Monday, February 07, 2011

Super Bowl ads, with the Panthers' new biggest fan


This was as close as the Panthers got to the Super Bowl this year. (From this commercial.)

The best comment came from @ on Twitter: Alf in a Panthers jersey?! Sue Myrick and Bill James seen launching probe into this illegal alien's ties to Charlotte.

If you don't know who Alf is, count yourself lucky, but go here if you must. UPDATE: As a couple of astute readers have pointed out, Alf ATE CATS. Which adds a whole new layer of... something... to the whole thing.

Most of the Super Bowl commercials are gathered in one place on YouTube. My favorites were the Doritos resurrection ad ("Grandpa?"), the Eminem/Chrysler ad (although it would be nice if Chrysler made cars as good as the ad), and the Snickers ad with Richard Lewis and Roseanne Barr. It turns out that watching Roseanne get hit with a log never gets old.

Did anybody else notice that the NASCAR ad (I can't find it online) was all about the crashes? And didn't that feel a little off, seeing that we're coming up on the 10th anniversary of Dale Earnhardt's death at Daytona?

And poor Groupon... I'm trying to picture that meeting where they took a vote and said "OK, let's use the troubles in Tibet for a cheap joke to sell our stupid coupons." What I always think when I see an ad like that: How bad was the one they DIDN'T use?

I'd say something about the halftime show, but somebody apparently slipped LSD into my beer, because I hallucinated that the Black-Eyed Peas sang the theme from "Dirty Dancing" while a bunch of dancers acted out a scene from "Tron."

Oh, and the game was pretty good, too.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

how about Pepsi show a little respect for my family? my 11 yr old daughter was sitting in my lap when the Pepsi ad came on where the couple can read each other's minds and he keeps saying "I want to sleep with you"

My daughter was asking what that meant....

And Eminem saying "damn" in his brisk commercial??? really?

Anonymous said...

DAmnnit just shut up above. Grow up this is america if you think the Superbowl is risque dont let your daughter watch tv. I hate PC people

Anonymous said...

"Amnnit just shut up above. Grow up this is america if you think the Superbowl is risque dont let your daughter watch tv. I hate PC people"

Hey Im an Apple fan myself but "hating" PC people is a bit much

Anonymous said...

Your 11 year old daughter is putting a real snow job on you if you think she doesn't understand what "I want to sleep with you" means.

GK said...

@Anon 10:16am: I'm more surprised that you let your 11 year old daughter watch such a violent game.

"Daddy, why did Troy Polamalu pile drive Greg Jennings?"

Also, wasn't that commercial on after half time? Shouldn't your innocent little daughter have been in bed by then to prepare her for a day of learning at school Monday?

Hmmmm?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 10:16am - I can't believe you picked the Pepsi ad out of the crowd and ignored the GoDaddy.com ads.

How about you either grow a pair or do a better job parenting and not let your 11yo daughter watch the Super Bowl as no commercial this year was any racier than ones in years past.

Guess you better keep her from watching any other sports, because I can guarantee you that Pepsi spot will be on throughout the rest of the college bball season.

Anonymous said...

Maybe you and your daughter should just watch veggietales instead I heard that is pretty safe viewing for your daughter. You are a wuss grow a pair and man up.

Carl from Canton said...

My daughter was asking what that meant....

You probably shouldn't let her read the Bible then either.

Lynne Stevenson said...

This is the Panthers' head office's most cost effective way of introducing the new quarterback in the off season...Welcome back from retirement, Alf! May you have better luck than your predecessors...

Anonymous said...

Maybe the Panthers should make Alf their new mascot. After all, Alf ate cats. It would keep the players on their toes!

Anonymous said...

Nice observations, Tommy. I think I had the same half-time hallucination, but mine also had a Slash-back! Very creepy.

Anonymous said...

The Panthers were also featured in a commercial for the NFL Draft. They had teh Panthers logo displayed on a board behind the draft podium.

Anonymous said...

Nice job Audi, now my kids want to know why rich people are in prison. I had to tell them that is Obamacare socialism at work. And Eminem using "damn" like he is straight out of Compton, my little girl wants to know why MM loves hydroelectric dams now too! Damn you devil window (aka TV).

Signed,
Concerned Charlotte Christian Republican.

Anonymous said...

I would have included the VW "Darth Vader" ad in the list.

tommy tomlinson said...

Gah! Can't believe I forgot that one...

Anonymous said...

anonymous 10;20 Did your team lose? And Tommy, I thought the Darth Vader was one of the very best, right before the detroit comeback one. Great evening...

Anonymous said...

It really appalls me to see all of the comments here slamming this guy for wanting to protect his 11 year old daughter. I refuse to watch the Superbowl anymore and cannot believe how disgraceful TV has become. This is really stunning to me that more people here are OK with commercials like that being suitable for young children. This world really has gone a little insane......I applaud the dad for speaking out against such garbage and wish there were more people like him. We just might get better quality to watch as that commercial shows the lack of creativity, how long did it take to put that one together a half hour?

Amberdawn said...

First of all, re: the Groupon thing. Groupon is collecting and MATCHING donations to Tibet. This was not meant to just be flippant. They created all their superbowl ads to get people to pay attention to the cause and sometimes humor does that.

Second of all, that Eminem car ad was very moving. Very well done.

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