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.

 

 

 

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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.

AT&T/DirecTV During March Madness…You Won’t Miss A Thing

These AT&T/DirecTV spots are alternately funny and stupid/annoying…which might be what they’re going for. There’s the Purdue fan parking booth attendant who’s missing their game, and they’re tied at the half with a mid-major school. Interestingly, Purdue was only leading by 1 at halftime in their first round matchup against Vermont, a mid-major. Then there are the poor people stuck in a sales review, despite a buttload of games. Dan Finnerty is the singer, and he’s crooning a parody of Aerosmith’s sappy #1 hit “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.”

 

Buffalo Wild Wings Has A March Madness Foodoo Doll

Buffalo Wild Wings is also all about March Madness. A group of Wisconsin fans is watching the game while eating, and a server presents them with a “foodoo” doll with vegetables and mozzarella sticks. They start eating it and surprise, surprise…the player they’re rooting against suffers a gruesome injury. We don’t know what it is, and it’s probably best that we don’t know. Grasie Mercedes plays the pony-tailed fan, while Jessica Joy is the blonde female fan. Elsewhere, when a table asks for #7 to be taken out of the game, that happens literally as a panicked Louisville #7 doesn’t know why he’s at Buffalo Wild Wings. Is this why they got upset by Michigan? In this one, Natalie Gold is the server, and Zora Bikangaga played the panicked Louisville player.

Bonus links: Here’s an interesting story about Zora Bikangaga. His story was also featured on an episode of This American Life.

This UConn Huskies Fan Loves Buffalo Wild Wings

I love the NCAA Tournament too, but staying at Buffalo Wild Wings for that long sounds a little excessive. I think I’d get constipated. Or possibly the other thing. The art school crowd seems to be outraged, though it’s true, art schools don’t generally have Division I sports. But yeah, she probably shouldn’t be abandoning her kids like that. The mom is played by Erica Piccininni. I’m personally a bigger fan of B-Dub’s other commercial with a Kentucky fan excitedly phoning his wife about his new friends. The line about not hanging out with the Wisconsin guy “because of last year” is a smart touch. In that one, the husband is Tom Larochelle, while the wife is played by Sigrid Owen.

Bud Light’s First Date…Why Can’t He Go Back To Cleveland?

“The people in that blind date Bud Light commercial would clearly be drinking craft beer.” -Comment from a Facebook friend

If you’ve been watching the NCAA Tournament, you already know that this Bud Light commercial has been shown roughly every 3 seconds. It’s another pretty stupid one…something of a spiritual cousin to Miller Lite’s, and it’s been taking a beating on social media. And yeah, since they’re hipsters, they probably would be drinking better beer. Or at the very least, PBR. I find it funny when mass market beer companies make it seem like people drink their stuff for a reason other that the fact that it’s dirt cheap. Why can’t he go back to Cleveland ever again? I would guess indecent exposure, but that might not be something to admit on a first date. Here we go! Who says that? Ahh, online dating. By the way, Jessica Little plays hipster girl. Still not sure who plays hipster guy.

Liberty Mutual Has Humans Suffering Funny Sports Related Accidents

A continuation of Liberty Mutual’s very popular “Humans” spot created by Hill Holliday, but with a sports theme. It’s been getting a whole lot of airtime during the NCAA Tournament (you can tell what I’ve been watching). Makes me laugh out loud. I think the football knocking over the grill causing the car to be engulfed in flames is the funniest one. The guy who threw the football has a priceless expression. Naturally, a commercial about the foibles of humans would contain the cheesy and likable “Human” by The Human League.

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