Believe it or not, some folks watch the Super Bowl for the football. For the rest of us, it’s the one time of the year we actually enjoy watching commercials.
In honor of the game, I thought I’d post some of my favorite Super Bowl ads of all time.
Terry Tate: Office Linebacker (Reebok)
Fair warning – this one has some PG-13 language. But for those who have always dreamed of having a way to put office trolls in their place, this is the perfect solution.
When I Grow Up (Monster.com)
Not necessarily the funniest commercial ever, but given the current economic climate, this one offers a particular sense of timelessness.
Remember Your Cup (Rolling Rock)
This one was actually banned from being aired. I’m not sure if it’s because some execs worried it was too edgy, or if they realized it was about the wrong sport. But I got a laugh out of this one.
Introducing the Mac (Apple – Directed by Ridley Scott)
I remember this one from nearly thirty years ago. Back in the year when George Orwell’s book, “1984,” was supposed to be taking place, there were all kinds of Orwellian themes in the media. But given the fact that this one is directed by Ridley Scott (Alien) and it was announcing what would be a paradigm shift in the personal computer market, it’s important and awesome, even if it isn’t funny.
Lizard Envy (Budweiser)
This is actually a mashup of the full series of Budweiser lizard commercials, expressing their disdain and envy for the frogs who stole their sweet gig.
Yes, another Bud ad, and yes, painfully stupid. But if you lived through it, you know the impact it had on the zeitgeist.
Herding Cats (EDS)
Awesome western parody. Too many freaking cats though.
The Man Your Man Could Smell Like (Old Spice)
Look at me. Now at your man. Now back at me.
Gerbil Cannon (Outpost.com)
Another banned gem. No idea why.
Mean Joe Green (Coke)
No explanation needed. Is, was, and always will be the greatest.