Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

15 Jan 2014

FO Reader Awards Preliminary Thread

Hey everybody. Almost time for those FO reader awards, and I've got a bit of a problem this year. Well, two problems, and I was hoping you could all help out.

First, I didn't do a very good job keeping track of the best and worst commercials broadcast regularly during NFL games this season for our "best and worst commercials" categories. So I'm opening up the floor to nominations here. I'll go through this thread and figure out which commercials to put in the balloting.

In addition, I generally try not to nominate more than one player from the same team for things like Offensive or Defensive MVP, because I don't want fans from a specific team to have their votes split. So I would like to hear readers' opinion. Who should be the nominee for Defensive MVP from Seattle: Earl Thomas or Richard Sherman? And who should be the nominee for Defensive MVP from Kansas City: Dontari Poe, Justin Houston, or Eric Berry?

Don't gum up the thread with your other Defensive MVP ideas, or other award ideas. I know who else is getting nominated for Defensive MVP and for awards in general. I don't need ten comments reminding me to let people vote for Robert Quinn. Thanks!

Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 15 Jan 2014

178 comments, Last at 23 Jan 2014, 5:10pm by Duke

Comments

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by T. Diddy :: Wed, 01/15/2014 - 6:30pm

Worst commercial: Any of the Silverado "A man. A man and his truck . . ." ads. Preferably nominated as a group.

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by Bobman :: Fri, 01/17/2014 - 2:40pm

A man. A man and his Internet. And some friends who like football. Discussing games, refs, coaches, and Catholic Match Girl. There's arguin', fightin', debatin', and some wild sex. And at the end of the day, half vote for Brady, and t'other half for Manning. Which makes Phil Rivers wet his pants.

Those commercials are excruciating, but eminently parodiable!

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by Sporran :: Wed, 01/15/2014 - 6:37pm

Best commercial -- one of the ones with the kids. The little girl opining that you don't want to wait to eat your raisins because they will turn into grapes gets me every time.

Of course, I can't remember what was being advertised, so maybe they aren't very good commercials after all.

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by Keith_1 :: Wed, 01/15/2014 - 7:38pm

Is that the little girl who, when asked what place she was in for cutest kid, she responds, "Kindergarten?!" If so, she has my vote, because she is adorable and hilarious, scripted or otherwise.

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by Duke :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 1:31am

I hated those series of ads when they first came out, maybe a year ago or so, because they were so obviously scripted. But the later ones are much better. I guess it wasn't that I hated the fact that they were scripted as much as I hated the bad child actors. Now that the child actors are good, it works.

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by Briguy :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 3:21pm

Actually I've read several articles about those commercials. The questions are scripted, and the adult actor has scripted prompts to use if things aren't going well, but the kids answers are not scripted.

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by theslothook :: Wed, 01/15/2014 - 6:40pm

I imagine Seattle fans will object, but I actually liked the colin kaepernick headphone commercial.

Similarly, for worst commercial, its a two horse race between that mighty wings commercial with larry bird, kaep and flacco vs. the discount double check with aaron rodgers in coach.

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by Sporran :: Wed, 01/15/2014 - 6:49pm

I second your choices for worst commercial.

Also, there was the commercial with the magnetic football game where the running back runs away from the end zone and grabs onto the burger with the creepy guy in the background. WTF is up with that?

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by vcs (not verified) :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 1:50pm

Those Flacco/Kaep commericals were so utterly terrible that I forgot about them. Awful production values, unfunny jokes, and Larry Bird for no discernible reason.

As for discount double check:
Week 1: "Hmm, that was mildly amusing"
Week 18: "Arrggg. This company spends way too much on advertising."

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by dbostedo :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 2:02pm

"...Larry Bird for no discernible reason"

Actually, Larry Bird is in there for a good reason, done really badly. It's a reference back to when McDonald's had Larry Bird and Michael Jordan playing horse for some food. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oACRt-Qp-s )

The first Flacco/Kaep commercial was supposed to ape that one. But then it gets all convoluted and badly done. Like someone finally realized that Flacco and Kaepernick are not the current NFL equivalent of 1993 Bird and Jordan; And therefore decided not to try.

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by vcs (not verified) :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 6:02pm

That's what happens when the ad-men start pandering to the company execs rather than to the customer.

If Nike ever brings back Morris Blackmon, at least I would get it.

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by dryheat :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 6:08pm

He related to Mars?

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by CBPodge :: Fri, 01/17/2014 - 5:33am

This is the problem with most ads. They can be entertaining once or twice, but after a while they just become annoying.

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by theslothook :: Wed, 01/15/2014 - 6:41pm

Seattle should be sherman, kc should be houston, sf should be bowman imo

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by MarkV :: Wed, 01/15/2014 - 6:42pm

Seattle should be Thomas
KC should be Poe

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by MarkV :: Fri, 01/17/2014 - 12:23pm

several replies in this thread have convinced me that Houston is the better choice than Poe.

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by Briguy :: Wed, 01/15/2014 - 6:53pm

I think the Old Spice "Mom Song" commercial about the boys growing up has emerged as a late but clear front-runner for worst commercial.

Agree with someone above about the AT&T "It's Not Complicated" commercials with the kids sitting at the table being the best.

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by Theo :: Wed, 01/15/2014 - 7:07pm

Funny to see that in my opinion, the Old Spice commercial is hilarious and those At&t commercials are just plain stupid - but the punchline is funny when after the kid asks the question "does the pool have a giant shark that eats a giant killer robot?" he responds with "yeah, wait, why should it not".

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by Karl Cuba :: Wed, 01/15/2014 - 7:27pm

There's one AT&T ad that starts by asking "Is bigger always better?", which is just stupid. Would you like a bigger tumour, a bigger cyclone, a bigger pain in the arse?

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by Theo :: Wed, 01/15/2014 - 7:34pm

Exactly!
I was thoroughly concerned when that question was asked to little kids, then I realized I wasn't watching the porn channel anymore.

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by tuluse :: Wed, 01/15/2014 - 7:35pm

I think both are terrible!

The AT&T commercial just feels too fake. Like it's trying to look spontaneous but is clearly scripted. The whole kids say the darndest things bit doesn't work if the thing they're saying was actually written by a 30 something copy writer.

