J.C. Penney is your clubhouse leader for best Olympics commercial.
The department store released a 2-minute, 19-second spot featuring U.S. Alpine skier Ted Ligety to the backdrop of a remixed version of the 1996 Blackstreet hit, “No Diggity.”
The video not only follows the “No Diggity” lyrics closely, but it also spoofs the original music video.
Blackstreet co-founder “C-Black” reprises the single that knocked “Macarena” off the top of the Billboard charts. He does so with the help of a figurine Alpine skier dubbed, “Lil’ Ligety,” similar to the set of “Lil’ Penny” era figurines in the “No Diggity” music video.
The chorus is changed from:
I like the way you work it
No diggity, I got to bag it up, bag it up
I like the way you work it
Go Ligety, you’ve got to round it up
“Round it up” is a request from J.C. Penney to customers, a quartet of women who drove up in a minivan in this case, to add a donation to Team USA to their purchases.
The “No Diggity” video from 1996 opens with several people exiting limousines.
Alas, there are no 2014 versions of the two sports jerseys worn in “No Diggity,” a Dallas Cowboys Emmitt Smith and a North Carolina Tar Heels Ed Cota.
Some of our favorite “Go Ligety” lyrics:
Feeling golden is a forte
Each and every day
By no means low key
Like a podium in Sochi
Ligety leads U.S. Olympic Alpine Skiing Team
Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest man, recently met former soccer star David Beckham at a restaurant.
Both global sporting icons posted similar photos on social media with similar captions Monday morning.
Beckham played midfield for Manchester United, and Bolt is a longtime fan of the soccer club.
Bolt, who is planning on retiring after the 2017 World Championships, was recently asked about the possibility of Manchester United while hosting a Facebook Live.
“If I had the chance to play for Manchester United, I would go right now,” he said, laughing. “I would retire and start playing futbol right now. That’s how much I really want to play for Manchester United.”
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Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was running down the open field when he encountered Chicago Bears safety Chris Prosinski.
Prosinski went low and Elliott, a high school state champion in the 110m and 300m hurdles, decided to go high and hurdle the defender:
The track and field community took notice of Elliott’s hurdle.
Lolo Jones, a 100m hurdler who competed at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, gave Elliott grades of an A++ for difficulty and an A for technique on Twitter. She wrote that it “hands down would’ve been best NFL hurdle technique of the yr.” if a second Bears defender, Jonathan Anderson, hadn’t prevented Elliott from landing cleanly:
Dawn Harper-Nelson, the 2008 Olympic champion and 2012 Olympic silver medalist in the 100m hurdles, also had a positive review of Elliott’s efforts:
Emma Coburn, the 2016 Olympic 3000m steeplechase bronze medalist, thought Elliott’s leap resembled her event:
Elliott finished with 30 carries for 140 yards to lead the Cowboys to a 31-17 win during Sunday Night Football.
His mother, Dawn, who was a track and field athlete at the University of Missouri, posted a photo on Twitter to remind everyone where her son inherited his hurling gene from:
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