Mike Tyson Returns Ear to Evander Holyfield in Footlocker Ad

Wednesday, 20 Nov 2013 09:38 AM

By Michael Mullins

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Mike Tyson returns Evander Holyfield's ear in Footlocker's recently released "Week of Greatness" advertisement, promoting the retail store's shopping event of the year that beginning this Friday involves the unveiling of much anticipated new sneakers each day for the next week.

In the commercial, a group of sneaker enthusiasts discuss how the universe appears to have aligned in perfect harmony in coordination with Footlocker's "Week of Greatness" this year.

The harmony is represented by a series of seemingly ideal scenarios involving former athletes and other sport's personalities who have managed to resolve or correct problems in their lives.

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A humble Tyson kicks off the ad appearing at Holyfield's doorstep holding a small box in his outstretched arm telling him, "I'm sorry Evander, it's your ear."

In a 1997 bout, Tyson bit off a piece of Holyfield's right ear, leading to his disqualification from the fight and the Nevada State Athletic Commission temporarily rescinding his boxing license. In the real world Tyson apologized immediately following the fight and the ear tip was surgically reattached at a nearby hospital. Holyfield has since accepted his apology.

In the ad, Holyfield grabs the piece of flesh from the box, exclaiming "my ear!" to which Tyson says, "I kept that in Formaldehyde," before the two hug it out.

Following Tyson we see former basketball hall of famer Dennis Rodman at an airport buying a one-way ticket to North Korea, presumably to visit and remain with his "friend for life," North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The 52-year-old Rodman has enjoyed a seemingly close relationship with Jong Un since being invited to the isolated Communist nation in February. He has been criticized for the relationship considering the manner in which Jong Un treats his people and the fact that North Korea is hostile to the U.S.

In the ad we also see former NFL Quarterback Brett Favre pushing away a plate at a diner telling the waitress, "it was great, but a man's got to know when to walk away."

Favre, who holds numerous NFL records, including most career touchdown passes, most career passing yards, and most career pass completions, was roundly criticized for having been apparently unable to accept his retirement.

Having retired in 2006 from the Green Bay Packers, where he played for most of his career, Favre returned to the NFL two years later having been signed by the New York Jets and subsequently with the Minnesota Vikings, where he was plagued by injuries before eventually announcing his retirement for good.

Lastly, we see famed sports caster Craig Sager saying good-bye to his signature bright-colored, stripped suits that appear to be left over from the 1970s, burning them in a controlled bonfire at his residence.



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