Super Bowl LI (or Valentine’s Day) gifts from Skinit and New Era

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If you are a Bears, 49ers or Browns fan, the days leading up to Super Bowl LI provide an advantageous time to shift your NFL loyalties to a team that actually wins. The secret to pulling off the transition and creating your new life? NFL gear.

You can seamlessly transition your fandom from known loser to instant winner. And whenever your friends bring up your former muse, you can doff your new Patriots or Falcons hat from New Era and act like you don’t hear them, or you can pick up your phone covered with your new favorite NFL team’s logo via Skinit and pretend to be taking a very important call. Convert the years of disappointment created by your past team’s failures to fuel your nearly fanatical patronage and support of the league’s current best team.

If you have an extremely cool girlfriend or spouse, think of these not just as Super Bowl gifts but a Valentine’s Day gift suggestion as well. And since your special lady or man will owe you a gift for V-Day (not to be confused with “VD,” entirely different) share this column and gently nudge them towards a gift you will actually appreciate and use.

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Super Bowl LI: From Pizza Hut to the NFL, DeAngelo Williams always delivers

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This Sunday during the Super Bowl, Pizza Hut will produce over two million pizzas that will be consumed by football fans as they watch the game. Among the fans will be Pittsburgh Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams.

In 2000, the then 16-year-old Williams worked at Pizza Hut as a cashier, cook and delivery driver. “I grew up in the small town of Wynne, Arkansas, which had about 8,000 people,” Williams said. “You knew the people who were good tippers and definitely got those people their pizzas first.”

For Pizza Hut, the largest pizza restaurant in the world, the day of the Big Game is also the largest delivery day of the year. To prepare, Pizza Hut hired an additional 11,000 employees.

Last week in Pittsburgh, I hung out with Williams and watched him put delivery drivers through various drills at the Pizza Hut Delivery Combine. “Coach Williams'” whistle never seemed to get a rest.

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Upgrade your Super Bowl party with these food ideas

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Super Bowl LI is less than a week away, with the four-time champion New England Patriots set to face off against the Atlanta Falcons, which means that it’s time to start planning your annual party. Though you can’t go wrong with the usual spread of snacks, why not shake things up this year with some more unique treats for your guests?

Below, we’ve put together three Super Bowl party recipes with the help of our friends at Three Bridges, a gourment line of refigerated pastas and sauces; Wholly Guacomole, America’s #1 pre-made guacamole; and Bibigo, the leader in Korean sauces and cuisine. We tested out all three recipes beforehand to make sure they were game day ready, and you won’t be disappointed.

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Emmanuelle Chriqui hangs with Jeremy Piven at pre-Super Bowl party

The lovely Emmanuelle Chriqui was joined by Jeremy Piven as they kicked off Superbowl weekend Friday night with the Leather & Laces 13th Annual Two-Night Mega Party at Super Bowl 50 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. They were joined by celebrities and NFL players such as Chuy Bravo, James Hall, JJ Stokes, James Anderson, Sam Barrington, Johnny Gill, Carissa Rosario and Charles Woodson.

Emmanuelle looks as beautiful as ever as she partied with Piven up on stage mixing some beats at the DJ table and sipping on Medea Vodka.

PHOTO CREDIT: Kuks Singh

  

Terrell Owens on Hall of Fame, HGH use, being #BolderThanBold

2016 NFL Hall of Fame nominee and pro football legend Terrell Owens has teamed up with Butterfinger to make the Super Bowl bolder than ever before with the Bolder Than Bold campaign by asking players to bring back the boldest moves on the field – the touchdown dances. Butterfinger has offered to cover up to $50,000 for fines that may be incurred by any player boldly celebrating in the endzone.

In the video above, we asked T.O. about his potential Hall of Fame induction, if he ever used HGH or PEDs, and his favorite endzone celebration. Below are a few highlights:

Favorite touchdown celebration:

“My favorite was either the popcorn or the pom poms. I think those were two that were really kind of spur of the moment and impromptu. Sometimes, when you get in the moment, you have the best celebrations.”

Who gets into the Hall of Fame between him and contemporary Randy Moss:

“I’m definitely going to go with myself. I did it across the board, I did a little bit of everything. I did the little things, I did the intangibles. I blocked downfield, I played hard for four quarters, and with some people’s assessment of his play, he didn’t play 100% of the time.”

On Peyton Manning’s HGH/PED usage and if he ever used:

“No, man. What you see is a product of pure hard work, dedication in the weight room. I think (the speculation on Manning) is as ridiculous as Mike Martz’s comments about me leapfrogging his two guys (Torry Holt, Isaac Bruce) to get into the Hall of Fame. To look at Peyton Manning and think he’s on HGH? Really? He might be on some Butterfingers, but he ain’t on HGH!”

For more information on Butterfinger’s #BolderThanBold campaign, check out the YouTube Channel.

  

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