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The Super Bowl is the biggest sporting event in the United States, and each year it continues to get bigger, in scope, size, price and just about everything else. When it comes to watching the Super Bowl, nine out of 10 watchers are going to be at a home — either their house or someone else’s. That’s a lot of Super Bowl parties and if you are hosting one we got you covered with GameDay entertaining tips, recipes, party games, a list of prop bets you can wager on, and much more.

No matter how much we eat, it’s going to be quite a feast. In fact, the Super Bowl is the second highest day of food consumption in the United States after Thanksgiving. Get your jacket and scarf ready because Super Bowl Sunday is the most popular grilling day of winter with 62% of owners firing up the grill — even if it means they have to shovel a path to get to it.

It’s truly a worldwide event. Super Bowl XLIX will be distributed to more than 185 countries and broadcast in 30 different languages. The average number of people at a Super Bowl party is 17, and only five percent of viewers will watch the game alone – while one out of every 12 people watching are just watching to see the commercials. So whether you will be cooking for 17 or for just one here is some great information to make your GameDay, one to remember.

The game is just a part of Super Bowl Sunday or any GameDay really. What’s more important is:  What you are going to do? Where you are going to do it?  and, What you are going to eat? Lets start things off with what you are going to eat. Sure there are hundreds of websites out there where you can get recipes for the big game and we know we are just one of them. We also know what we like to eat, what is good and here are our top 10 GameDay recipes.

 

 

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GameDay Recipes

 

  1. John’s Wings
  2. Crockpot Meatballs
  3. John’s Pico de Gallo
  4. Cheese and Sausage Dip
  5. John’s Championship Chili
  6. Chicago Mix Popcorn
  7. Union Square Nuts
  8. Smoked Tuna Dip
  9. Zesty Ranch Mix
  10. Homemade Guacamole

 

What’s great about these recipes is that you can make then all, serve them separate or make them into a great Nacho Bar. John’s Championship Chili is perfect for this and so is the cheese sauce, pico de gallo, and guacamole.  Grab some shredded cheddar cheese, refried beans, sour cream, lettuce and sliced black olives and with the pico and guac, you got the makings of a great 7-layer dip (which you can turn into an edible football field for your Snack Stadium).

 

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John’s Wings

 

If you don’t have a deep fryer, here is a great way to get perfectly cooked wings in the oven; then tossed in our signature buffalo sauce.

 

 

INGREDIENTS

12 whole chicken wings

John’s Signature Buffalo Sauce:

6 ounces unsalted butter
1 small clove garlic, minced fine
1/4 cup hot sauce (“Red Hot” brand)
1/8 cup Louisiana hot sauce (“Louisiana” brand)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons pancake syrup (not maple syrup)*

 

PREPARATION

 

Place a 6-quart saucepan with a steamer basket and 1-inch of water in the bottom, over high heat, cover and bring to a boil.
Remove the tips of the wings and discard or save for making stock. Using kitchen shears, or a knife, separate the wings at the joint.
Place the wings into the steamer basket, cover, reduce the heat to medium and steam for 10 minutes. Remove the wings from the basket and carefully pat dry.
Lay the wings out on a cooling rack set in a half sheet pan lined with paper towels and place in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Replace the paper towels with parchment paper.

Roast on the middle rack of the oven for 20 minutes. make sauce

To make the sauce:

Pour the hot sauces in a large saucepan, add butter, and garlic and salt.

Heat on medium until butter is almost melted, stirring occasionally.

using a immersion blender or wire whip, blend all ingredients well, taste.

Add more butter if needed.

Add syrup and mix well.

Lower heat.

 

Turn the wings over and cook another 20 minutes or until meat is cooked through and the skin is golden brown.

Remove the wings from the oven and transfer to a big bowl and toss with the sauce. Serve warm.

 

MAKES 24 WINGS: 4 SERVINGS

*=secret ingredient

 

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Crockpot Meatballs

 

Perfect for cocktail parties and holiday gatherings, we have been making these meatballs for years

 

INGREDIENTS

4 pounds of Italian Meatballs, cooked, frozen
3-4 bottles of Chili Sauce, Heinz
2 cans whole berry cranberry sauce
2 Tbs of minced garlic
1/2 cup of chopped green onion

 

PREPARATION

Fill half of a Large Crockpot with frozen meatballs, add remaining ingredients.
Stir well
Top off pot with more balls and stir again.
Cook on low for 4 hours,
Check one hour before party and turn up heat if needed.

 

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John’s Pico de Gallo

 

Like your “salsa” chunky and fresh? here is how you make it with my special ingredient.

 

INGREDIENTS

½ cup Onion, diced fine
1 Jalapeno Pepper (small), seeded and diced fine
¼ cup Red Bell Pepper, diced
¼ cup Dill Pickle, diced fine (I prefer Boars Head)*
4 Large Tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 Tbs. Fresh Lime Juice
½ cup Fresh Cilantro, chopped
Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper to taste

 

PREPARATION

In a medium bowl, combine the onion, jalapeno pepper, bell pepper, dill pickle, and diced tomatoes.

