The 2013 Super Bowl Commercials: These Weren't Cheap

The 2013 Super Bowl Commercials: These Weren't Cheap

Some of them you liked. Some of them you disliked. Some of them you "got." Some of them you didn't "get."

But all of them cost $4 million per 30 seconds of air time ... plus their respective budgets.

Selected ads below.

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Leon Sandcastle Is the New Jesus Shuttlesworth

Malik Rose loved it, but couldn't say the same for that God/Ram/Farmers ad.

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Red M&M Finally Explains What Meatloaf Never Would

Meatloaf claims the lyrics are unambiguous, but that he knew they would cause an issue. I'm not getting into it, just give me the red M&M crying and hugging something. I'm easy that way.

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Oreos, and Is That the Library from the Breakfast Club?

It has to be right? Look at it. As stuff got more and more out of hand I thought for sure Paul Gleason was coming in at the end. Where were I miss you, Paul Gleason.

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When Not-Sex Doesn't Appeal: Congratulations GoDaddy

These two didn't include the tease of nudity, and they're the best two commercials GoDaddy has ever done. Give me something else -- like Bar Raefeli and this guy. Guy killed it. Way to go, guy.

See also: YourBigIdea.co

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Hey Amy Poehler Being All Amy Poehler

I remain unconvinced the Cloud isn't the fore-bearer to the Matrix. You think that's air you're breathing?

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Who Authorized the Budget for This?

And this. And to a lesser degree this.

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Budweiser Is Trying, But Will You Do the Same?

Golden Wheat, Lime, Platinum and now Black Crown. The price point remains key. At some point, you're either buying cheap beer or your spending a little more for something better. And if you're spending a little more for something better -- unless Bud has come up with a game-changer -- you're not buying their product. That said, I'm a beer snob.

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Stevie Wonder Gets His Revenge for Your Jokes about His House

You could say their love of football blinded them. "That''ll do." "Right."

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Two Things I'll Never Get Tired Of

A Clydesdale on Super Bowl Sunday ... and "Landslide."

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There Are Always Animals

And this year featured two separate ads with wolves: Old Spice wolves | Cars.com wolves.

The Doritos goat wasn't bad either, but it underwhelmed compared to their past efforts.

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Eat Great Even Late ... in Life

There was a brief period of my life (Oct. 2011) where I only stopped playing Batman: Arkham City long enough to make it Taco Bell by 11:59 p.m. Two beef baja chalupas, a hardshell taco and an order of nachos and cheese. Consequently, I will never reach the age of those depicted in the ad above.

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Samsung, as the expensive, postmodern alternative to Apple

Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen and LeBron James are all aware that they're in a Super Bowl ad as they're brainstorming ideas for a Super Bowl ad that they're aware they're in as they're in it.

At two two minutes,  this one -- assuming the link at the top was correct, and not counting the cash to Rudd, Rogen and Bron -- set Samsung back $16 million.

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And I think that's the best place to leave it, because other than introducing a new product -- a la Budweiser -- that's a lot of money for what seems an unclear benefit.

Admittedly, I have no background whatsoever in advertising. I just know that a nacho-cheese-chip producer is out $8 million, and it had no impact on how much I do or do not want a Dorito.

Your bests and worsts?

Tim Tebow shows power in baseball tryout but clearly still needs work

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The Associated Press

Tim Tebow shows power in baseball tryout but clearly still needs work

LOS ANGELES -- Tim Tebow has taken his first big swing at a baseball career, showing off a powerful bat and a few areas of needed improvement in a workout for dozens of major league scouts.

The Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback worked out at the University of Southern California's Dedeaux Field on Tuesday. Scouts and reporters tracked, timed and recorded his every move.

Tebow's 255-pound muscled physique and 6.70-ish time in the 60-yard dash were impressive. So was a series of long homers into the trees and off the scoreboard.

The 29-year-old outfield hopeful also showed he still needs baseball seasoning. Former big-leaguers David Aardsma and Chad Smith repeatedly fooled him with off-speed pitches later in the hitting drills.

Tebow's representative would like to see him in instructional league play starting in September.

Eagles claim DT Bruce Gaston off waivers

Eagles claim DT Bruce Gaston off waivers

The Eagles' roster now stands at the max of 75, as the team claimed defensive tackle Bruce Gaston off waivers on Tuesday from Chargers. 

The roster, which had to be cut to 75 by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, must be at 53 by 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Gaston has played for the Dolphins, Cardinals, Packers and Bears since entering the NFL in 2014. He's also spent time with the Patriots, Vikings and most recently the Chargers.

The 6-foot-2, 310-pounder had eight total tackles and a sack in seven games for the Bears last season, his last NFL game action.

Gaston, 24, played collegiately at Purdue.

The Eagles take on the Jets at Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday (7 p.m./NBC10) in their preseason finale before opening the regular season on Sept. 11 at home against the Browns.

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson talks protesting anthem, Myke Tavarres doesn't

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson talks protesting anthem, Myke Tavarres doesn't

A day after flip-flopping on whether or not he planned to stand or sit during the national anthem, Myke Tavarres had nothing to say about this complex issue.

Tavarres, a rookie undrafted linebacker with the Eagles, told ESPN on Monday he planned to emulate 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and sit during the playing of the national anthem Thursday night prior to the Eagles’ preseason game against the Jets at the Linc.

Tavarres said he wanted to draw attention to racial inequality and social injustice with the demonstration.

"We’ve got an issue in this country in this day and age, and I feel like somebody needs to step up and we all need to step up,” Tavarres told ESPN.

But within a couple hours, Tavarres had changed his mind.

“Myke plans on standing for the national anthem,” his agent said in a statement. “Myke does not want to be a distraction to the Philadelphia Eagles organization. Myke's goal is and will always be to make the Eagles’ 53-man roster and help the team win a Super Bowl.”

Kaepernick, who four years ago led the 49ers to the Super Bowl, spoke for 18½ minutes about his decision to sit during the Star-Spangled Banner.

Tavarres said at his locker after practice Tuesday he had nothing more to say.

“I made a statement through my agent last night,” he said. “If you have any other questions, please talk to him.”

Head coach Doug Pederson said he did not talk individually to Tavarres, a fringe prospect who is unlikely to survive this weekend’s roster cuts.

But he did discuss the broader issue in a meeting with the full team and said he believes his players should stand during the anthem.

“Listen, I can appreciate everybody's opinions and I respect everybody's opinions,” Pederson said.

“But at the same time, I feel that [the national anthem] is important and it's obviously out of respect for the men and women of our country that sacrifice in order for us to coach and play this great game.

“So I get it. I understand it. But at the same time, I encourage everybody to stand.”