Heinz Releases a ‘Wiener Stampede’ on The Super Bowl

Dozens of dachshunds wearing hot dog costumes star in what may be the cutest commercial this year.

Which will be your favorite Super Bowl ad this year? We think this entry from Heinz may be in the running. 

In the spot, dozens of dachshunds dressed as “wiener dogs” scamper across a field to a family of Heinz condiments while Harry Nilsson’s “Without You” plays in the background. Memorable for sure. 

The best of this year's Super Bowl commercials? We’ll let you be the judge.

––Kara Mazey



#Play60: Before the big game

Kids having trouble accepting that they need to wait until Sunday night to watch the big game? Keep them occupied from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Sen. John Heinz History Center with the fourth annual NFL PLAY 60 Training Camp.

Feed their football appetite (and tire them out) with a miniature NFL combine — featuring a 40-yard dash, shuttle run and more — a touchdown dance contest, free prizes throughout the day and much more. WPIAL Student Athletes will be on hand to offer training tips; in the past, Steelers veterans have made appearances at the event as well.

Families can also get healthy eating tips via a series of cooking demonstrations, a facet of the event expanding since last year. “We realized that this is supposed to be get up and move for sixty minutes, but [kids are] all hungry,” says Brady Smith, the History Center’s senior communications manager. “And the day before the Super Bowl, it’s great to give people [an idea] for what to make that’s not all about nachos.”

Docent-led tours of the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum will be included as well. All children 17 and younger get in free, courtesy of Dick’s Sporting Goods; the PLAY 60 events are included with regular museum admission for adults. Click here for more information.

–Sean Collier


Photo courtesy of Ace Hotel

#Ace: Super Bowl Party

The Gym, the large event space at Ace Hotel in East Liberty, will open for the first time with a Super Bowl party on Sunday. The celebration will include an 18-foot screen for guests to watch the game. Food will be provided by Whitfield, the hotel's restaurant, and with a menu that includes game-day fare such as house-made hot dogs and sausages, smoked wings, kettle corn, sliders, meatballs and desserts—all for between $5 and $12. 

Diamond Dave, the man behind art party Projekt 50/50, will emcee the event mystery sports theater style, and guests will receive cardboard numbers to rate commercials on a scale of one to five. The party includes a cash bar. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free, but pre-registration is required. Just click here.

–Brian Trimboli


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