Forget the baseball team, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers' biggest attraction this summer might just be the food. The team, a Class-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, and executive chef Tim Hansen unveiled a line of new concessions that includes these two burgers that might well have come from mixing some of the greatest ballpark foods together.


Introducing the "Big Mother Funnel Burger," a bacon cheeseburger wrapped in a delicious funnel cake. I know what you're thinking. You've probably always wanted to experiment with this very combination, but now a short trip to Appleton, Wisconsin, will save you the time.


And here's the "Grilled Cheese Bacon Cheeseburger," another bacon cheeseburger between two grilled cheese sandwiches. In other words, a cheese lover's delicacy.

The cheese literally can't contain itself and simply falls down the burger. This sandwich is so big and juicy, even Kate Upton would have a hard time eating this and still maintain her form.


So if you're in the area or feel like making a cheeseburger-themed road trip this summer, you'll need to check out these two giants. And maybe you'll stay for the game, as well.

The Jack Nicklaus business empire, which already includes golf courses, wine and sunglasses among other projects, is expanding to ice cream.

In an announcement on his website, Nicklaus said he is partnering with the Schwan Food Company to create a premium line of seven flavors, with some proceeds going to the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation.

"It’s no secret that I love ice cream," Nicklaus said. "Needless to say, I have never had so much fun in the research and development of a product. The team at Schwan has a world-class product development center. Together, we have created a variety of flavors -- all with real ingredients -- for a quality, premium ice cream at a value price."

The lineup of flavors:

  • Warm Spiced Butter Pecan
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl
  • Salted Caramel Toffee
  • Strawberry Lemonade
  • Triple Chocolate
  • Coffee and Donuts
  • Homemade Vanilla

The ice cream will be packaged in pints with a suggested retail price of $1.99.


There appears to be a bonus flavor of Blueberry Cheesecake available at the Honda Classic tournament this week in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida:


The offseason can be a perilous time for athlete waistlines. Fortunately, many pros use offseason workouts and dietary regimens to stay in shape and prepare for the upcoming season. But they are human, after all, and it's hard not to find your eyes wandering away from your chicken caesar salad and over to more palatable pastures. NFL stars A.J. Green and Andrew Luck may be diligent in the offseason, but they aren't immune to breaking their dietary code every now and then.

Check out what food makes the Bengals wideout weak in the knees.

And here's Luck exposing the food that serves as his greatest temptation:

When Matt Stonie has a tough day at work, it must be hard for him to find someone who can sympathize.

That's because the 22-year-old Stonie is a competitive eater specializing in, you guessed it, bacon.

In 2012 Stonie became somewhat of an Internet sensation after posting a video to YouTube of himself downing more than 3,000 calories worth of bacon. It has garnered upwards of half a million views.

But that task pales in comparison to what Stonie pulled off recently at the Daytona 500. In a competition sponsored by Smithfield Meats, Stonie set a new world record by eating 182 slices of bacon in five minutes.

Yum?

Stonie is one of the fastest rising stars in competitive eating. He's currently the youngest member of Major League Eating and is already its second-ranked competitor, behind only Joey Chestnut. Indeed, Chestnut had some words for his young rival after Stonie's impressive performance.



Making Stonie's accomplishments all the more impressive is the fact that he isn't the biggest guy around -- he stands 5-foot-6 and weighs 120 pounds. And if you think Stonie is naive to the deleterious health effects of bacon, think again. He's majoring in nutrition at Mission College in Santa Clara, Calif.

To prepare for this season, LeBron James went on a special diet to lose weight and gain a sleeker frame. James said he went 67 consecutive days eating only meat, fish, vegetables and fruit.

No mention of McDonald's.

That was a contrast to his eating habits when he entered the league as an 18-year-old. Asked before Tuesday's game in Detroit about how old he was before he got serious about lifting weights, James, according to Cleveland.com, said: "Umm, 24. I ate McDonald's my first couple years in the NBA. I didn't stretch. It didn't matter. I was 18 and I could do whatever I wanted to."

Many men, particularly after turning 30 as LeBron did in December, can appreciate what he's saying. The metabolism just doesn't rev the way it used to, and cutting back on the Big Macs is just a matter of being practical and aging wisely.

But most men don't have a multi-million-dollar sponsorship deal with McDonald's like LeBron does. While LeBron hadn't explicitly dissed McDonald's in his answer about fitness and nutrition, it hardly cast his sponsor in a favorable light.

Give credit to LeBron for scrambling quickly to repair the damage. When a reporter followed up by asking when was the last time he ate at McDonald's, LeBron went into full pitchman mode:

"Every day. Every day. Every day. I had it this morning. Egg and sausage McMuffin. All day."

This McDonald's incident isn't quite as embarrassing as the one James had last spring with Samsung, another of his sponsors.

When he experienced trouble with his smartphone, LeBron posted a tweet to vent: "My phone just erased everything it had in it and rebooted. One of the sickest feelings I've ever had in my life!!!

Realizing this wasn't the smartest move for one of Samsung's most recognizable spokesmen, James deleted the tweet, but not soon enough to avoid it being screengrabbed.

In each case, LeBron was able to laugh it off. Short of doing a blatant plug for Burger King or Apple, James is going to be on solid ground with these sponsors.

By Emily Alford
The Daily Meal
If you’re feeling drained, try snacking on these foods.

This wasn't your typical hot-wings-and-nachos fare. Last Thursday, a Super Bowl experience for the ages took place at Bourbon Steak, a restaurant at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort. Chefs Charlie Palmer and Michael Mina hosted the inaugural "Super Bowl Culinary Kickoff," a star-studded dinner raising funds for The Culinary Institute of America.

Among the attendees were former NFL stars Marshall Faulk, Ronnie Lott, Eric Dickerson and Rich Aurilla. Former Super Bowl-winning coach Dick Vermeil, current Oakland Raider Charles Woodson were also present, along with former Heisman winner Tim Tebow and sports anchor Sage Steele.

Guests were treated to an intimate, three-course menu with wine pairings selected for each course. Music for the night was provided by Michelle Branch. Check out the slideshow below for pictures from the event, including the exquisite menu items.

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Bill Belichick is on his way out of the stadium Sunday night after coaching the Patriots to the Super Bowl title for the fourth time when he calls an audible on a snack. Belichick seems intent on making an exit but he hears the offer of food, he decides to double back. The decision yields him a bag of Doritos and a bottle of water.

Belichick doesn't strike us as a guy who's all that interested in locking down endorsements, but our guess is he will be fielding at least one offer now.

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.
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