Stir in lime juice and cilantro; season to taste with salt and pepper. Or I should have said everything.

Cover, and refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving, preferably overnight.

*=secret ingredient

 

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Cheese and Sausage Dip

 

4 Ingredients, 1 great dip!

 

INGREDIENTS

1 (1 pound) package Velveeta Cheese

1 can Chili – no beans

1 pound medium or spicy sausage, browned and crumbled

1/2 cup Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese

 

PREPARATION

Combine Velveeta cheese, chili, and browned sausage in crockpot.

You can heat this on the stove until the cheese melts and it all mixes together. Top with cheddar cheese, stir to combine

It’s better if you put it in the Crock Pot on low until blended and then keep it there to serve.

 

 

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John’s Championship Chili

 

This is the chili to make, perfect for nachos or chili dogs.

 

INGREDIENTS:

2 1/2 lb Lean ground chuck
1 lb Lean ground pork
1 Cup Finely chopped onion
4 ea Garlic cloves; finely chpd.
1 cn. Guinness Beer (14.5 oz.)
8 oz Hunt’s tomato sauce
1 c Water
3 tb Chili powder
2 tb Ground cumin
2 tb Wyler’s beef-flavor instant-bouillon (or 6 cubes)
2 tsp Oregano leaves
2 tsp Paprika
2 tsp Sugar
1 tsp Unsweetened cocoa
1/2 tsp Ground coriander
1/2 tsp Louisiana hot sauce,to taste
1 tsp Flour
1 tsp Cornmeal
1 tb Warm water

 

PREPARATION:

In large saucepan or Dutch oven, brown half the meat; pour off fat. Remove meat.
Brown remaining meat; pour off all fat except 2 Tbsps.
Add onion, garlic; cook and stir until tender.
Take a big swig of beer, and put the rest in with the meat and remaining ingredients except flour, cornmeal and warm water. Mix well.
Bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer covered for at least 2 hours.
Stir together flour and cornmeal; add warm water. Mix well.
Stir into chili mixture.
Cook covered 20 minutes longer.
Makes 2 quarts.

 

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Chicago Mix Popcorn

 

Don’t knock it until you try it, you will be hooked!

 

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup coconut oil, divided
2 cups popcorn kernels
1 1/2 Tablespoons salt, divided (fine-grained)
1 1/2 cups butter (3/4 lb)
2 cups light brown sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup cheddar cheese powder
1 teaspoon mustard powder
1 teaspoon chili powder

 

PREPARATION

For the caramel corn:

Preheat the oven to 250F.

Melt half of the coconut oil in a large pot with a lid over medium-high heat. Add 3-4 popcorn kernels, cover the pot and wait until they pop. Add 1 cup of the kernels and shake well to coat in the oil. Continue heating, shaking every few minutes until the rate of popping slows and most of the kernels have popped.

Empty the kernels into a brown paper bag, add 2 teaspoons of salt, and shake to distribute the salt and drain the excess oil. Then, spread the popcorn in a large roasting pan or several baking sheets.

Combine the brown sugar, corn syrup, 1 cup of butter, and the baking soda in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Once the mixture comes to a boil, stop stirring and insert a candy thermometer. Cook until it reaches 235F, which should take about 8 minutes.

Immediately remove the caramel from the heat and add the vanilla carefully—the caramel will bubble & spit molten candy at you, so you want to drop it in and immediately pull your hand away. After the bubbling subsides, stir in the vanilla, and pour the caramel over the popcorn. Then, stir to coat evenly.

Bake for about an hour in the preheated oven, stirring every 10-15 minutes. It’s done when the caramel is no longer dripping onto the bottom of the pan and instead has hardened into a crisp shell around every piece. Remove and let cool completely, and then break apart any large clumps by hand.

For the cheese corn:

Repeat steps 2 and 3 above with the remaining coconut oil and popcorn kernels, but this time return the popcorn to the pot.

Melt the remaining 1/2 cup of butter in a saucepan or microwave, pour over the popped corn, and shake or stir to coat evenly.

Whisk together the cheese powder, mustard powder, chili powder, and 1 Tablespoon salt and pour that over the buttered popcorn. Again, shake or stir to coat. Taste and add more salt if desired.

Combine, or don’t. Store in airtight containers.

You could always just buy some caramel corn & cheese corn and combine them or get it right from the source:

 

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Union Square Nuts

 

These “Hot” nuts are great for the holidays and even better for Gameday.

 

INGREDIENTS

4 cups unsalted mixed nuts (including peeled peanuts, cashews, brazil, hazelnuts, walnuts, pecans & whole unpeeled almonds)
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh rosemary (from two 3 inch sprigs)
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons sea salt flakes
1 tablespoon unsalted butter (melted)

 

PREPARATION

Preheat the oven 350 ºF.
Toss the nuts in a large bowl to combine and spread them out on a baking sheet.
Toast in the oven till they become light golden-brown, about 10 minutes.
In a large bowl, combine the rosemary, cayenne, brown sugar, salt and melted butter.
Thoroughly toss the toasted nuts in the spiced butter and serve warm.

