Monday, February 7, 2011

A Super Bowl...

Another Super Bowl has come and gone, and much to my great happiness, the Green Bay Packers emerged the victors over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Ironically, while I've previously discussed my general dislike of sports teams or athletes that win all the time, I'm not too upset about the legendary Packers' win, for a number of reasons.

I'm pleased that quarterback (and now Super Bowl MVP) Aaron Rodgers was finally able to completely shake off the spectre of Brett Favre that has haunted him since Favre's first "retirement" and his subsequent desire to return to the team. But more than that, I'm glad that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger wasn't rewarded for his questionable personal behavior off the field, as a second accusation of sexual assault (which was never prosecuted) led to his suspension for the first four games of the year. I'm all for personal redemption when it appears the individual is truly apologetic, but Roethlisberger's dismay was more related to the suspension than the accusation. So I'm thankful that the Super Bowl didn't end with tales of Big Ben's comeback from "adversity" being capped off with a come-from-behind victory. (There. I've said it.)

But of course, my favorite part of the Super Bowl was the commercials. As always, advertisers brought out some of their best—and in some cases, their most bizarre—ads. For me, Doritos scored a one-two punch with its irreverent ads, and Volkswagen's "Mini Darth Vader" ad seems to be the choice of most for "Best in Show." I also really enjoyed the NFL's trip through television nostalgia, a few of the Bud Light ads and Fox's promo for House which spoofed the historic Mean Joe Greene spot from the 1970s.

Here are some of the highlights:

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