Topic: Advertising

June 30, 2014

Over twenty years, Nike's soccer ads have traced a change in what global athletic celebrity means. Virtues like teamwork and unity are praised, but the praise is drowned out by the positioning of athletes as disposable corporate deities.

March 21, 2014

NBA commissioner Adam Silver says it's "inevitable" that NBA jerseys will feature advertisements and brand logos in the future. "Inevitable" is definitely one word for it.

January 17, 2014

Tom Glavine is going to the Hall of Fame, deservedly. Now it is time for him to step out of Greg Maddux's shadow and shine -- as a whole person, and uneasy-seeming energy drink pitchman.

May 3, 2013

Bo Jackson is one of the most transcendent athletes of his or any era. That's part of why his promos for 5-Hour Energy are such a bummer, although that's certainly not all of it.

April 3, 2013

Erik Kratz of the Phillies is a pretty good backup catcher, but his real strengths lie in his ability to effectively pitch turkey bacon opposite a cartoon turkey in local TV ads.

November 8, 2012

Derrick Rose is a great player, and his injury was indeed a big deal. But the attempt by Adidas to turn him and his recovery into a Cause We All Can Believe In just feels... well, dumb, but also kind of sad.

April 16, 2012

You have maybe noticed those American Apparel ads for underpants and such on the site. Let's talk about those ads for American Apparel ads for underpants and such on the site.

April 4, 2012

O'Neal's ubiquitous skin care spot with his mom warmed a lot of hearts, but did it dodge the very point it was trying to make? 

January 17, 2012

My personal hindsight is only about 20/80, but I have discovered some science facts about Saturday’s Broncos-Pats game, and the phenomenon of televised football as a whole. The spread on this game was too low, for one thing. My big discovery is that the game was terrible. In fact, I saw this coming, along with most of the adult population. Since I didn’t anticipate having much to say about the death of Tebowmania, I decided to undertake some serious sociological research.