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New Season, New View…

018A few years back, we formed Gridironglamourgirl – as both a blog and a website – because of our unabashed, crazed fervor for the greatest game ever created. We recognized that there were countless women who loved football, but also loved the fun, “girly” things in life, like fashion, food, entertaining, and so on. Hell yes, you can be an attractive, smart woman who likes playing in a bin full of pretty pink makeup and still hold your own playing in a fantasy football league dominated by men!

These last two years have been definite game changers for us Gridironglamour girls and life has thrown us some winning touchdown passes, as well as some definite dropped balls! At last, we’ve made it back to the line of scrimmage and impatiently wait for the ball to snap and a new season to begin!

Please join us as we approach the best time of the year – football season! We can’t wait to share our (often) cheeky passion for the game and our (always) unorthodox analysis of things both on and off the field.

Get ready…here we come! Got Football??????

Black Eyed Peas and Sangria? It Must be Super Bowl Sunday!!

Last year, 106.5 million people tuned in to watch the Saints and Colts in Super Bowl XLIV.  That broadcast broke the record for the most viewership which was previously held by the finale of the show “MASH”.  There will be a projected 110 million viewers for Super Bowl XLV. 

Women account for approximately 34% of viewers during the regular season.   But on Super Bowl Sunday that percentage is obviously higher as some women who don’t have a real interest in the game tune in for the entertainment, commercials and to simply be part of the experience.  While it is hard for us to understand why a woman would not be watching the Super Bowl for the sheer fun and excitement that occurs on the field, we do acknowledge some women really don’t have an interest in football.  With that in mind, we are providing a guide to today’s pre- game and half time entertainment.  Later this week, we will do a review of the best and worst of Super Bowl XLV’s commercials.  As you prepare for the game, we also wanted to share our very favorite Sangria recipe for those fans who want a departure from beer. 

Prior to the game, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly will conduct an interview with President Barack Obama.  O’Reilly is billing the interview as “the most watched interview in history. More people will see this interview than any other interview that’s ever been done in the history of mankind.”  It’s hard to say if all 110 million viewers will tune in to see the O’Reilly-Obama interview, but it should make for an interesting pre-game battle between two very opposing forces!  Here is the rest of today’s entertainment, but of course we believe the best show takes place on the field at kick off time – 6:30 pm ET on Fox!

Pre-game entertainment will include performances by the Blue Man Group, Maroon 5 and Keith Urban.  Glee’s Leah Michele will sing “America the Beautiful” and the National Anthem will be sung by 5-time Grammy Award winner Christina Aguilera.

The half time show will feature the Black Eyed Peas, with “surprise” appearances by singer Usher and guitarist Slash from Guns n’ Roses.

A slate of diverse and high quality entertainment… a few hours of funny, clever commercials… and oh, by the way, a thrilling football game in between… is the recipe for a perfect day and a gridiron fan’s dream!  As you enjoy today’s festivities, we hope you will also enjoy our Red Zone Sangria!

Red Zone Sangria

For one pitcher of Sangria, use the following ingredients

1 lime

1 lemon

1 orange

1 apple

Red grapes

3 Tablespoons of sugar

½ bottle of full bodied red wine

1 Tablespoon of lemon juice

Ice cubes

Orange soda

Ginger Ale

½ cup orange flavored liqueur or brandy (I prefer to use Triple Sec)

Slice the fruits (lemon, lime, orange, apple, grapes) and place in pitcher with the liqueur, brandy, or Triple Sec.  Let stand a minimum of 30 minutes.  Add the wine and lemon juice and stir.  Let the mixture stand for 30 minutes more.

Before serving, add the ice cubes and fill the pitcher with equal amounts of orange soda and ginger ale.  Garnish with red grapes and enjoy!

Art, Architecture and Football!

When Jerry Jones acquired the Dallas Cowboys in 1989 for $140 million dollars, it was viewed as a poor business decision.  The team was just an average team that was losing money.  The original Texas Stadium was a mundane steel and concrete structure that offered few amenities, except for some simple suites.  It did not have air conditioning and was suited only to football.

