ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Moving forward here on the All Ball Blog, we need some running items. What I mean by that is, I want topics that are evergreen, where you, our amazing readers, will see a photo or video or tweet or something that fits into that category, and send me the link right away.
To begin with, we definitely need to celebrate local ads. It’s hard these days with the internet connecting us all for ads to be truly local, but these are still plenty of spots created to serve a local audience, that when viewed out of context can appear awkward and usually hilarious.
So let’s kick this series off with former Bulls star Scottie Pippen, who back in 1991 starred in a local advertisement for Mr. Submarine, a Chicago-area sandwich shop chain. There’s so much going on in this ad that I really don’t even need to break it all down, but make sure you notice:
• The catchy theme song
• Pippen doing dribbling drills through a row of huge vertical submarines
• The party segment where they sit cross-legged at halfcourt and eat subs
• Pippen dunking a basketball that mysteriously morphs into a sandwich
All in all, it’s a real tour de force. By the way: Have a favorite local ad? Let us know about it by emailing me via the link above, dropping a comment down below, or hitting me up on Twitter. Take it away, Scottie…