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• Through the fist two weekends of the NBA Playoffs, national ad spend has reached $135.1 million across league media partners: TNT, ESPN, ESPN 2, ABC and NBA TV, according to iSpot.TV.  That is down from $145 million at the same point a year ago. Leading brands are Burger King (232 spots), Taco Bell (197), Verizon (158), Gatorade (157) and Corona Extra (147).

• NBC Sports said its coverage of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs across the networks of NBCUniversal is averaging a Total Audience Delivery of 751,000 viewers through Sunday, the best in four years through the first 12 days of the playoffs. Coverage on NBC is the best since 2015, while cable coverage on NBCSN is the best in six years. Live streaming of the first 12 days of the Stanley Cup Playoffs has set records in all key metrics.

• Olympic Gold Medalist and 4-time World Championship cross-country skiing medalist Jessie Diggins has signed with Ross-Simons jewelers. According to Diggins, “Fabulous jewelry at great values is what Ross-Simons is all about, and I believe in the sincerity of that message.

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1. LeBron James Nike
2. Under Armour Footwear
3. Chris Paul Nike Jordan
4. Kevin Durant Nike
5. Converse Shoes
6. Slide Sandals
7. Carmelo Anthony Nike Jordan
8. Stephen Curry Under Armour
9. Jordan Shoes
10. Stance Socks

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3. I Feel Pretty $16.2M
4. Super Troopers 2 $14.7M
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6. Ready Player One $7.5M
7. Blockers $6.9M
8. Black Panther $4.6M
9. Traffik $3.9M
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn121400.html#JZxA5jXY4rCwemgZ.99
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Jan172011

X Marx The Spot As Groucho Takes On Watson In 'I'm An IBM'er' Campaign

By Barry Janoff, Executive Editor

Groucho Marx stars in an IBM spot that focuses on the upcoming grand challenge on 'Jeopardy'.January 16, 2011: Groucho Marx starred on stage, screen and TV during a career that spanned some 70 years. Now he is starring in a spot for IBM that is part of the company's on-going "I'm An IBM'er" campaign.

The spot, "Natural Language," is a companion piece to "Man Vs. Machine On Jeopardy." Both spots focus on Watson, a computer system that is scheduled to compete on the TV show, Jeopardy, Feb. 14-15-16, in a grand challenge against all-time top winners Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter and hosted by Alex Trabek. The spot with Groucho and the "Man Vs. Machine" commercial both explain how the Watson supercomputer was specifically designed and programmed to understand the puns and word plays that are central to Jeopardy but usually misinterpreted by computers.

In "Natural Language," Groucho is seen as one of his classic characters, Captain Spalding, delivering one of his classic lines from the Marx Brothers' movie, Animal Crackers. "One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas I don't know." Later, we see a shot of the Jeopardy game board, which under the category "Animal Talk" asks, "Groucho quipped, 'One morning I shot' this 'in my pajamas." The response, in classic Jeopardy style, must come in the form of a question: "What is an elephant?"

A voiceover in the spot offers, "Real language is filled with nuance, slang and metaphor. It's more than half the world's data." As an example, we then see a flash card which on one side has a picture of a baseball bat and on the other side a picture of a flying bat. The spot continues, "But computers couldn't understand it. Watson is a computer that understands meaning in our language and pinpoints the right answer, instantly. It uses deep analytics to answer questions computers never could before. Even the ones on Jeopardy."

The Jeopardy board is then shown offering six topics of examples puns, nuances and word plays that Watson could face when it challenges the two human contestants in February: Vice Precedents, Off The Record, Animal Talk, Characters Who Became Words, Slings & Arrows, Of Outrageous Fortune.

The voiceover then offers the campaign's tag line: "That's what I'm working on. I'm an IBM'er. Let's build a smarter planet." The Groucho spot airs during NFL games and other network and cable programming. Lead agency is Ogilvy & Mather, New York. (See Groucho spot here.)

Of course, the answer must be in the form of a question.The grand prize for the Watson Jeopardy competition will be $1 million, with second place earning $300,000 and third place earning $200,000. IBM said it would donate 100% of its winnings to charity while Rutter and Jennings will each donate half of their winnings to charity.

The goal of all of this is to create a computer system whose technology can work with doctors, scientists, educators and others to more accurately and quickly determine and define situations in which other systems have come up short due to misinterpreting or simply not understanding language. According to John E. Kelly III, svp and director of IBM research, in USA Today, "In the field of artificial intelligence, people spend lifetimes trying to advance that science inche. What we have done is advance artificial intelligence by miles."

Still, that might not help Watson take on the late Groucho (who died in 1977) should he ever appear as a virtual character on Jepordy, where he might rattle off some his famous lines and cause Watson to short-circuit in an attempt to keep pace:

• "Ice water? Get some onions. That'll make your eyes water!"
• "If you want to see a comic strip, you should see me in the shower."
• "Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana."
• "Either he's dead or my watch has stopped.”
•  “I have a mind to join a club and beat you over the head with it.”
•  “I'm not a vegetarian, but I eat animals who are."
•  "Before I speak, I have something important to say."
•  "I worked my way up from nothing to a state of extreme poverty."
•  "If I held you any closer I would be on the other side of you."
•  "Who are you going to believe, me or your own eyes?"

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