Monday, February 7, 2011

Favorite Super Bowl Ads

Thought I'd share some of my favorite Super Bowl Ads this year. Did you like these? What are your favorites?

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Super Bowl XLV

We're mere hours away from the 45th Super Bowl, as the NFC Champion Green Bay Packers take on the AFC Champion Pittsburgh Steelers.

I'll keep this plain and simple. Out of the teams that made the playoffs, I'd argue that this is the best matchup possible. I know -- obvious considering they both made it to Dallas, but unlike last season, this year's big game features two teams with powerful defenses. Combine that with elite quarterbacks, strong offensive weapons, and an over all balanced attack (the Packers seem to have found a running game as of late), and you're looking at two teams that are set for a battle of epic proportions.

So who has the edge? While the Steelers have knocked off opponent after opponent heading through the playoffs, each game came with a challenge. None of the victories came easy. The Packers on the other hand, have powered through the NFC's best with what seemed like little effort, including crushing the early Super Bowl favorite Falcons, 48-21. The Falcons also had a solid defense. So what gives the Cheese heads the edge? You guessed it, Aaron Rodgers. The young man has finally taken a big step and lead his team deep into the playoffs, and now to the Super Bowl. He is playing hotter than any player stepping on that field in a few short hours. As I see it, the game is in his hands. This will be a battle, no question, but from what we've seen this post-season, the Packers style and play on both sides of the ball will be exactly what it takes to take down the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Packers 28 - Steelers 21

Enjoy the big game everyone and be sure to follow @nflreaction on twitter for game commentary! And for everyone like me who's favorite team isn't in the Super Bowl, well, we're all undefeated tomorrow.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Inside the NFL at SBXLV Media Day

The Inside the NFL team heads to Dallas for Media Day and Super Bowl XLV.

Get ready for Super Bowl XLV with Inside the NFL tonight at 9:00 PM ET/PT, only on Showtime.

Super Bowl Ad Preview - "Snap Out of It"


Well my friends at Hyundai are at it again with some new, creative ideas for this year's big game.  Here's what they have to say:
Hyundai’s “Snap Out of It” campaign addresses years of consumer complacency towards the compact car segment. Through a series of shorts that parody the history of compact car advertising, Hyundai tells the story of the hypnotized consumer mindset, conditioned to purchase compact cars for practicality and reliability, regardless of their uninspired design and limited innovation. Enter the all-new 2011 Elantra, a no-compromise alternative that finally screams “Snap Out of It”.
Last year, Hyundai rocked the world with their prediction that Brett Favre would play another 10 years, which, at the time, didn't seem so far fetched. Now...not so much.

This year they've gone a different route, trying to enter the minds of the viewers with notions of conspiracy, secrets and illusions, Not a bad choice, considering Americans seem to thrive off of any of those concepts. At first glance, the commercials certainly get my attention, but upon further review, they tend to share the same staged, viral attitude you see with your average fan-made YouTube videos (the "sheep" look so real, don't they?). Not really something I'm usually impressed with, although I did get a little dizzy watching the leg thing, in that "trippy" kinda

At any rate, it certainly gets me questioning things about cars (something I am very familiar with, being an automotive enthusiast and quasi-gearhead). I'm from the school of thought that believes the car you choose to drive can, in many ways, define you. Not sure if driving a Hyundai Elantra would fit my own personal idiom, but at least the campaign gets people thinking about what they are, or have been cruising around in, and might make them look for something new. And for some of you, a new Elantra could fit the bill. So in that respect, well done Hyundai.

But are these ads Super Bowl worthy? I'll let you be the judge. Take a look at

Stay tuned for Super Bowl team commentary and previews...

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