NFL star and CBS analyst Tony Gonzalez is teaming up with Marriott Rewards to give back to the most passionate NFL fans across the country with every fan’s dream opportunity.
Now through December 2, 2014, football fans are invited to share their passion for the NFL through 30-sec videos or captioned photos that show an unrivaled spirit for the game and their favorite player. Six lucky fans who can prove they are among the “Most Passionate” will receive the ultimate NFL experience hosted by Gonzalez – an exclusive trip for two to Phoenix, tickets to the Pro Bowl, and the opportunity to hang with their favorite player on January 24, the day before the game.
“One of my best memories when I was younger was having Merlin Olsen come out to my Pop Warner practice field and come talk to us, and drop knowledge, and the things that he told me back then like, work hard, follow your dreams, stuck with me for the rest of my life,” said Gonzalez. “The ‘Marriott Rewards Most Passionate Fan’ contest is the same type of thing – to be able to hang out with your hero, it’s a dream come true and I encourage everybody to go out there and make it happen.”
A voting period for the top 100 entries, which is open to the public, lasts from Dec. 2 – 19. To enter the contest and read the official rules, visit MarriottRewardsMostPassionateFan.com.
The new M&M’S® Crispy Milk Chocolate Candies was available for trick-or-treaters this Halloween – but only at one house in the entire country, after being hand-delivered by Scottie Pippen.
M&M’S Crispy has been gone for 10 years, and fans have lobbied so hard for its return we’re bringing it back. M&M’s Crispy officially hits stores in January, but a Chicago fan named Olivia asked through the M&M’S® Brand Facebook page: “Why not make M&M’S® Crispy available at Halloween?”
The brand responded by teaming up with Chicago basketball legend Scottie Pippen to surprise Olivia with a batch of her favorite candy that she could pass out to trick-or-treaters, making hers the only house in the country with M&M’S® Crispy this Halloween.
Attend the Most Interesting Man’s interactive Masquerade Party and help him find one of his most valuable possessions – his little black book. Choosing the right path through his manor could reward you with a ticket to a real Masquerade Party in New Orleans.
Dos Equis has created two interactive digital experiences that bring fans 21+ into The Most Interesting Man’s Manor this Masquerade season.
The breakthrough virtual reality experience, accessible via the Oculus Rift Dev Kit II or Samsung Gear VR (available this December), takes fans 21+ into a Masquerade as The Most Interesting Man’s guest of honor where they’ll encounter the unexpected and extraordinary.
Dos Equis will be bringing the virtual reality experience to select bars and festivals across the U.S. this Halloween season. Dos Equis created a parallel experience for fans everywhere with a complimentary interactive digital video that lets fans help The Most Interesting Man find his “little black book” featuring several choices that give them control over the narrative.
Dos Equis is giving six fans 21+ a chance to win an all-expense paid trip for two to New Orleans to meet The Most Interesting Man and celebrate with legendary artist Q-Tip on November 22, 2014.
Through October 31, fans can enter the contest by posting Masquerade and Halloween photos to Instagram using #XXMasquerade or by uploading them to XXMasquerade.com.
Fans can also enter by purchasing Dos Equis and texting/emailing a photo of their receipt to XX@DESWEEP.com. Every photo posted, uploaded or texted/emailed represents another chance to win.
Visit DosEquis.com/Masquerade for more details and to view the interactive video experience. The Dos Equis virtual reality experience is coming soon to the Oculus Rift
Danny Boome, internationally-acclaimed TV personality and Chef known to audiences for his culinary work and dynamic personality, is back on television with a new network and show.
Following the success of hosting two of 2013’s hit shows: ABC Daytime’s “Recipe Rehab” and Food Network “The Cooking Channel’s Donut Showdown” – Danny has taken to the streets with Z Living as the new host of “Good Food America” Season Two.
The popular series will take viewers on a culinary adventure across America in search of the nation’s best organic, sustainable and healthy restaurants. Viewers will join Danny on his gastronomic journey each Sunday night as he discovers regional gems, native ingredients and the homegrown talent that keeps locals coming back for more.
Danny was kind enough to answer my questions about his new show, cooking, and more.
Art Eddy: Let’s talk about your show “Good Food America.” What can we expect from this season?
