When Jason and I last did the show, he was amazed at how many old commercials and classic brand slogans were locked in my brain. I don't know why I retain this stuff... I just do. And once it's in, it's in for good. The one that started us off was "It's Nerf or Nothin'." You may remember it from ads like this:
But when searching that commercial out, I started thinking about some other ones that are floating around in my head. Like this one from Chuck E. Cheese (Formerly Showbiz Pizza for those of us from Indy). If you see me, and I'm not talking, this song is going through my head/ Especially any time someone says "nickels and dimes."
Of course if you want to talk about annoying commercial jingles, I don't know if any match this gem that you'll never, EVER, be able to get out of your head. I think the term "ear worm" was created just because of this ad:
And finally, here's one that I never would have thought about again, but when I saw it, it brought back so many memories. And it also made me realize how advertising has always been way too good at making me excited about mediocre products.
YouTube is doing their annual selection of greatest video of the past year. This year's competition includes music videos like "Gangnam Style" and "Call Me Maybe," epic events like the RedBull space jump, and odd covers like the one where five people play one guitar and sing "Somebody that I used to Know. Those all make sense to me, but one is a bit of a mystery. It's a woman playing a violin in the middle of what looks like the arctic. Why was this popular? Sure, it's a catchy song... it's shot well... and the girl is kind of cute... but this is one of the best videos of the year? See for yourself.
IU survived a scare against Temple in the round of 32 in the NCAA tournament this past Sunday, and in doing so, advanced to the Sweet 16 for the second straight year. This time around they're matched up against the Orange of Syracuse.
For longtime Hoosiers fans, this will bring back memories of the last time these two played in the tourney. And if you remember correctly, that turned out pretty good.
If you're not already jazzed about the NCAA tournament, and IU's first round game today, maybe this will help get you in the spirit. Go Hoosiers!
Here were are, every sports-lover's favorite week of the year. Is there anything better than the first week of the NCAA Men's Tournament? No, I didn't think so, and thanks for agreeing with me.
With that cliché opening out of the way, let's get to some quick thoughts on how this is all going to go down.
BIGGEST UPSET IN THE ROUND OF 64
I'm picking two 11s to topple 6's, and one of them is not the trendy pick of Bucknell over Butler.
St. Mary's over Memphis
Minnesota over UCAL
I'm also taking Iowa St. over Notre Dame. Sorry Irish fans.
HIGH SEEDS IN THE SWEET 16
-I've got chaulk out west except for Arizona beating New Mexico.
-In the Midwest I think 1, 2, 3 and 4 all make it.
-VCU upsets Michigan in the South to join Kansas, Geortown and Florida
-Butler beats Marquette to make it to to the Sweet 16 with IU, Miami, 'Cuse.
ROAD TO THE FINAL FOUR
Duke over Louisville
Ohio State over Wisconsin
Georgetown over Kansas
Indiana over Miami
AND THEN THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
This time INDIANA gets to cut down the nets for real after beating OSU to take home their 6th NCAA Championship in an all Big Ten finale.
Sure, I'm a Hoosiers fan... but I wouldn't stake my repuation on a team I didn't believe had a legit shot to win it all. Plus, they match up well with OSU.