By admin|Monday, February 6, 2006 | 11:05 am | 36 Comments
As some of you know, Super Bowl XL was played last night and the Pittsburgh Steelers prevailed 21-10 over the Seattle Seahawks in a game that was close, but fairly sloppy. Overall, I would rate the game a “C” because it just wasn’t that exciting, but at least the game was close enough that you didn’t know who was going to win until the fourth quarter. There are many Hines Ward fans in the TVgasm offices, so we are particularly excited about his MVP award. Because so many people watch the game, the Super Bowl has become the place for companies to air new ad spots, and last night was no different. And even if you missed the game, the NFL network will be playing the commercials back to back as part of its post-Super Bowl programming schedule (check local listings) so you can see what you missed, or get another glimpse at some of your favorites. The commercials weren’t exactly, as the kids would say, off the hook, but we highlight some of the better ones after the jump.
Update: Reader jgray informs me that you can watch all of the ads online at AOL.com as well.I know there are a lot of people who don’t watch the Super Bowl. One reader, BG, said she was hosting a party with plenty of strippers. Unfortunately, after the strippers were gone, she was left with the horror of eight hours of Yes, Dear on TBS, and not much else. I can confidently say the game was better than that, but let’s all wish BG the best of luck as she recovers.
There weren’t really a slew of memorable commercials this year, but Anheuser Busch came through with a number of solid commercials, including what will probably go down as the best commercial of the year, “Secret Fridge.” They have done commercials before with people hiding things in a fridge or getting beer from a fridge in another apartment, but this ad was simple, effective, and funny. They also did a good job with their first commercial, featuring a guy who hid Bud Light around the office in order to boost morale. Finally, they gave us a great Michelob Ultra commercial starring a guy who takes his touch football very seriously. Unfortunately, we always get legal action if we post Bud Light commercials, so head to BudLight.com to catch them all.
Bud Light was the best, but Ameriquest wasn’t far behind with their “don’t judge too quickly” theme. And the second half commercial in the airplane was especially good. We have the video of both for you:
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OK, there was nothing particularly great about this Ford commercial, but it did feature Kermit, and who can resist a Muppet?
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Most Unsavory Product Slogan
Diet Pepsi. OK, who the hell came up with the slogan “Brown and Bubbly”? I am not sure about you, but brown and bubbly is not the way I would like to describe any of my food. I am not sure if Diet Pepsi realized their mistake because they didn’t use the slogan after their first commercial. As B-Side said, it’s like coming up with a new candy bar called “Hershey Squirts”
Most Hype, Least Delivery
I am not sure that many people remember, but Dove had been saying that they were going to have a revolutionary ad. I guess it is unfair to judge how revolutionary this ad was, and you don’t want to make fun of a bunch of eight year-old girls with bad self esteem, but announcing that you are going to have a self-esteem fund in between a bunch of beer commercials, seems, I don’t know, slightly counterproductive.
Mascot Getting A Little Too Creepy For His Own Good
I sort of like the creepy mask the King in the Burger Kingcommercials has, and last year the commercial featuring Hootie and that girl with nice ass from FHM was hilarious. This year, the Whopperettes were downright distrubing. It was strange enough seeing all of the women dressed up as parts of the Whopper, dancing around, but then they started jumping on top of each other to form an actual Whopper topped by Brooke Burke was really just strange. And there was the Burger King smiling like Hugh Hefner in some sort of flame-broiled grotto. Oy.
Although there were a lot of bad commercials, at least we didn’t have to deal with them over AND over AND OVER again like the Blockbuster DVD rental commercial. I guess they got their point across, but by the end of the game, you wanted to figure out who their spokesperson was and choke him to death. Just in case you didn’t get a good look at him the first fifty times, here the commercial is again.
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What were your favorite commercials? Your least favorite?