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Missed the other commercials? Here's the full round-up.

For sports fans, the Super Bowl, as the grand finale of the National Football League season, is a major highlight of each year. But even for many people who have little interest in football, the annual game is well worth watching. That is clear from the viewership figures of Super Bowl XLVIII, in which the Seattle Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos 43-8. It was "the most-watched television event in U.S. history," with 111.5 million viewers, according to CBS News. For those who do not even understand the rules of the sport, the Super Bowl provides thrills in terms of some of the most entertaining, and expensive commercials to be found anywhere on television. This year’s Super Bowl came with a wide variety of ads that were memorable for their own reasons and some that were far less memorable.

In one moving ad for Cheerios cereal, an African American father, a Caucasian mother and their biracial daughter can be seen as the father explains that another baby is on the way. The little girl seems more interested in telling her father that she wants a puppy. The commercial seems to challenge America to accept the fact that interracial families are common. The ad sends a positive message and should be remembered as a case where a company encouraged positive, progressive thinking about race.

A commercial by Budweiser beer also carried a positive message as it showed a farm where a puppy and a horse became best friends. Even though the owners tried to keep them separated, the animals diligently tried to find each other, and by the end of the commercial, the owners accepted that these two animals should be in the same field. The message seems to be that it is possible to overlook differences on the surface and focus instead on deeper connections. As in the Cheerios ad, viewers are encouraged to be tolerant and open toward people who may be different from themselves.

However, a short advertisement for the electronics retailer Radio Shack was much less meaningful and also not nearly as memorable. Store clerks discuss a phone call and one says, "The 80s called. They want their store back." Then a parade of colorful characters march in the front door and an old song can be heard playing. The characters carry away a large amount of old-style electronics, and then a narrator says it’s time for a new Radio Shack. The point seemed to be that the store is becoming more up to date. Unfortunately, for people of my age, many of the characters in the commercial were from the 1980's and so were unknown. As such, the ad might not be so effective for my age group. I did not feel that this ad connected with me or made me want to go to Radio Shack. If Radio Shack has truly renewed itself, then maybe next year it will produce a Super Bowl commercial that is more relevant for viewers of all ages.

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