Wednesday, February 6, 2013

My take on some of the Super Bowl commercials

Ah...the Super Bowl.  I don't normally watch football.  I'm a "just watch it for the commercials" person.

However, I did watch this one, and not just for the commercials.  The Ravens did extremely well, before the power outage.  But they did manage to keep the 49ers from running away with it when the lights came back on.  NICE JOB!  My man and I were talking before the Super Bowl started and he asked me who I thought would win, and I am football-ignorant, but I did have a preference.  With Ray Lewis retiring, I did want the Ravens to win so that he could go out on THAT note.  I mean, come on, who wouldn't want that kind of end to a career.  So, I am happy that they won!

But, that's not why I'm here.  As I'm sure you guessed by the title.

I'll throw out my Top Three first.  Kinda like, soft balls, you know, to be nice.

#1  The commercial I loved:  the Dodge Ram commercial about the farmers!  I come from Southern Illinois.  There are farms everywhere.  I grew up on a farm.  My family tenanted a farm.  My parents took care of the landlord's cattle and the property, and we got to stay there rent-free.  We had a garden.  A big garden.  We had corn, potatoes, and, one year, quite by accident, watermelons sprouted in the end we used for a slop pile.  Of course, hindsight being what it is, turns out it wasn't accidental.  We had thrown out some watermelon rinds and seeds the year before.  Who knew the seeds would last through the winter, to sprout the next summer?  Quite the happy accident!

My grandmother and my mother's oldest sister also had gardens.  We all planted enough to be able to share what the others could get to grow in their own gardens.  So, we all ended up having beans (green and otherwise), tomatoes, potatoes, and corn to spare.  None of us had very much money.  But you can grow up poor on a farm, and not ever know it, because you always have enough to eat.  If people in the city made as little money as we did, they'd probably starve.  Farm life was good.

So, yeah, I love that commercial.

#2  The next best commercial: the Jeep one with the returning soldiers.  Any commercial showing soldiers and sailors and their families at homecomings make me giddy and sappy all at the same time!  In a time when our military is being horribly downsized and their pay is being cut, any commercial that shows support for the military warms my heart.

Of course, none of that could possibly have anything to do with the fact that my man is a Navy man; I was in the Navy, my dad was Navy and National Guard, and many other family members were Army and Air Force (back before there was even an official Air Force).  To say I come from a long line of military would be an understatement.

According to my husband, however, there has been some rantings and raving on FB by some Navy people about the very obvious lack of sailors on that commercial.  Well, it may have been obvious to some, but I've been Navy, and, like I said, my man is Navy, and my man is Navy (a Chief, by the way) and we didn't happen to notice.  Maybe we are just not very observant?

Regardless, it was still a good commercial!

#3  The Budweiser Clydesdale commercial.  These guys always hit it out of the park with their commercials. Anytime I see commercials showing men get all sappy over their relationship with either their wives, their children, or their pets, I'm just done for.  This one was no exception!  Some bonds can never be broken.
However, in all actuality, I have to say that probably the main reason I liked it was because there are so many horse-lovers in my life.  I really, really like horses: their physique, the musculature, their grace, their long flowing hair (which I'm probably jealous of), and the sound their hooves make when they gallop (it's like a drum beat)!  But, there are people in my life who ABSOLUTELY LOVE horses, and every time I see a horse commercial, a commercial nearly praising horses, I think of my loved ones who love horses, and the looks they must have on their faces while watching the commercials, and I can just about cry.

If you didn't watch the Super Bowl, have not seen the commercials, or have been living under a rock for the last couple of days, you can check out the 2013 Super Bowl commercials here:


If you don't want to watch all the commercials, click on the Open Gallery button at the bottom left of the viewing screen.  The Budweiser commercial is #4, #56 is the Dodge "Farmer" commercial, and the Jeep commercial is #69.

These have been my TOP THREE.  There were others I liked, that were just treats to watch, but these are the ones that I will remember for a while.

Next time:  either a new recipe, or  the BOTTOM THREE, and why I ranked them as such.  One answer will definitely NOT surprise you, but the reason just might!

Have a good one y'all,


  1. I reallly liked the sauce and biscuit mix. It would have gone over very well over spaghetti!!
    So things that make you hmmmm... why is it that everyone is in such an uproar over the geeky kid kissing the cute blonde superbowl commercial? Well, from what I understand it was gross because I don't know how she could kiss someone like that, that kind of stuff should be only in the bedroom, all that sloppy noise was disgusting, what does that have to do with football and kids are watching the game. I am not here to argue any of those points, especially since the point of advertising is to make you remember the product, no matter the reason. I only have one question.... did you have all of the same reactions when super boy stood up there wearing his speedo underwear in your living room? I did not remember hearing any complaints about that one.... Where has our society gone when kissing is worse than a semi-naked man dancing on our screen... Just a thought for the day.

  2. Good point, man-o-mine! I'll get into my take on those two commercials in a bit! Love you!