One Of The Funniest S#*$r B$@l Ads You'll See This Year Makes Fun Of NFL Trademarks

from the big-game-or-whatever dept

It's almost that time of year again, when many of us lesser beings will gather together to watch super-human men on all manner of PEDs and deer antler urine sprays smack each other around while an oblong leather ball sits somewhere in the background. We'll leap for the pizza and chili like salmon during mating season while, between whistles, obligatory commercials with Avatar-like production budgets glow at us. That's right sports fans, it's [editor redacted] time!

Wait, hey! What the hell? I said it's [editor redacted] time! Oh, come on. I can't say [editor redacted]? Fine, what about a euphemism, like [editor redacted]? No, can't say that either? Maybe [editor redacted]? Damn it, this is stupid. I'm talking about something that rhymes with "Pooper Hole" (heh, got you, editor!).

Fortunately for our entertainment sensibilities, Samsung decided this year to combine a distaste for trademark stupidity and our concept of advertising being content in this gem of a spot.


Pictured: million dollar passive aggression


Yes, Samsung has decided to do a game-that-shan't-be-named commercial making fun of how the NFL is overly aggressive with their trademarks. I'd call Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd's delivery "brilliant", but that'd be like referring to Natalie Portman as "mildly attractive", and even I have some damned sense, people. The NFL likes to toss around a great deal of words and pretend like they're true even when they're not, especially when it comes to trademarks. This spot uses the absurdity of it all to highlight how aggressive they are. Maybe it will even open up an eye or two to the silliness of the ever-growing permission culture.



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    Ninja (profile), Feb 1st, 2013 @ 4:04am

    Shit, where's the Funny button in that article? Now where's the fundamentalist "Pooper Hole" fans to swear and smear at you?

    I admit, that is fun.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 1st, 2013 @ 6:02am

    Go 50-1ers!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 1st, 2013 @ 6:02am

    Super Bowl.
    Super Bowl.
    Super Bowl.

    Oh science, the lawyer just appeared behind me! *crash *garble
    He's beating me with a C&D order! UGHH. UGHH. UMPH.
    [transmission terminated]

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 1st, 2013 @ 6:02am

    Re:

    Funnily enough, the Baltimore Blackbirds sou8nds like a much more awesome franchise than the Ravens.

     

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    Lurker Keith, Feb 1st, 2013 @ 6:03am

    NFL pulls ad...

    ...cites someone else's incompotence when called on it.

    Samsung makes another commercial about that senario, everyone else laughs again.


    It is sad that's a possible senario.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 1st, 2013 @ 6:05am

    Re: NFL pulls ad...

    You just don't understand the subtle nuances of beating people over the head with your trademarks!

     

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    The Groove Tiger (profile), Feb 1st, 2013 @ 6:24am

    "...smack each other around while an oblong leather ball sits somewhere in the background."

    Best description of American Football I've ever read.

     

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    Michael, Feb 1st, 2013 @ 6:27am

    Oh no...

    They table they are sitting at has rounded corners.

     

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    dennis deems (profile), Feb 1st, 2013 @ 6:38am

    Re:

    "fundamentalist" -- pun intentional?

     

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    Mr. Applegate, Feb 1st, 2013 @ 6:43am

    Re: Oh no...

    Oh no...

    They table they are sitting at has rounded corners.


    But it isn't a Samsung phone. Let's hope it isn't a Samsung table either, otherwise Samsung may be on the hook for another billion.

     

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    Josh in CharlotteNC (profile), Feb 1st, 2013 @ 6:45am

    Re: Re:

    Yeah, but "Quoth the blackbird" doesn't quite have the same ring.

     

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    Dark Helmet (profile), Feb 1st, 2013 @ 6:51am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Plus, then you couldn't name the 3 Raven mascots "Edgar", "Allan" and "Poe", and that really is possibly the most creative thing about any NFL franchise ever....

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 1st, 2013 @ 6:56am

    You totally left out Go For Saul; Bob Odenkirk.

     

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    Spike (profile), Feb 1st, 2013 @ 7:27am

    Didn't the NFL try to trademark "The Big Game" as well when that alternative became popular with advertisers? That makes it even more laughable!

     

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    GMacGuffin (profile), Feb 1st, 2013 @ 7:43am

    Notwithstanding the brilliancy of the ad, I'm impressed that DH managed to slip in another Natalie Portman reference.

     

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    DannyB (profile), Feb 1st, 2013 @ 7:43am

    Re: Re: NFL pulls ad...

    Samsung understands the not so subtle tactic of beating people over the head with their own trademark gone berserk behavior.

