Everybody knows commercials; the annoying interludes that gratingly occupy the period of time in between your scheduled programming. Often, commercials are muted or used as optimal times to perform a task that involves being removed from the television.
However, there are always exceptions to those rules; counting down the best ten commercials of 2013 is RSVLTS with another addition to our End of the Year event—the Top 10 Athlete Commercials of 2013.
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12. Foot Locker All Is Right In The World
Mike Tyson returns Evander Holyfield’s ear back.
11. Gatorade with Kevin Durant and Dwyane Wade: Rivals
Given their Twitter feud, it seems shocking that Wade and Durant would agree to appear in the same commercial. But, this commercial illustrates the rivalry between two players who experience the game of basketball 24/7.
10. Samsung Mobile: LeBron James
LeBron James—following his two consecutive NBA Titles and MVP Awards—is at the top of the sports world. Hence, advertisers have been trying to get the most successful athlete of 2013 to endorse their products. In this Samsung commercial, LeBron gives viewers a look at his personal life through the eyes of the aforementioned technology company.
9. Maurice gets traded to Kris Humphries’ entourage
James Harden and his crew know that Foot Locker is bringing new heat everyday. Not everyone got the message, so they banished Maurice to Kris Humphries’ entourage.
8. Old Spice: Wes Welker Trapped Inside a Snow Globe
Old Spice is known for quirky and humorous commercials; trying to capture the media fire of Wes Welker signing with the Denver Broncos, the company of masculine toiletries signed him to do some new ads in his orange and blue colors.
7. Clay Matthews Handyman
RSVLTS would be remised if a Fathead commercial wasn’t included on this list. In the latest installment, Clay Matthews’ comedic talent is in full display with this Al Borland-like savvy for home improvement.
6. This is Sportscenter: Kevin Love Double Double Barista
With the golden days of Stuart Scott, Keith Olbermann, Rich Eisen, and Kenny Mayne in the rearview mirror, the famed news program has lost some of its appeal. However, one constant that pervades Sportscenter is its series of ads. In their most notable 2013 installment, Minnesota Timberwolves Forward Kevin Love was handing out his own signature brand of espressos with hilarious results.
5. Nike Basketball with LeBron James: Training Day
At heart, LeBron James is just a freakishly athletic kid with a love for puerile antics underneath the Miami sun. Such was the message of Nike Basketball in their “Training Day” ad that featured NBA’s brightest superstar.
4. Madden 25 with Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson: Friendly Rivals
With the Steelers and the Ravens both falling to the wayside in the 2010’s, two other teams had to take the mantle of fiercest and most hard-hitting rivalry. So, with the NFC West full of burgeoning talent, the Seahawks and 49ers seemed appropriate. In a TV Spot that advertised the latest installment of Madden’s long franchise, Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick are competing virtually for video gaming supremacy—with Russell Wilson stealing Kaepernick’s signature touchdown celebration at the end.
3. Kids Footlocker with Chris Bosh and Ray Allen: Neighborhood Kids
Even professional athletes have obligations. And, none are greater than a group of rambunctious children that require adult supervision—just ask Chris Bosh.
2. Footlocker with Julio Jones and Arian Foster: Not Famous Andy
Not Famous Andy may have put a hex on Arian Foster, Julio Jones and their respective teams—due to the fact that both players are injured and their teams have performed in a shockingly abysmal fashion.
1. Kyrie Irving and Pepsi MAX: Uncle Drew: Chapter 3
Kyrie Irving—one of the NBA’s rising stars—has eased the pain that the Cleveland basketball team felt when LeBron James took his talents to South Beach. And, in this hilarious TV-Spot, Irving is seen with Uncle Drew—the elderly man with a shocking aptitude for the best sport on a court.