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Super Bowl Stories

Since my Dad is from Pennsylvania, I grew up a Steelers fan and remain one today. My childhood Super Bowl stories though include collecting all the teams’ trading cards, collecting teams’ coins, and watching the television set on that fateful Sunday with my Dad in amazement, because I had no clue as to how football was played. We all grew up with the game in a different way.

 

Here’s some of the interesting stories I’ve found on the history of  a popular tradition at the Super Bowl,  the site of Super Bowl XL, and the teams set to play at Super Bowl XL. With these stories in its past, I think Super Bowl XL is definitely going to be as big as an event as the name implies.

 

 

 Super Bowl Traditions

 Gatorade Throws

 

Started by the Giants, the tradition of drowning the winning coach in Gatorade continues. As Sportspages.com Blog Author Chris Lynch says, “you would think that former Redskins coach George Allen dying from pneumonia caught because of a Gatorade bath would have put a damper on it but no.”

Find more interesting Super Bowl tradition trivia at Sportspages.com, “a collection of direct links to the sports sections of the major papers in the U.S., in and around cities with major league professional teams.”

 The Site of Super Bowl XL

 Ford Field – Detroit, Michigan

Built in 1999, Ford Field sits where a neighborhood of the only African-American businesses existed in Detroit from the 1920’s to the 1950’s. When well-known jazz musicians Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, and John Lee Hooker came to Michigan, they came to Paradise Valley, the name given to the area where Ford Field now sits.

 

Find more interesting information behind the names of Ford Field’s concession stands and Ford Field at Fordfield.com.

 The Teams at Super Bowl XL

 Pittsburgh Steelers

 

The Steelers are the only team in the NFL to sport their logo on only one side of their helmet. The Steelers used to have cheerleaders, but only from 1961-1970. More information on the history behind the team can be found on About.com Authors Kimberly & Albrecht Powell page.

 

 

Seattle Seahawks

Although the team has never played in a Super Bowl before, head coach Mike Holmgren has been in four Super Bowls, in two as head coach for the Green Bay Packers and in two as an assistant with the San Francisco 49ers. What else is brewing in this team’s history? Joining the NFL officially in 1976 as an expansion team, the Seattle Seahawks had the longest drought of no playoff wins of any NFL team before 2005, going back to the 1984 season. More information on this team can be found in the online encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

Celebrity Foods current and past employees will be celebrating Super Bowl XL in color flashing fan style. If you have a Super Bowl related historical or personal story or just want to reply to something in this post you found interesting or strange, reply to this post. We’re all going to be watching on game day. Go Steelers!

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Celebrity Foods Super Bowl Snacks

Need somethin to snack on before the game? Run out of ideas? As a Celebrity Foods employee, I like to throw in a couple of these tasty appetizers before the group arrives on game day to tide ‘em over ‘til the ribs are done.

 

Celebrity Foods Shredded Beef Taquitos 

Traditional rolled tacos made with Top Choice beef and corn tortillas, this finger food is ready for the masses in about 10 minutes if you cook ‘em in the oven at 425 °F

or just in a couple minutes after cooking in the microwave on high setting.

 

 

Celebrity Foods Breaded Cod Nuggets

These tasty sidekicks of breaded, pre-browned whitefish are ready to nibble on in about 15 minutes after being cooked at 425 °F in the oven, just in time for the pre-game chatter.

Celebrity Foods Roasted Chicken Hot Wings

Ready in minutes after being thawed in the microwave, these fully cooked spicy wings are a perfect party pleaser with the usual ranch dressing and celery sticks or as a stand-alone.

With these snacks, some guests could be full before the game starts, leaving more room for a late post-game lunch or dinner.

If you have some of these specific snacks show up at your table on Super Bowl Sunday, let me know your guests’ reactions. I wonder if I’m the only one, always.

 

 

 

 

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Celebrity Foods Super Bowl Sunday Horoscopes

With a little help from Astrology 101, my obvious affinity for Celebrity Foods’ snacks and my love of the Steelers, I think we’re in store for some interesting plays…

Sunday the moon continues through Taurus, Mercury squares Mars, and the sun conjuncts Neptune, which means that for you,

AIRES

 

Although you were upset about your financial goals last week,  remember you were also daydreaming about your other goals and just friends. Today is friends’ day. Only think about which friend today is going to eat the most Celebrity Foods Crinkle Cut French Fries and then remain vegged out in front of the television even after the game is over as a result. Midafternoon the moon squares Mercury, so don’t let yourself worry too much about what play to bet on before the game starts or argue about how much money you won after the game is over because eventually the moon conjuncts Mars. And you’ll win some bet today, even if it was only the bet in your head.

TAURUS

Although thinking about the extra work than the normal extra workload at the job has made you grouchy today,  you were focused on staying more flexible in your mindset at work last week, so you should try to stay in that flexible mindset today. Midafternoon the moon squares Mercury, so you’ll probably try to forget about the yummy tasting Celebrity Foods ribs on the grill and the game on television at some point & start arguing or worrying about your workload again. Chill out. A couple hours later the moon conjuncts Mars, so you have a chance to distract your work-related brain waves with fun, like grabbing the last of the ribs off the grill…. At least indulge in some guaranteed fun today, good food & the game!

