Super Bowl 2016: Predictions for Top Commercials, Halftime Show, National Anthem

Thomas Duffy@@TJDhoopsFeatured ColumnistFebruary 5, 2016

Everybody loves Super Bowl commercials.

Whether your party is running a trivia contest, you have money on prop bets or you just enjoy the best ads of the year, it’ll be hard to leave the TV when there’s a break in the Denver Broncos-Carolina Panthers action this Sunday.

If the game is as close as we all hope, it’s OK to forget about Cam Newton and Peyton Manning for a second.

And should it be a blowout—which is certainly possible if the potential MVP and his band of dabbers catch fire early—well, at least there’s something else to watch.

Here’s an early ranking of the top ads:


3. “Wiener Stampede”

There has to be at least one with dogs, right?

Heinz took care of that by slapping some buns on a few Dachshunds and letting them loose in a field. What an idea.

In the clip, the pups bolt through the grass toward their owners, who are dressed like giant ketchup, mustard and barbecue sauce bottles.

It's not the most memorable, but it'll make you smile.


2. Super Bowl Babies


The NFL opens this adorable spot by dropping some knowledge: “Data suggests [nine] months after a Super Bowl victory, winning cities see a rise in births.”

Is that so?

Different classes of “Super Bowl babies” are shown throughout, and then Seal makes a truly majestic appearance. (Note: The kids are singing a remix of his “Kiss from a Rose.”)

See you in a few months, future Panthers or Broncos fans.


1. Drizzy-Mobile

Any company that gets Aubrey Graham in its commercial has a hit.

T-Mobile’s spot features Drake on the set of his “Hotline Bling” music video, when he's interrupted by some cell-phone executives who have some…modifications.

After high-fiving over hidden-fee jokes—because those are the best—Drake says what everyone is thinking:

“These changes don’t ruin the song at all.”


Predictions for the Musical Acts

National Anthem

Lady Gaga and normality go together like Manning and dabbing.

Yeah, not well.

The “Poker Face” pop star will sing the national anthem on Feb. 7, and Odds Shark has the over/under time set at two minutes and 20 seconds.

Here’s a look at the past nine singers:

Super Bowl 40Aaron Neville and Aretha Franklin2:08
Super Bowl 41Billy Joel 1:30
Super Bowl 42Jordin Sparks 1:54
Super Bowl 43Jennifer Hudson2:10
Super Bowl 44Carrie Underwood 1:47
Super Bowl 45Christina Aguilera1:54
Super Bowl 46Kelly Clarkson 1:34
Super Bowl 47Alicia Keys 2:35
Super Bowl 48Renee Fleming 1:54
Super Bowl 49 Idina Menzel2:04
Super Bowl 50Lady GagaTBD
Odds Shark

Lady Gaga walks to the beat of her own drum. It wouldn’t be surprising if she did her thing and busted out a three-minute rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Per Odds Shark, the under is 6-4 in the past 10 Super Bowls.

Still, take the over when it comes to the Mother Monster.


Halftime Show

Everybody pumped for Coldplay?!


Didn’t think so.

While the band's music might not be capable of rocking stadiums, Coldplay has churned out several hits over the years—“Viva La Viva,” “A Sky Full of Stars” and “Yellow” are a few.

The four members will be sharing the stage with Beyonce on Sunday. That makes for an odd pairing for sure, but it’s one that has a lot of potential.

Queen Bey and Coldplay recently collaborated for a song called “Hymn for the Weekend,” and the music video was released on Jan. 29.

Lead singer Chris Martin explained the project, per the Wall Street Journal (h/t Billboard):

I thought I’d like to have a song called 'Drinks on Me' where you sit on the side of a club and buy everyone drinks because you’re so f---ing cool," he recalled. "I was chuckling about that, when this melody came -- 'drinks on me, drinks on me' -- then the rest of the song came out. I presented it to the rest of the band and they said, 'We love this song, but there’s no way you can sing "drinks on me."' So that changed into 'drink from me' and the idea of having an angelic person in your life. Then that turned into asking Beyonce to sing on it.

Here’s a look:

Coldplay will likely play some hits, and then Beyonce will bring the heat with hers. It'll be like a tag team wrestling match, with each side getting its own time in the ring.

After that, teaming up on “Hymn for the Weekend” could make for a strong closing.


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