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 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, 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..."

Grading every ad: Best and worst of Super Bowl commercials 2011

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  1. Terry S

    That Black Eyed Peas performance was aweful, YIKES!! and someone thinks that's music. I turned to public television until that torture was over with, and why can't the National Athem be performed the way it was intended instead of someone's screaming rendition of it. Come on people did you really think that was worth listening to, even if she didn't goof up the lyrics. WOW!!!!

    February 7, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. BOSS

    People , people go to work.

    February 7, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • David (Georgia)

      Sorry boss I was just leaning on my keyboard while dozing and this page appeared.

      February 7, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • SophyB

      Hey Boss!! I thought I got rid of you when I became self-employed – how did you ever find me??

      February 7, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Frank

    Why are all you American haters on this American news website? Go away and whine and b!tch on one of your own country's major online news sources... or does your country even have one? You're all just pathetic.

    February 7, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • David (Georgia)

      Who is hating on America Frank?

      February 7, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joe

    My favorite was that Pepsi ad when those two black people assaulted a white woman in the park and then fled the scene. It's funny cause it's true!

    February 7, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • SophyB

      Yep, I really expected the uproar to be about that commercial. Imagine if it was reversed.......

      February 7, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      Joe, as tasteless as the comment is, it did lead to a valid point by Sophie... so I guess it is acceptable, lol.

      February 7, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • SophyB

      Yes, I hated to piggyback on Joe's gross comment, but I did wonder how that would have gone over if it had been an African American lady getting hit by a white couple.

      February 7, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. pjd

    "Music", in general, was a disaster at this year's Super Bowl. None of the vocalists could sing without hystrionics, shouting or Autotune. (Really, can Autotune already. It's done.) The only true musician was Slash - the guy can actually play guitar when somebody lets him!

    February 7, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Just Thinking

    Before some yoyo sings their "special rendition" of the National Anthem, how about giving them a screen test to see if they know the words. They are all too consumed by their own thing to care whether or not it is right. It is a disgrace.

    February 7, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cameron_ LHNW

    How ahout the Chrysler commercial. i thought that it was extremely inspiring and made me genuinly proud to be from Detroit

    February 7, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Emily

    Does it matter that much that Christina messed up one line of the anthem. I couldn't sing the anthem if I wanted too, most people barely know the words to the anthem...I mean's just a song that people sing at baseball and football games because they think it makes them look patriotic or something.

    Her rendition of it was bad. She could even hit the notes right. Just shows she isn't a true performer like Lea Michele...but who can expect her to be. Lea Michele is a broadway star and Christina is an industry made popstar. I'd be more upset that she ruined the melody of the song then swapped a word. People swap words all the time in and hail basically mean the same thing.

    February 7, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • sldr1

      Emily, it is not about switching up any song. It is our NATIONAL ANTHEM, and it is not sung at a game to make people "look patriotic" The issue with the youth today is that they have no sense of pride for their NATION! Do you even know where the song came from? You should do your homework and find out why the song has special meaning!

      February 7, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Matt

    Ahhh hell nawww.

    February 7, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mr.FuzzyMan

    I bet the people of NYC, Chicago, Las Vegas, and San Fran didn't find the Chrysler ad very tasteful considering they were basically slammed. I thought it was a good plug for Chrysler and Detroit but was surprised at the "dig" against other US cities by an American made auto company.

    February 7, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ben

    Can't we all just make fun of each other and not take it so damn personally? Get over it.

    February 7, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • David (Georgia)

      That hurt Ben. I'm taking that very personally. In fact I am in tears now. Cruel, cruel Ben. And I thought we were friends.

      February 7, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jingo Tsering

    After invasion, destruction, subjugation, massacre and colonization of Tibet since 1949, China is still not satisfied what they have done to Tibet. They wish they could wipe off the Tibetan race and even the spirit of Tibet from the face of this earth. But Tibet with its distinct history, culture, religion, language etc. of thousands of years will not die as Chinese commies wish. The Chinese always talk of saving face. What about they have done and doing in Tibet is not saving face but rather it shows they are barbaric and have no face at all.

    February 7, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. djanes

    Ghandi would have laughed.

    February 7, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mlutherbling

    The BLACK EYED PEAS were horrible.

    February 7, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Annie girl

    The only trouble with the Chrysler ad is that it makes it sound like GM does all it's hiriing in the good ole USA. Hogwash. Look up the statistics for yourself. It's a crime that they got bailout money from our taxes and didn't have to agree to make all new hires AMERICANS in the USA. Ford, on the other hand, took NO bailout money and is opening up about 3,000 jobs IN MICHIGAN.

    February 7, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
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