But the larger than life Jones eventually turned the team into the highest valued sports franchises in the history of the U.S.  He also built Cowboys Stadium, the site for this weekend’s Super Bowl XLV.  As we prepare for the big game, we thought we would share some background about this one of a kind, high-tech sports and entertainment venue. 

From the start, Jones wanted a larger, more luxurious stadium befitting his beloved Cowboys.  When they decided to build a new stadium, he and his family immersed themselves into the world of art and architecture so that they could be active participants in the design process.  They traveled extensively to visit everything from ancient ruins to the most modern, cutting edge architecture.

The Cowboys hosted a design competition to solicit ideas for the new stadium.  Ultimately they chose HKS – a Dallas based architecture firm that was relatively new.  The architects at HKS were all in their 20s and 30s.  They had never designed a stadium from scratch, but had worked on some renovations of other sports venues.  Jones chose the firm over the more established architects in the competition because of their unconventional ideas and the feeling that he could easily work with them.     

HKS put forth some basic themes for the stadium – transparency and light, clarity, flexibility and state of the art technology and communication.  Despite the stadium’s home of Arlington having mostly traditional architecture, including the nostalgic Texas Rangers ballpark, Jerry Jones and HKS decided upon a contemporary design that was suited not just for football, but a variety of sports and entertainment. 

Here are some fun, albeit useless, facts about Cowboys Stadium!  As you watch the Super Bowl this weekend, you can impress your family and friends with trivia about Jerry Jones’ amazing architectural feat!

Everything’s Bigger in Texas!

  • The original budget in 2004 was $650 million, but when the stadium was completed in 2009, the final price tag was a whopping $1.2 billion.
  • The 160 foot wide x 72 foot high digital media board hanging in mid-field cost between $40 – 50 million.  It weighs an unbelievable 1.2 million pounds and is suspended from the ceiling 90 feet above the field. 
  • The two arches in the stadium are made of steel imported from Luxembourg.   They were made in Oklahoma and taken by truck to the site.  At 1225 feet, they are the longest single spans ever built.  Structurally speaking, there were far less expensive alternatives to the arches, like corner columns, but Jones wanted a modern look to the building and paid the enormous additional costs to make sure the stadium had the progressive look he desired.
  • The roof is 661,000 square feet and is the largest of its kind in the world.  The domed top can open or close in just 12 minutes to cover the opening above the field.
  • The stadium is approximately 3 MILLION square feet inside.  It is a quarter mile in length.  The Statue of Liberty could stand up inside the stadium.
  • There are more than 80,000 seats, but the stadium was built with flexibility to expand the seating to over 100,000.

Sweet Deal!

  • Cowboys Stadium is the only stadium with field level sideline suites, each with private patios.
  • The luxury suites feature plush leather seats, flat screen TVS, private full service bars, private restrooms and removable glass panels that open up so that that the entire suite is open to the playing field.
  • Suite owners and club seat ticket holders have exclusive access to the American Airlines Lounge and the Sony Lounge.  Each lounge is on the opposite side of the stadium and has 3 story atriums with windows that span floor to ceiling.

Field of Dreams

  • There are 3 different synthetic fields at the stadium – one for NFL games, college games and high school games.  There’s also a blank field that can be painted to accommodate any other sport.
  • The end zones each feature 5 retractable glass doors.  At 120 feet high, they are the largest movable glass doors in the world.   The doors can be opened in 8 minutes to create a 180 foot entry way into the plaza.

Let There Be Light

  • HKS used light as a major theme throughout the building.  The use of glass and transparent materials allows patrons to feel like they are outside, rather than in a building.
  • The roof retractable and is covered in a translucent material that brings in an abundance of natural light. 
  • The retractable end zone doors are made of glass, so that even when closed, there is a feeling of openness.
  • The roof and the base are connected by curved glass walls.  They are each 900 feet long and are fritted.  The frit is a pattern of very tiny dots on the glass.  The bottom of the fritted glass wall is 90% covered, while the top is 10% covered.  This allows for a unique play of light that sets different moods depending upon the time of day.

Stadium or Art Gallery?

  • The stadium is filled with world-class, contemporary art.  Rather than the ordinary sports photos, statues of famous athletes and other sports-related items, the Jones’ decided to fill the stadium with the some of the most cutting edge art around.
  • There are 21 pieces in the art collection, occupying almost 100,000 square feet of space.  Most of the major contemporary art museums do not have this much square footage devoted to art.

