Oakland Raiders fans have a better reason than most to drown their sorrows in a tall, cold one. But O.Co Coliseum has managed to get Raider Nation coming and going, charging the highest price for beer in the NFL, according to a new chart from Business Insider.

The cheapest beer, meanwhile, is found in St. Louis -- unless you care about the price-per-ounce, of course, in which case Cincinnati is your most economical beer destination. Here are 10 of the most notable beer-slinging NFL stadiums, for better or for worse.

For many professional athletes, a personal chef is a luxury. For Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley, it was a necessity.

Fairley, the 13th overall selection of the 2011 NFL draft, reported to camp north of 320 pounds. Then after the first week of preseason, he lost his starting spot as the excess weight hurt his effectiveness.

Fairley stands 6-foot-4 and boasts superb athleticism. Teammate Ndamukong Suh even said Fairley is more "athletically gifted" than he is. But Fairley has been hampered by inconsistency that's linked to his being overweight.

After being demoted, Fairley realized he had to drop some weight and hired a personal chef. And it worked. The chef prepared a week's worth of meals for Fairley and put them in his freezer before the week started. According to Kyle Meinke of MLive, these dishes consisted of meat loaf, baked potatoes, salmon, stir fry and chicken.

That's all it took for Fairley to drop 15 pounds in the remaining three weeks of the preseason, and his improved play got him reinstated as a starter for the Lions' season opener against the New York Giants on Monday.

"Felt real good," Fairley said of seeing his name alongside the starters again. "Preseason, that's when you knock off the rust coming into the season. I just feel like those last three preseason games, got my rest up, and now I'm ready to go for Monday Night Football."

Fairley had declined to hire a personal chef last year, and he ballooned to 320 pounds during the season. Despite playing in 15 games in 2013, as opposed to 13 in 2012, Fairley recorded five fewer total tackles last season (27 in 2012, 22 in 2013). In May the Lions declined to pick up his $5.5 million option for the 2015 campaign, perhaps as motivation for the 26-year-old to shape up.

And that's just what Fairley did. During the past few weeks he brought breakfast and lunch to the Lions facility and ate dinner at home. And perhaps most importantly, he's avoided fast food -- for the most part. Fairley admitted to the Detroit Free Press that he did briefly fall off the wagon last weekend:

“Me and my girl went out and just stopped by McDonald's,” Fairley said.

Former Vikings quarterback Joe Kapp's philosophy that 40 men must play as one for 60 minutes was good enough for Minnesota to reach Super Bowl IV. Aramark is putting a new twist on that 40/60 concept as part of its Tribute Menu for the 2014 NFL season.

Behold the "40 For 60" burger to be served at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis this season. The burger patty is a blend of 40 percent bacon and 60 percent ground beef. The fixings are applewood smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, crispy onions, a fried egg and special sauce. It will be served on a pretzel bun.

The "40 For 60" is among 11 stadium-specific concoctions Aramark is rolling out this season. Others include "Poe's Pork Taco" in Baltimore (smoked pulled pork, tossed with buffalo sauce, topped with green onion slaw on a flatbread tortilla) and "The Emperor" in Pittsburgh (two beef patties with shaved kielbasa, onion bacon kraut, fried egg and Heinz Field Secret Sauce on a Brioche bun).

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The annual Taste of Tennis Gala that previews U.S. Open food with star players in attendance gives guests the best of both worlds. Where else could you see five-time U.S. Open champion Serena Williams making sushi rolls with Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto?

The U.S. Open is the most-attended annual sporting event in the world. That means it is a good bet that it is also the event with the most food consumed.

The quality food has earned a terrific reputation, and the gala, now in its 15th year, offers serious star power from the tennis and culinary worlds at the W New York hotel in Manhattan.

For some of the players, food is a temptation. For others, it is a luxury.

"I don't have a specific diet," Agnieszka Radwanska says. "It's a personal thing. I have the proper weight and can eat like a normal person."

Radwanska is currently the world No. 5 and has reached as high as No. 2. Apparently, eating with no limits does not hurt her. The 25-year-old from Poland has been to a Wimbledon final and four U.S. Open fourth rounds.

At 29, Dustin Brown is experiencing a late breakthrough in his career, as he is currently No. 98 in the world. Brown defeated Rafael Nadal earlier this year, putting his name on the map. Like Radwanska, he does not limit his food habits.

"I don't have a specific diet or anything," Brown said. "Thank God with my body, I can eat what I want. Here, [in New York,] it depends what they have at the courts and at the hotel."

Sloane Stephens, 21, differs in opinion just a bit from Radwanska and Brown. The 22nd-ranked American eats as she pleases.

"I try to stay as healthy as I can during a tournament," Stephens says. "Sometimes you want to eat some bad stuff. That's perfectly normal."

One part of the players' lounge Stephens has noticed is the gluten-free section. The trend is rising and is a fixture of the U.S. Open and tennis diet, whether the players admit it or not.

"They try to keep it healthy," Stephens says.

Mike Bryan keeps to a strict diet that he is trying to include his brother, Bob, on. The 36-year-old American identical twins are the No. 1 doubles pair in the world and have 15 Grand Slam titles.

"I eat gluten-free oatmeal and gluten-free bread," Mike says. "It tastes good. It's gluten-free and sugary."

Bob shakes his head. "Chipotle twice a day," he jokes about his diet.

Although professional tennis players may mostly eat freely in their daily lives, they admit there is a strict match time (even stricter than match day) diet. There are certain ingredients that should and should not be consumed.

"Before matches, you try to have your pasta and eat a lot of bananas during the match," Brown says. "Besides that, there's nothing really that you don't eat."

