Super Bowl packs in the entertainment, big names

Christina Aguilera will sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl in Texas on Feb. 6.



Budweiser: Yeah, they’ll have commercials.



In this photo taken Monday, Dec. 6, 2010, GoDaddy.com Girl Jillian Michaels, Fitness trainer & “Biggest Loser” celebrity, is seen during the filming production of the 2010 Super Bowl television commercial for “GoDaddy.com” at the Delfino Studios in Sylmar, Calif. While the Super Bowl is the biggest gambling event of the year, for many advertisers, buying time in the game is a wager that almost always pays off.



This March 6, 2008, file photo shows Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre getting choked up as he talks about his retirement.



Green Bay Packers. Pittsburgh Steelers. Christina Aguilera. Black Eyed Peas. Pepsi. Anheuser-Busch.

There are some big names involved with the Super Bowl this year.

Super Bowl XLV will be shown Sunday, Feb. 6, on Fox. And, as has become customary with TV’s most watched show, the Super Bowl is pretty super.

It’s the final NFL game of the year, which may or may not restore happiness to your household, and it has become an entertainment bonanza, featuring musical stars before and during the game, plus a lineup of must-see commercials from some of the world’s most famous companies.

In an effort to help you plan for Super Sunday, here is a guide for watching this year’s big game.

FOOTBALL STUFF

Untold millions watch the Super Bowl every year to actually see the game. If you are not one of those millions, but want to have something to contribute between commercials, here are a few football-specific items to watch or listen for during the telecast.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have six Super Bowl rings while the Green Bay Packers have three. Technically, the Packers have 12 overall NFL titles but nine of those came before the Super Bowl-era.

Brett Favre: Although he will not play in this game because he is on neither team, he was with the Packers for 16 years. Inevitably, his name or face will appear on the screen, right?

The Super Bowl may be the final NFL game for a while. The Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between NFL owners and players expires in March. The two sides need to reach new terms on how to operate the NFL, and that does not appear close to happening.

It means NFL owners can “lock out” contracted players, prohibiting them from coming to work in the months ahead and getting paid.

MUSIC

The selection of Black Eyed Peas as this year’s halftime performer is a symbolic move.

Not since 2004 and Janet Jackson’s infamous “wardrobe malfunction” has a woman headlined the performance. Not only will Fergie, a member of the Black Eyed Peas, be the first woman on the Super Bowl halftime stage since Jackson, but the Black Eyed Peas is the first more youthful group to perform since 2004.

Don’t believe it? Then here is the list of halftime performers since Jackson: Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Prince, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and The Who. Talented men, but not exactly youthful performers.

Grammy-Award winner Christina Aguilera is slated to sing the national anthem.

Country music star Keith Urban and rock group Maroon 5 headline the pre-game entertainment.

COMMERCIALS

The price tag for a 30-second spot during this year’s Super Bowl is an estimated $3 million, according to Reuters.

From there, it’s tough to gauge how much an advertisement really cost from idea to realization, especially if big-name stars are involved.

But some businesses won’t pass on the chance to have a Super Bowl ad. After all, who knows how many millions tune into the Super Bowl just to see the commercials?

This year, a few regular players such as Pepsi, Anheuser-Busch and GoDaddy.com are thought to have taken ads slots, according to http://www.superbowl-commercials.org.

In addition, movie promotions are expected to be part of the lineup, including a trailer for “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never,” a 3-D documentary about the teen sensation.

It just so happens that Bieber and rocker Ozzy Osbourne also are set to appear together in a Best Buy Super Bowl commercial.

FOOD

In homage to the teams playing in this year’s Super Bowl, here are two recipes to use at your Super Bowl party.

Given that everything is better with cheese, particularly in Green Bay, Wisc., consider putting Deep Fried Cheese Curds on your table.

Deep Fried Cheese Curds

Printed with permission from http://www.allrecipes.com (submitted by Janet).

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup milk
1 pound cheese curds
1 quart oil for frying

Directions:
1. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Stir in the eggs and milk. Mix until smooth. Add more milk for a thinner batter. Coat the cheese curds with the batter.
2. Heat the oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium heat. Fry the coated cheese curds approximately 1 minute each, until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

And the Rust Belt city of Pittsburgh is famous for, well, the Steelers. And ketchup. After all, the team plays in Heinz Field. To that end, here is a recipe for Pittsburgh Chipped Ham Barbecues.

Pittsburgh Chipped Ham Barbecues

Printed with permission from http://www.allrecipes.com (submitted by MAP431056).

1 cup ketchup
1 cup water
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1/4 cup sweet pickle relish
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup ground cinnamon
1 pinch ground black pepper
1 pinch garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke flavoring
1 pound chipped ham (shaved ham in other parts of the country)
Hamburger buns

Directions:
1. In a large saucepan, combine the ketchup, water, brown sugar, cider vinegar, sweet pickle relish, and Worcestershire sauce. Season with cinnamon, black pepper, garlic salt and liquid smoke. Bring to a simmer over low heat and let simmer for 20 minutes.
2. Shred the ham and stir into mixture. Simmer longer if desired. Serve hot on hamburger buns. This mixture also can be frozen.


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