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The 2011 White House Super Bowl Party

The most exclusive Super Bowl party in 2011 didn’t take place in Dallas. President Obama and first lady Michelle hosted members of his Cabinet and Congress along with pals from Chicago (plus J-Lo and Marc Anthony, says ABC News).

The 150 guests munched on a game-friendly menu of cold weather favorites like bratwurst, Buffalo wings, deep dish pizza, and beers from the home states of the two competing teams: Wisconsin's Hinterland Pale Ale and Amber Ale, and Pennsylvania's Yuengling Lager. Not to be outdone, the White House also served its signature Honey Ale. Yes, made from White House bees and brewed on the manse’s grounds.

The 2011 Diddy Super Bowl Party

Diddy’s Super Bowl parties don’t come cheap. Last year in Dallas this event — one of three he lent his name to — cost $25,000 for “VIP” treatment. (Amenities included 10 free bottles of booze and valet parking, which is nothing short of first class).

Held at the Tower Building at Fair Park, the event featured, shockingly, dancing girls positioned throughout the room — behind a wall of water, on podiums, painted on swings. Diddy showed up after midnight, about four hours after the party started.

The 2011 Playboy Party

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In the name of marketing and reinforcing global strategy, Playboy once again put its cotton-tailed Playmates on display at this bash at the Aloft Hotel in Dallas. According to the Dallas News, the evening had an eclectic crowd including Snoop Dogg, the cast of Glee, Chelsea Handler, Tony Romo, and “The Situation.”

For those not lucky or famous enough to get a comp'ed entrance, tickets cost $1,250, almost as much as the most expensive seat at the actual Super Bowl. The Playmates guided guests through rooms dressed up to look like London, Macau, Miami, Cancun, and Las Vegas — décor included an S-shaped leopard-print chaise in Vegas and a Mini Cooper tipped on two wheels in the London room.

The 2009 Saturday Night Spectacular

With party tickets starting in the triple figures and rising from there, most parties seem overpriced. The 2009 Saturday Night Spectacular in Tampa, Fla., co-hosted by Michael Strahan and Kevin Costner at the Pepin Hospitality Centre surely fits that bill.

Sure, John Travolta hosted the fete, but was the $875 ticket price really worth hearing from aging bands of yesteryear like the Starship Supergroup (composed of members from Jefferson Starship) and Toto? Even if Costner’s band played, too, which it did, it’s hard to justify that ticket price. The food better have been really good (and the booze even better).

The 2010 Maxim Super Bowl Party

It’s thought to be the crème de la crème of Super Bowl parties, with a budget easily in the seven-figure range, and only VIPs earning the exclusive invites (though tickets can be purchased through brokers for $1,500). Held outside by the pool at the Raleigh Hotel in South Beach, the 2010 Maxim Party brought together 1,200 rollicking guests like Lindsay Lohan and Brody Jenner — the goal, as always, was to create a favorable male-to-female ratio.

According to a CNBC report, at one point, event organizers brought in a cluster of 30-40 women just to up the female numbers. Incidentally, the party is about more than flashing skin. It’s a revenue stream for Maxim to leverage seven-figure sponsorships and ad deals.

The 2008 Leigh Steinberg Party

Before he declared bankruptcy in January, super-agent Leigh Steinberg was known for holding the most over-the-top parties of Super Bowl week. In 2008, he hosted an astonishing 2,500 people at Phoenix’s Desert Botanical Gardens for an eco-friendly fete of unprecedented magnitude.

Because he obviously valued their company, he sent them home with the oddest assortment of goodies. According to the Washington Post, guests left with florescent light bulbs, Clif bars, body spray for athletes, dietary supplements, golf tees, a T-shirt and udder cream. Udder cream?! Seems a bit lavish for a party that was to be "fully sustainable."

The 2011 Official Sunday Post Game After-Party

Usher’s party started at 9 p.m., despite the fact that the game wasn’t even over yet (and he was likely still at the stadium following his halftime performance). Those who didn’t care about the outcome, and wanted to rub elbows with athletes and stars on the red carpet, could be the first to show up at Black Finn American Saloon and help fill Usher’s pockets with cash. The most affordable tickets — marked as VIP — went for $250, while big spenders opted for the "OMG Table packages" for $20,000.

The 2009 Madden Bowl

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Prior to Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa, NFL stars who weren’t playing in the actual game swung by The Honey Pot club to participate in a video game tournament of Madden NFL ’09, along with food and a premium bar, of course.

Throughout the three-level penthouse, a slew of guys like Mark Sanchez, Donovan McNabb, Terrell Owens, Marshall Faulk, Tony Gonzalez, Aaron Rodgers, and more watched on as eight of their peers played against each other on plasma screens. According to SuperSundayHQ.com, wide receiver Antonio Bryant edged out defensive end Justin Tuck to take the Madden Bowl Trophy. Afterward, another Madden — Joel of Good Charlotte — played DJ into the wee hours.

The 2008 Hearts and Helmets Party

The evening was billed as two big parties rolled in one. According to SuperSundayHQ.com, Pamela Anderson hosted the "Hearts" side while NBA player Shawn Marion hosted a poker tournament for the "Helmets" side. More than 300 guests played in the card tournament alongside poker pros, and models, skimpily dressed as referees, provided as much insight into the game as they could. Alas, to the dismay of most guests, who paid $500 for advance tickets ($1,000 at the door), Anderson stayed in the VIP area for most of the night.

The 2012 Rolling Stone Super Bowl Party

This year in Indianapolis, Rolling Stone will host its first Super Bowl party ever, and it will likely be more spectacular than you can imagine. A Cuban theme will transport guests back to the 1920s, and they’ll have a quadruple bill of acts: LMFAO, Cobra Starship, Gym Class Heroes, and Lupe Fiasco.

Bacardi is on board to ensure each guest will drink well, too, with five hours of top-shelf open bar, along with top-notch cuisine catered in by a local favorite, Savor Society Catering. But tickets aren’t cheap. Held at The Crane Bay events center, a mere two blocks from the stadium, tickets start at just more than $1,000.


This Outrageous Super Bowl 50 Party Package Will Set You Back $1 Million

Fairmont San Francisco is offering the king of all Super Bowl 50 bundles.

The five-star hotel's Million-Dollar Fantasy Big Game 50 package includes 22 tickets to America’s most-watched spectacle and a four-night stay in its opulent penthouse suite for up to six guests.

All suite photos courtesy of Fairmont Hotels

Famed for having entertained myriad luminaries in the past (including Prince Charles and John F. Kennedy), the 6,000-square-foot luxuriant spread features three bedrooms, formal living and dining rooms, a full kitchen, a billiards room, a two-story library, and a terrace overlooking San Francisco Bay—not to mention a secret passageway.

Guests will enjoy a snack-packed pantry and an open bar, and will each take home a swag bag replete with NFL merchandise and a monogrammed robe. To boot, the package includes a pop-up tailgate party catered by a Fairmont chef and bartender. Most notably the deal offers the chance to hobnob with the NFL’s biggest names, and access to the sporting event’s most star-studded bashes.

