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Did they bowl you over?

Uploaded: Feb 2, 2015
I'm not a Patriots fan. I'm not a Seahawks fan. Unless the Chicago Bears are playing, I watch the Super Bowl for the commercials and the half-time show.

Let's hear it: What is your vote for the funniest commercial, most heart-warming commercial, saddest commercial, and most unexpected commercial? Sum it up with the best commercial.

And what did you think of the half-time show?

What is it worth to you?


Posted by not a sports fan, a resident of Downtown,
on Feb 2, 2015 at 1:08 pm

Can't answer any of your questions as I have not had a TV in more than 15 years. Never miss it.

What does "bowl me over" is the hero worship that goes on over athletes who make little, if any, contribution to the world other that spending their overly large salaries fast enough to go broke. Being a pro athlete in any sport takes some physical skills that not every person has, I get that. Just being an athlete does not make you an appropriate role model. Witness the doping, drugging and cheating scandals within the sports world and the horrific behavior of many athletes outside of their sports.

Michael Vick, Barry Bonds, Lance Armstrong -- who among us would choose for their children to emulate those people? Stop putting athletes on a pedestal for nothing other than their ability (likely drug enhanced) to do some physical activity that contributes nothing to the real world.

Posted by Michael Austin, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows,
on Feb 2, 2015 at 5:40 pm

Michael Austin is a registered user.

@ not a sports fan:

I challenge you to visit the next special Olympic events in our area. You will see, realize and get to know and meet real athletic role models.

Posted by not a sports fan, a resident of Downtown,
on Feb 2, 2015 at 7:53 pm


Special olympics is exactly NOT what I was writing about. You are correct, special olympics is about hard working people, overcoming adversities and succeeding at something on their own terms. The world of elite athletes (their term, not mine) includes the major sports that are so hyped as well as the not so well covered sports like triathlons. One major ironman triathlon event has banned the people racing for a cancer cure because they "get in the way" of the "real athletes". Yeah, right. Ban the folks who are actually contributing something so that the elite athletes, who have no real jobs and make no contributions, can demonstrate their lousy attitudes and poor sportsmanship for all to see.

If you want to pick a special olympian as a role model, that's a good choice. The rest of those wankers can take a hike.

Posted by Interesting , a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood,
on Feb 2, 2015 at 10:03 pm

Interesting stuff.... just some food for thought: Web Link

Posted by Tom Cushing, a resident of Alamo,
on Feb 3, 2015 at 12:52 pm

I thought the most interesting saga involved a commercial that was never shown at the SB, but was pulled by its sponsor. GoDaddy previewed its entry, which was perceived by many viewers to condone puppy mills. 42,000 people promptly signed a petition condemning the tone-deaf spot. The backlash was strong enough that GoDaddy pulled the ad and apologized. Instead, they ran a cheap substitution of a guy plying his godaddy-assisted small business. It was boring, but at least the guy was left-handed.

Now, what they SHOULD have done was pull the ad, donate to the good folks at PetSmart Charities (right across town in Phoenix -- they do great work) , adopted a Company Dog from a Rescue whose website they host,,and featured it at the Big Game, played locally.

Of course, they might have had to hide the hound from their ridiculous, elephant-killing CEO. Web Link , but they'd have demonstrated both smarts and a heart.

There. Does this count as a post, Gina? Don't we need a Company Dog?

Posted by Gina Channell-Allen, a PleasantonWeekly.com blogger,
on Feb 3, 2015 at 1:06 pm

Gina Channell-Allen is a registered user.

Good point Tom. I did see the boring GoDaddy ad, but missed the puppy mill commercial controversy because I was sidelined with the flu. (Pun absolutely intended.) Just watched the commercial and, yeah, I found it distasteful. But it is, after all, from GoDaddy.

No, sorry, doesn't count as a post. And we already have a Company Dog -- Aria, my teacup Schnauzer. Six pounds of primal, furry fury.

Posted by Ed, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows,
on Feb 4, 2015 at 2:12 pm

The commercial that everyone's talking about is the Nationwide Insurance commercial with the dead kid.
Lot's of negative reaction but guess what? Everyone's talking about Nationwide Insurance and isn't that the point of running an ad?
Bad publicity yes, but there is no other insurance company on anyone's lips at present.

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