Advertisements are a big part of the annual entertainment event that is the Super Bowl and Dave Grohl used his time in a Crown Royal (a Canadian whisky) commercial to thank the country of Canada for all they’ve given to the world.
Sitting behind a studio console, the Foo Fighters frontman is happy with whatever song is being recorded before randomly saying “Today, let’s thank Canada,” and listing off a wide range of people and inventions, most of which I had no idea came from O’ Canada.
“Thank you for legends of music,” he says as vinyls of Rush, Joni Mitchell, Oscar Peterson, and Celine Dion appear on the screen.
Grohl also thanks them for “heroes of comedy,” with photos of Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short, and Seth Rogen shown - he even thanks Canada for the “heart throb” Michael Cera.
Done with humans the Maple-leaf flagged country has spawned, Dave moves on to everyday items that America’s Hat has given the world.
“Thank you Canada, for peanut butter, the paint roller, and poutine,” the former Nirvana stickman starts. “Thank you for creating the replay, the walkie-talkie, and the battery,” he adds before just listing some more off.
“The egg carton, the ironing board, the electric wheelchair, Hawaiian pizza, instant potatoes, canola oil, trash bags. Thank you for this,” he adds, squeezing a fart out of a whoopie cushion.
“Thank you for giving us hockey, basketball, and thank you for football!” he finally finishes with (American Football, not the one you kick) urging us to “look it up” if we don’t believe it.
I did, in fact, look it up Dave and you’re right. In the USA, Football was first played without the ball being allowed to be picked up and ran with (it could be batted around with feet, hands, head, and sides).
McGill University in Canada however, did allow the ball to be picked up. When McGill played Harvard in a game, the Americans much preferred how the Canadians played and so adopted their rules - “11 players on the field… running with the ball, downs, forward passing, tackling,” as per Radio Canada International.
Dave Grohl, once again, is on the money.