(Though the steep rate includes luxury transportation to and from the game, it does not cover the cost of traveling to and from San Francisco.)

Deep-pocketed football fans seeking more modest accommodations can book a similar jaunt at neighboring Fairmont San Jose, whose Ultimate Super Bowl 50 Package promises eight guests a three-night stay in the hotel's 5,530-square-foot, four-bedroom Presidential Luxury Suite and tickets to the big game.

Priced at $50,000 per night, the deal—which will run from February 5 to 8—includes a welcome case of Dom Pérignon an in-suite personal butler and private bar two chauffeured Cadillac Escalades a Sonoma wine country excursion VIP access to the hotel's Moët Hennessy Lounge and three award-winning wineries and a $5,000 "Apple dream gift package."


Couple prepares to throw outrageous Super Bowl bash

CALABASAS, California -- Dave and Dale Spiller have been holding extravagant Super Bowl parties at their Calabasas, California home for more than two decades.

But this year, with the Rams taking their shot at the championship, the Spillers are ready to go off the rails.

They've got a machine that makes 70 margaritas in 10 minutes. They also have a 1,200-watt sound system to blast the game (hope the neighbors are fans too)!

They've got the "Beer Bong Zilla," which holds 32 beers and a 100-pound chili pot.

And of course, there's the masseuse for people who get too tense during the game.

The Spillers are expecting to have some 150-200 people show up and, win or lose, they'll probably go well into the early hours of the morning.

"It's been 22 years in the making and every year I just try to build some new, outrageous fun thing for everybody to enjoy," Dave says.

To see how the Spillers transformed their home into a Rams playground, watch the report from Rob Hayes above.


2010 Maxim Party

It's thought to be the crème de la crème of Super Bowl parties, with a budget easily in the seven-figure range, and only VIPs earning the exclusive invites (though tickets can be purchased through brokers for $1,500). Held outside by the pool at the Raleigh Hotel in South Beach, the 2010 Maxim Party brought together 1,200 rollicking guests like Lindsay Lohan and Brody Jenner -- the goal, as always, was to create a favorable male-to-female ratio. According to a CNBC report, at one point, event organizers brought in a cluster of 30-40 women just to up the female numbers. Incidentally, the party is about more than flashing skin. It's a revenue stream for Maxim to leverage seven-figure sponsorships and ad deals.


Peyton Manning, Mr. Indiana, Is A Hero And A Ghost During Long-Awaited Super Bowl Week

At dawn on the Monday of Super Bowl week, Peyton Manning's banner photo remained prominently displayed on Lucas Oil Stadium's facade, dwarfed only by the massive Super Bowl XLVI logo printed next to it.

The man most responsible for building this place was visible on the outside, but won't be playing on the inside. And according to Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports, sources close to the situation fear Manning will never play another down in the NFL.

A season's worth of troubling health news has cast a shroud of sadness and uncertainly not only around Indianapolis, but throughout a state that counts the beloved quarterback among its favorite sons.

Spend any time walking Indianapolis' downtown corridor and Manning's No. 18 jersey is commonplace on the street, outnumbering those worn by his Colts' teammates by a huge margin.

Drive 12 miles out of town and you'll find the Peyton Manning Children's Hospital -- only one of the long-lasting footprints that took Indianapolis from an aging Midwest rust-belt town to a Super Bowl destination.

Sunday's high-profile match-up between the Giants and Patriots will be housed inside a massive $720 million football house of worship many locals refer to as The House That Peyton Built. When Indianapolis was awarded the bid for Super Bowl XLVI, Colts fans fully expected Peyton Manning -- not brother Eli -- would be the star attraction.

But even without the Colts playing a central role this week, the elder Manning's impact can be felt everywhere.

It is here -- in a state defined by its Hoosier Hysteria brand of basketball -- where Peyton Manning has helped make Indiana an NFL mainstay.

"This town has embraced this guy like nothing I have ever seen before," Kevin Brinegar, the president of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, says. "He is the heart and soul."

Michael Hopson, better known in these parts as the Colts' Super Fan, can attest to that as well as anyone.

Hopson has called Indianapolis home since 1987 -- three years after the Colts arrived from Baltimore and 11 years before Indianapolis selected Manning with the No. 1 overall pick of the NFL Draft.

Hopson has endured the bad and the good, ranging from a 1-15 finish in 1991 to a pair of Super Bowl berths in the past five years. Manning has guided the Colts to 11 playoff appearances and a Super Bowl championship in 2007.

But when the star quarterback missed this season after undergoing a series of neck surgeries, the Colts stumbled badly, losing their first 12 games before finishing 2-14. The losing ways pre-dated Manning's arrival and threw Colts' fans into a tumultuous tailspin.

"It was rough," Hopson says, dressed head-to-toe in a full ensemble of Colts blue and white that he's pieced together during 13 years. "But you figure when you roll so good so long, sooner or later, the scales will balance out.

"We just hate to see them balance out like they did."

Now Colts fans are bracing for an even more unimaginable reality: Life without Manning altogether. And that's especially odd because life before Manning was basically non-existent. There were the Hoosiers, the Pacers and . Jim Harbaugh.

Manning's prime was timed almost perfectly to the decline of the Reggie Miller era in Indy. Now what? Who will fill the void? Manning was paid $18 million this season without playing a down. He would be owed a $28 million bonus should the Colts keep him on their roster.

Yes, it's time to move on. Yes, $28 million is a lot for a guy at the end of his career. But still.

"I think it's going to be rough for the next few years if Peyton's not back with us," Hopson says. "I'd like to see him play again, but I’d also like for him to be healthy, too."

For the media and fans around the country, the soap opera between Manning and Colts owner Jim Irsay is great watercooler material. Who's right? Who's wrong? But here, where Manning led a franchise from the shadow of Baltimore moving trucks into a literal palace, it's not about spats and headlines. It's about an era of good feelings, closing quickly.

Fans see the four-time NFL Most Valuable Player as genuine and loyal and believe Manning is trying to do right by a city that suddenly has football cred.

"This probably is Peyton's town," says an Indianapolis street musician known around town as The Horn Man.

Horn Man has spent 15 years playing a saxophone on street corners after moving to Indianapolis from Chicago in 1995. As much success as Manning has brought to the Colts, Horn Man sees Manning as a role model who has found a way to give back to his Indianapolis in a way that can't be quantified.

The musician will continue to cheer for Manning should he land elsewhere next season, and he will pull for the Giants in Sunday’s Super Bowl because Eli is Peyton's brother.

But other fans that call Indiana home aren't yet ready to move on.

"We love him," says Sheila Anderson, who lives in suburban Plainfield, Ind. "I'm hoping they can kind of settle their differences and just go forward."

Anderson wore her Manning jersey during a Monday visit to downtown Indianapolis, where she snapped photos of fans posing in front of Super Bowl banners. She can see both sides, characterizing Irsay as "loyal" but referring to Manning as "our superstar."

