This Snickers commercial always makes me chuckle, and I saw it again last night during an NFL playoff game:
The punchline is that this stadium worker has meticulously painted, in the end zone, the word CHEFS instead of CHIEFS, as in the Kansas City Chiefs.
The theme of this, and a series of Snickers commercials, is “rookie mistakes.” And, if you make one, you should eat their candy bar as a way to console yourself. Or should you have fueled up with a Snickers to avoid making such a mistake?
Mistakes like these happen in real life, which might have inspired the commercial.
2016 Super Bowl
Workers at Levi's Stadium in California mistakenly painted both end zones with the Denver Broncos' name and colors instead of painting one for the Carolina Panthers, as discussed on the NBC show, Today. Was this mistake made by a “rookie” or “rookies”? We don't know, but experienced people can make mistakes.
2016 NFL Hall of Fame Game
2016 was a bad year for field painting mishaps, as another was described here:
Hall of Fame Game fiasco: How the wrong paint, melted rubber, and caustic paint thinner nixed Packers-Colts
Somebody used the wrong kind of paint to touch up logos in the end zones — at the last minute, on the day of the game. The paint wasn't drying quickly enough, so somebody decided to try using heat to dry the paint, which melted some of the pellets that are part of the artificial turf. They then tried using a paint remover that was caustic and would have caused skin problems if players contacted it.
That sounds more like a “rookie mistake,” where an apparent lack of knowledge led to some bad decisions, as opposed to the Super Bowl end zones mistake that might have just been a mental “lapse” on the part of a person or a team.
The NFL did the right thing, putting safety first, and canceled that pre-season game.
Somebody at the University of Minnesota-Crookston painted their “M” mid-field logo so that it was centered on the 45 yard line instead of the 50. You know, as in MID-field?
University of Minnesota Crookston accidentally paints logo at the 45 yard line… pic.twitter.com/lQv92VJE— Nathan Self (@NateSelf15) September 26, 2012
We all make mistakes, even people who are experienced. I use checklists to avoid making mistakes related to my podcasts and webinars that I host, and I've done a lot of them.
But, sometimes we get lax when we've gone a long time without making a mistake in a repeated process. We might get distracted or be under time pressure.
It's not just “rookies” who make mistakes.
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