I didn’t watch much of the big game last night, and I haven’t YouTubed all of the commercials. But I’ve seen this one pop up on Facebook and several blogs, and I’m not afraid to say that it is hands-down the greatest Super Bowl commercial of all-time.
So much 80s awesomeness here…Hulk Hogan, Ponch, Cliff, Alf, Chucky, Jason, Teen Wolf, Sgt. Slaughter, Dee Snider…I could go on, but you get the point.
Thank you, Radio Shack, for bringing a little joy to my life.
This video is a little old, but still worth watching. John McCain, Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, and Ron Paul all weigh in on one of the most important issues of the day…Roger Clemens. Dr. Paul was very wise in not offering an opinion, since he did not have all the facts; Huckabee and Romney both took the easy route saying in effect that they “hoped” he had not disappointed them. The other question asked dealt with the Super Bowl (which at the time of the interview had not been played), and Dr. Paul was the only one who said he usually pulled for the underdogs.
Why isn’t this man getting more support from the American people?!?!
The greatest advertising campaign in television history was Budweiser’s “Bud Bowl,” starting in 1989. I only remember the first two, but they actually kept this thing going through most of the 1990s during the Super Bowl. Check out Mike’s memories of the ads at the X-Entertainment blog. You can also watch Bud Bowl 3, Bud Bowl IV, and Bud Bowl VI at RetroJunk.
I love the Super Bowl. I barely followed football during the season. The Bengals are abysmal, and there are no players that I get really excited about like I did in the days of Dan Marino, Randall Cunningham, Ickey Woods, and Jerry Rice. That said, I really like the Mannings. I was hoping for a Colts-Giants matchup in the big game, but the Patriots ruined that (this year at least). The Giants then ruined the Pats’ perfect season, and I was all smiles. The fourth quarter turned out to be one of the best in Super Bowl history, and I’m certain that Tyree’s catch will go down as one of the greatest, even though it was not a touchdown.
Manning’s performance in the fourth quarter was more than memorable, it was astounding. One of the “neatest” things about this year’s championship game is that the MVP award went to Eli Manning, one year after his brother won the same award. It’s one of those “wow, that’s cool” moments, kind of like when Ken Griffey Jr. and Sr. both played outfield for the Mariners, or when Cal and Bill Ripken played infield for the Orioles, and were managed by their dad, Cal Sr.
Keep in mind that the Super Bowl MVP is just that–the Most Valuable Player for that one game. Sure, it’s the most important game of the season, but it’s still only one game. Many Super Bowl MVPs are great players (Joe Montana thrice, Tom Brady twice, Jerry Rice, John Elway), but there are a few that just have the greatest game of their career. Remember Desmond Howard? A former Heisman winner, but only a decent NFL player, and he took the 1997 Super Bowl MVP award home. You have Doug Williams, again a decent NFL player but not close to spectacular, and he won the 1988 award. Mark Rypien just a few laters won the same award for the same franchise. Kurt Warner had an astounding season in 1999, and continued his excellent play through the championship game, but fell out of favor just a few seasons later and is now languishing with the Arizona Cardinals (no offense, Cards fans).
So let’s keep this in perspective. Eli had a good year. He has a lot of talent. And he really stepped up in the most important game (so far) of his career. Congratulations on your performance, and I hope you can continue to perform well in the NFL like your brother.
…but do they have a theme song?
Regardless of how many games they win, the Patriots will never trump the 1985 Chicago Bears in this category. No team will.
How cool would it be if the Colts and Giants both made it to the Super Bowl, pitting brother against brother in the biggest game of the year? Sure, the Giants have to get past the Cowboys this week, and likely the Packers next week. And the Colts would have to overcome New England next week, assuming they make it past Eli’s former team (the Chargers) this week. And how many more times can I say week without throwing up?
But seriously, a Peyton vs. Eli matchup would be one of the most interesting family fights since the Civil War. Living in Indiana for a couple of years, I became a minor Colts fan, so I always enjoy seeing them win. I’ve never really liked the Giants, but would like to see them win this week (there’s that word again!).