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CARLO ROTELLA

Football ad face-off: Cars vs. gadgets

We’re running out of football weekends, which means we’re running out of chances to determine in head-to-head televised competition whether gadget ads have finally passed car ads as the leading purveyors of systematic nonsense-for-profit. There are, of course, other contenders. From fast food, for instance, comes one chain’s insistence that elite athletes subsist on a diet of sandwiches stuffed with processed meat and bacon ranch melt. But gadget and car ads are the Brady and Manning of untruth-in-advertising. Let’s break down the matchup in advance of this weekend’s games.

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