SNL parodies the NBA on NBC theme song | Great NBA on NBC intros

Published on April 15th, 2013 by Astramskas, David | 7,563 views

If you grew up loving basketball in the early 90s then one of your favorite moments of every weekend is when John Tesh’s “Roundball Rock” music came on “DA DA DA DA DA DAAA DA DA” to start off a double or triple header of NBA games on NBC.  That sound was like the sound of a bell to Pavlov’s dogs.  I would drop whatever weekend chore I was doing to run to my 100lb 27 inch box television, pop in a VHS tape into my VCR, set it to LP mode (b/c I couldn’t afford to keep recording in SP), turn on my Dolby Surround speakers to watch one of the only NBA games I’ll get to see that week besides my local team (Orlando) and the TBS (Hawks) and WGN (Bulls) games. 

Like every basketball fan, I was pissed when ABC took over and more pissed when I found out that they declined to use John Tesh’s music.

This past weekend on SNL, they took us back to the good ole NBC days of Bulls vs Blazers and spoofed the pitch NBC execs heard from John Tesh and his brother that wanted to sing ” “Ba ba ba ba ba basketball gimme gimme gimme the ball because I’m gonna dunk it!” over the music.

Enjoy the video and some of the great “cheesy” NBC game intros!

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About the Author

David Astramskas,

Aka VincentDa & RedApples fka Expiredpineapples. My alter-ego is a digital-marketing guy in Houston. Won editing awards & created obsolete flash websites that have been featured in mags like Sports Illustrated. Studied film & women at FSU during the golden age of hip-hop. Collects records, laserdiscs, sports memorabilia & toys. Father of 2 daughters that are more athletic and popular on YouTube.

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