And once you eat these, you will never want to stop.

 

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Smoked Tuna Dip

 

This is often called crack dip. or try this other version.

 

INGREDIENTS

6-8 ounces smoked tuna, skin removed, meat chopped in coarsely
1/2 block cream cheese
2 jalapenos
juice of one lime
1 tablespoon old bay seasoning
1/4 cup mayo (or less, depending on how wet your mixture is and how well it is blending)
salt, pepper to taste
1 tablespoon lime zest

 

PREPARATION

Puree all ingredients together in a food processor.
The fish is dense so you”ll need to add a little bit at a time to make sure it mixes uniformly in the food processor.
It’s better to make it almost whipped so it is great for scooping up on crackers.

 

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Zesty Ranch Mix

 

This is our favorite take on homemade chex mix, that is sure to be a hit.

 

INGREDIENTS

 

Nonstick cooking spray
5 cups bite-size rice square cereal
2 cups plain pita chips, broken into bite-sizes pieces
2/3 cup  shelled cashews
2/3 cup butter snaps (pretzel squares)
1 1 ounce packet dry ranch salad dressing mix
2 tablespoons dried dill weed
1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon finely shredded lemon peel

 

PREPARATION

Lightly coat a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. In prepared slow cooker combine cereal, pita chips, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, salad dressing mix, dill weed, and rosemary.

Drizzle mixture with oil, tossing gently to blend.

Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 2 1/2 hours, stirring every 40 minutes or on high-heat setting for 80 minutes, stirring every 20 minutes.

Sprinkle lemon peel over mixture, tossing gently to blend. Spread mixture in an even layer on a 13x9x2-inch baking sheet; cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

 

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Homemade Guacamole

 

Sure you can just by it, but here is how you make it like the pros. Be sure to place the avocados into the fridge for an hour or two before you open them up. This guac is much better when slightly chilled.

 

INGREDIENTS

2 medium ripe avocados, chilled1 lime wedge
1 tablespoon chopped red onion
1/2 tablespoon minced jalapeno
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons diced tomato
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon salt

 

PREPARATION

Mash avocados in a medium bowl, then add the juice of one lime wedge.
Stir in onion, jalapeno, cilantro, tomato and salt to taste. Serve with tortilla chips.

Serves up to 4

 

 

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Entertaining Tips & Tricks

 

Schedule a couple of days to go shopping for the items on your lists. Here is a simple countdown to take you through the final two weeks leading up to the big day.

 

Two Weeks Before:

  • Confirm your guest list and give out specific assignments to guests that are contributing meals.
  • Finalize your shopping lists.
  • Inventory your table and kitchen supplies.
  • Make arrangements to borrow or rent any items that you lack.

One Week Before:

  • Purchase wine, beer, soft drinks.
  • Shop for non-perishables.
  • Select music and think about your TV viewing.
  • Make a plan for cleaning your house, particularly the rooms that will likely be seen by guests. De-clutter the messiest rooms first.

Two Days Before:

  • Purchase all perishable ingredients.
  • Begin cleaning and chopping any vegetables for the side dishes.
  • Bake and freeze any pies or other desserts that can be frozen.
  • Prepare recipes such as dips, soups and pie dough.
  • Make a written plan for cooking your food.
  • Make a plan for TV viewing.

One Day Before:

  • Clean the powder room, dust and vacuum all rooms guests will be using, especially the dining room and kitchen.
  • Set the table; take out all of the serving pieces.
  • Finish preparing and bake your pies if need be.
  • Prepare and refrigerate salads.
  • Set up TV viewing stations if that is your plan.

GameDay:

  • Ask someone to pick up any bread or rolls or ice, etc.
  • Finish preparing appetizers, etc.
  • Turn on your music or TV for pregame.
  • Take fifteen minutes before guests arrive to freshen yourself and relax.
  • Welcome guests.
  • Set out the food, and count your blessings!

 

Having a GameDay party doesn’t need to stressful. Many dishes can be prepared many hours in advance of the game. Some preparations benefit from sitting for a time before being served. Even if the whole dish cannot be completed early in the day, the preparation of the ingredients can be. Ingredients can be cleaned, cut, blanched, and otherwise made ready for their final cooking.

 

Plan Ahead

If you decide what to cook early, have all ingredients on hand, and cook some of the meal ahead of time, you can save yourself a lot of stress. On the day before you can finish preparing and bake your pies, and prepare and refrigerate salads.

 

Simplify Cooking

If you can take shortcuts, take them. Buy your appetizers from the store and food from the catering department; buy pre-made pies.

 

Cut Down On Food

If you’re cooking for only a few people, you may consider sticking with just apps.

