My Favorite Super Bowl Ads – that I completely missed out on

Salt Lake City airport is full of Delta planes and Mountains. But it's an airport with one of the best views - from both inside the airport and up in the sky.
Salt Lake City airport is full of Delta planes and Mountains. But it’s an airport with one of the best views – from both inside the airport and up in the sky.

When you’re flying out of Helena, Montana, there are two choices for flying out of town. Either you fly out at 6 a.m. or you leave on one of two mid-day flights. And during the winter, you can pretty much bet on delays somewhere along the way. Since I had just returned from the AgChat Regional Conference in Portland (more on that later) at 1:30 on Saturday morning, I decided to go for the afternoon flight on Sunday. And of course, I wasn’t thinking about the fact that it was going to be Super Bowl Sunday. So of course, I missed most of the game and only caught the pre-game while sitting in the Salt Lake airport. Not that I really missed much, or even had a horse in the race, but I do like to support Peyton Manning. I liked the fact that the pre-game announcers mentioned that Peyton’s recognition as one of the all-time greats in the game lie in his winning SB48. Really? All that depended on the results of one game? I think he’s had a pretty accomplished career so far. But that’s another can of worms…

Since I was on the plane the entire time, I missed all of the Super Bowl Commercials, but I did catch a few ads ahead of time.

Chevy decided to take another turn for the ranching crowd with their Silverado ad series. This time, they plugged in a little humor and romance. I loved this one because every time I’ve ever turned out bulls for breeding season, I wish em luck with the ladies!

There was also another great ranching commercial that aired in only a few select markets. My friend and cattlewoman from Kansas, Debbie Blythe (Life on a Kansas Cattle Ranch) was featured in the America’s Farmers ad. I think this series of ads provides some pretty cool visuals that shows how farming and ranching families really do have a lot in common with urban families. Sometimes we fail to recognize that. I especially like the 3rd video in this playlist.

These are just a couple of ads I caught before they actually aired for the Super Bowl. What were your favorites? Which ones did I miss that I need to be sure and catch up on?

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, I was flying to Nashville yesterday. I’ll be here all week for the 2014 Annual Cattle Industry Convention. There were over 7,000 preregistrants and it should be an awesome week with all my ranching friends from across the country. If you happen to be here, keep an eye out for me in the Montana Stockgrowers Trade Show booth (#1815). If you’re not here, you can still follow along online. I’ll be posting on the MSGA Facebook and Twitter accounts all week. You can also follow the hashtags, #CIC14 and #BeefMeet to stay on top of things!

Ryan Goodman works in grassroots advocacy with beef cattle farmers and ranchers across the United States. He is a proud alumnus of Oklahoma State University, with studies focusing on cattle reproduction and nutrition. Ryans
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