Funniest Sports Commercials of All Time
As any Saturday Night Live fan knows, Betty White makes everything epic. She’s sassy, she’s crude, and she epitomizes the modern audience’s love for irony and perversion, so the genius who decided to cast the 90-year-old spitfire in a Super Bowl ad deserves a serious raise. Commentary on this ad is unnecessary. Suffice to say, it is a beautiful moment in history when Betty White utters the eloquent phrase, “that’s not what your girlfriend said.” The only problem with this commercial is that playing football like Betty White should probably be a compliment, not an insult.
2009 Coke Zero
If you aren’t familiar with the iconic Coca-Cola “Mean Joe Greene” ad from 1980, google it now, because this hilarious commercial requires a bit of context to fully appreciate it in all its parody glory. This is one of those rare moments in which a giant bureaucratic corporation actually pokes fun at itself by subverting one of its most iconic and beloved moments. Like any successful parody, it opens like the original: inspirational music, a cheek-pinchingly-adorable kid, and a bottle of Coke. And then everything spins out of control. As hilarious as it is to watch any athlete parody a commercial classic, seeing 700-pound Pittsburgh Steeler Troy Polamal tackle innocent bystanders for the sake of a Coke Zero is priceless.