 

Let Others Help

Another fun way to simplify your GameDay is to let others help with the apps. If you’re having other people come, you can just let everyone bring an app or dessert while you supply a main dish. If you’re only cooking for your own household, you can let everyone in the house be responsible for one app. This lets everyone feel good that they’ve contributed to the joy of the GameDay.

 

Final Tips

Try to relax and enjoy your guests. Accept help when it’s volunteered – you don’t have to do it all by yourself. Remember that everything doesn’t have to be perfect to build those long-cherished memories. Many times it’s the little imperfections that nestle into the warmest spot of your heart.

 

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Super Bowl Wagering and Prop Bets

 

Nearly one-third of U.S. adults are likely to bet on the big game.

Nevada sports books took a record $119.4 million in bets on last year’s Super Bowl. One reason for the big draw was the standing of the teams. The Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos were the NFL’s two best that season.

The story repeats this year with Seattle and the New England Patriots riding top seeds from their respective conferences into a showdown in Glendale, Ariz. It’s so evenly matched, the betting market can’t seem to pick a favorite. At some places, for the first time, the Super Bowl spread is a pick ’em. As of this posting, the lines are the New England Cheaters are favored by just 2 points with an over/under of 48.5 total points.  But those are the boring bets.

A proposition bet, also known as a prop bet or a side bet, can be made two ways: on the occurrence (or not) during a game and on specific aspects of the pageantry surrounding the game. After odds for everything from who will be the MVP of the game, to what team will score first. Novelty props include the length of the national anthem to bets on what color gatorade will be dumped on the coach. You can bet on anything from whether or not the national anthem will run longer than 2 minutes, if the score will be tied at half time, basically anything.

Sure you can just pick what team will win the game, but prop bets is where it’s at.

 

 - Click Here for a FULL list of proposition bets that you can place money on - 

 

If you just want to have some fun with game prop bets, Click Here for the 2015-Super-Bowl-XLIX-49-Prop-Bet-Sheet. You can print out a few copies and bring it to you Super Bowl Party on Gameday. It even incudes a QR code to you can use to check the results with your smartphone.

 

The Westgate Superbook in Las Vegas is annually the first shop to set the market — and to great fanfare. Sports book director Jay Kornegay and his staff release more props on the game every year. Their betting options go well over 300 deep in 2015.

The Superbook isn’t offering an over/under total on the air pressure of the footballs used in Super Bowl 49.

That’s one of the only parts of next Sunday’s game between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., that gamblers can’t wager on at the world’s largest sports book. The Superbook commenced Super Bowl prop-betting season last  Thursday night, posting approximately 350 wagers on its betting board.

Customers can risk money on everything from which team has more penalty yards to whether Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson will throw more completions than Washington Wizards guard John Wall scores points against the Raptors Sunday.

Click here for a comprehensive list from the Superbook.

 

- Place Your Bets - 

A great site for online betting for prop bets is Bovada.lv

Bovada is your online gambling destination of choice, offering you an online betting experience like no other. Enjoy their online casino games & poker room, bet on sports in their Sportsbook or place a wager and bet on horses with their Racebook.

Forget simply doing a square pool for the Super Bowl or worrying about the point spread or an over/under. We’re all just a Marshawn Lynch crotch grab or an Idina Menzel slip-up in the national anthem from being able to retire in Hawaii.

While some fans will be happy to bet on the tried and true wagers for the Super Bowl, betting on the NFL’s championship game can be far more exotic than your normal contest. And Bovada, one of the largest gaming websites in the world, has plenty of proposition bets to make your head spin.

Consider a post-touchdown celebration, which could pay off very handsomely if you’re inclined to bet against human dignity.

Lynch, the Seattle Seahawks running back who grabbed his crotch this past Sunday after scoring a touchdown in the NFC championship game (and did the same thing in the regular season against the Arizona Cardinals), is being given 6-to-1 odds to repeat that same act in the Super Bowl. There’s even a line on what type of hoodie New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick will wear in the game. Sleeves cut returns just 5-to-7. That’s borderline automatic, no? Put us down for a cool $20 on that one.

Here are Bovada.LV’s most intriguing Super Bowl props:

How long will it take Idina Menzel to sing the U.S. National Anthem?

Over/Under: 2 minutes 5 seconds

Will Idina Menzel forget or omit at least 1 word of the official U.S. National Anthem?

Yes +400 (4/1)

No -600 (1/6)

Will Marshawn Lynch be fined by the NFL for any incident on Media Day?

Yes +600 (6/1)

No -1000 (1/10)

Will Marshawn Lynch grab his crotch after scoring a TD in the game?

Yes +500 (5/1)

No -800 (1/8)

Which Color will Bill Belichick’s hoodie be?

Grey 1/2

Blue 7/4

Red 7/1

Bill Belichick Hoodie Type?

Sleeves Cut -140 (5/7)

Sleeves Intact EVEN (1/1)

Will Bill Belichick smile during the game on camera?

