AT&T Says “Just OK” March Madness Announcers Are Not OK

AT&T continues with their “Just OK Is Not OK” campaign, and since they’re a major sponsor of the NCAA Tournament, these spots are March Madness-themed. The campaign presents scenarios where it would be wrong for things to be “just OK”, though examples they show are much, much worse than OK.  These have an announcing duo, with play-by-play guy Ken, and clueless color commentator Phil. AT&T has a huge number of these on their YouTube page, so I’ll just post some highlights. There’s one where Phil misunderstands when he’s asked to give some insight about his time as a player. Phil also thinks a guy who got a rebound is actually on the rebound, and shouts out “Freebird!” to the band. And goofy Phil thinks his job as the color commentator is to actually comment on colors…which he does quite well in describing Purdue’s hues. Haha. Mark Neely plays Ken, and Phil is played by Tim Baltz.

 

The Geico Gecko Is A Fan Of March Madness Basketball

Even though I write about Geico commercials on here all the time, I tend to overlook the Gecko. Probably because he’s been in Geico ads since 2005, long before I started this blog. Here’s one that we’ll be seeing a lot of in the next few weeks. The Gecko (voiced by Jake Wood) is sitting alongside the play-by-play announcer at his first NCAA Tournament. He’s enjoying it, and even gets too into the action to talk much about Geico. He implores the players to set picks and shoot the 3. But alas, it seems Gecko may have gotten too animated in celebrating, as he possibly pulled a hammy. He needs ice…just one cube!

 

 

That Axe Ice Chill Ad With The Basketball Player And Cheerleader

This Axe Ice Chill commercial has been out for a few months, but I just saw it for the first time today. That basketball player has some smooth dance moves after swishing a shot, but blowing a kiss at a cheerleader isn’t so smooth. Axe Ice Chill lowers your skin temperature by 11 degrees? Really? I’m sure I’m not the only one that’s skeptical about that. After a judicious spray of the Axe Ice Chill stuff, he fares much better with her while at a diner. Because apparently you’re hotter when you’re chill. Anyone know who plays the cheerleader or the basketball player?

Geico’s Basketball-Playing Barbershop Quartet

I probably wouldn’t write about Geico commercials as much if they weren’t so widely aired and if people didn’t always view those posts, but they are and they do, so here’s another. In this one, a barbershop quartet plays basketball. Why? Ehh…why not? They perform their barbershop music while passing…but after a Chappelle’s Show-style “Shoot the J!”, an emphatic block and breakaway dunk result.

 

Southwest Airlines: Actually This Basketball Team Is Flying Back Today

When you’re a coach, you give inspirational speeches. This basketball coach for “State” believes in his team so much that he booked tickets for them all the way to the championship game. They’re NOT FLYING HOME TODAY. Except that they lose, and they are flying home today. At least Southwest Airlines doesn’t have change fees. Haha. Bill Birch plays the coach.

Tuesday Throwback: Dell And Stephen Curry Go To Burger King

I don’t remember this Burger King commercial from the mid ’90s, but it’s been making its rounds online since being shown on the Jumbotron during last night’s Warriors game. Lil’ Steph is adorable. Of course, Stephen indeed grew up to be a basketball player, and a much bigger star than his dad, Dell. It also reminds me of this McDonald’s spot with Cecil and Prince Fielder.

Tuesday Throwback: Nike Honors Ben Wilson

Last night I watched Benji, a documentary about the short life and shocking murder of Chicago high school basketball phenom Ben Wilson. In researching after I watched, I discovered this Nike ad featuring Wilson’s story that aired during the 1997 NBA playoffs. Excellent work.

Guinness: Wheelchair Basketball, With A Twist

“Dedication. Loyalty. Friendship. The choices we make reveal the true nature of our character.” So goes the voiceover for this powerful, expertly shot new Guinness commercial featuring a wheelchair basketball game that isn’t quite what it seems. I really like it…the copy, cinematography, and music (The Cinematic Orchestra’s “To Build a Home”) all work for me. Most of all, I like the message about the importance of friendship and inclusion. Some are finding that message to be troubling, including this blogger who has a well-written response about why she is not a fan, to put it mildly. So what do you think?

Tuesday Throwback: Sprite Cools Down Summer Hoops

And we’re back! I thought about this commercial today as I was drinking a can of Sprite. I’ve already written about a Sprite commercial on Tuesday Throwback, so I guess they have really memorable retro ads. Anyway, I think I remember this one playing a lot in the summer. ’06-07 maybe? It says it was uploaded in October 2006, so that might be right. I really like the visuals. You can totally see the sweltering summer sun and heat in that urban basketball court. I hope that’s water they’re jumping into, not Sprite. That would be sticky. Of course, the commercial is made by the chill, smooth song. It’s “Falling Away” by Hugh Wilson. I always thought it was “Falling Awake” (i.e. I’m falling awake with you), but apparently not.

Pepsi Max’s Commercial Starring “Uncle Drew” AKA Kyrie Irving

At 5 minutes, this Pepsi Max short film/commercial is one of the longest videos I’ve ever posted on here. But it’s some good stuff. Here’s the description from YouTube: Pepsi MAX went to a pick-up game in Bloomfield, NJ pretending to shoot a documentary on a basketball player named “Kevin.” When his Uncle Drew came into the game, some magical things happened. It’s only been up since Friday, but already has more than 2,000,000 views. Enjoy!

Uncle Drew got game.

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