Cowboy Stadium truly is one of the most unique venues to have ever hosted a Super Bowl.  Its high tech, highly sophisticated architecture, combined with amazing works of modern art, make it the most cutting edge sports venue of its kind.  This Sunday, as you enjoy the intensity and action packed Packers and Steelers game, take time out to appreciate the beauty and sophistication of Cowboys Stadium.

SocialVibe! A Free, Easy Way to Make the World a Better Place!

We are pleased to announce a new component to our blog that allows you to support a worthy cause at absolutely no cost!  All you need to do is participate in a few “activities”, which basically means taking a quick survey or looking at a few ads.  It is a simple and completely free way to make a positive impact on the world!

 We have chosen to support the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.   Here is a bit about this private, non-profit organization.

The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund was founded in 1994 by Sol Schreiber to honor the memory of his wife Ann.  She was a distinguished public administrator and fought a courageous five-year battle with ovarian cancer. Under the leadership of Liz Tilberis, the late editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar, the worlds of fashion, beauty, and entertainment were united around this important cause.  Gridironglamour feels that this organization, committed to funding research to find a method of early detection and a cure for ovarian cancer, is a cause worthy of our support.

OCRF is one of the leading independent agencies dedicated to advancing ovarian cancer research in the United States.

If you scroll down and look at the menus on the right side of this page, you will see a box called “SocialVibe”.   Click on the box and after a few minutes of questions or activities related to the sponsor’s products, your “donation” will be complete!

We hope you will take the time to check out this latest addition to our blog and help support this very worthy cause!  Again, it costs nothing to participate, other than a few minutes (less than 5!) of your time!

Follow Us on Twitter!

We are now on Twitter!  Please follow us at http://twitter.com/#!/Gridironglamour

We will be providing real time updates on the Orange Bowl tonight, when #4 Stanford takes on #13 Virginia Tech.  We are a little biased, so bear with us as we cheer for our Hokies!!!  Go VT!!

“Fa la la la” Lemon Bars Make a Sweet Holiday Treat!

These final days leading to Christmas are hectic!   If you are like us, you are busy shopping, baking, cooking and cleaning.  Geez – this leaves so little time for football!  So, if you are looking for a super easy recipe, we have the perfect one for a sweet treat!  It is a nice departure from the traditional holiday cookie.  These lemon bars are luscious and one of our very favorite things to make this time of year.  We often create gift baskets or dessert trays for close family and friends and these mouth-watering bars are always a big hit!  The recipe uses simple ingredients that you most likely have on hand, so there is no need for an extra trip to the grocery store!

Ingredients:

Crust:

2 cups flour

1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar

1 cup butter

Topping:

4 eggs

2 cups sugar

1/3 cup lemon juice

1/4 cup flour

1/2 tsp. baking powder

Sift together the flour and confectioner’s sugar. Next, cut in the butter until the mixture clings together.  Press into a 13”x9” pan and bake 20-25 minutes (or until VERY lightly browned) in a preheated 350 degree oven.  As the crust is baking, assemble the topping by beating eggs together with the sugar and lemon juice.  Sift the ¼ cup of flour and baking powder together and stir into the egg mixture.  When crust is done, pour topping over baked crust and bake for an additional 25 minutes.  Remove from oven and sprinkle top with additional confectioner’s sugar.  Cool thoroughly before cutting into 24 squares.

These make a refreshing, yummy addition to your holiday dessert trays!  Enjoy!

A Flock of Chicks for Christmas?

The week has flown by and we suddenly find it is Friday!  With the holidays coming towards us like Michael Vick on a quarterback sneak, there’s just a few shopping days left.  To make things simple, we have discovered a great organization we would like to highlight on this “Feel Good Friday”.  You can visit their website, purchase one of the most unique presents around, and know that your gift is truly helping others.  It doesn’t get much better than that!

