I remember when everybody loved to talk about the football game. Like way back in the third Super Bowl, before it was one big league that decided this yearly get-together deserved Roman numerals, when upstart renegade Joe Willie Namath stamped his guarantee and his and my New York Jets of the American Football League beat the big, bad and burly Baltimore Colts of the traditionalist National Football League by the score of 16-7.
An important things to learn, kiddies: Quarterback Namath, from Beaver Falls, Pa., but who’d done his college quarterbacking for Alabama and thus spoke with somewhat of a drawl, wore a fur coat around Broadway, was known as a darling among the woman and a hero to them men, and was hired to star in a TV commercial to sell pantyhose by wearing them.
A tie between the big game and over-the-top commercial breaks to hawk products had been established forever and ever.
And haven’t there been some doozies over the years as companies from around the world fork over millions for dollars per 30-second slot to buy the eyeballs fixed upon the screens. This is our big party, you know? Have you ordered your pizza and wings ahead of time yet?
I’m always a goner for the Budweiser commercials. Yes, the zany ones are good for a chuckle. But it’s the sentimental ones of late, the spots that feature the reunion of the devoted dogs and horses, that get me every single time.
So my eyes opened wider as I read my Film News sites for today’s weekly blog post on the Syracuse New Times site and caught one reporter’s opinion that there are 10 trailers that deserve being shown during Sunday’s big game between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots.
Good idea, that.
You can read my piece and find links to that story by clicking the link below.
Also included over there today is my take on the heated speculation that Chris Pratt may be the man wearing the fedora in the next sequel in the “Indiana Jones” franchise.
Now that’s a career gone Joe Willie Namath-hot.
What are some of your favorite Super Bowl TV commercials? Are you going to be rooting for the Seattle Seahawks and uncharged balls or the New England Patriots and balls that had to be investigated? Which trailer would you most like to see Sunday, “Mission Impossible 5,” “Entourage,” “Point Blank” or “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”?