My Top 5 Favorite Super Bowl 54 Commercials

‘Kayso even though I did NOT watch the game yesterday (Another FUCK YOU Award has been issued) I DID tune in to the commercials.

The past decade (at least) the Super Bowl Commercials have been boring, lame, or both. This year I was pleasantly surprised by how funny, clever, and (sometimes) touching they were. Yeah there were still a few duds, but they were in the minority.

So here are my 5 top picks:

  1. Rocket Mortage: Get Comfortable – featuring Beefcake Jason Momoa
  2. NEXT 100 || NFL Super Bowl LIV Commercial – the commercial seamlessly morphed into live footage. Brilliant and very emotionally charged. (How many NFL Super Stars can you spot?)
  3. Facebook Groups: Ready to Rock? – I’m not a fan of Facebook, but I like their commercials – especially this one that uses Twisted Sister‘s “I Wanna Rock“. \m/\m/ (and how ’bout those cameos by Chris Rock and Sly…)
  4. Well, it wasn’t the Super Bowl Halftime Show but hopefully that put a smile on Dee Snider’s face.

  5. Walmart: Famous Visitors – I literally DESPISE Walmart, but I have to admit this one made me laugh out loud!
  6. Cheetos: Can’t Touch This – It’s Hammer Time!

Honorable Mentions (in no particular order):

  • Tide: Laundry Later – A very clever series of commercials with a running gag!

  • Doritos: The Cool Ranch – featuring Lil Nas (Loved his horse!) and Sam Elliott.
  • Amazon: Before Alexa (Again, all about the cameos.) – DRAGON!
  • Discover: No, We Don’t Charge Annual Fees (More cameos…)
  • Michelob Ulta: Jimmy Works Out – featuring Jimmy Fallon and Jon Cena.
  • T-Mobile: Mama’s Tests – featuring Anthony Anderson and his Mom (Who are you in a club with? LOL!)
  • Jeep: Groundhog Day – featuring Bill Murray (Natch!), Sonny & Cher, and the cutest groundhog EVER!
  • Toyota: “no title” – featuring Cobie Smulders (I just had this washed.)

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Another FUCK YOU Award has been issued

Whatever you may (or may not) think of Colin Kaepernick, it’s FUCKING BULLSHIT blocking a commercial depicting peace, compassion, and reverence for life. (Perhaps they should’ve included some gratuitous sex and/or violence.)

From PETA:

…this project pays homage to all movements that remind us to open our hearts and minds and reject all forms of injustice, including sexism, ableism, racism, ageism, homophobia, and speciesism.

I HAD planned to watch the game on Sunday,
but instead would like to give the NFL and FOX a well-deserved

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Poe, Rise, and Conquer

‘Kayso, today I spent the day in bed nursing a cold and watching two of the four NFL Divisional Playoff Games:  Minnesota Vikings at SF 49ers (49ers won and will go on to play whoever wins tomorrow’s game between the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers next Sunday for a chance to secure a place in Super Bowl 2020 on February 2, 2020) and the Tennessee Titans at Baltimore Ravens.

Speaking of the 49ers, I was working as HR Administrator at California’s Great America when the just-built Levi’s Stadium hosted Super Bowl 50. In fact, when I walked out of the building the stadium was right there across the parking lot!

It was NUTS the week before the Super Bowl – especially since terrorist attacks have become our #1 fear:

  1. HR processed lots of security clearances through the Department of Homeland Security (CGA hosted – and continues to host – events such as Red Zone Rally held in conjunction with 49er games, so our personnel worked closely with those of the NFL and the stadium. I was fortunate that my job didn’t entail being part of that.).
  2. The park was divided into two, with a dual-sided fence running between the sections which was patrolled by security dogs and their handlers.
  3. Black Ops helicopters…remind me to tell you about the three that tailed me during one of my breaks…

Where was I? Oh yeah. NFL Divisional Playoffs. As they were gearing-up to start this evening’s game, the network panned to Baltimore’s two live mascots, ravens named Rise and Conquer, both wearing vests bearing the teams’ logo.

These brothers are too cute!
Learn more about Rise and Conquer

I also found info on their non-live mascot, Poe – named after one of my favorite writers (and Baltimore, MD resident), Edgar Allen Poe.

Fun fact:  The Baltimore Ravens NFL team were named after one of Poe’s poems, “The Raven“.

Well, you know how the ‘net is…one thing leads to another. Next thing you know I’m perusing a list of all NFL mascots. Three have live mascots:  Baltimore, Cleveland Browns, and the Denver Broncos. Four have no mascots:  NY Jets, Green Bay Packers, NY Giants, and the Washington Redskins.

(Aside from Rise & Conquer, my personal favorites are Rampage of the LA Rams and Sir Purr of the Carolina Panthers [NATCH])

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I ❤ Gronk

This week two videos surfaced starring former tight end for the NFL Patriots, Rob Gronkowski (“Gronk”)

Gronk joins the Lakers Girls during halftime last Tuesday (Lakers vs. Thunder).

He also released a video via Instagram promoting Gronk Beach – a music festival (hosted by Gronk) that will take place in Miami during the 2020 Super Bowl. This is an awesome vid as he plays three versions of himself, two of which portray the Devil-Angel tug-of-war with his conscience (to rejoin the NFL or to party it up). (PARTY!)

(What personality! This guy’s adorable…)

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The Cowboys have a Lucky Charm

The plucky little black cat that turned the November 4, 2019 game between the Giants and the Cowboys around in the Cowboys’ favor, has captured the hearts of NFL fans. After his appearance (and subsequent furry touchdown), the Cowboys went on to win 37-18.

So far all efforts to humanely capture the feline have been for naught. This guy truly “captured” that game. He made the field his own – no wonder he remains elusive. I have three thoughts:

  1. Capture the little guy. Get him the required shots and neuter procedure (’cause he is OBVIOUSLY a male tom). Then fly him – First Class, of course – to Texas to become their in-house lucky charm and mascot.
  2. Cowboys, take advantage of this meme and get your PR crew to work making shirts (cat wrangling?), black cat charms, etc. (I’d buy ’em!)
  3. How about a naming contest for the Cowboys’ “newest recruit” (Dallas?)

n. an element of a culture or system of behavior that may be considered to be
passed from one individual to another by nongenetic means

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