Danny Boome: I will take viewers on a culinary adventure across America in search of the nation’s best healthy restaurants – discovering the regional gems, native ingredients and the homegrown talent that keeps locals coming back for more. This season, the series will make stops everywhere from Maine to California.
AE: This season we will see you travel to restaurants from Maine to California. Do you have a favorite city when it comes to food?
DB: I am really lucky as I have a great job, I flit around the country tasting and discovering great food and restaurants. The go to places for me are normally Chicago and New York, but this trip opened my eyes to some new cities that I think have really been overlooked! Philadelphia and Denver/Boulder should be on everyone’s radar!
AE: Which other famous chef or celeb would you like to cook with or have them cook for you?
DB: Oh, that is a tough one! I think I’ll go for a celeb and I’ll do the cooking! As Good Food America is all about healthy, organic and sustainable food it would have to be Paul McCartney. Can you imagine the stories that guy could tell you?!
AE: Oh man. Paul McCartney would be a fantastic dinner guest. What is the process like for creating new dishes? Is there a lot of trial and error?
DB: For me it’s about the produce – I see it, touch it and smell it – close my eyes and just know what to do with it. I always cook when my heart is full and I am happy. I don’t cook when I’m in a bad mood as the results are always bad! I have a knack for keeping it simple and using the basics, and knowing that I’m happy and the ingredients are right, the dish creates itself.
AE: What got you into cooking? Was there a person or an event that triggered your passion for cooking?
DB: I have to give a lot of credit to my Dad as he saw some potential in me early on, as well as my grandmothers Joan and Mena. My Dad wanted me to get into a trade for when I stopped playing hockey, and thought my passion and creative side would work well in a kitchen.
My grandmothers have taught me to make something out of nothing, especially that the recipe is just a guideline, so I should have fun with it! I honestly got into food to travel, it’s a language, a passion and the best opener to any conversation I have ever had. I pursued it and used it as a vehicle, I never stop learning that way!
This past week the first official batch of Guinness’ new beer came off the line that will hit shelves in the coming weeks. Their Blonde American Lager was created by Joe Gruss, an American brewmaster who is a member of the Guinness Blonde brewing team.
Guinness Blonde American Lager marks the first time the brand has brought its signature Guinness yeast from Ireland to the U.S. Keeping true the brand’s brewing heritage known for quality and taste, Guinness Blonde American Lager is a crisp refreshing tasting amber lager with a floral, hoppy aroma. The American lager is twice as smooth, half as bitter and 80% lighter in color than Guinness Draught.
The beer comes from the brand’s new brewing concept – the Guinness Discovery Series which combines over 255 years of European brewing expertise with different brewing styles and techniques. This series of beers offers more style, taste, and flavor to beer drinkers in the U.S.
Now I know some of you might be thinking, “WHAT?” Why would Guinness even try their hand in a lager when they have dominated their own niche in the beer market? Some beer fans even went as far as saying it was blasphemous for Guinness to even make a blonde beer. To those I say calm down. Just try it. I know it might seem awkward to drink a Guinness that is light in color, but trust me it is definitely worth it.
The taste had hints of what we love about Guinness as well as tastes from American style lagers that I enjoy. I had a few friends try it out and they liked it too. It has a hoppy and citrus smell that helps deliver a long malt, biscuity finish once you taste it. The lager is very crisp and refreshing. Look for it in stores in a 6 pack selling at a retail price of $8.99.
New York Comic Con announced a partnership with Chevrolet and Uber that will put fans in the driver’s seat of convenience at this year’s events. As part of the partnership, Chevrolet will custom wrap nine different car models with some of the most iconic characters from comics, video games and literature that fans can Uber to events all across the city. The partnership will kick-off on October 3 and run through October 7.
Comic Con fans will also have a chance to win exclusive access to great prizes and collectable thanks to the Chevrolet and Uber partnership. For instance, those who ride in the New York Super Week Chevrolet Tahoe will be eligible to receive New York Comic Con and New York Super Week t-shirts, tickets to New York Super Week events and much more, including the daily grand prize of 3-Day Tickets to New York Comic Con.
Fans will also be eligible to win a trip to NYCC 2015 with VIP Tickets and a Chevy Car Exclusives Prize Pack through the “Chevrolet Gives You the Keys to NYCC” contest. Starting on October 3, fans are encouraged to tweet creative photos of one of the cars, using the hashtag #ChevyNYCC. Following the completion of New York Comic Con on October 13, NYCC and Chevrolet will pick the 10 best photos as finalists.
