Super Bowl Commercials: The Great, The Eh, And The What?

Super Bowl ReviewAfter last year’s morbid sentimental advertisements (remember Nationwide and the dead little boy?), most football fans were hoping for a light-hearted Super Bowl Sunday. Luckily, this year, advertisers chose not to go in such a dark direction, and instead used humor during TV’s biggest night of the year.

Some commercials were flawless.

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Others were less than thrilling.

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Oh yea, Eli, I’m sure that’s not gonna cause any tension in the fam. Nope. Not a bit.

Are you ready?

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Let’s go.

The Great

  1. T-Mobile “Drop the Balls”

    “Uh uh, Verizon got it wrong. Yes, not me!” Way to poke fun at how blunderful you are at your job, Steve Harvey. I chuckled; I chuckled quite a bit.
  2. Honda “A New Truck to Love”

    In a year in which we’ve already lost too many rock n’ roll greats, hearing a group of herded sheep sing “Somebody to Love” warmed my heart. The employment of the ‘Toy Story Effect’ (what are ______ doing when we’re not watching) was especially effective, even if the talking dog was overkill at the end.
  3. Avocados from Mexico “#AvosInSpace”

    The best commercials, in my opinion, make you think while you’re laughing. Showcasing jorts, a Cube of Rubik, and the emoji alphabet, #AvosInSpace really got me thinking about how insane it is that we communicate so much via snarky smiley faces. It’s silly, but actually a bit impressive. Cue the “oohs” and “ahhs” from our alien future.
  4. Heinz “Weiner Stampede”

    Heinz had me from the first weenie dog running. The floppy ears. The baby ketchup packet. Harry Nillson crooning in the background. Can you just imagine how much fun this commercial was to shoot?

The Eh

  1. Doritos “Doritos Dogs”

    I consistently have high hopes for Doritos Super Bowl Commercials. The murderous dog who bribed his owner with a bag of Doritos in 2012 killed me. This commercial had all the right ingredients (cute dogs, relatable grocery store environment, bemused cashier) but was just not executed correctly.
  2. Toyota Prius “The Longest Chase”

    I don’t take pride in knocking a Prius down. However, this commercial was just far too long. I got up, refilled my plate with buffalo chicken dip, sat back down, and it was still going. Too much Prius, not enough Marky Mark.
  3. Mountain Dew Kickstart “Puppymonkeybaby”

    Was this not the creepiest critter you’ve ever seen? Nothing about this ad made me want to drink that Mountain Dew. And the three men gyrating their hips at the end? What?

The Questionable

  1. NFL “Super Bowl Babies”

    At first watch, this commercial was hilarious. On second thought, it’s a bunch of eight year olds singing about how their parents did it after a football game. That’s a little much for me.
  2. Xifaxin “IBSD”

    The anthropomorphized intestine running happily around the stadium weirded me out. He was almost kinda cute, but I just don’t want to think of my intestines that way, amiright?
  3. Doritos “Ultrasound”

    The disheveled, dirty soon-to-be-father was a far cry from the polished pops of last year’s Super Bowl, but a considerably funnier dad as well. But where the Doritos “Dogs” commercial didn’t go far enough, I think this one pushed the envelope just a little bit too far. That poor mother.

The Super Bowl for Dummies

Super Bowl for Dummies

The day everyone has been waiting for is finally here. Football fans and commercial die-hards alike get their fix on this nationally celebrated occasion. The Super Bowl has finally arrived, and we here at 4E want to make sure all of our fellow Hoyas are well prepared for the event. So, here is a guide to the who, where and what to eat of the Super Bowl.

Who’s Who

The 14-4 New England Patriots will battle the 14-4 Seattle Seahawks on Sunday night. The Patriots bring in a high-powered offense led by Tom Brady and slightly deflated footballs. The Seahawks will send out arguably the best defense in the NFL to try and slow down Brady. In charge of stopping Brady will be Richard Sherman and the rest of the Seattle secondary, otherwise known as the “Legion of Boom.” The Seahawks’ offense is led by quarterback Russell Wilson who is coming off a four interception performance in the NFC Championship and will need to bounce back. The workhouse of the Seattle offense is running back Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch. Beast Mode may not have a lot to say in his interviews, but his play on the field will absolutely need to speak for itself if the Seahawks want to have a chance against the Pats.

