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Duck & Cover: Top Ten Super Bowl Commercials

-Eleni Pappelis

#10 Wheat Thins: Night Vision
I know I would stay up with my night vision goggles if I knew a yeti were going to come into my house to try and steal my Wheat Thins…

#9 Oreo: Whisper Fight
Oreo definitely separates itself from all the noise of the Super Bowl with this cream vs. cookies whisper brawl in the library.

#8 Taco Bell: Viva Young
These old geezers still got it…

#7 Doritos: Fashionista Daddy
If not the love for his own daughter, what else could turn an afternoon of football for this athletic dad and his friends into a bunch of princesses? Only Doritos.

#6 Calvin Klein: Concept Underwear
Maybe I’m a little biased. All I can say is–and I know I’m speaking for all the ladies out there–thank you, Calvin Klein.

#5 Pizza Hut: Make It Great
Anyone can enjoy the great game of football with Pizza Hut Hut Hut Hut.

#4 Ram Truck: Farmer
This is a beautiful arrangement of still images set to the booming voice of radio announcer Paul Harvey reciting, “So God Made a Farmer.”

#3 Wonderful Pistachios: PSY, Get Crackin’
One of the few commercials I enjoy sitting through just to have a good laugh, Wonderful Pistachios has done it again. This witty ad campaign brings me to tears almost every time with Gangnam Style‘s PSY’s hilarious dance moves and persona. Now this is how you use celebrities to advertise.

#2 Doritos: Goat for Sale (top)
Need a laugh? See what happens when you take a goat’s Doritos.

And the all time worst but probably most resonant commercial shown during the Super Bowl is:

#1 GoDaddy.com: Perfect Match
Yikes. Although this commercial is grotesque and off-putting, the ad team with GoDaddy.com definitely did their job and made this one of the most remembered commercials during the Super Bowl. Well played, GoDaddy.

What's New?

-Tiana Bouma

The weeks have flown by fast and the news keeps changing every day. After the Super Bowl and its occasionally entertaining halftime show and commercials, it seemed like a good time to break down the news worthy events of the past week. These are topics that caught my eye, were searched a lot on the internet, or talked about with friends.

Obama’s Courts

A second term for President Barack Obama would allow him to expand his replacement of Republican-appointed majorities with Democratic ones in the nation’s appeals courts.  For those who don’t follow judiciary news, these courts are the final stop for almost all federal court rulings that have been challenged. Obama has already managed to alter the balance on power on four of the nation’s 13 circuit courts of appeals. On top of this, the next president, whoever that may be, has a decent shot at transforming the majority of the Supreme Court. Three justices will be turning 80 before the next presidential term ends. It looks like we could see a major shift of power in the United States courts. Is that good or bad?

US Embassy in Syria

The United States has decided to close its embassy in Damacus, Syria and has already removed all remaining diplomats from the contry. Operations have been suspended in Damacus because the violence there has continued to increase. The skeletal staff departed quietly despite some staff members being denied exit visas by Syrian authorities. The latest effort by the United Nations to oust President Assad from power in Syria was proposed by Morocco and backed by the Arab League. Unfortunately, it was vetoed by Russia and China who support Assad and are reluctant to endorse another revolution that could include foreign intervention. I hope that Syria can find a peaceful resolution soon, the United Nations stopped counting the dead late last month, citing that it was hard to keep up with and verify body count. At that time, the death toll was above 5,400 and counting.

Fukushima Zone

The most striking part of Japan’s nuclear exclusion zone (where the nuclear meltdown occurred after the tsunami and earthquake in 2011) is that there is nothing to see. There are no people, no cars, and no signs of life except the occasional wandering livestock. The area that was once home to 80,000 people is now a ghost town frozen in time. Workers of the Fukushima plants are bused in daily and the government has maintained a 12-mile no-go radius around the area for everyone else. Only brief, supervised visits home are allowed for residents who still have homes there. The Japanese government has said it will take at least 30 years to decommission the crippled reactors. In reality, this nuclear wasteland may not be livable for years, but residents are still fighting to save and stay with their contaminated livestock and livelihoods.

Follow Tiana at @TianaBouma

Super Bowl Spread

-Whitney Barton

Of the people who watch the Super Bowl, most seem to fall into one of two categories; those who care about the game and those who are in it for the commercials.  Personally I think it’s most fun to watch with a mix of both types, and with plenty of food (food that preferably does not require the use of utensils.)  Regardless of your personal interests, or those of your company, this meal is sure to please.

The Spread:

Tips:

Prep. Most of the time I like to believe I can handle cooking on the fly.  With this though, I recommend making all the dips and marinades/sauces before beginning to actually cook (maybe even slice all the veggies too.)  This is a piece of advice I wish I had followed before I began this delicious project.

The wing recipes are accompanied by a buttermilk blue cheese dip.  However, it required more time, energy and resources than I was in the mood to invest.  I used this recipe instead, adding ¼ tsp. cayenne and a pinch of lemon zest.

For the wraps:  once the phyllo sheet is buttered, I sprinkle grated Parmesan, freshly ground pepper AND dried basil.  Also, I prefer just one asparagus spear per wrap.  These adjustments change the heat and cook time required to 425°, for 5-7 minutes.  Lastly I quartered each wrap once cooked.

The veggies:  I chose smaller portions of all my favorites, as opposed to heaping piles of one or two kinds.  I selected red and yellow peppers, cucumbers, radishes, carrots (the kind that come with greens) and the traditional pairing for wings– celery.

I love this dressing recipe for a veggie dip (or any kind of dip really), but I chop the herbs instead of pureeing in a food processor.  I also added the zest of half a lemon, and about ¼ tsp. of cayenne for a little heat. These last additions are optional.

The brownie recipe includes a chocolate glaze.  With my wonderful mother’s help, I decided on our family’s brownie topping recipe instead-  One-Minute Fudge Frosting*.  I added a tablespoon of the Guinness reduction for good measure, though.

*One-Minute Fudge Frosting

  • 1 square (1 oz.) unsweetened chocolate cute into pieces
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Mix all ingredients, except vanilla, in saucepan.  Let come to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly.  Boil 1 minute and remove from heat.  Beat with spatula until it thickens (about 3-5 minutes).  Add vanilla (and Guinness if you like) and continue beating until of spreading consistency.

Bon apétite!