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Win A Chance To Become an Official Food Taster for the NFL

NFL rivalries are serious business. Die-hard fans don’t only stan their favorite players, but their mascots, logos and even their stadium foods.

Pickswise, a free sports picks and betting tips site, is looking or an NFL food taster for this season to rank that last category. They are on the hunt for someone who has experience in game day cuisine to take up the mantle of their Official NFL Taste Tester. Could that be you?

The job description includes traveling to NFL stadiums to taste their concessions including tacos, nachos, burgers, hot dogs and sandwiches, with Pickswise providing $500, game tickets,  and an allowance to buy food at the stadiums. But what about beer???

The Official NFL Taste Tester will be required to report back to Pickswise HQ about their experience and rank the food from worst to first. Will the University of Phoenix Stadium with its pizza box nachos or Soldier Field’s Midway Monster rule the day? Or will Carolina’s Bank of America Stadium, NY’s MetLife Stadium or LA’s StubHub Center (Chronic Tacos anyone?) take the title?

“The NFL is known for great action, great athletes and some incredible food so we want to hire the right person to settle the debate on which franchise has the bragging rights,” says Jake Apperley, a Pickswise spokesperson. “Our Official NFL Taste Tester is an exciting opportunity for the winner to become a member of the Pickswise team and enjoy some of the league’s best action and food.”

To enter, reply to the pinned competition tweet with a picture of yourself at a game, eating food, or both (points for creativity will likely be awarded) or tweet @PickswiseNFL with said photo, the hashtag #NFLFoodTester, and follow their account.

The competition began on August 29 and ends September 9. You must be 21 years-old or older to enter.

Best of luck, football foodies!

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Loaded Nachos Served In A Football Is This Year’s CLUTCH Game Day Snack Recipe


Chips and dip are the snack everyone mindlessly munches on during the big game. Whether you’re watching the commercials or standing around catching up with friends, chances are you’ve got at least a few of these on your plate.

That ubiquity comes with a price, though, as these are often just put together with store-bought cheese sauce or dip that can be heated at the last minute. Going the extra mile to make your own cheese sauce, salsa, and meat to pile on top, and THEN serving that in a halved football? As Cris Collinsworth would say, here’s a sign that a true gourmet is running the snack show.

These Loaded Football Nachos are the snack that will wake people up out of their grazing in a momentary pause of “WOW, that’s amazing!” They’re stacked with a custom cheese sauce, Hansen’s Root Beer-marinated steak, and a mango-pineapple salsa infused with Hansen’s Mandarin Lime Soda syrup.

All of these ingredients combine for hits of sweet, savory, spicy, tangy, and acidic that create an orchestra of flavors that’ll have the entire football shell it’s served in empty by halftime.

Forget your favorite team taking home the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Getting everyone to ask you for this recipe and to make it again next year will be the real win come game day.

To make these Loaded Football Nachos, peep the recipe below.

Ingredients:

1 Pound Skirt Steak

1 Can of Hansen’s Root Beer Soda

1 Bunch Large Mexican Green Onion greens and bulbs divided

½ Cup Ketchup

2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce

1 Tbsp minced Fresh Garlic

 

For the Cheese Sauce:

2 Tbsp Butter

2 Tbsp Flour

1 Cup Milk

1 1/2 Cup Mexican Style Shredded Cheese

 

For the Nachos:

2 Roma tomatoes, diced

1 Can Sliced Black Olives

1/2 Bunch Cilantro, chopped

1 Can Black Beans  

1 Bag Round Style Restaurant Tortilla Chips

Sour Cream

 

1 Football (Composite)

 

For the Mango Pineapple Salsa:

1 Pineapple, ¼” cube

1 Mango, ¼” cube

3 Cans Hansen’s Mandarin Lime Soda

1 Orange Bell Pepper, diced

1 Red Bell Pepper, diced

2 Jalapenos, diced with seeds removed

⅓ Cup diced Red Onion

½ Cup Lime Juice

½ Bunch Cilantro, chopped

Salt (To Taste)

Directions:

Step 1:

Combine thinly sliced green onion bulbs, Hansen’s Root Beer Soda, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic for the meat marinade. Marinate meat for 12-24 hours for best results.

Step 2:

In a small saucepan over medium heat, add butter and flour, and whisk together until combined. Continue whisking while slowly adding milk. Once mixture comes to a simmer, turn off the heat and incorporate cheese until melted.

Step 3:

In a large skillet, lightly oil pan and set the temperature to high. Drain marinade from meat and reserve for later use. Once pan is hot, sear both sides of the meat. Pour some of the reserved marinade in on the seared meat. Cook meat on both sides, and once the liquid is evaporated, remove meat and cut into small pieces.

Step 4:

For the Mango Pineapple salsa, pour Hansen’s Mandarin Lime Soda in a small pot and reduce half the volume to make a soda syrup. Set aside to cool.

Step 5:

Combine cooled soda syrup, lime juice, red and orange peppers, pineapple, mango, jalapeno and cilantro. Let rest in a refrigerator for 2 hours, drain excess liquid.