Patriots’ Key Players: QB Tom Brady, TE Rob Gronkowski, RB LeGarrette Blount, DT Vince Wilfork, Aaron Hernandez (while he may not actually be playing, the former Pats tight end’s trial for murder began this week – it’s absolutely something to keep an eye on)

Seahawks’ Key Players: RB Marshawn Lynch, QB Russell Wilson, CB Richard Sherman/Legion of Boom

With that said, look for one of the following players to steal the show on Sunday…

National Anthem: Idina Menzel, who sings “Let it Go” from Frozen will have the honor of singing the national anthem before kickoff. This is quite the honor for Menzel. That same stage has been host to legendary artists such as Whitney Houston, Carrie Underwood and Billy Joel, to name a few.

Halftime Show: For those of you not-so-huge football fans, the halftime show will be none other than California Girl Katy Perry. Perry says she has a whole brand new show planned for halftime, and will be joined by Lenny Kravitz and another secret special guest. Word on the street is Perry cut out Thin Mints to be in performance-ready shape come Sunday.

Where is it

The game itself will be played at the University of Phoenix Stadium which is ironically located in Glendale, Arizona. Kickoff is set for 6:30 pm and can be found on NBC. Super Bowl parties are always a good time and would be a great excuse to gather friends and not do homework on a Sunday.

However, if neither you nor your friends have cable, ample seating space or the necessary funds to host, don’t worry, our friends at Georgetown Program Board have you covered. They will be hosting a watch party in the Healey Family Student Center with free Wingo’s wings, Domino’s Pizza, DC Cupcakes and soda. Here is the link for the Facebook event, and if you do not have anywhere to head for the Super Bowl, I highly suggest turning this into your own personal Super Bowl Party and taking advantage of the opportunity. The event officially begins at 6:30, but the Program Board suggests coming early to make sure you get a good seat.

What do I eat?

The Super Bowl is just as much about food as it is about football. As I just said, the game watch in HFSC will have all the Super Bowl Sunday essentials. Throwing a party and not sure what to get for your guests? Easy, wings and pizza. Nothing says “Super Bowl” quite like wings and pizza. In fact, about 1.25 billion chicken wings are expected to be eaten during the game, which is just about four wings for every American. So give Wingo’s a call and order at least four wings for everyone at your party (I would probably suggest more than four a person, but that’s just me). 50 wings at Wingo’s will cost you $47.99 before delivery and tax. In addition, any good host needs to have a strong snack game. Most people will be glued to the game and cannot be bothered to get up, so a great spread of snacks is crucial. Things like chips and guac/salsa are classics, but don’t hesitate to get creative. Buffalo chicken dip is a personal favorite, but feel free to make your own snack choices for your own party.

This year’s Super Bowl will hopefully be a little more entertaining than last year’s blowout, but either way it is a great way to get friends together and enjoy each other’s company, or at least to just take a break from schoolwork for a few hours. So kick back, relax, enjoy the game and find out if the Seattle Seahawks can repeat, or if the golden boy Tom Brady will spoil their fun. Also, be sure to keep an eye out during the commercials, because sometimes they outshine the actual game. Happy Super Bowl Sunday Georgetown.


P.S. Maybe the Super Bowl is not your style. Well, The Puppy Bowl will be airing at 3 :00 pm on the Animal Planet and is exactly what you would hope for. It is a bunch of puppies running around with football toys. Enjoy.


Top 10 Superbowl Prospects: Looks Before Talent


Super Bowl Sunday is TODAY! Tune in, along with the other 10 million people that are expected to watch, at 6:30 pm. Things are about to get real intense for football fans. The Seahawks are the first defending Super Bowl champs since, um, the Patriots, in 2004 and 2005. And the Seahawks quarterback, Russell Wilson (see below), is aiming to become the youngest quarterback in history to win two Super Bowls in a row. Tom Brady, the Patriots quarterback (also see below), is the current record-holder. Oh, the sweet, sweet irony.

