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Crown Royal Teams Up With NFL Greats To Help Support The Troops

One of the reasons that I am a fan of Crown Royal is because of the work they do to help support the troops. Last weekend a star-studded list of former and current professional football players attended the Ditka & Jaws Cigars with the Stars party. As the premier spirit of the event, Crown Royal hosted a bag stuffing where attendees were able to pack CAMO bags for troops overseas as well as write personalized notes showing their appreciation. From former NFL linebacker Ray Lewis to current head coach Ron Rivera, athletes had the chance to give back to our service men and women.

Some of the drinks at the party are ones that you can make at home and enjoy responsibly.

Vanilla Mule

1.5 oz. Crown Royal Vanilla

. 75 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

3 oz. Ginger Beer

1 Lime Wedge

Directions: Combine Crown Royal Vanilla and lime juice in a shaker and add ice. Shake well and strain in glass over fresh ice. Top with ginger beer and garnish with lime wedge.

Northern Harvest Rye Manhattan

1.5 oz. Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye

.5 oz. Sweet Vermouth

2 Dashes Real Bitters

Luxador Cherries

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass, add ice and stir until chilled. Strain into cocktail glass and garnish.

Deluxe Old Fashioned

1.5 oz. Crown Royal Deluxe

.25 oz. Simple Syrup

1-3 Dashes Bitters

1 Orange Peel

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and stir until chilled. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice and garnish with orange peel.

Check Out The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Trailer

All of your favorite Guardians are back for the sequel to the Guardians of the Galaxy film franchise. During the game on Sunday Marvel showcased the latest trailer. There are a few new characters and the one you know and love are back as well. The film comes out on May 5th and I can’t wait to check this one out!

Check Out The Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Trailer

Did you see the trailer for latest Pirates of the Caribbean film? Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar, escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea—notably Jack. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth, a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry, a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced.

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” also stars Kevin R. McNally as Joshamee Gibbs, Golshifteh Farahani as the sea-witch Shansa, Stephen Graham as Scrum, David Wenham as Scarfield and Geoffrey Rush as Captain Hector Barbossa.

Taking A New Look At Food For The Game

Instead of the traditional food you might have for your football party this Sunday why not try something new. Hormel Foods has created regionally inspired recipes in honor of New England, Atlanta and host city Houston. These snacks are perfect for any football fan planning a party for the big game.

For Patriots fans, Hormel Foods created a Fluffernutter Cupcake Recipe. To honor Fluffernutter as the official sandwich of Massachusetts, Hormel Food developed this unique recipe as the perfect dessert for New Englanders planning their game day spread.

For Falcons fans, Hormel Foods created a Shirmp and Pimento Cheese Grits Bites Recipe. Uniting football fans across the South in support of the Falcons, Hormel Foods incorporated the “Caviar of the South” into this grits recipe.

To honor Houston, the host city, Hormel Foods created a recipe for King Ranch Chicken Dip.

Hormel Foods also created a unique video, titled “Game Day 2 Minute Drill,” providing instructions for five additional football inspired snack that are essential for Sunday’s game.

Here are some cool Hormel 2016 NFL Playoff Stats

-Approximately 26 Million rib bones were sold during the 2016 playoffs

-Over 14 Million pounds of Hormel Chili was shipped during the 2016 playoffs

-The week leading up to the Super Bowl is the number one selling week for Chili, Tortilla Chips, Salsa and Guacamole

Where Everyone Knows Your Name

It is tough to get back into the gym. Having a work out buddy makes it less tough to keep on going back to the gym. It looks like Michelob ULTRA agrees with me. They have unveiled its Super Bowl spot, “Our Bar”.

The ad features actual fitness enthusiasts – not actors – doing what they do day-in and day-out: going through a tough workout together and sharing cold beers afterwards. The ad also features the iconic theme song from “Cheers” to underscore the strong social bonds felt every day by members of fitness communities across the country. From cross training to run clubs to spin classes, “Our Bar” depicts the new reality: fitness and enjoying beer can go hand in hand – you can still work out, and then go out.

