NFL Playoff Gear: Do You Believe In Your Team?

The NFL Divisional Playoffs take place this Saturday (Jan. 14) and Sunday (Jan. 15). The top 4 teams from the NFC and the AFC will battle it out for a trip to the NFL Conference Championships a week later. Whole seasons are on the line and just one team will be left standing come February 5th. If you’re one of the lucky fans still cheering on their team, commemorate the season, get pumped for the playoffs and believe in your team with LTD’s NFL selection. Check out NFL playoff gear from every team taking the field this weekend!


Seattle Seahawks vs. Atlanta Falcons

Saturday, January 14th — 4:35 p.m. (ET)
The Falcons are dangerous, but the Seahawks may have found their rhythm at the perfect time.NFL Sofa Covers   Personalized NFL Quarterback Prints
NFL Sofa Covers vs. Personalized NFL Quarterback Prints


Houston Texans vs. New England Patriots

Saturday, January 14th — 8:15 p.m. (ET)
The Patriots are favored, but the Texans have come a long way since their earlier loss at Foxborough. Personalized NFL Stadium Prints   Personalized Framed Sports Pub Print
Personalized NFL Stadium Prints vs. Personalized Sports Pub Print


Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Sunday, January 15th — 1:05 p.m. (ET)
The Steelers offense is clicking, but the Chiefs defense has proven they can shut down anyone.Personalized NFL Action Collages   Personalized NFL Locker Room Prints
Personalized NFL Collages vs. Personalized NFL Locker Room Prints


Green Bay Packers vs. Dallas Cowboys

Sunday, January 15th — 4:40 p.m. (ET)
The Cowboys are the team to beat, but the Packers haven’t lost a game since before Thanksgiving.NFL Chair or Recliner Covers   NFL Team Helmet Pillows
NFL Chair or Recliner Covers vs. NFL Team Helmet Pillows


Even if your team doesn’t make it to the next round of the playoffs, there’s still plenty to be proud of and even more to be excited about for next year. LTD Commodities is always stocked with fun and useful NFL gear for the year-round super fans and seasonal decorators so you can show some team pride at home or on the go.

How to Make NFL Bingo Cards for the Big Game

The NFL playoffs are still in the early rounds, but the biggest game takes place on February 5th. If you plan on throwing a party for the NFL finale, you’re probably wondering how to keep everyone engaged. After all, not everyone who shows up will actually be interested in what’s happening on the field. And only two teams can play, so the chances your home team will be competing is slim. The game isn’t the only reason people tune in. Some people look forward to the halftime show. Plus, it’s the only televised event in the whole year where people look forward to the commercials. You can make watching those countless commercials even more entertaining by creating NFL bingo cards for everyone at the party. Get to know the basics right here.


How to Make NFL Bingo Cards for the Big Game

Find the Advertisers

The first step for creating NFL bingo cards is to find as many advertisers as possible that are guaranteed to air advertisements during the game. Some of the biggest advertisers are always going to be there, but there are also some wild cards, and there are always a few new companies who have the money and creativity to live up to the game’s high commercial expectations. Here’s the current list of advertisers airing ads so far.

Keep Things Simple

You don’t have to put down a specific company to create great NFL bingo cards. You can also create cards with certain slots based on educated guesses, or keep things simple, such as: “Luxury Car Commercial” or “Beer Commercial“. You could also add fun guesses like big celebrities you think will make an appearance.

Random Assortment

Once you have all your categories figured out, the final step is to make each card unique. You don’t want a few of the same people winning for the exact same list. One good solution is to cut out all your squares that you’ll use on every board (usually 25 squares with a free square in the middle), then mix them up in a bowl and pick them out at random. This will essentially guarantee that every card will have an original design.

Add Your Own Twists

You can also get creative when creating each card, adding squares for a variety of different things to keep everyone entertained throughout the night. If you’re playing additional games, you can reserve squares for the winners of these games, or reserve some free squares for people who guess the right score at halftime.

Don’t forget to stock up on prizes for the winner of your commercial bingo contest. Here are a few ideas:

NFL Distressed Sweatshirt ThrowsNFL Team Helmet PillowsNFL Wallet Wristlets


Not everyone will be excited to watch the actual game, but many people will be looking forward to the funny commercials. Get ready for the big game with NFL gear and entertaining essentials at LTD Commodities.

Cocktails for Your Big Game Party

footballWe still don’t know quite yet which teams are headed to the Big Game,  but we do know that It’s the NFC vs. the AFC and we have some entertaining to do. In 2015, it was the Seattle Seahawks vs the New England Patriots, so we thought we’d use those teams to give you a little party inspiration for the Big Game no matter who ends up on the gridiron.

