SUPER BOWL BOULEVARD

Since Wednesday, there has been a new show on Broadway – and it’s the biggest and brightest!  Welcome to Super Bowl Boulevard.

 For 13 long amazing blocks, running on Broadway from 34th to 47th Street, the “Boulevard” is the epicenter for NFL fans during Super Bowl XLVIII celebrating all things football.  Some of the amazing things you’ll find – running January 29-February 1:

Super Bowl Virtual Theatre A visual celebration of football – You can catch this spectacular video show nightly on the façade of the famous Macy’s storefront at Herald Square – 5:30 pm running for 10 minutes every 30 minutes until 9:30.

Autograph and Concert Stage Between 39th and 40th Street – the stage will offer free autographs from some of your favorite NFL stars from 12:00 to 5:00 pm:  8:00 pm the stage will feature some of the best talent New York has to offer.

Toboggan Run Between 40th and 41st Street – from 12:00 to 10:00 pm – 60 feet tall and 180 feet long – take a ride on this 8 lane Toboggan Run!  Tickets are $5.00 per ride – this one is awesome!

Roman Numerals Between 42nd and 43rd Street – 12:00 to 10:00 pm – Everyone wants this iconic background for the perfect photo!

Vince Lombardi Trophy Display Between 43rd and 44th Street – 12:00 to 10:00 pm – The most prestigious Football award, a true ran definitely won’t want to miss getting this Vince Lombardi Trophy on film!

Tons of booths are all over with some great food too.  What more could you ask for – Football, Food, Entertainment and Fun – all in one place!

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Thursday Flub: Tony Parker

Tony Parker…an 80 percent free-throw shooter baffled everyone on Wednesday night, when he attempted to take a technical free throw shot only to look like a 2 year old’s first time throwing a basketball. His aborted attempt at a free throw during the third quarter of the San Antonio Spurs’ matchup with the Chicago Bulls, made everyone watching think they were the victim of the Ashton Kutcher series “Pranked”. Whatever the explanation (could he have felt a sneeze coming on? Did monsters from “space jam” take his talent?) Referee James Capers seemed to think it was radically not like Parker, to give him another crack at his technical freebie, which he did in fact knock down. Unfortunately, his team could not knock down the bulls, but we did witness a day in Flub history. Check it out below:

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Best Wing Recipes for your Superbowl Party

The Superbowl is less than a week away and while youre out hunting for that Big Screen T.V, we’re giving you 3 amazing superbowl Wing Recipes from our friends at the daily meal & kitchen daily that you can make for your super bowl crowd that will leave everyone screaming “touch down” as they take a bite.

Spicy Chipotle-Honey Wings

Chipotles en adobo add a smoky, spicy flavor to the sauce for these wings, which also get a nice crispy exterior thanks to a quick trip to the broiler at the very end.

Get the Spicy Chipotle-Honey Wings recipe here

Crunchy Honey-Soy Glazed Chicken Wings Recipe

Even though they’re baked instead of fried, these wings get a nice crisp exterior thanks to the use of panko breadcrumbs, and coated with, a sweet, tangy, spicy glaze, we bet you can’t eat just one.

Get the Crunchy Honey-Soy Glazed Chicken recipe here

Chicken Wings with a Honey-Teriyaki Glaze

It’s amazing how a simple marinade of store-bought teriyaki sauce and honey can transform simple chicken wings into something truly special.

Get the Chicken Wings with a Honey-Teriyaki Glaze recipe here

Try them out and thank me later!

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NEW FIGHT FOR FLOYD?

 

A deal has been agreed for the 27-year-old Amir Khan to fight ‘Money’ Mayweather in a mega-bucks bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday, May 3. The fight is set to be confirmed around the time of next weekend’s Super Bowl in New York. Mayweather, 36, holds the WBC’s light-middleweight and welterweight titles, with the fight most likely to take place in the heavier division. Another factor that will not make the challenge any easier for Khan is the fact he will not have fought for 13 months by the time he steps into the ring.Talk of a clash with Khan has intensified in the past six months, as he’s been on Mayweather’s radar for quite some time. Khan revealed how a meeting with Mayweather’s uncle, Roger,back in 09’ convinced him he would be a difficult opponent for the brash Michigan-born superstar.