Step 6:

Time to cut your football in half! Using a box cutter, x-acto, or utility knife, carefully cut the the football in half along the seam. Remove rubber lining.

Step 7:

Assemble the nachos! Line the football with parchment paper. Layer the chips, cheese, steak, warmed black beans, diced tomatoes, thinly sliced green onion stalks, black olives and chopped cilantro inside the half cut football. Repeat this process until all ingredients are used, put as much sour cream as you want on top, and serve!


Created in partnership with Hansen’s Soda. 

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Pizza Hut Scores New NFL Sponsorship, Replacing Papa John’s

 

The National Football League has officially traded Papa John’s for Pizza Hut as its official pizza sponsor.

After eight years together, the dissolution of the sponsorship between Papa John’s and the NFL may have been something to be expected for some time now. Papa John’s has been under fire since November 2017 when former CEO John Schnatter blamed poor pizza sales on the National Anthem protests by NFL players. According to Bangor Daily News, Schnatter blamed poor leadership from higher officials of the NFL for the players who knelt during the National Anthem to protest against racial discrimination, injustice, and inequality. Tension continued to build as Neo-Nazis claimed Papa John’s as the “Official Pizza of Aryan Race,” and eventually, Schnatter stepped down from his position in January 2018.

However, Papa John’s isn’t totally nixed from any involvement with the NFL. According to the Washington Post, there will continue to be partnerships with 22 local NFL teams, and will focus on a “presence in broadcast and digital media and key personalities in the sport.”

Nevertheless, the NFL seems to have made the best, most logical choice in choosing Pizza Hut to be it’s newest official pizza for the next four years, starting April 2018. The pizza giant is the largest pizza chain in the United States, totaling over 7,200 locations, according to the Washington Post.

“We know many of our fans enjoy pizza while watching NFL games and we are thrilled to have Pizza Hut, an industry leader and one of America’s favorite brands, as an official league sponsor,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in an official statement. “With a focus on family, friends and fun, Pizza Hut has the creativity we are looking for in a partner and we look forward to working together with them to make the at-home NFL experience more exciting than ever for our fans.”

If an “at-home NFL experience” is what they’re aiming for, Pizza Hut may already have the ball rolling. After all, Pizza Hut has been testing out beer and wine delivery, allowing consumers to kill two birds with one stone. But sensing from the enthusiasm of Artie Starrs, President of Pizza Hut U.S., that may just be the beginning.

“Pizza Hut has a history of bringing more entertaining food and experiences to the pizza occasion and we plan to continue that through our exclusive partnership with the NFL,” said Starrs. “The capacity for what’s possible is endless and that’s going to make this league partnership great fun for Pizza Hut, the NFL and everyone who loves pizza and football.”

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This Pigs In A Blanket Pizza Is The Perfect Thing To Devour For The Big Game

The Big Game is only a week away and you need to start thinking of all your game day menu options while cheering on your team.

Krave It Sandwich Shop & Eatery, created a pizza that may very well be the ultimate game day party food. It’s essentially a pigs in a blanket pizza and we’re not mad about it at all.

Called the Battle of the Pigskin (get it?), the pizza is topped with Chili con Carne, Fritos, scallions, white onions, bacon, hot dog slices, mozzarella cheese, cheddar cheese, Monterey jack cheese, and chipotle Sriracha mustard, all cooked on a pigs in a blanket crust.

Boy, how we’d love to wrap ourselves up inside this pie. Kind of wish there was a Krave It in California so I can order one for Royal Rumble this Sunday as well. Perhaps one day.

The Battle of the Pigskin is available now until the day of the Big Game at the Bayside, NY, restaurant. Any NYC readers feel like mailing us a slice?

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Bar Offers Free Beer Until Green Bay Packers Score, Team Gets Shut Out

A Milwaukee bar has fumbled a promotion they did to get people in to their place to watch the Green Bay Packers play. Now, they’re giving away free beer for the entire week as a result.

The bar, called The Bavarian Bierhaus, offered up free beer to anyone who came in during game time this past Sunday until the local NFL team scored a touchdown. Unfortunately, their opponents that day, the Baltimore Ravens, swooped in on the opportunity and shut out the Packers on their home turf. Thus, patrons of the Bierhaus went the entire game with free beers to drown the sorrows of their crushing defeat in.

The free beer game time special has been going on all season, ABC7 Detroit reports. Considering that Green Bay hasn’t been held scoreless at home since 2006, it was a good bet that the free beers wouldn’t last too long. Alas, this past evening was not the case.

The Bierhaus is holding up their end of the deal, however. They’ve committed to offering free beer all week long until they score against the Pittsburgh Steelers (who has the second-best defense in the league) in an upcoming bout this Sunday.

That’s a true class act by the Bavarian Bierhaus, but they better hope the Green Bay Packers don’t walk away scoreless in this matchup as well as future ones. The bar could be in for a long, costly remainder of the season otherwise.

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Crown Royal Want Football Fans To “Hydrate Generously” For A Noble Cause

“Hydrate Generously,” the newest platform from Crown Royal, is encouraging football fans to drink responsibly on game day by reinforcing the importance of always drinking in moderation and hydrating between drinks.