For those of you who read the previous paragraph without absorbing a single piece of information because you either a) know nothing about football or b) don’t care one way or another who wins, don’t give up on this post just yet!

If you’re not going to admire the talent on the field, you can at least admire the dazzling good looks on the screen in front of you while you guzzle down your Tostitos and salsa. So, without further ado, here are the top 5 most attractive men from each of the competing teams that you simply must look out for. (View at your own risk — you should probably sit down for this).

Top 5 New England Patriots

1. Tom Brady: This man simply does not have a single flaw. He is one of the best, if not the best (I’ll admit I’m biased as a dedicated Patriots fan myself) quarterbacks in the National Football League. If his international fame isn’t enough, get this: he is a University of Michigan graduate. So, athleticism and brains… mmhmm. Even more, if a male Victoria’s Secret company existed, he would undoubtedly be their poster child. He’s 6’4,” and LOOK AT THAT SMILE. He’s beautiful – clean-cut haircut, perfect pearly whites and just the right amount of scruff. Lastly, off-the-field, he is the ultimate family man. He has three adorable children and a smokin’ hot wife. Not every guy can just pick up an internationally renowned super-model, alright? Oh, and he’s 37, yet looks like he’s 25. So, basically: this man is a superhero. Enjoy the view.

2. Danny Amendola: After signing with the Patriots in 2013, Danny Amendola quickly made quite an impression in the League. He didn’t go unnoticed by NFL fans either. And no, I am not just referring to his speed and pass receptions. Take one good look at this picture and I think you’ll know what I’m getting at – he’s quite easy on the eyes. He rocks the facial hair perfectly, and honestly, he has better eyebrows than most girls I know. Oh, and in case you missed it, LOOK AT HIS BICEPS. Seriously, he’s not even flexing. Ugh, swoon. Measuring at 5’11”, he may not be the most imposing player on the field, but when he looks like that, who really cares?

3. Devin McCourty: Devin McCourty has been with the Patriots since 2010, and thankfully so. First, let’s start with the hat. A beanie is hard enough to pull off, but throw a pom pom on top, and you’ve got quite the wardrobe challenge. But, no problem for this guy. He somehow manages not to look like a foolish adult wearing a children’s hat. Snaps on snaps on snaps for Devin  (yes, we’re on a first name basis). Second, let’s talk about the form-fitting shirt. A) It looks like something you could find at Lululemon, so right away we know he has good taste. B) It’s FORM FITTING. The biceps will really get ya, once again. Third, but unfortunately missing from this particular picture, are his massive diamond earrings. Straight-up stud. I’ll take a matching pair anytime…

4. Rob Gronkowski: Better known as “Gronk.” In the past few seasons, Gronk has suffered injury after injury, leaving him unable to perform his classic touchdown spike. His football career may have suffered from injuries, but his looks certainly did not. Testament to that fact: he was on the cover of ESPN’s body issue. Look at those chiseled abs. His pecs, his traps, his biceps… I won’t go on to list every muscle in the human body, but you get the point. It literally looks like he was carved from clay. He may not be the brightest bulb, but he knows how to have a good time while looking like a granite statue, so no complaints.
P.S. Waiting for my marriage proposal any day, so don’t get your hopes up.

5. Julian Edelman:  Julian Edelman has occupied much of the spotlight in the Patriots’ most recent seasons. For that, we are all #blessed. He may only be 5’10”, but the fact that he’s a Cali boy certainly makes up for it. His hair is freshly gelled – not too much, not too little – and expertly side-swept. And those piercing baby-blue eyes? Go ahead and do us a favor, Julian, and just don’t blink… like ever. Lastly, he’s a solid 200 pounds of muscle. I mean, just look at the vein bulging in his bicep. Keep doing you, Julian, no one is opposed.

Top 5 Seattle Seahawks

1. Cooper Helfet: Dayum. Discovering Cooper Helfet on the Seahawks roster was probably the highlight of my day, and I am really not ashamed to admit it (even though I probably should be). He’s got a Liam Hemsworth look-a-like thing going on, and we are so okay with it. 6 feet, 3 inches of true beauty. Even more, he’s a Duke University graduate. Plus, he’s from California. Talk about the whole package: Cali-bred looks, athleticism and brains. I think it is fair to say we will all be looking for him on the big screen come game time.

