pushups or workout or something and they ask how long and Rodriguez says "only 19 more hours" Only, make it funnier, ESPN people.


October 20th, 2009 at 10:29 AM ^

I can't believe they got Urban to fist pump and blow it up.
...and to whomever said these commercials are losing their lure. The one with Mack Brown makes me laugh every time. "We don't freestyle Texas Fight big boy."

EDIT: I know day late and a dollar short. PaulVB beat me to it.