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.

 

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Capital One: Charles Barkley, Samuel L. Jackson, And Spike Lee Return For More Hilarious March Madness Commercials

And now comes the return of a beloved yearly ad campaign: Capital One’s March Madness. For those not familiar, these ads center on Charles Barkley’s clownish personality, with Samuel L. Jackson and Spike Lee either laughing at him, or playing straight men roles to a certain extent. Jim Nantz also appears in some of the spots. We see Charles wear a ridiculous “Chuxedo”, and hold up giant “Chuckmojis” at the game. Elsewhere, Chuck shows up with a parrot his shoulder named “Larry Bird”, when he runs into the real Larry Bird who has a dog named “Charles Barkley.” The gang gets punny with a “Mini Soda” and a “Mini Apple” when they’re in Minnesota for the Final Four. More puns come with Chuck’s Final Fourgasbord, which features “Charles Broccoli”, “Jim Nantz on a log”, “Ham Jackson”, and “Spike Brie.” Chuck also loves alerts with airhorns. Ahaha. I love these!

Buffalo Wild Wings Says That Buffalo Wild Wings Is The Best Place To Watch March Madness

Buffalo Wild Wings is struggling these days. So it makes sense that the chain, which has run March Madness ad campaigns for years, would be going at it from a different angle this year. Previous campaigns just focused on the experience of watching at B-Dub’s, while these contrast with the experience of watching elsewhere. It can be sad and soulless watching on your phone, in the office, or in a man cave. If buffering ever happens, you know it will be during a pivotal part of the game. Buffalo Wild Wings also makes a funny reference to the well-known increase in vasectomies during March Madness. So “do as your fancestors did”, and head to Buffalo Wild Wings. Or, you know, a better sports bar if there’s one around.

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!

 

 

Capital One March Madness: Charles Barkley, Samuel L. Jackson, And Spike Lee Go To Texas

March Madness is back, which also means the return of one of the most beloved ad campaigns. That’s right…it’s time for more Capital One March Madness, with Charles Barkley, Samuel L. Jackson, and Spike Lee. This year, the Final Four will be in San Antonio, so the ads focus on their travels in Texas (#FanAntonio). Chuck is excited about the “A La Mode”, while Sam and Spike inform him that it’s the Alamo (and it doesn’t serve ice cream). Charles also calls an armadillo a “turtle rat.” “The Three Muskamigos” wear goofy Western attire, and sing “Friends In Low Places” while on horseback.  These are just some of the spots from this always entertaining campaign.

 

 

 

Pizza Hut Advertises Shoes That Can Order Pizza And Pause Your TV

Well, this is utterly bizarre. The shoes are called Pie Tops 2.0, because apparently they introduced them last year (how did I miss this?) Anyway, the shoes are being marketed for March Madness, which seems like an ideal time.

AT&T/DirecTV During March Madness…You Won’t Miss A Thing

These AT&T/DirecTV spots are alternately funny and stupid/annoying…which might be what they’re going for. There’s the Purdue fan parking booth attendant who’s missing their game, and they’re tied at the half with a mid-major school. Interestingly, Purdue was only leading by 1 at halftime in their first round matchup against Vermont, a mid-major. Then there are the poor people stuck in a sales review, despite a buttload of games. Dan Finnerty is the singer, and he’s crooning a parody of Aerosmith’s sappy #1 hit “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.”

 

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