Like many Colts' fans, Anderson isn't accustomed to losing, having become spoiled during Manning's time. She would like to see the Colts return to form next season -- even if projected No. 1 pick Andrew Luck is playing quarterback.

"I'm open to whatever is best for the team, but we'd like to see (Manning) be part of that," Anderson says. "So we'd like to see him make a comeback."

Brinegar, the chamber president, believes Manning's return could also impact the city and state's economic well-being -- even if the winning doesn't follow. He estimates one of every two Colts jerseys worn to home games bears Manning's name and number.

"People realized (Manning) was important to the team and the franchise," he says, "but I don't think anyone really fully realized until we went 0-12 and then 2-14 how much of an impact one player can make.

"Unfortunately, there is a crossroads coming up here with this $28 million payment. You can't have someone on your team just because you really, really like them.

"From a business standpoint, you can't shell out another $28 million if indeed they’re never going to play again."

That's the cold reality, and fans know Irsay grasps it. They watched Green Bay cut the cord with Brett Favre and win a Super Bowl in relatively short order. Luck or former Baylor quarterback Robert Griffith III are probably just as likely get the Colts back to the Super Bowl as Peyton Manning.

"For what Peyton Manning has done for Indianapolis and for the state of Indiana, he deserves to come back if he wants to," says Bob Cox, a lawn equipment salesman from Waynetown, Ind. -- a town of 958 an hour west of Indianapolis. "He’s the one that turned Indiana into an NFL state.

"It would be very sad if Peyton has played his last game. Because my gosh, all of the babies here are named Peyton.


Peyton upstaging Brady-Eli Super Bowl rematch

INDIANAPOLIS – Welcome to the home of Super Bowl XLVI, site of the epic rematch between Tom Brady and Eli Manning – brought to you by a third quarterback who hasn't even taken a snap this season.

Yes, sports fans, Peyton Manning is about to hijack the buildup to the Ultimate Game, thanks to the impending divorce between the icon and the franchise that happens to be hosting the spectacle.

Don't even try to fight it: Even if Manning and Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay stop sniping at one other publicly for the next seven days, there's too much conspicuous chest-puffing, too much intrigue and too many media folk in need of stories to avoid the inevitable.

By all rights, we should be focusing our energies on Brady, who's trying to match Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana – one of his boyhood idols – by scoring a fourth Super Bowl ring. Or we should be obsessing about Peyton's kid brother, Eli, as he closes in on superstardom and a possible second championship in five seasons.

Hype knows no justice, however. While the two participating quarterbacks will be probed, and testaments to their triumphs proliferated, neither player is likely to feed us the red meat that we crave. Sure, some of their New England Patriots and New York Giants teammates may say something shocking, but no one else on the respective rosters can compete with the city's biggest star.

Indy is Peyton's Place, at least for the time being, and there's going to be a ruckus, with or without some sort of resolution.

Remember the so-called Summer of Favre three-and-a-half years ago, when Green Bay devolved into a circus as its legendary quarterback ended his abbreviated retirement and forced his way out of Titletown? I was there, and it was surreal. The scores of other journalists present likely have similar recollections.

Now imagine if there had been about 30 or 40 times that many reporters covering the saga. That's what it will be like if anything ramps up the increasingly salty stare down between Manning and Irsay.

Sometimes, Super Bowl weeks get sucked into a black hole of soap-opera-style melodrama. This was the case a decade-and-a-half ago in New Orleans, when the Patriots made their first Super Bowl appearance in the Robert Kraft era.

While the bulk of the attention should have been on the NFC champion Packers and Brett Favre, their prolific young quarterback, or Pats counterpart Drew Bledsoe, it was New England coach Bill Parcells who dominated the news coverage. With Parcells locked in a war of wills with Kraft, the Patriots' owner, and on the verge of bolting to coach the rival New York Jets, the story dwarfed all others leading up to the game.

Is this where we are with Manning and Irsay? I believe it is. Though the two men issued a joint statement late last week affirming their everlasting love and trust, all signs point to the team releasing the future Hall of Fame quarterback before March 8, when he'd be due a $28 million roster bonus.

At that point, if Manning has recovered sufficiently from neck surgery to resume his career – and that's a huge if – the struggle to secure his services will become the biggest story in football. Should Irsay decide that he really wants to co-opt most of the Super Bowl XLVI coverage, he could go ahead and make the move in the next few days. I doubt that will happen, but I certainly wouldn't complain.

If you're looking for a villain, don't bother – both men share the blame here.

Manning, who is headstrong and prideful, lashed out to Indianapolis Star columnist Bob Kravitz after Irsay made sweeping changes in the organization, all of which were in response to the team crash-landing and finishing 2-14 in the wake of the quarterback's injury.

Irsay responded by firing back at Manning, telling Kravitz that the quarterback is "a politician."

(Note to Irsay: No, duh. Seriously, Manning is one of the most media-savvy athletes on earth, and you do not want to play this game with him, no matter how much money you're worth.)

Back in May 2008, when Indianapolis was awarded its first Super Bowl, Irsay had reason to be excited. His team, with Manning at the helm, was a perennial contender, and he had legitimate dreams of becoming the first NFL owner to host the game in his home stadium. Either way, it would be a chance to showcase the city and its sparkling new facility, Lucas Oil Stadium, with a retractable roof to keep fans warm in the heart of winter.

Now? The future home of Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III will play host to Media Day on Tuesday, and to the game on Super Sunday, and it suddenly seems like there's a huge hole in the stadium.

No one saw this meteorite coming. Two years ago in South Florida, Manning was closing in on what many believed would be a second Super Bowl ring in four seasons, and many were already ordaining him as the greatest quarterback in history. Then the Colts lost to the Saints and Manning, after one more stellar season, broke down physically – possibly for good. And you wonder why they say the NFL stands for Not For Long?

For Brady, Manning's greatest rival for supremacy during this era, and for Eli Manning, whose standout career has long been overshadowed by his older brother's, let that be a lesson in the need to embrace the present and take nothing for granted.

Brady knows this, having been involved in a highly stressful and surprisingly sticky contract dispute with Kraft before landing a lucrative extension in the summer of 2010. He also experienced a lost season, going down with a severe knee injury in the first game of 2008, when he was coming off his lone Super Bowl defeat (to Eli Manning and the Giants).

Even after his Super Bowl XLII heroics, Eli Manning continued to absorb criticism in the Big Apple until his most recent playoff run, which followed the best overall season of his pro career. A victory on Sunday would make him a decent bet to make the Hall of Fame and secure his status as the most accomplished quarterback in franchise history.

And yet, at some point in the future, it's very possible that he and the Giants will be headed for a not-so-pleasant breakup.

In last Wednesday's column, I gave former Cowboys wideout Michael Irvin a hard time for suggesting that Eli might go down as the best quarterback in his family. Yet Irvin and I do agree on one thing: Eli is unlikely to surpass his brother in terms of pre-Super Bowl XLVI intrigue, given the loaded situation playing out in Naptown.

