Sunday marks an important event in this country -- no, not the Super Bowl, but the Super Bowl commercials.
Now, I’m not one of those people that watches the game just for the commercials. I actually care more about the game itself, more so this year because the Steelers are one of the two NFL teams I want to see win.
That said, the commercials are always fun, so I’m going to pick my Fave 5 of all-time (and if you remember who I used to work for, No. 1 should be obvious).
5. Coke - “Mean Joe Green” (1979)
When I first heard they were re-making this one for Super Bowl XLIII, I wasn’t exactly looking forward to it. But it involves a Steeler and the Steelers are in the Super Bowl, so it’s OK.
4. Reebok - “Terry Tate” (2003)
When this commercial first aired, it was a “holy crap” moment. I definitely wasn’t expecting a big linebacker to come and knock the shit out of some office worker. 5 years later, this commercial is still funny.
3. Budweiser - “Bud Bowl I” (1988)
A lot of people are more partial to the Budweiser “Frogs” commercial, but that got played out pretty quickly. This stupid stop-motion game between beer bottles actually had staying power -- proven by the fact that while I couldn't find Bud Bowl I on YouTube, Bud Bowls 2-6 were there. They’re doing a Bud Bowl again this year (I guess it’s retro year at the Super Bowl).
2. McDonald’s - “The Showdown” (1993)
3 words: Nothing But Net.
1. Apple - “1984” (1984)
This was the first true “event” Super Bowl commercial, and only aired one other time (commercials had to air twice to be eligible for awards in those days). It’s still cool, 25 years later.