Advertising, Super Bowl Style

Tide Miracle Stain

In a year with a mid-game power outage, one of the longest touchdowns in Super Bowl history, and the player from The Blind Side, you could almost get distracted from the ads. (But at $4m per 30 seconds, you couldn't say the same for the 30 companies that bought them.)

As much as we loved the Budweiser Clydesdale tear-jerker (man raises Clydesdale pony, sells him to Budweiser, sees him years later at a parade, horse chases after man, they hug), we're giving our Number One spot to Tide's Miracle Stain. Funny and clever.

Yes, you're right. It's only right to include that Budweiser ad now.

We feel like we're supposed to like Samsung's Next Big Thing more than we do. It features two guys we like, but the 'pitch' formula feels a little contrived. You'll have to decide for yourself.

We were disappointed by Volkswagen, after they swept us off our feet with 2011's The Force. So instead of watching the rather lame Get In, Get Happy (with an annoying funny-voice office guy), we're going to watch The Force instead.

Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Yahoo Sports' commentary is spot-on, and there are also a few lesser known commentaries that are good.