Christina Aguilera wasn’t the only disappointment last night during the Super Bowl.Â Once again, the over-hyped, over-produced, under-funny TV commercials were a bust.Â It might have been the worst collection ever.Â Sure, some of them were worth a chuckle.Â I really think one of my favorites was the very first commercial of the game.Â It was for Bud Light.
I know a lot of people liked the Little Darth Vader commercial. I didn’t. But I did like the ad for the NFL and its use of team apparel. Click here.
I especially like the gang from “The Sopranos” wearing the Jets clothing. And Norm from “Cheers” entering the bar wearing a Wes Welker jersey. And of course, I’m always a sucker for the little baby on the E-Trade commercials, especially this one:
But really, why were so many of the commercials these epic, dark, strange productions? Most weren’t funny and most didn’t make sense. I think they are all trying a little too hard now. Time to go back to the basics. And by basics I mean funny. Like Christina Aguilera.
This seems about right to me.Â It was sent to me this morning by three different people who have no connection to each other.Â For the purpose of full disclosure, I’ve been a Minnesota Vikings fan my entire life.Â Images burned into my mind over those many years include, but are not limited to:Â Sammy White getting his helmet knocked off in the Super Bowl against Oakland, Brent McClanahan fumbling at the goal-line in the same Super Bowl, Gary Anderson missing a 35-yard field goal against Atlanta in the 98 NFC Championship Game, (I was on the sidelines at the Metrodome for that one, still refuse to speak publicly about it) and Brett Favre refusing to run four yards and fall down, instead throwing an interception across his body versus the Saints in last year’s NFC Championship Game.
What’s the point in all of this?Â I’m not really sure.Â But I do know that I have wasted a lot of time in my life watching this dysfunctional franchise.Â And the strangest part of it is how the ineptitude transcends years, players, owners, coaches, etc.Â It’s the same old thing.Â Here’s how bad it is:Â I’ve giving up yelling at the TV.Â Turns out it doesn’t do any good.Â These days, I give a half-hearted laugh and turn the channel to see what the American Pickers or the Pawn Stars are up to.
But I digress.Â In true Minnesota Vikings fashion, they will probably find a way to beat the Packers next weekend.Â And by doing so, almost all Vikings fans will be back on the bandwagon.Â Almost all.Â I know better.