Taking this a step further for real fans (of both football and fitness), yesterday morning Michelob ULTRA gave Boston and Atlanta fans (21 and older) the chance to put their fitness level to the test for a chance to go to the Super Bowl. In select gyms in both cities, fans were given the chance to complete as many pull-ups as possible in 95 seconds (each Michelob ULTRA contains 95 calories) for a chance to win a VIP trip to Houston for the Super Bowl.

Still Born To Be Wild

For those of you looking to get an early look at some of the Super Bowl ads you might want to check out the one from Mercedes-Benz. They are looking to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Mercedes-AMG, the brand has integrated a classic American film, Easy Rider, into its Super Bowl LI advertisement – “Easy Driver”. The film showcases the pure love of driving and premiered in the 1960s – the same decade that the first AMG model was launched.

Peter Fonda stars in the ad spot, channeling his 1960’s role as a freewheeling biker and cruising in a new Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster. From his long-time love affair with Mercedes-Benz and to his genuine love for the open road, Fonda was the perfect fit for the role.

See How Spuds MacKenzie Teaches Man About Friendship

Guess who is back? It is the one and only Spuds MacKenzie. The beloved Bull Terrier was a pop culture icon in his time. The spot will be a blast from the past, as Spuds recounts his past to emphasize that it was never about the lifestyle, but rather, about forging lifelong bonds with friends.

The premiere of the 90 second spot coincides with the 30th Anniversary of Spuds’ 1987 Super Bowl commercial debut. Spuds is returning to the big game to ensure his legacy goes beyond the party days of the past. He’s here to remind us that Bud Light has been present at memorable moments – big or small – among friends for decades. There’s no one better than Spuds to celebrate Bud Light, and remind everyone that we don’t just make beer, we enable moments that build and strengthen friendships.

Emmitt Smith Never Backs Down From A Challenge

Here come the Super Bowl commercials. We are just a few days away from Super Bowl Sunday. So with that let me ask the question. Is there anything the NFL’s all-time leading rusher can’t do? Ben Schwartz challenges 3-time Super Bowl champion, Emmitt Smith, with the determination to win. But when Schwartz staggers as Smith struts over the finish line of their second competition, it doesn’t look good. Who will come out on top? Find out when we go to Houston, TX for this Super Bowl LI episode of Courtyard Camera.

Courtyard Camera, an original digital series is back for another season of fun and football. Go beyond game day with actor/comedian Ben Schwartz for exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews with some of the biggest names in the NFL. Courtyard Camera is produced by Courtyard by Marriott in partnership with the NFL.

See How Budweiser Came To Be

You need to check out the latest from Budweiser. It is a video called “Born the Hard Way.” The teaser is just the beginning of the visceral piece of cinematography that promises to take viewers on a journey with Budweiser founder, Adolphus Busch, as he pursues his dream with unrelenting passion to create the King of Beers.

Budweiser believes it takes hard work and a bold vision to truly achieve the American dream, and this year, America’s No. 1 full-flavored lager is eager to share a story of commitment and passion. One that means never giving up and not backing down.

What Is Your Favorite Origin Story?

I love a great origin story and it looks like the folks at Loot Crate do to. The theme for this month’s Loot Crate was Origins. There are a lot of exclusives in this crate. Some of those items are an Original “Jumpman” T-Shirt, a Captain America Golden Age Shield, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Tiki Muglet, an Action Comics #1 Reprint, and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Loot Pin.

The Tiki Muglet one I got is Raphael. The designs are inspired by the original Mirage comics while adding the colors fans associate with the four turtles we all know and love. If you are looking for value in this box the EFX shield alone would sell for around $40.00. So right there the box pays for itself right there. What a great way to start off the new year with Superman, Captain America, Mario and the Turtles.

Like what you see? Get a subscription. January’s theme is BUILD! You will get items from Batman, LEGO Dimensions, and Tetris. Plus there are different themed crates as well. There is a Loot Anime, Loot Gaming, Loot Pets, Firefly, and LVLUp. They even have limited edition Star Wars and Call of Duty crates. You can pick out the best one that fits your style and your budget. Go to www.lootcrate.com for more info on each one and to start your subscription today!