Super Bowl XLVII: the not quite record ratings and the commercials

Posted in Hilarity,Sports,Television,Video by Scott Meisner on February 4th, 2013

Power outage and all, Super Bowl XLVII proved to be an exciting game after all. Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens dominated the game early on and the San Fransisco 49ers used the approximately 35 minutes of dark downtime to reenergize and make an unexpected comeback that nearly ended the game in their favor. When the fourth quarter came to a close, however, it was the domineering Ravens and MVP Flacco on top besting the 49ers 34 to 31.

Unlike previous years, last night’s Super Bowl did not break ratings records to become the most watched telecast in history. 108.41 million people tuned into the big game making it the third most watched TV program behind Super Bowl XLVI (111.3 million) and Super Bowl XLV (111 million). (And if you’re curious, the hyped post-Super Bowl episode of Elementary attracted 20.8 million viewers with a 7.8 rating in the 18-49 demo. These numbers are huge for the CBS freshman procedural, but they do not match the 37.6 million viewers that tuned into The Voice‘s post-game telecast last year.) Maybe we’ll see another record-breaking explosion in eyeballs next year?

Moving onto the ‘mericals. This year companies had to fork over a whopping four million dollars for a 30-second spot. I’ve posted a bunch of my personal favorites after the break, including those from Volkswagon, Oreos, Doritos, and Taco Bell and trailers for anticipated movies like Iron Man 3 (see the extended cut!), Star Trek, and Fast and Furious 6. You can rewatch nearly all of them at YouTube’s Ad Blitz center. Which are your favorites? (Click here for more…)

Alec Baldwin & John Krasinski kill in New Era baseball ad

Posted in Hilarity,Sports,Video by Scott Meisner on April 12th, 2011

30 Rock’s Alec Baldwin and The Office’s John Krasinski take sides in this Bryan Buckley-directed commercial for the New Era Cap Company. Baldwin’s a die-hard Yankees fan, while Krasinski pledges his allegiance to Red Sox Nation. Watch the rivalry and hilarity materialize above.

Video games invade our world again in “Gnarcade”

Posted in Sports,Technology,Video by Scott Meisner on July 24th, 2010

Check out Mike Benson’s “Gnarcade”, a world where classic video game characters and obstacles interact with pro athletes.  Pacman, Frogger, and baddies from Super Mario make memorable appearences.  But it’s the Portal effect at 2:21 that gets me every time.  Beats are provided by Ground Up.  Enjoy!  (I say “again” in the post title in reference to the awesome NYC pixel takeover.)

NBA players auto-tuned in “Where Clutch Happens”

Posted in Sports,Video by Scott Meisner on March 30th, 2010

“Where Clutch Happens” is the latest commercial spot for the NBA “Where Amazing Happens” ad campaign.  It’s kinda catchy!

[Thanks Brian M.]

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Human Chain

Posted in Next level visual,Sports,Video by Scott Meisner on February 16th, 2010

Nike is back with an all new baller commercial for its Sportswear products.  Per usual, the production team does not disappoint.  The new mantra?  “Everybody gets knocked down, how quick are you going to get up?”

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The Showdown

Posted in Sports,Video by Scott Meisner on February 16th, 2010

LeBron James and Dwight Howard star in this remake of the 1993 Super Bowl commercial The Showdown, which featured hall-of-famers Michael Jordan and Larry Bird in trick-shot competition for a Big Mac and fries.  Look after the break for the 1993 version.

[Via KanyeBlog]

(Click here for more…)

Explore the Olympic Games mountains with Street View

Posted in News,Sports,Technology,Video by Scott Meisner on February 10th, 2010

In anticipation of the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Team Google brings us to Whistler Mountain with Street View.  Just like you’d map out how to find a restaurant on Google Maps using Street View to precisely pick out the location, now you can search and explore the icy mountains where this month’s Winter Olympics will take place.  Explore the mountains or “get inside the games” with a constantly updating menu system that features Olympic events, medals, venues, and news.  Google’s got you covered.

[Via GoogleBlog]

Super Bowl XLIV commercials

Posted in Sports,Television,Video by Scott Meisner on February 7th, 2010

Overall I found this year’s collection of Super Bowl commercials to be stale.  Super Bowl commercials are supposed to be top notch, big budget, and make you fall over laughing by surprise.  In fact, there are some people out there who watch the Bowl just for the commercials.  The smorgasbord of reusable ads from GoDaddy and the beer companies simply didn’t cut it this year.  Anyhow, I’ve collected this year’s favorite ads and pasted them below.  At least Megan Fox was featured in one of them!

Motorola, featuring the Motorola Devour with MOTOBLUR w/ Megan Fox

Bud Light, autotune with T-Pain

Look after the break for more Super Bowl commercials, including those from Vizio, Bud Light, Snickers, Doritos, Audi, Coke, FLO TV,, Intel, and Google. (Click here for more…)

ESPN may stream live sporting events to an Xbox 360 near you

Posted in News,Sports,Technology by Scott Meisner on January 22nd, 2010

According to the NY Times, Disney is in talks with Microsoft to bring ESPN to Xbox Live.  Sure, Live subscribers already have access to the large Netflix library to rent the latest movies and TV shows, but streaming live sporting events takes things to a whole new level.  ESPN on Xbox Live would be set up in a similar fashion to the ESPN 360 service that’s been widely available from a number of ISPs.  The Times reports that it would be based on a per-subscriber fee and include access to live sporting events and interactive games labeled with the ESPN brand.  Hulu on the PC, Netflix and ESPN on Xbox Live; this tidbit of news gives us yet another reason to cut the cord that is cable.

