Deadline Day has passed; time to send me your Crash the Super Bowl entries!


I can’t believe another Crash the Super Bowl submission period has come and gone.  This whole contest blew right by me this year.  I had been thinking about shooting an entry this year but I never got around to it.  But that’s probably for the best since I enjoy the contest a lot more when I’m just an impartial observer.

It will be a few days before all the last minute submissions appear in the CTSB gallery and it will probably be a few weeks before FritoLay announces how many entries they received this year.  I’ve only watched a handful of submissions so I don’t know if they were getting a lot of entries or if any of them were any good.  So how about you guys help me out and send me some videos to watch?  In keeping with my annual tradition, I am inviting anyone and everyone to post a link to their entry in the comment section below.  Not only will I watch your ad, I will post a short review for free.  You can also post any great commercials you find that you think may have a chance of winning.  But I can’t review someone else’s work for you.  I will only do a review if you were actually involved in the production of the entry you post.

This offer is always pretty popular and every fall I find myself swamped with entries.  So this year I have to put a firm deadline on the offer; if you want your free review, you have to post your link by November 20th.  After that, I’ll write a new post and share some of the best ads I’ve seen.  This post will probably get pushed down by new blog entries before November 20th but even if this post isn’t at the top of the page you can still share your work.

Oh there’s just one more thing.  I lied when I said I’d do all the reviews for free.  I do accept tips.  And by tips I mean twitter followers.  So here’s the catch: if you want me to review your entry, you first have to follow me on twitter.  Hey as a bonus, I’ll even follow you back:

Ok?  Alright, let’s do this.  Click the VIEW COMMENTS button and send me your entries!

UPDATE:  The comment section of this post is already starting to get a little confusing.  So here’s what I’m going to do; I am going to edit the TIME of my reviews so that they will automatically appear right after the review request.  So if you submit your link, come back in a few hours and and look for your original comment.  My review will be right underneath it. 

TripAdvisor’s “15 Seconds of Fame” winners

A few days ago I was watching Hardball on MSNBC when I suddenly found myself mesmerized by a particularly weird TripAdvisor commercial….

I was momentarily gobsmacked!  I couldn’t understand what I was watching.  The commercial was clever and cute but it seemed like an amateur made it.  Then it it hit me; of course an amateur made it!  That had to be the winner of TripAdvisor’s “15 Seconds of Fame Contest!”

But my revelation only solved part of this mystery.  I found the results of the TripAdvisor contest and the “pet friendly hotel” ad only won $1,000 runner-up prize.  This is the commercial that won the $25,000 Grand Prize:

I’ve seen the pet-themed video on TV a bunch of times this week but I don’t think the “Fargo” ad has aired at all.  And that’s kinda weird because the winning entry was supposed to run on TV.  Maybe TripAdvisor decided they wanted to air a 15 second ad rather than the 30 second-long winner?  If that’s the case, why didn’t they just give the 25 Grand to the guy who made the dog video? Oh well, who cares.  Well…other than the guy who made the dog video, I guess.

TripAdvisor must have been pretty happy with the results of their “summer” video contest because they just launched a brand new “winter” installment.  This time the rules and concept are a little different:

Make an ad about your TripAdvisor experience: Thanks to everyone who submitted a version of our ‘Don’t Just Visit’ TV commercials. for our “15 Seconds of Fame” contest. We received so many incredible ideas from our talented community, that we decided to do another one!

This time, we want you to create an ad about how TripAdvisor made a big difference in finding you the right hotel. This is your own unique story, so how you tell it is all up to you.

If you want to win the grand prize I suggest you make a 30 second ad.  But if you’re dirty commie hippie and don’t care about money and just want to see your work on TV,  you might want to do a 15 second entry. Head here for the details:

The 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Crash the Super Bowl finalists

We’re now less than 2 weeks away from the deadline for the 2015 installment of Doritos Crash the Super Bowl contest.  I’m guessing that the vast majority of entries will be shot this weekend or next so I think this is a good time to post my annual list of EVERY single ad that has ever made the Crash the Super Bowl finals.  I recommend that you and your teammates watch all of these videos before you go out and shoot your entry.  It will really help everyone understand exactly what types of videos get picked for the finals.  If I tried to embed 36 youtube videos in one post my whole site would crash so instead I’ve posted screen shots of each entry.  If you’d like to watch the actual video, just click its image.

2013 – 2014 finalists:

Time Machine. CTSB VIII finalist. (2014) -Aired during the Super Bowl. WINNER: One Million dollar grand prize.

