On any other year, your credit card company offering you a trip to Indianapolis on February 5 might not seem like a big deal, or even appealing. This year, it’s a totally different story, as Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium becomes the stage for Super Bowl XLVI on that very night. At the beginning of the year, who would’ve thought that by mid-season we would know that the hometown Colts have absolutely no shot of playing in the big game? Despite a Peyton Manning-less “lost year” for Colts fans, it’s nice to know that the city will still find a reason to celebrate on February 5 (and perhaps again in late April, when the Colts might have a shot at drafting 2012′s “sure thing,” Andrew Luck).
To celebrate, Visa is giving one lucky cardholder 10 tickets to the big game. And, if the above Wes Anderson-esque spot from TBWA (that’s actually directed by Stacy Wall) is any indication, that lucky winner could find opportunities for new friendships, embarrassing old friends, and eloping with the office crush in the “Racing Capital of the World.” Along with the gentle, calming narration of Morgan Freeman that America has come to value as much as apple pie, baseball and the Right to Bear Arms, it doesn’t get more red, white and blue than this spot from Visa. And, as residents of Baltimore surely know, there’s nothing quite as gratifying as making a die-hard Patriots fan wear the helmet of an opposing team. It would only be sweeter (and more timely), if that Patriots guy was a Redskins fan.
So, on this devastatingly sad and disheartening day for American football fans around the country, let’s find comfort in knowing that although college football is perhaps seeing its darkest hour ever, we still have the NFL to lift us up. And, hey, how ’bout them Packers? Check out more Ned-ventures here.