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Drew Brees Has One Commercial That's Better Than Peyton Manning's

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 4th 2010 5:22PM
drew_brees_traffic_jam_ESPNWith the Super Bowl just a couple of days away, there's been tons of attention paid to both the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts players. And it's all justifiable. After all, they've made it to the ultimate NFL game. But when it comes to commercials, the king is most likely Peyton Manning. Whether it's "Cut that meat" or Sony TVs or licking the inside of Oreo cookies with his brother Eli, Peyton has the upper hand on the entire NFL in ads.

But wait, there is another quarterback in the Super Bowl, Drew Brees, and he has at least one commercial that ranks right up there with the funniest stuff either Manning has done. It was a 'This is SportsCenter' promotion for ESPN.

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HuffPo compiles the best banned Super Bowl ads

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 4th 2010 10:13AM
Even though CBS has hacked and slashed an abnormally large number of Super Bowl ads, they aren't the first and they sure as hell won't be the last.

The Huffington Post has compiled a list of some of the more outrageous banned Super Bowl ads including the steamy PETA "veggie sex" ad and this ad for Smartbeep that has been floating around the Internet for years but didn't know until now that it was supposed to air during the Super Bowl. Thank you, Internet. You're the teacher that none of my teachers could ever be.

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Is Apple's '1984' the Best Super Bowl Commercial Ever?

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 3rd 2010 3:05PM
Every year around this time, everyone talks about the best Super Bowl commercials of all-time. In fact, CBS has a special tonight at 8pm, 'Greatest Super Bowl Commercials of All-Time.' Apple's '1984' ad, which introduced the Mac, is often cited as the best Super Bowl ad ever. Is it? I love it and it's certainly in the running and iconic. Some people say this is the best ad ever, period.

Here's the commercial. After the jump, take our poll.

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CBS Cuts Another Ad Down to Size, Literally

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 2nd 2010 6:29PM
Either CBS' advertising department is run by the biggest whiny fusspot since 'Frasier's' Niles Crane last visited his neighborhood Sizzler or these tough economic times have forced them to take Eric Cartman's "you can't come" business model to heart.

CBS has rejected yet another ad for their Super Bowl broadcast. This time, it's for the upcoming hack 'n slash adventure video game 'Dante's Inferno'. Unlike other controversial ads for GoDaddy.com and ManCrunch.com, this time they only had a problem with the commercial's tagline, "Go to Hell." Instead the ad will air with the tagline "Hell Awaits," which is way more creepy and disturbing since it implies that "Hell" is waiting to come to me instead of vice versa.

Don't watch the following ad if you're disturbed by having to read the word "Hell."

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Megachurch May Crunch Competition in Doritos' Super Bowl Ad Contest

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 2nd 2010 6:04PM
It's good to know that while CBS is turning down ads for the Super Bowl left and right over nimbly fears over people having to see a flamboyantly gay man dressing underwear models or two dudes making out that an interesting one will make the cut...for now.

Mosiac, a Los Angeles based megachurch, is one of the six finalists in a Doritos contest to win some free air time during Super Bowl XLIV. Their proposed ad titled "Casket" spoofs the resurrection with the awesome power of Doritos and currently holds the top spot in the contest's online poll.

And if I were a betting man, I'd say it's going to stay there unless Jesus produced the "guy wears dog shock collar" ad.

[via TV Week]

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Puppy Bowl VI Aims to Out-Cute Super Bowl XLIV

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 2nd 2010 1:29PM
Sure the National Football League might have the money, the talent and the millions of dollars in hotly contested advertising revenue, but they don't have puppies.

That's why Animal Planet is returning their annual festival of cute that is the Puppy Bowl for their sixth year, set to air from 3 to 5 p.m. Eastern on Feb. 7.

This year's showdown will include old favorite such as shots from the world-famous "bowl cam" and some new twists such as a new blimp-cam and bunnies dressed as cheerleaders. Warning: it's bound to be so cute that Discovery Networks will not be held responsible for broken TV due to excessive hugging.

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CBS Sports Expects 100 Million Super Bowl Viewers

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Feb 1st 2010 8:30PM
Peyton Manning will lead the Indianapolis Colts into Superbowl 44.CBS expects Sunday's Super Bowl XLIV to be the most watched television program in history. And the network is looking to make a mint on the big game after managing to sell every available ad slot for the broadcast.

The problem is a couple of those ads were sold to odd buyers when you consider that this is supposed to be a massive entertainment event. People are supposed to have fun watching the game they've waited all season to see. It's a reach to ask them to think about heavy socio-political issues.

The network estimates more than 100 million viewers will tune in this weekend when Peyton Manning (right) and the Indianapolis Colts take on Drew Brees and the upset-minded New Orleans Saints. The Saints look to be the sentimental favorite as the city struggles to rebuild from Hurricane Katrina.

Meanwhile, the Colts are playing in their second Super Bowl in the last three years -- having beaten the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI.

