You know what this Sunday is, right? It's game time, baby! And even though I have absolutely no stake in this Super Bowl - my beloved Chicago Bears are on the sidelines yet again - I still love watching the game. There's nothing better than gathering with dozens of your closest friends, armed with beer and chicken wings, to watch grown men tackle each other over pigskin. Good times! And no, I'm not being facetious. I totes love me some football!
Anyhoo, in addition to the game, many also tune in for the commercials. Although admittedly weaker in recent years, there are still a few standout ads every Super Bowl. So, after a bit of online research...and a straw poll of colleagues and friends...here are the picks for our favorite Super Bowl commercials ever! Some are funny, while others are more moving. Either way, these are the 10 we remember most fondly.
P.S. Don't worry. I'll be back tomorrow with some calorie-friendly Game Day recipes.
10. Coke — “Parade Balloons” (2008)
Parade balloon versions of Underdog and Stewie from “Family Guy” fight for an inflatable Coke bottle over the New York skyline, but are thwarted when a Charlie Brown balloon shows up and steals the drink.
9. FedEx - "Cast Away" (2003)
FedEx commercial spoofs the plotline of the movie Cast Away.
8. Monster.com - "When I Grow Up" (1999)
Fresh-faced kids share their dreams for the future, such as: "When I grow up, I want to be a brown nose," and "When I grow up, I want to be in middle management."
Horrifying and hilarious at the same time.
7. Budweiser — “Frogs” (1995)
Three frogs sitting on a log and croaking the words “buuuud,” “wiiiise” and “errrr.”
6. Xerox - "Monks" (1977)
Brother Dominic, faced with a lifetime of painstaking hand transcription, slips over to a Xerox machine and gets his copies in minutes. His superior declares it a 'miracle.'
5. McDonald's — “The Showdown” (1993)
Michael Jordan and Larry Bird go head-to-head in a game of "Horse," with the winner getting a Big Mac. Nothin' but net!
4. Apple — “1984” (1984)
An Orwellian scene of lockstep fascism is broken up by a woman in shorts, who hurls a sledgehammer through a theater screen - followed by this text: "On January 24th, Apple will introduce Macintosh. And you’ll see why 1984 won’t be like '1984.'"
3. Budweiser — “Respect” (2002)
The Budweiser Clydesdales cross a snowy field and the Brooklyn Bridge before kneeling in front of the New York skyline where the World Trade Center towers used to be. Powerful stuff.
2. Coke — “Mean Joe Greene” (1979)
Greene meets a kid in a stadium tunnel after the game. The kid offers Greene a Coke, and the player smiles and gives him a jersey.
1. Reebok — “Terry Tate Office Linebacker” (2003)
My own personal fave! Workers at a fictitious corporation who breach office etiquette receive bone-crunching tackles from Terry Tate, a Reebok sneaker-wearing linebacker.