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Look Beyond The Game: Life & Career Lessons From Super Bowl XLIX

February 2nd, 2015 - By Tanvier Peart
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Did you watch the Super Bowl last night? It’s okay if you didn’t. Highlights and those multi-million dollar commercials are online. While football aficionados glued themselves to their seats to see who would become the best football team, there was a message that translated beyond the pigskin. Here are some interesting takeaways about life and career from the 2015 Super Bowl.

Nationwide Explains Why It Ran That Depressing Ad During The Super Bowl

February 2nd, 2015 - By Tonya Garcia
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While many of the ads that ran during last night’s Super Bowl were fun to watch (my particular favorite was the Snickers ad), Nationwide decided to go with something much more serious. Downright depressing actually.

The ad drew some angry responses from viewers who likely thought they were going to enjoy an evening of football, pizza and chuckles and got hit with a sad reality bomb.


The outrage was such that Nationwide had to issue a statement explaining why they chose to run this commercial on one of the happiest sports days of the year.

“Preventable injuries around the home are the leading cause of childhood deaths in America. Most people don’t know that. Nationwide ran an ad during the Super Bowl that started a fierce conversation. The sole purpose of this message was to start a conversation, not sell insurance.”

“We want to build awareness of an issue that is near and dear to all of us—the safety and well being of our children. We knew the ad would spur a variety of reactions. In fact, thousands of people visited, a new website to help educate parents and caregivers with information and resources in an effort to make their homes safer and avoid a potential injury or death. Nationwide has been working with experts for more than 60 years to make homes safer. While some did not care for the ad, we hope it served to begin a dialogue to make safe happen for children everywhere.”

Starting a conversation about safety is great. You just have to wonder if starting it at that moment was good timing. Were you upset by the ad?

Here’s the company’s other ad, ICYMI.

h/t USA Today

Kid-Friendly Snacks For The Big Game

January 31st, 2015 - By Kweli Wright
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The Super Bowl is no longer just about big, burly guys playing a rough and tumble sport and the men that watch them; it’s about the whole family. Of course, women enjoy the sport and even kids, as we mentioned here, are into the games and the multi-million dollar Super Bowl commercials. What else do we love besides the football game and commercials? The snacks! So if you’re hosting an event for family and friends this Super Bowl weekend, we’ve got some kid-friendly snacks that everyone will enjoy while watching the big game. You’ll be settled in for a few hours, so we’ve got yummy treats to go with whatever else you’re serving from a great source,


Strawberry-Pretzel Snack Mix

Just slightly sweet and salty with a little tang from the strawberries-any leftovers of this colorful snack mix can easily be packed into a school lunch box (if there are leftovers!).

  • 4 cups graham-flavored cereal
  • 4 cups pretzel sticks, slightly broken
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick)  unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons light  brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure  vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups yogurt-covered pretzels, broken into pieces
  • 2 cups freeze-dried  strawberries

For the full recipe, visit


Supreme Pizza Dip

This hearty dip has the works: pepperoni, onions and bell peppers stirred into a thick tomato sauce, all topped with gooey melted cheese. Serve in a skillet and let your guests pile their baguette slices high with toppings, deep-dish style.

  • 4 ounces pepperoni
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped  green bell pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced plus 1 whole clove
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • One 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes

For the full recipe, visit


Pastrami Football Finger Sandwiches

  • 1 cup shredded  cheddar and  Monterey Jack cheese blend
  • 1/3 cup pickled piquant peppers, such as Peppadews, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • Pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • 32 slices cocktail pumpernickel bread squares

For the full recipe, visit

Are You Ready For The Big Game? 2015 Super Bowl Commercial Previews

January 30th, 2015 - By Tanvier Peart
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Are you ready to watch Super Bowl XLIX? It’s okay if you aren’t a big fan of football or the competing teams for that matter (hint: the New England Patriots are battling the Seattle Seahawks). Super Bowl parties are really fun opportunities for people to kick back, stuff their faces with food and enjoy the millions companies spend on commercials. Here’s a look at some 2015 Super Bowl commercials you can expect to see.

