Dr. Ads Writes: 1989

Dr. Ads Updates: 2012


There have, of course, been many Stupor Bowls since 1989. But looking back at the 1989 ads, the ole Doc has these second thoughts:

Punch line: “Uh-huh. Dana’s about as sharp as a bowling ball. He’s the one who got stuck with all the tabs. I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t afford to be that smart.”

Actually, that spot looks even stupider now:

And then there’s this:

The Doc admits he missed the boat on the Bud Bowl, which ran for another eight years. But this line endures even longer:

The worst thing was that Budweiser got NBC sportscasters to provide the voiceover. Whatever happened to separation of church-key and fourth estate?






John R. Carroll is media analyst for NPR's Here & Now and senior news analyst for WBUR in Boston. He also writes at Campaign Outsider and It's Good to Live in a Two-Daily Town.
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