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Gazette Premium Content Colorado on the Web: Colorado family had spot in ad for Coke

by DALTON WALKER The Gazette - Updated: February 6, 2014 at 10:15 am

My favorite part of the Super Bowl has always been the commercials. This is coming from a 31-year-old, lifelong Minnesota Vikings fan. Football fans will understand that reference.

The one commercial that stood out this year was the one by soda giant Coca-Cola. Coincidently, I found out later that a Colorado family had a spot in the commercial.

According to ABC7 news in Denver, the Hernandez family was part of Coke's "It's Beautiful" commercial. The family appears roughly 30 seconds into the video and is seen dining in Denver at their family eatery, La Mexicana Taqueria Restaurant, the news station reported.

The Coke ad is a multilingual commercial where people are singing "America the Beautiful" in their native language - along with people drinking the soda. In all, eight languages are represented: Spanish, Arabic, Tagalog, Mandarin, Hindi, Hebrew, Keres and Senegalese-French.

The commercial was viewed more than 7.3 million times on Coke's YouTube page since Sunday. "The only thing more beautiful than this country are the people who live here," a note on Coke's YouTube page said.

Yes, Coke. Indeed. Unfortunately, not everyone is in agreement as some on social media were against the idea behind the commercial, especially on Twitter. The hashtag #speakamerican was trending on Twitter after the commercial aired. I don't think I was the only one who didn't know American was a language.

To watch the commercial here.

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You can't talk Super Bowl without talking gambling. Well, maybe.

One wager that stood out to me was between the airport in Denver and one in Washington state.

The wager was that the losing team's airport would raise the opponent's flag in a public place for 24 hours.

Denver International Airport raised the flag Tuesday, according to 9News in Denver. The flag was hung off a railing in a food court area of the airport next to a note explaining why, according to a photo posted by 9News.

Nice job, DIA. It looks like the flag would be hard to spot if you didn't know it was there. Here's a picture of the flag.

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Don't forget about the Gazette's Olympic coverage.

The Gazette has a team in Sochi, Russia, to cover the 2014 Olympic Winter Games and of course we'll have you covered at gazette.com. Photographer Mark Reis and sports columnist David Ramsey are in Sochi and have already shared their work, so you don't have to wait until the opening ceremony to enjoy our coverage. Both have covered multiple Olympic Games. Read more on David and Mark online here.

On Wednesday, The Gazette published its must-have Olympics special section with Colorado's own skiing sensation, Mikaela Shiffrin, on the cover. We have a dedicated Olympic page delivering athlete profiles, videos, photos and results in real time. Follow us on Twitter @GazOly14 and on Facebook at Gazette Olympic coverage. See you at gazette.com.

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Have a Colorado on the Web idea? Send me an email at dalton.walker@gazette.com or tweet @GazetteDalton.

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