Face it, nine time out of ten, we watch the Super Bowl for the ads, because the ads are usually better than the game itself. So as we approach the Big Game 50 this Sunday, and prepare for the onset of new gigglers, tear-jerkers and "what-the-heck-was-that"ers, we look back at some of the best of the first 49 Championship games.
Please vote for your favorite, and if you don't see it listed, add it to the list.
Clydsdales Playing Football - Budweiser (1996)
The first of the Clydesdale ads opened the door for Dalmatians, donkeys and a memorial to 9/11. Many believe the first was the best.
Mean Joe Greene - Coca-Cola (1980)
This spot actually debuted months before Super Bowl XIV, but its airing during the game was one of the first times that an add received more attention than the game. It genius was taking one of the toughest men in the game's history and showing his "softer" side.
A Game Of Horse - McDonald's (1993)
If you don't know a thing about sports, chances are you will still recognize at least one of the stars of this 1993 ad. And if you do know about sports, you appreciated this tongue in cheek game of H-O-R-S-E as probably the best sports parody ever.
Respect - Budweiser (2002)
One of the first in the Budweiser Clydesdale series, the beer company paid respect to those lost in the tragedy of 9/11, which occurred just three months prior to the 2002 Championship Game. One of the first times I ever heard a crowded room of rabid football fans silenced by a commercial.
Cowboys Hearding Cats - EDS (2000)
Electronic Data Services (EDS) was a data service provider that helped companies corral scattered information to ease their technical problems. In an effort to prove their point, EDS tried to show that it was as easy as herding cats.
Macintosh - Apple Computers (1984)
Based on George Orwell's novel 1984, Apple Computers debut its Macintosh home computer during the 1984 game.
Puppy Love - Budweiser (2015)
In Budweiser's 2015 ad in their long running tradition, a lost puppy learns the true power of love and friendship.