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Super Bowl Commercials Get A Penalty Flag, Some MVP Standouts

Updated on February 4, 2014
"Best Buds" Super Bowl commercial by Budweiser. Very, very heartwarming.
"Best Buds" Super Bowl commercial by Budweiser. Very, very heartwarming. | Source

The game has gone down in history for birdie domination. I tear for the poor little buckaroos. The halftime show - sub par to say the least. Now, what about those commercials?

For the most part, crowds were underwhelmed by the entire experience. Twitter was abuzz with people questioning, "What were they thinking with Bruno and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers?" and "What happened to the Super Bowl commercials this year?"

On a positive note, there were several commercials that we will remember for years to come and certain brands did not disappoint. Hats off to Pizza Hut, RadioShack, Doritos, Carmax, Heinz, Nestle, Honda, Budweiser, and Oikos.

Here is your breakdown of the Super Bowl commercials - the good, the really bad, and the plain bizarre. Let's start with the "Plain Awful" category and work our way up to "Honorable Mention". Of course, there were a few heartwarming ads too. Finally, we will see the commercials that killed it and those fall into the "Momentous and Extraordinary" category.


Intuit Turbo Tax - "Love Hurts"

The only thing that made sense in this commercial was having John C. Reily (Step Brothers, Talladega Nights, and Wreck-it Ralph) as the narrator. Other than that, I don't see why a high school senior would need to file taxes anyway. Also, national holidays do not fall on Sundays. If the Super Bowl was a national holiday then why was I at work today - the Monday after?


Bud Light - "Ian Up For Whatever"

Are we supposed to believe that "Ian" is not an actor? And what was with Don Cheadle with that alpaca looking thing in the elevator? One more thing, I am so embarrassed for Arnold. Why the stoner wig and daisy dukes, Arnie? This was 3 minutes and 45 seconds of "what the hell...?"


Beats Music and AT&T - "The Right Music"

Am I the only one who is over watching Ellen Degeneres dance all the time? Beats are really great but this commercial and Ellen's dumb bow need to get lost in the woods.


Doritos - "Time Machine"

This one was pretty funny. The little Jimmy character was really cute with his megaphone. When Mr. Smith gets out of the time machine I love that he really thought he went into the future in the Dorito-fueled time machine.

Uncle Jesse, Uncle Joey, and Danny Tanner perform a Full House throwback for Oikos Greek Yogurt.  Sexually charged and witty!
Uncle Jesse, Uncle Joey, and Danny Tanner perform a Full House throwback for Oikos Greek Yogurt. Sexually charged and witty! | Source


Heinz Ketchup - "Hum (Happy and You Know It)"

"If You're Happy and You Know It" and the tap of the ketchup jar? Genius, really. Ketchup really is a happy condiment isn't it? I thought it was hilarious that the man in the full-body cast needed the nurse to help tap his bottle of ketchup and then the old grandma squirted her bottle to make the ever-so-funny fart noise. Why are farts or fart noises always funny anyway?


Honda - Bruce Willis and Fred Armisen in "#Hugfest"

This tender moment reminded us that everyone around us that we care about deserves a hug. Honda brought the love this time. It was nice reminder that we don't always have to blow things up to get attention.


RadioShack - "The 80's Wants Their Store Back"

I have to give it to RadioShack for this commercial! They really know their audience and pop culture. I replayed this one several times and each time I see someone new that I didn't see before. Here are the 80's figures that I have seen so far. (Let me know if I missed anyone):

  • Mary Lou Retton
  • Teen Wolf
  • Cliff Clavin from Cheers
  • Eric Estrada
  • Hulk Hogan
  • Twisted Sister
  • Jason Vorhees
  • Kid n Play
  • California Raisins
  • Chucky
  • Alf
  • Back To The Future Car
  • Sgt. Slaughter
  • Ghostbuster's Ghost

Nestle Butter Finger Cups menages a trois - Peanut Butter, Chocolate, and the freaky Butterfingers
Nestle Butter Finger Cups menages a trois - Peanut Butter, Chocolate, and the freaky Butterfingers | Source


Carmax - "Slow Clap"

What can I say? I'm a sucker for Rudy and a slow clap moment. I love this commercial because if you pay attention the little naked lawn fountain claps too! Then the karate guy does a ridiculously funny kick right at the end of the commercial that had me peeing in my pants. (Well, not literally peeing, but this was funny as heck.)


Pizza Hut - "Baby Water-skiing"

Little Ryder is adorable but what had me laughing the most was watching his chubby mother trying to catch him as he just giggled away. Then the caption at the bottom read, "Do not attempt. Professional Baby." This commercial was so cute and fun!

So what was your favorite Super Bowl commercial, past or present? Did I mention your favorite this year? Keep in mind, these are only opinions - not facts - so no need to get hostile if you disagree, tigers.


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      4 years ago

      Shawn, I agree that the Bud commercial was tender. However, I'm not so sure how I feel about Bud using soldiers to sell beer.

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      Shawn McIntyre 

      4 years ago from Orlando, FL.

      My favorite was the Budweiser "Hero's Welcome" one. Admittedly it was almost certainly staged, but it was still a good commercial.

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      4 years ago from Central New Jersey

      I did notice Transformers. Captain America looks good too. Thanks for the positive feedback.

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      Kevin W 

      4 years ago from Texas

      Nice hub A-bomb, I actually thought the game and all the commercials were horrible. The Broncos weren't ready to play and the best commercial was the movie previews to the Transformers: Age of Extinction. Voted up on your hub though.


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