The Real National Pastime

Americans and the whole world will be tuned in this Sunday to Super Bowl XLIII or The Big Game, whichever you prefer.

But the sad fact is that the majority of them (at least outside of Steeler Nation) really could care less if Warner or Roethlisberger gets his second ring.  Or if Tomlin can outcoach Whisenhunt.  Or, quite frankly, who wins at all.

You know it, I know it, everyone knows it.  All eyes will be on the stupid commercials.

Personally, I think this whole subplot to the best sports event of the year is ponderous and boring.  You may believe otherwise and, if so, I recommend that you check out this profile of the Top 25 Super Bowl Commercials of All Time.

I will make one exception to my lack of interest in Super Bowl commercials and it is technically not a “Super Bowl” commercial at all, as it debuted prior to the game.  It will always be remembered as such, however, due to its exposure during Super Bowl XIV on January 20, 1980.

This classic Mean Joe Greene spot stands as a milestone ad and one that all young fans related to for the possibilities that it stirred in having an impact on your heroes’ lives (not to mention the sweaty souvenir).

Well, it turns out the Coke has brought it back in some form, this time to promote Coke Zero.  In this first look, Troy Polamalu does his best Mean Joe and preps us for the “twist” to come. 

I like Polamalu.  And the bonus of having a player in the game star in this ad is a nice coincidence for Coke.  But this twist better be worth it.  The last thing we need is another lousy football remake.

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~ by acm213 on January 27, 2009.

One Response to “The Real National Pastime”

  1. Thanks for the hint of the Coke ad. Glad they waited until someone with a little class and appreciation came along for the remake. Go Steelers.

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