Yes +150 (3/2)

No -200 (1/2)

Which song will Katy Perry perform first at halftime?

Firework 3/2

Roar 3/2

This Is How We Do 5/1

Dark Horse 12/1

E.T. 12/1

Wide Awake 12/1

Last Friday Night 14/1

Waking Up In Vegas 20/1

What will Katy Perry be wearing when she begins the halftime show?

Skirt or Dress 4/5

Pants (below knees) 2/1

Shorts (above knees) 2/1

How many times will Gisele Bundchen be show on TV.

Over/Under: 1½

Will Al Michaels refer to the point spread, total, odds on who wins game or any prop bet?

Yes +200 (2/1)

No -300 (1/3)

Will it be mentioned that Pete Carroll was the last head coach of the Patriots?

Yes +110 (11/10)

No -150 (2/3)

How many viewers will the game have?

Over/Under: 113 Million

Who will the Super Bowl MVP mention first in his interview?

Teammates 3/2

God 5/1

Fans/City 15/2

Coach 12/1

Family 12/1

Owner 12/1

Does not mention any of the above 2/1

What color will the Gatorade (or liquid) be that is dumped on the head coach of the winning Super Bowl team?

Orange 3/2

Yellow 5/2

Clear/Water 3/1

Red 15/2

Blue 15/2

Green 10/1

Who will Barack Obama pick to win the game?

Seattle -140 (5/7)

New England EVEN (1/1)

What will be higher? 
Russell Wilson Passing Yards -15½

or

US National Average Gas Price (in cents) on Monday, February 2nd +15½

 

And if you’re more serious in how you like to wager, here are some of the more traditional props from Bovada.LV as well:

Super Bowl XLIX MVP – Odds to Win

Tom Brady 8/5

Russell Wilson 7/2

Marshawn Lynch 4/1

Rob Gronkowski 9/1

LeGarrette Blount 12/1

Julian Edelman 25/1

Doug Baldwin 33/1

Richard Sherman 33/1

Kam Chancellor 33/1

Darrelle Revis 33/1

Earl Thomas 40/1

Jermaine Kearse 50/1

Bobby Wagner 50/1

Jamie Collins 50/1

Brandon LaFell 66/1

Shane Vereen 66/1

K.J. Wright 75/1

Danny Amendola 75/1

Luke Willson 100/1

Rob Ninkovich 100/1

Dont’a Hightower 100/1

Patrick Chung 100/1

Devin McCourty 100/1

Stephen Gostkowski 100/1

Steven Hauschka 100/1

Malcolm Smith 100/1

Byron Maxwell 100/1

Field 25/1

Total TD Passes – Tom Brady (NE)

Over 2 (+120)

Under 2 (-150)

Total Rushing Yards – LeGarette Blount (NE)

Over/Under: 62½

Total Passing Yards – Russell Wilson (SEA)

Over/Under: 219½

Total Rushing Yards – Russell Wilson (SEA)

Over/Under: 40½

Total Rushing Yards – Marshawn Lynch (SEA)

Over/Under: 92½

CROSS SPORT – What will be higher on games played Feb. 2?

Marshawn Lynch Receiving Yards Pick

Dwayne Wade Points Pick

CROSS SPORT – What will be higher on games played Feb. 2?

Carmelo Anthony Points Pick

Patriots Points scored Pick

CROSS SPORT – What will be higher on games played Feb. 2?

Tiger Woods day 1 score at the Masters Pick (+120)

Julian Edelman Receiving Yards Pick (-150)

HISTORICAL MATCHUP – What will be higher?

Tom Brady Super Bowl 2015 Passing Yards +15½

Tom Brady Super Bowl 2012 Passing Yards (276 Yards) -15½

Player to score the first TD in the game? 

Marshawn Lynch (SEA) RB 11/2

Rob Gronkowski (NE) TE 13/2

LeGarrette Blount (NE) RB 9/1

Julian Edelman (NE) WR 10/1

Brandon LaFell (NE) WR 12/1

Russell Wilson (SEA) QB 12/1

Doug Baldwin (SEA) WR 12/1

Jermaine Kearse (SEA) WR 14/1

Shane Vereen (NE) RB 16/1

Luke Willson (SEA) TE 16/1

Danny Amendola (NE) WR 20/1

Timothy Wright (NE) TE 20/1

Ricardo Lockette (SEA) WR 20/1

Robert Turbin (SEA) RB 25/1

Jonas Gray (NE) RB 30/1

Brandon Bolden (NE) RB 30/1

Cooper Helfet (SEA) TE 30/1

Tom Brady (NE) QB 35/1

Kevin Norwood (SEA) WR 40/1

Tony Moeaki (SEA) TE 40/1

Michael Hoomanawanui (NE) TE 50/1

James Devlin (NE) FB 50/1

Christine Michael (SEA) RB 50/1

Will Tukuafu (SEA) FB 50/1

Field 15/2

No TD scored in the game 125/1

Will there be a safety in the game?