Heifer International began in 1944 when Dan West, a mid-west farmer and  relief worker in the Spanish Civil War, was serving milk to starving children.  When he realized that his rations of milk could not possibly feed all the hungry mouths before him, an idea hit him.  He realized that rather than cups of milk, the children needed a cow.  He returned home and started “Heifers for Relief” with the idea of providing livestock and training to the needy as a means of permanently ending hunger.

By providing a food source, rather than short-term relief, West’s organization has allowed those in need to gain independence.  In the more than 65 years since it was founded, Heifer International has helped over 62 million people.  You can help change a life, too.  There are a number of “gifts” you can purchase for someone and then create a printable or electronic card to tell them what has been purchased in their honor. 

Some of the gifts include:

A Flock of Chicks for $20.00

Families receive a flock of chicks (10-50) and get training on how to properly raise them.  The protein in eggs is itself a great source of nourishment for needy families.  But families can also share and sell their excess eggs.  Recipients of the chicks also must make a commitment to pass on the offspring from their initial flock to others in their community and to share the knowledge they learned in training.  Thus the gift continues to grow and give back even more!

A Goat for $120.00

One goat can provide families with a few quarts of milk each day.  Families often sell the excess by operating their own small dairies and making cheese, butter, or yogurt.  Goats can also have 2 or 3 offspring each year, making it the perfect choice for a community, where these offspring can be passed on to other needy families.

Check out Heifer International’s website by clicking below.  This season, give a gift that truly does keep on giving and one you and the recipient can feel oh-so-good about!

Heifer International

Confessions of a Michael Vick-loving Giants Fan

I live in New Jersey.  Let the jokes begin.  Sure we are known for the “Jersey Shore” reality TV show, the Sopranos and other ridiculously exaggerated representations of our state.  But New Jersey also has many other features that make it truly “special”.  What other state has a 24 hour diner every few miles?  Where else can you learn to navigate a “jug handle” and do it with attitude?  If you’re not from New Jersey, you are probably scratching your head about the exact meaning of a jug handle.  Drive here some time and you will discover this creative traffic phenomenon.

Unlike New Hampshire or New Mexico, we are so unique that people often drop the “New” part of our name and simply call us “Jersey”.   Did you ever hear anyone refer to the home state of the Yankees as “York”?  So while we are used as a punch line for late night comedians, our many distinctive qualities at least keep us from being boring!

Unless you live here, you may not realize that we are also a state divided.  New Jersey is basically two giant suburbs.  Southern Jersey seems like one huge Philadelphia suburb, while the north is like a giant suburb of New York City.  For such a little state, we are quite defensive about our residency.  Ask a Jersey native where they grew up, and the answer will be North Jersey, Central Jersey, or South Jersey – never, ever merely NEW Jersey! 

 In the South, if you want to order some turkey and Swiss cheese in a long roll, it is called a hoagie.  In the North, it is called a sub.  Want some of those tiny multicolored candy bits on your ice cream?  South Jersey locals call them jimmies, while many in North Jersey call them sprinkles.  When it comes to sports, the division is even more palpable.  South Jersey residents root for the Eagles and Northerners cheer for the Giants.  What about the Jets, you ask?  They seem to have a following that defies boundaries.

As a resident of Northern NJ, I have been a faithful NY Giants fan for years.  Though they are the NEW YORK Giants, we host them here at the Meadowlands and I consider them our very own team.  I root for Big Blue week in and week out.  There are NY Giants football ornaments on my Christmas tree, a tiny neurotic Maltese who wears a Big Blue jersey every Sunday and a multitude of other Giants paraphernalia filling my house.  As a loyal Giants fan, I have despised two teams – the Eagles and the Cowboys – with a hatred that would make any Giants enthusiast proud.

But I have a deep, dark secret that I am slowly starting to reveal to others.  I LOVE Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick.  Despite years of perfecting my disdain for the Eagles, I now find myself a closet cheerleader for #7.  I sneak peeks at him on TV, while no one is looking.  Even more shocking, he is my starting QB on my fantasy team and when he plays against the Giants, I feel like a traitor cheering for both him AND Eli.

My Vick obsession was not born out of his recent NFL success.  I was a Vick fan way back when he was the thrilling QB for the Virginia Tech Hokies.  His pure, raw athleticism and ability to make defenders fall helplessly to the ground are magical to me.  Like Michigan’s Denard Robinson, Vick is simply fun and exciting to watch.