Khan said: “I met his uncle when I visited his gym and he told me that I had the style which would cause Floyd a lot of problems.“That was from his uncle’s own mouth.“I think Floyd knows as well that I have the style which would cause him problems.“They have been watching me for a long time and when I visited Floyd’s gym that time they knew all about me, even though I hadn’t won a world title yet.”Khan has lost two of his last four fights, per Boxrec, and will need to improve massively if he’s to challenge Mayweather. The Englishman’s defence has appeared easily penetrable at times and his shot selection sloppy—two aspects his potential opponent will be sure to exploit.Few will fancy Khan against the greatest fighter on the planet, but like so many others before him, dreams of overcoming Mayweather could be enough to fuel a memorable encounter.

 

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MOVIE NIGHT: THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

If you are thinking of seeing a high energy movie with a zany amount of greed and lust and you have 3 hours of  precious time to spare, then I would suggest going out to see “The Wolf of Wall Street” this weekend.

The Wolf of Wall Street is a very deep movie about some very shallow people. Jordan Belfort – played by Leonardo DiCaprio – is a young, ambitious, newly married man from the Bronx, who chose the wrong profession – stock brokering – but met the right guy on his first day of work. His boss, Mark Hanna , played byMatthew McConaughey, is half-baked in his approach to make a profit which is to never let the investor roll-out with the money after a hit investment, instead keep him preoccupied with new sales, while the broker makes off with the commission.

Belfort is sold to the advice, because of the vice’s compulsion, and the inherent greed of money making, with a screwed up person’s view of the world where sexual gratification and drug abuse is the way of kings. And for a good while it is. Throughout “The Wolf of Wall Street” Mr. Scorsese’s direction, and the screenplay by Terence Winter, knows only four words: Live free, die hard!..or maybe, not die at all.

Their eventual downfall, a staple in movies and real life, is less about an unexpected twist – bad people, of course, will go down, (which is the law of the universe) – but more about the thrill and joy of getting away with it. In that way, “The Wolf of Wall Street” is about petty criminals who make serious money by unregulated means.

 “The Wolf of Wall Street” in my opinion is the most facetious movie of the year with the movie’s treatment of moralities, the chauvinistic man’s view of women, or the insistence that greed is god’s gift to mankind. Some may object to the content while others will find it quite amusing as they live vicariously through the characters of this movie as they wouldn’t dare do such things in real life(insert sarcasm here),regardless of your stance…you’ll leave wildly amused.

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WHEN PERSISTENCE PAYS OFF

In 1988, the Jamaican bobsled team stunned the world by qualifying for the Olympics, relying on the kindness of world athletes for essential tools they lacked — like a bobsled. The 1993 movie “Cool Runnings” was based on their journey. When the Jamaican two-man sled team qualified for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, they turned to the online community for funds to cover their trip to Russia.Team Jamaica tweeted on Saturday morning: #BREAKING: Jamaica’s 2 man Bobsled qualified for Winter Olympics in Sochi. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! #JamaicaBobsled.It was retweeted nearly 9,000 times and favorited more than 2,600 times.

Watt, who had retired after competing in the 2002 Games, returned to the sport this season at age 46 and trimmed the team from four members to two to cut costs.  “It would mean the world to us, and I hope that our fans and friends back home in Jamaica would be proud and support us as we show the world that we don’t give up and that Jamaica’s bobsled is still alive,” Watt told the Jamaica Gleaner. ”This means so much. … I didn’t want to see Jamaican bobsled just die like that after all the sacrifices.” Fortunately, the team did not have to bow out as the community came through as the ever laid-back Jamaican would say ”no problem”.

For a country with no snow — ever — Jamaica has done pretty darn well in bobsled competition internationally. After its Olympic debut in 1988, the team returned to the Games in 1992, 1994, 1998 and 2002.The original Jamaican team that competed in Calgary was backed by a couple of U.S. businessmen and the president of the Jamaica Olympic Assn.

Over the weekend, the team not only raised their funds but in the process also quadrupled the price of dogecoins with donations also coming in from Indiegogo and Crowdtilt. The team officially stopped taking donations through the croudfunding sites at midnight on Jan. 20. “I am happy to report that because of your generosity, we have reached our target much sooner than we anticipated.” Harris notes that any additional support can be donated on the official bobsled site, www.jamaicabobsleighteam.com. “We are grateful for your overwhelming show of support. The monies you donated will be used to cover training expenses (food, board, traveling, track fees, etc.), and equipment purchases as the team completes its final preparation for the Games. Funds will also be earmarked to ship the sled and related equipment to Russia,” Harris said. Based on the huge fundraising response, it’s easy to see that this isn’t just Jamaica’s team. It’s the international community of the Internet’s team. Fans can follow the team’s video diary.

