As this list of the very best Stuart Scott SportsCenter commercials will show, Stuart Scott was able to be many things to sports fans. And while his reporting, professionalism, and integrity as a journalist is worthy of its own feature, we’re going to celebrate something else. Following the news of the longtime anchor’s passing on Sunday, we’d like to take a look at Stuart Scott’s goofier, more absurd side. Fortunately, that side is pretty well-documented thanks to the plethora of “This is SportsCenter” ads that have been running for roughly as long as Stuart Scott was with the Bristol team.
So let’s look back with a smile at ESPN‘s best Stuart Scott SportsCenter commercials and realize that this guy, in addition to being a strong journalist, was also a pretty hilarious entertainer. Enjoy them, and don’t be afraid to laugh. They’re REALLY funny, thanks to some good writing, some good performances, including Scott’s, and some really terrific mascot appearances.
And feel free to argue with the ranking here, but know that the top two are off limits. Those are gold, and their placement on this list is set in stone. I had to be inflexible, but to move them would be to violate the laws of comedy.
While Stuart Scott wasn’t afraid to tackle the more serious side of sports, that didn’t mean he wasn’t afraid to get goofy. In fact, every one of these ads shows off a degree of the anchor’s goofiness to some degree, and this one with Sharapova in tennis garb and the old “snakes in the peanut brittle” trick shows it off perfectly.
Dammit, Michael. As someone who spends half their waking hours soaking in water, you should know the hazards associated with mixing water and office electronics. Do you want us to get another OSHA fine? Cause that’s how this story ends. I don’t wanna have to include that in our report to regional.
8. Michael Phelps
While Stuart Scott plays a pretty good straight man in some of these, nobody beats Landon Donovan when it comes to toeing the line and playing deadpan. But to be fair, these evasive maneuvers look pretty damn similar to a goal celebration. If only he’d slid on his knees. Probably would have messed up his Dockers, though.
7. Goal Celebration with Landon Donovan
Looks like Megatron is giving Michael Irvin a run for his money as the most prolific Coke machine in the NFL. Holds for applause. Bonus points here for the sound effects, and for the careful eye for designing the Calvin Johnson vending machine. I really believed it was him for a second! (No I didn’t.)
6. Calvin Johnson, a.k.a. “Megatron”
Wow. It’s really hard to believe at some point Kobe was a rookie and not some cutthroat veteran screaming at everyone to stop making his life a living hell. A fired-up, angry Stuart Scott is a very good Stuart Scott, so we can delight in him telling the rookies basically to act like basket cases. Little did he know that these rookies would do exactly that over their careers.
5. Rookie Camp
So this isn’t the full commercial, but it’s crazy to see just how much work goes into such a quick little Scott. It’s also nice to get a few moments of candor from Stuart as he’s addressing the camera during this “making of” bit.
4. Sam the Minuteman (Behind the Scenes)
In my mind, these commercials actually represent what it’s like to be an anchor in your downtime at Bristol. Athletes roaming in their uniforms, ping pong, mascots typing at keyboards, the whole nine. I also want to believe that the ESPN offices are a dumping ground for things like the NBA lottery machine.
3. Ping Pong Balls
The less said, the better. This one is a classic that just happens to feature Stuart Scott. But it’s among the funnier ones that plays very well to the absurdist style that makes so many of these ads beyond hilarious.
2. Arnold Palmer Orders an Arnold Palmer
Classic Stuart Scott. As much as he was a newsman (and he was a newsman – don’t let the catchphrases and flashy suits fool ya), he was wildly entertaining and this brief clip demonstrates just that. Stuart Scott was slamming little kids under the guise of it being a charitable act. Pretty awesome and pretty funny.
1. Big Buddy
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