Time Machine
Time Machine

Cowboy Kid.  CTSB VIII finalist. (2014) -Aired during the Super Bowl. $50,000 2nd Place Winner.

Cowboy Kid
Cowboy Kid

Breakroom Ostrich.  CTSB VIII finalist.  (2014)

Breakroom Ostritch
Breakroom Ostrich

Office Thief.  CTSB VIII finalist. (2014)

Office Thief
Office Thief

Finger Cleaner.  CTSB VIII finalist.

Finger Cleaner

2012 – 2013 finalists:

Goat 4 SaleCTSB VII finalist.  (2013)  -Aired during the Super Bowl.

Goat 4 Sale
Goat 4 Sale

Fashionista Daddy.  CTSB VII finalist.  (2013)  -Aired during the Super Bowl.

Fashionista Daddy
Fashionista Daddy

Road Chip.  CTSB VII finalist.  (2013)  -Aired during the Super Bowl.

Road Chip
Road Chip

Express Checkout.  CTSB VII finalist.  (2013)

Express Checkout
Express Checkout

Fetch.  CTSB VII finalist.  (2013)


2011 – 2012 finalists:

Man’s Best Friend.  CTSB VI finalist.  (2012-Aired During the Super Bowl. WINNER: Million dollar USA Today ad meter bonus.

Man’s Best Friend

Sling Baby.  CTSB VI finalist.  (2012)  -Aired During the Super Bowl. WINNER: Million dollar Facebook ad meter bonus

Sling Baby

Bird of Prey.  CTSB VI finalist.  (2012)

Bird of Prey

Dog Park.  CTSB VI finalist.  (2012)

Dog Park

Hot Wild Girls.  CTSB VI finalist.  (2012)

Hot Wild Girls

2010 – 2011 finalists:

Pug Attack.  CTSB V finalist.  (2011)  -Aired during the Super Bowl. WINNER: Million dollar USA Today ad meter bonus.

Pug Attack

The Best Part.  CTSB V finalist.  (2011)  -Aired during the Super Bowl.

The Best Part

Adam and EveCTSB V finalist.  (2011)

Adam and Eve

Birthday Wish.  CTSB V finalist.  (2011)

Birthday Wish

House Sitting.  CTSB V finalist.  (2011)  -Aired during the Super Bowl.  WINNER: $400,000 ad meter bonus

House Sitting

2009 – 2010 finalists:

Underdog.  CTSB IV finalist.  (2010) -Aired during the Super Bowl. WINNER: $600,000 Ad Meter bonus.


Snack Attack Samurai.  CTSB IV finalist.  (2010)  -Aired during the Super Bowl.

Snack Attack Samurai

The Smackout.  CTSB IV finalist.  (2010)

The Smackout

Casket.  CTSB IV finalist.  (2010)  -Aired during the Super Bowl.


House Rules.  CTSB IV finalist.  (2010)  -Aired during the Super Bowl.

House Rules

Kids These Days.  CTSB IV finalist.  (2010)

Kids These Days

2008 – 2009 finalists:

Free DoritosCTSB III finalist.  (2009)  -Aired during the Super Bowl. WINNER: Million dollar USA Today Ad meter bonus.

Free Doritos

New Flavor Pitch.  CTSB III finalist.  (2009)

New Flavor Pitch

Power of the Crunch.  CTSB III finalist.  (2009)  -Aired During the Super bowl.

The Power of the Crunch

The Chase.  CTSB III finalist.  (2009)

The Chase

Too Delicious.  CTSB III finalist.  (2009)

Too Delicious

NOTE:  Doritos did not run a commercial contest in 2008-2009.  Instead, CTSB II was a music-themed contest.

2006 – 2007 finalists:

Live the Flavor.  CTSB I finalist.  (2007)  WINNER: Aired during the Super Bowl.

Live the Flavor

Check Out GirlCTSB I finalist.  (2007)  -Also during the 2007 Super Bowl.

Checkout Girl

Mouse Trap.  CTSB I finalist.  (2007)  -Aired a year later during the 2008 Super Bowl.


Chip Lover’s DreamCTSB I finalist.  (2007)

A Chip Lover’s Dream

Duct Tape.  CTSB I finalist.  (2007)

Duct Tape

Project ED has a treat for you: It’s the return of the Scary Words video contest!

Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never scare me!

