Flashback Friday: Scottie Pippen Schools A Bunch Of 1950s White Dudes

One of my favorite pastimes is looking through old sports clips on YouTube. They give us a sense of what the cultural values were at the time when they were produced and show us the ever-changing landscape of pop culture.

But more importantly, they’re all extremely high on the unintentional comedy scale. So on Fridays I’m going to try to take us back to revisit some vintage clips of our favorite athletes. If nothing else, it will help you get to the weekend with a smile on your face.

Today’s clip comes courtesy of Nike and a young Scottie Pippen. I chose this one because the message of the commercial is thoroughly unclear, but maybe you’ll have a better time understanding it.

So, if you buy these shoes you’ll be able to time travel? Or is it that once you get the shoes you’ll be good enough to dominate an all-white 1950’s YMCA team with the GM from Major League as their coach? Tommy Davidson‘s shimmery gold jacket and the bitchin’ electric guitar make us happy, but where’s the message?

Maybe it was directed by David Lynch and is meant to be provocative and ambiguous, but I don’t think it helped poor Scottie sell too many shoes.

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