Who doesn't love stuffing their face during the Super Bowl? That's the easy part. The real challenge is filling up your feeding table with food that people can't stop eating. All Super Bowl hosts want to put their best foot forward when it comes to football's biggest day of the year. And even if you're merely bringing a plate to someone else's party, it's much better to make a quality item rather than shamelessly slipping a store-bought veggie tray into the mix.

But cooking can be hard. That's why Zagat produced the three following videos to help any amateur chef whip up restaurant-quality wings, nachos and chicken meatballs.

If you've tried to make Buffalo wings before, the odds are you're making things too complicated. Let some local experts show you the way.

If you've been foiled by cheese sauce in the past, worry no more. Zagat shows you how to meat a great sauce, along with the best toppings to include:

Meatballs, on the other hand, can be a bit of an inexact science. Zagat's tip: Cook a test meatball first, then adjust your mix accordingly.

Rafael Nadal is famously superstitious about his water bottles.

The Spanish superstar needs the labels on his water bottles facing out while he plays, and he has sometimes gone to great lengths to make sure his drinks are facing the right direction.

In 2009, Nadal stopped a celebration after a clutch point to pick up and reposition his water bottles:

Opponents have even tried to mess with Nadal by knocking the bottles over. Unfortunately for Marinko Matosevic, who attempted this ploy in 2013, Nadal simply laughed it off.

Nadal's obsession with water bottles provided another good laugh for tennis fans at this year's Australian Open. Toward the end of Nadal's fourth-round match against Kevin Anderson, the wind blew over one of his water bottles. The event led to a stoppage in play and the chair umpire had one of the ballboys run over and fix the bottle. Nadal was apparently unaware of what had happened but couldn't help but smile once he realized it. Asked after the match about the incident, Nadal claimed he hadn't requested the ballboy's action.
Nadal didn't seem troubled by the water bottle, as he disposed of Anderson in straight sets. He is set to face Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinals.

Rex Ryan has moved on from the New York Jets, and he couldn't be happier. After all, he was quickly snatched up by a Buffalo Bills franchise that offers a much better situation than the Jets, except that it has no viable options at quarterback.

Oh, wasn't that -- well darn, yep. Same problem as in New York.

Nevertheless, Ryan's situation in Buffalo does appear much rosier. He has a clean slate, the color blue is complimentary to his skin tone, and the job comes with perks such as massive greetings pizzas:


It's hard to tell whether Ryan, who went from 348 pounds to 218 pounds after lap-band surgery in 2010, is smiling out of happiness, or whether he's choking down laughter at the suggestion that he eat whatever those words are made out of.

If he's smiling about the former, let us remind you that Ryan reportedly ranked the Bills as his third option as a candidate for head coaching jobs this offseason. But after the San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons dragged their heels on making him an offer, Ryan shook hands on the Bills deal.

That's all in the rearview mirror now, though. Buffalo, you got your man. Just one question: You do realize you can't just buy whatever you want with pizza, right?

Tom Brady and Drew Brees have more in common than a Super Bowl ring, a rocket launcher for an arm and a formidable bevy of endorsement deals.

The two future Hall of Famers are, apparently, master pancake chefs.

Both quarterbacks used their time off the past few days to whip up some flapjacks. Here's a picture of Brady, uploaded by his wife, Gisele:


And here's a photo that Brees uploaded to Twitter:


Unfortunately we never saw Brady's finished product, so it's hard to compare the two chefs. But both men seem to have mastered the fatherly routine of cooking pancakes for their young kids. Brady has three kids while Brees has four. All seven children are under 10.

Brees and Brady had time off for opposite reasons. Whereas Brady was enjoying a bye week after leading his Patriots to the top seed in the AFC, Brees is on vacation after his Saints finished the season 7-9-1.

Because Brees and his teammates are out of the playoffs, many of his followers responded to his post with jokes about his excessive free time:




Brady and the Patriots take on the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday in the AFC divisional round.

The Great Lakes region is not for the faint-of-heart. Its brutal winters mean communities gotta stick together and watch out for one another.

When Buffalo was buried under six-plus feet of the Snowpocalypse last month -- a massive blizzard that developed over Lake Erie and dumped its moisture on the port city -- the Bills' home stadium was rendered unusable. The team had to seek a temporary home for its game against the Jets that week.

Detroit swooped in and saved the day, granting the Bills use of Ford Field and allowing the game to go on as played -- even if a day late, and in front of an undersized crowd that was gifted free admission to the game.

That charitable act was not forgotten. Today, it was rewarded.


A spokesman for the Bills said the free pizza and wings was a "small token of our appreciation for the (Lions') generous hospitality."

The real gift, though, is one money can't buy. Buffalo upset Green Bay on Sunday, allowing the Lions to tie the Packers at 10-4 atop the NFC North race with just two weeks to go.

That just makes the free food taste all the better.

Please check your turduckens at the door. There's only room for one multi-animal meat bonanza, and in Levi's Stadium, that freak show is known as the "Roast Beast."