Yes (Safety) +550 (11/2)

No (Safety) -900 (1/9)

 

Super Bowl XLIX Links for you to use

NFL.com Superbowl Website

 

 

Click Here for the official NFL.com page

 

Click here for the Super Bowl Host Committee Page

 

Click Here for the NBC Sports Super Bowl Page

 

AROUND-THE-CLOCK COVERAGE: NBC Sports will cover Super Bowl XLIX from various Sunday Night Football and NBC Sports social media accounts to make sure every fan has access to the content they want leading up to the game.

  • Facebook: The NBC Sports and Sunday Night Football Facebook accounts will provide users with news fromProFootballTalk, shareable images, videos, and chats with NBC Sports Group commentators.
  • Twitter: @SNFonNBC will provide real-time news and photos from Phoenix as well as #MySuperBowlPick content through the “Twitter Mirror.” @ProFootballTalk and @NBCSports will post news and information on the game, and behind-the-scenes content from PFT Live.
  • Instagram: SNF on NBC and NBC Sports Instagram accounts will be one-stop shopping for photos throughout Super Bowl week with behind-the-scenes access to NBC’s production, including photos of NBC Sports Group commentators and sideline coverage documenting the game from kickoff through the celebratory confetti.
  • Vine: The NBC Sports social team will create content around Phoenix with on-site Vine influencers that will be posted on the Sunday Night Football and NBC Sports Vine accounts throughout Super Bowl week.
  • Pinterest: For fans on Pinterest, Pinterest.com/NBCSports has Super Bowl themed boards to help plan the best Super Bowl party. On-site content from NBCSports.com will also be housed on Pinterest during Super Bowl week.

 

LIVE STREAMING OF SUPER BOWL XLIXBoth NFL.com and SuperBowl.com will link to NBC Sports Live Extra’s live stream of Super Bowl XLIX to desktops and tablets. Providing fans located within the United States with an unparalleled companion experience, the live stream will include a host of unique features, complementing NBC Sports’ broadcast of the game, pre-game, post-game, and Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show featuring Katy Perry.

For international fans, NFL Game Pass offers fans outside of the United States the ability to watch Super Bowl XLIX live or on-demand online in HD (certain restrictions apply depending on your country). NFL Game Pass offers full DVR controls to let fans pause, rewind and replay live and archived game action. For more information on NFL Game Pass, visit NFL.com/GamePass.

MVP VOTING: During the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLIX, fans will be able to vote for the Super Bowl XLIX MVP on NFL.com, either online or on web-enabled mobile devices. The fan vote counts as 20% of the overall vote, with the remaining 80% determined by the media. Visit NFL.com/MVP

NFL GAME REWINDNFL Digital Media’s NFL Game Rewind delivers fans every play of the entire 2014 NFL regular season and postseason online, via tablet, or Xbox One and 360 in HD and commercial-free, complete with DVR controls (after the game has aired on television). Now included on NFL Game Rewind are more than 25 classic Super Bowls from years past, as well as most regular and postseason games since 2009. Super Bowl XLIX will be available on NFL Game Rewind approximately three hours after the conclusion of the game.

SUPER BOWL COMMERCIALS: Continuously updated during the game, NFL.com, SuperBowl.com and NFL Mobile from Verizon will post all of the Super Bowl commercials after they have aired on the television broadcast. Users can view the commercials, rate them (thumbs up or down), comment, and sort them by quarter, brand and top rated. Visit NFL.com/SuperBowlCommercials.

 

To view the commercials from Super Bowl XLVIII

NFL.com/superbowl/48/commercials

To view the commercials from Super Bowl XLVII

NFL.com/superbowl/47/commercials

To view the commercials from Super Bowl XLVI

NFL.com/superbowl/46/commercials

 

n this era of the DVR, it’s not uncommon to intentionally not watch a show while it’s live so that you can fast-forward through the commercials.

The Super Bowl is probably the only time when people can’t wait for commercials — some people only “watch” the game for them.

According to Forbes, in 2014 a 30-second commercial costs an outrageous $4 million and double that for a 1-minute commercial — and that doesn’t include the cost to make the commercial.

Last year the Super Bowl was the most watched event in America with more than 108 million viewers, but the really fascinating thing is why people watched. Several studies have proven that 50% of the Super Bowl audience tunes in just to watch the ads.

Commercials are often considered interruptions to the entertainment we love. But Super Bowl ads are different—instead of being intruders, they are like the “must have” guests that keep a party rockin’.

Some might make you laugh, others might make you tear up — you don’t have to like them but you’re probably going to watch them.

 

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Game of Squares

 

Super Bowl Squares is one of the most popular ways for Americans to bet on the Super Bowl. It’s played on a 10 by 10 grid of squares, which people buy for a fixed price. Each square is assigned two numbers that aim to match the score of the Super Bowl.

