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13 Hilarious Super Bowl 2017 Commercials That Leaked Before The Big Game

Face it, some of us only watch the Super Bowl for the commercials — oh, and the halftime show.

I’m not a sports aficionado (I just Googled: “What teams are playing the Super Bowl?”), I do, however, get pumped about watching the biggest brands in the U.S. pour millions into a highly-produced, 2-minute marketing story.

With all that’s happing in the world, this year I desperately need to be entertained, and these commercials are the best of the best, which will undoubtedly make you laugh, cry, and certainly wow you.

While we know there’ll be surprises come Sunday, we’ve rounded up some of the coolest commercials you can expect to see.

1. Audi joins the feminist movement.


The huge attendance of the Women’s March movement proves how much people care about women’s rights, and equal rights for all. That’s why this Audi commercial about a young girl racing among boys is so poignant. The girl’s father contemplates whether his daughter, and the world, will make her feel less than because of her gender. You might need a tissue for this one.

2. Melissa McCarthy saves the world in a Kia.


A growing theme this year is definitely social justice, and Kia is going big with their commercial featuring Melissa McCarthy. The ad answers a simple question: how can one person be involved in various social justice issues like saving the whales and protecting the planet? Kia can help you do it, so says Kia.

3. Spuds MacKenzie is alive!


The first dog to ever rule a beer brand is Spuds MacKenzie (circa mid ’80s). Well, he’s back! Sort of. The ghost of Spuds MacKenzie is featured in this Bud Light commercial which shows what it’s like when you’re chillin’ at home and your friends are having a good time without you. This ad is like “A Christmas Carol” minus beer.

4. Buick features Cam Newton and Miranda Kerr.


This commercial reminds me a little of the hilarious Snickers ad in which people (usually celebrities) turn into someone else because they’re hangry. This commercial tells the story of a dad cheering on his little son during a football game when a Buick pulls up in the parking lot. The dad cannot believe that the convertible is a Buick, and says “if that’s a Buick then my son is Cam Newton.” The little boy then becomes Newton and plays among the little boys. It’s pretty funny, but the Miranda Kerr transformation is funnier.

5. See Nintendo’s new Zelda experience.


Nintendo is up to a lot of cool things and this new Game Boy takes it to another level. Nintendo now allows you to easily take your game to go, but it lets you play on TV without ever stopping the game. Obviously, the visuals in this ad are insane.

6. Adam Driver and Snickers?!


As we mentioned earlier, Snickers gets the big stars for their commercials, so we’re kind of surprised to see Adam Driver starring in this very hyped Snickers commercial. However, we have no idea if this is all Snickers is packing in their Super Bowl ad since we have to wait until Sunday to see the big debut. All we know is that it may involve a horse. We’re excited for this one.

7. Jon Lovitz hypnotizes you into eating more avocados.


Not that we need more of an incentive to eat avocados, but comedian Jon Lovitz attempts to put us in a spell in this ad for Avocados From Mexico. Hey John, you had us at guac.

8. Try not to dance to this Lexus LC ad.


One of the slickest ad’s has to be the commercial for the 2017 Lexus LC. The ad features dances moves by Lil Buck Da Legend, music by Sia and voiceover by Minnie Driver. You had us at vroom.

9. Justin Bieber wants you to get funky.


Since we’re talking about dancing, Justin Bieber’s ad for T-Mobile is kind of mesmerizing. The pop star in a buzz cut and glasses wants to see how your version of classic football dance moves by using the hashtag #UnlimitedMoves. Get it, unlimited data, unlimited moves? Yeah, it’s a little cheesy but watching Bieber acting silly and dancing like a weirdo is enough for me.

10. Jason Statham and Gal Gadot’s mini action film.


Have you heard of Wix.com? Neither have we, but after you watch this big-budget commercial featuring Jason Statham and Gal Gadot it’ll definitely be hard to forget it. The story revolves around a restaurant owner who has to deal with Jason and Gal destroying his business in an all out feud with some bad dudes. The point of the ad is even if your company is dealing with troubles, Wix.com will keep your page up and running.

11. Secret society reveals a huge secret about avocados.


The secret’s out! People outside the secret society are learning that avocados are actually good for you. But what does this mean for the secret society? Watch and learn…

12. “The Jungle Book” meets Old Spice.


Will man ever be able to communicate with animals? According to Old Spice, yes. This hilarious commercial shows just the kind of conversation that man and animals will have. Let’s just say it gets real basic, but it’s an essential conversation.

13. Who is the real John Malkovich?


John Malkovich makes a return to the small screen in a big way in this commercial for Squarespace. The intense actor is trying to start his own website to launch his men’s fashion line, except his domain is already taken. How can there possibly be two John Malkovich’s? It can be, and our beloved John is seriously pissed. Do not get on his bad side.

