Original article posted by Greg:

It’s that time of year again, folks. Time to tune up the recliner. Time to stake out a spot at your favorite sports bar. Time to ask yourself “Where are the Panthers from again?”

It’s Superbowl time.

According to MSNBC.com, 54 percent of americans watch at least some of the superbowl. 54 percent. Do you realize how huge that is? That means that at least every other person you have ever known, ever cared about, ever walked by on the street, will be watching this sunday.

If the Superbowl ads were an infectious disease, we would be in serious, SERIOUS trouble by now.

Ah yes, the ads. THE ADS! It all began in 1985 with a fateful tech-noir epic paid for by the Apple corporation. The commercial ended with both a hammer flying into a gigantic television screen and a confused home audience and then never was broadcast on network television again. I think in most cases it happened like this:

“What the deuce?”

But then humanity said, “Hey, that was cool. I’ve never seen that before. Somebody just spent a bunch of money to get me to see something that doesn’t really make sense. Can we do that again? As a consumer, I’m interested in beer and sexy ladies.” Nearly 2 decades later we have ads of an elderly couple beating the crap out of each other to get a bag of Lays Potato Chips. We have Terry Tate tackling an office worker who is slacking on the job.

We have the Bud Bowl.

I have to tell you the truth. I haven’t cared one whit who won or lost the football game for the past 8 years. I have muted the television till the commercials came on. Then I and my critic cohorts have laughed at, commented on, reviewed, criticized, and occasionally ignored the commercials.

Is it possible that 54 percent of americans tune in because the commercials are more entertaining than that other thing that happens at the superbowl? That maybe that game thing is just a way to mark time between commercial breaks?

Well, no. That would be ridiculous.

But maybe that 4 percent… maybe that’s how it is for them.

So here’s the question – How much of the game do you watch versus the commercials? Do you still ignore the Superbowl commercials like you would any other? Do you even watch TV? And do you have a historically favorite superbowl ad you would like to mention here? Please leave comments below.

-Six Mile News team

Orginal comments:


Nickname: Chellee
Re: I Watch it for the Ads
Hello, the ads! I went to a friend’s house to watch the superbowl, but we all sat in the kitchen eating fondu until someone yelled, “Commercials!!! The commercials are on!!!” At which point there was a stampede to the t.v. room with much pushing and toe smashing. It came to the point where we actually set up another t.v. in the kitchen just so we could see the ads while dipping bread, fruit, and meat in the various toppings. It was fabulous.

The best part of the game is the half time show…

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