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NFL Pro and CBS Broadcaster Tom Brookshier Dead at 78

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 1st 2010 5:28PM
tom_brookshier_philadelphia_eaglesIf you're old enough to remember before the merger between the NFL and the AFL, or if you're a Philly football fan, the name Tom Brookshier is a familiar one for you. Philly fans will remember Tom as a hard-hitting defensive back and part of the 1960 Philadelphia Eagle championship team.

But for the mainstream NFL fan, Tom Brookshier was the sideman to Pat Summerall before John Madden. That was when the NFC was on CBS, and Summerall and Brookshier were the top broadcasting team.

On Friday night, January 29, Tom Brookshier succumbed to cancer at the age of 78. At his hospital bedside when he died were his wife, Barbara, and his partner for so many years, Pat Summerall.

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Coca-Cola gives us a sneak peak at their Simpsons Super Bowl ad

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 31st 2010 5:06PM

Since I started writing for this site, I've had the pleasure of seeing episodes of shows like Dexter and Leverage before anyone else. I've had the pleasure of conversing with some of the industry's most interesting characters. But now I know I've truly made it: I got to watch a Super Bowl ad before the rest of the world. Who wants to touch me?

This year's Super Bowl will, of course, feature new commercials for Coca-Cola including a rather interesting one featuring that mecca of brand advertising, The Simpsons.

It actually takes quite an interesting turn from what you might expect. It's not all that silly. It's actually quite sad and even sullen, compared to ads featuring the show's characters in campaigns for Butterfinger and KFC. Watch it for during the game, even if you're like me and you actually watch the Super Bowl for the actual Super Bowl.

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CBS also punts GoDaddy's Super Bowl ad

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 31st 2010 3:07PM
CBS may have opened their hearts, minds and bank accounts to advocacy groups for airtime during the Super Bowl, but it has also rejected two ads that contain themes that don't meet the network's "Standards and Practices department" requirements. Not only did they reject an ad for the gay dating website ManCrunch.com, but they have also kicked off an ad from the hotbed of notorious advertising that is GoDaddy.com, which has a similar, how you say, je ne sais quoi.

Check out the GoDaddy ad that you won't be seeing during the Super Bowl below. Warning: the following video contains a sensuous looking woman in a very revealing outfit, so those of you who were expecting the usual amount of big breasted women taking their tops off in a GoDaddy commercial might be more than a little disappointed.

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Here's the Super Bowl ad that CBS rejected

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 29th 2010 5:01PM
Danny told you about a bunch of advocacy ads that will run during this year's Super Bowl. But CBS has rejected an ad too, from the dating site ManCrunch.com. But thanks to the internet we can still see it. Here it is. It's wicked gay.

[via Mashable]

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Sneak Peek: Bridgestone's Super Bowl ad

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 28th 2010 3:02PM
The Super Bowl is coming up on February 7, and as usual TV Squad will have analysis of the game as well as predictions on whether Peyton Manning can handle the Saints' defense. Just kidding. Actually, we'll have analysis of the ads, including this one from Bridgestone titled "Whale of a Tale." Three guys and a whale in a truck.

Question: does this ad make you want to see the rest during the Super Bowl or will you completely forget about it and maybe just happen to see it because you're going to watch the Super Bowl anyway? Do these things work (and I guess I'm asking if the other kind of ad works, the TV commercial that tells you to go to a web site to see the conclusion of the ad. I hate those.)

[via Adfreak]

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Super Bowl to feature more advocacy ads

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 26th 2010 9:30PM
It looks like the commercials for the Super Bowl just got a little less hilarious, or more depending on your personal viewpoints and political persuasions.

CBS has eased the restrictions on selling spots to advocacy groups during the single most important television advertising event of the year and said it would consider "responsibly produced" ads for the Super Bowl broadcast on February 7.

The issue arose when an anti-abortion group wanted to air an ad funded by James Dobson's Focus on the Family advocacy group starring 2007 Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow. Honestly, who cares? Why all this controversy over a commercial? Does it involve singing dogs or the Budweiser lizards discussing the point at which life begins? Am I the only person in the universe who watches the Super Bowl... to watch the actual Super Bowl?

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Saints' historic win also kicked Seinfeld's behind

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 26th 2010 7:10PM
Just how historic and awesome was the New Orleans Saints' first NFC championship? It not only toppled what could be the final chapter of legendary quarterback Brett Favre's NFL history, but it also toppled one of the most epic and legendary final chapters in television's history.

Last Sunday's squeaker between the Saints and the Minnesota Vikings on Fox garnered 57.9 million viewers, which tops the Seinfeld finale in 1998.

One can only imagine what the viewership would be if the Saints beat the Indianapolis Colts and take home the Vince Lombardi trophy at Super Bowl XLIV. I mean, other than a special post-game appearance of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (I say that, of course, as a long time and beloved hometown fan of the Black and Gold. Who dat!).

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ESPN shooting with 3D TV, but will it score?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 5th 2010 9:00PM
If three dimensional television is just a passing fad, then clearly no one told ESPN.

The all sports cable network will implement 3D technology with a new sports channel, set to premiere this year. The first 3D game will be the FIFA World Cup in June.

Would you watch your sports if they were in glorious 3D? If anything, it would make watching soccer tolerable.

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