The Old Spice commercial plays on one of the most annoying things in modern advertising to teenagers "your mom hates this so you should do it".

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by Theo :: Wed, 01/15/2014 - 8:03pm

Old spice touches the inner emotional struggles of a mother who is losing her child, but is proud to see him turn into a man.

I think it's genius.

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by Bobman :: Fri, 01/17/2014 - 3:03pm

yeah, that... and it's ROFLMFAO-licious. My 13 year-old is incredibly creeped out by it, making it even funnier to me. I think it's really funny and memorable and you might actually remember the product (Old Spice has been doing that the past few years, with Respect Yoursmelf, etc), unlike, say one of my funny favorites for which I can never remember the company: Mike Ditka massaging George Wendt while he's eating his sausage pillow. Beyond the Valley of the Ridiculous and I laugh every time, but it takes me about three tries to remember which insurance company it is. High amusement factor, low brand recognition factor, IMO. But insurance is like that. The mayhem guy for whatever insurance company he represents--man, if I see that guy walking down the street I am crossing to the other side; he's trouble.

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by theblackmallard... :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 12:26am

Those commercials might be scripted, but they might be produced the same way the guy in them, Beck Bennet, does his "Fresh Perspectives" bits, which aren't scripted.

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by dbostedo :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 12:36am

I recall an article when the first one came out that talked to this. They had prepared a script for some of the kids in case they needed it, but wound up not using it. It seems they are mostly unscripted, per various articles online, like this one : http://www.parade.com/51489/walterscott/the-kids-answers-in-atts-its-not...

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by LionInAZ :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 12:51am

Some of them are better than others, but if they're unscripted and unedited, that's pretty remarkable for an advertisement. I would be impressed, but for the fact that Americans love hearing kids say the darndest things.

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by dbostedo :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 9:27am

Well from what I've read, they're unscripted, but heavily edited. In the link above, one of the quotes is something like "sometimes the kids say the right things, and sometimes the magic is in the editing".

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by Noah of Arkadia :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 1:02pm

Without even reading the link, I'm pretty sure that's how they do it. Try and make a little kid say a scripted line in a cute way. Not easy.

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by Danish Denver-Fan :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 6:35am

It's not the kids who are funny, it's the guy - like a marketing researcher or sales guy - reacting to the kids.

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by Independent George :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 2:46pm

Agree completely - my favorite was "Shh! I'm watching this!"

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by Briguy :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 3:24pm

The kids responses aren't scripted. The adult actor is an improv comedian who has scripted questions, and scripted prompts to use if things aren't going well, but for the most part the answers are unscripted.

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by RickD :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 1:37am

Seconded.

Watching the mother slither on her back like a snake is positively creepy.

Best ad: switching to Red Zone.

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by PaddyPat :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 2:22am

I'm down with the Old Spice Ad as the best one of the year. The way the mother slithers is downright creative. I never see commercials that make me want to watch them; I don't care about funny, that one is interesting to watch!

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by Sporran :: Fri, 01/17/2014 - 3:53pm

I absolutely hate that Old Spice ad. It has done the previously unthinkable -- make me with for more Axe Body Spray commercials.

The notion that women will only sleep with men who smell a certain way is demeaning and sexist. The creepy mothers just makes it worse.

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by Theo :: Fri, 01/17/2014 - 8:37pm

That might be your poorly informed opinion, but it's a truth that smelling well helps a lot in attracting a significant other.

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by Independent George :: Wed, 01/15/2014 - 6:53pm

Worst commercial: are Troy Polamalu's Head & Shoulders ads eligible? They're different than last year, but they're still basically the same thing, except worse.

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by Theo :: Wed, 01/15/2014 - 7:25pm

Worst:
- Head n Shoulders
- Discount Daaaa-ble check
- what do you see in this map (verizon)
- it's only stupid when it doesn't work (bud)

Best:
- Old Spice
- ...?

Indifferent:
- any truck commercial

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by Noah of Arkadia :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 1:05pm

Bud is the worst. They're promoting mental-retardness in adults. As if football fans in general need more prompting...

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by In_Belichick_We... :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 1:29pm

Marketing 101 - They're appealing to their target audience, which appears to be young adults that will drink too many low quality beers.

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by Theo :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 3:46pm

still the worst for the rest of the world

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by al (not verified) :: Fri, 01/17/2014 - 3:43am

Yes, absolutely, the Bud commercials are flat out awful. The first one about aligning the labels on the bottles was funny once or twice. But it ran its course a long time ago, then went barreling through the railings and off the cliff.

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by jebmak :: Fri, 01/17/2014 - 5:24pm

I disagree. I still like some of them. I don't think that, as a whole, they belong in the best or the worst.

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by Karl Cuba :: Wed, 01/15/2014 - 7:21pm

Thomas over Sherman, without him those big corners would get exposed a great deal more. You could replace Sherman with another big, physical corner and you'd still have a very good defense. Swapping Thomas for any other safety currently in the NFL would result in a very different D.

As for the best ad, personally, I love the Grill Class commercials. That Old Spice ad is just too weird for words though, awful.

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by Raiderjoe :: Wed, 01/15/2014 - 7:23pm

Seaytle- earl thomas
Kc.- poe

Best commericlas- wed welker showrr, wed welker snow globe, wes welker lizards, jerod mayo coach abducted by aliens, bud light commercial eith Ramsey throwing cheese curls into air and yelling at tv screen

Worst commercial- the bud light supersitiion commercials that don't have Ransey in them

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by tuluse :: Wed, 01/15/2014 - 7:36pm

I liked some of the other Bud Light commercials. The veggie burger one was pretty good.

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by RickD :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 1:38am

best ad - welker getting his legs eaten and/or welker missing the 2nd half

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by Noah of Arkadia :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 1:09pm

I think they're great, even though the product seems to work like an ultra powerful illegal drug.

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by Theo :: Wed, 01/15/2014 - 7:23pm

I think Sherman is better/more impactful than Thomas.
Though Thomas is asked to do more different things. He plays free and strong depending on the offensive formation.

