I love ESPN, especially SportsCenter, and I love most of the commercials in the “This Is SportsCenter” campaign. They are often funny, irreverent, and do a good job of incorporating, and poking fun at, sports stars.
One of my favorites from the last few years is The Manning Family Tour in which the entire Manning family (mother, father, three brothers) are given a tour of, what is probably, a small section of ESPN’s production offices. During the tour, Peyton and Eli, each wearing their respective team’s t-shirts, are “getting on each other’s nerves” by flicking ears, giving wet willies, and even a behind the back kick. While your focus is on the brothers and their antics, the tour guide talks about the various areas. The best part of the commercial is when Archie Manning looks back at the brothers and Peyton points to Eli like it’s all his fault. You can see the commercial on YouTube.
So, for the public’s benefit, I present the transcript of the tour. I love how the hallway plays a prominent roll.
Anyway, that’s the control room. Lotta chaos there, but it all looks good when it comes out on the show, actually thanks to those people. Then over here in the digital center is our highlight screening area. So that’s where we get all the games that are played that night down into ninety-second or two-minute clips or whatever you see on SportsCenter. This hallway, it runs between, you know, between both rooms, you know. If you want to get from the control room to the screening, then this is the hallway you take. Questions or anything? I can answer whatever you want about the place. No? Nothing?