STATS & SNACKS

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2018
JAN/FEB

Hey Super Bowl fans! The moment we have been waiting for since pre-season is upon us ... SUPER BOWL 52 is just around the corner! 

We have scouted some of the most impressive Stats & Snacks to help you get ready for your Super Bowl party. For instance, did you know that the first two Super Bowls were not even called a Super Bowl: they were named the "AFL-NFL World Championship Game." It was not until the third championship game that the name "Super Bowl" came into the picture. So I guess one could say that this is only the 50th Super Bowl, but let’s move on down the field for more stats. 

The first Super Bowl was played in the L.A. Memorial Field where the Packers claimed the title as the first winners of the Super Bowl. The record for the largest crowd was set in 1979 when 103,985 fans watched the Steelers take on the Rams at the Rose Bowl. Can’t make it to the Super Bowl? No worries, the Super Bowl is not only broadcasted, but it is also transmitted in 34 languages. You can watch from the comfort and warmth of your home, but if you want to attend a Super Bowl, we have good news for you! There is an NFL Policy that is against holding a Super Bowl in a stadium where the temperature is below 50 degrees. This easily explains why after Super Bowl 54, Miami will take the lead for hosting the most Super Bowls. Who doesn’t love the sun with a side of Sunday football? We know that this is the highly anticipated game of the season. We expect the best of the best, but did you know that there has only been one Super Bowl to go into overtime? In fact, it was not until Super Bowl 51 when the Patriots gained momentum to tie the game with the Falcons that this statistic became true. Can the two teams from this year bring the same hype? Tune in February 4th to find out. 

The New England Patriots have nine Super Bowl appearances which is the most in the NFL. One would think that they would also hold the title for the most Super Bowl wins ... but they do not. This title belongs to the Pittsburgh Steelers with a record of six wins. No team has ever won three Super Bowls, but seven teams have come very close. The Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, and New England Patriots each can claim that they hold the record for two consecutive wins. The only team that has had a perfect season and won the Super Bowl was the 1972 Dolphins. No team has won or even played in a Super Bowl while it was hosted in their own stadium. Sadly, there are four teams that have never reached the Super Bowl. These teams include the Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Cleveland Browns. Maybe there is a “Hail Mary” somewhere in the future for them. 

Want to impress your party guest with a few Super Bowl Stats? We have you covered; tackle them with this information: The Vince Lombardi Trophy is made by Tiffany & Co, a stat that I was surprised to find out. The trophy weighs close to seven pounds and takes four months to make. The cost to make this trophy is $50,000. Wow! The NFL uses 72 game balls during the Super Bowl. 72 game balls for a single game? Just imagine how many baseballs are used during the World Series. The youngest player to start in the Super Bowl was Bryan Bulaga playing for the Green Bay Packers at only 21 years and 322 days old. The oldest player to play in the Super Bowl was Matt Stover for the Indianapolis Colts, who was 42 years and 11 days old. Peyton Manning is the only quarterback who has started and won a Super Bowl with two different teams. Phil Simms was the first to say ‘I’m going to Disney World”, which has now become a familiar saying associated with the Super Bowl. 

Now if we are being honest, we know that most people watch the Super Bowl for either the half-time performance or the commercials. In 2015, Katy Perry drew in more viewers for her half- time performance than the actual game did. 118.5 million people watched as the famous left shark stole the show. Before there was Katy Perry, several pop stars also graced us with their presence at half-time. However, there were no pop/rock acts until the New Kids on the Block performed in 1991. Now, how about those commercials? In 2017 the average cost for a one 30 second commercial cost around $5 million. 

Sure the Super Bowl is all about the game and the commercials, but let’s not forget the best part ... the food!! Only behind Thanksgiving, Super Bowl is the largest day of food consumption ... which is why it is not surprising to learn that Antacid sales are expected to increase 20% on the day after the Super Bowl. This day is not about the turkey and dressing; it is about wings, beer, and chips and dip. Over 1 billion chicken wings are consumed on Super Bowl Sunday, and 57% is consumed with ranch dressing. Eight million pounds of guacamole is devoured along with over 11 million pounds of chips and 323.5 million gallons of beer during the Super Bowl. $2.37 million is spent on soda and $227 million potato chips are purchased for the Super Bowl. Speaking of chips can you guess which brand is the MVP, or MVC (Most Valuable Chip)? If you guessed Doritos’ Nacho Cheese, then you would be correct. Roughly 3.8 million pounds of popcorn, 2.5 million pounds of nuts, and over 4 million pounds of pretzels will be consumed throughout Super Bowl Sunday. This Sunday is the most popular grilling day of the winter with 62% of people grilling 14 billion hamburgers. For those who do not want to stand out in the cold, missing part of the game, there is no shame in ordering takeout. In fact, an estimated 48 million Americans are thinking the same thing. It is estimated that Domino’s will sell around 12 million slices of pizza. The average fan will consume 1200 calories and 50 grams of fat during the Super Bowl. With all that food, it is easy to see why roughly 6% of people will call in sick the Monday after the Super Bowl.       