     

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    Dark Helmet (profile), Feb 1st, 2013 @ 7:54am

    Re:

    "Notwithstanding the brilliancy of the ad, I'm impressed that DH managed to slip in another Natalie Portman reference."

    She will be mine. Oh yes, she will be mine :)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 1st, 2013 @ 7:58am

    wow- awesome! hence forth I shall call it the "Pooper Hole". common internet, lets make this a thing, the ultimate branding backfire- and a perfect way to draw attention to this absurdity and corruption. what are the odds they'd trademark that? ...imagine the headlines :)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 1st, 2013 @ 7:58am

    Re:

    he clearly spends too much time on imgur

     

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    alanbleiweiss (profile), Feb 1st, 2013 @ 8:03am

    No this is not funny

    I hate when something so vile exists that I lose all sense of human capacity to find humor in a parody.

    The lengths to which the NFL goes, similar to the lengths the Olympics governing bodies go, makes me want to vomit. That's how much I get outraged over their abusive tactics. So when I watched the commercial just now, all it did was infuriate me even more...

    I'm so fed up with the bullshit.

     

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    art guerrilla (profile), Feb 1st, 2013 @ 8:09am

    is 'euphamism'...

    a britishism of 'euphemism' ? ? ?
    just askin'...

    art guerrilla
    aka ann archy
    eof

     

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    Who Cares (profile), Feb 1st, 2013 @ 8:10am

    Reminds me of the world soccer cup

    One beer brand had an exclusive deal. So another one shipped in a bunch of women in with a very orange dress (seeing that this was done during the a match involving the Dutch) with their logo on the back.
    The amount of free exposure they got when that group got arrested for showing that logo on T.V. during the match.
    Ambush marketing, maybe not that ethical but damn fun to watch (if properly executed).

     

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    el_segfaulto (profile), Feb 1st, 2013 @ 8:17am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    I don't know...the Oakland Raiders calling themselves a football team is pretty creative. ZING

     

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    G Thompson (profile), Feb 1st, 2013 @ 8:17am

    Re: Re:

    Quoteth the Raven...

    Nevermore!!!!

     

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    G Thompson (profile), Feb 1st, 2013 @ 8:21am

    Re: is 'euphamism'...

    Nope, 'euphamism' is just euphemism spelt incorrectly.

    and what's this britishism thou speak of? It is The Queens English that must colour thou speech and none other. ;)

     

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    Rob, Feb 1st, 2013 @ 8:33am

    Re:

    "Best description of American Football I've ever read."

    Then you haven't heard Andy Griffith's sketch:

    "What It Was, Was Football".

     

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    Ninja (profile), Feb 1st, 2013 @ 8:49am

    Re: Re:

    Now that I'm thinking about it it wasn't!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 1st, 2013 @ 8:52am

    Id like to what happens if the super bowl uses rounded edges.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 1st, 2013 @ 8:56am

    Re: Re:

    I don't know. Mentioning Natalie and "Pooper Hole" (which is epic, BTW) in the same article may not have helped your chances...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 1st, 2013 @ 9:00am

    Ah, it's that time of year when every writer who doesn't like football feels compelled to make self-righteous comments about anyone who does. Must be Superbowl time.

     

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    Dark Helmet (profile), Feb 1st, 2013 @ 9:02am

    Re:

    "Ah, it's that time of year when every writer who doesn't like football feels compelled to make self-righteous comments about anyone who does. Must be Superbowl time."

    As a rabid Bears fan, this is the funniest comment I've read in a long time. Your response proves that football in America is religion, since only religion sparks such responses....

     

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    Danny (profile), Feb 1st, 2013 @ 9:03am

    Re: Re:

    Very true.

    If you ever wondered what a young Andy Griffith did to merit having a TV show named for him, this is one of two things that made him famous (the other was a dark movie role of a smooth southern con man in the big city).

    The routine is every bit as good as George Carlin's comparison of football to baseball.

     

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    Danny (profile), Feb 1st, 2013 @ 9:03am

    Re: Re:

    Very true.

    If you ever wondered what a young Andy Griffith did to merit having a TV show named for him, this is one of two things that made him famous (the other was a dark movie role of a smooth southern con man in the big city).

    The routine is every bit as good as George Carlin's comparison of football to baseball.

     

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    Danny (profile), Feb 1st, 2013 @ 9:11am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Griffith movie was "A Face in the Crowd" (1957) in which he played a disillusioned drifter (according to Wikipedia). I might have used the word grifter.

    In not this in a follow on comment as multi-tasking sucks on my iPad. I'd have lost my comment draft had I tried. Which, I guess is indirectly a testimonial for the Galaxy Pad--the object behind this whole [redacted by editor] commercial post.