[Via NY Times; Gizmodo]

“Dunking On Reindeer” w/ Lebron & Kobe

Posted in Music,Sports,Video by Scott Meisner on January 1st, 2010

Classic holiday (Nike) cheer.  Featuring Kobe, Lebron, KRS-One, and Lupe Fiasco.

[Via KanyeBlog]

Robot gymnast training for future Olympics

Posted in Sports,Technology,Video by Scott Meisner on December 31st, 2009

Watch as this robot gymnast attempts the horizontal bar routine.  Close, but not quite.

[Via Robot Dreams; Engadget]

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The game of ping pong is about to change

Posted in Design,Image cache,Sports by Scott Meisner on December 28th, 2009

Brodmann Blades

If these Brodmann Blades catch on, you can bet that the game of ping pong will change dramatically.  “By moving the front and back of the paddle away from each other and removing the grip altogether, the Blades are able to offer a glove-like fit, and promise a faster and more intuitive game, more spin on the ball, and superior control.”  I’m going to have to try these paddles on for size before I make further commentary about them.  Price at $100, we may have to rely on the hard-core amateurs to give ’em a spin.  (Mind you, $100 buys you a set of two paddles, with four logo-adorned balls, terrycloth wristbands, and a zip-up carrying case.)

[Via Gizmodo; Uncrate]

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‘Skins lose, man loses bet, rednecks destory his TV with guns

Posted in Hilarity,Sports,Video by Scott Meisner on December 12th, 2009

So the story goes…a man lost a bet to his friends that the Redskins would be the Saints.  The Saints ended up beating the ‘Skins 33-30 in OT.  Because the man lost the bet, his redneck friends gathered arms and shot his big screen TV to smithereens.  Some of them even rammed into the broken shards of glass to prove their manhood.  Oh..there’s only one way to react to all this: WHO DAT!

[Via Gizmodo]

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FIFA World Cup matches to be broadcast in 3D (read: not in America)

Posted in News,Sports,Technology,Television by Scott Meisner on December 6th, 2009

FIFA has teamed up with Sony to broadcast 25 matches of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa in high-definition in-your-face 3D.

FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke: “This propels the football fan into a whole new viewing dimension and marks the dawning of a new era in the broadcasting of sport.  We are proud that the FIFA World Cup can serve as a platform for advancing technology and the viewing experience, and are truly fortunate to have Sony as a partner in this endeavour.”

The 25 games will be broadcast live in the following cities around the world: London, Berlin, Mexico City, Paris, Rio De Janeiro, Rome, and Sydney.  I mean, who watches soccer in the US anyways, am I right?

[Via Gizmodo; FIFA]

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Watch #15 in red: Aggressive, competitive soccer player or demon-child?

Posted in Sports,Video by Scott Meisner on November 9th, 2009

It’s BYU vs. New Mexico in the MWC Tournament.  Watch as New Mexico’s Elizabeth Lambert takes her competitive rage out on her oppenent’s team members.  There’s kicking, shoving, punching, and even some hair-pulling. 

And all Lambert got was a yellow card when she was asking for a red one.  She has been suspended from play indefinitely, even after she verbalized an apology for her insane actions.  Oh, and her team ended up losing and falling out of the tournament despite her best efforts.

[Via LA Times]

‘Football Hero’ orchastrated by young talented soccer players

Posted in Sports,Technology,Video by Scott Meisner on October 28th, 2009

With the help of wall-mounted vibration sensors and a large fretboard projection, athletes can control on-screen action of a modification of the ever-popular Guitar Hero.  Check out the impressive action above and peek after the break for a behind-the-scenes video of how it was done.

[Via Engadget]

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Legos-generated PSA for bikers

Posted in Art,photography,Sports,Technology,Video by Scott Meisner on October 2nd, 2009

RED LIGHT : Biking Rules PSA.  Produced by Sean Kenney, directed by MA Shumin.

This stop-motion public service announcement is memorable and interesting, to say the least.

[Via Gizmodo]

Dallas Cowboys’ scoreboard makes Guinness Record

Posted in Images,News,Sports,Technology by Scott Meisner on October 2nd, 2009

Mitsubishi Electric takes the crown for “World’s Largest High-Definition Video Display.”  The high-definition video display has four Diamond Vision LED video screens (which contain 10,584,064 LED lights) and a total viewing area of 11,393 square-feet.  The two main displays measure 72 feet high by 160 feet wide, and the two Diamond Vision end-zone displays measure 29 feet high by 51 feet wide.  This insanely large screen can be seen hanging 90 feet above the field at Cowboys Stadium.

[Via Engadget]

Skateboarders celebrate Tetris in the streets of SanFran

Posted in Sports,Video by Scott Meisner on September 25th, 2009

A crew of 36 skateboarders (or “freeboarders”) ride through the streets of San Fransisco holding up bright, Tetris-shaped blocks.  Neat.

[Via Gizmodo]

Multitouch air hockey

Posted in Sports,Technology,Video by Scott Meisner on September 21st, 2009

It’s hard enough you aren’t actually holding mallets and playing with a real puck.  Add in some seisure-inducing flashing lights and you’ve got one heck of a challenge here.  See for yourself in the video above.

[Via Gizmodo]