The whiskey brand recently debuted its “Hydrate Generously” campaign with a nationally televised 30-second advertisement introducing the Water B.O.Y.S. (Beverage Offsetters at Your Service), Crown Royal’s real-life squad of hydration specialists who tackle the important job of reminding fans and spectators to moderate their game day consumption and drink water between drinks – at the tailgate, in the bar and in the stands.

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“Pro football is America’s favorite sport, the most-viewed programming on TV and one of the top occasions for responsible consumption of alcoholic beverages,” said Sophie Kelly, Senior Vice President of North American Whiskeys at Diageo. “With so many fans paying attention, we saw an opportunity to do something that no brand has done before and take our longstanding social responsibility commitment to the masses, reminding fans to celebrate in moderation in a way that’s rooted in the energy, spirit and intensity of the game itself.”

Crown Royal will further elevate “Hydrate Generously” through a partnership with Waterboys.org, a charitable organization within the Chris Long Foundation. To date, the organization has funded 24 life-sustaining water wells for East African communities. Crown Royal will help fund the organization’s 25th and 26th wells by donating $45,000 to kick off the season, and by rallying fans to help raise another $45,000 by donating one dollar for every use of #HydrateGenerously and for every bottle distributed by the Crown Royal Water B.O.Y.S. throughout the season. This upholds the brand’s long-standing commitment to charitable initiatives, with in-kind and monetary donations totaling more than $1 million since 2010.

“We are honored to partner with Crown Royal on the ‘Hydrate Generously’ campaign to bring clean water to communities in desperate need,” said Waterboys director Nicole Woodie. “This partnership exemplifies the uniting power of sports by drawing football fans together to get two more Waterboys wells funded and impact the lives of over 10,000 people. We hope when fans drink responsibly they will also be inspired to live generously by getting involved with the Waterboys’ mission.”

The “Hydrate Generously” initiative will also feature squads of real-life Water B.O.Y.S. distributing water at stadiums, tailgates, sports bars and in rideshare vehicles throughout the season.

The “Hydrate Generously” initiative is part of Crown Royal’s ongoing “Live Generously and Life Will Treat You Royally” platform – which views a generous life as a life well-lived and committed to inspiring generosity in all of its forms. All activations and communications reinforce the message that a magnanimous approach to life is ultimately the most rewarding.

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Lime-A-Rita Kicks Off NFL Season With Brand New Flavor

Are you ready for some football but don’t like the taste of beer? Well, Lime-A-Rita has got you covered.

The Bud Light brand recently announced its debut as an Official Sponsor of the NFL, as part of Anheuser-Busch’s ongoing partnership with the National Football League. With the expansion of the partnership, Lime-A-Rita will now be able to have a larger presence on game day, both on and off screen.

“The NFL has been making a lot of positive changes to highlight and speak to female fans,” says Chelsea Phillips, VP Brand Marketing for Lime-A-Rita, via a statement. “We are excited for Lime-A-Rita to be a brand that can support these efforts and bring even more fun to our consumer’s favorite sport.”

In other Lime-A-Rita news, its Pome-Granate-Rita hit the shelves last week as a Fall/Winter seasonal flavor, available until next Spring. The flavor combines the juicy and tart flavors of pomegranate with a margarita twist. The result is a sweet, refreshing alternative to beer.

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Dos Equis To Induct “Most Interesting Fan of College Football” Into Hall of Fame

There’s a slight chill in the air (in the East Coast at least), Labor Day is this weekend, and that can only mean one thing… college football season will soon be upon us. Dos Equis returns as the Official Beer Sponsor of the College Football Playoff and is on a mission to find those football fanatics who choose “Game Day Over Everything.”

At the end of the season, one lucky fan will be crowned “The Most Interesting Fan of College Football” and will be honored by being immortalized in the College Football Hall of Fame with a life-sized statue. “It’s incredible to be a part of this ‘Most Interesting Fan’ campaign because it highlights the spirit and passion college football fans share every Saturday during the season,” says Rob Riggle, campaign spokesperson and ‘Most Interesting Fan’ candidate. “I’ve been a huge fan of college football all my life, displaying fandom literally on my sleeves and chest, so I’m excited to represent all those other diehards that put ‘Game Day Over Everything’ as they showcase their most interesting traditions for their teams.”

Starting Saturday (September 2) through November 14, 2017, fans of legal drinking age can use #MostInterestingFanSearch to enter the contest on Twitter, Instagram, and at DosEquis.com by sharing photos, videos, or a simple tweet stating why they should be considered. Two finalists will be chosen in November and one winner will then be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta at an exclusive Dos Equis event on January 7, 2018. Both finalists will receive roundtrip travel for two and will attend the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship on January 8, 2018.

Additionally, Dos Equis is also taking its ESPN College Football Playoffs partnership to another level during Week 7 this college football season with its “ESPN Tailgate Week presented by Dos Equis,” which will highlight some of the best, most interesting tailgates around the nation and encourage fans to submit why they belong in the College Football Hall of Fame.