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Super Bowl Commercials That Are (Almost) Worth Missing The Game


By Blake Carter

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The 2016 Super Bowl is only a few days away! Is anyone else excited to *just* see the game and nothing else?

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It’s pretty hard to admit that the Super Bowl is just a one-trick-pony these days.

The national anthem and halftime shows are considered as equally important as the game and frequently feature major music acts.

Did you know that marching bands used to be the major halftime highlight?  Now you see acts like Coldplay, Beyonce and Bruno Mars take the stage. Go figure.

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Above all else, it’s the commercials that steal most of the show, literally.

This year they cost more than ever before: $5 million for a 30-second advertisement.

Many companies choose to air their ads online a few days before Sunday afternoon, so here are three commercials that are worth your time now.

Like, right now. We can wait.

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Commercial #1: POKEMON – “Train On”



In honor of their 20th anniversary, Pokemon released this ad about training hard to get to the top.

Is it just me, or is the message a little confusing? We see all of these kids training in different ways — multiple rounds of chess, playing football, sprinting barefoot up a mountain — and yet, it seems like it’s all just one big, “I can do better than you” mind game.

Well, I guess that’s what Pokemon was about to begin with: the animalistic drive to persevere and keep going.

…except when you hit a Snorlax. Say goodbye to your patience on that one.

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Commecial #2: LG’s “Man From The Future”



Academy Award nominee Liam Neeson, time travel and a flat-screen television. All in all, it’s a well-made commercial, but I know what you’re thinking…

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Wrong question. The better question is: What the hell is this set-up doing as some mere Super Bowl commercial?

The “Taken” series derailed in coherency in its later films, so it wouldn’t seem too far-fetched that the next one would include prophetic future selves, right?

It’s almost as plausible as Danny Trejo’s Machete character in space. And yes, that WILL be a real “movie.”

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Commecial #3: HEINZ’s “WIENER STAMPEDE”



The final commercial in our Super Bowl spotlight is today’s top dog.

This one-minute spot for (of all things) Heinz products features an endless swarm of dachshunds in hot-dog costumes, flocking to humans dressed as ketchup.

I can’t really make a jab or joke about it, since the idea is more simplistic and approachable than competitive adolescents or time-traveling Irishmen.

So, here’s a dachshund swimming in midair.

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No reason needed; you just deserve it after such a long day.

Did you enjoy these Super Bowl commercials? Which are your favorites? Let us know by commenting below.

Special Bonus: Here are my two dachshunds back at home: Precious (left) and Patches.

Sean Carter

Sean Carter