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by Will Allen :: Wed, 01/15/2014 - 7:34pm

Can somebody tell me why Coors thinks people will want to drink their beer, if they serve it at banquets? Does it pair well with freezer burned fish, or chicken that tastes like Tupperware?

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by tuluse :: Wed, 01/15/2014 - 7:37pm

They've been hit hard with truth in advertising laws apparently.

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by LionInAZ :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 12:34am

It can't be any worse than Bud Light showing their customers to be morons. Year after year.

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by Will Allen :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 8:54am

Coors manages the feat of being pretentious. About cheap beer.

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by Vince Verhei :: Wed, 01/15/2014 - 7:43pm

Best commercials: "It's not complicated." Also, "I need some candy."

Worst: The answer is always "discount double check" in any of its Satanic varieties. he Eliquis guy who takes random ... pauses in his ... speech should also be ... nominated.

Right now, I would take Thomas over Sherman. But I might change my mind on that ten times before the day is through.

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by Lell87 :: Wed, 01/15/2014 - 9:28pm

I get irrationally upset every time I see that damn Eliquis commercial.

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by dbostedo :: Wed, 01/15/2014 - 10:00pm

Good God I hadn't... noticed the... random pausing until watching that commercial... again now. I will now want to flay myself everytime I see it.

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by dryheat :: Wed, 01/15/2014 - 8:10pm

I really like the spots with James Earl Jones and Malcolm McDowell, but I don't know if they get heavy play during football games.

There is a commercial I literally change the channel to avoid, but I'll be damned if I can think of it presently. Second the Discount Doublecheck ads. Who thought it would be a great idea to bring back a 25 year old SNL skit?

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by RickD :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 1:40am

Yes on the JEJ/MMcD ads. Brilliant.

I like the Superfans sitting in Grill Class.

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by Vince Verhei :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 4:35am

I really like the spots with James Earl Jones and Malcolm McDowell, but I don't know if they get heavy play during football games.

OH MY GOD YES. Can't believe I forgot those.

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by Mike Ridley :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 10:46am

TOTES MCGOTES to James Earl Jones and Malcolm McDowell. The AT&T commercials are a close second (side note: they are apparently unscripted, but take up to six hours of filming).

Old Spice is essentially a 30-second horror musical. It's awful. I also want to throw in anything with Danica Patrick, purely based on principal.

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by Independent George :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 2:50pm

I can't believe I forgot those, too!

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by theslothook :: Wed, 01/15/2014 - 8:37pm

Who is the better lb in sea, Kj wright or bobby wagner?

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by willybhu :: Wed, 01/15/2014 - 8:47pm

I think it's still Bobby, but KJ has really stepped up his coverage/awareness this year, so it's a lot closer than we would have guessed at the beginning of the season. I'd argue that Bobby's still a little better, given that he's tasked with the play calling at the line, but we've seen how good KJ is in coverage, whether watching Darren Sproles coming out for a screen pass, or covering Jimmy Graham up the seam.

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by willybhu :: Wed, 01/15/2014 - 8:45pm

I'd argue Seattle's should be Earl Thomas, and KC's should be Justin Houston

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by Never Surrender :: Wed, 01/15/2014 - 9:01pm

Worst:
- Daaable Check airplane commercials
- For the sheer volume of them, each year's Ford F150 commercial should make the list IMHO. For me they ran every damn commercial break.

Best:
- Quinoa burger / Eagles fan Bud Light commercial

Seattle - Sherman
KC - Berry

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by Kal :: Wed, 01/15/2014 - 9:05pm

The Nissan Rogue ad played approximately 5 trillion times during the bowl games gets my vote for worst. The Old Spice mom ad is hideous and wonderful all at once.

Thomas should get the vote over Sherman. Sherman is definitely the more outspoken one, but Thomas is what makes the entire defense work. He allows their triangle defense to actually function; without his range and hitting ability they'd have to run significantly more double high safeties. Sherman is good but we've seen him replaceable - and Seattle has Browner, Maxwell and Thurmond all doing well.

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by Occ :: Wed, 01/15/2014 - 9:41pm

The Nissan Rogue commercial is easily the one I hate the most.
I enjoy the Old Spice Mom ad.

And I'd also vote Earl Thomas. Even Sherman thinks Earl should win it. I'd post the link but the spam filter blocks seahawks.com.

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by Thok :: Wed, 01/15/2014 - 9:17pm

For worst, I want to nominate the Bud Light "It's not crazy if it works" (either the ice skating music one or the horrible friend one).

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by Tim Wilson :: Wed, 01/15/2014 - 10:22pm

You don't like Ramsey???

My least favorite of those is the one where the guy goes back down to the basement. The Nissan Rogue commercial is my choice as the worst-- the girl is annoying in her snooty comment at the end, the jumping of a car onto a train makes no sense even as an imaginary scenario (and why would this encourage me to buy the car?), and the music is tremendously annoying. Plus it is overplayed to an insane degree. May be a recency thing, but that's my pick.

I'd vote Thomas over Sherman, for reasons already mentioned-- Sherman is more replaceable. The # of INTs Sherman came down with despite being targeted so little is really impressive, but they've got a few really good CBs there and probably would not drop off too much if Sherman went away. Not sure the loss of Thomas would be as easy to recover from.

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by jonnyblazin :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 6:08pm

The Nissan Rogue commercial is going to drive me insane. I hate it with the intensity of a thousand white-hot suns.

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by BlueStarDude :: Wed, 01/15/2014 - 10:11pm

For Seattle, I'd vote for Sherman.

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by puffbronfman :: Wed, 01/15/2014 - 11:55pm

I could be persuaded for either Best or Worst on Jordy Nelson's Travel Wisconsin commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OEKr3OIAj8

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by justanothersteve :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 1:28am

I hadn't seen that. It's cute but they screwed up the concept. Kansas needs to be sepia-toned, not black & white.

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by LionInAZ :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 12:46am

Thomas for Seattle, Poe for KC.

Worst ad is any "discount daaable check". Second place to any "it's only weird if it doesn't work". Even if it includes a 'Queeno'.

Best ad? During a football game? The only ones that ever rise above replacement level are auto ads, and I don't remember any this year, except the obnoxious "buy your wife a Lexus/Infiniti/Mercedes for Christmas' ads.