2. Doug Baldwin: Oh, Dougy. He is one fine sight. His skin is radiant – it must be that Florida sun he grew up under. His teeth are perfect, and his eyes are those puppy-dog eyes we all strive to mimic. His diamond stud earrings are not quite as impressive as Devin McCourty’s, but still a tasteful touch. HMU with a matching pair before Devin, and I may just have to convert to a Seahawks fan. If you weren’t already impressed, his graduating from Stanford has to earn him some serious brownie points. Even if he is on the shorter side of the spectrum, measuring only 5’10”, he’s got a smile that is definitely worth at least 3 inches.

3. Russell Wilson: The Seahawks quarterback doesn’t quite lead his team in the looks department the way Tom Brady does, but he is still quite visually appealing. He especially pulls off the rugged tough-guy look, and we dig it. Those eyes are simply irresistible. And those luscious curls? They’ve got Pantene written all over them. A freshly-cut do obviously means he puts effort into his appearance, and boy, does it show. Additionally, he was locally grown! He was born in Richmond, VA so that’s cool, I guess. In the battle of the beautiful quarterbacks tomorrow, let’s see who takes home the W.

4. Bryan Walters: A Cornell grad, we can be sure Bryan Walters is more than just a pretty face. But, with that said, he actually really is a pretty face. The slight ginger tint to his hair offsets his penetrating blue eyes impeccably. His facial hair is groomed to absolute perfection. And no one can deny his total masculinity with that Adam’s apple jumping out at you. He’s only been with the Seahawks for two seasons, but with looks like that, we will take every season we can get.

5. Brock Coyle: He may be a rookie on the field, but he certainly has got the looks thing down already. With dark brown, maybe black, hair and bright blue eyes, Brock is basically Megan Fox’s male doppelgänger. That can be said about very few people, so appreciate it. Although he may not play much tomorrow, that does not mean, by any means, that you shouldn’t scan the sidelines with an eagle eye. You really won’t regret it.

So, you’re welcome. All these beautiful men will be on every big-screen tomorrow, so embrace it one-hundo-percent.



Luddat Halftime Show

bruno-mars-2014I have always been a halftime girl. I have fairly recently gained an appreciation for football because of stunts like this and this. But from the beginning, I always believed the best parts of the game were the halftime show and the food (my friends and I ordered 100 wings from Wingos today).

Of course, this year I wasn’t expecting much because Bruno Mars, even with the help of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, is not Beyoncé. Unfortunately, the game was the most boring thing I have ever watched (sorry, Peyton) so I was ready for whatever Bruno had in store.

So here is my take of the much-needed halftime show:

1. He shouldn’t have started with such dramatic music before he began. This isn’t “Game of Thrones,” Bruno, settle down.

2. I was a bit disturbed by the children holding hands in front of the American flag singing, “I want to be a billionaire.” Do I have to explain why that was weird? But I did appreciate the drum solo. It looked like he was working really hard, so keep it up, buddy.

3. I respected the fact that it sounded semi-live and the fact that Bruno and his crew always look suave but I couldn’t help but wonder if the doo wop boy band act could handle the stadium setting. Then the body rolls began and all doubt went down the drain.

4. I fell in love with Bruno all over again with “Treasure.” The black silhouettes of Bruno and his bandmates against a white back drop were cray. Then Bruno did a split and I died.

5. Things got weird with the Red Hot Chili Peppers. That’s all I have to say.

6. But then there was a really sweet homage to American soldiers separated from their families. I’m not sure exactly where or how that fit into the halftime show, or if it is appropriate in the midst of the biggest display of American consumerism all year, but I have to say I can’t help but love hearing a mother telling her kids that she loves them when she is fighting for her country far away from home.

