Super Bowl ads, UFC 81 thoughts
I'm a huge Howard Stern fan. That's why I became a Sirius subscriber over two years ago, just to follow him to satellite radio. So, while I didn't hear his entire rant today, I did catch most of what he said about last night's Super Bowl ads and I wholeheartedly agree with him.
Last night's ads were borrrrrring. There was nothing memorable about 99 percent of them. I remember the days when I used to actually look forward to the ads, perhaps even more so than the game itself. Now, there's nothing to see and nothing to talk about. Ever since the "wardrobe malfunction" a few years ago, certain segments of our society have exerted their will to push their agenda of fear, and one tangible effect of that is seen during commercial breaks on Super Bowl Sunday. Imagine how unbearable those three to four hours would have been if the game itself didn't live up to the hype (as it often doesn't.) Thankfully, last night's game was a good one.
So, I'm begging all parties involved (especially the FCC) to loosen up a bit and let us laugh a little. Enough with the vanilla, completely uninspired ads that we've seen the last couple of years. (By the way, did anyone else notice the somewhat racist overtones of the Sales Genie ads? What ever happened to clever, thoughtful humor? Does edgy now equal stereotypical Indian accents and Chinese panda bears?) I'm sure Madison Avenue can do better than this.
And, if you are still searching for something provocative and stimulating to get those neurons firing, head over to SI.com for my thoughts on UFC 81. I examine who Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira should fight next, why Brock Lesnar's loss was good for MMA and the UFC, which UFC 81 fighters had memorable performances, and why the UFC's recent trend of airing more fights on their pay-per-view telecasts is a good thing. UFC 81 was a very good event and certainly left us with plenty to discuss afterwards.