GEMINI

 

Stop worrying about the New Year. In the past week, you were more confused but being creative grew from your confusion. Tell THAT to your boss next week. Midafternoon the moon squares Mercury, so you’re still going to want to worry, but a couple hours later the moon conjuncts Mars, so you can do what you want to now. Let yourself eat that piece of Celebrity Foods N.Y. Cheesecake & jump up and down when the Steelers get a touchdown. (Can you tell I’m a biased Steelers fan?…..)

 

CANCER

 

Plans or goals are on hold, even though you’ve tried to be more creative in improving business last week. Midafternoon the moon squares Mercury, so you’re going to want to still think about these plans or goals and argue about them with friends. Put your work mind on hold too. Almost the whole country is watching the game on tv! According to some advertisers’ recent studies, even more womenfolk are! A couple hours later, the moon conjuncts Mars, so you can now put all your energy into pursuing those plans or goals again. Just make sure the game is over first of course. We have to keep our priorities straight on this Sunday.

 

LEO

 

You’re too stressed out about work to spend time with your honey, so it’s a good thing that you’re spending time with friends AND your honey while watching the game. You were nice to your honey during the week though, so she or he will be understanding of doin the group thang on game day. Midafternoon the moon squares Mercury, so you’re back to feeling stressed out again. Stay strong though friend. A couple hours later the moon conjuncts Mars, so you’ll have a chance to resolve that work stress. Keep the cell phone on for that call from the boss. Take the call and then let yourself have fun the rest of the day. Laugh at the losing team.

 

VIRGO

 

Too much gossip about health matters or other topics from co-workers has been annoying you at work. You tried dealing with it at work last week. Now, it’s time to party. Midafternoon the moon squares Mercury though, so be sure to have a designated driver if you end up partying too much. A couple hours later the moon conjuncts Mars, so start thinking about business and personal plans for the upcoming week at some point to be prepared for a productive week. And of course to set time aside next week for you to share your own stories about your game day like who made the best Celebrity Foods Breaded Cod Nuggets…(Yes! I know they only take 15 minutes to make, but someone has to put them on the paper in the oven just right! O.K. I admit it. I will not be the “cook” talked about at work next week. )

 

LIBRA

 

Today you might be prone to arguing with someone that might want to borrow money for a bet today. In the past week you’ve been nicer or seemed more forgiving to these types. (No, I am not one of these types.) Refocus your brain on the game instead. An unexpected penalty will fall upon a certain player I’m sure….Midafternoon the moon squares Mercury, so expect to be arguing about other business matters then. Just make the argument fun, like who can guess the next play wins the argument. Yeah right. A couple hours later the moon conjuncts Mars, so now you can settle the score. The Steelers won the game fairly. (Oops…Steelers plug again.) If you don’t at least state your opinion, you’ll explode. And then someone will have another mess to clean up.

 

SCORPIO

 

You are irritable because of some chats you had last week with your family. Last week, you made your home your sanctuary, free from a crowd. Now, there’s people everywhere. You can’t live under a rock forever. You eventually get lonely. Healthy diverse environments include people, not just plants and ants. Midafternoon the moon squares Mercury, so you’ll feel inclined to argue or worry about those last week chats again. Go outside and hug a tree. A couple hours later the moon conjuncts Mars,  making you be at your breaking point. You better divert your negativity to consuming the last  Celebrity Foods Chocolate Chunk Cookie or your neighbor could become your next meal. (Celebrity Foods saved me.)

 

SAGITARIUS

 

Many communications with coworkers or communications with friends and family about healthy living have made you irritated throughout the week. You tried to be more creative in changing the subject last week. Today, surprise. You’re still irritated. But the scenery has changed! The Super Bowl is on! And you’re around people you chose to be around! Ah, yes, your peeps. They’ll help you have fun. Midafternoon the moon squares Mercury, so you’re still irritated, joining your friend in screaming at the tv after a game play neither of you agreed with. That’s not what I meant by your friends helping you have fun. Now, close your eyes and count to ten. That was fun, wasn’t it? Well, stop acting your age if it wasn’t! Anyways, a couple hours later the moon conjuncts Mars, so you finally have an epiphany on what to do to stop being irritated – eat one of those Celebrity Foods Roasted Chicken Hot Wings and tell your coworkers next week how healthy it tasted. If it were only that easy….., but it’s a start, a fun excuse for a solution, and better than losing your voice from screaming? Right? Uh, you might want to just stay at home today and create your own Super Bowl Sunday, if you’re still irritated after reading this.

