This year is the year of the horse!
1. Cut coasters out of AstroTurf ($1 per square foot at ondecksports.com, or go to your local hardware store).
3. Design your table runner to look like a football field; just spread out Con-Tact Chalkboard Contact Paper ($6 for a roll, 18 inches by six feet, at discountschoolsupply.com) and draw yard lines with chalk and a ruler. Then leave out the chalk and let your guests strategize their own plays throughout the party.
Upgrade traditional tailgate fare with these healthier―and tastier―versions:
Swap a sports-bar favorite for a snack that’s more refined and better for you, too. Create a potato bar by baking a 15-ounce package of Alexia Oven Fries frozen potato wedges (available at supermarkets) and serving them warm with a variety of toppings, like chopped red onion, salsa, grated Cheddar, jalapeños, and low-fat sour cream.
In lieu of a football pool, have each guest predict the winner’s final score. Write each guess on a tag and tie it to his or her beer stein. Whoever gets closest to the correct score wins.
Give your guests a selection of beers that reflect the names, the mascots, or the hometowns of the competing teams. Or, stock up on pints that represent your favorite teams.
Baltimore Ravens: The Raven
Buffalo Bills: Bison Brewing
Cincinnati Bengals: Tiger Beer
Cleveland Browns: Honey Brown Lager
Denver Broncos: Dark Horse Beer
Houston Texans: Alamo Golden Ale
Indianapolis Colts: Colt 45
Jacksonville Jaguars: Jaguar High Gravity Lager
Kansas City Chiefs: Tomahawk Pale Ale
Miami Dolphins: Hurricane Reef Lager
New England Patriots: Samuel Adams Boston Lager
New York Jets: Terminal Gravity IPA
Oakland Raiders: Rocky River Pirate Lite
Pittsburgh Steelers: Iron City Beer
San Diego Chargers: Electric Beer
Tennessee Titans: Titan IPA
Arizona Cardinals: Beermann’s Rip Roarin’ Red Ale
Atlanta Falcons: Atlanta Brewing Company Red Brick Ale
Carolina Panthers: Carolina Blonde
Chicago Bears: Brown Bear Brewery
Dallas Cowboys: Lonestar Beer
Detroit Lions: Lionshead Beer
Green Bay Packers: Green Man Lager
Minnesota Vikings: St. Pauli Girl Lager
New Orleans Saints: Saint Arnold Amber Ale
New York Giants: Brooklyn Lager
Philadelphia Eagles: Yuengling Traditional Lager
San Francisco 49ers: 49er Red
Seattle Seahawks: Black Hawk Stout
St. Louis Rams: Ram Pilsner
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Old Buccaneer Reserve
Washington Redskins: Indian Wells Brewing Co. Mojave Red Beer
This year is the year of the horse!
Will you be watching any of your favorite players in the pro-bowl this Sunday??
In honor of what would have been Martin Luther King’s 85th birthday, let’s celebrate with some lesser-known fascinating facts.
1. He was born Michael King Jr. after his father, Michael King Sr., but the senior King changed their names to Martin Luther King Sr. and Jr. when Martin Jr. was about 5 years old. By some accounts, King Sr. said that his real name was Martin Luther, but that his mother called him Michael and he didn’t know; when he found out, he changed both the names.
2. The younger King was one out of only 11 African-American students in 1948 at Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania; in his third year there, he was elected class president. He graduated with honors as class valedictorian.
3. In 1963, he became was the first African-American to be named Time magazine’s Man of the Year.
4. At the age of 35, he became the youngest man to have been honored with the Nobel Peace Prize. He donated the prize money of $54,123 to benefit the civil rights movement.
5. Between 1957 and 1968, he traveled more than 6 million miles and spoke at more than 2,500 events.
6. He was arrested 30 times and was awarded at least 50 honorary degrees from colleges and universities.
7. There are more than 900 streets named after him in the United States — and the number continues to grow.
8. In 1968, the first legislation was introduced by U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr. of Michigan to make King’s birthday a federal holiday. The bill was finally turned into law in November 1983 and the first official holiday was observed on the third Monday of January in 1986.
9. King is the only non-president to have a national holiday in his name, and is the only non-president with a memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
10. In 1994, Congress designated Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service, which is led by Corporation for National and Community Service. It is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a “day on, not a day off.” (To find a local project for which to volunteer, visit the MLKday.gov website or try one of these ideas.)
Bonus: The famous “I have a dream” section of the monumental “I Have a Dream” speech was unscripted; although he had used the phrase before and wanted to include it, his adviser suggested that he leave it out of the speech for this occasion. Fortunately, he went with it.