WATCH: Best and worst Super Bowl commercials

Unless you are a Seattle Seahawks fan who thoroughly enjoyed watching your team stomp all over the Denver Broncos, the highlight of the Super Bowl really was the commercials. With the average 30-second spot costing a whopping $4 million, advertisers certainly put a lot of stock in the effectiveness of their commercials. On radio this morning, Glenn, Pat, and Jeffy broke down the best and worst.

Glenn’s favorite commercial was Maserati’s ad that was attention-grabbing despite the fact a large majority of the viewing audience could probably never afford to actually purchase the car. Glenn enjoyed the ad, however, because of the message it conveyed.

“I loved the Maserati ad because it is us. I so effected by this,” Glenn said. “They're basically saying there are bullies out there. And in their particular case, the automakers, they're bullies, and we've prepared. We've watched them. We've waited. And now we ride… I love the message.”

Bob Dylan’s appearance in the new Chyster commercial also had people talking. In keeping with the company’s ‘Imported from Detroit’ tagline, Dylan narrated an ad that showed some of the best of what America has to offer. Unfortunately, Chrysler is actually owned by an Italian company.

“Chrysler is Fiat, and this is the real problem,” Glenn said. “If you watch it just as an ad and you're not thinking, oh really, how about the frickin bail out? No, try to not scream at the television every time you see an ad for a GM or a Chrysler. But this one, try not to scream about the bailout, try not to scream, ‘You're not an American company!’ I know you're not an American company [but] pretend that those two things weren't true.”

One of the most controversial ads of the night was Coca Cola’s decision to have ‘America the Beautiful’ sung in several different languages. Given the current immigration debate in this country, the commercial clearly had political undertones. And Glenn saw the ad as one of the few divisive elements of an otherwise inclusive night.

“So somebody tweeted last night and said, ‘Glenn, what did you think of the Coke ad?’ And I said, ‘Why did you need that to divide us politically?’ Because that's all this ad is,” Glenn said. “It's in your face, and if you don't like it, if you're offended by it, you're a racist. If you do like it, you're for immigration. You're for progress. That's all this is: To divide people. Remember when Coke used to do the thing on the top and they would all hold hands? Now it's, have a Coke and we'll divide you.”

The last couple of years, Budweiser has enjoyed tremendous success capitalizing on people’s love of animals, and this year was no different. While this year’s ad featuring an unlikely friendship between a horse and puppy took the Internet by storm last week, Pat wasn’t all that impressed.

“I warned you, Pat is going to make you sick,” Glenn joked. “Go ahead. Launch in on your thought about the dog and the horse.”

“First of all, I'm done with the cute puppy Super Bowl ad… I'm done with the animal spots. It's so easy. Can we stop with that,” Pat asked. “It's like, ‘What's the easiest, most talked about thing we can do for our $4 million ad? How about a dog and a horse and their friends?’ Just tired of it.”

The other Budweiser commercial to run during the big game featured Lt. Chuck Nadd returning home. After meeting his girlfriend at the airport, Lt. Nadd is welcomed home with a parade through the streets of his small town. While the message of the ad –salute our nation’s heroes – is noble, something about the commercial rubbed Glenn the wrong day.

“This is not going to make people happy, but the Budweiser ad welcomed the military home and stuff. I thought it was a great ad, and we do have to salute our military. But it bothers me. I don't know what it is exactly,” Glenn said. “I think it’s [that] we're still there. You know, when we first started saying that, we meant, ‘Let's give them a parade when they come home and it's over.’ When is this damn thing going to be over? It's asinine that we are still out there. How about we bring them home so we can have a parade? I mean that's what I'd like to see Budweiser say.”

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.

The Hong Kong protesters flocking to the streets in opposition to the Chinese government have a new symbol to display their defiance: the Stars and Stripes. Upset over the looming threat to their freedom, the American flag symbolizes everything they cherish and are fighting to preserve.

But it seems our president isn't returning the love.

Trump recently doubled down on the United States' indifference to the conflict, after initially commenting that whatever happens is between Hong Kong and China alone. But he's wrong — what happens is crucial in spreading the liberal values that America wants to accompany us on the world stage. After all, "America First" doesn't mean merely focusing on our own domestic problems. It means supporting liberal democracy everywhere.

The protests have been raging on the streets since April, when the government of Hong Kong proposed an extradition bill that would have allowed them to send accused criminals to be tried in mainland China. Of course, when dealing with a communist regime, that's a terrifying prospect — and one that threatens the judicial independence of the city. Thankfully, the protesters succeeded in getting Hong Kong's leaders to suspend the bill from consideration. But everyone knew that the bill was a blatant attempt by the Chinese government to encroach on Hong Kong's autonomy. And now Hong Kong's people are demanding full-on democratic reforms to halt any similar moves in the future.

After a generation under the "one country, two systems" policy, the people of Hong Kong are accustomed to much greater political and economic freedom relative to the rest of China. For the protesters, it's about more than a single bill. Resisting Xi Jinping and the Communist Party means the survival of a liberal democracy within distance of China's totalitarian grasp — a goal that should be shared by the United States. Instead, President Trump has retreated to his administration's flawed "America First" mindset.

This is an ideal opportunity for the United States to assert our strength by supporting democratic values abroad. In his inaugural address, Trump said he wanted "friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world" while "understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their interests first." But at what point is respecting sovereignty enabling dictatorships? American interests are shaped by the principles of our founding: political freedom, free markets, and human rights. Conversely, the interests of China's Communist Party are the exact opposite. When these values come into conflict, as they have in Hong Kong, it's our responsibility to take a stand for freedom — even if those who need it aren't within our country's borders.

Of course, that's not a call for military action. Putting pressure on Hong Kong is a matter of rhetoric and positioning — vital tenets of effective diplomacy. When it comes to heavy-handed world powers, it's an approach that can really work. When the Solidarity movement began organizing against communism in Poland, President Reagan openly condemned the Soviet military's imposition of martial law. His administration's support for the pro-democracy movement helped the Polish people gain liberal reforms from the Soviet regime. Similarly, President Trump doesn't need to be overly cautious about retribution from Xi Jinping and the Chinese government. Open, strong support for democracy in Hong Kong not only advances America's governing principles, but also weakens China's brand of authoritarianism.

After creating a commission to study the role of human rights in U.S. foreign policy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote last month that the principles of our Constitution are central "not only to Americans," but to the rest of the world. He was right — putting "America First" means being the first advocate for freedom across the globe. Nothing shows the strength of our country more than when, in crucial moments of their own history, other nations find inspiration in our flag.

Let's join the people of Hong Kong in their defiance of tyranny.

Matt Liles is a writer and Young Voices contributor from Austin, Texas.

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