Monday quarterbacking: Super Bowl's hits and fumbles
Groupon's ad generated much controversy.
February 7th, 2011
11:06 AM ET

Monday quarterbacking: Super Bowl's hits and fumbles

The Packers might have been the official winners of Super Bowl XLV, but if we're counting Web buzz, there were plenty of other victors Sunday night.

(And some losers, but we'll get to them later.)

"Chrysler 200" scored as the top search in Google on Monday morning due largely to a gritty commercial featuring Eminem and his hit "Lose Yourself."

Against the hard-driving beat of the song, a glistening new Chrysler 200 is seen. The vehicle is meant to replace the Chrysler Sebring midsize car, which was lambasted by critics.

"What does a town that's been to hell and back know about the finer things in life?" a gritty voice asks about Detroit. "Well I'll tell ya, more than most. You see, it's the hottest fires that make the hardest steel. Add hard work and conviction and the know-how that runs generations deep in every last one of us.

"That's who we are," the voice says. "That's our story." Cue Em, who himself has been in rehab. In the video, he walks into a theater where gospel singers are giving it a ton of heart. Message: The Motor City's woes are behind it.

Another clever ad, for the Volkswagen Passat, has us fawning over "The Darth Vader Kid," 6-year-old Max Page, who was busy Monday doing the rounds on morning shows. Max has a congenital heart defect, and has a pacemaker, but his physicians say he's able to live a relatively normal life. He said he was "thrilled" to show off his "special move" in the ad.

Speaking of special moves, fans appear to be torn over whether the Black Eyed Peas halftime show was banging or blah. The Peas, joined by Slash and Usher, sang their usual family-friendly hits, but Will.i.am tossed it up a bit and changed the lyrics to "Where Is the Love?" He rapped: "In America we need to get things straight/Obama let's get these kids educated/Create jobs so the country stays stimulated/This is dedicated to all the innovators."

There is far less debate over whether Groupon offended with its ad about getting discounts on products and services. During the ad, actor Timothy Hutton appears to be served a meal at Himalayan Restaurant in Chicago. "The people of Tibet are in trouble. Their very culture is in jeopardy," he says, adding, "But they still whip up an amazing fish curry!"

More viewers were probably munching on simpler dishes during the game ... like ... popcorn? Cameron Diaz was caught on camera feeding Yankees star Alex Rodriguez popcorn while they cozied up in a luxury box at Cowboys Stadium. Some people were disturbed, some enough to boo.

Speaking of booing, you all know by now that Christina Aguilera messed up the national anthem. The pop diva has apologized, and here's proof she does know the words. Perhaps forgiveness will come easier after watching these wretched renditions from the past.

Say what you will about Christina, at least she probably had a good seat. That's more than about 400 Super Bowl fans got. They were told they could not take the seats they'd paid for because their section of Cowboys Stadium was still under construction. No doubt those fans upon hearing that news had to dig deep, a theme that resonated during the games faithier moments. Even before kick off there was controversy over rejected ads from JesusHatesObama.com, a political novelty t-shirt company that had dueling bobble heads of Jesus and Obama, and the Fixed Point Foundation, a group that promotes Christianity in the public square. As Usher would sing "Oh my God..." or "Oh my gosh..."

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  1. Nicole

    here's an idea stop paying people to sing and let everyone in the stadium sing it we are proud of our national anthem. plus its free lol. stop wasting money on nonsense

    February 7, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. rex edie

    just the fact that this was the most watched program ever is a testament to the abysmal I.Q. of the American people
    why cant the take on some spiritual duties....and stand this many up in the streets ...to take back the country and government from the Pentagon...and Lockheed Martin....

    February 7, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • itsnottheendoftheworld

      you think to hard

      February 8, 2011 at 3:24 am | Report abuse |
  3. trixen

    I personally found the Groupon ad funny. Of course, I have a sense of humor.

    February 7, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. david

    Stop adding those simpleton little tag lines onto other people's opinions "itsnottheendoftheworld", nobody is impressed with the ignorant one-liners. And yes... I know football...and I still say this game will NOT live in anyone's memory past next week AND yes... BEP and Christina were forgettable too! Bring back Prince (...never thought I'd say that)!!! LOL He performed in the pouring rain like a truly talented star!

    February 8, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Killing_time

    "white privilege you expect at birth" You mean as opposed to the "gimme" cultural that is so rampant in some minority circles?

    February 7, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. SS

    Whites are born thinking they own the world, hence the criticisms of Chris A.'s innocent and honest lyrical mistake. Minorities are born hoping to earn their share of it, hence creative differences that set them apart from the status quo, and thank God for it. If Rascal Flats or a Judd or a Mcbride had made the same mistake, nothing but forgiveness would be in the air. It's a double standard and compromise will never be attained. We shall agree to disagree, although I will enjoy that commercial forever. :)

    February 7, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Pat

    what privileges the ones every single American receives at birth, sounds the man keeping you down is you idiot! Those times are over and your like the KKK bringing this stuff up, you should be slapped by your mother and COMMUNITY

    February 7, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Shell

    That's right, let's all go beat up some innocent newborn babies! That'll show 'em!

    Being born a minority in a country that is mostly white may explain your comments - But it does not excuse them. Expressing the desire to injure infants just because they happen to be born white is insensitive at best. Perhaps you should try taking the high road, instead of resorting to the same low-brow, ignorant, insulting comments that are often directed towards you and yours.

    By the way - I am Cherokee, not white.

    February 7, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. MrsFizzy

    Meh I think you might be disappointed by this "white privilege" ...really in these days & in this country it's overrated. But wow, who knew that was the message in that commercial?! You're thinking outside the box...

    February 7, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Funnyguy0714

    Sorry, I absolutely DISagree. I don't care who sings it: Black, white, yellow, red, pink, orange, green...screw up the US National Anthem and I WON"T like it. Same goes with burning the US FLAG, all colors are equal at taking the risk of getting your butt kicked!

    February 7, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. What the?

    Whites are NOW the minority you idiot!

    February 7, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. ckav

    Race is not at issue with Aguilera's mistakes. She is an American, and a professional singer. You should know the lyrics of the National Anthem of your own country first off, and as a professional, you should never forget the lyrics when you're performing. You owe it to the poeple you're performing for to get it right. I don't want to hear about nerves either. Professional...not so much. Racist...not at all.

    February 7, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Roberto

    1. This is an insanely racist comment to make.

    2. The public would dog them just as hard. Remember Roseanne's anthem? She's white, and still hasn't lived it down.

    February 7, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. MP

    I find you comments offensive and total BS ... I don't care who is singing, if they can't get the words right, then don't bother showing up. She butchered the song by trying to make it her own ... NEWS FLASH! It belongs to all of us, so sing it like it was meant to be sung and not like some kind of village idiot.

    February 7, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Jason

    Miss Aguilera is as "white" as any one. She did a horrible job, apart from forgetting the lyrics. There's no need to embellish the national anthem, because it's the national anthem. If you can't sing it, it's no crime. I know I couldn't get up and sing it in front of two people, much less an entire country. But there are people who do a wonderful job of singing the national anthem, know all the lyrics, don't make a mockery of it by embellishing the vocals, and would probably love to have the national exposure and the pay day from singing it at the Super Bowl.

    Shame on Christina for being so terrible, and shame on the NFL for not finding competent people to perform, even if they are not as well known.

    February 7, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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