Millions of people around the world watched one of the most exciting Super Bowl games — at least in the second half — I can remember.
And though Ravens are celebrating today — Baltimore edged out San Francisco, 34-31 — the real winner was audience sitting at home.
While we were stuffing our faces with hot dogs and seven-layer dips, we were entertained right from the start: the emotional rendition of “America the Beautiful” by Jennifer Hudson and — hold back those tears — the Newtown, Conn. school chorus just two months after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School; Alicia Keyes singing (and playing piano because yeah, she’s that talented) the national anthem; and the highly anticipated halftime show with Beyonce who promised at a press conference that “I will absolutely be singing live.”
Then, of course, there were the commercials.
I’ll be honest, I didn’t stayed glued to the TV during every commercial break. But I did manage to catch a few that I really liked — and a lot I didn’t. Taco Bell was memorable with its geriatric “Live Mas” spot; Go Daddy tried to merge sexy and smart, but that only made audiences gag.
Still, that’s what makes the Super Bowl so much fun to watch (or not watch) every year.
Here are some of my favorites:
Comedienne Amy Poehler can do no wrong, and she proves that in this Best Buy commercial.
“Don’t Tell” by Hyundai. This made me want to have parents like these!
How can you go wrong with funnymen Seth Rogan and Paul Rudd? They made this Samsung commercial.
“Dude, you got Montana on your shirt.” New catchline of the year. Plus, I’m biased, being a huge Joe Montana fan. (Was hoping for the cameo). The ending on this was priceless.
The tag was great: “You can’t have football without the hut.” Clever. And I love that these videos were submitted by fans.
The clear sentimental favorite, “Brotherhood” by Budweiser hit you at that emotional level. Loved it.
This Audi spot was a hit among fans BEFORE the Super Bowl — and I can see why. Not my all-time favorite, but still it leaves an impression (and a mark).
Guud morning Cat!
I didn’t pay too much attention to the commercials so I don’t have a pick. The first half wasn’t to exciting unless you were a Baltimore fan. I wanted a close game from the start but I enjoyed the come back by the niners. I guess they needed that power outage to regroup. The best part was that I watched it from the comfort of my home and had lots of poke and sashimi to grind.
I agree about the first half. Yawn. But I’m a 49ers fan, so you can imagine my disappointment in the fourth quarter. AGH!
CAT: I liked the Doritos commercial with the “old folks”…I have a chance!
I remember seeing that one and it was funny.
Ravens won in another tight game, asprin does work.
Favorite ads, The Farmerw/Paul Harvey for Dodge and the Clydesdales
I thought the Dodge commercial was good but long. Maybe a bit too long. But the sentiment was there, for sure.
That Dodge commercial totally sold me on buying a farmer.
Maybe it’s the Oklahoma in me, but I loved the revival of Paul Harvey’s “So God Made a Farmer” speech (Paul Harvey is from Oklahoma! And spent time in Hawaii covering the Pacific Fleet!). But I think Dodge counted on an audience with a long attention span and low BAC, because while trucks flashed in a slide show through the ad, they blended with random farm equipment and were lost to the narrative. So until you saw the Ram logo at the end, you had no idea who the ad was for. I also think that the fact the Budweiser commercial with the colt aired before this one allowed the story line to resonate with a wider audience (“. . stay up all night with a colt. . .”)
Paul Harvey’s commercial was quite good, I must say. But it was looooooooooooong. Too long.
And you know how I felt about the Beyonce halftime show! LOL
Didn’t “see” the game, so not the commercials either. No cable/satelite, and CBS broadcast doesn’t reach me. Thank you for posting your fav commercials.
Listened to the game on radio, and got a bunch of things done around the house while it was going on. Would have been nice to view the last few minutes.
WHAT? No cable? How do you survive???
CAT: I stand corrected…it was a Taco Bell…but they do feature the Dorito taco shells.
Have you tried those? So good!
Loved the Bud commercial, makes me think of my son when he is out of town. Just can’t wait to see him come home. Samsung was weak, didn’t like it. Liked the Audi commercial, definitely a guy’s commercial. But if it were me the other guy would look worse and I’d be driving an Aventador.
You didn’t like Samsung? How come???
It was too much about the actors etc and not enough about the product…and it was a bit long.