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OxiClean pitchman stars in super- awkward Tampa Bay Lightning promo (video)


For an NHL team playing in the South, the Tampa Bay Lightning historically have done a pretty good job at getting fans to turn out for games. Still, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t seats available, so what better way to get people interested in snapping up tickets than by employing the services of a legendary pitchman known for his many “As Seen On TV’ infomercials?

Anthony Sullivan, the world-famous British infomercial pitchman who has sold you everything from SmartMops to OxiClean, currently can be seen in an incredibly awkward commercial for the Tampa Bay Lightning where he touts the team’s “Buy 3, Get 1 Free” ticket offer.

First things first: OxiClean’s original pitchman, Billy Mays, is likely spinning in his grave right about now. Either out of jealousy and envy or abject embarrassment for his colleague. Probably the latter, as generally don’t make it a habit to speak for the rotating dead.

Along with Sullivan, Lightning stars Steven Stamkos, Ryan Malone and Teddy Purcell make an appearance in the spot demonstrating acting chops that can only be referred to as wooden. And that’s putting it nicely.

The ticket promotion, called the “Sully Hat Trick Pack,” attempts to lure prospective Lightning fans into showing up to games at the Tampa Bay Times Forum by offering up three tickets for $79.

But wait. There’s more. Call in now and Sully will throw in a fourth ticket for free. Yes, you heard that right. Free!

Holy moly, that is some awkward, awkward stuff right there. Still, you can’t beat that deal with a stick. Or more appropriately, instead of a stick, how about arguing that deal can’t be beat with the Stick-Up Light Bulb, a product also conveniently pitched by Sullivan? Works for me.

$79 tickets for four, count ’em, four Tampa Bay Lightning games? A pretty sweet deal and if I lived in the area, I’d be tempted. Tell you what, Sully. Throw in a free no-contact restraining order against Vince Offer, the ShamWow guy, and I bet you’ll sell out the arena for every home game on the schedule in no time.

[H/T Eye on Hockey]