Yes, the Seattle Seahawks were crowned champions last night thanks to blow-out win against the Denver Broncos; but for all intents and purposes, the game was over well before the clock ran out. Due the fact the game lacked excitement for most people outside the pacific northwest, many turned their attention the next most interesting part of last night: the commercials. The average price that advertisers shelled out for a 30-second spot this year was a record-high $4 million dollars. Some of those advertisers got their money's worth, while others should have used the money on something else (a new ad agency maybe?).
After re-watching many of the commercials from last night's game, here is my list of the best and worst commercials:
Best Commercials of the Night
Budweiser "Puppy Love"/"A Hero's Welcome"
Budweiser was the biggest winner not named the Seahawks from last night. Their two commercials, entitled "Puppy Love" and "A Hero's Welcome," were the two most memorable and perhaps the most anticipated ads of entire night. Budweiser released the "Puppy Love" commercial online last week to almost unanimous positive reviews (unless you are a heartless robot who lacks emotion). Nearly everyone had either already seen the ad or had heard about it, yet the commercial still won the night. "A Hero's Welcome" (seen here) followed Lt. Chuck Nadd as he returned home from Army, and was given a ticker-tape parade complete with the famous Clydesdale horses. Moral of the story, to sell more beer, feature crying and puppies; works every time.
The day after the Super Bowl, we're expected to go to wake up as we normally would, get dressed, go to work, and spend the entire day there. Honestly? I'm not a fan. I don't want to spend the day I've celebrated the Super Bowl inside at work; in fact, I don't think we should have to go into work at all. I propose the day after the Super Bowl should be a national holiday. Here are three reasons why.
#1: The Super Bowl has become an American holiday in its own right.
We spend weeks leading up to the Super Bowl talking only about the upcoming game. There are blog posts and news articles and television programs. Most people watch the Super Bowl even if they don't follow football otherwise. That qualifies as a holiday, people, and therefore we should have the day after it off from work. After all, it's not a real holiday unless you get to stay in your pajamas all day.
If you don't watch football regularly, tuning in to the Super Bowl may not be at the top of your list of ways to spend a Sunday evening. But the Super Bowl is one of those things it seems like everyone tunes in to watch, football fan or not. Here are 6 alternative reasons to watch the game on Sunday, even if football isn't quite your thing.
#1: The commercials
Some people say they actually watch the Super Bowl just for the commercials. It's the one time where we don't mind being bombarded by advertisements. Every advertiser is vying for our attention and desperate to become "that" commercial we all talk about the next day, like the "Whassup" commercial in 1992; "The Force" Volkswagen commercial in 2011; or the Old Spice commercial called "The Man Your Man Could Smell Like." The commercials are usually good for a laugh or, at the very least, an eye-roll.
I'm not sure when the tradition of leaking Super Bowl commercials prior to the Super Bowl caught on, but this yogurt commercial is one of the first to get buzz for 2014. Oikos Greek yogurt has previously called on John Stamos to star in its commercials. As it turns out, you weren't the only one who thought, "Hey, look, Uncle Jesse is in a yogurt commercial!" — Oikos got Dave Coulier and Bob Saget to join Stamos in their latest commercial for a "Full House" reunion. Let us know what you think in the comments!
Bad Lip Reading videos are hilarious, but it's the NFL versions that are the absolute best. I will be watching this video and laughing maniacally for days. You will see such things as:
- Tom Brady saying "is this the party?!"
- Peyton Manning answer the question, "What are some things that could gross you out?" with "Old folks, allergies, that could sure do it. Having somebody yucky like you..."
- Travis Federick saying "You have to feed me... horse eggs."
Of course, this is all nonsense until you watch. And you should. You won't regret it. The previous Bad Lip Reading NFL video is golden, too, and can be found after the cut.