"Everybody keeps searching for the end well," Irvin said Sunday evening as we flew from Dallas/Ft. Worth to Indy. "There is no end well. Is that really surprising? When does it ever end well in these types of situations?"

The Hall of Famer and I talked about Montana's ugly departure from San Francisco and Favre's figurative middle-finger salute to the Packers, culminating in his signing with the rival Vikings in 2009. We recalled that Troy Aikman (Irvin's quarterback in Dallas) and Dan Marino were told by the men running the Cowboys and Dolphins, respectively, that their services would no longer be required, and neither was happy about it.

Some situations play out in less-messy fashion than others, but it's never painless. The same gnawing, semi-irrational competitive drive that propels these leaders to greatness keeps them from accepting the notion that they might be unwanted by the organizations for which they accomplished so much.

"Think about Peyton Manning and his competitive fire," Irvin said. "He's saying, 'You're going to choose a rookie? Over me?' He wants nothing more than to go somewhere else, swell up and show them how wrong that is – you know that."

If it's medically feasible, Manning may well take his talents to another NFL city in the very near future. In the meantime, he's the elephant in Lucas Oil Stadium, even if he's not actually present.

Roger Goodell
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Matt Cassel may not be as good a quarterback as Kansas City Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli thinks (or many K.C. fans would like him to be), but he is a very good neighbor – and he definitely has great perspective. After alerting a woman who lives on his street that her house was on fire late Thursday night, he refused to milk the situation for publicity, instead issuing a statement saying, "I wasn't heroic at all … the real heroes are the firefighters." Amen. … The lockout that wiped out the 2011 offseason was a tumultuous time, and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell took a lot of body punches in the process. However, everyone kissed and made up, business is booming (the league just signed massive, 10-year extensions with most of their broadcast partners) and Goodell – deservedly, in my opinion – just scored a five-year extension of his own. Sure, I criticize Goodell from time to time, but I love the fact that he's an engaged, passionate commissioner who's not afraid to give his opinion and who sincerely cares about the game. … I'll now stick up for another popular punching bag, Rex Ryan, who on Saturday admitted that he didn't do a good enough job recognizing the "issues" in the Jets' locker room. Sure, Ryan talks a lot of smack, and that makes him a target when his team falls short of expectations (basically, anytime the Jets don't win the Super Bowl, given his bravado). Yet players love accountability, and Ryan's willingness to own up to his shortcomings and take as much heat as he can (even when he's not the one who necessarily deserves the bulk of it) resonates with the men who play for him – and with free agents who may choose to join the team. Then again, I like coaches with swagger more than most. … Speaking of swag, I hope the people who like to dump on wideout Chad Ochocinco have been paying attention to the way he has handled himself during the 2011 season. Having been a vast disappointment after signing with the Patriots, with only 15 receptions to his credit, Ochocinco has nonetheless refrained from generating any off-the-field drama. He also made sure he sent his Pats teammates off to the Super Bowl in style, springing for Beats By Dre headphones for everyone on the roster. Ochocinco likely won't be back with the Pats in 2012, and I'm not even sure he'll be active for Sunday's game, but I hope he is – and I pray he gets in the end zone and busts out the most creative touchdown celebration in Super Bowl history.

TWO THINGS I CAN'T COMPREHEND

1. The youth basketball coach I saw awhile back who rocked a Bluetooth headset while patrolling the sidelines during a fifth-grade AAU game. Not only is that an aggressive style statement, but it also brings up some practical perplexities: Was he waiting for an important call? Would texting have been more appropriate for that particular context? If he fielded said call during the game, how would the conversation have gone? Yo, wassup Holmes? … Hey, box out! … Yeah, yeah, just kicking it at the gym … Wait, you hooked up with WHO? You must be BLIND. … No, ref, not talking to you, sorry … Wait, her little sister too? … Yo, watch the double-team! … How old is she, anyway? 23? … Hey, kids, 2-3! 2-3! Not man! Zone up! … Dude, you must be TRIPPIN' … No, ref, not you! What do you mean you're giving me a 'T'? … No, bro, I'm not at Starbucks, I'm at the gym. And I drink coffee anyway …

Mike Holmgren (left) and Randy Lerner (second to right).
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2. How pathetically the people who run The Plain Dealer seem to be cow-towing to the Cleveland Browns in reassigning longtime beat writer Tony Grossi and offering tough-to-reconcile explanations for the move. Either Browns owner Randy Lerner and team president Mike Holmgren were passive-aggressive proponents of the decision to get rid of Grossi following his tweet (not meant for public consumption) calling Lerner "pathetic" and "the world's most irrelevant billionaire," or they flat-out asked for him to be kicked off the beat. Either way, any real news-gathering organization would have dug in and told the Browns' brass to butt out and mind their own business – and kept Grossi on the beat, if only out of principle. I've certainly ripped Lerner in the past, and while my role as a national columnist is different than that of Grossi's, hey, it's still a free country. Here are some more opinions: Perhaps the people running the Browns should start worrying more about building a respectable organization, beginning with the product on the football field. Not taking Grossi's call attempting to offer an apology was, in my opinion, pathetic. The truth hurts.

OVER-THE-TOP, EPHEDRINE-LACED DIATRIBE BEFORE DAWN

Chris Slade and the Patriots were on the losing end of Super Bowl XXXI to Brett Favre's Packers.
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Fifteen years ago, a few hours before the start of Super Bowl XXXI, I got a call in my New Orleans hotel room from New England Patriots linebacker Chris Slade. The two of us had bonded at the House of Blues and other locales during a festive week in the Crescent City, and now – shortly before playing the biggest game of his life – Slade had something important on his mind. "Man, I saw you picked us to lose big in USA Today," he said, referring to a chart in the newspaper providing the predictions of various national football writers. "That's cold. I thought you were my boy." I paused for a couple of seconds before I shot back, "Hey Chris – what the [expletive] does me making a prediction have to do with you winning a [expletive] football game?" He laughed – which was the proper response.

There is nothing rational about treating predictions as some sort of declaration of allegiance, and it's even more nonsensical to assign them superstitious value. Yet that's what legions of Giants and Patriots fans have done in recent days, asserting that because I have picked against the respective Super Bowl entrants in previous playoff games, it has conjured some sort of reverse jinx. I realize that some of you are joking – or half-joking, or pretending to joke – but still, the emails and tweets keep flooding in, with fans of each team imploring me to pick the other one. Let me throw a few emails at you: "HA HA HA Sliver … keep betting against the pats week after week you LOSER! WE WONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN HATER. " (Valerie Miles-Graves, Baltimore, Md.) "Mike, Congratulations on being 0-3 this year with you Giants playoff picks! Please pick NE in the SB. Go G-Men!" (Don, Warren, R.I.) "Your postseason predictions have been abysmal. I expect you will pick the Giants to win this year's Super Bowl, which will virtually guarantee a win for my Patriots. Go Pats!" (Scott Smith, Barnstead, N.H.) "Love watching you go '0' for the playoffs yet again, betting against the Giants, just like 2007. No doubt you'll pick the Patriots in the Superbowl and complete the quinella again. Not sure what your problem with the Giants is, but keeping picking against us!!" (Wayne Person, location unknown).

