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Super Bowl Commercials 2011: Principal Skinner Is A Lions Fan In NFL's 'American Family' Commercial

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Sandwiching a little event called the Super Bowl were the commercials. As Sean pointed out, the Imported From Detroit Chrysler commercial is the clear winner of the "Brand Bowl" (to anyone from Detroit), but there were a few others worthy of mentioning. In addition to that one, I also liked the Bridgestone and Teleflora spots that played in the first half, and then this NFL commercial, called "American Family," which aired in the second half. The commercial is the NFL thanking its fans through a montage of clips of America's favorite TV families gathering for the Super Bowl. Each classic TV scene -- that include cameos from the stars of Happy Days, Seinfeld, Full House, 90210, The Brady Bunch, Cheers, Family Matters, Modern Family, Family Guy, The Simpsons, and The Office, amongst others -- is given some distinct NFL branding.

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Initial reactions were a mix between 'good commercial' and 'there is no way Alf should have been wearing a Carolina Panthers t-shirt when the Panthers didn't even exist during Alf's time' (and the same could've been said about Fonzie wearing an Aaron Rodgers jersey). More specifically, several Detroit Lions fans on Twitter were wondering why the Lions weren't represented in the commercial, as it seemed most teams were -- even the Browns (although the Browns shirt was fittingly donned by Cleveland in the Family Guy clip). 

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Upon further review, though, the Lions brand was represented, albeit not very prominently. In the clip from The Simpsons, Principal Skinner is wearing a Detroit Lions t-shirt.  See for yourself: 

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Yeah, not exactly the exposure we would've liked to see for our beloved Lions and Super Bowl XLVI Champions (or the coolest character to be wearing it), but at least they weren't completely overlooked as originally thought.

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UPDATE:  It also appears that Skinner's mother, to his left, is wearing a Stafford shirsey.