I cheered for Vick when he was an Atlanta Falcon and felt betrayed when he fell from grace after being involved in dog fighting.  As a dog owner, I was disgusted by Vick’s actions.  My heart broke as I watched this man of great promise crumble before my very eyes. 

When he went to prison, I never dreamed he would return as a better man.  But redemption is very real and Michael Vick made the decision to repent.  When he was released from incarceration, he truly tried to turn his life around.  He began speaking to young people about the evils of dog fighting and the consequences of making bad decisions.  As I watched and listened to him, I sensed a man with gratitude and with a brand new outlook on life.

Then the unexpected occurred.  He got picked up by my nemesis – the Philadelphia Eagles!  At first, I could hide in the shadows, just lurking around to watch Vick as he got in for an occasional play or two.  As time passed, my affection for Vick once again returned, until finally, last winter I crossed the line.  It was a few weeks before Christmas and my beloved Giants were hosting our arch enemy, the Eagles.  As Sunday approached, I heard more and more mumblings from fellow Giants fans about “Evil Michael Vick”.  There were crude jokes and all sorts of mean, derogatory statements about him.  I found myself feeling very defensive.   Before I knew it, I was making a gigantic poster to take to the game.  It read..

I am a Giants Fan

And a Dog Owner

And I STILL Love Michael Vick

Then, being the nerd that I am, I drew a Christmas tree and finished off my little art project with the phrase “Tis the Season for Forgiveness”.

Any teenage girl who has ever had a big crush can tell you that when it comes to things like this, reason goes out the window.  Therefore, without thinking about the consequences, I proudly carried my sign through the Meadowlands parking lot, dressed head to toe in Giants clothing.  The reaction was not pretty.  Sure, I was booed.  But since it was a night game and many fans had been tailgating for a few hours, I got lots of intoxicated rants that would make even Tony Soprano blush.  Before I reached the turnstiles, I crumbled my sign and cowardly threw it in the trash.  

By last spring, I was once again a full-blown Michael Vick fan, but wisely decided to keep my dark little secret to myself.  After all, I live in North Jersey and am a Giants fan.  After my Meadowlands melodrama, I didn’t want another confrontation. 

But when Vick became the starter for the Eagles, I could not contain my excitement.  I simply had to cheer for him.  He was playing like the Vick I first saw at Virginia Tech, but even better!  He no longer relied solely on his legs and pure athletic ability, but now he was reading defenses and using his arm to beat opponents as well.  Again, like a school girl with a crush, I found myself online ordering a Michael Vick Eagles jersey.

The Giants and Eagles face each other this Sunday.   The winner of this game will be in first place in the NFC East.  As I post this blog, I know my secret is out.  They say confession is good for the soul, but football (and a division rivalry game for 1st place) is as serious as it gets.  I am not sure my friends and family who are Giants fans will ever, ever forgive me.

On Sunday, I will proudly wear my Michael Vick jersey and still cheer for the Giants.  Unconventional?  Yes, I suppose it is.  But for this weekend, I will neither be from North Jersey nor from South Jersey.  Instead, I will simply be from Jersey and divide my loyalties between both the Eagles AND the Giants.  Wish me luck getting through the parking lot!

Feel Good Friday – Holiday Gifts that Give Back!

We are in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.  If you’re like us, you are completing your holiday gift list, trying to find the perfect present for your family and friends.  To celebrate this holiday of GIVING, we wanted to highlight a few gift ideas that you can feel good about.  These are gifts that are not only wonderful in their own right, but also give back in some way to the community, a cause, or a charity.  For the next few Friday’s, we will share our finds with you in our “Feel Good Friday” feature!

ONEHOPE Wines

Looking for a great gift for the wine lover on your list?  ONEHOPE Wines is a California-based wine company that donates a whopping 50% of its profits to social causes.   The company was established in 2007 and since that time has donated over $350,000 dollars to various social causes, such as their Fight Against Autism, Fight Against AIDS, Fight Against Breast Cancer and much more.

