Tuesday Throwback: Kobe Bryant Obeys His Thirst For Sprite

The world has been shocked and saddened by the sudden death of Kobe Bryant. As you surely now know, Kobe, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash outside Los Angeles on Sunday. So for this Tuesday Throwback, I’m posting a few commercials with Kobe. There were certainly a lot to choose from, but some of his most memorable were for Sprite. So take in these bittersweet pieces of nostalgia. Mamba out! RIP Kobe.

Mr. Peanut Dies In The Super Bowl Commercial For Planters

The advertising and social media worlds are abuzz about the death of an iconic mascot, Mr. Peanut. In Planters’ Big Game ad released today, Mr. Peanut is travelling in the NUTmobile with his buddies Wesley Snipes and Matt Walsh. Cutting Crew’s “(I Just) Died In Your Arms” is playing, and that’s what you call foreshadowing, folks. Suddenly, they have to swerve to avoid an armadillo, and they’re left clinging along to a branch above a cliff. They’re too heavy, and Mr. Peanut takes the noble fall despite his friends’ protests to save them both. Maybe he’ll be alright…well, maybe not. Apparently Mr. Peanut’s funeral will air during the 3rd quarter of the Super Bowl. So RIP Mr. Peanut. 1916-2020. Will he be dead forever? Only time will tell.

Tuesday Throwback: RIP Windell Middlebrooks, The Miller High Life Guy

Actor Windell Middlebrooks died today at the age of 36. He had roles on prominent shows such as Scrubs, Body of Proof, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, but he was probably best known as the down-to-earth delivery man in a Miller High Life campaign. Here are a few of his High Life spots. RIP. I’m sure you’re living the high life somewhere.

RIP Tony Gwynn

Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn died of cancer today at the age of 54. He was one of the greatest pure hitters in baseball history, an all-around good guy, and somewhat of a rarity in that he spent his entire career with the the same team, the San Diego Padres. After hearing about his passing, I thought about this funny commercial from when I was a kid. It features Gwynn and teammate Bip Roberts discussing the value (or lack of value) of Bip’s rookie card. Here’s the video, and then a few more Tony Gwynn moments. The first is from the 1994 All-Star Game, where Gwynn scored the winning run with a mad dash on Moises Alou’s 10th inning double. The most exciting All-Star Game play I’ve ever seen. The second is Tony Gwynn’s 3000th hit, called by longtime Padres announcer Jerry Coleman, who also died this year.

 

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