For those New Yorkers looking for an unforgettable way to take in the Super Bowl, and for whom a $150,000 party is a little cheap, the Chatwal Hotel has just the offer.

Larry Olmsted of Forbes writes that the Chatwal is offering a $3 million tailgate this Sunday for Super Bowl XLVIII. The experience will take place in the Barrymore Suite, which occupies the entire tenth floor of the hotel and has four bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms and a 1,000-foot outdoor terrace.

Inside the suite is what some have dubbed the "World’s Most Expensive" TV, a 55-inch PrestigeHD TV by Stuart Hughes that is coated in 22K yellow gold and 72 carats of diamonds. According to Olmsted, the TV accounts for more than two of the $3 million cost of the suite.

Here's a look at the inside of the suite:


Town and Country reports that the culinary offerings include caviar nachos, truffle pizza, and Kobe beef chili from chef Geoffrey Zakarian.

Other luxuries include $2,000 bottles of beer from Hair of the Dog in Portland, $1,150 Ghurka Black Dragon cigars and Swarovski Crystal football helmets for the Seahawks and the Broncos.

In case you're still undecided, here's a look inside the Chatwal:

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If this isn't the most expensive Super Bowl tailgate, no other establishment has stepped forward yet to claim that distinction. ABC News highlighted what it called 4 Crazy Expensive Super Bowl Experiences, and the big-ticket item on that list was a mere $635,000.

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Broncos players are more than relieved to be done with their Super Bowl week media obligations, and not just because they're tired of having cameras shoved in their faces by "journalists" wearing Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart costumes.

No, the Broncos had an added challenge this week -- they had to conduct some of their interviews on a cruise ship in Jersey City, N.J. And while the ship was docked, about a dozen players reported suffering from symptoms of seasickness.

“I don’t like the boat,” Broncos cornerback Quentin Jammer said. “I’m not feeling very good with all this rocking. I don’t know who thought to have these interviews on the boat, but it’s really not a good idea.”

Other players reported feeling queasy, having headaches or suffering from motion sickness.

"I don’t like the water," safety David Bruton said. "I've seen ‘Titanic.’ Being on a boat makes me nervous. I can’t look out the window, because that’s when I see the boat moving up and down. Makes it worse. So I just look at my phone.”

Meanwhile, the Seattle Seahawks had their scheduled media availability in a ballroom at a hotel about a mile away. Both sessions were arranged by the NFL and presumably the teams were assigned randomly, although it's fair to wonder if the Seahawks would have been more comfortable at sea.

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Steven Hauschka is having the time of his life in New York City.

Seattle's kicker, who grew up in a suburb of Boston and graduated from Middlebury, has reunited with lots of high school and college friends in the Big Apple. And best of all? He's done so without getting noticed on the streets and subways of New York City.

Hauschka told Stu Woo of the Wall Street Journal that he's taken subways and PATH trains in the city, and he's done so anonymously.

"I don't get recognized there," the 28-year-old said. "I don't look like a professional athlete."

Hauschka doesn't have the background of a pro athlete either. He attended D-III Middlebury College hoping to play soccer but was cut from varsity his freshman year. The next year he switched to football and had a stellar three-year career. After graduating from Middlebury with a neuroscience degree, he spent one year playing for N.C. State. He bounced around a few NFL teams before settling with the Seahawks in 2011.

Hauschka had a strong year for the Seahawks in 2013. He made all 44 of his extra-point attempts and missed only two of his 35 field goal attempts. His 94.3 percent conversion rate was good enough for second in the league.

And, as it turned out, Hauschka's work persuading Pete Carroll not to settle for a field goal during a crucial moment of the NFC championship game led to Seattle's biggest score of the game.

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It appears as though Richard Sherman will be able to turn 15 seconds into $5 million.

The Seahawks' star's agent, Jamie Fritz, told CNN that the endorsement offers have been rolling in for his client following Sherman's lively postgame interview with Erin Andrews after the Seahawks' victory over the 49ers in the NFC championship game.

While some have questioned whether Sherman's rant will make him more or less likeable, Fritz says the answer might be irrelevant, because it has made him more marketable -- to the tune of several million dollars.

"I think that he's more likeable," Fritz said. "People love this. The brand managers love this."

Sherman is in the third year of his deal with Seattle, and as a fifth-round pick he only makes about $550,000 in salary. Fritz says Sherman should be in line for several deals regardless of how Seattle does on Sunday.

Sherman's income from endorsements is about the same as his NFL salary for this season. He is part of a national ad campaign for Beats by Dre headphones and makes a cameo appearance during a Nike commercial starring Kobe Bryant. Additionally, Sherman has a regional spot for CenturyLink, the Internet service provider that also has naming rights to Seattle's stadium.

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Sherman's agent did not specify who has inquired about his client, but some companies like the buzz of doing business with a polarizing figure. Nike, which already has Sherman, is good at casting rebels as being misunderstood by the establishment, such as it did with the young, long-haired Andre Agassi.

Carl's Jr. has featured athletes such as Dennis Rodman and Terrell Owens. In Owens' case, the commercial centered around his unpopularity with the fans in Philadelphia.

John McEnroe earned a reputation for his rants against umpires, but then used that screaming-maniac persona to land commercials for National Car Rental, a European car company and American Express:

The bottom line is that Richard Sherman quickly got the public's attention, and that's what most companies covet.

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While Super Bowl storylines abound this week, comments by Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp have added another layer to the football discourse leading up to the big game.