Since October, American Airlines has partnered with ONEHOPE Wines by offering their wines as part of its complimentary service to First and Business Class travelers.  For the month of December, for every bottle of Green Ribbon Sauvignon Blanc served onboard, ONEHOPE WINES will plant a tree through its partnership with the American Forest Foundation.

To learn more about this wonderful company and their wines, visit their website by clicking the link below.

ONEHOPE Wine 

 FEED Projects

Last Christmas, I received a great tote bag with the words “FEED the Children of the World” stenciled on one side and a large number “1” on the other.  I had never heard of the FEED Projects company before and was curious about the meaning behind my new bag.  I discovered that their mission is to feed the world through the sale of products that have a particular donation built into them.  For example, the number one imprinted on my tote signifies that one child in Africa will receive school lunch for the whole year simply from the sale of my bag.  FEED Projects works closely with the United Nations World Food Programme to provide this much needed assistance.

FEED Projects offers a wide assortment of bags, bracelets, t-shirts and even teddy bears!  Their products make perfect holiday gifts that have a true humanitarian component that embodies the spirit of the season!  FEED Projects merchandise is made using environmentally-friendly and artisan-made materials.  All their products are made under safe, healthy and fair labor conditions as well.  The company was established in 2006 and has provided over 56 million meals since that time. 

FEED Projects allow you to give a loved one an absolutely chic gift, while at the same time helping a needy child somewhere in the world.  Check out their great selection of gifts and read more about their amazing story by visiting their website below.

FEED Projects

Great Gridiron Gifts for the Holidays!

It is December 1st.  How did that happen?!!  There’s a lot to do before the holidays are suddenly upon us.  Over the next few weeks, look for our favorite shopping, cooking and other helpful tips that will help you glide through the holiday season with ease.  As always, we also keep you updated with the latest gridiron news!

Looking for a great holiday gift for that football fan on your list?  Jerseys are a perfect choice and with so many retailers offering them, it is easy to find a great deal.  NFL.com recently released its list of the top 25 selling NFL jerseys.  The sales data is for the period of April 1st through October 31st

These past few weeks have undoubtedly changed that list, as Michael Vick jersey sales have skyrocketed.  This past summer, his jersey sales were not even on the top 100 list.  His phenomenal performances (13 TDs, 1 interception and a 106 QB rating) have helped him lead the Eagles to 1st place in the NFC East, tied with the NY Giants.  With his new fan base behind him buying his #7 jersey, it now appears Vick will be among the top 25 when new sales figures are released.

Other interesting players on the list are the two rookies.  Sam Bradford may have been the #1 draft pick, but Tim Tebow’s jersey is the #1 seller, despite the fact that he is not even the starter for the Broncos!  If Tebow’s jersey remains #1, it will be the first time a rookie has ever led NFL jersey sales. 

Who is not on the list?  Steeler QB Ben Roethlisberger’s popularity apparently declined due to the allegations of sexual assault.  His jersey is not among the top 25 sellers.  Prior to this, he had been on the list every year since his rookie season six years ago.

The Cowboys have three players on the top 25 list (Miles Austin, Tony Romo and Jason Witten), leading all other NFL teams.  It is too bad jersey sales do not have any bearing on how a team is performing.  The Cowboys could use any help they could get!  

Here are the top 25 as of October 31st:

  1. Tim Tebow, Broncos
  2. Drew Brees, Saints
  3. Troy Polamalu, Steelers
  4. Peyton Manning, Colts
  5. Brett Favre, Vikings
  6. Aaron Rodgers, Packers
  7. Tom Brady, Patriots
  8. Miles Austin, Cowboys
  9. Donovan McNabb, Redskins
  10. Tony Romo, Cowboys
  11. Mark Sanchez, Jets
  12. Eli Manning, Giants
  13. Desean Jackson, Eagles
  14. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals
  15. Adrian Peterson, Vikings
  16. Jason Witten, Cowboys
  17. Philip Rivers, Chargers
  18. Chris Johnson, Titans
  19. Patrick Willis, 49ers
  20. Sam Bradford, Rams
  21. Ray Rice, Ravens
  22. Darrelle Revis, Jets
  23. Chad Ochocinco, Bengals
  24. Brian Urlacher, Bears
  25. Wes Welker, Patriots
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