In addition to rich dips and crunchy chips, cocktails are a must for any Big Game party. Coming up with cocktails to match each team, is more simple than you might think.  Here are a few ideas for cocktails for your Big Game party.

patriots-flagBoston has a number of cocktails that bear its name. While the  Boston Cocktail (3/4 oz gin, 3/4 oz apricot brandy, 1 1/2 tsp grenadine syrup, juice of 1/4 lemon) is the obvious choice because of the name,  Ward 8 has deep roots in the city’s history. It was created in 1898 to honor Boston Politician, Martin Lomasney, and the ward he represented — Ward 8. Here’s how to make it:

  • 2 ounces rye whisky
  • 3/4 ounce lemon juice
  • 3/4 ounce orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon grenadine

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

It’s the cocktail for someone with a sweet tooth. If beer is your preference for snack accompaniment, Sam Adams is still one of the most preferred beers in the nation, but there are several Boston craft beers you can pick from to serve your guests.

seahawks-pictureIn Seattle, super fans of the Seahawks want The Last Word. By “The Last Word,” we mean the cocktail. It was originally created in Detroit in the prohibition era, but during a cocktail renaissance in Seattle, it found a new home.

Here’s how to make it:

  • ¾ oz. gin
  • ¾ oz. green Chartreuse
  • ¾ oz. maraschino liqueur, like Luxardo
  • ¾ oz. fresh lime juice

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

Just like Boston, Seahawks love their beer. There are plenty of Seattle beers to choose from but for football fans, the taste of the northwest your guests might be looking for is Rainier Beer.

No matter what teams make it to the Big Game, there are fun ways to mix up cocktails to honor each time and each city as you cheer them on.

You don’t have to have a favorite team to cheer on during the Big Game — football’s most important game can be fun for everyone with the right food, drinks and entertainment. Check out LTD for more products and ideas for your Big Game party!

Artichoke Dip for the Big Game

artichoke-dipThe Big Game is almost here! While we all might be football fans, most of us won’t be in Phoenix to watch it in person — we’ll be at home or at a friend’s house for a party to watch every touchdown, field goal and commercial. It promises to be a great time — but you have to have the right food!

According to the National Restaurant Association, the most popular food for watching the Big Game is dips (spreads and salsa fall into that category). We’ve gone through all our recipes and came up with a favorite that’s both delicious and easy to make (nearly fool-proof!) with minimal ingredients. Our hot Artichoke Dip got the most votes and today we’re sharing it with you. Here’s how to make artichoke dip for the Big Game.

Artichoke Dip

  • 3 14-oz cans artichoke hearts, drained
  • 1 ½ cup grated parmesan three-cheese-blend (pecorino and asiago are the other two cheeses, but you can probably get away with just parmesan)
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced (you can add garlic if you really like garlic)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350℉.

Place the artichoke hearts in a large mixing bowl. Break the hearts up with your hands so they’re in scoop-size pieces. Add mayonnaise, garlic and cheese. Mix everything together really well.

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Place the mixture into an oven-safe casserole dish and spread it out evenly. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until it’s bubbly and golden brown on top. Serve warm with tortilla chips or sliced bread. Makes 4 cups.

This dip is easy to make at the last minute so you can spend more time on games, entertainment and making sure all your guests are taken care of. Not only is it easy to make — it’s delicious! You won’t want to wait until the Big Game to serve it!

We have loads more ideas to make your Big Game party perfect — check out our Pinterest board for tricks and tips to put your party together.

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Five-Minute Fudge for the Big Game

five-minute-fudgeFood, fun and football! We’re getting ready for football’s biggest game! It’s our favorite reason for a mid-winter celebration. For our Big Game party, people come for the football and stay for the food. Because there will be a lot of people to feed we want what we serve to be delicious and easy to put together. While wings and nachos are must-haves at Big Game parties, you need a little something sweet to break up all the salty snacks. We thought most of your entertaining energy should go to dips and spreads, so we’re sharing our easiest sweet treat to satisfy sugar cravings during the Big Game: Five-Minute Fudge! Here’s how you make it:

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Ingredients:

  • 1 12 oz bag of chocolate chips
  • ⅔ cup sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts

 

Line an 8×8 casserole dish or cake pan with aluminum foil. Set aside.

Put the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl.

