Girls Write Out
Monday, February 06, 2006
Last night almost a billion people in over 220 countries gathered around the TV to watch NFL football's finale, the Super Bowl. I could talk about the game and who won, but let's get on with the important stuff. The commercials. And spaced at intervals of 4-7 minutes, we saw almost as much selling as we did football. But I'm not complaining.

As usual, Budweiser ruled the screen by sheer number of commercials. At 2.1 million per 30 second spot, it was no light investment. But I was not impressed. The streaking sheep and magic fridge only drew a grin. Fill that fridge with truffles, then we'll have something to talk about.

Burger King anteed up with a srange Vegas-type production of flying female tomatoes and lettuce. It culminated in a stack of human vegies, meat, and bun. Alrighty then.

Ads for Lost, Desperate Housewives, and Grey's Anatomy filled many of the breaks. Cadillac, Sprint, Ameriquest, and Hummer also competed for their share of the Superbowl crowd. Slim-fast weighed in (pun intended) late in the game. More nachos and cheese, anyone?

Diet Pepsi's Jay-Z and Jackie Chan commercials had as much fizz as a can of year-old soda.

Disney's commercial featuring Superbowl players practicing the "I'm going to Disneyworld" line had the cute factor at least.

The overall winner in my opinion was the Fed Ex commercial that featured a prehistoric man and his unsuccessful shipment. From the surprising snap of the Tyrannosaurus's jaw to the kicking of the Dogosaurus, this one had the twists that made me laugh out loud. Unfortunately, it was one of the first commercials of the night so it was all downhill from there.

50 million women watched the Superbowl, but only 3 out of 4 watched it for the football; the rest tune in for the commercials. So tell me--if you watched--did you tune in for the game or the commercials, and above all: which commercial was your favorite?

Denise Hunter  
posted at 9:32 AM  
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At 4:02 AM, Blogger Camy Tang said...

I LOVED the FedEx commercial! I agree that was the best of them all. The Burger King one was so dumb my husband and I just stared at each other. "They paid money to make that and air it during the SuperBowl???" I liked the Disneyworld one a lot, too.

At 6:20 AM, Blogger south asia said...

We're getting it mailed to us to have a belated SuperBowl party when it gets here. But I can already tell you, I'm tuning in for the commercials, halftime, and the sheer American-ness of the big game. I even told my mom, who's recording, to make sure NOT to skip the commercials!

At 9:03 AM, Anonymous Lauri said...

I watched to see my alma mater's Big Ben win! And I loved the sheep. And the Budweiser one with the colt. Disney was cute

At 9:34 AM, Blogger Robin Caroll said...

I watched for the commericals! :) I LOVED the fedex one! I was rolling! I liked the "wave" Bud commercial where the beer went around the stadium from the can to the glass, then it emptied. I'm wierd like that! :)

At 10:12 AM, Blogger Chaos-Jamie said...

I usually watch for the commercials, but last night I had an old friend playing so I watched for both. It made for interesting bathroom breaks. Only when the Steelers were on defense.

My vote goes to Fed-Ex. The colt made me teary so they get a second place award.

But the highlight of the night? When my toddler hit the potty to do the dirty. TMI, I know, but I've been waiting for months and it happened during the superbowl when I really just wanted to watch TV.


At 11:26 AM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

I liked Shaq crying over the Desperate Housewives storyline, and the Hummer little monster one. Those were cute.

I HATED the GOdaddy porn commercial. That was just dumb and it made the website look like nothing more than a porn site, so it didn't even do its job of conveying the message.

At 11:31 AM, Blogger Corina Bowen said...

I liked the one with the hamster and Ronald... made me laugh. Oh, and the one about the girl playing football "You were open, now your closed!"
I really like your idea better about the magic fridge!!~ Slim-fast could have done that, with us dieters on the other side of the wall!! It would be nothing but flying elbows and spandex. Yikes scary visual.

At 11:35 AM, Anonymous Nina said...

I watched to see my Steelers win! I am from Pittsburgh and it was a party here! Go Steelers! I also liked the magic fridge and the "I'm going to Disney World!" I thought it was cute.

At 11:47 AM, Blogger Sabrina L. Fox said...

I loved the one where the girl gets tackled and then she comes back and takes the guy out. That was great! Other than that I wasn't impressed.

Corina, I hated that hamster one. Sheesh, and I thought we were kindred spirits! =) LOL.

At 2:48 PM, Blogger Rhonda Gibson said...

My favorite was th FedEx! And yes I enjoyed the Magic Fridge commerical. Magic Fridge was hubbies favorite.

At 3:08 PM, Blogger Ron Estrada said...

I watched the commercials too, up until halftime, then it was off to bed (big sports fan, me). How could you forget the monkey commercial? It was awesome! I also loved the FedEx. I need a dinosaur to kick sometimes. The Diet Pepsi commercial with the "singing" contract should get somebody fired. Did they actually pay for that?

At 4:20 PM, Blogger Megan DiMaria said...

Oh, it's all about the commercials for me. My favorite was the prehistoric FedEx, but I also liked the pony pushing the big Bud carriage with help from the grown horses.

At 4:24 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

It's so much fun hearing what you all liked the best. I totally watched for the commercials since the Colts weren't playing. My family is still in mourning over that.

At 6:08 AM, Blogger Carol Collett said...

Well, I actually watched for the football even though my beloved Cowboys were nowhere near Detroit. My favorite funny commercial was the FedEx caveman. My favorite touching commercial was the Budweiser colt "pulling" the wagon. Those horses are just amazing...and HUGE!
The GoDaddy commercial made me decide to never use their services if they gave them away. Geez!


At 7:04 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Ditto on Godaddy, Carol. My husband said, "What is that site anyway?" and I said, "I don't know, but I'll never go there to find out."

At 10:38 AM, Anonymous Mike Ehret said...

I have been disgusted and creeped out by Burger King commercials since they intro'd this sleezy, scary, unreal, did I mention creepy?, King of theirs. Oh so massively ick! I will never eat there. Never.

Those commercials are so lurid.

I did love FedEx and was grossed out by GoDaddy. Diet Pepsi? Kinda ho hum.

I think a lot of ad agencies SHOULD be fired after Super Bowl Sunday.

At 2:25 PM, Blogger Rachel Hauck said...

I always tune in for the game. The commercials annoy me, though some are funny.

The commercials this year were average and the Go Daddy was down right SEXIST. Where are the feminist???

At 11:00 PM, Blogger south asia said...

ah...Burger King. No matter how creepy the plastic guy on there, I would give my right arm for a Whopper with cheese right now.

At 12:16 AM, Blogger Glenda Dykstra said...

You know, my husband watched the super bowl. I didn't. I did sit next to him as I was reading. "Smile" The safest way to keep me quiet. I have a tendency to enjoy the games, but not that particular game. It was b-o-r-i-n-g! I did get to see a couple of the cute commercials though. I think my favorite was the colt one though. Call me sentimental, but it reminded me of Our children.

At 10:25 PM, Blogger sublimeade said...

did you seriously just say "only 3 out of 4 women" watched the game for the game's sake? do you realize that ONLY 25% watched for the commercials (apparently you're in this minority).

I hate the commercials and I hate everything the Super Bowl has become other than the game itself. I'm happy to know that more women are enjoying the game (although I don't know where you got that statistic from) and not being distracted like little ADD children by the flashy things that happen off the field.


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