There are many different variations of how people play football squares, also known as Super Bowl Squares. Most people play during the Super Bowl, but squares can be played for any other game, or in some cases you can use the same squares for multiple games (Example: NFL Playoffs). Basics of the Game:

  • Start with an empty 10 by 10 grid. This will give you 100 Squares that you can let your Users select.

  • Now assign one team to the columns, and one to the rows.

  • Begin recruiting your Users to join your Football Squares pool. If you use our site to Play Football Squares Online, this will be a much easier process since you can simply email everyone the link to your site and let them choose their squares. If you decide to use a Spreadsheet or Printable Sheet, then this process will take you a lot more time simply because of having to try and share a single sheet or spreadsheet.
  • Once all the squares have been filled, it is time to assign the numbers. Randomly assign numbers 0 through 9 to each column, followed by doing the same for each row. Now each square represents a specific score in the game based on the column and row numbers.

  • Your Football Squares grid is now complete, and you just need to wait til the game is played to determine who will be your winners. A winner is usually determined at the end of the 1st quarter, 2nd quarter, 3rd quarter, and Final Game score. The winner is determined by looking at the last number in each of the teams’ score, and then matching those numbers on the grid and seeing which square intersects those two numbers. An example would be if the Miami Dolphins were playing the New York Giants in the Super Bowl, and the score at halftime was Miami Dolphins 33, and NY Giants 24. The last number for the Dolphins is 3, and the last number for the Giants is 4. The square on the grid that has the Dolphins with a number of 3, and Giants score of 4, would be the winner.

 

  • Payouts for the winners vary depending on your setup, but usually the 1st through 3rd quarter get about 20% of the pot each, and the final score would get the remaining 40%.

 

Other Options

  • Assign a different set of numbers per Quarter

  • Assign a different set of numbers per Half

  • Use a 5 by 5 grid, where each square has two numbers for each team

 

To get you ready, we crunched the numbers — more than 14,000 games — to see which numbers have the best odds of winning.

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video of how to make Football Squares with your ipad

 

 

 

 

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Gameday Cocktails

 

So while no party would be complete without Beer, it’s possible you’re bored of drinking the same old warm, domestic stuff straight from the can. Luckily, there are beer-based cocktail recipes that can ramp up even the blandest of brews.

 

FANFOOD Top 10 Beer Cocktails

 

1. Black and Tan

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black-and-tan

 

 

 

 

 

This popular mixed-beer cocktail simply layers Guinness over Smithwick’s Ale. The trick to perfecting this mix is pouring the Guinness into the glass over a spoon.

IMAGE: FLICKR, MICHAELCRANE123

 

 

2. Raspberry Beer Cocktail

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raspberry-beer

 

 

 

 

 

This fruity cocktail blends Corona, vodka and raspberry lemonade, and tastes similar to a punch.

IMAGE: FLICKR, IRISKH

 

 

3. Michelada

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michelada

 

 

 

 

 

This multi-step recipe requires ingredients you probably already have lying around your kitchen, including Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, soy sauce, lime juice and ground pepper. And Corona, of course.

IMAGE: FLICKR, ULTRAMEGA

 

 

4. Black Velvet

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black-velvet

 

 

 

 

 

Black Velvet cocktails dress up one part classic Guinness stout to two parts champagne or prosecco.

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5. Snakebite

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snakebite

 

 

 

 

 

The Snakebite is a cocktail made up of equal parts dry hard cider and stout beer.

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6. Beer Mojito

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ginger-beer-mojito

 

 

 

 

 

This unusual take on the classic mojito adds your favorite India Pale Ale into the mix.

IMAGE: FLICKR, VIN CROSBIE

 

 

7. Lambic Sangria

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lambic-punch

 

 

 

 

 

This recipe calls for mixing Hoegaarden with Framboise lambic, a type of Belgian beer mixed with raspberry syrup.

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8. Chelada

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Chelada mixes light lime juice and coarse salt with a light lager for a refreshing alternative to the classic Michelada.

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9. Lemon Shandy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lemon-shandy

 

 

 

 

 

This refreshing shandy blends mild Pilsner with fresh lemonade.

IMAGE: FLICKR, KITTYKAH

 

 

10. Shock Me

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beer

 

 

 

 

 

A teaspoon of maple syrup compliments the bourbon and Southern Comfort in this brown ale-based cocktail.

 

 

GameDay Cocktails links:

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Super Bowl Fun Facts

 