Hey everybody, Happy October!  The leaves are finally starting to change, store shelves are filled with gigantic bags of candy and shrubs all across suburbia are decorated with unrealistic amounts of fake spiderweb.  Truly this is the most magical time of year.  October is kinda extra-special in Chicago because everyone feels like they need to get in a little more fun before another brutal winter descends upon the region.  I’ve already got plans for every Friday and Saturday this month.  I even got my Halloween costume already!  Basically I’m going as myself circa 1980.  Remember those old, plastic Halloween costumes that they used to sell at grocery stores?  You know, they came with a plastic mask and a plastic smock and the smock always had a picture of the character on it?  Well I just order a sweet, 30 year old Darth Vader costume off eBay.  It only cost me $4.50!  Obviously I’m going to have to alter it a bit but I think I think I’ll look like the king of Halloween when I show up to a party rockin’ this baller outfit.

Costumes and candy and parties and pretty dead leaves aren’t the only reasons I love October.  This is also a great time of year for video contests.  The Crash the Super Bowl contest is back plus there are some fun Halloween-themed video contests going on now.  One of the best ones is Project Ed’s annual “Scary Words Contest.”  Here are the details:

Would you walk through a graveyard at midnight? Would you do it on Halloween? Would you try to talk to spirits with a Ouija board? Some people can’t get enough of scary stories and eerie places. Others hope never to meet a ghost. Some believe that on Halloween, as the nights grow longer, the veil between the worlds gets thinner — so thin that a black cat might show you where to cross over … would you follow it?

Look at the eight words below. Choose one. Take a close look at the definition in the brief to craft a story that conveys the word’s definition. Then, make a video, one minute or less, that effectively and creatively teaches the meaning of the word you chose. Are you up to the challenge?

In this challenge, choose one of these eight words: incantation, chimera, fiend, apparition, diabolical, unhallowed, wretch, spectre.

Your video must:

  • Last no longer than one minute
  • Define only one word, using the definitions provided
  • Display, at appropriate points, the word, its part of speech and definition, and an example sentence

One Student Winner and one Adult Winner will each win $1,000 plus there are some $200 runner-up prizes.  The deadline for entries is October 27th.  For more info, follow this link: 

If you enter this contest and win the grand prize, I hope you’ll spend the money wisely.  I suggest you wait until November 1st to buy $1,000 worth of Halloween candy.  It will all be 50% off by then so you’ll get twice as much!


Voting is open in Lays’ 2014 “Do Us a Flavor” contest


What’s your favorite candy?  Licorice?  Milky Ways?  Gummi Bears?  Well my favorite candy are those chocolate covered marshmallow pumpkins that some stores sell around Halloween.  It’s a tough “favorite candy” because like I said, you can only get them for a few weeks a year.  Sure, most stores also sell chocolate covered marshmallow Santas, hearts and Easter eggs but they’re just not the same. Plus there are no good candy-related holidays during the summer.  So the last few months have been pretty tough for me.  But a few days ago I was at Walgreens and saw that they were already putting out their Halloween stuff.  I went to the end of the isle and there they were!  Row after row of chocolate covered marshmallow pumpkins!  I guess they’ve gotten pretty popular because there were even a bunch of new flavors like “pecan pie” and “red velvet.”

I snagged a few of these wonderful little guys and headed to the register.  While I waited in line I started thinking about all the crazy new pumpkin flavors I would inevitably try this season.  And then I looked down by the register and a very different kind of new-flavor combination caught my eye.  It was a bag of cappuccino flavored Lays potato chips.

A flash of revulsion quickly gave way to confusion; why would Lays create such a disturbing flavor of chips?  Then it hit me; this must be one of the finalists in Lays’ 2014 “Do Us a Flavor” contest.

I checked Lays’ website when I got home and it turns out that the company has already picked their four finalist flavors.  They are Cappuccino, Bacon Mac & Cheese, Wavy Mango Salsa and Wasabi Ginger.  All four flavors were based on ideas submitted by fans.  Lays is now producing these new combinations and though the website says that voting started in late July, this was the first time I’ve seen the chips in the wild.

The flavor that gets the most votes will win a million dollars OR 1% of the net sales generated by that flavor between July 1, 2014 and July 1, 2015, whichever is greater.  The other three finalists will get $50,000 each.  I think it’s safe to say that Bacon Mac & Cheese is pretty much a shoo-in but if you’d like to vote anyway, head here:  Just be aware that your votes will automatically be posted on your facebook page.

Post-Script:  I know this post has nothing to do with video contests but it’s a huge contest so I figured I’d write about it anyway.

Post Script 2:  Next time you’re at Walgreens could pick me up some marshmallow pumpkins?  I snapped a cell phone pic so feel free to use it as a reference guide.  Pumpkins from box numbers 2, 5, 9, 10, 11 and 13 will be acceptable.  Thanks.

Now that...that is "yum."
Yum?  Yes.  Yum.