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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

Metal Sunday

Hetfield showing some Metal!

Hetfield showing some Metal!

To put an interesting spin on music and sports, I’m going to pick the top 3 Metallica songs of last nights show and relate them to football Sunday. You’re probably asking, how’s he going to do this and why? In fact, I’m hungover and I’m winging it. Are you with me?!?! Well who needs you. Anyways, we attended the Metallica show at the Garden in Boston last night. I was flashing my metal sign all night until I Romo’d my pinkie on a sloppy hand pound. Val asked people if they knew for whom the bell tolled, Shannon raved about metal hair and conditioner and Casey just demanded one more song…as she broke into SAN-I-TARIUM. We got hammered while we seeked and destroyed the luxury box. Metallica still kicks ass and busted out a super long set.

You could say they resembled a healthy Kurt “The Cardinal” Warner in these playoffs. The resurgence of the decade with this guy and the hand of God he possesses. Not to mention the emergence of Larry Fitzgerald as the NFL’s top receiver in these playoffs and probably the league.
Pittsburgh’s defense held it’s own against a rookie flaccid Flacco who ended his playoff run with a 40-yard Polamalu pick-six. Big Ben stood strong and maneuvered well making big plays on the run. With the Super Bowl in 2 weeks, they have a chance to win their second Lombardi this decade.

Kurt Warner

Kurt Warner

Onto the music:

Sad But True — Let’s dedicate this one to Donovan Mcnabb. He gets so close, but again so far away. Mcnabb played a great third quarter but struggled the rest of the game. Will he ever get over the hump? Another playoff run where he can’t get it done, you know it’s sad but true.

Nothing Else Matters — I mean the song has Super Bowl team written all over it. “Trust I seek and I find in you/Every day for us something new/ Open mind for a different view/and nothing else matters.” Like a QB to his offensive line, Linebacker to his defense…just win! That was my emotional attempt.

One — Arizona vs Pittsburgh, Warner vs Ben, one more game, one more win. One day of stuffing your face and drinking while you place prop bets and pray for squares. Who will live the dream “I can’t remember anything/Can’t tell if this is true or dream.” Who’s going to Disneyland, riding the tower of terror and throwing up on Donald Duck. There can only be one!

Throw up some metal!
RaginRondo

January 19, 2009 Posted by | NFL, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment