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.

New Flavors Added To The MTN DEW Family

For all of you who love the taste of Kickstart from Mountain Dew you are going to like this. They just announced two new flavors to their MTN DEW Kickstart lineup. Consumer favorite flavors, Raspberry Citrus and Mango Lime, are on shelves now and will come in MTN DEW Kickstart’s familiar 12oz and 16oz cans, respectively. These sparkling juice beverages combine the great taste of DEW with real fruit juice and caffeine. The two new flavors will be available nationally and have a suggested retail price of $1.99.

MTN DEW Kickstart launched in 2013 and has been dubbed one of PepsiCo’s most successful beverage product launches in the past decade, generating annual retail sales of more than $500 million to date.  With only 60 calories per 12 oz. serving, the two new mid-calorie beverage flavors join eight previously released flavors – Orange Citrus, Fruit Punch, Black Cherry, Pineapple Orange Mango, Midnight Grape, Watermelon, Blueberry Pomegranate and Blood Orange.

See How You Can Go Further With Ford

Have you seen the FordHub? It is Ford’s first brand experience studio, an innovation playground where consumers can explore and learn more about Ford vehicles today and, how Ford is thinking about the future of mobility. As the brand shares its vision for the City of Tomorrow, the FordHub will allow consumers to learn how Ford is finding new ways to help people move – whether they own a car or not.

Ford is also revealing a new 90-second ad that – for the first time ever – highlights near- and long-term mobility solutions it is developing to help people Go Further in their daily lives. The ad launches just before kickoff of Super Bowl LI on Sunday. Digital extensions of the ad also debut at fordgofurther.com, featuring in-depth stories of Ford people who Go Further every day.

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.

Look Who Is Playing A 3 On 3 All-Star Game

Around the country people are getting ready for the 3 on 3 basketball tournament. The NBA players are looking get into the action as well. Following a six-city tour of DewNBA3X, Mountain Dew, the NBA, and TNT are bringing the event to a national stage in New Orleans, where Shaquille O’Neal and Dennis Scott scouted the top elite amateur players from across the country for GM’s Russell Westbrook and Kyrie Irving.  These players matched up for some tough one-on-one elimination games to see who would make it to the finals, where two teams will play alongside team captains Jason Williams and Baron Davis with a 30-minute special about DewNBA3X airing on Sat. Feb. 18 at 6pm EST on TNT leading into All-Star Saturday Night coverage.

Check out the first episode of a six-part DewNBA3X series – showcasing how the players, coaches and GMs are qualifying and preparing for All Star 2017 in New Orleans.

Ford Keeps Up With The Latest Tech

It seems that every year the technology improves by leaps and bounds. You can see the difference when you upgrade your smartphone. Imagine how technologically behind you’d be if you still had the same iPhone from 2010?  With how rapidly technology is advancing in the auto industry too, car owners with 2010 models must feel like flip phone owners.

Now with Ford’s latest innovation, they can enjoy some of the newest tech features offered in today’s vehicles with a simple plug-in. Called SmartLink, Ford & Lincoln owners with 2010-2016 model year vehicles can access remote start, lock and unlock via their smartphone, activate 4G Wi-Fi hotspots capable of accepting up to eight devices, receive vehicle health and security alert and access vehicle location assistance.