OK, this is a message to the four of you, and the many others who've expressed similar sentiments (you know who you are): You're a hot mess. All of you. And you need help. Seriously, can we even have an adult conversation when you sign your name to something so ridiculous? My youngest kid is a 9-year-old, and he cried when the Packers lost (it started as a Cal/ Aaron Rodgers thing and grew from there), and I totally felt his pain. But even at the height of misery, if he'd tried to float the idea that my picking a certain team to win a football game had any meaning or implication, I'd seriously shudder at his sudden deficit in logical reasoning. Look, I know what it's like to be a fan, and though I no longer root for any NFL franchise (32 babies, love 'em equally), I still am a fan – of all Cal's teams, and all the teams on which my kids play. Yet based on the constant stream of feedback I get, there seems to be an increasingly fine line between being a devoted fan and a zombified, hyper-aggressive hooligan wannabe, and it's kind of a bummer. When you hear about people like the Lions fan named Shawn Payton who called in a bomb threat to the Superdome during Detroit's playoff defeat there earlier this month, doesn't it kind of remind you that some people tend to take their fandom a tad too far? Anyway, even though I view this Super Bowl matchup as a pretty even one, my job required that I make a prediction, so I made one. I don't care if it's right or wrong I don't care if the Giants or Patriots win I don't care if you think my pick has an effect on the game and I don't practice Santeria.

TEXT/DIRECT MESSAGE/EMAIL/VOICEMAIL OF THE WEEK

"The pro bowl is more of a joke every year. Changed the channel to cops. More physical."
– Text Sunday night from my discerning friend Dan Pedone.

"You would've been proud of 'em today … we have a lot to work on but the swag is there. No one was scared of the #4 team in the country. Not at all"
– Text Saturday evening from Cal women's basketball coach Lindsay Gottlieb, after the Bears rallied from a 14-point deficit at Stanford before falling short in overtime.

"How long does it take to hike diamondhead?"
– Text Friday evening from NFL.com writer Jeff Darlington, aka The Jerk Who Got To 'Cover' The Pro Bowl.

"Do you know anything fun about marvin jones? I'm googling players, but you're like Cal google"
– Text Wednesday afternoon from The Florida Times Union's Tania Ganguli, taking time from her Jaguars beat duties to cover the Senior Bowl (Jones would score the game's first touchdown) .

"It would appear that I may be in Indy, a week from Friday …"
– Text Tuesday afternoon from "Good Morning America" news reader – and former Sports Illustrated colleague and Super Bowl shadow – Josh Elliott. (And it would appear that I will get even less sleep than I envisioned …)

"This is Byron Guidry. You know, the man that got Archie Manning's old cell number. What are the chances of you getting an all out post to the entire sports world that Archie Manning has a new cell number? You have no idea what it's like having this number. I know I could simply change it, but why?"
– Text Monday afternoon from Byron (Don't Call Me Archie) Guidry.


The Millennial’s Guide to Super Bowl Parties

Partying with Drake during Super Bowl week may not be as expensive as you thought. Millennials needn't be rich to party Super.

S uper Bowl week has officially commenced bringing a whirlwind of high-profile restaurant openings, stunning new hotels, and of course, over-the-top parties. Heavy hitters like Maxim, Playboy, Rolling Stone, and Marquee Night Club are hosting some of the week’s most anticipated fêtes, touting elaborate displays with super-sized price tags.

Not to mention the private parties and galas sporting tables for up to $150,000. But if you’re $149,900 short of snagging a gala seat (who wants to rub elbows with NFL Hall of Famers anyway), or would rather not clean out your savings account in one weekend, look no further.

Here are 10 exclusive Super Bowl events sure to make you feel like a star sans the VIP price tag.

Super Bowl Feasts
Pop-up phenom Aces of Taste brings its popular dinner series to Super Bowl week with Flights: a two-day, internationally-inspired dining concept on Thursday, February 3 and Friday, February 4. Food Network Chopped champion chef Evelyn Garcia hosts the first night with a three-course Southeast Asian dinner inspired by Thailand.

Brenner’s on the Bayou executive sous Chef Toya Terry follows with a three-course Peruvian feast. Each dinner, which is priced at just $51 in honor of Super Bowl LI, also comes with two appetizers, three cocktails, exclusive gifts, and a live DJ. For tickets, click here.

Pop-up Loungin’
In search of lounge vibes sans the outrageous Super Bowl premiums? Posh steakhouse B&B Butchers hosts Social 51, an exclusive pop-up lounge on the grounds of its Washington Avenue restaurant. The tented soiree, designed by Swift + Company, runs Wednesday February 1 through Saturday, February 4, and features ultra-chic surrounds, six full-service bars, premier DJs, and bottle service.

Enjoy a la carte dining inside the tent from 4 to 10 pm, followed by music courtesy DJ Senega and DJ Hoyet from 10 pm to 2 am. Special guests include Shiner’s sixth brewmaster Jimmy Mauric, who will lead educational tastings from 7 to 10 pm on Wednesday and Beam Inc.’s national bourbon ambassador Adam Harris, who will offer flight tastings on Saturday from 6 to 8 pm.

Just how much will Social 51 set you back? A cover charge is enacted at 10 pm each night with an affordable price point ranging from $25 to $50.

Night at the Museum
The inaugural Houston Power Party debuts this Thursday, February 2 at the Museum of Natural Science. Hosted by Houston City Council Member Larry Green, the Santana Dotson Foundation, and the Moran Norris Foundation, the action-packed night highlights the intersection of art, fashion, music, and sports with interactive art, one-of-a-kind exhibition access, celebrity appearances, and sounds by DJ Kid Capri, DJ Hi-C, and DJ Supastar.

Entry costs $150 for general admission and $250 for the VIP treatment, but what’s a few hundred dollars for night-long fête at one of the city’s premier museums. Snag your tickets here.

Good Vibes Only
Channel good vibes at this one-day outdoor block party and music festival — Good Vibes HTX. Serious Marketing and Fujifilm Instax sponsor the music-centric affair at Alley Kat from 4 to 11 pm Saturday, which features headliner Wale alongside DJ Big Reeks, Orange Calderon, DJ Shanté, DJ Shinski, DJ Good Grief, DJ Dayta, DJ Hiram, DJ Gracie Chavez, DJ Elevated, and DJ Anarchy.

Tickets range from $45 to $80. Secure yours here.

Party Like a Rockstar
Lil Wayne takes over the Ayva Canter on Saturday, February 4 from 10 pm to 3 am for the “Undisputed” Super Bowl party. Wayne, alongside DJ Green Lantern and DJ Drama , will deliver a live concert alongside celebrity friends including four-time NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal, Houston Rockets small forward Corey Brewer, and more.

While certain VIP sections will set you back nearly $8,000, you can gain general entry for just $75 and VIP entry with a celebrity meet-and-greet for $200. Grab your tickets here.

