Top 15 ‘This is Sportscenter’ Ads at 1:50 – Part 1

Posted: August 2, 2011 by mceagle611 in Sports
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When ESPN, the worldwide leader in Sports, aired Sportscenter – the most popular national television sports news broadcast – in September 1979 they had no idea how big it would get. Think about it, when you are having a slow summer morning and you are, at least, somewhat of a sports fan odds are you are going to take a glance at any of their morning broadcasts during that time. In order to publicize the show in 1994, they debuted a new series of advertisements now commonly known as “This is Sportscenter” ads (it is the slogan that appears at the end of every one of the commercials). So I saw one of the ads on ESPN the other day and wondered to myself what the funniest “This is Sportscenter” (a.k.a. TIS) commercials were… so I did some research and found some funny stuff.

There were far more than I expected, however, and too many to present in a couple readable amounts (which was my plan). So here on the Eastside Perspective I’m going to show you the Top 15 TIS Ads in order and three at a time; it will be presented in five parts at 1:50 PM (Thus the Title) over the next 5 days, so make sure to check back as I continue the countdown which will conclude on Saturday. However, here is the catch: I narrowed down the 50 or so TIS ads by only keeping the one’s that you need to have a knowledge of sports – dealing with the plot, people, etc., in each commercial – to understand the joke in the ad! Enjoy the countdown (and the bonus ad below each threesome).

15 – Anchor Shift – The Great one, Wayne Gretzky, coaches the Sportscenter Anchors by shifting their lines. The Anchors – as they vault the news table like they are going from the bench onto the ice – find out that the former NHL Star is a stickler for perfection…that’s why Brian Kenny needs to “make sure [his] S’s are crisp.”

14 – The Harlem Tape-stealers – Clearly if you don’t know the Basketball Entertainment Group then you would only think that this was an innocent game of keep-away. Haha my favorite part is when Keith Olbermann is asked for help and he goes “sure” but does not get up at all; good stuff.

13 – Lunch Agent – The NFL Agent “strikes again” as he pulls a fast one over the ESPN Cafeteria Cashier for Anchors Scott Van Pelt and Neil Everett.

Bonus Ad – The Bristol Cheerleaders – I immediate laughed at this because it is exactly what most children, women, and even men do at a game when cheerleaders start shooting Tee Shirts up into the bleachers. Am I right?


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View the next three TIS Ads: Here

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