It's official, folks. Maya Moore has arrived as a Great American Sports Icon.
If the third-year pro out of the University of Connecticut didn't convince you with her WNBA Finals MVP-winning performance in leading the Minnesota Lynx to a second league title in the past three years, Moore's emergence as a pop culture phenomenon was undisputedly clinched with her groundbreaking appearance as "Betty Lou" in Chapter Three of the "Uncle Drew" spots from Pepsi MAX and Kyrie Irving.
In the grand tradition of the "Grandmama" and "Lil Penny" spots, Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving has recently unveiled "Uncle Drew" to the world, generating lots of buzz and significant acclaim.
In Chapter Three, however, the charismatic Moore steals the show, as her characterization of "Betty Lou," is at turns mysterious, poignant, and uproariously funny. Take a look at the spot below, and decide whether "Old Lady???!!!", "Banks open on a Sunday" or
"Namaste" will become Maya's new catchphrase (I'm leaning toward "Namaste" as the perfect celebration after a big bucket or nasty block). The dunk's not bad either.
Once Maya Moore tweeted it out, fans on Twitter (and her teammates) couldn't stop raving about the commercial.