Chrysler, VW, Pepsi Max…in that order

I usually have to warn anyone who is watching a football game with me that they need to be prepared to answer inane questions like:
–Is it still considered a sack if he already got rid of the ball?
–How do you spell “sack?”
–Who are those defender guys again?
–Why would you run the ball up the middle when there are so many players in the way?
–What is that yellow line going down the field?

For the record, I personally believe that the pass in the 3rd quarter to Nelson WAS complete. (Note: I have absolutely no preference in which team wins since, as you can see, football is not my sport).

My friend Katie and I were IMing on Friday, and she wrote, “Go Packers!”  I wrote, “Who are they playing again?  Oh right, the Steelers.”  She wrote, “Haha…well then, go commercials.”  Exactly.

This year’s commercials were a bit lackluster for me in general, but there were a few standouts.

Favorite of 2011 – Chrysler and Eminem.  Coming from a family of Chrysler drivers – my first 2 cars were Dodge – (full disclosure: I currently drive a Mazda) I appreciate Chrysler’s genuine take on Americana.  That commercial truly made me feel patriotic and proud of a country in the midst of a comeback, and don’t we all love a comeback story?  The combination of Chrysler and Eminem was just genius.  For a “grandpa” brand, Chrysler was very smart to align itself with an artist who appeals to a very wide audience.  And, personally, I just love that song – it was one of the few that kept me going during my 5K training.

Second place goes to The Beetle.  CGI done well.  That spot was just plain fun, and makes me want to see more.

Third place – Pepsi Max for the early on spot where the girl hits another girl in the head with a can of Pepsi Max.  I laughed out loud at that one.  Funny and memorable; one of the first spots and I still remember what the commercial was for.

All in all, it was an enjoyable Super Bowl, especially when I got to enjoy it with good friends and good food (thanks Renee, Ken and Lexie)!  Now we can concentrate on ACC basketball.  March Madness, I’m ready for ya.

Bonus recipe – Super Bowl Shrimp Tacos
–1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
–Old Bay
–Fresh lime juice
–Taco shells/tortillas of your choice
–Cabbage, shredded
–1 cup cocktail sauce
–1/2 cup sour cream

Heat EVOO in skillet over medium high heat. Sprinkle shrimp with Old Bay and saute in skillet until shrimp is pink (about 2 minutes on each side).  Squeeze fresh lime juice onto shrimp as they are cooking in the skillet.

Mix a cup of cocktail sauce with a 1/2 cup of sour cream.

Assemble your tacos: tortilla, cabbage, cocktail sauce mixture, 4-5 shrimp, squeeze of lime.  Fold, roll and enjoy!  Especially good with a side of spicy bloody mary.


3 thoughts on “Chrysler, VW, Pepsi Max…in that order

  1. I liked your top commercial choices but have to say that the Darth Vadar/Passat was my favorite. The Doritos licking fingers commercial was also at the top just for the shock factor.

  2. Gotta agree with my daughter – – the pint size Darth Vader levitating the VW was priceless. But my second choice was the Doritos bringing back Grandpa from the ashes.

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