Today is the Super Bowl, which means that a third of the country will gather around the tee-vee and watch the Walla Walla Flapdoodles take on the Bozeman Meat Piles in what is shaping up to be one of the last Super Bowls in existence. It's also that magic day on which advertisers will pony up roughly $5 million for each 30 seconds' worth of air time, so companies have an incentive to make you remember their commercials by any means necessary.
The following are ads people remember, but not necessarily for the intended reasons ...
Noxzema Creams All Over Joe Namath
Legendary Jets quarterback Joe Namath didn't make the playoffs in 1972, leading his injury-plagued team to a .500 record. But Broadway Joe wasn't going to let a little thing like "wins" keep him out of the Super Bowl. He still had his endorsements, including one with Noxzema, who was peddling a new anti-irritation shaving cream in a now-famous Super Bowl commercial.
It opens with a probably hammered Namath, who utters the line "I'm so excited, I'm gonna get creamed!" with all the pomp and circumstance of the first stoner to discover puns. Enter the eye candy, played by a then-unknown Farrah Fawcett:
An Angel gets its paycheck.
Farrah lathers up Joe's face while singing the commercial's jingle. Joe, clearly smitten with the woman applying shaving cream to his face, can only stand there and smile like an overweight golden retriever getting his belly rubbed.
He even had the fur to go along with it.