Super Bowl Sunday is America's unofficial holiday, and the buildup to the game is matched only by the anticipation of the commercials during the game. Here is our list of 10 of the most memorable spots in Super Bowl history.
McDonalds Showdown (1993)
The NBA was arguably at the height of its popularity when the fast food giant aired this spot during Super Bowl XXVII. The premise was simple: the game's biggest stars -- Larry Bird and Michael Jordan -- in a game of H-O-R-S-E, with a Big Mac for the winner.
Pepsi: Your Cheatin' Heart (1996)
A classically clever spot in which a Coca-Cola delivery man tries to swipe a Pepsi from an adjacent cooler. Comic touch: The inclusion of Hank Williams Jr.'s iconic country ballad. Oh, and the security camera view.
Coke: Mean Joe Greene (1980)
This spot, which actually premiered during the Major League Baseball playoffs in 1979, won a Cannes Gold Lion for advertising excellence and has consistently been voted among the best Super Bowl commercials of all time. It also changed "Mean" Joe Greene's image. "I was suddenly approachable," Greene recalled recently. "Little kids were no longer afraid of me, and older people would come up and offer me a Coke."
Budweiser: Frogs (1995)
The commercial itself was simple enough: Three frogs in a swamp each croaking a syllable of the beer company's name. But the ad in many ways defined Super Bowl advertising in the 90s and became a cultural phenomenon.
Apple: Macintosh (1984)
Many still consider this not only the best Super Bowl commercial ever, but the best commercial ever, period. Directed by Ridley Scott, the spot aired only once, during the third quarter of Super Bowl XVIII, and is widely credited with helping make advertising during the big game must-see TV.
Monster: When I Grow Up (1999)
Monster.com's first Super Bowl ad paid off for the jobs website in a big way. Having small children recite such hackneyed business jargon as "I want to claw my way up to middle management" resonated in a big way with many viewers.
Budweiser: Welcome Home (2003)
With the memory of 9/11 still fresh in many people's minds, and with the US less than two months away from invading Iraq, Budweiser tugged at the heartstrings of many viewers with this memorable -- and wordless -- one-minute spot during Super Bowl XXXVII.
E-Trade: Talking Baby (2012)
This was the first commercial in the financial services company's famed "Talking Baby" franchise, featuring a toddler in front of a webcam discussing the particulars of online investing and stock trading in an adult voice -- usually with a deadpan delivery.
Doritos: Man's Best Friend (2012)
Doritos has aired its share of racy Super Bowl ads, but this one used a simple comic premise -- a Great Dane covering up evidence and using Doritos to quiet the sole witness to his crime -- to score big with viewers.
Dodge: Farmer (2013)
Dodge used radio broadcaster Paul Harvey's "God Made A Farmer" speech, together with compelling still images depicting farm life, to great effect in this two-minute spot that was shared nearly two million times via social media during and following the game.
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Writers conference coming to Oklahoma City
The Oklahoma Writers’ Federation Inc. will have its annual two-day conference featuring best-selling authors, literary agents, editors, as well as local authors. Keynote speaker Eloisa James, New York Times best-selling author, writes historical romances for HarperCollins Publishers.
City puts together Yappy Hour for dog lovers
Celebrate your favorite four-legged companions with “Yappy Hour” from 4-7 p.m. on the third Thursdays of March, April and May (March 20, April 17 and May 15) at Bickham Rudkin Park, just east of Boulevard on 33rd Street. Yappy Hour will feature live music by the University of Central Oklahoma’s Academy of Contemporary Music program. Yappy Hour will have family favorite food vendors such as POPS and Smokin’ Okies BBQ.
National touring company to perform at Myriad Gardens
A national touring company, whose mission is to teach children about nutrition, exercise and good health through lively performances and interactive media, will stop at Myriad Gardens as a part of its 26-city tour. Performance time is 11 a.m. March 17, during spring break. The Super Sprowtz performance will take place on the Band Shell, on the Great Lawn.
Armstrong Auditorium presents pianist, chamber orchestra
Hailed as “a national treasure” by the Los Angeles Times, legendary pianist Menahem Pressler will be joined by the New York Chamber Soloists Orchestra for a program of chamber music favorites at the Armstrong Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
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NOTE: Email firstname.lastname@example.org to have your name entered into a drawing for the following titles: “Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch” and/or “Lunch Lady and the Schoolwide Scuffle” and/or “Pieces of Me.” Deadline is 10 a.m. March 17. Winner will be notified by return email. Winner is responsible for picking up the book at The Edmond Sun at 123 S. Broadway. All entrants must be 18 or older to win.
Santa Fe High presents Pirates of Penzance
The “Pirates of Penzance” is one of the most popular light operas of all times. It is filled with humorous musical numbers, lots of action, some spoken dialogue to further the plot, a happy ending and a good-natured lampooning of traditional Italian opera.
‘Dog Whisperer’ helps dogs on new ‘Cesar 911’ show
Best known as the “Dog Whisperer,” Cesar Millan is a world-renowned dog trainer who came to the United States from Mexico as an illegal immigrant and became a celebrity training dogs for the rich and famous. He is the author of several best-selling books, including “Cesar’s Way,” “Be the Pack Leader” and “How to Raise the Perfect Dog.” He also founded the Dog Psychology Center in California. The Millan Foundation rescues and supports abused and abandoned dogs.
Armstrong foundation extends biblical-based exhibit to Oct.
Armstrong International Cultural Foundation recently announced the extension of its popular free archaeology exhibit, “Seals of Jeremiah’s Captors Discovered” through October at Armstrong Auditorium.
Independent film festival planned for August
For the first time, an independent film festival will open in Enid. This summer, local organizers have plans for the Films Like Yours, or FLY Film Festival.
VIDEO: New 'Dancing With the Stars' cast unveiled
The highly anticipated cast of the new season of ABC's hit reality show was revealed Tuesday on "Good Morning America."
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