Super Bowl Treat: Touchdown Cupcakes

January 30th, 2015 - By Kweli Wright
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If you’re throwing a Super Bowl party where kids will be in full effect, a treat for them is mandatory. These Pull Apart Touchdown Cupcakes are the perfect sweet to celebrate football and fit right into little hands. You can take this pull apart one step further by writing team names on the ends of the field with decorator icing, or use sprinkles in your teams’ colors on the last row of cupcakes on each end of the field for personalized end zones. Touchdown! Courtesy of


  • 3 1/4 cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 3 sticks  unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup  sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips


  • 3 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar

Assembly and Decorating:

  • 2 1/2 cups dark green jimmies
  • 15 large marshmallows
  • 2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips
  • 8 chocolate cream covered cookie sticks, such as Pocky sticks
  • One 4.25-ounce tube white decorators’ icing
  • 2 small chocolate chewy candies, such as midgie-size Tootsie Rolls, unwrapped
  • 22 fruit-flavored gummy candies in 2 different colors, or 11 chocolate-covered raisins or  peanuts and 11 yogurt-covered raisins or peanuts
  • Special Equipment: metallic green, metallic gold and/or dark brown cupcake liners


For the cupcakes: Preheat the oven 350 degrees F. Line two 12-cup standard muffin tins with cupcake liners. Whisk together flour, baking powder, basking soda and salt tin a small bowl. Set aside.

Combine the butter, granulated sugar, sour cream, vanilla and eggs in a large bowl and whisk until smooth. Stir in the flour mixture until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips. Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups, filling each about three-quarters full. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean, 21 to 23 minutes, rotating the pans once about halfway through baking. Cool the cupcakes in the pans for 5 minutes, and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the frosting: Beat the butter, peanut butter, vanilla and salt using an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Gradually beat in the confectioners’ sugar and continue to beat until smooth and fluffy, about 2 minutes more.

For the assembly and decorating: Put 1 cup of frosting in a piping bag fitted with a large round tip and set aside. Put the jimmies in a shallow bowl. Frost a cupcake, using about 2 tablespoons of the remaining frosting per cupcake, and then gently dipping the top into the jimmies, turning the cupcake until the top is coated. Repeat with the remaining cupcakes. Arrange the cupcakes in 4 rows on a large serving plate or cutting board. Fit a marshmallow between each cupcake, 5 marshmallows per row, to fill in the gaps between the cupcakes in the rows. Using the frosting in the piping bag, pipe thick cross shapes between where the cupcakes meet one another and over the marshmallows so there are no visible gaps between the cupcakes. Sprinkle with jimmies to coat.

To make goal posts for the cupcake “field,” microwave the chocolate chips in a small microwave-safe bowl until just melted, 30 to 45 seconds.  Keep 2 cookie sticks whole for the bases of the posts. Cut off and discard (or eat!) the bottom third of the remaining cookie sticks. Dip the top of one of the longest cookie sticks into the melted chocolate and adhere it to the middle of one of the cut cookie sticks so that they form a capital T shape. Next, dip the cut ends of two short sticks into chocolate and adhere them to either side of the cross on the T. Lay the goal post on a flat surface and repeat with the remaining 4 cookie sticks to make the second goal. Allow goals to fully harden, 15 to 20 minutes, or place in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.

Using the decorators’ icing, pipe 10 lines across the cupcake field to represent yard lines. Pipe out the number 50 in the middle for the 50-yard line. Heat the Tootsie Rolls in the microwave on high in 5-second intervals until they are soft and pliable. Mash them together and form into a football. Use the icing to pipe the lacing on the football; use a toothpick if necessary to help define the lacing. Place the football on the field. Place the gummy candies on the field to represent players and then stick the goal posts into cupcakes at each end of the field.

12 Healthy Super Bowl Snacks

January 29th, 2015 - By Rich
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Don’t let the big game get in the way of your New Year’s weight loss goals. Score major points minus the major guilt with these tasty, healthy Super Bowl recipes.

12 Healthy Super Bowl Snacks

MIA & The NFL Have Settled Middle Finger-Gate

August 24th, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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Rapper MIA performed during the Super Bowl halftime show in 2012. Two years later, there’s finally a resolution of the lawsuit that resulted from MIA’s flipping the bird during her act.

The amount and exact timing of the settlement have not been released. However, a spokesperson confirms to ESPN that a “confidential” arrangement has been reached.

There is a portion of the contract between performers and the NFL that the show will follow certain rules, and failure to do so will result in a fine. After the 2012 halftime performance — which was actually headlined by Madonna — the Federal Communications Commission received 222 complaints about middle finger display.

In the beginning, the NFL only sought $1.5 million. Unable to reach an agreement, they sued MIA for $15.1 million. MIA has been vocal throughout, tweeting about the process and saying that the players and coaches themselves have done worse and haven’t faced nearly the same amount of punishment.

