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SUPER BOWL XLVII: The Craziness Of The Ravens' Near-Collapse In One Wild Chart ...

Tony Manfred

The Ravens won the Super Bowl tonight, but it was way closer than they would have liked.

As you can see from this win probability chart, there was nearly a 99% chance of Baltimore winning when the score was 28-6. 

But then the power outage hit, and the Ravens fell apart.

The 49ers were actually favored to win at the two-minute warning.

 But the Ravens pulled out a goal-line stand for the ages (via AdvancedNFLStats):

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You Will Either Love Or Hate Dodge's 'God Made A Farmer' Super Bowl Ad

Laura Stampler

There weren't any puppies or Sports Illustrated swimsuit models, but Dodge Ram's two-minute long Super Bowl spot quieted game watchers when it aired during the fourth quarter.

The nontraditional spot, created by The Richards Group, used stills of farmers and agricultural scenes over a louder-than-usual voiceover of Paul Harvey's poem, "So God Made A Farmer."

While the ad is certainly powerful, it inspired very different reactions depending on the viewer. Some thought it was genius. Others thought, what the heck?

Let us know if you think this is a strong or stilted ad in the comments below.

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La información que Cuba compartió con Lula sobre la salud de Chávez ...

3 Feb 2013

La reseña de la prensa global dio cuenta el pasado miércoles 30 de enero que “el ex presidente de Brasil Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva rindió homenaje al mandatario venezolano, Hugo Chávez, convaleciente en Cuba de su cuarta operación contra el cáncer, durante una conferencia que pronunció en La Habana, donde previamente mantuvo sendos encuentros con Fidel y Raúl Castro. 

Vestido con una camisa roja similar a las que suele usar el presidente venezolano, Lula intervino en el Palacio de Convenciones de la capital cubana ante los asistentes a la III Conferencia Internacional “Por el equilibrio del mundo”, dedicada al prócer de la independencia cubana José Martí”.

Allí pudimos observar la presencia de los ex presidentes de Guatemala y República Dominicana, Alvaro Colóm y Leonel Fernández respectivamente, en un acto político cultural más de relaciones públicas con la dirigencia cuban…

Did The Super Bowl Power Outage Give Bud Light A Free $4 Million Ad? ...

Laura Stampler

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Bud Light might have gotten a gift from the Super Bowl's power outage.

When the lights went out, its "Lucky Chair" ad played in between sportscasters live reporting on the confusing situation. And then, when the third quarter recommenced, the ad played again.

A 30-second Super Bowl spot went for an average of $3.8 million. "Lucky Chair," created by Translation and starring Stevie Wonder as a voodoo priest, was 60-seconds.

Maybe the ad was set to run in case the game went into overtime, maybe it was the next spot in line and CBS decided to replay it in case viewers turned away during the blackout, or maybe Bud Light got special treatment since Anheuser-Busch is the official beer of the NFL. Either way, the ad got to play in front of one of the biggest television broadcasts of the year ... twice. The same ad usually never plays more than once in the game.

We'll get back to you when more information. Anheuser-Busch didn't immediate…




1. '1984,' Apple (1984)

Directed by Ridley Scott, this ad put Apple on the map and blew the door for conceptual advertising wide open. 

In addition to being regarded as one of the best commercials in history, the spot is widely credited as a moment where Apple broke into the mainstream and began its ascent to the top of the corporate world. 

Unlike most Super Bowl commercials, which air ad nauseam after their debuts, this ad only aired once, during the third quarter of Super Bowl XVIII

It has been marked as the greatest advertisement of all time, Super Bowl or otherwise, by the Clios, AdAge, and TV Guide, among others.

2. 'Frogs,' Budweiser (1995)

Budweiser is a Super Bowl ad institution, with several memorable series under its belt. You could make the case that one of the Clydesdale ads should be in this slot. But no single Clydesdale spot made as much of a splash (sorry) as the original Budweiser frogs. This commercial spawned (sorry again!) several more, including the …


3 Ways to Watch the Super Bowl

You can enjoy Sunday's Super Bowl no matter where you sit. Here are three vantage points: for the uninitiated, the somewhat knowledgeable and the truly hard-core


The San Francisco 49ers were a 1980s-'90s powerhouse that spent most of the past two decades wandering through that NFL wilderness known as bad quarterbacking and misguided coaching. 

They play the Baltimore Ravens, a team once known as the Cleveland Browns which now plays in a city where the old Johnny-Unitas-led Colts still loom over the citizenry's football psyche.


San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh

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Photo Of The Day: Mango With Sticky Rice In Thailand

by Anna Brones (RSS feed) on Jan 27th 2013 at 4:00PM

Mango with sticky rice is a classic dessert on Thai restaurant menus in the United States, but it certainly doesn't beat buying it off of a food cart in Thailand. 

Today's Photo of the Day comes to us from Flickr user LadyExpat who snapped this mouthwatering photo of mangos ready to be served up in the iconic dish.

Don't have a Thailand trip in the near future? 

Sticky rice is an excellent dish to try at home. 

Try your hand at this recipe from The Kitchn.

Have a great street food photo? Add it to the Gadling Flickr pool for a chance to be featured on Photo of the Day.

[Photo Credit: LadyExpat]

PHILIPPINES: Mango Tee Draws 800 Golfers ...

February 2, 2013, 8:23pm

Eight hundred players are vying for prizes worth more than P5 million in the 29th edition of the Mango Tee, the member-guest tournament of the Alabang Country Club starting tomorrow (Monday, Feb.4).

The biggest field ever assembled for the Mango Tee, one of the country's most popular club events, will tee off in separate batches over six days contending for net and gross awards carrying their latest handicaps.

The event officially kicked off yesterday with the opening ceremonials where former president Fidel Ramos was the main guest.

He was joined by ACCI president Jojo Gana, ACCI chair Senen Matoto, Mango Tee committee chair Martin Lorenzo, club directors and sponsors.

The Mango Tee is presented by Petron, Smart Infinity and Pancake House/Yellow Cab.

Each Mango Tee player will also be treated to a shopping bonanza at the Mango Tee Superstore where he can avail of P10,000 worth of Mizuno and Taylor Made products as a tournament giveaway.

Major sponsors of the Man…