On Tuesday, Sapp told the NFL Network he does not think Michael Strahan should be on the Hall of Fame's Class of 2014 list when it is announced on Saturday. Strahan, a defensive end who played 15 seasons with the New York Giants, is one of 15 finalists for the class.

"When you stack it up, he only has four straight Pro Bowls and a mythical sack record that y'all still walk around like it's something to be praised," Sapp said.

Terry Bradshaw was notified of the story by former NFL coach and fellow Fox analyst Jimmy Johnson. A Hall of Famer who also works with Strahan on Fox, Bradshaw tells ThePostGame he is appalled at Sapp.

"Why would a Hall of Famer say something like that? Doesn't he realize Mike's going to get in? Mike's going to know that one of the brothers didn't want him in. That is, being brothers of the fraternity of the Hall of Fame," Bradshaw says.

Strahan is a seven-time Pro Bowler, four-time All-Pro, Defensive Player of the Year and Super Bowl Champion. He finished his career with 141.5 sacks, enough for fifth all-time. Strahan's 22.5 sacks in 2001 is the single-season record.

Sapp posted 96.5 career sacks from the interior part of the line in 13 seasons.

"I thought initially he's intoxicated," Bradshaw said of Sapp's comments. "To say something like that about a great player who's going into the Hall of Fame, that's pretty classless. It's unfortunate. He ought to be ashamed of himself."

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It's time for one of his biggest speeches in months, and what does President Barack Obama want to watch on television before he strolls onto the floor for his State of the Union address?

Basketball, of course.

According to a tweet by NBC News reporter Luke Russert, the president wanted televisions in his holding room turned to ESPN for the Michigan State-Iowa basketball game. Alas, the Sports Fan-In-Chief was overruled.


It's a shame, too, because the game was excellent. In what may be one of the deciding contests in the race for the Big Ten title, No. 7 Michigan State squeaked past No. 15 Iowa in overtime, 71-69.

Obama is a huge basketball fan and when he's not able to watch the games on television, or when his staff forbids him from doing so, he catches the highlights on ESPN. He's even joked that after his time in the White House he'd like to serve as a SportsCenter host.

(H/T to Extra Mustard)

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GoDaddy has become known for its memorable Super Bowl ads, and while this year's spot won't feature a supermodel, according to early reports it may still be one of the most talked-about ads.

That's because a real woman will quit her job in the ad, presumably so she can take advantage of the small business-building services offered by GoDaddy.

The company on Tuesday released a trailer for the ad, which stars actor John Turturro.

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This is one of two GoDaddy commercials expected to air during the Super Bowl. The other features NASCAR driver Danica Patrick as a bodybuilder .

For reference, here are GoDaddy's commercials from the past few years:

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If you think Nicki Minaj looks different on the new cover of ESPN The Magazine, don't adjust your computer screen.

The pop star herself claims her photo, in which she poses alongside Lakers star Kobe Bryant, was retouched. She posted the photos on Twitter and blasted ESPN The Magazine for altering her look.

"When retouching goes wrong," Minaj wrote with this photo:

"I love my personal unretouched photos where my forehead doesn't mysteriously grow in length," Minaj captioned this image:

Here are some more of Minaj's photos from the shoot:

Aside from the retouching issue, the shoot seems to have gone well. Both Bryant and Minaj said they enjoyed working with one another for the special issue, which focuses on the intersection between sports and music.

“I’ve obviously admired her work from afar, as we all have," Bryant said. "My whole family, we’re all big Nicki fans. I just think it’s fascinating the way she’s been able to create this entire world around what Nicki Minaj is and what she represents for not just women, but kids as a whole.”

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If you're a store owner looking to capitalize on a football game, you should probably go with the time-tested shutout promotion.

This contest encourages customers to buy goods with the promise that, if a certain team does not score any points, customers will get their money back. It hardly ever happens (although it's not foolproof).

Not only did Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale, who owns Gallery Furniture in Houston, shun that contest, he and his staff gave customers a much, much easier option for the AFC and NFC championship games.

All customers had to do in order to get their money back was buy at least $5,000 worth of furniture and correctly select the winners of each contest. That's it.

Both favorites advanced to the Super Bowl and about 100 people got their money back. That totaled more than half a million dollars in refunds.

"We're getting ready to give back $600,000," McIngvale told KHOU 11, "and it will hurt the bank account but will make those customers' account happy."

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In a week and a half the eyes of the world will be on East Rutherford, N.J., as the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos square off in the Super Bowl.

But if one was to take a stroll through tiny East Rutherford these days, he or she might have no idea there's a huge game coming up.

All the big pre-game celebrations and festivities are planned for New York City and there are very few banners or decorations promoting the game in East Rutherford. Heck, even East Rutherford's mayor can't get a ticket to the game.

Jim Cassella (below), the most powerful man in East Rutherford, is a New York Giants season-ticket holder and entered a lottery with all Giants fans for a pair of tickets. He didn't win and he says he doesn't know anyone else in town who scored tickets. Unable to watch from MetLife Stadium, Cassella will have to enjoy the game from home. Before the action he'll swing by a popular bar in town for a tailgate.

“There will probably be more true football fans at our party anyway,” Cassella told the New York Daily News. “I’m not angry or anything. That’s just the way it is. The NFL could not care less. There’s a certain arrogance.”

Cassella is not surprised, per se, that his town of about 9,000 people is receiving little fanfare in advance of the big game. After East Rutherford won the Super Bowl four years ago he predicted his town would be overlooked.

And now, it seems, his dismal prophecy has come true.

“If you landed from another planet," Cassella said, "you wouldn’t know there was a game going on here."

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