The creation of Chef Dave Varley is the sort of excessive meat spree that was once restricted to buffalo hunts on the Oregon Trail computer game. Within the mass of the Roast Beast -- also referred to as LambPigCow -- are 24 quail, 12 chickens, eight ducks, six turkeys, two lambs, one whole pig, and one beef saddle.

And a partridge in a pear tree.

Varley used Instagram to bring fans along for the creation process on Thanksgiving when the 49ers hosted the Seahawks.




The roast beast is on. Now we pray.

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Time to unleash the beast!

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Before you drool down your shirt, be aware that there are some obstacles to feasting on the beast. For one, it was available only to 49ers season-ticket holders. And those season-ticket holders needed to pay the extra $5,000 fee to attend the team's season-long all-you-can-eat buffet and tailgate parties.

But if you're really rich and have no idea what to do with your money, this would've been a great option to consider.

It's not clear if the beast will be back, although the 49ers have two home games that bookend Christmas. That would be a good thematic fit since the original Roast Beast was carved by the Grinch.

Thanksgiving is a cheat day for everyone -- even NFL lineman. The average American consumes more than 4,500 calories at their Thanksgiving meal, along with 229 grams of fat.

It's safe to say Eric Wood's dining performance far exceeds the national average.

The Buffalo Bills lineman tweeted a photo of what appears to be a weight gain score sheet from Thanksgiving Day, which reveals that the lineman upped his weight from 302 to almost 310 pounds in the span of a day.

That's 7.4 pounds of consumption.


No word on whether this was a family competition, but if it was, Wood seems to have had some impressive competition. Another score on that sheet showed another person gaining 6.6 pounds.

But considering that Wood had 70 pounds on his competitor, the Bills lineman got schooled in percentage of weight gained.

This year will be an unusual Thanksgiving in the Harbaugh household.

For one thing, Jim's 49ers are playing the Seahawks on Thursday night, so the family will have to find another time to sit down for a meal. And when Jim, his wife, Sarah, and their three young children do enjoy their Thanksgiving feast, one key dish will be missing.

Harbaugh revealed this week that, after seeing a somewhat distressing clip during Sunday Night Football, he and his wife are considering alternates to turkey. The clip in question was used during a stoppage in the game, and it was meant as a lighthearted way to incorporate turkeys into the broadcast.

But, as evidenced by the Harbaugh family, the clip backfired.

At the end of the clip you can even hear broadcaster Cris Collinsworth let out a disapproving groan after Al Michaels' morbid joke.

"We were watching the Sunday Night Football game," Harbaugh told reporters this week. "We were planning on having turkey, but then they showed this piece where they were showing all the turkeys and everything and my son Jack and Katie and Addie, 'Look at the turkeys. Look at all the turkeys there.' And they were getting excited looking at the turkeys."

The children Harbaugh mentions are all under 7 years old, so you know this story won't end well.

"And then the next shot was they had loaded the turkeys onto a truck and they were driving them away and the kids were like, 'Where are they going?'," Harbaugh said. "And we kind of thought maybe we won't have turkey this year for Thanksgiving. So, we're in discussion on that. We'll have some tofu or something."

This may mean Harbaugh will have to come up with a new catchphrase if anyone asks him about the confidence of his quarterback, as a reporter did following one of Alex Smith's strong performances in 2012.

The Seahawks have been accused of committing a cardinal sin: Selling watered-down beer to its famously passionate fan base.

And there are test results to prove it.

An investigative report by Seattle's KOMO News sent samples of six beers sold at Seahawks games for testing at a laboratory.

All six of the beers were found to contain alcohol at lower concentrations than advertised. The most egregious case was Budweiser, which tested at just 4.4 percent ABV despite being advertised at 5 percent.

That's 12 percent less alcohol in each can than what consumers thought they were getting. Federal law prohibits beer from containing any more than 0.3 percent less alcohol than advertised.

Anheuser-Busch, which owns five of the six beers sold at CenturyLink Field, insisted that there was no tampering done do the beer, and that it is the same beer fans buy anywhere else in the country.

But KOMO found many fans who were disgruntled with the news, criticizing the football organization of being corrupted by money.

One fan did have a convenient solution: A little more pre-game binging before heading into the stadium. Here's the full report from KOMO:

It's the event from Hell.

Or perhaps more specifically, it's the event in Hell.

Located roughly 30 miles northwest of Ann Arbor, the town of Hell, Michigan, hosts a gathering of hearse owners every September called Hellfest.

These aren't funeral directors, just car enthusiasts who enjoy having a hearse as part of their collection. As you might suspect, a good sense of humor is required to be a member of this club. The name? The Nightmare Cruisers Hearse Club.

One member, Steve Frey, has taken the concept one step further by turning his hearse, a 1983 Cadillac Superior, into what he calls the Open Casket Bar And Grill. See how he rebuilt this hearse and coffin combination to serve up hot food on the grill and store cold drinks in the cooler:

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