Is that Sue Bird in Corona's blue commercial? Every NBA star identified

Yasmine Leung March 21, 2022
Is that Sue Bird in Corona's blue commercial? Every NBA star identified
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Corona’s new blue commercial has sports fans psyched to see their favourite NBA athletes, but is that WNBA icon Sue Bird and what shade of blue is she representing in the ad?

Aside from the extravagant Halftime Shows, the Super Bowl is known for the star-studded commercials which often, at times, goes viral. Remember the Old Spice Body Wash ad from 2010 featuring Isaiah Mustafa, who is now known for the phrase: “Look at your man, now back to me”?

Corona’s new commercial has circulated the internet without the help of the $6.5 million slots, thanks to several NBA icons and currently trending athletes, plus an unexpected appearance from a huge hip hop rapper, which added a cheeky insinuation that has viewers giggling.

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Yes, that is Sue Bird in Corona’s blue commercial

WNBA legend Sue Bird is the only female in the viral video, as she joins three other males in their discussion of the perfect shade of blue by a beach bar.

Bird argues that the ideal blue shade is one that “is actually perfect, undefeated if you will.” The line is a nod to her undefeated college career, where she played for the University Of Connecticut for a record 39-0, which led to its national title during the 2001-02 season – their primary colour palette is navy blue, grey, and white.

During her senior year in 2002, she won the Naismith Player Of The Year Award and the Wade Trophy as NCAA Division I’s best female player. Her complete achievements during her 20-year career can be found on the WNBA site – we must warn you though, it’s very extensive.

Following college, the 41-year-old has played for Seattle Storm after becoming the first pick in the 2002 draft and is a four-time WNBA Champion (2004, 2010, 2018, 2020).

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Who else is in commercial?

Bird is joined by Devin Booker, Vince Carter, and Christian Laettner in the “genius” commercial.

Phoenix Suns’ Booker opens the ad, suggesting that the “ocean is the most perfect shade of blue, the most royal of all the blues,” in reference to the Kentucky Wildcat’s royal blue.

Vince Carter took a jab at Booker as he proposed the sky to be the ideal shade because it’s not “so one-and-done”, a hint to the 25-yeara-old’s one-season stint with the Wildcats.

The one-and-done rule is the requirement that a player be at least 19 years old and one year removed from high school before playing in the NBA. The subject has been debated as necessary for young athletes to mature and to avoid a premature leap, while others claim that it has hindered players who are ready to take on the elite competition immediately.

Meanwhile, Laettner was previously a Blue Devil at Duke University from 1988 – 1992.

Snoop Dogg reps an interesting shade of blue

Although not an athlete, Snoop Dogg’s surprising appearance topped off the commercial as he said: “Live you best life, in any colour”, with a wink.

Fans are speculating that the rapper’s blue shade represents African-American California street gang Rollin 20 Crips, which he was a member of.

This isn’t the first time Snoop has “shown” his affiliation: during the Super Bowl Halftime Show 2022, he performed the Crip walk, which involved spelling out the word with his feet.

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Yasmine Leung is a full-time writer at GRV Media. Having entered the company as a freelancer in 2020 during her BA (Hons) Anthropology and Media degree at Goldsmiths, University Of London, the first-class graduate works across the company's several sites, including HITC, Reality Titbit, The Focus, and Forever Geek. Her content ranges from social media trends and K-Pop news, to interviews with TikTok stars, such as Brody Wellmaker. She is, however, most glad her knowledge of the Kardashians has finally come in handy for GRV’s Audience team. You'll also find her scrolling on Instagram searching for the latest celeb updates for her next piece.