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by justanothersteve :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 1:38am

I'm another who likes the Verizon kindergarten commercials. The worst is the "every time I go to the basement they score commercial." While the Old Spice commercial is visually clever, it's creepier each time I see it; like a horror movie where technology has enabled a new special effect. I'm also sick of the Papa John commercials with P Manning. But that may be because I think it's the worst of the big pizza delivery chains. (Little Caesers is even worse, but I don't think they deliver.)

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by Duke :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 1:40am

I'm another who likes the Verizon kindergarten commercials.

Which shows the challenges of advertising, because those ads are for AT&T.

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by InTheBoilerRoom :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 1:06pm

Yes, this made me laugh.

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by justanothersteve :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 1:56pm

Yup. I was lucky to have remembered it was a phone company. I don't really pay attention since I don't have a smart phone and have no desire to upgrade from my emergency phone sits in the car and I recharge every weekend.

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by Duke :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 1:39am

Best ads: some of the AT&T kid commercials. I got tired of the "grill class" commercial but some of the other Daa-ble Check ones are great. I loved the smart phone one.

Nissan Rogue is bad. All the Bud Light superstition ones are bad, including Ramsey, deal with it. But the Old Spice "Mom Song" is just straight up awful. Like, nightmare-level. Yikes.

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by Andrew Potter :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 1:48am

Thomas for Seattle. He's the glue that holds the secondary together.

Houston for KC. That defense fell apart when he was hurt.

For commercials, I don't get CBS, NBC, or Fox so I'm limited to NFL Network.

Best commercial: AT&T kids. I also love the "Why do You Love Football?" NFL commercials, though I'm not sure whether they count, and am entertained by Papa John Manning (the Rich Eisen ones are okay, but not nearly as entertaining).

Worst Commercial: Discount Double Check; It's Only Crazy if it Doesn't Work

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by RickD :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 2:01am

the problem with NFL network is that they don't have a lot of different ads, so if you watch it more than for just a little bit you'll see the same ads over and over again.

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by Andrew Potter :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 3:23am

I wish that was the only problem I had with NFL Network. :)

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by Duke :: Sun, 01/19/2014 - 8:21pm

I gotta ask--what setup do you have where you don't get CBS, NBC, or Fox but you do get NFL Network? Are you outside the US?

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by Andrew Potter :: Mon, 01/20/2014 - 10:07am

Yes, I'm in the UK. I get NFL Network on Game Pass.

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by RickD :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 2:09am

slightly off topic: is there any way to keep track of the Playoff Challenge? Because the link we've been given (http://www.footballoutsiders.com/game/my-team) isn't giving me much. I'm sent to a page, dated from 2012, which lists my current players, but not any points.

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by duh :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 2:46am

There is a link under the MORE heading now:

http://www.footballoutsiders.com/game/playoff-week-results

I was better off not knowing, may your luck be better.

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by andrew :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 2:21am

Bud light got a best and worst nomination for me, from the same superstition series.

Best - the Quinoa faux burger / eagles fan
worst - the patriots fan doing some kind of dance ]

but overall worst has to be "a man and his truck" series....

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by Hurt Bones :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 6:08pm

I would say the Quinoa is not one of the Best, but it is the best of the Bud Light commercials which isn't saying much. I don't like but it doesn't annoy me which is something I guess.

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by Cythammer :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 3:41am

I can't stand the AT&T kindergarten commercials, though I wouldn't put them as the worst. I don't think the Bud Light fan ads are all that terrible, either. I know they're dumb, but I think they're meant to be. They're appealing to what it feels like to be a fan in tense moments or big games. I think plenty of people develop weird little superstitions in moments like that, even if they know better.
I can't think of any I like except those Allstate mayhem spots, and I'm not even sure those have been played much recently. Oh, and somehow I haven't seen this Old Spice mother commercial yet all, so I can't comment.

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by Levente from Hungary :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 9:01am

Best ad: Direct TV - Get Rid of Cable before unwanted sequence of events occur. Hands down.
Creepiest: Old Spice.

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by JIPanick :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 2:09pm

I agree on "Get Rid of Cable" as the best ad series, although the earlier ones were much better than the more recent ones.

Worst ad, by far, is the one from whatever phone company where the family dog is dying - the merely inane and annoying ads don't even come close to how bad that one is. I watch football to enjoy myself, not to be depressed; anyone and everyone involved in approving that commercial should be tarred and feathered.

I didn't follow KC or SEA close enough to give an informed opinion on their defenders.

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by Theo :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 3:50pm

I think the stupidity level of 'get cable or your dad gets punched' is on par with 'I'm going back into the basement to make my team win the game'.

Maybe I just don't like it when the logic fails.

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by Steve in WI :: Fri, 01/17/2014 - 9:29am

But the thing I like about the Directv ads is that the line of reasoning is so over-the-top and exaggerated that they read more as a parody of commercial advertising. I actually find them much less offensive than commercials implying that my life will actually be better if I choose brand X over brand Y.

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by Bobman :: Fri, 01/17/2014 - 3:47pm

YES

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by Bobman :: Fri, 01/17/2014 - 3:47pm

I do love those get rid of cable ads. The story-lines are incredibly tortuous and illogical, and fun. I love it when the protagonist's dad gets punched in the stomach for a can of soup, because, as I point out to my kids, he WAS looting, so he deserved it. My kids love it when the lowland gorilla bowls the zoo keeper over. At least that product I remember.

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by Noah of Arkadia :: Mon, 01/20/2014 - 10:59am

Yeah, the Fist of Goodness! Good ones.

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by In_Belichick_We... :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 10:14am

worst commercial was the Brian Urlacher Direct TV one. The one where they try to scare customers away from cable because it will cost X nubmer of dollars over two years (practically the same price as direct TV).

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by Kal :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 12:54pm

Again funny, because those were for Comcast and not directv.

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by ALauff :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 12:09pm

I don't have a strong opinion on the commercials. I guess for worst I would say the "Bud Light - Superstition" ad, specifically the one featuring the Seahawks guy who can't stop playing Paula Cole.

