I didn’t live blog the commercials this year because we had friends over watching the game and I didn’t want to sit there typing the whole time.
Glad I didn’t. The commercials were a serious letdown this year. Where were the Budweiser Clydesdales? Where were the commercials that had you saying, “How’d they come up with that?”
Was it a total washout? No. The Snickers commercial that had Willem DaFoe transforming into Marilyn Monroe was inspired. The Helen Mirren anti-drunk driving commercial was brilliant. And everything else memorable was in the comic book realm: The Ant-Man vs. Hulk over a Coke ad, and the Turkish Airline commercials featuring Lex Luthor and Bruce Wayne (Remember when everyone bitched about Ben Affleck as Batman? Remember how the bitching stopped once they actually saw him in the trailers? Good. Now remember that next time you want to bitch about something in advance.)
As for the game, I hate to admit it, but I actually paid attention to it when the heavily favored Panthers lost. I will say this: Cam Newton is being excoriated for walking out of the subsequent press conference. I’ve no idea why. If he felt he couldn’t sit there and talk to people about something that was clearly crushing to him, then by all means, get the hell out of there. Much better to say nothing than say the wrong thing. Smart move on his part.
Okay, maybe someone can explain this to me, because I’m not getting something.
I’m seeing fans react with all manner of outrage because Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter donated a million dollars to Donald Trump. People are decrying him for it and naturally people are shouting that Marvel should be boycotted.
Except Perlmutter didn’t donate money to Trump’s presidential campaign. He donated a million bucks to help veterans. And it was his own money; it wasn’t like he skimmed a mill off the top of the last quarter’s profits and sent that in.
So…isn’t donating money to help vets a GOOD thing? A NOBLE thing? Something to be lauded for?
I mean, yeah, I suppose Trump could misuse the money or something. But that doesn’t seem to be weighing in to the vituperation. Instead people are just saying, “Perlmutter donated to Trump! What a dick!”
I will never forget: I wasn’t watching the launch. At the time, I was working as Marvel’s sales manager and so for me it was just another workday. And then my then-wife called me and told me. She’d been watching it live and sat there in horror as the ship blew sky high. She was choking back sobs as she told me what had happened. I was one of the first people at Marvel to find out, but within minutes word spread throughout the office. Everyone was in shock, stunned.
I wound up honoring them in my own small way years later in the TV series “Space Cases.” We named the ship the “Christa” in honor of the highly publicized teacher who was part of the crew.
My greatest condolences to the families and NASA on their loss.