Top it with the condensed milk.

five-minute-fudgePut the bowl in the microwave on high for one minute. Stir the chocolate and condensed milk until it’s well-combined.

If the chocolate isn’t completely melted, put it in the microwave for another 15 seconds. Stir until it’s smooth.

Stir in the vanilla followed by the nuts. Spread the fudge into the aluminum foil-lined dish.

Place in the freezer for an hour or until it’s hard. Remove the foil with the fudge from the pan.

On a cutting board, flip the fudge over so the foil is on top.

Remove the foil.

five-minute-fudgeCut the fudge into one-inch squares. Serve at room temperature. Makes 49 one-inch pieces of fudge.

This fudge takes so little time to make, you’ll be able to concentrate on cheering for your team. In fact, this fudge is so easy to make, it’ll be your new favorite go to treat for parties even after the Big Game!

We have more ideas on what to do for your Big Game party — check out our Pinterest board for inspiration to make your Big Game party awesome!

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18 Fascinating Facts About Football’s Biggest Game

bears-ballWe have about a month until the Big Game! This will be the 49th Big Game — in those 49 years, an interesting history has built up around it. Here are 18 fascinating facts about football’s biggest game.

  1. In the first Big Game played in 1967, the Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs. It was broadcast by both NBC and CBS (only one network gets the honor today), but the broadcast was not recorded (sports were not preserved by the networks and VCRs didn’t become popular until the 1980s) and considered to be a lost treasure. According to the Wall Street Journal, in 2005 a man came forward with video of the game that his father had recorded for a TV station. He donated it to the Paley Center for Media to be restored.
  2. Big Game I tickets were sold for up to $12 in 1967 — with plenty of empty stadium seats on a sunny day in Southern California. In 2014, people paid between $1,640 and $449,000 to watch the game outside despite the threat of snow and freezing temperatures in New Jersey.
  3. How times and commercials have changed: in 1967 it cost about $40,000 for 30 seconds of airtime during the Big Gamel broadcast. In 2014, 30 seconds was priced at $4.5 million — and advertisers don’t lose sleep over the cost. packers-pants
  4. The NFL loves to treat its players: the winning team receives up to 150 Big Game rings that cost $5,000 each. The losing team also gets rings, but they cost half as much as the winning team rings.
  5. In addition to rings, the winning team receives the coveted Vince Lombardi Trophy (named for the Packers coach who led the winning team for the first two Big Game titles). The Trophy costs about $12,500. It’s made by Tiffany and takes 72 man hours to produce.
  6. In Big Game V, though the Dallas Cowboys lost, their linebacker Chuck Howley was named MVP — the only Super Bowl MVP named from a losing team.
  7. The team with the most Big Game MVPs is the Dallas Cowboys with seven.
  8. During the post-Big Game XXVIII celebrations, the helmet of MVP Dallas Cowboy Emmitt Smith was stolen. Teammates and officials looked for it high and low for two weeks until someone came forward and returned it… anonymously.
  9. The Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers have made it to the Big Game more frequently than any other teams — each have made eight appearances.Football-steeler-flag
  10. Pittsburgh holds the most championship titles with six.
  11. Denver, Minnesota and Buffalo tie for the most games lost with four each.
  12. John Elway of the Denver Broncos was the oldest quarterback to win a Big Game at age 38.
  13. Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers was the youngest quarterback to win a Big Game at age 23.
  14. Only four NFL teams have never been to a Big Game: Cleveland, Jacksonville, Detroit, and Houston.
  15. No Big Game has ever gone into overtime.
  16. Dallas hosted the Big Game for the first time in 2011. To accommodate football fans, temporary seats were installed — but not adequately. Some of the seats were unusable and left more than 1200 ticket holders without seats. 800 people were given seats in other parts of the stadium and 400 others weren’t so lucky. The NFL promised refunds three times the face value of the tickets for those who were inconvenienced.
  17. In 2005, Animal Planet unveiled Puppy Bowl to compete with the Big Game for viewers. It’s a 12-hour marathon of puppies playing and being cute. In 2014, Puppy Bowl won over about 13.5 million viewers while the Big Game had about 111 million viewers.
  18. Even with the brutal winter of 2014, Big Game XLVIII, held in East Rutherford, NJ, was not the coldest Super Bowl ever played. The temperature for the 2014 game was 49℉ but at Big Game V in New Orleans, 39℉ was the temperature recorded at game time.

You still have plenty of time to get pumped for your team to make history! But remember it’s not just football that makes the game memorable — just celebrating in the middle of winter can earn a spot on a list of fascinating facts about the Big Game.