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VW Commercial – Great Toss

Filed under: General — JD @ 3:17 pm

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VW appears to have found the one red-blooded male on the planet that throws worse than Teh One.



I denounce myself. Denounced, and condemned.

– JD


  1. Batter up

    Comment by JD (b63a52) — 1/15/2013 @ 3:18 pm

  2. You should be thanking him… teh fop.

    Comment by Colonel Haiku (e7a8e7) — 1/15/2013 @ 3:29 pm

  3. I couldn’t understand this commercial when I first saw it. Does the guy really have such horrible throwing technique, or is he trying to impress upon his kid the idea of using his shoulder more and striding into the throw, albeit by doing a stupefyingly exaggerated version of that?

    In any case, he would be better off either modelling the correct throwing motion, or asking the boy’s mom to come outside and show the boy how it’s done.

    Comment by JVW (4826a9) — 1/15/2013 @ 4:15 pm

  4. Homophobes!

    Comment by Kevin M (bf8ad7) — 1/15/2013 @ 4:19 pm

  5. What in the world is this commercial trying to say? What about this commercial encourages the idea of being a Volkswagen owner?

    Comment by Dustin (73fead) — 1/15/2013 @ 4:32 pm

  6. I have no clue what the commercial is trying to say. But it gets your attention. I love how the kid throws poorly, and the Dad is trying to coach him up, says so e of the right things, then throws like Obama.

    Comment by JD (840c05) — 1/15/2013 @ 4:38 pm

  7. they don’t make any PEDs yet what can fix food stamp

    Comment by happyfeet (4bf7c2) — 1/15/2013 @ 4:43 pm

  8. My guess is this is VW’s way of trying to move women from buying the Beetle to a more expensive car, the VW Passat. To do that, VW is using the modern tactic of appealing to women by portraying men as inept idiots.

    Comment by DRJ (a83b8b) — 1/15/2013 @ 4:46 pm

  9. If so, it is pathetic. But I’d never buy a VW anyway.

    Comment by DRJ (a83b8b) — 1/15/2013 @ 4:47 pm

  10. Maybe I should see this JD’s way. I guess it’s good that it’s showing a dad being a dad. But he looks like an idiot, and I think that shows no creativity as that’s how 99% of commercials seem to be.

    Comment by Dustin (73fead) — 1/15/2013 @ 4:50 pm

  11. Mil house – the father in the commercial, or Teh One, could take PED’s until they are falling out of their gigantic ears, and the PEDs would never fix that. He obviously has no talent. Hard work might fix it.

    Comment by JD (b63a52) — 1/15/2013 @ 4:55 pm

  12. Mil house

    Me?! This is my first comment on the thread!

    He obviously has no talent. Hard work might fix it.

    Or maybe hypnotism or something like that; if he suddenly learned to throw in such a way, would you scorn that talent as “artificial”?

    Comment by Milhouse (15b6fd) — 1/15/2013 @ 5:44 pm

  13. It wouldn’t be bought with a pill, and no pill or shot can make you learn how to throw.

    Comment by JD (b63a52) — 1/15/2013 @ 5:47 pm

  14. I watched the Obama video and then the video of Dubya at Yankee Stadium after 9/11. I tingled, as I did the past times I have viewed that event at that time.

    Dubya is a dude. You can see the Yankees respect him. He has on an FDNY jacket, very appropriate at the time. Unlike Obama, he doesn’t look like he dressed in a baseball costume. Obama has the hat and the jacket and the glove. Dubya simply has the ball in his hand. He walks to the mound, throws it and that’s it.

    Obama throws the girlie pitch and smiles and waves like the tool he is. He is performing.

    Obama must assume that the press will cover for him, as always, and find a way to turn a girlie throw into Teh Awesomeness on the mound. Most guys who can’t throw a ball would beg out of the invite to display their girliness in front of thousands. Not Obama.

    What a pretender Barry is.

    Comment by PC14 (7cfd34) — 1/15/2013 @ 8:24 pm

  15. i can’t believe we have to spend 60 billion dollars for chris christie just cause some idiot jersey trash built their houses on the shore and didn’t buy the right insurance

    Comment by happyfeet (ce327d) — 1/15/2013 @ 8:39 pm

  16. Homophobes!

    Speaking of which, Obama reportedly — and, based on various eyewitness reports, probably — is bisexual. A bi, leftwing dude in the White House. A match made in heaven.

    Lucky us, lucky America.

    Comment by Mark (4401ef) — 1/15/2013 @ 9:02 pm

  17. It’s hard to be conservative because the nuts always get the attention.

    Progressives don’t have to worry about it, though. Because they are progressive.

    And Mark, you are not really helping because you are a fool or, more likely, a troll.

    I dislike fools and trolls.