 

CAPRICORN

 

Today, you think you know who is going to win the Super Bowl. During the past week, you had to get creative on how to improve financial matters and you succeeded, somewhat, in doing so. So, you think your mind is on the right track. Midafternoon the moon squares Mercury, so stop thinking about such serious matters and enjoy your time with your people. A couple hours later the moon conjuncts Mars, so you’ll still be tempted to act like a know it all, so just stick to the obvious – the Celebrity Foods Beef Back Ribs will taste great in your mouth. Hey, when all else fails, stick to what you know.

 

(Can you tell I’m a Capricorn yet?…)

 

AQUARIUS

 

Today, you feel like arguing. You were more creative or confused last week though, so game day should be interesting for you. Either you will scream or dissect the last play right after the first touch down. No one knows. Midafternoon though the moon squares Mercury, so you either still want to argue or start to worry that you want to argue. Hold out ‘til the last play my friend. A couple hours later the moon conjuncts Mars, so you’ll have a chance to prove your point. Hopefully, it’s your team that wins buddy. You are not allowed to argue with me if they don’t.

PISCES

Today, you’re not feelin the crowd thang after some arguments break out. Last week, you spent some “you time” gathering your ideas to express to others at a later date. You’re gonna wanna argue, so try to go back to the “you time” you. Midafternoon the moon squares Mercury, which is when you either start worrying or arguing about everything.  Channel that energy into predicting the next play. That might take some added effort depending on what you’ve consumed so far today…Tire yourself out because a couple hours later the moon conjuncts Mars, which makes you ready for an all out fightOr maybe you should just stay at home too today.

Super Bowl enthusiasts remember, “all advice from me is subject to error.”

But feel free to comment on this post post-game day. I’m curious as to what really will happen…

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Super Bowl Blogs

Besides Celebrity Foods employees and past employees, it seems that A LOT of America is blogging about the upcoming Super Bowl XL. I thought I’d share with you the “official” and “semi-official” Super Bowl XL Blogs.
 
 
Backay’s Xtra Large Blog
 
Actor, writer, and comedian Nick Bakay’s blog, “Backay’s Xtra Large Blog” is hilarious.
His description on his Super Bowl experience says it all.
 
“I’m not in Detroit, I’m just like most of you: Sitting on a couch in my lucky gamederpants”.
 
Check out his blog at:
http://www.superbowl.com/features/bakay
 
My favorite post excerpts from it so far:
 
On the NFL Network’s running promotions –
 
“Is the collective weight of the Rolling Stones over or under one of Jerome Bettis’ thighs?””Am I allowed to start eating all day now, or do I have to wait until Sunday?”
 
 

SuperBowl.com Super Blog


Live Super Bowl XL through the blogging of NFL.com writers like Gill Brandt, who writes about visiting with past players and coaches, Pat Kirwan, who shares his conversations he’s had with nearly at least one person from every NFL-related nitch of people, and Vic Carucci, who reflects on the emotions and personal experiences had during the day by him and many.
 
Check out this blog at:
http://www.superbowl.com/features/blog
 
My favorite excerpts from this blog so far:
 
In Gill Brandt’s section
 
Ex NFL quarterback Archie Manning not only has an 8 in his old jersey number, but has a whole lot of eights in his cell phone number.
 
 
Gill Brandt’s Profile
“As vice president of player personnel for the Cowboys from 1960-89, Gil Brandt helped Dallas grow into one of the most powerful and popular sports franchises in America. His innovative management and personnel systems are standard operating procedure today for many teams at the professional and collegiate levels nationwide. Brandt has spent the last eight years as NFL.com’s main personnel guru and offers insight and commentary on all aspects of players and teams.”
 
In Pat Kirwan’s section 
 
“Former Packers guard Jerry Kramer, on the first two world championship teams”
 
– finding in his garage “a live tape of Vince Lombardi’s pregame speech to the Packers before Super Bowl II”
 
Pat Kirwan’s Profile
“An experienced coach and NFL front office executive, Pat Kirwan held several positions with the Jets from 1989-97, including defensive assistant coach, assistant pro personnel director and director of player administration. He has managed the salary cap, negotiated player contracts and trades, and evaluated pro and college personnel. Prior to joining the Jets, Pat was a scout for the Buccaneers and Cardinals as well as the offensive coordinator at Hofstra University. He most recently wrote for CNNSi.”
 
 
In Vic Carucci’s section
 
On Super Bowl XL Media Day –
 
“This is my 25th Super Bowl, and at this moment on this day at just about every one, I say the same thing to myself that I say today: ‘Now I know how cattle feel.’”
 
Vic Carucci’s Profile
“Vic Carucci, national editor of NFL.com, is in his 27th season of covering the NFL. He is a past president of the Professional Football Writers of America and has received writing awards from the PFWA, the Associated Press Sports Editors, the New York State Associated Press Association, and the New Jersey Press Association. He also has written seven books about pro football.”
 
If you know of any other Super Bowl related blogs worth reading or have a comment about this post, reply to this post. Let’s blog away about the biggest game in the country, Super Bowl XL!
 
 
 
 

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