For Seattle, I vote Thomas. For KC, I'll go Berry, who generally gets credit for blanketing opposing TEs (#2 in DVOA, plus fewest yards against). This might be off-base (didn't watch much Chiefs football this year), but it's hard to vote for Poe given the success opponents had running against KC down the stretch. Also, ALY confirms that opponents had more success running "mid/guard," Poe's area, than off tackle or outside.

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by CBPodge :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 12:14pm

I like the Eagles Queeno advert. That's pretty funny, but many of the Bud Light ones are dreadful.

Thomas over Sherman, but given how split it is, I think you might be best to just have both and let the chips fall where they may - it might be that they come 1-2, it might be that even if you combined both into one player they'd still not win it.

Houston over Poe for me for KC. He seemed to be what made their D go.

Please all Peyton Manning Papa Johns adverts for worst. The guy used to do good adverts before his neck injury. Since he's come back, they've all been terrible. I think this is an under analysed part of Peyton's come back.

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by shoutingloudly :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 12:34pm

+1 for injury analysis, and I also think the ads are terrible.

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by Bobman :: Fri, 01/17/2014 - 3:36pm

"The guy used to do good adverts before his neck injury. Since he's come back, they've all been terrible. I think this is an under analysed part of Peyton's come back"

LMAO. So you're saying he's really not yet all the way back from his injury. Or has he lost it and it's time to retire (at least from commercials).... I hadn't thought about it, but you're right! They DO suck and I haven't seen much good from him recently (the online rapping one with Eli for some mobile phone app--maybe NFL Network on your phone? was pretty awesome, if you have two minutes to waste.)

Take back his all-pro for 2013 and his likely MVP until he gives us some good non-football entertainment. Come on, Peyton, you can do better. You have the potential. Rub some dirt on it and get back in there!

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by Bright Blue Shorts :: Sat, 01/18/2014 - 4:28pm

His latest Bud Light ad was terrible, I only saw it once. I thinked aired during the postgame show after last Sunday's divisional playoff win ;-)

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by shoutingloudly :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 12:33pm

Best: Carl's Junior ad with TO. Maybe I'm biased bc I lived in Philly for a few years (including when he played there), but I think it's hilarious every time.

I don’t remember if it runs much during football (probably some... I don't watch much else), but the iPad commercial about how art and passion is more important than work is more than a little tone deaf in this economy. Even though I'm employed and make enough to buy many tech gadgets, this just makes me seethe every time.

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by drobviousso :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 12:36pm

They aren't new this year, and apparently they don't raise the ire of anyone else, but I hate the Denis Leary truck commercials.

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by shoutingloudly :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 12:49pm

I put these in the same category as the State Farm ads and most beer ads: not bad the first few times, but soooo grating once they're played a zillion times. In fact, I've taken to deliberately doing something else for the first hour of a game so that I can use my DVR to skip the commercial breaks. And the blathering announcers during a break in action. And the fifth slow-mo replay of somebody getting their ACL shredded.

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by Will Allen :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 2:49pm

I can't remember the last time I watched the first half of a game live.

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by FrontRunningPhinsFan :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 1:13pm

Earl Thomas.

Dontari Poe.

No commercial ideas because I watched nearly all of the games at sports bars.

Move the Jags to LA!

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by Noah of Arkadia :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 1:19pm

Most horrible commercials for me are always the food commercials. I think they're all disgusting with all their disgusting food and people eating it.

I'm most likely the only one, I know.

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by E-TRAIN (not verified) :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 1:32pm

For my favorite commercials, I have to nominate:

Both Old Spice campaigns(the creepy mom ad, and the cheesy jingles from earlier in the year)

The AT&T kids

The Bud Light ad with the singing and dancing mascots.

The worst ads are:

Discount Daaaa-ble check

The Nissan Rogue commercial with the car driving on the train.

"A man. A man and his truck."

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by BywaterBrat :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 2:06pm

Sherman for SEA just so many game-changing performances even if Thomas is more of the key cog

Houston for KC as him not being in the line-up seemed to really change things overall

/ yes, I'm aware I used different logic for each choice

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by The Ninjalectual :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 2:09pm

BEST COMMERCIAL: Ron Burgundy throwing eggs at a Dodge Durango. "I've been up since three in the morning throwing eggs..."

Worst Commercial: anything with christmas music.

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by dryheat :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 2:23pm

Pretty sure it's pronounced "Yodge."

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by Theo :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 3:54pm

Forgot those: one up for the Dodge (silent D) commercials!

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by shoutingloudly :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 4:58pm

Oh yeah, how'd we all forget the Ron Burgundy Dodge ads? Amazingly funny, and they didn't play long enough to get annoying.

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by Noah of Arkadia :: Fri, 01/17/2014 - 1:37pm

You're right, those are good

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by fb29 :: Mon, 01/20/2014 - 3:07pm

Ron Burgundy Dodge commercials get my vote as best commercials.

Edit: specifically I like the Yodge one

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by LyleNM (not verified) :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 2:23pm

Worst has got to be the American Indian College Fund, primarily for their ubiquity. If they can afford all those spots, just give out the scholarships already instead.

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by justanothersteve :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 4:45pm

I've never seen these. If the NM in your name stands for New Mexico, it may be a locally aired public service announcement (PSA) as NM has one of the highest percentage population of Native Americans in the US. I don't know what the legal requirement is anymore. But commercial television and radio stations are required to air X minutes of PSA per hour. The station manager may be programming the AICF PSA during the games.

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by LyleNM (not verified) :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 5:19pm

Yes, it's New Mexico. But there's no way this is just PSA. It's on pretty much during every break on any sports channel. It's also on during many breaks on other shows/networks. It is almost always preceded/followed by the Boys/Girls Club spot and/or the Urban League spot (which are also climbing into "This is our country" territory). I can't have the TV on for more than 15 minutes without seeing the AICF spot.

