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epic fails in amateur athletics

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Some readers have requested more funny videos, so I’m bringing you another one.  It’s easy enough to find funny videos by searching YouTube, but that usually ends up wasting a lot of time, so I don’t do that too often.  This video happens to be a commercial for Liberty Mutual Insurance called Amateur Athletes.  Normally I’d prefer to link to a non-commercial video, but this one is actually pretty good.  It could also be called athletics gone wrong or epic fails in athletics.

If you’re still unsure about whether or not to spend 30 seconds watching this, here’s what happens: There’s a guy who tries to dunk a basketball but fails in a spectacular way, a guy who tries to do a roundhouse kick but learns he’s no Chuck Norris, and a guy throwing a football that starts a fire in a tailgater’s car.  Classic stuff…  I bet they had fun making this commercial.

There needs to be more commercials where stuff catches on fire…  🙂

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dancing in a restaurant

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I saw a commercial tonight that was kinda amusing because of the overreactions in it (as they clearly state), but it got me to thinking.  First, the commercial, for Applebee’s:

These actors do a passable job of getting their groove on, but I thought about how this might apply to some of my lunch outings with the guys.  If some of my friends got up and started trying to dance all funky, people all around the restaurant might lose their appetite.  Some folks need to keep their “moves” at home.  I’m jus’ sayin’…  🙂

taking tacos where they’ve never been before

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Taco Bell has a new commercial that says they’re “taking tacos where they’ve never been before”.  That sounds like a good figurative phrase, but they were actually using it literally — they used a helicopter to take a food delivery truck filled with 10,000 Doritos Locos Tacos to a town in Alaska, because of the prank/hoax someone had played on the entire town.

That’s a neat idea.  It also would’ve been cool if they had dropped 10,000 tacos over the town from an airplane.  That would be something to see!  (Well, I wouldn’t want that to happen in my area, because it would also create a huge mess.  But hey, free tacos.)

So, um, I’d like to start a rumor that a Taco Bell is coming soon to my house…  🙂

Let’s take the phrase more figuratively.  What would you do to make tacos better than ever?  One taco variation I’m waiting for is the chicken-bacon-ranch taco.  If you use quality ingredients, it would surely be most awesome.  (The Buffet o’ Blog staff are all huge fans of the chicken-bacon-ranch pizza at Larry’s Pizza.  Just put that in a taco shell and it would be great.)  I figure a pizza taco would be great, too — use pork sausage and pepperoni with pizza sauce and lots of cheese, inside a taco shell.

What ideas do you have to make the ultimate taco?

hibachi-style chef at Taco Bell

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It’s good when companies will put a little effort into their commercials and make them at least mildly entertaining.  (I know, it’s preferable to not watch any commercials, but sometimes I watch sports games live.)

Taco Bell has a new commercial featuring a chef doing special moves while preparing their chicken flatbread sandwiches.  If only this was how it really was done.

I like the use of the mini-flamethrower…  I’ve got to get one of those!

I should prepare a routine like that for when I have company over.  I’ve always said it would be fun to have my own hibachi grill at home.  I can throw food and knives around.  🙂

funny Taco Bell commercials

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The other day I came across a few Taco Bell commercials, and they’ve had a few classic ones.  Some are funny, and some bring back the memories.  So I’m gonna share a few with you, and they’re embedded in this post, for your viewing convenience.

The first video is a Taco Bell ad from 1989-90 featuring MC Hammer.  It’s actually kinda neat.

There’s a chance that the next ones will be even more generic, so proceed at your own risk.  🙂

This next Taco Bell commercial is from 1979 and it looks and sounds like it.  But the song is actually kinda catchy: “TacaTacaTaco Bell!” — “The Fresh Food Place!”

But wait, there’s more!  This one is from 1984.

Next is one from the early 1990s, and this one brings back the memories of when they had good MexiMelts.

Someday, the next generation of people will look back at 2011 and think our current commercials are generic.

Speaking of generic… you don’t even have to go back a few decades.  The newest Taco Bell commercial features “Buddy Mignon” singing lounge music at a piano, about the new Quad Steak Burrito.  It’s already generic and it’s not even dated yet.  (Perhaps it’s a parody of their old commercials.)

That’s all for now.  I don’t want to overwhelm anybody with too much genericness at one time.  And don’t worry about quality control here — the next post is already in the works and will be even better!

Thank you, drive thru…

truck racing commercial for ESPN

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TV commercials can be an art form.  Most aren’t, unless you consider crap art.  But occasionally there’s a classic commercial that’s actually worth watching for enjoyment.  Why aren’t more commercials that way?

One of the best commercials on TV right now is for ESPN.  It has 18-wheeler “big trucks” racing (using NASCAR haulers), smack talking, a sheriff in hot pursuit, and it’s a parody of Smokey and the Bandit.  (You shouldn’t need any more explanation of why it’s awesome.)  The slogan is, “It’s not crazy, it’s sports.”  The soundtrack is “East Bound and Down”, which fits so perfectly (in the movie and the commercial).

On a semi-related note, wouldn’t it be awesome to race big trucks like that, if there were no real-life consequences?  That’s why movies and video games are so awesome — because you get to do those kinds of things that would get you in trouble in real life.

Los Links!

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The other day in a Mexican restaurant, I saw a TV commercial for Microsoft’s search engine Bing.  It looked like a parody of a Spanish soap opera.  I’ve since seen it on English TV.  There’s two of them I’ve seen so far, and they’re funny because the acting and script is so bad.   Actually, there’s more bad acting than storyline, which works in terms of randomness.

Los Links, Episode Uno

Los Links, Episode Dos

If you actually want to make more sense of the commercials, there are extended versions of both, which are about a minute long each.

Los Links, Episode Uno (extended version)

Los Links, Episode Dos (extended version)