What is your favorite part of watching the Super Bowl?

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Bad Bunny And Marc Anthony Will Rebuild Baseball Parks In Puerto Rico Destroyed By Hurricane María

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Bad Bunny And Marc Anthony Will Rebuild Baseball Parks In Puerto Rico Destroyed By Hurricane María

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While it’s been two years since Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, the recovery efforts aren’t finishing anytime soon. Many people on the island are still trying to put their lives back together, which includes rebuilding homes, churches, and schools. What many might not know is the recovery efforts have also included revitalizing baseball fields on the island where Puerto Ricans once played. 

Among the destruction that both Hurricanes Irma and Maria left in 2017 is more than 300 small league baseball parks that were found inoperative. As a result, many community ball programs were essentially eliminated and youths on the island were essentially left in the dark without fields to play the sport.

Leading the revitalization efforts are Puerto Rico’s own two native sons: Bad Bunny and Marc Anthony. The duo, along with Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a U.S. community development non-profit, has teamed up for a new program called Play Ball Again. The purpose of the initiative will be to help rebuild some of those damaged baseball fields and facilitate local programming for 17,500 youth. It is expected that in total, about 300 facilities will be impacted by this initiative. 

The duo hopes the contributions play a huge role in bringing not only baseball back to the island but a place where people can escape from their worries. 

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The initiative is special to both of them not only because they’re helping youth but they hoping these recovery efforts go a long way in bringing back a sense of community. Maestro Cares Foundation, which Anthony owns, is putting money towards the program with a goal of restoring “normalcy” in Puerto Rico.

“Sports and recreation activities help restore a sense of normalcy, in the wake of disasters,” Anthony, who is among the program’s earliest supporters, said in a press release.” Baseball isn’t just a game in this context. It helps young people do better in school and improves family life and health in difficult circumstances.”

Maestro Cares, along with the Good Bunny Foundation and UNICEF USA, will all be putting forth $300,000 of what LISC expects to be more than $1.6 million in baseball field renovations. Joining the efforts is Chicago Cubs second baseman Javi Baez with his Cubs Charities, which will donate an additional $100,000 in support. This also includes the Kohler Company, which made a donation to fund bathroom fixtures for onsite facilities.

“Two years after these devastating storms, the need to rebuild the island remains strong,” Báez, whose family is from the Bayamón area, said in a press release. “Cubs Charities understood the need and has stepped up to the plate to help restore baseball fields and give kids throughout Puerto Rico the opportunity to play the game. This rebuild will make a big difference for the community, and I am proud to continue my efforts to restore the island.”

The recovery efforts in Puerto Rico have been long and tiresome but the fuel behind the revitalization has always been the people. 

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While time may have passed, many on the island of Puerto Rico are still trying to get back on their feet. For Bad Bunny, he knows firsthand the power that activities like baseball have on youth. Growing up, baseball was part of his life and much of his time was spent at many of the ballparks that were destroyed in 2017. 

“Growing up on the island I spent a lot of time in some of these parks that are now destroyed,” says Bad Bunny, whose Good Bunny Foundation is part of the initiative. “In parks similar to these, a lot of great athletes like Roberto Clemente, Yadier Molina, Roberto Alomar, Edgar Martinez, and Ivan Rodriguez grew up. Our commitment is to rebuild these parks so that we can help new athletes grow. This is the first step for the rebirth of sports within the island.”

The rebirth of Puerto Rico is taking time but in that process, there is a sense that an even stronger community will come out of this disaster. While simple things like baseball may not seem significant, it’s a part of the fabric of Puerto Rico and displays the love that is shared playing on a field. This rebirth has already started as construction on the baseball field is underway and most field renovations are set for completion by the 2020 season.

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These Latino Athletes Have Delivered The Most Iconic Moments In Sports History

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These Latino Athletes Have Delivered The Most Iconic Moments In Sports History

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Latin American and U.S. Latino athletes have given the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking world countless moments of joy, pride, and hope. Latin American sportswomen and men usually come from disadvantaged backgrounds so their stories of pride and success inspire us even more. It would be almost impossible to enumerate all the triumphs achieved by Latin American athletes, but we are listing some of the most memorable ones. Sí se puede!

When Diego Armando Maradona scored the infamous but glorious goal known as “La mano de Dios” (“The hand of God”)
June 22, 1986, Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, in a quarterfinals game against bitter rivals England

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This has got to be the single most controversial moment in World Cup history. Argentina was facing England in the quarterfinals and Maradona jumped to hit the ball with his head. But thing is, he actually hit it with his hand and the ball penetrated the net. The English were of course appalled, but this event remains one of the most memorable in the long history of joy and drama of the Argentinian national team. We got to also remember that there was some bad blood between Argentina and England at the time, a product of the Falklands War. 

