Rafael Nadal Charms and Calvin Johnson Transforms in New "This is SportsCenter" Ads

Tuesday September 10th, 2013

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Yesterday, ESPN unveiled a new "This is SportsCenter" ad, in which Calvin Johnson transforms into a vending machine in order to duck anchor Kevin Negandhi. Canonically, Megatron can transform into the following: Walther P38 U.N.C.L.E. Special, various tanks, various jets, Nerf N-Strike Maverick REV-6, Porsche, Cybertronian mobile weapon platform, and Nissan 370Z. That's not to say Calvin Johnson starring as a vending machine wouldn't be an improvement over the Michael Bay films.

This morning, the network also debuted a commercial in which John Anderson and Bram Weinstein are unable to pinpoint what's so special about newly-minted U.S. Open champion Rafael Nadal:

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It's Weinstein's first SportsCenter spot, which he admits took a Kubrick-esque number of takes. No word on how many times Nadal had to pour the jelly beans.


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