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Super Bowl Commercials Recap: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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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.

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NFL

There are only three games left in this NFL season, which on the surface is a sad thing (how did this season go by so fast??!?), but luckily for football fans, the two games this weekend are setting up to be a couple fantastic match-ups. The four remaining teams in the postseason – the Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers – each finished with 12 or more wins and are considered by football experts to truly be the four best teams in the NFL this season.

While being the best team is obviously important to having a awesome conference championship weekend, it's all the additional story-lines and rivalries that are setting this weekend up to be one of the greatest weekends of football in memory.

Brady vs. Manning

For the past decade, the debate has raged on across the NFL – who is better: Tom Brady or Peyton Manning? Whichever side you choose, there are plenty of good reasons why you are right. Manning has the huge numbers and more MVP awards; Brady has more championship rings and the most playoff wins in league history. I fall on the side of Tom Brady, although I am extremely biased due to the fact that I am a Patriots fan. However, for many people, this weekend's game between the Broncos and Patriots is the line drawn in the sand; whoever wins the game is the better quarterback and perhaps the greatest of all-time. Of course, that may be going a little overboard, but it has thrown gasoline on the fire of this QB rivalry, which is only adding to the anticipation of the game.

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What People Are Talking About

Thanksgivingukkah

It was really a unique day for millions of people yesterday, with Thanksgiving and Hanukkah coinciding for the first time 125 years. While 125 years does seem like a long time, the next time Thanksgiving will overlap with an entire day of Hanukkah won't be for another 70,000 years. As Jimmy Kimmel explains in the video to the left, many of us won't even be alive to see it.

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Ok, Enough With The Pumpkin Flavored Products Already!

For as long as anyone can remember, pumpkin pie has been synonymous with the fall season and staple come Thanksgiving; but that used to be where pumpkin as a flavor ended. In recent years however, that has all changed. Coffee and beer were the two products that adopted the pumpkin or pumpkin spice flavors, both of which turned out to be extremely popular.

I must admit, I am no fan of the fall season, but I couldn't wait to get my hands on pumpkin flavored coffee. I'm afraid though, that pumpkin flavored products have already jumped the shark.

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Battle Of The Seasons: Why Spring Is The Best

Spring In The Park

Yes, it's fall. So, let me be the first person to say... I'm sorry that you have to suffer through such a dreadful season only to lead up to an equally bad season (winter). Time to get out the rakes and shovels, fun is over. On the bright side, only six months until the spring.

I sometimes find it hard to believe that people would choose any season other than the spring as the best of them all. Spring is far and away the best season and not just because of all its good qualities, but because of all the shortcomings of the other seasons.

Why Spring Is The Best

Trees And Flowers Are Back From The Dead. The #1 reason that people love the fall is the foliage, which by definition is leaves DYING from off the trees. Maybe if those dead leaves stayed on the trees, but no, hours and hours of raking is inevitable. Give me the spring, when the trees start budding once again with new life. Flowers begin to bloom once again. Any color you could want to see starts showing up again on trees and in gardens. I choose to watch things come back to life, not die and decay, but that could be just me.

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