All in all, I actually loved the halftime show and it reminded me that I do really enjoy Bruno Mars even though his songs are overplayed. I wish he would have performed “The Lazy Song” though it seems like the antithesis of a Super Bowl pump-up song. But what can pump up Americans who just ate their weight in guac and buffalo wings?


Super Bowl XLVIII as Told by Social Media

Super BowlSo that Super Bowl was … well, it happened. Anyway, take a look at what Hoyas thought about the game, the halftime show and the commercials, as told by social media.

Peyton Manning was the brunt of a few jokes:

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Bruno and his halftime show got a shout-out:

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Hoya fans spoke their mind:

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The commercials got some attention:

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Some viewers really just gave up on the game entirely:

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 But in the end, Seahawks fans still savored the sweet victory:

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Well, that’s all folks. Seahawks, have fun in Disney World. Broncos, there’s always next year. (Haha, just kidding. We all know the Packers will win Super Bowl XLIX).


The Best Thing to Happen on Super Bowl Sunday (Other Than the Super Bowl)

Puppy Bowl 2014Chips? Check. Five large pepperoni pizzas? Check. A friend to help you finish them? Check. Now what? The worst part about Super Bowl Sunday is all of the hours before the Super Bowl when you have nothing to do. Everybody knows there’s no point in expending energy or doing anything but sitting on the couch watching the game.

At least that used to be the case, until some genius in a fancy apartment in Manhattan invented the Puppy Bowl. You heard me: It’s like if football and puppies mixed and the result was a lot of puppies running around being adorable. And there’s even a kitten halftime show, featuring a particularly bold kitten parachuting into the stadium. Think it can’t get any better? How about the fact that, aside from a few (hopefully) animal-trained humans, the referees are largely penguins standing next to large blocks of ice. I honestly couldn’t make this up even if I wanted to.

You might be asking why such greatness exists on Earth right about now. The Puppy Bowl is staged to raise awareness for pet adoption, and all featured puppies and kittens (60 and 30, respectively) are up for adoption! If you like what you see, make a call and you could have a Puppy Bowl champ to love. This year’s lineup is expected to be the most talented bunch yet. Without further ado, here are our top four picks for the 10th annual Puppy Bowl, airing Feb. 2 at 3 p.m. on Animal Planet. Be there or it will be your biggest regret of 2014.

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Name: Brody
Breed: American Eskimo Dog
Age: 15 weeks
Why we pick him: Brody plays football simply because he loves football. He is happiest running around the stadium, chasing after the ball. That passion will take you places.

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Name: Laney
Breed: Brittany Spaniel Mix
Age: 13 weeks
Why we pick her: Her back leg is ready to pounce. This girl’s got game and she isn’t afraid to show it. Better watch out, pups.

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Name: Lily
Breed: Basset Hound
Age: 13 weeks
Why we pick her: Her eyes are so full of wisdom. She’s also got the largest ears of the bunch, so she is always in the know.

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Name: Abdiel
Breed: Labrador/Terrier Mix
Age: 13 weeks
Why we pick him: He’s got his game face on. Always.

All Puppy Bowl photos courtesy of The Small Screen Scoop – Click the link to see the full lineup!
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Casual Thursdays: SuperBuzzed XLVII

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As we wipe the last tears from our eyes and look towards a weekend without Thirds, a new chance to be day-drunk mid-semester graces our Sunday: Super Bowl XLVII. Hope springs eternal. What time is it at? Not sure. Where does it take place? Couldn’t tell you. Who’s playing? Thank heavens for Google. But fear not! Whether you take a special pride in gloating about fantasy victories or meticulously plan your bathroom breaks to miss the game, not the commercials, we can all unite in the simple pleasure of drinking cheap beer and pretending not to double dip in the community salsa. Cheers.

Now if the thought of sipping on lukewarm Natty all evening makes you cringe (you snob) or if you just need something a little stronger to get you through that three-hour pregame show, why not complement those chips and (expired?) guac with a Beer Margarita? (Note: this sounds like something desperate college students would make, but take a good hard look in the mirror buddy. Necessity is the mother of invention.)

And If watching large, scary (let’s talk about Ray Lewis’s helmet) men repeatedly running into each other doesn’t quite hold your attention, we have a game that will.

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