Superbowl Sunday is over, and even with a rising number of folks calling in “sick” on Superbowl Monday, those that braved the early morning sunlight (ugh… so… bright…) will gather around the water cooler to discuss the play-by-play action of some of the more interesting highlights of the game: the commercials.
Despite the economic slump, NBC managed to sell all of its ad time for a record $206 million. The ads themselves were consciously crafted in consideration of the economic downturn, with a focus on humor, nostalgia and overt discussion of the financial situation.
Of course, now that bloggers, social media sites and Twitter allow for real-time discussion of the finer points of the Superbowl ads, the water cooler is becoming a bit So Next Day as a discussion place. The downside: chatting is less likely to keep you hydrated. The upside: by the time you get to the water cooler, you’re already armed with links and debated opinions about the topic at hand.
As of this morning, a number of sites have lists and posts of Best Superbowl Ads, Worst Superbowl Ads and Superbowl ads broken down by quarter. With companies spending $100K per second to air these ads, we decided to see whether we could sum up 3 fan favorites with a $25 or less T-shirt, thus arming anyone on their way to the water cooler with some relevant wardrobe choices. Here’s what we came up with:
Another surprise sure to spur some day-after watercooler talk: a surprise broadcast for the fans watching Tuscon’s KVOA-TV. With less than 3 minutes to play in a tight fourth quarter, the Superbowl was interrupted by an accidental 30-second feed from the porn channel ClubJenna. Unfortunately for viewers watching with children, this feed was a lot more graphic in nature than the infamous “wardrobe malfunction” of Superbowl XXXVIII and made PETA’s banned “veggie love” ad look like a classroom PSA by comparison.
And so while there were indeed some standout commercials during the 2009 Superbowl, the Fantasy T-Wearer Player of the Game Award goes to Jenna Jameson, founder of ClubJenna. May the thong underwear at right prevent all future malfunctions of the full frontal view variety.