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by justanothersteve :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 6:01pm

All those commercials sound like PSA's. I found this at the University of Kansas site which may help:

What is a public service announcement?
Public service announcements, or PSA's, are short messages produced on film, videotape, DVD, CD, audiotape, or as a computer file and given to radio and television stations. Generally, PSA's are sent as ready-to-air audio or video tapes, although radio stations (especially community or public stations, such as campus radio or National Public Radio affiliates) sometimes prefer a script that their announcers can read live on the air. They can be done very simply with a single actor reading or performing a message, or they can be elaborate, slickly-produced messages with music, dramatic story-lines, and sound or visual effects.

Broadcast media -- radio and television -- are required by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to serve "in the public interest." Most stations use PSA's as one of the ways they meet this requirement. While they aren't required to donate a fixed percentage of air time per day to PSA's, stations do have to state in their licensing and renewal applications how much air time they plan to devote to PSA's. Most stations donate about a third of their commercial spots to non-commercial causes; in other words, if a station has 18 minutes of commercials in a given hour, six minutes of that will probably be devoted to PSA's.

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by zlionsfan :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 2:36pm

I nominate the State Farm commercials for FO's rarely-used Lifetime Achievement Award, given to commercial campaigns that are so bad for so long that they surpass the limits of the mundane one-season "worst commercial" category. (For an example, think GEICO cavemen.)

State Farm apparently believes that humor is on a circular scale rather than a linear scale, and that if they simply run these ads long enough, eventually they will "come around" and be funny again.

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by tuluse :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 2:37pm

Nothing will top "this is our country..."

I don't think State Farm has even reach saved by zero status.

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by dryheat :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 4:13pm

My nomination for this category is also GEICO, with the two guys playing stringed instruments and making terrible similes. The only one I ever laughed at (and laughed at consistently for three months, to be fair), is HUMP DAY!

Oddly enough, I hate the other GEICO series (Yeah, everybody knows that...Well, did you know that X?) even more. So, so, much more.

And my least favorite of all time might be the stack of money with eyes...Oh, that's the money you could've saved using GEICO.

Why do GEICO themes suck year after year? At this point, it has to be intentional, right?

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by tuluse :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 4:18pm

Yes, the GEICO commercials are the worst. Worse than anything else mentioned here.

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by Mike Ridley :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 4:41pm

I forgot about the "Pig in a Blanket" commercial to promote their mobile app. I cringe every time it comes on.

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by In_Belichick_We... :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 5:03pm

Yes! I can't believe it was actually somebody's job to come up with the falling tree crap.

One that still makes me smile is the car commercial where the teenaged boy is discovered behind the women changing in the back seat. Fiat maybe? Not a great commercial but the kid's response is well done.

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by Karl Cuba :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 5:55pm

I quite liked the falling tree too, it could be that because I only see these ads while watching the US feed of the NFL I'm not as over exposed as most of you.

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by Steve in WI :: Fri, 01/17/2014 - 9:25am

I still haven't been able to decide if the Fiat ad is cute or creepy.

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by D2K :: Sat, 01/18/2014 - 2:26pm

Yeah that "falling tree" ad is horrendous, but by bringing it up it did spark the memory of a favorite commercial of mine...the Stub Hub "ticket oak" spot was hilarious the first 20x I saw it.

Worst commercial - "A man, a man and his truck". Just brutal.

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by Karl Cuba :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 5:53pm

I loved the money with the googly eyes, perhaps because I think googly eyes make nearly anything funny.

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by Will Allen :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 2:52pm

Anybody want to contribute to a fund to have Flo clipped?

(edit)metaphorically speaking, of course.

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by Theo :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 3:57pm

who or what is flo?

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by Will Allen :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 4:15pm

She sells a product that people are required by law to purchase, if they wish to drive a car that they own. I refuse to name the company.

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by dryheat :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 4:15pm

The Progressive Insurance girl. She's not as hot as Erin E-surance, but spunky cute in her own way. Plus, she has the whole actual person thing working for her.

I really liked the one where the guy built a castle. Tis a troubling time in the kingdom.

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by Will Allen :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 4:51pm

The cuteness of Flo is something that I've not noticed. I've hated that campaign with the heat of a thousand suns since the very first one.

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by Cythammer :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 10:49pm

I think the Progressive girl is genuinely ugly. I suppose it's nice that advertising roles aren't completely restricted to good looking people, though…

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by justanothersteve :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 4:51pm

I love the Flo commercials. It's one of the few ad campaigns that doesn't follow a formula even though they've been around for 4-5 years now.

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by Will Allen :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 4:53pm

This is the epitome of Your Mileage May Vary.

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by Jerry :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 7:05pm

I'm sick of all the auto insurance campaigns, and am amazed at how lucrative the business must be if the companies can run so many spots.

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by SFC B :: Fri, 01/17/2014 - 5:15am

I don't think it is lucrative so much as it is highly competitive and all vendors sell a very similar product for which people are highly price conscious. On top of that the "best" insurance product really will vary by person.

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by Bobman :: Fri, 01/17/2014 - 3:26pm

Crazy lucrative as well. It's a business model that snowballs profits (and spreads risk) as the company gets bigger.

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by LordChozo (not verified) :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 3:57pm

Truck commercials make me want to get run over by one. "Silverado is...second to nobody in its class. And by nobody, I mean Ram and Ford."

So you're saying Silverado is second to Ram and Ford in its class? And if you are, do you realize that's actually third? REAL MEN DUN NEED GRAMMAR GOT BIG TRUCK.

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by dryheat :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 6:05pm

I've been saying this all year, and you're the only other person who seems to be bothered by it. Setting aside that interior noise ranks about 47th on reasons to choose one truck over another (longtime Ram owner), Chevy actually paid an ad agency for a spot bragging that they make an inferior truck than Dodge and Ford!

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by SFC B :: Fri, 01/17/2014 - 5:24am

"Second to nobody" means that they are first; there is no one ahead of them. I've heard that saying all my life and its meaning was clear.

What "Second to nobody in its class" means is that, in their self-defined class of Chevy, Ford, Dodge, they are first. However, in the class of "Full Size Truck" Nissan, Toyota, and Honda all have entries. So when they say "Second to nobody between Chevy, Ford, and Dodge" it makes me think "So, you're 4th?" Probably not the thought they were going for.

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by dryheat :: Fri, 01/17/2014 - 8:03am

The tagline is:

Second to nobody in its class....and by nobody I mean Ram and Ford.

