The game was great, but were the ads?
The Super Bowl is widely believed to be the biggest day of the year for TV commercials.
Bud, Pepsi, Bridgestone, even Cash 4 Gold advertised.
NBC’s Hulu.com has all of the Super Bowl commercials. To the right is the Hulu.com embed code.
Clicking a thumbnail will take you to the Hulu.com site (one of my favorites, an amazing site). You can vote on ads at Hulu.com as well.
AdAge.com rated the commercials. It’s favorite?
AdAge.com’s Bob Garfield gave two ads 4 stars:
Coke Zero’s Mean Troy, a remake of the 1980 Mean Joe Greene ad, received four stars for its spot-on, word for word remake of the 1980′s classic.
The other top ad according to Bob Garfield came from Monster.com, an ad called Double Take.
The lowest rated ad? Garfield gave zero stars to Teleflora, for “ridiculing homely people about how ugly and sad they are. ”
The Oklahoman’s Matthew Price of Nerdage fame has embedded Super Bowl videos on his blog with some comments, check it out.
Saturday morning I drove down to Classen Avenue in NW OKC into the Asian District. I heard there were Chinese New Year celebrations. Actually I heard there was a Chinese Parade. I shot a Halloween Parade, so why not a Chinese Parade, whatever that might be?
I followed the cars and smoke to Super Cao Nguyen, at 2668 N Military. Smoke from the first round of firecrackers could be seen from Classen. The Super Cao Nguyen parking lot was full of both cars and people.
There really wasn’t a parade or maybe I just missed it. But there were many locations in the Asian District where crowds gathered to watch large strings of fireworks explode. I also learned you can get pretty close to the action if you want.
So I Twittered about getting a little too close to the fireworks. They really started faster than I expected. I’m smart like that. My Twitter account forwards to my Facebook account, where a friend from college who now lives in Taipei saw the update. Her response:
Hey Dave; here in Taipei we have this crazy Chinese fireworks show where anyone can put on motorcycle helmets and raincoats and what ever you want to wear, and then try to walk as close to the fireworks as you can.MAN those fireworks come at you like bullets and you have all these nutz walking around in the fireworks looking like aliens. Try getting that close to fireworks!
Here are two pics from the Chinatown Supermarket, 1228 NW 27th St. Notice the fireworks strung along the edge of the building. Click on the images for a larger version, you can see the fireworks.