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The Sunday Funnies: Mean Joe Greene Super Bowl commercial is still No. 1

Welcome to another edition of the “Sunday Funnies,” a regular feature dedicated solely to the lighter side of life. This week’s edition spotlights the best Super Bowl commercial of all time – a touching tribute to children and their sports idols. Mean Joe Greene and a relatively unknown child actor, Tommy Okon, starred in the Coca-Cola commercial that aired during Super Bowl XIII in 1980. Thirty-four years later, it’s still considered one of the best Super Bowl commercials ever. In fact, on Feb 1, the “Star-Ledger” named the Mean Joe Greene ad the best Super Bowl commercial of all time. On Jan. 31, “Newsday” voted it No. 2, behind only the introduction of Macintosh by Apple in 1984.

In 2012, Mean Joe Greene hosted SiriusXM Broadcast Live during Super Bowl XLVI.
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Charles Edward Greene, also known as Mean Joe Greene, is a former all-pro defensive tackle who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Throughout the early 1970s, he was the most dominant defensive player in the National Football League and was considered by many to be the greatest defensive lineman ever. Mean Joe Green was considered the cornerstone of the legendary “Steel Curtain” defense. He is also a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and a four-time Super Bowl champion.

Greene’s famous commercial first aired on September 1, 1979. The touching spot featured an adoring child giving his idol a Coke, prompting Mean Joe to smile and give the kid his team jersey. As posted by Yahoo TV on Jan. 31, it took three days to film “Here, Catch Kid!” Because Greene drank so many Cokes during the filming, scenes had to be shot again and again due to the burping that ensued. The Mean Joe Greene commercial was listed as one of the top ten commercials of all time by “TV Guide” magazine. To this day, it is considered the greatest Super Bowl ever. For a pleasant blast from the past, be sure to watch the Mean Joe Greene Super Bowl commercial above.

So, will the $4 million Super Bowl commercials be as memorable in 2014? Not likely – but some will be talked about around water coolers long after the last point is scored. Some have already been posted online, but other advertisers are waiting for the big game to unveil their highly anticipated Super Bowl ads.

The 2014 Super Bowl (XLVIII) airs on FOX on Sunday, Feb. 2. Below are some quick facts about this year’s biggest game of the year.

  • Place: Metlife Stadium at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in N.J.
  • Kick-off time: 6:25 p.m. EST
  • A year of firsts: First Super Bowl to be played outdoors in a cold weather environment. The first in 38 years to be played outdoors on FieldTurf, and the first in which two US states (New York and New Jersey) will work together with hosting duties.
  • Halftime Show: Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are this year’s halftime performers.

Best wishes for a relaxing and peaceful Super Bowl Sunday.

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