13 Hilarious Will Ferrell Sports Moments (Videos)
The other night in New Orleans, Will Ferrell randomly showed up at a matchup between the Hornets’ and Chicago Bulls to do the pre-game player introductions. As you would expect, things quickly turned hilarious.
Now, if it seems to you like Will Ferrell always seems to be making sports movies and turning up at some sporting event or another, well, you’re right. The man is a bit of a sports nut. In high school the funny guy played football, soccer, and basketball, and in college at USC he majored in sports broadcasting—which is probably where he developed his appreciation for the Cub’s Harry Caray.
So it’s only natural that, after switching gears and becoming a comedian, he’d make jokes (sketches and movies) about the stuff (sports) he loves. It’s also only natural that he would take advantage of his wealth and celebrity and just start showing up at sporting events. I mean, he always wanted a career in sports; he just got there by being an actor instead of beings a sports broadcaster.
In any case, today we’re going to count down some of the most awesome Will Ferrell sports moments. Because why not start the week off with some laughter, right?
To kick things off, we have a clip of Will Ferrell being interviewed by women’s tennis great Pam Shriver during a Roger Federer match at the 2011 US Open. Ferrell keeps things pretty low-key (it is tennis, after all, and you’re not supposed to be rowdy during points), but still managed a few classic Ferrell jokes. He’s particularly funny when discussing John McEnroe’s broadcasting acumen.
13. Interview at 2011 U.S. Open Match
At the 2006 ESPY Awards show, Ferrell jumped up on stage and serenaded Lance Armstrong for 5 straight minutes. Highlights include Ferrell propositioning Mariah Carey, who had just presented an award to Lance, and Ferrell berating a guy who’s supposed to be astronaut and first-man-on-the-moon Neil Armstrong—who Ferrell pretends to beleive is Lance’s estranged father.
12. Serenades Lance Armstrong at 2006 ESPY Awards
At #11 we have another great Ferrell ESPY moment. (What can I say? The guy loves the ESPYs.) Here Will plays the inventor of the much-maligned vuvuzela—remember those annoying horns from the 2010 World Cup?—Jeff Vuvuzela. Though the best part of the whole bit is the simple idea that the vuvuzela is actually an instrument named after a guy named Jeff Vuvuzela, there are some other funny moments. (After the 2:39 mark, for example, there are two “that’s what she said” jokes, which for some reason I never get tired of.)
11. As Jeff Vuvuzela at the 2010 ESPY Awards
Blades of Glory may not be Ferrell’s best movie. It may not even be his best sports movie. But it does still have some classic scenes...like this one, where Chazz Michael Michaels and Jimmy McElroy get into a fight at the Olympic Medal Ceremony that leaves them both bloodied and sets the Olympic mascot on fire before a horrified crowd.
10. As Chazz Michael Michaels
You wouldn’t think it to look at the guy, but Will Ferrell is actually a pretty avid runner who’s completed a number of marathons over the years.
At the 2003 Boston Marathon, some dude ran up next to Ferrell and held a camera out to take their picture. So what did the running comedian do? He slapped the camera out of the guys hand.
Personally, I think this was awesome. Ferrell did exactly what he should have done. He’s a comedian who gives a lot of himself to others, both to entertain and to raise money for charity. If he’s running a marathon, which is serious business, leave the dude alone.
Or, in the word’s of ImLemming, the top-rated commenter for this video on YouTube, “Im not f---ing suprised, hes running a f--ing marathon, dont be such a tw-t.”
Exactly, ImLemming. Exactly.
9. Breaks Moron’s Camera at Boston Marathon
Talladega Nights is the greatest NASCAR movie ever made. (It’s way better than the other one, Days of Thunder.) And this scene, while not everyone’s favorite—that would be the prayer scene—is probably the most iconic. After all, it’s just not a Will Ferrell movie unless he finds some reason to strip down to his underwear and run around.
8. Ricky Bobby
One of Will Ferrell’s more memorable SNL bits was his Harry Caray impression. He would put on a white wig, a pair of thick glasses, wiggle his head as he talked, and ask guests on his talk show questions like, “If you were a hot dog, would you eat yourself?”
In this clip, we have Will Ferrell giving us an idea of how the infamous Bartman play in the 2003 NLCS would’ve sounded if the legendary Cubs play-by-play man had still been around.
7. Harry Caray Calling the Bartman Play
Anchorman wasn’t a sports movie, but that didn’t mean Ferrell didn’t pass up an opportunity to do some sports-related promotions. Here we have Mr. Ron Burgundy interviewing for a job at ESPN in its early days, and laughing at the very idea of specialized cable channels. It’s some brilliant (and hilarious) cross promotion.
6. Ron Burgundy’s ESPN Interview
Coming in at #5 is the Will Ferrell sports moment that inspired the list—his introduction of the players at the Hornets-Bulls game last Wednesday. My favorite would have to be: “At forward, 6’8” from UCLA, he still loves to listen to Bel Biv Devoe, Trevor Ariiiiiiiiza.”
What’s your favorite?
5. Introduces Players at Hornets-Bulls Game
This is one of the greatest Will Ferrell scenes of all time. I would explain the context, and how it is that Will Ferrell ends up performing rhythmic gymnastics in the first place, but I have a feeling there’s not a person reading this who hasn’t already seen Old School.
I should, however, give an honorable mention to another great scene from that movie—specifically, the hoop of fire scene:
4. Will Ferrel, Rhythmic Gymnast
Here’s a double sports moment from Will Ferrell—a great commercial during the Super Bowl that ties in to a great sports comedy flick.
This Bud Light ad featuring Will Ferrell as Jackie Moon of the Flint Tropics (from the underrated film, Semi Pro) ran during the 2008 Super Bowl. What’s not to like about a commercial in which the tag line is, “Bud Light: Suck One”?
3. Jackie Moon’s Super Bowl Commercial
In 2010, the Round Rock Express, Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros, issued the following press release:
"The Round Rock Express have acquired Billy Ray ‘Rojo’ Johnson... Johnson, who was born in East Texas but was raised in Venezuela, recently had his prison sentence commuted. He served time for running a smuggling ring that imported rare and illegal species of reptiles into the United States from South America during the mid-to-late 1990s."
Later in the week, on a Thursday night, Billy Ray “Rojo” Johnson made his pro baseball debut, jogging out to the mound carrying a six-pack. He threw a couple of (wild) pitches before getting tossed from the game and starting a fight.
Of course, Rojo was actually Will Ferrell. He and the Round Rock Express cooked up the stunt so Ferrell could promote a charity golf event he was involved with in Austin. (Well, that’s why the Express allowed Ferrell to do it. The team did it to sell a ton of tickets—which they did.)
2. Pro Baseball Debut of Billy Ray “Rojo” Johnson
See, Will Ferrell freakin loves the ESPYs.
When Tiger Woods won the award for Male Athlete of the Year in 2008 (things change quickly, don’t they?), Will Ferrell hopped up on stage and accepted the award as Tiger Woods.
Yes, you read that right. He accepted as Tiger Woods, not for Tiger Woods. The best part would have to be when “Tiger” starts thanking his sponsors, which apparently include Little Debbie Snack Cakes and Ticonderoga Pencils Nos. 2 and 3 (but not No. 4).
Of course, this bit would have been really weird if done at the 2010 ESPYs, with Ferrell pretending to be a guy everyone just found out was philandering sex-addict.