Saturday, February 5, 2011

Commercials are the ART of Super Bowl Sundays

It is our only unofficial U.S. National Holiday. 100 million viewers gather in front of a TV somewhere to watch America's professional football championship game. More often than not, the game is less than interesting with one team dominating the other. In an effort to keep all 100,000,000 viewers tuned in, the event also includes an entertaining half-time show and the best TV commercials of the year. View more videos of the commercials after a behind the scenes look at the new Dallas football stadium and a new shape for Buffalo Wings.

The Super Bowl this year is being played in Dallas, TX at the new Dallas Cowboys' stadium. Guest writer David Collier gives his first person impression of attending games at this interesting new facility.
     Football has been a major focus of my life and going to a game at the new Dallas Cowboys stadium is a football experience like no other.  My friends and I have been lucky enough to attend several games in this state-of-the-art facility. At the first regular season game, the Cowboys vs the Giants, we had insider connections and parked one row away from the stadium, which included having a dog sniff the interior of my car for bombs. A friend had given us tickets to watch the game from a lower level luxury suite on the 50 yard line. When I walked into the suite and saw that huge video screen hanging over the field, well it is something I will never forget. We also had access to the field level Miller Lite Club and watched both teams come onto the field. We were only ten feet from the visiting team locker room passageway.  For me, a highlight at this game was being introduced to Cowboys legend, Roger Staubach in the lounge area next to our suite.  The game was amazing, but even with these great seats, you cannot help but watch the huge 60 yard long video screen more than you do the game on the field. This stadium offers a unique football experience, different from attending a game in any other football venue.
     I also attended the recent Cotton Bowl in this stadium.  For that game, we had seats in the very top section. Because I was so high up, I could not hear any of the normal noises of a football game. I was at the event, I could see the field, but up there, the big screen was the only way I could really watch the game. I will avoid sitting in the top sections of this stadium again, if at all possible. 
     Nevertheless, the Dallas Cowboys stadium, often referred to as “Jerry World”, for Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones, is America's BEST football stadium and one of the nicest sporting venues in the world, today.  Everything from the new technology, to the luxury suites, clubs, lounges, bathrooms, concession stands, and all of the public spaces makes you feel truly cared for and creates an excellent experience for a football fan.

Spicy Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
recipe from Daniel Holzman of the Meatball Shop
(See ARTSnFOOD: Saturday, November 20, 2010
posting for more on The Meatball Shop)
This recipe for hot and spicy chicken meatballs is something different for your Super Bowl Sunday, whether you call them Spicy Buffalo Meatballs or Spicy Buffalo Chicken Meatballs. No skin and no frying makes these a healthier and far less messy choice than wings. There is no hot sauce on the outside and meatballs can be eaten with a fork, otherwise the ingredients are the same as wings; dark meat chicken, hot sauce, celery and blue cheese dressing.
1 tbsp butter
1/2 cup Frank's Red Hot Sauce
2 lbs ground chicken, thigh meat preferred. 
2 stalks celery, 1 minced and one cut into 1/2" sections to garnish the dish
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tbsp chile flakes
1 cup bread crumbs
3 eggs
blue cheese dressing

1. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over a low flame. Pour in the Franks Red Hot, sauce, stirring constantly until completely mixed. Remove from the flame and reserve at room temperature. 
2. In a large mixing bowl combine all of the ingredients, including hot sauce / butter mix, (salt optional,for the chicken, approximately 1 tsp). Mix well with a vigorous stir until completely uniform.
3. Roll the mixture into tight, golf-ball sized meatballs and place on a lightly oiled pan. Roast in a preheated 450 degree oven for 6 minutes. Flip and continue baking for 8 minutes.

Serve warm on a platter with a drizzle of blue cheese dressing and with celery around the edges or offer a gravy boat of dressing on the side.

ART: Some of the most creative artist and writers pay their mortgages by working in advertising. Here are some TV commercials both past and present plus some which were never aired because of an objection by the client or a US censors. 
Super Bowl TV ADS 
Past and Present:

Super Bowl and Other TV ADS 
Never Aired on TV
Remember, each of these commercials was offensive to somebody. 
IF you are easily offended.

Until later,
ARTSnFOOD, All rights reserved, Text © Copyright 2011 Jack A. Atkinson under all International intellectual property, digital and copyright laws. Images: © copyright retained by individual creators, owners or fabricators.

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