Every year when time for the Super Bowl rolls around, I crank up the old recorder, not for the game, but for the commercials.
In the past few years, more and more media folks are talking about and writing about those expensive, special bowl time ads that their sponsors spend millions of dollars to air and to create.
I understand the Super Bowl itself was a wonderful game and I may have to watch that, though I already know how it all came out.
But in the meantime, I’ve watched a few of the commercials. And then a strange thing happened.
The Winter Olympics began. And lo and behold, they’ve got special commercials, too. Some of them the same as the Super Bowl. Some entirely new and different.
And along with both those venues, we’ve had a plethora of ordinary TV pitches. So now I’ve got a smorgasbord of commercials worth sharing. And lots of you enjoy sharing, judging by your conversations.
One of my favorites, not a special one, is the guy who uses his app to go shopping for a party, goes home to proudly say, “I got everything,” hears his wife ask “Where is my mother?” and replies, “She wasn’t on the list.” Love that.
Both the Super Bowl and the Olympics have had beautiful travelogues all around the world illustrating all sorts of products. And one of the best travels all around our state is “The Quest for Texas Best.” To be sold in an H-E-B store, of course.
Another good H-E-B one has J.J. Watt sending the president of that company to pick up his groceries. Only J.J. could get away with that.
Speaking of grocery stores, I like the guy who climbs on the grocery cart and coasts through the parking lot. Have you ever wanted to do that?
A Super Bowl ad that also appeared in the Olympics, and elsewhere, is the red M&M candy who turns into Danny DeVito. He asks everybody on the street if they want to eat him.
I like the Dr. Oz commercial as he uses his senses around the world with Turkish Airlines. I didn’t even know Turkey had an airline.
Wendy’s makes fun of McDonalds by slamming their flash-frozen meat patties and “flash-frozen arches” as they promote only fresh hamburgers.
There are several good avocados from Mexico plugs, mostly because the music is so memorable.
And we can all relate to the little girl who claims the new family car is hers alone. She then acts accordingly when they ask if she is excited about getting a new baby sister.
I don’t understand the one with square car wheels and triangular grocery cart wheels.
The one interesting medical commercial tells us that people with Parkinson’s sometimes have hallucinations. I didn’t know that.
Best of all are the para-Olympic participants with their prostheses and their wonderful talents. And one little boy with a new leg who will probably one day be a champion.