Tour de Hood
Whether you’re just in town for the big game, or you’re a Houston resident, LetsDoThisHouston’s Super Bowl LI bike tour on Saturday, February 4 is sure to offer an unforgettable experience. Explore the city streets before concluding the tour at Super Bowl LIVE, the NFL’s nine-day fan festival at Discovery Green.

As an added bonus, BikeHouston will also provide participants with bike valet to ensure your bike stays safe as you enjoy the Super Bowl festivities. Grab a bike and tickets here.

Still Tippin HTX
It’s a Houston rap takeover. Artists Mike Jones, Lil Flip, Dice Soho, Dat Boi T, Doeman Dyna, iLL Liad, and OG Ron C and The Chopstars headline Still Tippin HTX at Rockefellers on Thursday, February 2 from 9 pm to 2 am. Click here for tickets and additional info.

Celebrity Overload
Party with everyone from Flo Rida and Snoop Dog to Sean Kingston and Trinidad James at the Super Bash, which runs Friday, February 3 through Sunday, February 5. The three-day affair at Music World Studios features live performances from artists such as Bun B, Akon, Trinidad James, Sheila E., and an exclusive performance from Atlanta rapper Future.

Boxing champ Floyd Mayweather also hosts Super Bash’s Saturday festivities, and more than 50 Playmates take over the event on Super Bowl Sunday. A cool $75 will get you through the Super Bash doors. Buy your tickets here.

Ballet Ballin’
An all-star Houston weekend isn’t complete without an appearance from Drake. The Toronto-bred rapper unveils The Ballet, a pop-up event at Mercy Night Club from Thursday, February 2 through Sunday, February 5.

The Ballet features four nights of epic celebrity appearances and exclusive concerts featuring everyone from Young Jeezy and Travis Scott to Gucci Mane and Migos. Click here for the full event schedule and tickets.

Celebrity Super Slam
Football may be the main attraction Super Bowl weekend, but celebrities will hit the basketball court this Friday, February 3 for the Celebrity Super Slam Basketball Game at Butler Sports Complex.

The action-packed evening, which benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Houston, features appearances from DJ Khaled, Tracy McGrady, Snoop Dog, and more. Tickets, which start at $25, can be purchased here.


Friday, January 30, 2015

Still More Super Bowl Fun Facts and Freebie Friday!

Happy Friday from a relatively balmy day here in the city. I got outside for a nice walk during lunch. That's a good thing because it's going to be another very cold weekend. As the temperature drops tonight, the streets will be sheets of ice.
  • Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. EST. Al Michaels will provide the play by play, with Chris Collinsworth as the color analyst. Michele Tafoya will report from the sidelines.
  • Heads and tails have each turned up exactly 24 times in 48 Super Bowl games. How uncanny is that?
  • The Patriots played in Glendale in 2008, but lost to the Giants (17-14).
  • The cheapest seats are a mere $800, but they have been selling for thousands on eBay. Shipping is free!
  • The Super Bowl ring is made by Tiffany & Co. You want to see last year's?
  • More than 48 million Americans will order takeout or delivery food.
  • My favorite tidbit is the "Frazier Factor." "Cheers," took place at a bar in Boston, and the spin-off "Frazier" was based in Seattle.
  • Automakers have always had a major presence in advertising, and this year is no exception: BMW, Kia, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, and Toyota will be airing ads.
  • Sirius XM will broadcast the game in seven languages: Spanish, Hungarian, Japanese, French, Portuguese, Chinese, and German.
  • According to WalletHub.com, about 20 percent of Americans said they would miss the wedding of a family member or close friend to attend a Super Bowl if their favorite team was playing. Hmmmm.
  • As a "puzzle person," I love anagrams. New England Patriots have "A Talented Prong Wins" and a "Talented Wrong Spin." Seattle doesn't have much luck here, the only thing that fits here is "Athletes Weak A--."
  • Next year's Super Bowl will be called "50" and forgo the Roman Numeral "L." The game is at San Francisco's Levi's Stadium (home of the 49ers) on Sunday, February 7. Start submitting for the random drawing now!
  • A Seattle-based marijuana dispensary is preparing 12,000 joints for fans ahead of the big game, but they will be for medicinal purposes only.

My boys are headed to the Jack White concert at the Garden tonight, and I will be finishing up Oscar Night and movie-themed games for the shop this weekend. Next week, we'll talk about Valentine's Day, Oscar predictions, and more!


The Most Outrageous Superyacht Guest Requests

If you’ve been watching the Bravo TV Show Below Deck, then you’ll know that superyacht charter guests can be quite demanding clients. We hear from yacht captains and crew as they talk about the scandalous stories of their time on board and reveal the most outrageous requests they’ve ever received from millionaire and model superyacht charter guests. Names have been omitted to protect the innocent – and not so innocent…

Chicken Carpaccio

"One guest once asked me to serve chicken carpaccio. I always adopt a 'yes, can do' attitude toward yachting, but I had to let him down with a big no."

Hokkaido Melon

"On a previous yacht, I had to organise a melon in Italy for a guest onboard. Not a difficult task in August. However, the guest wanted one from Japan – a very rare strain of Hokkaido melon. It took more than six days, many emails, phone calls, tenders and a helicopter flight to bring the melon on board, but we did it. The guest did not touch it in the end!"

Volcanic Black Sand

"I remember once we had to travel hundreds of miles to go to some small volcanic island because the owner's wife had asked for 'some black sand'. Once we arrived, she didn't even go on the beach, but just sent a crew member with a jar to collect some, but then she left it on the boat when she left. It was really odd."

Live Baby Octopus

"A guest once requested live baby octopus literally serving a squirming bowl of octopus. You eat it with chopsticks, put it in your mouth and swallow it whole. That was bizarre!"

Out of Season Papaya

"I was once woken at 3am and asked for an out-of-season papaya. The guest wanted both the seeds and fruit for their holistic skin regime."

Aesthetically-pleasing Staff

"I heard our owner ask the captain: ɼould you please get some better looking girls to work on this boat?” It happens a lot, of course, that owners have certain specs for crew, but the downside is you have more turnover this way so it’s really not an ideal way to run the boat. Of course, it’s also incredibly shallow."

Personalised Gym

"I was doing a charter in St Barths and the primary charterer requested: ⟊n we convert one of the suites into a gym with state-of-the-art equipment?' After a scramble, a lot of phone calls and about $60,000, the gym equipment was delivered and set up. But not once during the entire charter did a single guest use it. Instead, they got drunk and smoked cigars. When they left we were due to pick up another charter in 24 hours, so we put all the unused gym equipment on the dock with a “free” sign."

Flavourless Italian Food

"The strangest request I received was Italian food with no garlic, onion, olive oil, salt or herbs (except basil, which could be put in whole and steeped but had to be removed before serving), Needless to say, that job did not last long."

