In 1774 Samuel Johnson wrote, "Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel." In his 1983 song "Sweetheart Like You," Bob Dylan echoes Johnson's sentiment with the lyric, "They say that patriotism is the last refuge to which a scoundrel clings."
The creators of the Coca-Cola ad surely knew they would push buttons for a lot of Super Bowl viewers and that the ensuing controversy would put the company in the headlines.
The debate over Coca-Cola's Super Bowl advertisement has been raging across the Internet -- and I cannot help but feel that there is sometimes more to it than a simple fear of foreign language.
The New York City stage provided a marketing platform unseen to marketers in prior Super Bowls, so would the advertising come up short like the game? Below is a list of 14 Super Bowl commercials that were better than the game itself.
Many people were worried that with all the previews that there would be no surprises. Well thankfully there were several, because I'm not sure we would have lasted through the game without the advertising!
Super is supposed to mean "very good" or "excellent." And while there was some of that on Sunday, most of this year's special game fell into other categories of super.
While I admire the majestic Bald Eagle, and I regard the U.S. Constitution as a stunningly intelligent and inspired document, some people treat me as if I have committed patriotic heresy by challenging the long-established unofficial national game of football.
I knew one thing: after I knelt down, I had the game ball in my arms. I knew I wanted to preserve that, and I still have that game ball. After I took that final kneel-down, and I went right to the locker room, put it in my bag, grabbed a hat, and ran back onto the field.
'It's probably the worst feeling ever. It's terrible. I was upset, and I cried a little bit, and I don't cry too much, but losing the Super Bowl and seeing purple and black confetti go down and all the Ravens fans rush the field ... It hurts'
TOP SECRET FROM: The Directorate, CIA TO: The President of the United States SUBJECT: Sochi Olympics EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: By Executive Order, illegal ...
Some claim that concerns about a link between sex trafficking and the Super Bowl are overblown, hyperbolic, or, simply, myth. Some have even suggested that a strong law enforcement response is harmful to victims. While it is unfortunately true that there have been arrests of prostituted women in Super Bowl-related policing--a counterproductive strategy that discourages victims from seeking desperately needed police protection--law enforcement is right to step up efforts to investigate trafficking on the eve of the Super Bowl.
This couple really knows how to stick to a theme! I guess it's easy when you're both die-hard football fans. Everything from the boutonnieres to the cake toppers were inspired by this couple's shared love of the game.
I hate to look like one of those bandwagon jumpers (even though I totally am), so I decided to do a little Super Bowl research to at least make me sound like a real fan during the big game.
Just when you thought you finally got a hold of this whole "diet" and working out thing after all of the holiday madness, it's time for the Big Game. Since some of these football games turn into day-long affairs, if you cannot make it to the gym or outside for a good sweat, get in a fun workout with your friends while you enjoy the game.
I may be mayor of a host community for Super Bowl XLVIII, but there's no question about it, I'm no football expert. But I do know a smoke and mirrors deal when I see one, as has been the case with Super Bowl XLVIII here in New Jersey.
This week we were told that the State of our Union is, as per usual, strong. President Obama, also as per usual, gave a solid speech. But it was hard to take it as much more than political theater (albeit theater with a wildly skewed entertainment-to-applause ratio). Given what we know about D.C. dysfunction, boilerplate bits like "let's work together" and "let's all come together" played like laugh lines. And despite the presidential exhortation, "let's make this a year of action," progress in Congress will more likely look like traffic in Atlanta in the wake of Tuesday's snowstorm. For some actual action, we'll have to tune into the Super Bowl, where even if the game is a dud, the commercials usually rock. Maybe next year's SOTU should include breaks featuring Scarlett Johansson or puppies and Clydesdales.