“Below are our choices for the 10 best Super Bowl ads of all time. The picks were heavily influenced by commenters on the MSNBC message boards, who discussed their favorite commercials and voted on the subject two years ago. We also considered the economic impact of the ads, which mostly consisted of disqualifying failed dot-com companies,” Peter Hartlaub reports for MSNBC.
MSNBC’s Top Ten Super Bowl Ads:
10. Master Lock — “Shot Lock” (1974)
9. Coke — “Parade Balloons” (2008)
8. Budweiser — “Sleigh Ride” (2004)
7. E*Trade — “Money out the Wazoo” (2000)
6. McDonald’s — “The Showdown” (1993)
5. Budweiser — “Frogs” (1995)
4. Apple — “1984” (1984) An Orwellian scene of lockstep fascism is broken up by a woman in red Dolphin shorts, who hurls a sledgehammer through a theater screen. Then we see this text: “On January 24th, Apple will introduce Macintosh. And you’ll see why 1984 won’t be like ‘1984.’” File under: Violence. Economic stimulus: The Macintosh didn’t quite change the world as we know it — we’re typing on a PC, and bet you’re reading this on one — but Apple has managed to stick around and make a few bucks. While the Macintosh is likely gone for good, Dolphin shorts have made a comeback.
3. Reebok — “Terry Tate Office Linebacker” (2003)
2. Budweiser — “Respect” (2002)
1. Coke — “Mean Joe Greene” (1979)
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Not content with placing what’s generally considered to be the greatest ad of all-time, Super Bowl or not, into 4th position on his list, Hartlaub doesn’t even seem to realize that we’re all using Macs today; either the real thing or the upside-down and backwards badly faked ones that are marketed and sold to ignoramuses and/or cheapskates. Then, to top off his entry with a description of Macintosh as “likely gone for good,” is hilarious, especially as the Mac platform is currently in the process taking billions of dollars worth of market share away from Microsoft’s Windows and from the PC box assemblers who are stuck with it.
It’s painfully obvious that MSNBC has lost compete touch with reality; no doubt the poor bastards have been driven batshit insane from dwelling in the ratings cellar ever since Microsoft and NBC’s unholy alliance conceived the ill-fated, stupidly-monikered mess. Knowing that more people fall asleep to FOX News each night than have ever watched your cable channel since its inception must be tough to deal with, but, come on, treat your infinitesimal audience with at least some respect. All good yellow journalism starts with at least some facts. It doesn’t work very well when based on complete fantasy; it just comes across as a total joke.
When he’s not dashing off drivel for MSNBC, Peter Hartlaub does the same for The San Francisco Chronicle. Contact him here:
MacDailyNews Update: 10:59pm EST: Sometime after publication of our article, MSNBC added the word “original” to their article: “While the original Macintosh is likely gone for good, Dolphin shorts have made a comeback.” Our take pertains to MSNBC’s “original” sentence, not to the one they’ve silently altered.