All this talk about food makes me hungry and ready to grab a snack! Here is a list of easy Super Bowl Sunday recipes to help get your party started. 

Freebirds’ Grilled Pineapple Arbol Chile Salsa Recipe

 Arbol Chile Salsa 

Ingredients:

• 1 c Arbol chile peppers, dry

• 1 ea garlic clove

• 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

• 1 tsp kosher salt

• ¼ c water

Directions:

1. Toast Arbol chiles on a medium hot skillet for approximately 4- 6 minutes. You should get a nice aromatic chile smell.

2. Place Arbol chiles into the blender along with garlic, water, salt and apple cider vinegar. 

3.  Blend on high until pulverized. 

Grilled Pineapple Salsa 

Ingredients:

• ½ ea pineapple

• ¼ c red onion, finely diced

• ¼ c red bell pepper, finely diced

• ¼ c jalapeno, chopped

• 2 tbsp lime juice

• 2 tbsp sugar

• ¼ c cilantro leaves

• ½ tsp olive oil 

• ½ cup Arbol salsa (see above)

Directions:

1. Cut, peel, and core pineapple. 

2. Slice pineapple length wise into ½ inch slices. 

3. Rub pineapple with olive oil and place on hot grill. 

4. Grill for approximately  2-3  minutes or until the pineapple is softened and slightly charred. 

5. Remove from grill and allow to cool to room temperature. Once cool cut into medium size cubes and place into a medium mixing bowl. 

6. Add diced red onion, red bell pepper,  jalapeno, lime juice, sugar along with Arbol salsa and cilantro leaves. 

7. Mix well and chill until ready to serve. 

Photo and recipe courtesy of Freebirds.

Crockpot Grape Jelly & BBQ
Little Smokies

Ingredients:

• 2 - 16oz Packages Cocktail Sausages

• 1 cup bbq sauce

• 3/4 cup grape jelly

Directions:

1. Dump all of the ingredients in a lined four quart or larger crockpot.

2. Turn on low for 2 -3 hours.

3. Stir before serving.

http://momswithcrockpots.com/crockpot-grape-jelly-bbq-little-smokies/

Joe Montana’s Touchdown Guacamole  

 Ingredients:

• 4 ripe avocados, seeded, peeled and diced 

• 2 ripe red tomatoes, diced 

• 2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and finely diced 

• ½ 19 oz. can of black beans, drained and rinsed 

• 4 green onions, thinly sliced 

• 2 limes, juiced 

• ½ cup of sharp aged cheddar cheese, grated 

• 1 tsp. garlic salt 

 Directions:

Place two of the avocados in a bowl. Add the tomatoes, jalapeño peppers, garlic salt and the lime juice. Mash lightly with a potato masher. Add the beans, onions and the cheese along with the two remaining avocados. Stir to combine. Chill until ready to use. Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy the game!  By: Tara Noland

Football Strawberrie

Ingredients:

• 1-½ cup Dark Chocolate Chips or melting chocolate (also candy melts works…but not quite as tasty.)

•12 whole large Fresh Strawberries, with stems, washed and dried

• ¼ cups White Chocolate Chips

You will also need:

2 microwave safe coffee mugs, 1 piping bag, #2 tip, Parchment paper

Directions from Tastykitchen.com:

In a microwave safe coffee mug add the dark chocolate chips. I’ve found this to be the best vessel for strawberry dipping. If the bowl you use is too wide then the melted chocolate is too shallow and it’s hard to get the strawberries dipped.

Microwave the chocolate on high for 30 seconds. Stir and repeat heating for additional 30 second increments until chocolate is melted. Don’t over heat or your chocolate will seize and there is really no coming back from that.

Grab the strawberry by the leaves. Dip strawberry into the chocolate and swirl it around carefully until it’s fully coated.Hold the berry above the coffee mug for a few seconds to allow the excess chocolate to drip off.Place the strawberry on a sheet of parchment paper to dry. Then push it forward slightly to avoid a pool of dried chocolate forming in the front of your berry. Repeat with the rest of the strawberries. Allow them to dry for about 15 minutes.

In a separate coffee mug (or really, any microwave safe bowl will work for this one), add the white chocolate. Microwave on high for 20 seconds and stir, and repeat for additional 20 second increments until melted. You have to be even more careful with white chocolate—it tends to seize quicker. If it does seize, you can try and add a few drops of canola oil, but you might just need to toss it out and start over.

Pour the melted white chocolate into your piping bag*. Pipe on a stripe across the top and one at the bottom of your strawberries. Then pipe a line down the middle of the berry. Then pipe 5 or 6 lines across the middle line. (See photo).

*Tips for piping:

-Let the white chocolate cool a bit, but not harden, before piping. If it’s too hot, it’ll be really runny.

-When piping the lines, double back a bit to avoid the “strings” of white chocolate from dripping down the sides.

Tips for serving:

-Serve chilled

-Don’t make these more that 24 hours in advance—strawberries tend to shrink a bit as they age.

 

 

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