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Posted at 1:05 PM ET, 02/ 8/2010

Reader picks: What was the funniest SUPER BOWL ad?

By Michael Cavna

[ UPDATED: Comic Riffs will update periodically with posted videos as nominated (by comment or e-mail) by readers -- including 2010 midgame nominees]

All Super Bowl fans have their own ways to enhance their viewing of the Big Game. Some shop-happy stalwarts load up on beer and bean dip by the case (especially if you're in a serious "snow zone" this weekend). Others stock up on memorabilia. And one long-suffering "Aints" fan at work was scouring Earth and eBay for black-and-gold Mardi Gras beads.

We here at Comic Riffs, on the other hand -- when not breaking out memorabilia from the lone S.B. we attended in person (hint: up close on the field, Dexter Manley's eyes were on fire that day) -- like to screen some of the best and worst Super Bowl commercials ever. And from zebras portraying football "zebras" for the Clydesdales, to beer-swilling animated amphibians, the CGI-altered animals sure predominate.

So to kick things off, here's one of our fave Bowl commercials, Altered Animal division. And 'Riffs asks: What's your favorite, if not the funniest, Super Bowl ad ever? (Your nominations have been updated with such 2010 entries as ads featuring Brett Favre, Betty White and David Letterman.)

If your nomination differs from the picks below, then -- like Drew Brees connecting with Jeremy Shockey to put the Saints ahead for good -- feel free to fire away.



By Michael Cavna  | February 8, 2010; 1:05 PM ET
Categories:  General  | Tags:  Super Bowl commercials  
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Great call. THAT LINK:


Posted by: mikegrosvenor | February 5, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

I remember the cat wranglers very fondly.

Posted by: AndrewfromNH | February 5, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Ah yes. The wonderful "herding cats."



Posted by: cavnam | February 5, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Cat Wranglers, hands down. It's been on my hard drive since that Super Bowl sunday.

Posted by: pltrgyst | February 5, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

I too, saved Cat Wranglers.

of course, the Streaker Sheep should be a very close second.

Posted by: ZeldaJane | February 6, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

I too, have a copy of Cat Wrangler!

but the sheep streaker/Clydesdales is a very close second.

Posted by: ZeldaJane | February 6, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

OH,after watching the yearling "pull" the wagon -so sweet and so very good! no, I won't tell either.

Now, that is a 3 way problem !!

Posted by: ZeldaJane | February 6, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

I always forget the most frightening part of the Bridgestone scream commercial: the horrified expression of the woman in the car. Priceless. And creepy.

Posted by: goldpress | February 6, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Green Police this year. The only one that had vague originality.

The simpsons was good because it was simpsons, but a bit too predictable.

Posted by: ah___ | February 7, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

come on people, the lamb streaker is the funniest ad ever!

Posted by: 2old2readcomics | February 8, 2010 2:19 AM | Report abuse

The Frito's Doggie shock collar ad struck home on a personal level. Seems the Daughter with 3 dogs who should have been a charter member of PITA brought home a shock collar then had second thoughts.....

You guessed it she got her gullible husband to put it on and Bark! Poor SOB rolling around on the floor in pain with every scream setting it off again while she and the mutts were dieing of laughter!

Posted by: merlin9 | February 8, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

The ads were all quite good, but it was quite annoying to see so many viral advertisements attached to the YouTube postings.

Posted by: kilby | February 9, 2010 2:59 AM | Report abuse

Ahh, the EDS "Cat Herders" ad. I have a soft spot for that one because I was employed by EDS at the time of that Super Bowl. I even have an EDS "Cat Herding: Don't let anyone tell you it's easy" t-shirt.

And I liked the Clydesdales "Zebra" spot from a few years back...

Posted by: SportzNut21 | February 12, 2010 5:37 AM | Report abuse

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