I think, by simple replacement of what the pitchman defines "nobody" as, the clear meaning is:

Second to Ram and Ford in its class

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by Lebo :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 6:06pm

Can only watch NFL Network as I live in London. So there are only a limited number of ads that I get to see. But I get to see them a lot.

The commercials I like are:

Queeno
Grill Class
Kindergarten kids
T.O. Carl's Jr
The Bud Light commercial with the dancing mascots - only just seen that one

Commercials I hate are:

Any truck commercial
Any Geico Commercial
Those stupid Michael Jordan Hanes commercials
All the other Bud Light commercials
Buffalo Wild Wings commercials
Those weird commercials for women's NFL apparel with the voice over (from Al Pacino?) which seems to have a tenuous-at-best link to women's fashion

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by Lebo :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 6:13pm

Oh, and what's that ad series with the "And is better than or". Man, I hate those ads. Those stupid, smug ads.

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by CincySaint (not verified) :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 6:16pm

Best ads:

Sprint with Malcolm McDowell and James Earl Jones
Ramsey Bud Light ad -- come on, what football fan cannot relate to that behavior

Worst ads:
Ron Burgundy for Dodge

Better defensive player for Seattle:
Who cares?!!! (Sorry but I'm a Saints fan.)

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by Kevin Pelton :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 6:35pm

I would go Sherman over Thomas for Seahawks MVP. To me, there's a little bit of intellectual contrarianism in the support for Thomas, since Sherman is so much better known among casual fans and has a stat advantage (with interceptions) that is often misleading. It feels like Thomas is more of the thinking person's choice.

Given how often teams ignore Sherman's side of the field, however, leading the league in INTs (or coming anywhere close) is really remarkable, and Thomas still has issues at times in run support (most notably, and most painfully, on Gore's big run at San Francisco).

That said, disagreeing with Vince on this makes me question my own opinion.

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by PatsFan :: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 9:33pm

We're either behind and using the TiVo (thus skipping commercials) or muting commercials because they're annoying and because of the young'un in the house, so I never saw (or paid attention to) the creepy mom commercial.

Just went to YouTube to see it.

Oh my god. Can I please unsee it now? It's simultaneously brilliant and terrible.

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by Lebo :: Fri, 01/17/2014 - 3:03pm

I just went to YouTube to see the creepy mom ad.

Oh my God. It's hilarious. How am I the only person that likes those ads?

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by the K :: Fri, 01/17/2014 - 5:18am

Earl Thomas.

State Farm "Daaaable Check" with Aaron Rodgers and the Superfans in grill class.

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by Theo :: Fri, 01/17/2014 - 5:49am

It's like most commercials are funny OR effective.
I think AND is better.
Like when a commerical is smart AND getting the point across.

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by Bobman :: Fri, 01/17/2014 - 3:22pm

I see what you did there, OR I appreciate it.
Like breaking or entering... AND is better.

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by Steve in WI :: Fri, 01/17/2014 - 9:23am

Best commercials, hands down, are the Wes Welker Old Spice ads. I have never gotten tired of them. I also appreciate that a deodorant company puts out funny, entertaining ads rather than boring ones arguing that their product is actually meaningfully different from the other ones on the market.

I only dislike the discount daaa-ble check commercials because they've been so overplayed.

I guess I'm in the minority because I like the Bud Light "it's only silly if it doesn't work" ads, in particular the quinoa guy. While I like to think of myself as a relatively intelligent football fan, I don't think that precludes a little superstition as long as one doesn't actually take it seriously. (And I'll admit to acting like Ramsey occasionally in the heat of the moment).

One last nomination: it probably doesn't count because I don't think it's a national campaign, but the Clay Matthews-as-a-handyman Fathead ads are great. As a Bears fan I'm predisposed to dislike him but he's really funny in the ads.

As for the worst commercials...again I have to break with the majority and say I hate the AT&T ads with the kids. I just don't find them funny and they're really grating on multiple views.

I also don't like the Papa John's ads even though I generally like Peyton Manning, mainly because their pizza is horrible even by chain pizzeria standards, and I find Papa John to be personally repellent.

As a category, I dislike car insurance ads the most although a select few are really funny...I guess it's because they're selling what is basically a commodity and each of them make ridiculous claims about being the best when in reality people are better of comparing rates for the coverage they need and just picking whoever's cheapest.

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by dryheat :: Fri, 01/17/2014 - 9:56am

I can't believe nobody has brought up the Clay Matthews ad, myself included. That might be my single favorite of the year. His delivery and sense of comic timing is right up there with Peyton's. Which reminds me that Papa John's ads have to be among the worst. Even Peyton can't salvage those.

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by Hurt Bones :: Fri, 01/17/2014 - 10:22am

Oh I'd forgotten the Papa John's ads or mercifully my mind tried to erase them. Dreadful. With a capital D.

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by Will Allen :: Fri, 01/17/2014 - 11:29am

I hate all the auto insurer commercials too, but I'll differ with it simply being a commodity. It certainly is for legal purposes, but there are very different levels of service provided to claimants among insurers, and I've witnessed those consistent differences, among a wide variety of people I work with, for many years.

Let's put it this way; if you hit a deer at 11 P.M., on the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving, in a rural area, while you are 700 miles away from home, every insurance company is not the same.

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by Bobman :: Fri, 01/17/2014 - 3:20pm

And if the deer is not insured, you are really screwed. Then again, a nice venison stuffing in the turkey the next day sounds like a pleasant change.

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by Will Allen :: Fri, 01/17/2014 - 5:04pm

Honest, when I was a kid, my dad once obtained a nice pheasant appetizer to go with the Christmas turkey, on the Christmas Eve drive to Grandma's house. Pops didn't even have to swerve; Mr. Rooster flew right in front of the station wagon, considerate enough to only take the blow on his head and neck. Damn if I wasn't the designated plucker and cleaner upon arrival, however. Ho. Ho. Ho.

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by Steve in WI :: Fri, 01/17/2014 - 4:48pm

Maybe commodity is too strong a word, and I'll agree there are differences in customer service, but what bugs me is the implication (particularly by Allstate) that specific levels of coverage are different and that paying more for them somehow gives you added protection. If I buy $X of liability, I'm covered for $X regardless of who I buy it from.

