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Most Popular Ads of Super Bowl XLIII

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

Super Bowl is about more than football, snacks and camaraderie—it’s also about watching the most extravagant ads of the year. The most popular Super Bowl ads this year, however, weren’t the most expensive to make.

Doritos’ “Crash the Super Bowl” contest allowed aspiring filmmakers and amateur marketers to submit their own ads to, well, crash the Super Bowl. Two finalists—“Free Doritos” and “Power of the Crunch”—were chosen to be aired during the Super Bowl. “Free Doritos,” as it happens, became not only the best of nearly 2,000 “Crash the Super Bowl” submissions but also managed to be the most popular ad of Super Bowl XLIII.

“Free Doritos” features an office worker throwing his snow globe “crystal ball” at a break room vending machine in order to get free Doritos for the whole office. It was created by Joe and David Herbert of Batesville, Indiana.

While everyone seems to agree that this was the most popular ad during the Super Bowl, the number two spot is still contested.

According to YouTube’s AdBlitz program, second through fourth place are held by E*Trade’s “Singing Baby” ad, Careerbuilder.com’s list of reasons you need a new job and Pepsi Max’s “I’m Good” commercial.

USA Today, on the other hand, gives second and third place to Budweiser’s Clydesdale ads and fourth place to Bridgestone’s Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head ad.

Both lists agree that Doritos’ other user-generated add, “Power of the Crunch,” hit fifth place.

“Free Doritos” and “Power of the Crunch” aren’t the only Doritos winners that will see the light of day. In fact, the two popular ads merely kicked off Doritos’ latest campaign wherein the five best user-generated ads will all get some TV time.

Most Popular NBA Jerseys

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

Most Popular NBA Jersey - Kobe Bryant's No. 24 Lakers jersey

One of the most important questions facing NBA fans today is “Whose jersey is the most popular?” Last year, the answer would have been Kevin Garnett’s No. 5 Boston Celtics jersey. This year the answer is the jersey worn by none other than the Los Angeles Lakers’ 11-time All-Star—Kobe Bryant.

Bryant’s No. 24 jersey dominated sales in the 2008-09 season, regaining the popularity they held before Garnett’s jerseys overtook them last year. One reason for their popularity may be Bryant’s switch, two seasons ago, from No. 8 to No. 24. Another possible factor is that people just like him.

Third and fourth place were held by LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets. Fifth place was held by Allen Iverson of the Detroit Pistons

NBA jerseys are made by Adidas AG.

Most Popular Sport in Japan

Wednesday, March 29th, 2006

Last month, in a contest played over 2 continents, Japan defeated Cuba 10-6 in the final game of the World Baseball Classic, becoming the first champions of baseball’s first international tournament. To some this came as a surprise, but as most baseball fans can tell you, baseball is by far the sport with the most fans in Japan today.

Yakyu, as baseball is called in Japanese, was introduced from the United States during the early Meiji Period. This was a time of great shift from traditional Japanese ways of life to a more western, industrial era.

There are two professional baseball leagues in Japan: the Central League and the Pacific League. They consist of six teams each. Baseball games are broadcast live on television several times per week during the season. Furthermore, there is a large number of university and high school baseball teams. The finals of the high school baseball tournaments, in particular, enjoy a large popularity and are broadcast nationwide.

One doesn’t need to look across the ocean for prof of baseball’s popularity in Japan, many of today’s most popular players are products of the Japanese Leagues. The New York Yankees, famous for only hiring the best at any cost, have Hideki Matsui as part of their starting line-up. Ichiro Suzuki enjoys his position as not only the lead off man for the Seattle Mariners, but also as the city’s fan favorite. These and other Japanese players in the Major Leagues are national heroes back home, and their every at bat is watched religiously on a daily basis.

With Japan’s new title of world champions of baseball, and more and more Japanese players going professional here in the US, Baseball is sure to remain a popular sport in Japan for years to come.

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Most Popular Sport in the World

Monday, March 20th, 2006

Athletics usually attract those with a competitive nature, and sports are the domain where competitive people can excel to become the modern day celebrity-icons known as professional sports players. Young children across the world practice playing their sport with friends in their neighborhood. What sport are most of these would-be athletes playing, what is the most popular sport in the world?football soccer ball

Football (soccer) is the most popular sport played today. The term soccer first appeared in the 19th century as for Association Football, and is used in the United States commonly, but the term football is used by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport’s world governing body and by most of English speakers throughout the world.

A survey in 2001 by FIFA 2001 showed more than 240 million people play the sport of football in over 200 countries across almost every part of the globe. Because of this some have named football the world’s favorite pastime, but instead we are naming football the world’s most popular sport!

It was recently reported that Google and Nike have partnered to launch Joga, a social networking website for football (soccer) enthusiasts. This is no wonder since football is the most popular and most played sport in the world!