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).