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31 Jan 2012 00:12


Culture: Ferris Bueller Sells Out: Matthew Broderick’s Super Bowl ad

  • Bueller … Bueller … So, question for you all — is it awesome that Matthew Broderick’s reliving his faux-childhood memories, or just sad? “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” came out a solid 25 and a half years ago, and is arguably his crowning achievement (though “The Producers” on Broadway comes close). This early Super Bowl ad, which openly references “Bueller,” albeit with some modern touches, should remind you of two things: Matthew Broderick is going to be 50 in a little over a month, and a Honda CR-V is not a Ferrari. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? (By the way, when you’re done with this, Jerry Seinfeld also has a past-referencing car ad.) source

06 Feb 2011 20:38


Politics: Obama on Egypt: He’s sure they’ll “work together with us.”

  • What I want is a representative government in Egypt and I have confidence that if Egypt moves in an orderly transition process, they will have a government in Egypt that will work together with us.
  • Barack Obama • Talking to Bill O’Reilly pre-Super Bowl. The conversation of course took a turn towards the Muslim Brotherhood, to which Obama had this to say: “But here’s the thing that we have to understand, there are a whole bunch of secular folks in Egypt, there are a whole bunch of educators and civil society in Egypt that wants to come to the fore as well. So it’s important for us not to say that our own only two options are either the Muslim Brotherhood or a suppressed people.” Obama wants to see an orderly transition that reaches everyone, not just Islamists or any other group, in hopes that the region doesn’t radicalize. source

05 Feb 2011 21:03


Culture: “Never Miss a Super Bowl Club” dude can’t make it this year

  • So now, they’re down to three. Green Bay Packers fan Robert Cook, who up until now has been to every Super Bowl, won’t make it this year after getting hospitalized on Thursday. The guy, who was immortalized in the above commercial, is depressed about it but will be watching the game from his hospital bed. “To have the Packers go to the Super Bowl, we were just over the moon about it,” said his wife, Sarah. Now, he can’t go. Sigh. source

26 Nov 2010 08:23


Music: Shoot us now: Black Eyed Peas performing at next year’s Super Bowl

  • We can only hope that someone has a wardrobe malfunction. Not because we’re looking to see Fergie naked or anything (no interest, really), but because it might assure that another terrible modern pop act won’t follow in the wake of the Black Eyed Peas as the Super Bowl’s musical performer. (We even know the perfect spot, too.) After Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake (who admittedly aren’t guilty of any cardinal musical sins themselves) unintentionally went naked in 2004, it’s been an old fogey’s game, most recently with The Who getting out of the retirement home to perform. We’re not sure what we dislike more – old rock acts performing years after their irrelevancy, or newer pop acts that simply suck. Call us when you get the Arcade Fire and Vampire Weekend, Super Bowl. source

30 Apr 2010 14:30


U.S.: Arizona immigration: The latest on their (home) plate

  • “solely” Arizona lawmakers, realizing they created a huge controversy with the law, are trying to change one word to make it all go away: The law uses the word “solely” in regards to race, which allows for racial profiling. They plan to take it out.
  • baseball The state could also lose the 2011 MLB All-Star Game as a result of a boycott of the law. Surprisingly, the state has been down this road before. in 1993, the state lost the Super Bowl as a result of their blocking of MLK Day.

08 Feb 2010 10:06


Culture: Audi’s “Green Police”: A great joke people don’t seem to get

  • The second-best ad on last night’s Super Bowl is a huge talker – an Audi ad that takes the idea of political correctness to a stupidly high degree. Problem is, it hits a little too close to the bone for a lot of people. Why? Because it takes political correctness to a level that many people have suspected already existed for years, whether or not the “green police” really existed. Reason Magazine (who you figure would be all over this) nail the comparison: This is Mike Judge‘s vision of the future. Satire at its best makes you feel most uncomfortable. (The use of Cheap Trick in the ad is also pitch-perfect and completely non-controversial.)

07 Feb 2010 22:33


Culture: New Orleans, the city, and New Orleans, the team, win big

  • Four years ago, who ever would’ve thought this would happen?
  • New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees • Regarding the Saints’ own fate, along with the more general fate of New Orleans, post-Katrina. The Saints won 31-17, the victors of a symbolic win for a franchise and a city that needed one. It definitely goes a long way to making those awful memories of a damaged Superdome a faded memory. Congrats, scrappy kids of New Orleans. You earned it. source

07 Feb 2010 21:32


Culture: Best Super Bowl ad ever: David Letterman, Oprah & Jay Leno reunite

  • It’s official. Nothing can top this Super Bowl classic of an ad. It’s a sequel to the Oprah/Dave ad from a year or two ago, and Leno’s appearance is just the salve needed in a late-night war that had just started to heat up again. We approve. The New York Times has a pretty awesome background on how this happened. source

07 Feb 2010 20:17


Music: Snap judgment: Review of the Super Bowl halftime show

  • D+ who are these old losers; where did they put The Who? search

07 Feb 2010 19:12


Culture: We broke up the Super Bowl twitter feeds for you guys. Enjoy!

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