As much as we enjoy seeing Jerry Remy push banking every seven seconds, Tim Wakefield and his "what in the heck am I doing?" face hawking furniture, and Tedy Bruschi's desire just to have a little pizza without all the hoopla, commercials featuring our local athletes certainly aren't what they once were.
Sure, it's humorous to see David Ortiz lodge a shuttlecock in some poor chap's leg, but it quite simply doesn't compare to the kitsch of the 1974 Celtics playing hoop up and down the aisle of your local Bradlee's (Havlicek and Cowens from the menswear high fashion fast break!...The Bradlee's low price dribbler!). Now that's advertising.
Here are some more forgotten ads from yesteryear:
Just before he ditched New England for the nirvana of New Jersey, Bill Parcells did a spot for yet another defunct local chain in Lechmere. "You just can't beat these guys." Just over a year later, the store was history, so...well it isn't the first time Bill was wrong.
A host of Celtics legends appear in this mid-1980's spot for Miller Lite, but it's Red Auerbach's reaction at the very end that makes it.
This is awful. Even for mid-1980's disc jockey standards. If you gave Clemens the choice of showing this at his Hall of Fame induction, or having 10 more days like yesterday, he'd be nuts not to choose the latter.
Jim Rice pops up in this old spot for Boston radio station Z94 (now Jam'N 94.5).
We posted this one yesterday, but it's worth another look. My favorite part is the reaction that Robert Parish gets after he suggests the best part about the restaurant is the lobster. Then Bill Walton goes with the salad bar and gets properly ridiculed.
Larry Bird tells us in this McDonald's commercial for his own burger that when he visits the fast food joint, he orders six burgers or three quarter pounders each time. Yikes. How is the man still with us?
Potato chips too. Maybe Walton was on to something with that salad.
And...yes, more McD's for Bird. This time playing Michael Jordan for a Big Mac.
Even Bobby Orr couldn't save BayBank.
Bob Saget likes Mike Lynch. Nice flattops on the Pats there too.
Get your limited edition Super Bowl cups at McDonald's with your McDLT. Which bring up the question, which was more disastrous: Super Bowl XX or the "Hot and Cold" campaign for the fast food sandwich?
I'm gonna guess that's not Clemens actually singing in this Zest spot.
Motoring back to the present, this Jonathan Papelbon ad for a New Hampshire car dealer is too good not to include.
Click. Send. Done.