Capital One March Madness: Charles Barkley, Samuel L. Jackson, And Spike Lee Go To Texas

March Madness is back, which also means the return of one of the most beloved ad campaigns. That’s right…it’s time for more Capital One March Madness, with Charles Barkley, Samuel L. Jackson, and Spike Lee. This year, the Final Four will be in San Antonio, so the ads focus on their travels in Texas (#FanAntonio). Chuck is excited about the “A La Mode”, while Sam and Spike inform him that it’s the Alamo (and it doesn’t serve ice cream). Charles also calls an armadillo a “turtle rat.” “The Three Muskamigos” wear goofy Western attire, and sing “Friends In Low Places” while on horseback.  These are just some of the spots from this always entertaining campaign.





Sling TV Introduces A Couple Of Slingers

Once, I was at a work party and my boss excitedly told me “there’s weed in the back.” He wanted me to go back there with him, some of my co-workers, and a few other higher-ups. I went back there, intrigued at the potentially awkward experience of marijuana with managers. After heading back, I realized that I had misheard. There was Wii in the back, not weed. Which was cool anyway…we played Wii bowling. It just wasn’t what I was expecting.

I thought of this story after watching this new Sling TV commercial, where a simple misunderstanding leads to awkwardness. One couple is hosting another, and a wife suggests “slinging with us.” There’s a moment of discomfort, but the other couple agrees. They head to the couch…and start watching Sling TV. Red-headed wife realizes they said Sling, and then admits she thought they said they were something that rhymes with slingers. Her husband, who seemed much more open to “slinging” also is confused…and he’s unbuttoning his shirt. Whoops. It’s a funny spot created by The Martin Agency (best known for their Geico work), but one I’m sure the fuddie-duddies won’t like. I’ll add actor/actress info to this post when I get it.

Tuesday Throwback: Pepsi Points Can Buy You Cool Swag, But A Harrier Jet?

In this 1996 Pepsi commercial, a teenager shows off the cool stuff he got from Pepsi Points. He has a Pepsi T-shirt, which was 75 points. He has a leather jacket, which was 1450 Pepsi Points. Shades were 175 points. And then, he rolls up to school in a Harrier Jet…7,000,000 Pepsi Points. This one is best remembered because a business student found a loophole and ended up suing Pepsi for his Harrier Jet. Spoiler alert: he lost. Though Pepsi did end up changing the commercial to 700,000,000 points for the jet.

Geico: People Talk Baby Talk To Dogs, Even McGruff The Crime Dog

Remember McGruff? The crime-fightin’ pooch introduced in 1980 makes a comeback in Geico’s newest spot. McGruff walks into the police station with a hot lead, but unfortunately everyone just wants to talk baby talk to him. Haha.

Bonus link: This McGruff didn’t practice what he preached.

Pizza Hut Advertises Shoes That Can Order Pizza And Pause Your TV

Well, this is utterly bizarre. The shoes are called Pie Tops 2.0, because apparently they introduced them last year (how did I miss this?) Anyway, the shoes are being marketed for March Madness, which seems like an ideal time.

Nest Shows A Father Giving His Son Some Prom Night Wisdom

In this new ad that will premiere during the Oscars, we see a young man named Steven, who is about to leave for prom with his date Sarah, and his friends. Then, we hear Steven’s unseen dad talking to him about treating Sarah with respect. Why is the dad unseen? Because he’s a doctor at the hospital, and he’s watching with Nest’s video doorbell. It’s a nice message that could resonate with the Me Too movement, though the surveillance aspect does seem a bit creepy.


The Subaru Outback And A Blind Man Help This Couple See The World

Subaru has long had a crunchy, left-of-center image, and this is also apparent in its sentimental, whimsical, and adventurous advertising. In its newest spot from longtime agency Carmichael Lynch, an outdoorsy couple seeks to explore the “Peninsula Trail.” An older, bearded, blind man hears their inquiry and tells them that they won’t be able to find it on a map. He’ll take them there. They look surprised, y’know, because he’s blind, but they’re down for an adventure. And off they go! Despite not being able to see, the man leads them to a crab shack, an ocean overlook, and finally the trail in the dark. The scenery in this one is absolutely beautiful, and what makes it even cooler is the the blind man is George Wurtzel, who’s actually blind. In real life, George is an artist and woodworker who works at Enchanted Hills Camp and Retreat, and leads sighted people on guided trail walks. Very nice spot from Subaru.

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