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In three days, one of the most anticipated sporting events will be upon us: Super Bowl XLVIII. A time to gather around the television screen, wearing your team’s jersey with a platter of hot wings in one hand and a bottle of your preferred drink in the other.

Although watching unbelievable passes, “nick-of-time” tackles and herculean runs is the initial attracter, we can’t pretend we don’t look forward to every single commercial break. The Super Bowl is a time for advertising at its finest. Once a year in television history nobody actually wants to skip the commercials. Each year the ads vary, producing knee-slapping hilarity to heart wrenching emotion to the most memorable “awh” moments in media. (Yes, Budweiser, we’re looking at you and your Clydesdales.)

On Sunday, we will enjoy a Toyota Highlander filled with Muppets, Don Cheadle with a llama and Stephen Colbert pushing Wonderful Pistachios. But there’s one highly discussed commercial that you won’t be seeing. There have been a number of commercials prohibited from airing during the NFL for various reasons. This year, Georgia’s very own Daniel Defense has been banned, and there is a lot of speculation and curiosity as to why.

Click here to see the ad.

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Daniel Defense Pooler 5K

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Right on Target

How does a hobby grow into a multi-million dollar business? For a local weapon manufacturer, it happened when opportunity met preparation and a core group of people believed in one man’s dream.

Marty Daniel describes himself as a “gun guy.” Tall, lanky and unassuming, the Savannah native grew up tinkering with machines and parts, intrigued by the mechanics of firearms and fascinated by how things work and what was needed to keep them working. As he got older, Daniel channeled his interests into Daniel Overhead Doors and Fireplaces, a business that still stands after 20 years. But a new company targeting a completely different market has now replaced the businessman’s former mainstay. Operating from a new manufacturing facility off I-16 in northern Bryan County, Daniel is taking the world’s assault rifle industry by storm.

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