Rigging Request

"We got a very specific request from a client who wanted to know strange details about the in-mast rigging and roller furler. They very clearly had a fetish about being tied up and were hoping to act out this fantasy on a sailing yacht. It was too detailed for it to be a hoax. I don't think the yacht owner accepted the charter."

500 White Roses

"One of the craziest requests I had was when I was working as a stewardess on a charter. The Mrs was the type who would ask for ridiculous stuff just to see if we could do it. We were anchored in the middle of nowhere in the Caribbean and it was already the middle of the afternoon. We had these huge vases in the main saloon and she said: ‘I want these full of 500 white roses and I want white roses everywhere by dinner.’

I had to first source that many roses, which I found in Miami, then had to hire a private plane to get them to the Caribbean, then a seaplane to land next to the yacht. Then, of course, I had to get them on board and have them ready by dinner. I did it and she loved it, but as soon as dinner was over, she said: ‘Get rid of them. You can throw them overboard if you want.’ I couldn’t bear to do it! So I took them down below and the crew mess and cabins were full of white roses for a week! I couldn’t believe how much it cost, probably close to $100,000 between flights and hundreds of white roses."

New York Bagels

"We were in St. Barths and the guests had to have bagels from Zabar's in New York for the next day. We did it. We got a private jet and flew them in: the pilots taxied them to us."

"The strangest request I've ever received is probably to cook a sea slug that the young kids picked up off the ocean floor. It was a joke in the end, but I made them cookies with a worm coming out of one of them, while the others were filled with jam."

No Topping Pizza

"I love being able to use my creativity to concoct new dishes. Someone once asked me for a Margherita pizza without cheese or sauce."

Misbehaving Models

“There was a Russian model who had been invited on board by the principal charterer, and she was acting totally crazy, so they asked the captain to kick her off at the next port. She was so enraged that she was being expelled that she trashed the yacht before they could remove her. She blocked the toilets, ripped the wallpaper and threw anything she could get her hands on.”

Cucumber Cubes

"I once had a guest who wanted cucumber cubes cut to exactly 10 millimetres for breakfast. I had to use a ruler to ensure they were accurate."

The Party Yacht

“One client had a fleet of yachts but would always charter an extra yacht as the after-party venue. As part of his crew, I had to go clubbing with him and give all the ‘hottest’ girls a stamp to go to the party on the yacht. (I was allowed to stamp some guys — about a 4:1 ratio.) By the end of the week everyone knew me as the gatekeeper to get on the party yacht. The parties were really intense. I was pretty much nocturnal working for him.”

Dom Pérignon Delivery

“A common occurrence on a charter is getting Champagne flown in by seaplane when the guests are partying too much and we’ve run out of Dom Pérignon.”

Kosher Kitchen

“I had a client who wanted to charter a certain yacht but he was kosher and the kitchen was not. So he brought in all new cutlery and plates and redid the galley to make it kosher. He even brought in his own chef, all because he wanted that specific yacht.”

X-Rated Yacht

“I worked for owners once who had sex toys and pornography books all over the boat, which we were instructed to keep out as part of the décor. Funnily enough, it was a really popular charter yacht, so every time we had a charter we had to make sure it was all put away. One time we thought we had removed everything but forgot to put a book away, and the charter clients found it. Thank God they weren’t offended and thought it was hilarious!”

To hear more stories from life on board, get the latest issue of BOAT International sent straight to your door.


30 Amazing Super Bowl Facts That'll Blow Your Mind

Sports fan or not, you'll be wowed by these surprising bits of Super Bowl trivia.

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On Feb. 7, 2021, Super Bowl LV will take place in Tampa, Florida with a matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While the ongoing pandemic has definitely altered the season in myriad ways, you'll still see many of the same time-honored traditions you're accustomed to this weekend, including elaborate commercials, a halftime show, and (it's almost certain) the annual Gatorade dump. Before the two best teams from the AFC and NFC conferences face off, though, make sure you familiarize yourself with the history of the Super Bowl, ranging from the origin of that iconic Disney World declaration to some of the most mind-blowing team records. Keep reading for our favorite Super Bowl facts, and for a preview of what you'll see between plays, here are All of the Celebrities Starring in 2021 Super Bowl Ads.

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Being that Super Bowl LV is being held at Raymond James Stadium, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the first team play the championship game in their home stadium. The NFL isn't purposely giving the team any type of advantage, however Super Bowl locations are announced a few years in advance, so the Bucs just happened to get lucky. No doubt the boon would be better if it weren't a pandemic year—this stadium will only be 30% full for safety reasons, so the buzz won't be quite the same as a regular home game. For more trivia to share, here are 40 Facts So Funny They're Hard to Believe.

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According to The Washington Post, every player on the winning team gets a hefty $130,000 bonus. Althlon Sports notes that the members of the losing team don't walk away fully disappointed either, earning a $65,000 check for their efforts.

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Have you ever wondered why the Super Bowl is called, well, the Super Bowl? According to The New York Times, the name is the brainchild of former Kansas City Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt, and he was inspired by a popular '70s toy: the Super Ball. For its first three years, the game had been called the world championship. That is until Hunt saw his daughter playing with a bouncy ball and asked her what it was called. The rest is Super Bowl history. For more trivia to impress, here are 100 Mind-Blowing Facts You've Never Heard Before.

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Yes, that's billions with a B. This year, the National Chicken Council estimates that Americans will eat a record high 1.42 billion wings during the Super Bowl. The council notes that because wings have always been a food that doesn't lose any of its appeal during delivery, it's the perfect "pandemic-proof" dish to take out while the sports bars are closed.

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Given how many wings are consumed during the Super Bowl, it's of little surprise that the USDA has deemed the sports holiday the second-largest food consumption day of the year. What's the biggest one? Thanksgiving, of course! For more facts sent right to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.

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Every year since 1987, every Super Bowl MVP has had the same post-game plan: to hit up Disney World—or at least say they would. But how did this get started? Well, in his memoir Work in Progress, former Disney CEO Michael Eisner recalled the very moment the now-iconic Super Bowl catchphrase was coined.

Per ABC News, Eisner wrote that the night the phrase was created, he and his wife were at dinner with Star Wars creator George Lucas, and Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, the first people to fly around the world without stopping.

Eisner wrote: "I asked Dick and Jeana, 'Well, now that you've accomplished the pinnacle of your aspirations, what could you possibly do next?' Rutan responded, without hesitation, 'I'm going to Disneyland.' And of course I go, 'Wow, that's cool! You made the right choice.' But my wife interjects: 'You know, that's a good slogan.'"

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New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms was the first person to utter the iconic "I'm going to Disney World!" catchphrase in after the 1987 Super Bowl. And according to SB Nation, he was paid a lot of money to do so. How much? A hefty $75,000, which, when adjusted for inflation, is about $170,000. To see how your hometown team fans rank, check out This State Has the Most Hated Sports Fans in America.

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Tiffany & Co. has been producing the 22-inch, 7-pound Vince Lombardi Super Bowl Trophy since the first Super Bowl in 1967. According to Tiffany's website, it was designed by the company's former vice president Oscar Riedener, who sketched the design on a napkin during a meeting with then-NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle.

