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The Super Bowl Commercials: The Worst

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 7th 2010 10:24PM
Super BowlIt has become a cliche to say "I watch the Super Bowl just for the ads," but I really do. I have no interest in football at all (even less this year because the Patriots aren't in it - the only reason I would have to even be a little interested in the game is if the team from my area was in it), so I really do look forward to seeing and reviewing the ads. Too bad the Super Bowl ads aren't what they used to be (except for that Letterman/Leno/Oprah ad ... wow).

This year I'm picking the seven worst ads, while Kona is handling the seven best. Two rules for my worst: no movie ads (they're in a category all by themselves and shouldn't be judged with the other ads), and I tried not to pick any commercials that aired before today.

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CBS: "Letterman and Oprah"

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 4th 2007 7:16PM

Hold everything! Here's my favorite ad of the day so far.

It shows Late Show host David Letterman and Oprah Winfrey sitting on a couch watching the game (Oprah's show is based in Chicago and Letterman is from Indianapolis), eating potato chips. I believe Letterman had his arm around Oprah. Awwwwwwww.

You don't see Letterman in many commercials, acting with his goofy side. And seeing Oprah in the ad with him, after the whole Oprah/Uma thing from years ago and her guest appearance on his talk show last year in 2005...just brilliant. I'd like to say right now that whoever thought of this ad should get a big raise. If Letterman or Oprah thought of it, well, no raise for them because they already make enough money.

I think I'd watch a Letterman/Oprah sitcom where they play a married couple.

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Don't forget! We're covering the Super Bowl tonight

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 4th 2007 3:31PM

Well, not the game. I mean, really. But we'll be covering the new, expensive commercials that are going to debut tonight. Coverage begins around 6:30pm, right when the game is supposed to start, but there will be probably be an hour of player introductions, coin flipping, and steroid testing.

By the way, the pre-game coverage is taking place on CBS right now. It started a month ago.

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NBC makes Giants and Bears fans stay up late

by Joel Keller, posted Oct 25th 2006 9:24PM
NFL logoI've been a New York Giants fan since 1980, and in all that time, I've always hated seeing them on at night, whether it was on Sunday or Monday. To me, football is a Sunday afternoon game, and I don't really like wrecking my evening just to see my favorite team play. The fans who go to the games like them even less; by the time they get out of the stadium, through the parking lot mess, and back home, it's often past 1 AM, making for some very tired commuters the next morning.

But NBC doesn't care. When they signed their new NFL TV deal, they got the option to take a game that was scheduled for the daytime and make it their Sunday Night Football game, starting in Week 10. The first matchup that will make such a shift is when the Bears visit the Giants on Nov. 12. According to Variety, this game was pre-designated by the NFL, taking it out of the reach of CBS and FOX, who are each allowed to protect four games per week. The two huge TV markets and potential playoff preview was just too much for NBC to ignore. Sigh. At least I'm not going to the game.

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Fox Chicago addresses 24 concerns

by Chris Thilk, posted Jan 13th 2006 4:26PM

Jack Bauer
24If you live in Chicago and you're a Bears fan you have to be looking forward to this Sunday when the Bears play the Panthers in the NFC divisional playoffs. However if you're also a fan of 24 you might be a little panicky. After all, the season premiere of 24 is scheduled to end at 7 PM Central time, exactly when 24 is supposed to start.

The good news is that according to Chicago Tribune blogger Maureen Ryan Fox Chicago has promised to air the show in it's entirety, regardless of when the Bears game ends. That comes straight from a Fox representative. Of course that means VCR and DVR scheduling might be a bit off but, as Ryan says, adding an hour to the back end of the recording time should ensure you catch all of Jack Bauer's exploits.

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