NEW YORK (AP) — Small businesses that produce dog treats, toys, eggs and compost are vying for a chance to have a commercial during the Super Bowl.
The four companies are finalists in a competition held by software maker Intuit, which will pay millions of dollars to give the winner a 30-second spot in the game Feb. 2. They were selected by Intuit's 8,000 employees.
The winner will be chosen in a vote open to anyone who visits the competition website: www.smallbusinessbiggame.com through Dec. 1.
The finalists are Barley Labs, of Durham, N.C., which makes dog treats out of barley; GoldieBlox, based in Oakland, Calif., maker of construction toys aimed at girls; Locally Laid Egg Co., a Duluth, Minn., egg producer and POOP — Natural Dairy Compost, a Nampa, Idaho, fertilizer maker.
1973 - Noxzema And Farrah Fawcett
Fulfilling every 1970s bachelor's fantasy, Farrah Fawcett is featured in this 1973 Noxzema ad snuggling up against a man while he shaves. She even lathers his face with shaving cream! The tagline: "Let Noxzema Cream Your Face."
1979 - Coca-Cola And 'Mean Joe Greene'
Charles Edward Greene, <a href="http://meanjoegreene75.com/bio.html">also known as "Mean Joe" Greene</a>, played for the Pittsburgh Steelers for over 20 years. His nickname came from his alma mater University of North Texas, where the mascot is the "Mean Greens." For this commercial, Coke decided to display Greene's softer side as a little boy offers him a coke and he smiles. The tagline? "Have a Coke and a smile."
1982 - Atari "Little boy"
Oh, so <em>this</em> is what Atari is! In this 1982 Super Bowl commercial for the game consul Atari, a woman gazes at her husband who is just too preoccupied with playing Atari to be bothered. The commercial ends with, "Give a man an Atari game and he'll turn into a little boy. But don't worry, he'll be grown up enough to share!"
1984 - Apple's '1984' Commercial
This commercial signaled the beginning of Apple's omnipresence in American pop culture. Introducing the new Macintosh computer, the ad features a woman running into a futuristic scene filled with human drones listening to someone address them on a giant TV. The best part of the ad? It doesn't even feature the computer it is promoting. Decades later, it is <a href="http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/tech/columnist/kevinmaney/2004-01-28-maney_x.htm">considered one of the best commercials in history</a> by many.
1989 - Pepsi And Madonna 'Like A Prayer' Commercial
For $5 million, Pepsi asked Madonna to do this rendition of her global hit "Like A Prayer" for their 1989 Superbowl ad. But within 48 hours of its debut, <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7922129.stm">Pepsi pulled the ad </a>after church groups threatened a ban against Pepsi products. Apparently, Madonna's suggestive lyrics were too much for America to handle.
1990 - Diet Coke And Elton John, Paula Abdul
It is unclear what exactly is going on in this commercial, but Paula Abdul and Elton John both seem super jazzed about Diet Coke. Also, we love the monochromatic dress scheme and the duo's matching oversized blazers.
1991 - Diet Pepsi And Ray Charles
<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You_Got_the_Right_One,_Baby">"You Got the Right One, Baby, Uh Huh"</a> was a popular slogan for Diet Pepsi during the early '90s and it lead to a series of commercials featuring singer Ray Charles. This one, was featured during the Super Bowl in 1991.
1992 - Pepsi And Cindy Crawford
Cindy Crawford was just 25 when she basically defined what it means to be a woman with this 1992 ad. Could those little boys mouths open any wider?
1993 - McDonald's And Michael Jordan, Larry Bird
When Michael Jordan brings a Big Mac to the gym, Larry Bird challenges him to a epic shooting contest. The winner gets the prized burger. As the shots get more and more crazy, Jordan finishes off the ad by saying, "this is gonna take a while."
1995 - Budweiser And The Frogs
Ah, the Budweiser Frogs! One frog says "Bud," the second says "weiss" and the third frog says "errrr." Simple, yet effective.
2000 - E* Trade And The “Dancing Monkey"
Everyone knows that Super Bowl ads are ridiculously expensive. But never before has a company announced that fact so blatantly within the ad itself. In this ad from E* Trade, a monkey dances along to a boom box -- and that is it. After the big show, the ad concludes “Well, we just wasted $2,000,000." Hilarity ensues.