Another thing that always jumps out at me is the boasting that every insurance company does about how much money people who switch to them save on average. It's a meaningless number because of course the people who chose to switch are saving money; the ones who get a quote and see that they'd be paying 50% more than they currently pay aren't going to switch!

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by ineedawittyname (not verified) :: Fri, 01/17/2014 - 11:50am

Even as someone who is not a fan of the Anchorman movies, I thought the Ron Burgundy dodge spots were exceptional.

For worst, I would say the Campbells Soup ads with Clay Matthews' mom having the little room behind his locker. It's not awful i guess... but the idea of eating soup right before competition sounds so nasty to me that i could never take it seriously.

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by Ryan :: Fri, 01/17/2014 - 1:52pm

Worst commercial: All.

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by bravehoptoad :: Fri, 01/17/2014 - 2:05pm

Is it sad that the commercial discussion is generating 40x the content of the player discussion?

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by Bobman :: Fri, 01/17/2014 - 3:19pm

Manning's sun-like greatness transcends all meaningful discussions about who had the best year.

It's like living in Egypt in biblical times. Moses just cursed you and the plagues are raining down, all hell breaking loose. Where you and your buddies used to gather in the shade of a pyramid to quaff a brew and discuss which god was better ("Ra!"... "No, Horus!"), now it's pretty clear that the God of the Israelites is pretty kick-ass and your puny gods can't compare. You feel a little down, your season is over, but still want to participate in the convo. So you discuss the ads for the recent plagues instead. The plagues suck, of course, but the buzz around them is interesting: alternately funny, poignant, messy, lethal. "Man, that locusts one was, just... wow, you know what I mean?" "No way, my man. Frogs is where it's at." "Hey, the first-born sons thing creeps me out."(like the Old Spice mom)

A Pharaoh. A Pharaoh and his pyramid, and 100,000 slaves building it just right. And some cruel overseers whipping them, a few over-wrought architects, and his wife/sister/mother nagging him about invading Nubia again. And the only place he can find some peace is his pyramid. A Pharaoh and his pyramid... buy Chevy Pyramido, the best pyramid for you.

That, and we've discussed literally 85% of every single play all season long--that's a lot of time and effort spent on that. Now that most of our teams are eliminated, we can relax a bit and kick back, discuss the plagues that are smothering us: advertising.

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by justanothersteve :: Fri, 01/17/2014 - 8:52pm

Gozer the Gozerian scoffs at your puny gods.

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by Bobman :: Fri, 01/17/2014 - 3:08pm

Commercials: I am not sure if they are any good, but what about the ice-climbing/mountaineering Coors spots. I think they are pretty clever, and as a climber I like them. These guys risking their lives (the "stunts" are more or less real, but not the avalanche-snowboarding one) to deliver a beer. The scenery is beautiful--one of the main reasons for climbing. And then they turn out to be glorified waiters, just doing their job, and happy to do it next time.

I wouldn't drink Coors with YOUR tongue, but I like the spots. Every time I see them I start planning my next trip to the mountains....

Any other opinions on these?

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by Steve in WI :: Fri, 01/17/2014 - 4:40pm

The thing that has always bugged me about the Coors ad is that you see the guy climbing the mountain just to deliver two bottles of beer and then he heads back down to do it all over again. He'd be smarter to at least bring a few six-packs each time and save a few trips.

Yes, I'm being way too logical about a commercial that revolves around a patently ridiculous concept.

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by Duke :: Sun, 01/19/2014 - 8:22pm

No, I'm with you. I always wonder about those commercials, how are they possibly serving that entire bar, much less all the bars that might be serving Coors, at the rate they're going.

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by Will Allen :: Fri, 01/17/2014 - 5:06pm

Beats the hell out of the ones that tell me Coors is great because it is served with crappy food.

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by NRG :: Sat, 01/18/2014 - 11:54am

The worst ads are the "mom cave" one(s). I think the same thing every time. We all came out of a "mom cave" at some point, and it's the last place any of us wants an ad to make us think about.

NRG

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by NRG :: Sat, 01/18/2014 - 11:58am

To further develop this idea, at least one of these ads features a guy inviting his friends into him mom's, umm, cave.

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by Derek Lamarr (not verified) :: Sat, 01/18/2014 - 11:33pm

Earl Thomas for sure. Sherman gets a lot more attention because of his talk, but Thomas is the best player on the Seahawks on either side of the ball.

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by Theo :: Sun, 01/19/2014 - 5:55pm

One up for Apple Air's "your verse" commercial.

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by BroncFan07 :: Sun, 01/19/2014 - 9:42pm

OK, I'm throwing in a vote for the commercial where DeMarcus Ware surprises the kid at school with Super Bowl tickets. Um, someone was peeling onions at my house when that aired.

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by fb29 :: Mon, 01/20/2014 - 2:40pm

Worst Commercial

Ford.

Series of "I like and better" ads.

The one "Large or In Charge" that has a tiny executive squeaking on a table.

These ads were insanely annoying on so many different levels
1) the basic "and" premise was very tenuous, e.g. great looks (subjective) AND hybrid fuel economy.
2) all of the cut scenes, e.g. the tiny executive squeaking, were very negative scenes. They were either highly annoying or unpleasant. A feeling that is immediately attributed to the brand that pops up later (though some of that is subconscious, for me it was overtly conscious. I was directly attributing being annoyed to Ford).
3) the dopey actors always saying "I like and better" at the end as if this is penetrating insight.
4) annoying song jingle (though this is subjective)
5) It's like having HIV or AIDS. and is better. amiright?

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by Duke :: Thu, 01/23/2014 - 5:10pm

I dunno, I always laugh at the one where the pool suddenly explodes and floods everywhere. Not sure why. That's just funny to me.

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by Pen :: Mon, 01/20/2014 - 11:26pm

Thomas or Sherman? Beatles or Rolling Stones? Led Zepplin or AC/DC?

And then there's Chancellor.

I'd nominate the Legion of Boom as DPOY, but since I have to pick one, I'll go with Thomas. Sorry AC/DC.