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Super Bowl Ads Post Mortem

I didn’t have a dog in this hunt, so my only feeling for the game itself was ‘anybody but New England’. That, and I wondered what nonsense Madonna would show us; surprisingly, she wasn’t all bad and at least avoided a wardrobe malfunction.

So, mostly the Missus and I watch the commercials, the very expensive commercials. The Coke polar bears were cute, guess Global Warming hasn’t wiped them out yet. Go Daddy and Hyundai showed lots of pretty little cheerleader types. Budweiser seems obsessed with blue beer bottles. Kinda miss their frogs.

But good grief, the GM commercials! Dropping some baby-car from an airplane, doing motor-cross with it, slapping piano keyboards on the roadside, I think something about guitars? What kind of Chevy was it? Pretty sure it wasn’t a Volt, it didn’t ignite or anything.

But my biggest disappointment was Dirty Harry. Gee, he looks OLD! And his voice sounded…off somehow. His message? America’s at half-time and we’re coming back. Just look at Detroit!

Last thing I read about Detroit was they were bulldozing entire vacant neighborhoods to ‘let them go back to nature’. Not much of a come-back if you ask me. Oh yeah, it was a Chrysler commercial. The same Chrysler that isn’t paying back 1.3 BILLION dollars we loaned them.

Methinks our second half really begins next January, when we can all join together and sing along with Patty Smyth, Goodbye to You.

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  1. If Clint is letting himself be used in the whole stealth advertising campaign to re-elect Obama, he wouldn’t be the only one. But still it’s disappointing. The “halftime” metaphor can only be deciphered to mean, if Detroit, and America, are ‘on the way back’, that Obama’s policies are working and he needs the second half of the game (2nd term)to finish the job.

  2. The halftime metaphor can only go so far before falling flat on its face:

    1) If there is a halftime and we are in a “game”, it means that there is another team actively competing against “us”. Well, the only other “team” that we (as a country) are actively in conflict with at present is radical Islam. But, I thought that we… Islam isn’t… oh, never mind… (I guess it could be the Dems versus the GOP, or progressives versus conservatives, etc., but the question of exactly who “we” and “they” are gets a little contentious and troublesome…)

    2) The tone of the ad seemed to indicate that “we” had been getting the crap knocked out of us during the first half, metaphorically speaking. Evidently, “we” didn’t have a good game plan going into the game.

    3) Most teams do a lot of halftime adjustments to their game plan, changing things so as to better counter what the other team was doing in the first half. Continuing with the same game plan and making no halftime adjustments, as Clint said that is all we need to do (Obama just needs more time), will most likely get “us” beat worse in the second half (see item 2). And, assuming that the other “team” does a halfway decent job of halftime adjustments, it doesn’t give me a warm and fuzzy feeling about “our” chances in the second half.

    4) To me, it looks as if “we” deferred in the first half, didn’t score numerous times when we had the chance, and fumbled several times deep in the other “teams” territory (you know, right around the Strait of Hormuz). Hopefully, time will run out in the first half before things get any worse, or before they score again. Last second scores going into the locker room have a way of killing momentum…

    I think it will be a wild and unpredictable second half. Hopefully, it won’t end up with “us” in ignominious defeat… or in a sister-kissing tie!

  1. If Clint is letting himself be used in the whole stealth advertising campaign to re-elect Obama, he wouldn’t be the only one. But still it’s disappointing. The “halftime” metaphor can only be deciphered to mean, if Detroit, and America, are ‘on the way back’, that Obama’s policies are working and he needs the second half of the game (2nd term)to finish the job.

  2. The halftime metaphor can only go so far before falling flat on its face:

    1) If there is a halftime and we are in a “game”, it means that there is another team actively competing against “us”. Well, the only other “team” that we (as a country) are actively in conflict with at present is radical Islam. But, I thought that we… Islam isn’t… oh, never mind… (I guess it could be the Dems versus the GOP, or progressives versus conservatives, etc., but the question of exactly who “we” and “they” are gets a little contentious and troublesome…)

    2) The tone of the ad seemed to indicate that “we” had been getting the crap knocked out of us during the first half, metaphorically speaking. Evidently, “we” didn’t have a good game plan going into the game.

    3) Most teams do a lot of halftime adjustments to their game plan, changing things so as to better counter what the other team was doing in the first half. Continuing with the same game plan and making no halftime adjustments, as Clint said that is all we need to do (Obama just needs more time), will most likely get “us” beat worse in the second half (see item 2). And, assuming that the other “team” does a halfway decent job of halftime adjustments, it doesn’t give me a warm and fuzzy feeling about “our” chances in the second half.

    4) To me, it looks as if “we” deferred in the first half, didn’t score numerous times when we had the chance, and fumbled several times deep in the other “teams” territory (you know, right around the Strait of Hormuz). Hopefully, time will run out in the first half before things get any worse, or before they score again. Last second scores going into the locker room have a way of killing momentum…

    I think it will be a wild and unpredictable second half. Hopefully, it won’t end up with “us” in ignominious defeat… or in a sister-kissing tie!

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