  • The Vince Lombardi Trophy stands 20 3/4 inches tall, weighs 6.7 pounds and is valued more than $25,000. It is made of sterling silver by Tiffany & Company.
  • Each player on the winning team in Super Bowl XLIX will receive $92,000. Each losing player gets $46,000.
  • The Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys have both been to a record eight Super Bowls. The Steelers have won the most Super Bowls with six.
  • Only four teams (the Browns, Lions, Jaguars, and Texans) have never appeared in a Super Bowl.
  • No Super Bowl has ever gone to overtime. The closest it ever got was in Super Bowl XXXIV when the Tennessee Titans were stopped one-yard short of scoring a game-tying touchdown against the St. Louis Rams as time expired.
  • Of the 10 most-watched programs in U.S. television history, nine of them are Super Bowls. The Super Bowl between the Packers and Steelers were viewed by 111 million people and is still not the most watched game.
  • It’s truly a worldwide event. Super Bowl XLIX will be distributed to more than 185 countries and broadcast in 30 different languages.
  • When it comes to watching the Super Bowl, nine out of 10 watchers are going to be at a home — either their house or someone else’s.
  • The average number of people at a Super Bowl party is 17.
  • Roughly 48 million Americans will order takeout or delivery food from a restaurant instead of cooking up grub at home.
  • 51.7 million cases of beer will be sold to quench Super Bowl fans.
  • Super Bowl Sunday ranks among the biggest drinking nights of the year along with New Year’s Eve, St. Patrick’s Day and Thanksgiving Eve.
  • Super Bowl Sunday is the most popular grilling day of winter with 62% of owners firing up the grill.
  • 1.23 billion chicken wings will be eaten by fans will be eating on GameDay, and that adds up to more than 100 million pounds of chicken wings.
  • 11.2 million pounds of potato chips will be chomped on by fans in front of the television during the big game.
  • 8 million pounds of avocados will be mashed up. Hass Avocado says that’s 71.4 million avocados.
  • You’ll need some Tortilla chips to go with all that guacamole, how about the 8.2 million pounds that will be consumed by fans.
  • 3.8 million pounds of popcorn will be placed in bowls.
  • All this shows that it’s going to be quite a feast. In fact, the Super Bowl is the second highest day of food consumption in the United States after Thanksgiving.
  • Because of this, Antacids sales are expected to increase 20% on the day after Super Bowl.
  • Nearly one-third of U.S. adults are likely to bet on the big game with men outnumbering women who decide to put some cash on the line.
  • The most points scored by a team in a Super Bowl were San Francisco‘s 55 in 1990 against Denver. The fewest were Miami’s three in 1972 against Dallas.
  • The Super Bowl brings 150 million to an area. That includes all the money spent by fans, sponsors, media and other visitors.
  • Phil Simms from the Giants became the first player to say “I’m going to Disney World!”

 

 

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New Recipes for 2015

 

 


Prosciutto-Wrapped Shrimp with Smoked Paprika
The combination of cured pork and paprika gives these shrimp bites a flavor reminiscent of Spanish chorizo: a little spicy and very savory. Once the shrimp are tossed and coated with the paprika, putting them on the skewers makes wrapping them up easier, plus it keeps your guests from getting their fingers dirty. Broil for a few minutes and the shrimp are ready to serve. They can be completely prepped ahead of time, so they make a perfect party snack. Serve these savory bites with a slightly sweet cocktail.

Special equipment: You’ll need 35 to 40 (6-inch) wooden skewers. Be sure to soak them in water for at least 30 minutes before assembling the shrimp to keep them from burning under the broiler.

Game plan: The shrimp can be made through step 3 and refrigerated uncovered for up to 6 hours.

 

Ingredients

35 to 40 (6-inch) wooden skewers
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1 pound peeled and deveined shrimp (about 35 to 40 large shrimp)
6 ounces very thinly sliced prosciutto

Preparation

Instructions

Place the skewers in water and let them soak for at least 30 minutes. Heat the broiler to high and arrange a rack at the top (about 3 inches from the heat source).
Combine the oil, paprika, and pepper in a medium bowl. Add the shrimp and toss until evenly coated.
Starting at the thicker (head) end, skewer each shrimp through its center until the skewer emerges at the thinner (tail) end. Tearing the prosciutto as needed, wrap each shrimp in a piece large enough to just cover its surface. Place on a baking sheet.
Broil until the shrimp are opaque and the prosciutto is crisp, about 3 to 4 minutes.

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Bacon and Tomato Guacamole

While a classic guacamole is a worthy dip on its own, crispy bacon and chipotles in adobo sauce add a subtle smoky flavor to the mix here. Try this guac on some breakfast nachos for the ultimate hangover cure.

What to buy: Look for avocados that give slightly when pressed but are not completely soft.

Ingredients

1 1/4 pounds ripe avocados (about 3 medium), halved and pitted
1/2 medium white onion, small dice
5 slices thick-cut bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 medium tomato, cored and small dice
1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (from about 2 medium limes), plus more as needed
1 tablespoon minced chipotles in adobo sauce
1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more as needed

Preparation

Scoop the flesh from the avocados into a large bowl. Mash with the back of a large fork or a potato masher to make a chunky paste.
Place the onion in a small strainer and rinse under cold water. Shake off the excess water and transfer to the bowl with the avocados. Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Taste and season with additional lime juice and salt as needed. Garnish with the extra cilantro and serve immediately, or place a sheet of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the guacamole, refrigerate for up to 2 hours, then garnish with the cilantro and serve. (The plastic wrap will keep the surface of the guacamole from turning brown.)

 

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