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Here are the Super Bowl commercials your Canadian broadcast didn't show you – National Post

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The most important part of Super Bowl Sunday is here.

No, it’s not the football. (OK maybe for some people it’s the football).

We’re talking about the commercials. Of course, it’ll be a bit odd because of a Supreme Court ruling that says Canadian companies can run their ads instead of American ones. So, you won’t get to see a lot of the big ones live as they roll out.

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If you’re watching the Canadian livestream, you’ll see, according to Bell, which is broadcasting the Super Bowl here, ads from: Bell, BMW Canada, Budweiser, Genesis Auto Canada, Hyundai Auto Canada, Maple Leaf, Nissan Canada and SkipTheDishes.

Budweiser, for example, has a Canadian ad and an American ad.

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There are a number of ads that you won’t see — at least live on television — but which will work through your social media, surely, in coming minutes, hours and days. Those ads are running on the U.S.-only versions of the broadcasts.

Advertisers are reportedly spending $5 million for 30-second ads.

Here are a few of the best, some of which, sadly, aren’t for Canadian TV.

Ellen

Ellen DeGeneres and her wife Portia di Rossi were in one of the more memorable ads, asking what people did before Alexa. (As a temperature change, a maid chucks a hunk of flaming wood out the window; an “interesting fact” is that the earth is flat.) It’s clever, compared to so many of the others.

Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams starred in an Audi ad.

U.S. President Donald Trump and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg have reportedly each spent $10 million on their Super Bowl ads.

Snack brands are getting in on the fun, too: See Cheetos vs. Doritos.

Car giant Hyundai joined in.

And on, and on, it goes

Kickoff

Gauging the reaction, it seems TV commentators really liked the video shortly before kickoff, in which a kid brought the ball to the field. It, according to football fans on Twitter, featured several important people in the football world.

The first commercial break featured the live-action Mulan and a weird State Farm insurance commercial. Oh, and there was a commercial for TurboTax. About tax.

All this came after a heavily militarized lead-up, including a trailer for Top Gun and an introduction for military men, since it’s the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

The second break had the new Fast and Furious teaser trailer. It looks rad. Google it.

Then there was a bank robber-themed ad for something called a Quibo. Google was not especially illuminating but it appears to be a smartphone app, possibly for ordering food.

A Michelob ad got to the truth of life: Working out sucks, which is realized when, during a kettlebell workout, Jimmy Fallon lets go of the weight and it smashes a window. It seems to push the idea that if you have a beer at the end, it makes everything better? There’s some beach volleyball, some running, some football. In the end everything works out fine, with the dude drinking his Michelob while in an ice bath.

Then there was a Tide ad, with a somewhat hysterical dude with food on his shirt. That’s the only part that jumped out.

Then there was a pro-Trump ad about criminal justice reform. (Trump signed the First Step Act on Dec. 21, 2018, a landmark reform bill).

Let’s talk about one of the actually good ads out there. This one was for Walmart. It featured Buzz Lightyear and Lego. There was a talking dog from Men in Black and I think a reference to Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, which has GOT to be the most niche Super Bowl commercial thing of all time. The Arrival reference — they need glass cleaner cause of the weird sucky alien fingers — was good.

Next up was a Marvel ad for Black Widow. Then an ad for Rocket Mortgage, where Jason Momoa pulls his muscles off when he gets home. Oh, and in it he’s actually bald.

The first car ad was for Porsche, one in which people are chasing each other. “Who wants to be the bad guy next,” says one of the drivers as they end the chase. Possibly the ad was about electric cars rather than your regular Porsche.

Naturally, there had to be a Snickers ad. Snickers is one of the all-time biggest Super Bowl ad spenders. There’s a hole with a Snickers going into it. A couple falls into it while taking a selfie.

Next up came an ad featuring a famous football man in a Hulu promotion. (This reporter thought it was Tim Tebow; it was not, it was Tom Brady).

Now we’re cooking: A Shining-themed Mountain Dew ad featuring the man from Breaking Bad and Malcolm in the Middle. Then a Squarespace website ad with Winona Ryder — how’s THAT for someone you haven’t thought about for a long time?

Oof, a life insurance company had a good ad about the four kinds of love.

Then Hyundai, with an ad so annoying the TV almost got chucked out the window. There’s a thing called Smartpark where the car parks itself. That’s fine, but everyone in the ad kept saying Smart park in a Boston accent. Nightmare fuel.

Oh man, and if that wasn’t enough, there was an add about motivation, brains, no more pills, and it featured lots of dancing and sports. The ad said “It’s time to rediscover the human soul.” The ad was for the Church of Scientology.

More food: Cheetos.

Then makeup: Olay in space.

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DOHA, Qatar — Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalic said he felt disrespected by Canada head coach John Herdman for his comment in a group huddle following a loss to Belgium on Wednesday.

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After the emotional 1-0 loss at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Herdman gathered his troops on the field and gave an impassioned speech.

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When asked following the game what he told his team, Herdman admitted he told his group to ‘F’ Croatia, in reference to Canada’s second game at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

On the eve of the game Sunday (11 a.m. ET) at the Khalifa International Stadium, Croatian coach Zlatko Zlatko Dalic was again asked about the comment at the pre-match press conference here on Saturday.

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“Canadians must have respect for us and this way of putting words together is not a sign of respect,” Dalic said through an interpreter. “We are the runners up (2018 World Cup), it wasn’t Brazil or Spain or any other country. We are the runners up, we were second in the world, we are worth of respect the way we played, the way we behave, the way we respect all others, is the reason we are worthy or respect.

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“I shall not focus or comment on other people’s comment. We will be prepared, be fit and we will demonstrate respect from Canada and from everyone else. We expect respect just as we exercise this view.”

Croatia was a surprising World Cup finalist four years ago in Russia, beating England in the semifinal before losing to France. Along the way, Croatia also beat Argentina in the group stage.

Croatia was held to a scoreless draw in its opening match by Morocco on Wednesday. Croatia concluded the group stage against Belgium on Thursday.

“The Croatia team deserves respect from everyone; we have proven that by the way we’ve played with our conduct at the World Cup; since the very beginning we’ve deserved respect and dignity,” Dalic said. “We have two (World Cup) medals in the last 30 years and we’re up there with Germany and France and countries like that have such an achievement. We respect everyone equally so we expect our opposing teams to respect us. We are worth of their respect.”

Croatia striker Ivan Perisic was also asked for his thoughts on Herdman’s comments.

“I second the head coach,” he said. “And I cannot wait for the match to begin.”

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