3.11.2010

Earthquakes Ask Question You Never Want to Hear While Swimming



I like this. It's irreverent, physical comedy with a soccer-specific ending. It also features a pretty lady and snack foods. I give it a 7.8 on the patented TOR Scale of Comedic Footie Adverts.

17 comments:

MelH said...

not to go all PC on anyone... but I kinda cringed, with images of Haiti & Chile running through my head...

andrés said...

kwa...kwa..kwaaa! oh debbie downer! na, i'm just kiddin. i feel you melh but also appreciate the attempt that a struggling soccer team is making to get out of the box and get people to come out and support their team.

Anonymous said...

agree with MelH. Earthquakes should seriously consider a name change. One day soon they'll have a huge quake of their own. Just a dumb name.

Anonymous said...

I suppose an animal attack would cause a number of teams to change their names. I don't see the Gators, Bears, Lions, Jaguars, Sharks or Panthers changing their name anytime soon, though there are deadly attacks every year.

There's also the Colorado avalanche, Calgary flames, Carolina Hurricanes, TB Lightning... etc. Then you have the redskins, which is just racist.

Teams choose powerful names for their teams, these things are also dangerous, but that's part of the reason they're chosen. No sane person would (or should) associate earthquakes in Haiti and Chile with the joy of San Jose fans. It's just a name, and a pretty cool one at that.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
"I suppose an animal attack would cause a number of teams to change their names. I don't see the Gators, Bears, Lions, Jaguars, Sharks or Panthers changing their name anytime soon, though there are deadly attacks every year."

Really? You're really gonna try to bring it there? How could you possibly think that's a fair comparison? There is no potential for a bear strike in Chicago that could potentially kill hundreds of thousands. A lion isn't walking into Detroit and killing 70,000 people. Don't be an idiot.

Anonymous said...

A bear probably won't attack in Chicago, but we did have a pretty big Fire.

nick said...

The fact that they're called the Earthquakes is a reference to all the seismic activity experienced in the Bay Area. And I think most people are mature enough to realize that the name is not intended as any sort of slight to people affected by natural disasters.

Anonymous said...

If anything the animal example was to highlight how dumb it is to go after team names as somehow a celebration of tragedy. If you really need a more disastrous example you should have kept reading: the Carolina hurricanes or Chicago Fire should more than satisfy your fixation on high body counts.

This is a pointless argument, why should arsenal bear the emotional cost of all of the wars fought with artillery, or the warriors feel like they owe something for being named after those who fight the world's battles. Get a grip dude, it's just sports team names, not a referendum on human compassion.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
"A bear probably won't attack in Chicago, but we did have a pretty big Fire."

Which is another idiotic name. Let's name ourselves after a tragedy that hundreds of people died in. Good idea.

Anonymous said...

nick said...
"The fact that they're called the Earthquakes is a reference to all the seismic activity experienced in the Bay Area. And I think most people are mature enough to realize that the name is not intended as any sort of slight to people affected by natural disasters."

Yeah guy.. I know it's a reference to the seismic activity. I picked up on that elaborate reference. But what about when one does happen in the bay area as it most certainly will. In fact, the bay area is long overdue now for a major earthquake. Do you really think people are gonna wanna hear about the San Jose Earthquakes then? PR disaster. Why not avoid all that?

Anonymous said...

What about all of the families that have lost a loved one to the evil spells of a Wizard?

Kansas City, you have no soul.

Anonymous said...

this debate is absurd and i'm just going to trust humanity and assume that this debate is going on between 2 people and not 4 or 5.

i believe the 1st response was trying to point out the potential insensitivity of the commercial and NOT the name of the team. it's after the "first" anonymous started pointing to the ridiculousness of the team name that this whole thing went south.

watching palin's dumbass on tv, i think, man, nobody is stupid enough to put her anywhere near the whitehouse. then after reading crap like this, i'm not so sure anymore.

Anonymous said...

It would be easily solved by Americans not naming teams after animals and weather etc.

Screen said...

I agree that with the current events going lately, the commercial seems to be in poor taste. But as others have stated, I don't think the team should be renamed, or that the team shouldn't have that name to begin with. It's a name, a slogan. It's not like each time they play they set off an earthquake somewhere. When the hurricanes play, hurricanes just don't crop up. And as far as the naming goes, I noticed the poster who suggested a name change didn't bring up The Redskins, Indians, etc. etc, which some people find to be racially insensitive (which would have proved a more compelling argument than trying to re-name a team because it hints at a natural disaster). You can't have it both ways.

Anonymous said...

The Earthquakes have used the name since the 70s when it was suggested by readers of the San Jose Mercury News and chosen by the team's management, and there have definitely been earthquakes since then in the Bay Area. The name is fine as long as you're not a whiny little alarmist who thinks that just because a team names themselves the Earthquakes as a nod to a powerful regional phenomena that they love the destruction caused by earthquakes.

Anonymous said...

Earthquakes kill people, but when I watch the Red Bulls, I want to kill myself.

Brian said...

"What about all of the families that have lost a loved one to the evil spells of a Wizard?

Kansas City, you have no soul."

I applaud you sir.