It may cost nearly $4 million for a 30 second commercial during the Super Bowl, but that doesn’t stop us all from judging the spots pretty harshly. I mean, that’s part of what watching the game is all about, right? Here are our top Super Bowl commercial picks:
Doritos, "Fashionista Dad"
I always like Doritos commercials during the Super Bowl, and I thought this one where a girl gets her dad to dress up like a princess was pretty cute. The other Doritos commercial, "Goat 4 Sale," was good, too.
I’m no expert on halftime shows, and I certainly haven’t seen them all, but these ones seem pretty bad. Let’s hope this year’s goes a little smoother.
Black Eyed Peas
Black Eyed Peas I’m sorry, but no. Black Eyed Peas have catchy songs and all, but that doesn’t mean they should be given TWELVE MINUTES at the Super Bowl halftime show. The effects were really cool though!
What people are talking about this week: Super Bowl edition! People are buzzing about yesterday’s Super Bowl press conference, commercial previews, and NFL players who appreciate Beyonce. (Warning: two out of three of the following involve Beyonce. I’m not sure, but I promise next week none will involve Beyonce. Unless she pops out a baby or announces a tour on the moon or something.)
Super Bowl press conference
So, remember how last week everyone was in a tizzy over how Beyonce supposedly lip-synced the national anthem? She didn’t comment on it then, but at the Super Bowl press conference yesterday, the question inevitably came up. She explained that she used a backing track because of the weather, delay, lack of sound check, and overall not feeling comfortable going live. And then she launched into an a cappella performance of "The Star Spangled Banner." I feel like Anderson Cooper had it right when he said it’s Beyonce’s world and we’re just living in it. P.S. she says she’ll "absolutely" sing live at the Super Bowl.
You may already have a favorite picked for the Super Bowl, perhaps because your team has made it in, or you love the coach, or you hate the opposing team.
If you’re anything like me — the kind of person who watches the Super Bowl but is pretty indifferent to what team wins — here are some silly ways to choose who to root for.
The color of each team's jersey is important because for most of the game, all you're going to see is these colored blobs running back and forth. They might as well be pretty colored blobs. This year, the 49ers are in the game, and they have a red/gold combination. It’s fine, I guess, but the Ravens have PURPLE. If I were choosing this year’s team based on colors, Ravens would totally have my vote.
Sure, for some people, the Super Bowl is all about the playoffs beforehand, the anticipation leading up to the big game, the hype surrounding who will win, that moment when a player from the winning team is all like, "I’m going to Disney World!"
But for plenty of people it’s all about the food. Super Bowl parties arguably have the best snacks because there’s no pressure to cook a gourmet meal that’ll impress that aunt you never liked. Most game day parties are all about friends, drinking, and bar food. And who doesn't like that?
Here are my picks for top 5 Super Bowl party foods — and because I want to put my Pinterest obsession to good use, I’ll even include a recipe or two.
Chips and dip
Nachos, guacamole, salsa, hummus… I feel like there are so many options for chips and dip that you really can’t go wrong. It’s not like you even have to make the chips or the dip yourself; there’s nothing wrong with buying a bag or two of chips and some pre-made dip.
Chips are pretty much universally loved, and they’re great to munch on mindlessly while you’re deciding what you’re actually going to eat. Duh. For a healthier option, you can always sub the chips with a great vegetable platter.
Indulge with: Spicy Queso Dip
Guilt-free option: Individual Seven-Layer Dip; Guacamole