Well, friends, it’s that time of year again and while plenty of people are looking forward to the Super Bowl, it’s between a dynasty franchise frequently accused of cheating and a shouting, crotch-grabbing couple of egomaniacs. Both teams have had some controversy surround them, but each team deserves to be there.
The Seahawks boast one of the greatest defenses the league has ever seen, while the Patriots have been dominant for over ten years, but have had a recent stretch of bad luck in the Super Bowl. Tom Brady and Russell Wilson will face off, a pocket passer in his late thirties versus a 26 year old scrambler on the verge of a huge raise (whether he wins or not).
No matter how good the matchup is however, plenty of people hate both teams and as is the story every year, millions will tune in as excited for the commercials as they are for the game. The Super Bowl is that rare yearly occasion when fans aren’t repulsed by ads but are actually drawn to them. This is the reason paying $4.5 million for 30 seconds is still seen as a decent investment for companies.
In 2015’s lineup of products willing to chuck money includes more of the usual, as BMW, Coca Cola, Pepsi, Doritos, brewers, insurance companies, other auto manufacturers, a couple of tech related companies, and even Avocados from south of the border have thrown down for ad time. Weight Watchers has too, which is interesting. Overall, the ads seem to be saying: “drive a car everywhere, drink some soda, eat some junk food, wash that down with some beer, spend some money on tech, insure all the crap you just bought and make sure you sit on the couch and keep watching. After all this you’ll look like a walrus, but don’t worry, there’s a company for that too.”
The last several years have produced some solid commercials, but since the late 70’s, the Super Bowl’s monumental hype has produced some of the most memorable commercials in television history. Here is our list of the most memorable Super Bowl ads of all time.
The Budweiser ad “Wassup” gets an honorable mention and while it is memorable, it is memorable for being the most God-awful irritating thing about 1999-2000.
10 Betty White: Snickers - 2010
9 Apple: 1984 - 1984
For those who are not into "that whole book thing," 1984 is a book by a brilliant writer named George Orwell. He wrote, decades prior to year 1984, of a dystopian time in which media is heavily controlled by a "big brother" and society is essentially a well-calculated lie. It's a bit like The Matrix meets V For Vendetta (but the book is actually better than both movies).
8 Tim Tebow: Focus on the Family - 2010
7 Wendy’s: Where’s the Beef? - 1984
6 The Bud Bowl - 1989-1997
The Bud Bowl commercials were a series of ads that featured different teams of beer playing a game against each other. The ad is as ridiculous as it seems, with beer bottles wearing helmets, juking and tackling each other while beer bottles with microphones comment on the play. The "cans" going wild is one of the better moments too. Maybe one has to be a beer drinker to appreciate such an ad, but the brilliance really lies in the absurdity with this one, as with many beer commercials.
5 The E-Trade Baby’s Debut - 2008
4 Budweiser: Frogs - 1995
3 Coca Cola: Mean Joe Greene - 1979
Mean Joe comes off the field after a rough day and while he is in no mood for conversation, one kid is star struck and offers him a coke. He denies the offer at first but eventually accepts, and turns from tough guy to nice guy in a matter of seconds, giving the young lad his game jersey.
2 Budweiser: The Clydesdale Series
At #2, we have another ongoing Super Bowl ad series from the good people at Budweiser (Anheuser Busch). They have had these horses as part of their public image since the 1930's and have used them in ad campaigns for years. Probably the most memorable one was the ad that was aired during the 2002 Super Bowl, just a few months after 9/11. In the ad, the horses trot to New York, before taking a bow in tribute to those killed in the terrorist attacks.
1 Reebok: "Terrible" Terry Tate - 2003
We couldn't end on anything other than one of the funniest sports-related commercials ever to make it on to television. "Terrible" Terry Tate is actually Lester Speight, a professional football player and wrestler, prior to his acting career. Terry Tate, the office linebacker is hired by fictional company Felcher and Sons to enforce office regulations. He does so by tackling, throwing, and intimidating employees. It is one of the funniest ads ever created and is a definite shoe-in as number one for our list. If you disagree, don't say anything, because the pain train might come after you. Be careful at work friends.
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