    /not that Mike ever really redacts anything.

     

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    Chuck Norris' Enemy (deceased) (profile), Feb 1st, 2013 @ 9:37am

    Re: Re:

    Plus, if the Bears were in "The Big Game" DH's avatar would switch his jersey. Go Hawkey! (Finally!)

     

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    out_of_my_butt, Feb 1st, 2013 @ 9:47am

    Piracy!i!

    Clearly, Samsung is a pirate apologist. Anybody who says or implies anything even remotely negative about the Father Law is a pirate apologist and also a Communist. Anybody who reads this site will know this.

     

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    Markus Hopkins (profile), Feb 1st, 2013 @ 10:28am

    I showed this to several people where I work and they didn't find it that funny. As someone who laughed out loud, I'm beginning to wonder how small the audience for this commercial actually is. Also, I fear my perspective has become overly attenuated.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 1st, 2013 @ 10:39am

    Re: No this is not funny

    You have to admit though it would be awesome if they air this commercial during the broadcast.

     

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    yaga (profile), Feb 1st, 2013 @ 10:39am

    Re:

    Most people don't understand what this is about. That's really sad but true.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 1st, 2013 @ 10:41am

    Re: Re:

    I didn't know rabid bears had fans.

     

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    Eponymous Coward, Feb 1st, 2013 @ 10:46am

    Mtv get off the air, part 2

    Nice MC Paul Barman reference:
    "I wanted to get in a pooper hole one day
    so I invited girls over on Super Bowl Sunday"

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 1st, 2013 @ 11:11am

    Re: Re: is 'euphamism'...

    It's funny that they call it "The Queen's English" like she invented the language or something. Talk about your sense of entitlement.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 1st, 2013 @ 11:13am

    Re: Re:

    No. Most people would find it funny. He probably just works with a bunch of people who lack a sense of humor.

     

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    beltorak (profile), Feb 1st, 2013 @ 12:21pm

    Re:

    yes, but MIT (iirc) smacked that down pretty hard since they (along with CMU iirc) have been using "The Big Game" for their competition for over a hundred years.

     

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    beltorak (profile), Feb 1st, 2013 @ 12:25pm

    Re: Re: is 'euphamism'...

    and what's this britishism thou speakest of? It is The Queens English that must colour thine speech and none other. ;)


    ;)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 1st, 2013 @ 12:58pm

    It would be ten times funnier if they actually said Super Bowl at the end, just because they CAN.

     

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    Franklin G Ryzzo (profile), Feb 1st, 2013 @ 2:09pm

    Re:

    Better call Saul! We'll turn your addiction into a prescription!

     

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    nospacesorspecialcharacters (profile), Feb 1st, 2013 @ 3:01pm

    All Americans should be proud of their Pooper Hole.

    It's such a shame I am not in the US even though I was aiming for it, I'm going to miss the Pooper Hole.

    I gather there is nothing quite like getting together with several burly men, to celebrate and watch a Pooper Hole.

    I know Americans get very excited about their Pooper Hole, is very important to them and they like the idea of sharing their Pooper Hole with all their friends and family.

    I understand that a lot of people put a lot of things into the Pooper Hole in order to make it wide and accessible to a large audience. A lot of money is also put in the Pooper Hole. Let's hope all that cash doesn't make it a dirty Pooper Hole game.

     

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    That One Guy (profile), Feb 1st, 2013 @ 3:45pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Trust me, when the rabid bears show up everyone (who isn't running) is suddenly a fan, as the alternative isn't so pleasant.

     

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    Markus Hopkins (profile), Feb 1st, 2013 @ 4:02pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    That's hilarious. Not true, but hilarious.

     

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    Joseph, Feb 1st, 2013 @ 4:17pm

    Funny Until I Realized...

    Samsung is running a Super Bowl commercial, so they have paid a rights fee and actually are able to say "Super Bowl" in their ads without fear of being sued by the NFL.

    I wonder if they would have dared run this ad if they hadn't paid the rights fee?

     

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    Eldakka (profile), Feb 3rd, 2013 @ 6:51pm

    natalie portman?

    I'd call Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd's delivery "brilliant", but that'd be like referring to Natalie Portman as "mildly attractive"

    Ahh, so calling the delivery brilliant is an entirely accurate statement?

     

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    Sheogorath (profile), Aug 21st, 2013 @ 6:36pm

    Oh, crap

    I guess that puts paid to Fred Flintstone eating Butterschist popcorn and drinking Rockweiser beer while watching the Super Boulder on his 52" Stony Bravia flatscreen TV!

     

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