I watched the Super Bowl and jotted down a few notes. Here are some that I think people might be interested in hearing.

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1. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Hypes and Intros the Teams

Super Bowl LVI - Los Angeles Rams v Cincinnati Bengals
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I read that not everybody loved The Rock’s introduction of the teams. I thought it was cool. More importantly, it looked like a LOT of the players for both teams thought it was cool. Who knows? Maybe it will become a tradition like Michael Buffer before big prizefights.


2. The Coin Toss

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Photo by Andy Henderson on Unsplash
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Is there any reason this thing needs to take longer than 20 seconds, tops? It gets longer every year. This year there was a PSA about “girls participation in football” DURING the coin toss.


3. The Most Successful Ad of the Night

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Photo by Mitya Ivanov on Unsplash
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That stupid QR code bouncing around the screen. As far as getting viewers to answer a “call to action” (point your phone at the code and check out the website for Coinbase) I can’t think of a more effective ad. Seriously. You might have enjoyed the “Wassup” commercial back in the nineties but you didn’t IMMEDIATELY go to the store to buy Budweiser.  I haven’t seen the numbers yet but this ad got tens of millions of people to go check out a website. That ad, by the way, probably was produced for under a hundred dollars.  While we’re on the topic…


4. Stop Trying to Shame Me into Buying Cryptocurrency

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First, it was Matt Damon basically calling you a coward for not investing in Crypto. Last night, it was Larry David trying to make you feel like an imbecile (like him!) if you didn’t buy Doge-Bucks or what-the-hell-ever. I’m not saying Crypto is a bad investment. I’m not saying it’s a good investment. But whenever ANY advertiser spends millions to make you feel like a moron, I get suspicious. That’s all.


5. Halftime Show

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I am not, nor have I ever been a big fan of rap. Those who are, however, told me the halftime show was “lit”, “fire AF” and “epic”. I will take their word on it.


6. Lord of the Rings Prequel

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Was it just me or did the poor CGI for this series make you think it was an ad for a video game at first??


7. Taking the Bengals Plus the Points

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I took the Bengals when the point spread was 3.5. I didn’t realize until THIS MORNING how much that Rams muffed P.A.T. was.  Thank you, thank you, thank you Johnny Hekker! I owe you a beer someday.

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