Radwanska says, "I eat pasta and chicken and rice. That's the food that's always in the players' lounge. I mix it up with some fish and sandwiches, but pasta is the main thing."

Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis says good food is just part of what you need to have a great cookout. Lewis will fire up the barbecue, but he has much more on tap for his guests.

"I have massage therapists there," Lewis said. "I have hookahs there. You have to have more stuff there than just the barbecue because people get bored of just eating. I got the DJ there. I do barbecues the right way."

According to Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan, the right way means serving quality mac and cheese

"You're going to get your ribs, you're going to get your sausages, hamburgers, hot dogs, yada, yada, yada," Jordan said. "But it's always important to see who's making the best mac and cheese. Some people just make noodles and cheese. Some people throw some spices in it. Really if you set the tone with the mac and cheese, then I trust your barbecue. If it's just bland cheesy noodles, I may not be there for long."

Here are some more opinions from athletes, including Chargers cornerback Antonion Cromartie, Blazers guard Damian Lillard of the Blazers, Mets pitcher Matt Harvey, NHRA racer Courtney Force and former boxing champ Laila Ali, on their barbecue favorites:

Just in case you ever need to get on John Wall's good side, here's some inside information that should do the trick. According to his Washington Wizards teammate Bradley Beal, if you take Wall to P.F. Chang's and load up on the shrimp, you should be all good:

Delights By Dawn is an Atlanta cupcake shop that offers alcohol-infused varieties such as the Red Velvet Chocotini, White Almond Amaretto and Key Lime Margarita.

Starting this season, these adults-only selections will be available at the shop's two Georgia Dome kiosks during Atlanta Falcons games.

Insert your own punchline about why Falcons fans might need a pop or two.

Owner Dawn Belisle founded the shop in 1998. She is also a lawyer, who opened her own firm in 2010. According to her LinkedIn profile, Belisle has more than 15 years of experience prosecuting cases ranging "from misdemeanor traffic and DUI cases to major felonies."

On Facebook, she wrote about how making these flavors available to Falcons fans is a dream come true:

I thought how great would it be if I could sell my Toxycakes in the dome during football season. But that didn't happen. The cupcakes took on a life of its own and I have done so much with the business since I added them. The orders have been great, I have done events and people have LOVED them! All this in a short year. And now it's football season again and it reminds me of why I initially added them and my wanting to have them in the Dome. All the hard work, late nights, networking, developing, baking, splitting my time between law and baking and all for WHAT?.....Delights by Dawn will have two kiosks in the Georgia Dome this falcons football season selling her Toxycakes to thousands of football fans! Dreams do come true if you believe in your dream!


No word on the cost for one of these cupcakes at the stadium, but pricing on its website ranges from $37.50 to $39.99 for a dozen, depending on the flavor.

White Almond Amaretto

Key Lime Margarita

You might have already heard about how the 49ers' new home in Santa Clara, Levi's Stadium, is a technological and ecological marvel. Looks like it will be pretty impressive on the culinary side if this tweet from Mike Rosenberg of San Jose Mercury News is any indication:


There's no mention in the description but unless our eyes deceive us, the dogs are wrapped in bacon.

Technically, this will be listed on the menu as a frankfurter.

"The word 'hot dog,' in the boldest display of the 49ers' fine-dining hopes, does not appear anywhere on the Levi's Stadium concessions," Rosenberg reports.

On July 11, LeBron James made a really big decision. He chose to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers instead of re-signing with the Miami Heat. This was a big deal.

Although James was not believed to be in the Akron, Ohio area, thousands of Cavaliers fans flooded the streets outside his home as rumor of his return to Northeast Ohio spread. Police were present in the community and the commotion was dispersed.

According to a Reddit post, James felt guilt for the circus on his block. To make up for the disturbance, James gave his neighbors cupcakes.

James provided the cupcakes courtesy of the LeBron James Family Foundation. In very LeBron fashion, the two flavors were "Just a Kid From Akron Cherry Cola" and "Homecourt Chocolate Chunk." Also, the cupcakes came with an infographic on a card.

WEWS in Cleveland has some reaction from the locals:

A neighbor named Will Smith also provided a firsthand account in an email to Fox Sports Ohio:

"The exchange was pretty simple. Two women from Baker Blvd Decadent Desserts rang our front door bell, gave us the cupcakes and said 'These cupcakes are from Lebron James. He sent them to everyone in the neighborhood because of the commotion surrounding his coming back.' We had no face to face interaction with Lebron, but nonetheless, it was an extremely kind gesture."

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The Akron RubberDucks, the Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, celebrated the return of LeBron James a little bit differently than most within the Akron area. They introduced a new burger to their "Extreme Foods" menu. Behold the "Return of the King Burger."

The burger is a 4-ounce patty with Boursin cheese, a king crab meat blend, and a wine and gold slaw.

The RubberDucks, who sit in second place in the Eastern League Western Division, introduced their burger against the Erie SeaWolves. They have yet to win a game since the burger has been introduced. Are too many RubberDucks celebrating the return of the greatest athlete to come out of Ohio with one too many Return of the King Burgers?

LeBron announced his decision last week before flying to Brazil to take in the World Cup final. Since then, he has flown to Lexington, Kentucky, to watch his son, LeBron James Jr., play a basketball game, (which was also watched by Kentucky coach John Calipari) and flown to China to promote basketball and play some piano with Chinese pianist Lang Lang.

When he does return back home, he will find banners and billboards aligning the streets all across town welcoming him back. His jerseys will be scattered throughout Cleveland, Cincinnati, Akron and virtually ever other Ohio suburb. And there will be at least one meaty, calorie-infused, artery-clogging burger fit for a king waiting for him.

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