Five For FRiday: Commercial Appeal

Commercials.  An integral necessity of broadcast art, an incessant interruption throughout any sporting event of note.  In this era of economic lethargy, they’re even more a reminder that near none of us have the wherewithal to possess the consumer goods we desire–desires driven, of course, in immense part by those very ads.  But sometimes the medium transcends the meaning.  On occasion, we can’t help but be entertained, though we know we’re being sold.  On rarer occasion, we’re genuinely startled, be it to laughter or genuine emotion, or basic admiration for the stylistic talent on display.  It’s a tricky business, the business of advertising.  With that in mind, FR this week highlight those commercials that stuck in the craw.  Somewhere, on hiatus between seasons, Don Draper is taking notes.

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Five For FRiday: Sporting Farewells

It’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday, not least when you love sports and some kind of favorite is bidding adieu.  This past week, career-long Detroit Red Wing Nicklas Lidstrom announced his departure from the ice.  Hockeytown native Nathan and NHL obsessive Travis both were moved by this development.  That in mind, FR offer here the ends of careers that struck them somehow, as heroes, admired competitors, and others left the arena.  There’s something about sports.  Written by the FRarrely brothers.

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