Are you ready for Super Bowl XLIV? You may have the big screen TV, snacks and beer on hand, but you aren't truly ready for Sunday's football game until you're prepared for the commercials. While any credit card industry ads aren't likely to generate as much controversy as those starring a Mr. Tim Tebow, for example, if commercials from past Super Bowls are any guide, the latest crop of credit card commercials could still get viewers talking.
Here, in reverse chronological order, are the credit card industry's best, worst and most mediocre Super Bowl ads from years gone by:
Capital One - Snowglobe - (2007), Super Bowl XLI The opening shots of this ad reveal a suburban family forced to live in a home with some seriously shoddy insulation. But when the camera pulls back, we see that home heating is the least of their concerns, with the bubble encasing their home giving the whole ad the disturbing quality of a Twilight Zone episode -- or a John Travolta movie.
MasterCard -- MacGyver (2006), Super Bowl XXXL The everything-'80s-is-new-again trend got a kick start way back in '06 with this MasterCard ad resurrecting resourceful action hero MacGyver, whose popular TV show ran from the mid-'80s to early-'90s. Back in those days, people solved problems with just their smarts and a semi-mullet, from what I understand. Ah, simpler times.
MasterCard -- Homer (2004), Super Bowl XXXVIII The greatest animated father of all time (apologies to Peter Griffin) runs errands with his MasterCard, getting things done as only Homer Simpson can. "Simpsons" regulars Apu, Moe, Lenny, Carl and Hans Moleman all make appearances.