I’m writing this during Lady Gaga’s half-time performance at the Super Bowl and as you can imagine, I’m on the verge of tears. So this week’s column is going to flow a bit differently, because Lord knows if my damn football team doesn’t turn it around in the second half, one of the people that had a worse weekend than you is going to be me. But while Gaga is flying around in the air and we head into the second half, here are a few people that had it rough
Airing a commercial during the Super Bowl is big time. So imagine if you had an ad all set to go, and you found six days before the big game that it wasn’t going to go, which is what happened to retailer GNC.
According to Business Insider, FOX initially approved the ad, but was told that the NFL wouldn’t allow it to air because some of the products sold by GNC include DHEA, Synephrine, and Octopamine, which are on the league’s banned substances list.
GNC said in a statement:
GNC was proud and excited to launch our Courage to Change campaign during the Super Bowl, one of the biggest platforms of the year. However, only six days prior, and after two approval processes, Fox Broadcasting informed us that our company and our message of inspirational true stories was not permitted to air due to NFL policy. In turn, GNC has retained legal counsel and is in the process of preparing a formal complaint with Fox Broadcasting Company.
Having the ‘Courage to Change’ can mean many things and our customers exemplify that every day. We strongly support the stories of change represented by the people in our commercial, and we are committed to sharing that as broadly as possible.
Luckily for GNC, the controversy has driven over 3 million people to view the ad on GNC’s YouTube page, so it’s not all bad.
[via Business Insider]
The alternative is that you do get your ad on the air and it pisses people off, which is what happened with Coke.
So that’s the beverage company’s Super Bowl ad, which actually originally aired during the 2014 Super Bowl, and some people took exception to “America The Beautiful” being sung in different languages. I could include those tweets here, but honestly, I’m not in the mood to embrace ignorance since the Patriots just went three-and-out. Again. [via People]
It’s a huge honor to be a finalist for the Walter Payton Man of The Year award, seriously. There are only three finalists and one winner. Well, usually. This year, there were three finalists…and two winners:
Not Peyton Eli Manning and Larry Fitzgerald. The man odd man out? The Panthers’ Greg Olsen.
Now, I’m sure that Olsen does do a lot of good his community – focused on his “Receptions for Research” cancer charity – in order to be recognized by his peers. But to be the only one of three that doesn’t get the Walter Payton trophy? That sucks. But maybe when you get support like this, it doesn’t matter:
Which is more support than I will ever give Stephen Gostkowski after he just missed that extra point. What the hell is happening right now? [via USAToday]
People In The Michigan Suburbs
One of the best parts of the Super Bowl is the food. Personally, I decided to do things a bit differently this year and made a full Thanksgiving dinner instead of the usual ballgame nosh, but no matter what you have, eating during the game is tradition. And with all of that eating comes the obvious trips to the bathroom…unless you live in Macomb County, Michigan.
Officials in eleven suburbs of Detroit have asked residents to “not to flush toilets or simply hold it in during the Super Bowl halftime show in fears the flushing will overwhelm a massive sinkhole” that opened in the town on Christmas Eve. County Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller urged people not to go during halftime in order to avoid a “Big Flush” that could overwhelm the sewer system that was damaged by the football-sink hole.
I’m going to refrain from the obvious “Patriots going down the shitter” joke here, because, frankly, it hurts too much. [via Daily Mail]
Minor Positive: One of my tweets was in a Washington Post article, which is really cool.
Major Negative: You know. I know. We don’t need to talk about it.
But, hold on.
Are you… are you serious?
CORRECTION: LET’S TALK ABOUT IT. ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL DAY. I have to admit at about 9:35 p.m., I was ready to submit this sad column and get in bed, pull the comforter over my head and cry myself to sleep. But real fans never quit…and it’s now 10:29 p.m., Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback of all-time, and I am reveling in the biggest Super Bowl Come back EVER. Take that. But I’m still leaving myself here since that game damn near had a heart attack tonight. .
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