Don’t Be The Cable You…Get DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket

Last week, I wrote about some DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket ads starring a retired Peyton Manning. Now there are more funny spots. There’s the DirecTV you who once saved Tony Romo from a burning building (I hope his shoulder was OK), does karaoke with Eli Manning, and saves puppies with Andrew Luck. The cable you once saved a sandwich for the ride home, puts on his coat like a toddler, and likes a good turtleneck. An additional campaign “Now You Can” is mostly notable because we see Eli Manning dressed as a banana. DirecTV’s NFL commercials are a national jewel.

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Visa: Yusra Mardini Swims On

Olympic swimmer Yusra Mardini will leave Rio without a medal. She didn’t qualify for the semifinals or finals. But in the big picture, it doesn’t really matter. Yusra is a refugee from Syria, and currently living in Germany. She’s a member of the first Refugee Olympic Team. Last year, Yusra helped swim her boat to safety, pulling 17 refugees behind her. Visa pays a stirring tribute to her in this spot.

Sarah Works At GE, Awkwardness Ensues

Remember Owen, the guy who had to awkwardly explain his job at GE to friends and family? They just couldn’t understand that Owen was working as a developer, and wouldn’t actually be manufacturing things. Well, now GE has a new campaign starring Sarah that shows the flip side…that GE is still an industrial company, which is also an digital company. I was going to say that I hope her and Owen meet each other and get together, but apparently Sarah is married. Sarah is played by Elizabeth Alderfer.

Tuesday Throwback: Seth Green Goes Cha-Ching In This Rally’s Commercial

Does anyone remember this 1991 Rally’s commercial with Seth Green? The commercial was popular, and Green’s “Cha-Ching” inexplicably became a rallying cry for New Orleans Saints fans. He even got the key to the city in New Orleans. Who knew starring as an annoying teenager working at a price-gouging fast food joint would result in semi-celebrity? Luckily for Seth, it wasn’t the peak of his career.

Nike Shows Transgender Olympian Chris Mosier Just Doing His Thing

With the Olympics in full swing, it’s about time for me to write about some Olympic commercials, eh? This Nike ad starring transgender duathlete Chris Mosier debuted yesterday and is part of the “Unlimited” campaign. Chris is the first transgender athlete to make a U.S. Olympic team. I really like the conversation between Chris and the narrator, and that the spot happens in a casual way, focusing on his competition and without any dramatic, over-the-top music.

 

That Farmers Insurance Commercial With Dogs Synchronized Diving And Swimming In A House They Flooded

The pooches, affectionately called “Mer-Mutts” in this Farmers Insurance ad, are fantastic. I’d imagine if you saw that happening, you’d have the same reaction as the absolutely dumbfounded couple. The man is played by Matt Peters, better known as Luschek from Orange Is the New Black. Farmers had to know that they had a hit on their hands with this ad, and they made a bunch of spots featuring the individual dogs. I’m not going to post them on here, but you can check them out at the Farmers Insurance YouTube page. Great stuff.

Devour Has Food You Want To Fork

There’s nothing inherently wrong with using sex in advertising. While you can debate the validity of the adage “sex sells”, it does exist for a reason. But one of the problems that comes up with sexy commercials is that they often come across as limp, uninspired, and unoriginal. The kind of idea that gets brought up when nobody has anything better, and you just want to go home (or to lunch). In this case though, I guess that lame idea worked for Kraft Heinz (forgot they merged) in these spots for its new male-targeted frozen meals, Devour. The first ad involves a mechanic talking dirty to his bacon mac & cheese and spanking it with his fork. The second one has the classic scenario of the pool boy and the bored housewife. He really enjoys his chicken enchiladas, and they both love the creaminess of the meal. These ads are a big yawn for me.

 

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