How’s it going? Today I’ll be doing a short roundup plus a little delving into an important part of writing for any writer, no matter if you’re doing fiction, copywriting, or something else.
This is post 4, and the last Super Bowl post I’ll be doing until next year (unless I mention something in passing over the next week or so).
Let’s get to it.
The Winter Olympics commercials were cool, especially the ones with Kayla Shiffrin and Lauren W. and all they both overcame to get where they are in their lives.
Dr. Oz talking about how amazing the human body is was super informative (mostly because I didn’t know that stuff–and they connected those facts to seeing the world in a new way, with an airline that doesn’t seem to be that mainstream).
Dodge did a super interesting job this year–everything from the ancient Vikings to a sermon preached by MLK.
I also liked the Kia ad with Steven Tyler driving so fast he got younger.
Not to mention the reversal commercials with Doritos and Mt. Dew that had Peter Dinklage from Game of Thrones and everywhere else, and Morgan Freeman (also from everywhere else). Those types of things were unexpected, at least to me, and that’s a good principle to keep in mind, as long as your basics are in place, and you’re known for delivering on so-called “regular” concepts before you go off-road.
That’s also why I liked the line from the Jeep ad “The road is someone else’s idea.”
And why I thought the Crocodile Dundee ad that was really an Australian “Come Visit Us” ad seemed cool (even though I was a little lost for most of it).
The Rocket Mortgage ad was super cool because of how the spokesman was breaking things down for everyone before they revealed it was a mortgage company ad.
Then there was all those movie trailers–Skyscraper, Solo: A Star Wars Movie, Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom, The Cloverfield Paradox, and more (including Jeff Goldblum imagining he’s chasing a T-Rex in a Jeep for a Jeep ad).
A woman whose email list I’m on noticed the University of Minnesota band jamming with Timberlake during halftime…only to follow up later and say that someone told her that all halftime shows are prerecorded.
And I didn’t notice any of that–just “oh there’s some brass players over there.” Gophers? I didn’t see any animals.
I wondered how the 99 year old dude in the stands, Phil Basser, must have been feeling while watching his Eagles play–apparently he’s a big fan (why am I thinking he was a broadcaster?).
But nothing compared to hearing some of my Mom’s hilarious comments during the game itself.
Mom sees JJ Watt receive the Walter Payton award and says “He’s got a nice haircut. I could do [his haircut like] that.”
When somebody mentioned the Buccaneers: “Buccaneers–[you could just] switch out the B.”
She sees the Patriots offensive coordinator with the huge red sweatshirt and says “He’d look good with one of those crocheted mustaches.”
The camera shows the wife of an Eagles player celebrating in the stands and Mom says “I don’t know what it means” (meaning Mom thought the woman didn’t know the specifics of what was being celebrated).
I finally figured out the irony of what it must be like watching TV with me–because I make comments during shows.
Oh, and when I told Mom what I planned to do for this week, she said, “So, did I make it into a blog?”
Yep, Mom, yep you did.
And that’s the importance of this whole thing–different people have different perspectives, that can help you see weaknesses/different directions you can go in your writing (which is what critique partners, editors, beta readers, and what-have-ya are for).
The Super Bowl was a lot of fun this year, and I hope I gave you a bit of a glimpse this week, if you missed it.
Tomorrow is Triple F. Be sure to stop by.
Until next time,