Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Our favorite Super Bowl ads

I'm not a really a football fan — my eagerness in football comes and goes from season to season. This year, I managed to bypass the Super Bowl altogether, which is slightly unusual. But I did get to catch up on some of the brilliant Super Bowl XXLII commercials during the big game between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots.

My top three picks on the best Super Bowl ads were:
1. Coke's Balloon fight — I loved this one! I enjoyed watching the Macy's parade-sized Stewie and Underdog balloons duke it out for the Coke balloon. The "expression" on Stewie's face fit each scene perfectly and I loved some of the "defensive" moves between the two cartoon balloons. The best part was seeing Charlie Brown get the goods in the end though. I had to cheer out loud when I saw him. I'm a huge "Peanuts" fan.

2. Budweiser's "Rocky" ad — Budweiser has come up with some clever commercials over the years, but this was one of the most touching. It features a Dalmatian training a Clydesdale who is sad after not making the cut to be on the Clydesdale team. With "Rocky" theme music in the background, the dog trains the horse to perfection so he can make the next team.

3. Tied for this spot is Pepsi Max's bobblehead commercial — I wasn't sure where this was going at first, but when I heard the music ("What Is Love"), I had flashbacks of all those "Saturday Night Live" skits featuring Chris Kattan. It was sheer delight seeing him appear in the ad telling everybody to stop doing what he made so popular.

And then Bud Light's fire-breathing date guy — This was just too hilarious, especially when he gets out of control with the fire-breathing and burns half of the apartment and his date up. It was so funny that it made me forget what the ad was promoting. — January Holmes

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