When Ana Gabriela Guevara excelled in an Olympic event that was uncharted territory for Latina athletes
2004 Olympic Games, Athens, Greece

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Ana Gabriela Guevara, who is now a very controversial politician, gained notoriety for scoring a silver medal in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. She competed in 400m, a test that Mexican track athletes don’t generally excel. But she proved that she is one of a kind. 

When Mexican boxing legend Julio César Chávez pulled off a miracle and knocked out Meldrick Taylor in the last few seconds of their championship unification fight
March 17, 1990, Las Vegas, Nevada

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In a rare encounter, the world’s two best boxers met for a unification fight. Both were unbeaten and Chávez was heralded as a national hero in his native Mexico. The fight was as tough as it gets, with both boxers sustaining enormous amounts of punishment. With 17 seconds left on the clock and behind in the scorecards Julio César connected with a massive right hand. The contest was stopped with two seconds left: a boxing miracle of the highest order.

When Fernando Valenzuela became a baseball hero and an icon of Mexican-American pride and excellence
1981-1986

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Fernando “El Toro” Valenzuela became an icon of Latino sportsmanship after an excellent 1981 season with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was one of the first Mexicans to break into the mainstream in the United States. He inspired and continues to inspire, millions of paisanos. He was an All-Star in each season of his incredible 1981-1986 run. 

When Gabriela Sabatini demonstrated that Latinas can excel in the tennis court
US Open, 1990, Womens’ Tennis champion!

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Tennis is a perilous sport for Latin Americans because it is mostly dominated by the United States and Europe. But Sabatini showed that Latino girls can be ace too! She won the U.S. Open in 1990, defeating the German Stefi Graf. Una dama del deporte blanco en toda la extensión de la palabra.

When Colombian dynamo Nairo Quintana reached the stars on his bike
Since 2012

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Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas is perhaps the greatest Colombian cyclist of all time. That is a big claim considering the long and glorious history of the sport in Colombia. Quintana is known for his sustained attacks during steep hills: when most of his adversaries struggle, he has his best performance. He was won multiple stages of the Tour de France and the Giro di Italia. 

When Felipe “Tibio” Muñoz swam toward a gold medal and got a whole country celebrating after some pretty traumatizing events
1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City

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Prior to the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, Mexicans had experienced a traumatizing event when the army attacked a group of students and civilians who were protesting at the Tlatelolco Square. The country was split emotionally and politically. But then came “El Tibio” and at least for a brief moment, the country was united behind a young man who swam his way to a gold medal. The memory of his accomplishment is still brought up today when thinking of the greatest sporting moments in Latin American history. 

When Ecuadorian athlete Jefferson Perez won an Olympic gold medal in the Atlanta Olympic Games
Atlanta Olympic Games, 1996

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Ecuador doesn’t have a strong Olympic team, and medals have been few and far in between. That is why Jefferson Perez is a standout in the sporting history of this proud South American nation. During the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, Perez did the unthinkable. As Rihannon Walker writes in The Undefeated: “Ecuador’s Jefferson Pérez, Russia’s Ilya Markov and Mexico’s Bernardo Segura struggled to find separation from one another as they neared the finish of the 20-kilometer walk at the 1996 Olympics. Then Pérez began to take advantage of having the youngest legs of the trio and powered himself into the lead. As a crowd of 85,000 waited to see who would be the first to appear at Olympic Stadium, Pérez made a dramatic solo entrance and finished in 1 hour, 20 minutes and 7 seconds to become the youngest gold medalist in the 20-km event at 22. His victory also secured Ecuador’s first Olympic medal.” Just wow, a moment to remember forever. 

When Teófilo Stevenson reigned supreme in amateur boxing. Viva Cuba!
1972, 1975, and 1980 Olympic Games in Munich, Montreal, and Moscow

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In the 1970s Muhammad Ali was the greatest name in heavyweight boxing, but he was perhaps not the best. Many believe that amateur legend Teofilo Stevenson of Cuba would have beat the great Ali. But, alas, Cuban boxers were not allowed to turn professional and a fight between the two never materialized. Stevenson’s amateur career extended 20 years, from 1969 to 1986. He won a total of three gold medals, un logro extraordinario

When “Las espectaculares morenas del Caribe” Cuban female volleyball team captured the world’s imagination and won three consecutive Olympic gold medals
Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000 Olympic Games

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This group of amazing Cuban ladies totally dominated volleyball for three Olympic Games, and then won the bronze in their fourth attempt. Puro Cuba! 

When Costa Rican swimmer Claudia Poll surprised everyone and became a national icon
Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games

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This amazing woman was born in Nicaragua but later became a Costa Rican citizen. She won a gold medal in the Atlanta Games (a big year for Latino athletes!) and is considered the greatest sports figure in the history of the Central American nation. She also won two bronze medals in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. A true force of nature.

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