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Super Bowl Commercials Not Too Funny In Dead Serious Economic Times

It wasn’t all bad.

While I certainly couldn’t tell you what each ad was hawking, a few made me chuckle.  A couple made me laugh.

The commercial that featured a man getting thrown out of his office window while still sitting on his office chair was funny due to the surprise.  A couple of the ads featuring the Clydesdale horses were cute.  The commercial depicting snow globes hitting vending machines–and a old man’s crotch–was great and Alec Baldwin promoting Hulu was simply classic Alec Baldwin.

But, of course, many missed the mark.  The ad featuring talking, dead flowers arrived DOA.  And bad ads featuring people shouting about Hyundai’s and cheap GoDaddy ads (still don’t know what the site is about) trying to tease viewers with sex completely missed the mark.

And the Troy Polamalu ad?  Mean Joe Greene can’t be happy.

Super Bowl Commercial Featuring Polamalu

Super Bowl Commercial Featuring Polamalu

But more than that, with America in the midst of the biggest economic crisis in decades, with people losing their jobs and unable to pay for college, you would think the ad companies would specifically aim for more funny commercials.  They didn’t have to be gut busting, “fall out of your seat funny” advertisements–but funny nonetheless.  I spent more time giving a slight smirk to almost all of the ads rather than genuinely laughing.  I kept thinking that that it’s hard to believe that  millions of dollars are spent on such uninspiring, unfunny ads.

The ads that stick most with people after the Super Bowl is over are often the ones that made you laugh.  I guess that’s why I don’t really remember most of them.

February 3, 2009 Posted by | Features & Opinions, NFL | , , , , , | Leave a comment