Given the penalty handed down in the face of catching Ray Rice on video dragging his seemingly unconscious fiancee (now wife) out of a hotel elevator, it’s hard to deny her point. You’ll remember that Rice got a two-game suspension. Even Stephen A. Smith got a one-week suspension from ESPN for his objectionable comments about women “provoking” domestic violence after that decision came down. Word is that, just this week, the NFL only fined Cleveland Browns rookie Johnny Manziel $12,000 for giving the finger to the Washington Redskins.

The NFL is now asking acts to pay them to perform, perhaps to have the money in hand should something go awry? As we can see, the NFL doesn’t have a fixed and reasonable code of conduct, which results in these uneven penalties.

Plus, the league clearly doesn’t have its priorities straight since a middle finger is worth two years of fighting but there’s still a team that’s offensively called the Redskins in its ranks. One of the league’s own referees asked not to officiate games this team played and his request was granted. What is that? Get your house in order NFL.

Rihanna Among Those Considered For Super Bowl Halftime Show, But She’d Have To Pay To Play

August 20th, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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The NFL is already thinking about the next Super Bowl and, most importantly for those of us who don’t really care about football, who’s going to play the halftime show. The shortlist for next year includes Coldplay, Rihanna and Katy Perry. One thing though: If they want to play one of the biggest shows of the year, they’re going to have to pay for it.

Word is the NFL has asked those acts that they’ve contacted to perform to kick in some money to the league, though there’s no word on how much they asked for and no confirmation from the league about any negotiations. A spokesperson for the NFL specifically told The Wall Street Journal that when they have something to announce, “we’ll announce it.” The show doesn’t take place until February 1, 2015, so there’s plenty of time.

The newspaper says the acts who were told about the new plan gave it a “chilly” reception, which probably explains how it got out to the newspapers. From the NFL’s perspective, the show typically costs millions to put on and it gets tons of publicity for both the NFL and the act that performs. Last year for Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, 115.3 million people tuned in. There’s also a “temporary bump,” the newspaper says, in album sales. And it could lend a hand for concert ticket sales.

However, from the act’s point of view, they know that they add cache to the event and attract viewers who, as we said, aren’t really that interested in the game. The halftime show generates talk on social media and becomes one of the talked-about highlights in the day following the big game.

Not to mention the acts they’ve narrowed it down to have enough fans on their own. Unlike the advertisers who are willing to shell out millions for a 30-second spot, Rihanna, Coldplay, and Katy Perry can — and do — generate millions on their own. Says the paper:

Ms. Perry, for example, sold 92% of the tickets to the concerts she headlined from May to July, grossing more than $36 million, according to Pollstar. Rihanna grossed $141.9 million on 90 shows around the world in 2013; Coldplay grossed $171.3 million on 67 global dates on their last tour in 2012, according to Pollstar.

As of now, there’s no word on what’s what. If we had to place a bet, we’d say that there are very few acts that would be willing to pay to headline the game and the NFL will have to back down from this request.

Your thoughts? Who would you like to see perform?

NFL Suing Rapper MIA For $16.6M Over Her 2012 Super Bowl Performance

March 18th, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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A still from the "Paper Planes" video

A still from the “Paper Planes” video

The NFL has added $15.1 million to the lawsuit they’ve filed against rapper MIA over her 2012 Super Bowl performance in which she gave the audience the finger.

At first, the NFL was only looking for $1.5 million. The new, much higher figure comes from the NFL’s argument that the finger damaged the NFL’s “wholesome” image. Moreover, the league is arguing that her appearance is tantamount to an advertisement. She performed for two minutes and 10 seconds.

MIA took the lawsuit public in September. At that point, she had been going back and forth with the NFL for about a year and was accused of “resisting arbitration.”

“The claim for restitution lacks any basis in law, fact, or logic,” was the response from MIA’s lawyer.

The paperwork she and her lawyers filed also says there were 222 complaints filed for the show. The year of Janet Jackson’s “nipple-gate,” there were 542,000.

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In another portion of the response, MIA notes that the players and coaches themselves do the same and worse while on camera. Not to mention what the players are doing off the field. (Like getting accused of murder.)

Sounds like the NFL is overreaching. Thoughts?

Shaun Phillips Son Text Message: “It’s OK Daddy U R Still My Hero”

February 3rd, 2014 - By Rich
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The Denver Broncos’ defeat in last night’s Super Bowl was embarrassing. But this heartwarming text exchange should make defensive end Shaun Phillips feel a little bit better. Phillips shared his texts with son Jaylen via Twitter.

Good job, Jaylen. You stepped up and cheered up your dad. He might not have a ring this year, but he has a sweet, compassionate son he can be proud of. It also shows that despite being really focused on winning, Phillips has passed on to his son an important lesson about losing with grace.