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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??????

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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

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