As part of the partnership, Chevrolet will wrap nine different vehicles that fans can Uber to New York Super Week, throughout New York City. Some of these cars will also be on display at the Javits center during NYCC. The full lineup of cars can be found below:
• BOOM! Studios – Chevrolet Cruze will be wrapped with various characters from Boom! Studios.
• Dark Horse – Chevrolet Volt will be wrapped in characters from the Fire & Stone comic book series featuring Aliens, Predator, Prometheus, and Alien vs. Predator.
• Image – Chevrolet Sonic will be wrapped with imagery from the new hit series WYTCHES, by comic superstars Scott Snyder and Jock.
• Valiant Entertainment – Chevrolet Equinox will be wrapped with artwork from the upcoming series The Valiant – by New York Times best-selling writers Jeff Lemire & Matt Kindt and Eisner Award-winning artist Paolo Rivera.
• IDW – Chevrolet Equinox will be wrapped with images of the famed Eric Shanower and Gabriel Rodriguez comic character Little Nemo.
• New York Super Week – Chevrolet Tahoe will be wrapped with New York Super Week artwork.
• Random House – Chevrolet Tahoe will be wrapped with classic characters and scenes from George R.R. Martin’s new book, The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones.
• SEGA – Chevrolet Suburban will be wrapped with Sonic the Hedgehog and friends from SEGA’s upcoming Sonic Boom video games and animated series.
• TBS – Chevrolet Impala will be wrapped with characters from Seth McFarlane’s hit series American Dad.
New York Super Week will take place October 3-12, leading into the East Coast’s biggest and most exciting convention – New York Comic Con. The New York Super Week Card will offer fans access to dozens of special offers including drink specials at venues and bars, discounts to citywide tours and in- store merchandise discounts at retailers including Midtown Comics and Discovery Times Square.
How to download:
1. Open up your Uber app
2. Enter promo code: ChevyNYCC14
3. Request ‘COMIC CAR’
For more information about New York Super Week and to purchase tickets, please visit www.NewYorkSuperWeek.com and New York Super Week’s social media pages (Facebook, Twitter & Instagram).
For more information about New York Comic Con please visit www.NewYorkComicCon.com.
Reebok continues to spin fresh iterations of the Ventilator with the “Heritage” pack this fall. Inspired by old industrial spaces, the bright pops of color make this shoe anything but ordinary.
Born during the golden era of Reebok design and technology innovation, the Ventilator was a game-changing runner when it was first introduced in 1990. The first Reebok lightweight runner with a focus on breathability, the Ventilator was a bold, expressive silhouette that was years ahead of its time. Today the Reebok Ventilator remains an extremely versatile, one-of-a-kind sneaker, with the chameleon-like ability to take both clean and bold executions.
Don’t miss an opportunity to grab a pair of these limited edition “Heritage” Ventilators before they’re history.
Stop by Shoe Palace, Private, BX Sports, Thrillist and Reebok.com now to cop your pair of the $80 Ventilator “Heritage” sneakers!
The New Balance Fresh Foam 980 is very lightweight and is a good looking shoe. But don’t judge this shoe solely by its looks. New Balance put a ton of time and effort to create the 980.
As you can guess from the shoe’s name, the Fresh Foam, it has an innovative midsole that is created from a single piece of foam. It helps provides a lower, more natural underfoot feel. New Balance used specialized design software to create a lightweight men’s running shoe. The 980 also features breathable air mesh and simple no-sew overlays that wrap the foot in the right places. When you try the shoe on it feels like you are walking on a cloud. Not that I have ever walked on a cloud, but I have stepped through fog. Fog is a form of a cloud right?
The blown rubber outsole complements the shoe’s cushioning and which gives a runner a very smooth ride. The 980 has received a ton of praise so far this year. It was celebrated by Competitor Magazine Spring Shoe Guide as they awarded the 980 with the “Best Ride” in their March issue. Running Network called it the “Best Neutral Running Shoe.”
I have seen hard core runners to beginners rave about these kicks. Some of the features that runners have been talking about is the performance from the midsole compound, known as the Fresh Foam that delivers a lower, more natural underfoot feel.