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What Will Be Your Favorite Commercial?

It’s that time of year – everyone gathering around their TV for the Big Game, some anticipating the commercials as much as the Football!

To refresh your memory – here’s a link to the NFL’s recap from last year’s commercials:  http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/47/commercials#video=0ap2000000134673

Now on to 2014 – We got a sneak peek to the list of advertisers at this year’s Super Bowl Game – who do you think will be the winner?

Anheuser-Busch – So we hear they will have five ads running – three for Bud Light and two for Budweiser.  Two of the Bud-Light ads will feature celebrities and introduce a new tagline “The Perfect Beer for Whatever Happens”.  The third Bud Light spot will promote a new aluminum bottle.  One Budweiser ad will bring back the Clydesdale trainer from last year’s well-received “brotherhood” commercial and spotlight a bond between a Clydesdale and a puppy.  And the second Budweiser spot will pay tribute to soldiers returning from Afghanistan.

Audi of America (Volkswagen) – One spot in the first ad break after the third quarter kick-off!  The only tip we got is that the ad will promote the new Audi A3.

Axe – One ad.  Axe has released a 60-second version of its planned Super Bowl ad, depicting a series of soldiers and tyrants turning toward love.  But will this be the 30 second version we will see?

Butterfinger – One spot in the second half to promote the new Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups.  But don’t look for longtime mascot Bart Simpson.  We hear the Simpson’s regular won’t be included in this spot.

Cheerios – One commercial in the first unscheduled time out of the game.  We haven’t heard any creative info yet.

Chobani – Their first time advertising in the Super Bowl – they will have one spot.  A new campaign will be released, but we don’t have any other information.

Coca-Cola – They are returning back to the Super Bowl – but top secret as to their plans!  The only thing we did hear is that their advertising “would be all about celebrating American Society and Coca-Cola’s role within it”

Doritos – Two spots will be chosen through the “Crash the Super Bowl” contest, back for the 8th year in a row – but open for the first time to entries from people in all 46 countries where the chips are sol.  Consumers will choose one user-generated spot; Doritos Marketing Team will select the other.

GoDaddy – Two spots – one in each half.  And we hear that Danica Patrick, race car driver and longtime GoDaddy endorser, will appear in one spot, possibly both.

H&M – One ad in the second quarter featuring David Beckham.  Pretty cool, it will allow viewers with certain Samsung Smart TV’s to use their remote controls to engage with the commercial and buy products from Mr. Beckham’s Bodywear Line.

Hyundai Motor America – Appearing in their 7th consecutive Super Bowl, Hyundai will feature two commercials during the game.  No info yet on creative.

Intuit – One spot in the third quarter.  And for those of us that don’t know who Intuit is – they make financial and tax prep software such as Quicken and TurboTax.

Jaguar – First time to the party, they will be running a 60-second spot (initially a 30-second commercial, but needed more time for their story).   Promoting the new F-Type, this spot will star British actors Ben Kingsley, Tom Hiddleston and Mark Strong as a trio of British villains.  Could be pretty cool.

Kia – Making its 5th consecutive Super Bowl outing, the spot or spots (has not been disclosed yet) will help introduce its new K900 flagship sedan in the United States.

M & M’s – One spot – with no information yet.  I’m happy out little guys will be back for their third consecutive appearance at the Super Bowl.

Oikos – We have only heard that they will be running one spot.  No creative info released – and we haven’t heard if John Stamos will be included in the ad.

Paramount Pictures – One spot to promote “Transformers: Age of Extinction”

Pepsi – The will have two ads, but no information has been released as to the creative.  But remember, PepsiCo is a key sponsor of the NFL and is sponsoring this year’s Halftime Show for the second year in a row.

SodaStream – One spot in the fourth quarter, that is promising to be an “edgy ad” featuring Scarlett Johansson.  The theme – “better bubbles made by you”.

Squarespace – One ad – no info yet.  Again, for those of us that are not familiar with Squarespace, they describe themselves as a design-centric website platform.

Toyota – One spot – the only thing we know about this one is that they will be promoting the Toyota Highlander

TurboTax  – One spot in the second quarter.  Campaign is entitled “It’s Amazing What You’re Capable Of”, meant to celebrate hard working Americans.

Volkswagen – One spot with no info yet.  However, Volkswagen has a habit of releasing its Super Bowl ads, or at least teasers for its ads, ahead of time.  So we’ll be looking out.