    Comment by Ag80 (b2c81f) — 1/15/2013 @ 9:11 pm

  18. It’s hard to be conservative because the nuts always get the attention.

    i know this but i need to be more mindful of this

    but it’s hard

    mostly cause i don’t share a lot of Team R’s socially backwards 700 clubber social values

    Comment by happyfeet (ce327d) — 1/15/2013 @ 9:15 pm

  19. And Mark, you are not really helping because you are a fool or, more likely, a troll.

    Why? Because I merely describe an aspect of the history and background of Obama? A background that has remain largely ignored, un-vetted, dismissed or rationalized away.

    Comment by Mark (4401ef) — 1/15/2013 @ 9:27 pm

  20. i don’t share a lot of Team R’s socially backwards 700 clubber social values

    Yea, uh-huh, happyfeet. Of course, not you. You just have a habit of often using “gay” in a rather derisive, derogatory manner.

    Comment by Mark (4401ef) — 1/15/2013 @ 9:30 pm

  21. Did Mark really bring up Sinclair? Good Allah.

    Comment by JD (b63a52) — 1/15/2013 @ 9:35 pm

  22. i only call stuff gay when it’s like totally gay for reals like the olympics or stuff what’s mike bloomberg-related

    Comment by happyfeet (ce327d) — 1/15/2013 @ 9:40 pm

  23. Did Mark really bring up Sinclair?

    No. The footnotes I have in mind go far beyond that. But when it comes to a facet of Obama’s history, should we all nobly smile, embrace one another, put on airs of worldliness and sophistication, and use the phrase (immortalized by Jerry Seinfeld) “not that there’s anything wrong with that.”

    i only call stuff gay when

    hp, is that sort of similar to saying “hey, some of my best friends are [black, Jewish, etc]“?

    Comment by Mark (4401ef) — 1/15/2013 @ 9:59 pm

  24. no i don’t have that many best friends I’m not even on facebook

    but that’s mostly cause facebook’s really really gay

    Comment by happyfeet (ce327d) — 1/15/2013 @ 10:08 pm

  25. I am tired of madmen portraying white men as stupid, liars , or gay. Commercials suck just as much as govt.
    One of my brothers in law is an award winning ad man. His goal is to make white men look foolish. I can’t stomach this mentally challenged dolt.
    The ad sucks, but so does a v.w.

    Comment by mg (31009b) — 1/16/2013 @ 12:56 am

  26. I believe the intent of the vw commercial is to show the father intentionally teaching his boy to throw badly so that he does not hit the VW behind him. I.e. the VW is more important to him than his son being able to throw properly. Whatever.

    Comment by thomas (dcd482) — 1/16/2013 @ 8:34 am

  27. There is no basis for that story about Obama. It seems to originate as part of a supposed explanation of why a murder in Chicago was not investigated properly.

    The family was sold on the “reason.” That had the effect of either causing them to give up hope, or going after the wrong target, and possibly putting them into the hands of the wrong lawyers.

    This is not at all like the stories of Bill Clinton raping, or trying to rape, an occasional woman or two, which are quite solidly based.

    Comment by Sammy Finkelman (b4516d) — 1/16/2013 @ 8:49 am

  28. The punchline is that kid’s real dad is a sperm donor and his mom is a beard.

    Comment by CrustyB (69f730) — 1/16/2013 @ 10:15 am

  29. The dad doesn’t know how to throw, but thinks he does, and he’s passing-on his “skill” to his son.

    However, Dad knows how to pick a durable car (the VW,) and so at the very least, he’ll be able to pass down something good (the VW, again) to his son.

    Comment by Reno_Dave (d02d35) — 1/16/2013 @ 10:41 am

  30. Heh. There was a great PowerPoint, or maybe a video, of Obama throwing out the first pitch at the All Star game, vs. George Bush throwing that pitch at Yankee Stadium after 9/11. It was not pretty.

    only call stuff gay when it’s like totally gay for reals like the olympics or stuff what’s mike bloomberg-related

    feets, do you have a blog or twitter or something where people can read your thoughts elsewhere?

    Comment by carlitos (49ef9f) — 1/16/2013 @ 4:05 pm

  31. no not at all someday i *might* twitter but i’m locked out of my facebook cause i can’t remember happyfeet’s birfday, which, that’s fine I never used facebook

    the thing about twitter is I feel rude cause if someone twitters me I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t twitter back ever cause of how unaesthetic it all gets so quickly

    Comment by happyfeet (4bf7c2) — 1/16/2013 @ 4:09 pm

  32. Maybe you could start a “fake dead girlfriend” Twitter, just to get some practice?

    Comment by carlitos (49ef9f) — 1/16/2013 @ 4:44 pm

  33. that would’ve been perfect at the old job at this new one I have to actually do stuff for awhile

    it makes for a long day

    Comment by happyfeet (4bf7c2) — 1/16/2013 @ 4:48 pm

  34. I thought at first maybe the Germans were showing us two shot putters, and how they might attempt the sport of baseball?

    Comment by BN (027678) — 1/21/2013 @ 7:48 am

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