Others like the no-sew air mesh construction with welded overlays for breathability to keep your feet feeling fresh. Still most of the praise has been from New Balance’s use of the blown rubber outsole for added cushioning, traction, and durability. Even if you are looking for some comfortable sneakers to walk in these 980’s are something you should look at. Check out the New Balance website HERE!
WWE 2K15 will usher in a new era of WWE video games and deliver the gaming experience that fans have sought for generations!
All-New MyCAREER Mode: For the first time ever, take your custom Superstar through an unprecedented and authentic WWE career spanning countless hours of gameplay. From NXT to RAW, make your way up to the WWE Championship and live the life of a real WWE Superstar. Xbox One and PlayStation 4 only.
Presentation Overhaul: Proprietary facial and body scanning technology deliver the most realistic WWE Superstars, Divas and Legends EVER. Xbox One and PlayStation 4 Only. Listen to Jerry Lawler and Michael Cole call the action with the best commentary featured in a WWE game to date, with more than five times the lines recorded than any other year. WWE 2K15 will also feature a custom soundtrack featuring today’s hottest artists, curated by John Cena.
Introducing: 2K Showcase: Relive the groundbreaking rivalries of John Cena vs. CM Punk and Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels in a new single player campaign told through your gameplay and historic WWE footage.
Gameplay Enhancements: WWE 2K15 will significantly improve the core gameplay experience through key additions and improvements designed to elevate the franchise now and into the future. By using new motion capture technology, 2K15 includes five times more new animations than any WWE game before. Combined with a brand-new chain wrestling system, WWE 2K15 will take the drama and adrenaline of a WWE match to new heights…just like on WWE TV! Xbox One and PlayStation 4 only.
WWE Universe and Creation Suite: Create your own Custom Superstar, or customize WWE Superstars and Divas, Move-Sets and entrances. Take control of WWE as your actions shape your Universe: storylines, schedule, rivalries, alliances and more!
At Seattle -5.5 Green Bay
They’re the champs for a reason and they’re at home, so it’s gonna take some serious juggernaughting for the Packers to edge ‘em out.
Pick: Seahawks -5.5
New Orleans -3 At Atlanta
Atlanta should bounce back this season, but not this week.
Pick: Saints -3
At St. Louis -3.5 Minnesota
Shaun Hill isn’t as bad as people think and the Vikings new offense needs time to click.
Pick: Rams -3.5
At Pittsburgh -6.5 Cleveland
Johnny Football, Brian Football – it really doesn’t matter without Josh.
Pick: Steelers -6.5
At Philadelphia -10.5 Jacksonville
Bortles may have kept this game respectable.
Pick: Eagles -10.5
At NY Jets -5 Oakland
I love the Derek Carr selection, but the Raiders don’t typically travel east and expect to win.
Pick: Jets -5
At Baltimore -2 Cincinnati
That newly erected statue of Ray Lewis in Baltimore won’t do anything to contain Cincy’s weapons.
Pick: Bengals +2
At Chicago -7 Buffalo
Chicago’s defense was surprisingly shitty last year, but the Bills don’t have the O to exploit ‘em and hang with that Trestman attack.
Pick: Bears -7
At Houston -3 Washington
JJ Watt and Jadeveon Clowney provide some much needed hope for a franchise that needs it. Gonna be fun to watch these two monsters disrupt Washington’s attack.
Pick: Texans -3
At Kansas City -4 Tennessee
Chiefs cruise past a team in transition.
Pick: Chiefs -4
New England -5 At Miami
Brady’s big year starts this week and Shane Vereen goes off.
Pick: Pats -5
At Tampa Bay -2.5 Carolina
Lovie’s first game inspires at home vs. a less-than-100-percent Cam.
Pick: Bucs -2.5
San Francisco -5 At Dallas
The Niners have looked less-than-menacing in the preseason, but I bet Dallas finds a way to lose.
Pick: Niners -5
At Denver -7.5 Indianapolis
Manning unleashes a full offseason of bitterness and frustration on his old team
Pick: Broncos -7.5
At Detroit -6 NY Giants
The Lions show the G-Men how to offense
Pick: Lions -6
At Arizona -3 San Diego
Cardinals remind people that they have a sick defense
Pick: Cards -3
Lock of the Week: Go with Pittsburgh. Trust.