Cheers to the NFL for scoring the biggest victory on Super Sunday — and no, we're not just talking about the Packers' thrilling 31-25 triumph over the Steelers.
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There was plenty of star power on display in this year's Super Bowl ads: Oscar winners (Cuba Gooding Jr. and Timothy Hutton for Groupon.com, Adrien Brody coolly crooning for Stella Artois), overexposed pseudocelebs (Kim Kardashian's skanky Skechers spot, GoDaddy.com's tired trio of Jillian Michaels, Danica Patrick and... Joan Rivers?), rappers (P. Diddy predictably shilling for Mercedes Benz, a pair of Eminems — Claymated for Brisk and in the flesh for Chrysler's moving ode to Detroit) and truly odd couples (Ozzy Osbourne and Justin Bieber for Best Buy, Richard Lewis and Roseanne for Snickers — sorry, you're no Betty White and Abe Vigoda).
But no single ad packed more famous — or lovably familiar — faces than the NFL's own "American Family." Vintage clips of TV's most timeless characters were digitally dressed up with official jerseys — aptly starting with Happy Days' Wisconsinites Fonzie and Richie Cunningham in Packers gear. The minute-long clip squeezed in fans of the Jets (The Sopranos and Friends), Giants (Seinfeld's Jerry), Bills (Kramer), Patriots (Family Guy and Cheers' Norm!), Raiders (90210 — the original gang), Dolphins (The Golden Girls, including — yes! — Betty White), Full House (49ers), Falcons (The Dukes of Hazzard), Browns (The Cleveland Show, natch), Rams (Sesame Street), Bears (Urkel!) Chargers (The Brady Bunch — oh, my nose!), Panthers (ALF) and Cowboys (Hello... Newman!). Kudos to Fox for allowing current shows to be included — not just their own Glee (featuring Bengals and Colts fans) and The Simpsons (too many teams to count, but no surprise Marge is a Cheesehead) but CBS' How I Met Your Mother (Jets, Vikings and Steelers), NBC's The Office (more Steelers), Comedy Central's South Park (Broncos) and ABC's Modern Family (as a die-hard Redskins fan, I was especially excited to see Sofia Vergara sport the burgundy and gold). The tagline: "Best. Fans. Ever." Best. Ad. Ever!
What was your favorite — and least favorite — Super Sunday commercial?