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Given how much money the Super Bowl brings in, one would imagine that the event's halftime performers get paid a hefty fee to strut their stuff on game day. That is far from the case, though. In fact, according to The New York Times, the NFL pays no appearance fee at all. The only thing the organization pays for is "all of the expenses for the band and its often ample entourage of … stagehands, family, and friends." For more on this year's halftime performer, This May Be Why The Weeknd Was Shut Out of the 2021 Grammy Race.

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Nowadays, Super Bowl tickets go for thousands of dollars. During the very first Super Bowl in 1967, though, prices were not nearly as outrageous. According to Bleacher Report, the average cost of a Super Bowl I ticket was $12—and it didn't even sell out!

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In 1980, the Pittsburgh Steelers were the first Super Bowl winners to be honored with a visit to the White House, according to The Washington Post. Following their win, the team met with President Jimmy Carter, who waved a Terrible Towel during the victor ceremony.

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It's pretty amazing that Super Bowl LV is going ahead after a full year of a global pandemic, but it just goes to show how much of an institution the big game is. Since the first one in 1967, not a year has gone by where there hasn't been a Super Bowl.

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Gamblers love to bet on the Super Bowl. And in 2018, the Nevada Gaming Control Board saw their most profitable Super Bowl season ever. According to the organization, more than $158 million was wagered on the battle between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots—though when the Eagles shocked everyone by upsetting the Patriots 41-33, the number of winning wagers was less than 1 percent.

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It makes sense that the player named MVP of the Super Bowl each year would be chosen from the winning team. And for the most part, that's the case. There was one instance, however, in which the honor was actually given to a player on the team that lost the big game.

When Cowboys linebacker Chuck Howley was named MVP, it was after his team lost in Super Bowl V to the Baltimore Colts. With this honor, Howley also became the first MVP who played a position other than quarterback.

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Up until 2019, the Pittsburgh Steelers alone held the record for the most Super Bowl wins with six total. When the New England Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII, though, they joined the Steelers in a tie for most wins. The Patriots also hold the record of most Super Bowl losses with fellow five-time losers the Denver Broncos.

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As of the 2019 season, there are 12 teams that have never won a Super Bowl: the Cincinnati Bengals, the Buffalo Bills, the Cleveland Browns, the Arizona Cardinals, the Los Angeles Chargers, the Atlanta Falcons, the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Detroit Lions, the Carolina Panthers, the Houston Texans, the Tennessee Titans, and the Minnesota Vikings.

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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is the only player in NFL history to win four Super Bowl MVP awards. He also has six Super Bowl rings, holds the record for being the oldest quarterback to ever win a Super Bowl, and has started in the Super Bowl nine times—more than any other NFL player. There's a reason why they call him the GOAT—the greatest of all time.

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When the Eagles beat the Patriots in Super Bowl LII, the final score was 41–33 with a combined 74 points, just one shy of the record set in January 1995 when the 49ers and their star cornerback Deion Sanders beat the Chargers 49-26 for a total score of 75 points in Super Bowl XXIX.

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Super Bowl Sunday is famous for the commercials that run during game breaks. For some people, they are a bigger draw than the game itself. And as such, it's no surprise that air time can can be more than a little pricey. According to Newsweek, CBS started the bidding for 30-second commercials at $5.6 million for this Sunday's game.

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In 2017, the New England Patriots overcame a 25-point deficit to bring Super Bowl LI into the first-ever overtime in Super Bowl history. Tom Brady and his team ultimately scored another six points in overtime, winning the game and bringing the final score to 34–28.

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President Barack Obama preferred to watch the Super Bowl at the White House. President Donald Trump preferred to watch the game at one of his many golf courses across the country. For some reason, presidents would rather take in the annual sports spectacle anywhere but the roaring stadium it's played in—and to date, not a single sitting president has actually attended the big game.

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Though no sitting president has ever gone to a Super Bowl game, a few veeps have taken in the game live over the years. According to CBS News, these vice presidents are Al Gore, George H.W. Bush, Spiro Agnew, and, most recently, Mike Pence.

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According to Sports Illustrated, seven franchises have won back-to-back Super Bowl championships: the Patriots (Super Bowls XXXVIII and XXXIX), the Packers (Super Bowls I and II), the Dolphins (Super Bowls VII and VIII), the Steelers (Super Bowls IX and X and Super Bowls XIII and XIV), the 49ers (Super Bowls XXIII and XXIV), the Cowboys (Super Bowls XXVII and XXVIII), and the Broncos (Super Bowls XXXII and XXXIII).

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Even people who aren't sports fans know about the "Super Bowl Shuffle." It was the soundtrack of the '85 Chicago Bears, a team considered to be one of the greatest the game has ever seen. The Bears made it to Super Bowl XX, and the song went on to be nominated for a Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. They won the game, but lost the Grammy to Prince, which seems like the right result on all accounts.

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That was Super Bowls XVI, XIX, XXIII, and XXIV, for those keeping track at home. What's more, he didn't throw a single interception in any of them!

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Following the Miami Dolphins's "perfect" 1972 season and Super Bowl win, coach Don Shula was carried off the field in celebration. And, as Shula told the Los Angeles Times, he managed to get robbed in the process.

"You know, I never said anything to anybody, but when I was being lifted out, somebody stole my watch," he recalled. "I could feel somebody grabbed my hand, and I wasn't sure why they were trying to grab my hand. When I got back to the locker room, I realized my watch was gone. Somebody ripped it off!" What a way to celebrate a Super Bowl win.

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In 2013, Super Bowl XLVII was all about the Harbaugh family. That's because the two teams that played in the big game that year—the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers—were coached by brothers John and Jim Harbaugh, respectively. Thanks to the family face-off, the game was nicknamed "The Harbaugh Bowl" and "The Harbowl."

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Since the game brings in more viewers than virtually any other program, airing the Super Bowl is a privilege that networks fight over. And only once in the history did the game air simultaneously on two rival channels. According to a press release from the NFL, this happened during Super Bowl I, since CBS held the rights to broadcast NFL games and NBC held the rights to broadcast American Football League, or AFL, games. The NFL and AFL merged in June 1966 to become the NFL.

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The person who holds the record for the most Super Bowl appearances is… a coach. Tom Brady may have appeared in nine Super Bowls, but Patriots coach Bill Belichick has appeared in 11 as either an assistant or head coach. As of the 2018-2019 season, Belichick had appeared in 21.2% of all Super Bowls, according to 247Sports.

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The 2019 season closed out in a manner unfamiliar to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. After a shocking 24-27 loss to the 4-11 Miami Dolphins in week 17, the AFC East team came up short in its wild-card game against the Tennessee Titans. With the Patriots' season over, Brady took a hit in the brand department, as well. On Jan. 21, 2020, ahead of his appearance in Super Bowl LIV, Bloomberg reported that Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes had surpassed Brady to become the top seller of NFL merchandise.


Watch the video: Every Super Bowl Intro! (September 2022).


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