Wonderful Pistachios – Two spots in the second quarter.  Theme – “Get Crackin’, America” – both spots starring Stephen Colbert.

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WHAT BABIES BORN IN 2014 MAY NEVER KNOW….

As fast as technology is moving, it’s understandable how things we know today will fade away.  Check out this list of things that kids born this year may never know:

The Post Office – Yes kids, instead of email, someone use to come all the way to your house just to drop a bunch of ads into a box on the front porch!

Parking Meters – Imagine that you use to have to pay for parking by putting coins into a little steel box on a pole.  Bank Tellers – Instead of digitally depositing or withdrawing money, people use to actually visit a bank branch to do this.

Paper Checks – And while having to travel to this bank, they also would write an amount of money on a piece of paper.  Once signed, it magically became the same as making your own paper money.

Paper Statements – Trees had to give their lives to those that refused to go digital (that alone is hard to believe).  Being mailed to that box on the front porch again.

Cable TV – crazy as it seems, there use to be a wire running all the way downtown to bring entertainment into the house.  Judging by the price, you would have thought it contained a cure for cancer!

Toll Booths – Imagine you use to have to stop at a booth and either throw money in a basket or hand it to someone.

Phone Booths – There was a time before everyone had a wireless phone – and there used to be a little glass room on street corners where you’d go in and use coins to make a call.

Newspapers – In those days before everyone had computers at home and in their pockets, printing presses made paper versions of websites.  People would then drive around and throw them on your front lawn.

Books and Bookstores – Books were a physical version of e-books made out of paper.  People would actually go to a retail “Bookstore” to buy these books.

Car Keys – you would need an actual key to insert into a keyhole in the doors and dashboard to unlock and start the car. 

DVD’s – There was a time before movies were delivered online, they would come on discs you’d stick into your computer or a player attached to your tv. 

Fax Machines – These antique devises would transmit a piece of paper to another fax machine anywhere in the world.  It worked over phone lines.

Phone Lines – Before wireless (yes, another crazy thought), calls were carried on wires.  Like power wires, they were strung everywhere and stopped working during snow and ice storms.

Cursive Handwriting – You would have to pick up a pen or pencil and actually write things by hand.  Not only that, but the letters of each word were all connected in such a way that it was often impossible to decipher!

Camcorders – Before HD video cameras became standard in phones, you had to buy a separate device if you wanted video selfies.

Blind Dates – Way back, people were actually forced to meet one another any way they could, including being introduced to friends of friends.  It was awkward!  There was no way to IM, text, exchange pics or otherwise communicate before actually meeting.  And it always seemed that people you met this way usually were not as good looking as you!

 

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Tech News: Modular cellphones the next big thing?

In today’s world of narcissist sites such as instagram…taking a good picture can be a chore. What if you could detach, drop and add a better smartphone camera to your current phone? I mean come on…why upgrade your phone every couple of months when you can just upgrade its components? Well the concept of a modular cellphone has been floating around for quite some time now and ZTE, one of the very few companies to tease such a device with their Eco-Mobius prototype is the latest to show that it’s quite possible. With a device like this, the user would be able to swap out their lcd, processor, ram, camera  and battery modules on the fly- a move that could potentially give users complete control…and take it back from the hands of companies like Apple or Samsung that constantly upgrade their devices, leaving customers scrambling to get the latest while throwing away a completely good phone in the process. I’m guessing this would also be a good move for the planet! While this prototype was under glass for the tech show, it’s still a fascinating look at where the mobile market could be going in the near future.

 

 

 

 

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OLD SPICE DOES IT AGAIN!

Is the Glass half full or half empty? Creepy bad, or zany good? I can’t say for sure but people “ARE” talking about it, and that’s what counts in advertisement. The latest viral ad from the folks over at Old Spice who are known for their over-the-top commercials is some kind of nightmarish masterpiece.Spray this substance on your person, the ad suggests, and  your mother will make your adolescence a living hell by stalking you from one location to another as she acknowledges/fears your decent into manhood. The commercial, directed by Steve Ayson for the ad agency Wieden + Kennedy and the production company MJZ, is part of the company’s “Smellcome to Manhood” campaign.The commercial, is already an online hit, with more than a million views on YouTube in just under three days and a wild hit on twitter! Most found the commercial hilarious or brilliant but not everyone could get on board…infact…some thought it was utterly disturbing. Watch it here and sound off:

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