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Trim’s Guide to Super Bowl XLVIII

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Bring out the drinks, wings, and jerseys, the biggest Sunday of the year is here! Super Bowll XLVIII is being known as the first “cold weather” bowl to be hosted in an outdoor stadium. Taking place in New Jersey’s very own Metlife Stadium, Super Bowl XLVIII is definitely taking the tri-state area by storm (hopefully not snow storm). New York has paired up with New Jersey in hosting several Super Bowl pre-events leading up to the game itself. From concerts and interviews, to tapings and autograph signings, the week leading up to the 2014 Super Bowl has caused much excitement for any football lover. In Manhattan, Super Bowl Boulevard stretched a span of thirteen blocks, on one of the worlds most well known streets, crossing through the heart of New York, Times Square. Events ranged from autograph signings of famous football players, past and present, to live recordings of ESPN interviews and shows. People were getting pictures next to the Vince Lombardi trophy, kids [and some adults] slid down the three-story ‘Toboggan’ slide, while others headed straight to the NFL Pro Shop in Macy’s for the latest NFL gear. Super Bowl Boulevard is the place to be, pre-Super Bowl that is. If you didn’t get around to visiting any of the pre-Super Bowl events in New York or New Jersey, grab the chips and dip, and be sure to tune in for the real deal, Super Bowl XLVIII at 6:30 PM on FOX, and follow Trim’s Guide to Super Bowl XLVIII for the best viewing experience. 



What to Look Forward to (besides the game itself):

  • We all know the Super Bowl isn’t just about football. A good majority watch just for the commercials and halftime show. For those of you who don’t necessarily care who wins or don’t really follow football in general, be sure to check out this years halftime show. Bruno Mars is performing with the Red Hot Chili Peppers AND rumor has it that Rutger’s very own Marching Band MAY perform with the Syracuse University Marching Band. Whether this is true or false, the only way to find out is to search for that scarlet red during Sunday’s game!
  • The one time people actually want to watch commercials is during the Super Bowl. At a cost of about $4 million dollars per 30 second commercial, companies will pay a pretty penny just to have their fifteen minutes, or in this case, 30 seconds, of fame. And at that price, why not watch them? A couple of them are bound to become some crowd favorites.

Where to Watch the Big Game:

  • Restaurant/Bar: This may require some preparation in terms of being able to snag a table at a good bar or restaurant. Reservations may be needed. But its a nice way to get out of the house, and not have to worry about food or cleaning up.
  • Friend’s Party: If you’re lucky enough, one of your friends will throw a party in which you can attend, not have to clean, worry about food, or about a reservation. If you’re
  • feeling like bringing more to the table, follow one of our dip recipes below and you’ll be the life of the party.
  • Home: It’s low-key, low maintenance, and you can basically where pajamas all day if you wanted to. Order some takeout with the roommates and watch it from the comfort of your own couch.
  • Rutgers Cinema: If you don’t feel like going to a party, but don’t want to stay home, Rutgers Cinema is a great alternative. And did I mention it’s FREE. Seats are limited though so be sure to get there before the game!

What Dip to Make (Because Dip goes with the Super Bowl like Hot Dogs go with the Fourth of July):

Classic Buffalo Chicken Dip

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

½ cup (or more) Frank’s red hot buffalo wing sauce

½ cup blue cheese crumbles

1 ½ cups shredded cooked chicken

½ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Combine with an electric mixer. Bake at 375 degrees, or until cheese on top is completely melted. Best served with Tostitos, celery, or pretzels.

buffalo dip

Easy Taco Layer Dip

1 can refried beans

1 packet taco seasoning

8 oz. sour cream

8 oz. guacamole

4 Tbsp salsa

2 cups shredded mexican or taco style cheese

1/2 cup chopped lettuce

1 can black olives

1 large roma tomato, diced

Layer in order, from beans on the bottom, to tomatoes on top. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours before eating. Best served with Tostitos.


Pizza Dip

1 ½ c. pizza sauce

1 pack of HORMEL  Pepperoni Minis

1 (8-ounce) pack of cream cheese

⅔ c. ricotta cheese

⅔ c. grated Parmesan cheese

½ tsp dried oregano leaves

1 c. shredded pizza cheese (mozzarella or pizza blend)

Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is completely melted. Best served with breadsticks.


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However you choose to spend Super Bowl XLVIII, don’t miss out on what’s supposed to be the COOLEST Super Bowl yet!




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