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Easy to Prepare (and Eat) Snacks for the Game Day Party

There are a wealth of ideas when it comes to cooking and preparing food. While there are complicated-to-make dishes, there are also easy-to-make ones. The latter are perfect for certain occasions such as game day parties, not to mention an NFL watching party. These three “F”’s – friends, food and football, that is – are the keys to an ideal Sunday night.

These snacks, as they should be called “snacks,” do not require much eating utensils such as a spoon, a fork or a knife. Quick and easy they may be to make, these finger foods are nonetheless tasty and delicious. You will definitely be coming back for more in seconds, while not missing out on that momentous touchdown!

1) Breaded mozzarella sticks
Almost every American loves mozzarella, so why not include that on your game day snacks menu? Coat the mozzarella sticks with Italian breadcrumbs or tempura breading, deep fry them, and then voila! Pick those sticks up, dip them in pomodoro sauce, sour cream or catsup, and enjoy eating!

2) Baked garlic parmesan potato wedges
For game-loving couch potatoes, these baked garlic parmesan potato wedges are the perfect finger food! Get those potato wedges sprinkled with salt, pepper, or garlic powder, then drizzled with olive oil. Oven-roast those babies until they become perfectly golden. Serve with sour cream. Pick, dump into dip, and enjoy!

3) Classic Buffalo wings
Get some protein to your game day snack platter with the classic spicy buffalo wings! Although the traditional recipe calls for many flavorings, preparation is surprisingly easy. It is usually served together with celery. Common dips include ranch or blue cheese.

4) Cheese boat
This might be the easiest and cost-effective centerpiece of your game day snacks spread! Carve a deep crater on top of the bread (a big Italian or French bread) to make a “bread boat,” then put a generous amount Cheddar cheese into it, as well as other additional fillings like corned beef, ham or chopped sausages. Bake and wait until the cheese starts to bubble. This is best served warm with tortilla chips.

5) Nachos
Everybody’s favorite finger food is often too messy to eat, but that’s where the fun factor comes from. You can dress those nachos chips in any way you like – the classic trio of beef, beans and cheese sauce. Or you can make your nachos deluxe with bell peppers, olives, even bacon and egg… the possibilities are endless!

6) Stuffed jalapenos
Want something spicy to kick off your game day party? Why don’t you try stuffing jalapenos with cheeses and ground beef? They will put a zing on your game-watching session!

Hosting a football game day party can be overwhelming, but with these easy-to-make finger foods and appetizers, they will certainly take off the burden of your pre-party work. Not to mention that they’re delicious too!

For more game day party snacks, explore more options by checking out this link: Best Snacks for Game Day Parties

The Best Indianapolis Colts Players of All Time

For many decades, the Indianapolis Colts have produced stellar players, each with his illustrious career highlights. Find out the roster of the Colts’ best players and a brief information about them. If you had your own Colts dream team, you would have surely picked any of them.

Peyton Manning

1) Peyton Manning
Peyton Manning (born in 1976) is one of the best-known Colts quarterbacks. A five-time National Football League (NFL) MVP, he started suiting up for the Colts in 1998 and stayed there for thirteen seasons until his exit from the team in 2011 (he played for the Denver Broncos thereafter).

Known by his nickname as “The Sheriff,” Manning boasts several records, including the most touchdown passes (with 539) and 4,000-yard passing seasons (with 14), apart from being a five-time league MVP. He is also a two-time Super Bowl champion and the Super Bowl XLI MVP.

2) Marvin Harrison
Now retired from active career, Marvin Harrison (born in 1972) is still recognized as one of Colts’ most popular players and also one of the greatest wide receivers in the history of National Football League. Drafted into the team ni 1996, Harrison went on to spend the next thirteen years with them. He received a Super Bowl ring upon the team’s victory over the Chicago Bears in the Super Bowl XLI.

3) Johnny Unitas
The late Johnny Unitas (1933-2002) was a star quarterback who played for the Colts for most of his career. He was named the league’s MVP three times (in 1959, 1964 and 1967) and a one-time Super Bowl champion (1971). For 52 years he was unbeaten for having the most consecutive games with a touchdown pass. He was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979.

4) Reggie Wayne
Reggie Wayne (born in 1978) is a now-retired NFL star. After being picked 30th overall in the 2001 NFL draft, he went on to spend the next 13 years with the Colts. In fact, he spent his entire career with the team alone. A star wide receiver, Wayne recorded 1,000-yard seasons consecutively between 2004 and 2010. The former University of Miami stalwart currently ranks at seventh place on the all-time league career receptions, tenth in all-time league receiving yards, and 23rd all-time in career touchdown receptions.

5) Dwight Freeney
Dwight Freeney (born in 1980) is a now-retired football player who spent the majority of his 16-year career with the Indiana Colts (2002-2012), where he played as a defensive linesman. He participated in seven Pro Bowls and helped the team to steer towards their Super Bowl XLI championship (over the Chicago Bears). He also suited up for other several football teams such as the San Diego Chargers and Detroit Lions (his last).

6) Robert Mathis
Robert Mathis (born in 1981) is a former NFL outside linebacker who spent his entire 14-year career with the Colts (2003-2016). After retiring, Mathis became the team’s assistant defensive coach in 2017, a position he still holds as of this writing.
He was one of the Colts’ most valuable defensive assets. He made the Pro Bowler six times and steered the Colts to their Super Bowl XLI victory.

7) Jeff Saturday
Jeff Saturday (born in 1975) is an ex-NFL center who spent most of his 13-year career with the Colts (1999-2011). He was also a part of the Colts’ Super Bowl XLI championship over the Chicago Bears. In addition, he made it to four All-Pro teams and five Pro Bowls. He ended his active career with the Green Bay Packers before retiring.

8) Adam Vinatieri
Adam Vinatieri (born in 1972) is an NFL placekicker who started his career in 1996 with the now-defunct Amsterdam Admirals, an American team in NFL Europe. Next, he suited up with the New England Patriots (1996-2005) before moving to the Colts in 2006. As of this writing, Vinatieri still actively plays for the Colts. Vinatieri’s main claim to fame is his record career field goals (with 556) and his 44 consecutive league field goals made.

New to the world of Colts and NFL? Read this fascinating link, “Interesting Facts about the NFL.

The Short History of Indianapolis Colts

The Indianapolis Colts have been around in the National Football League (NFL) for a long time. But compared to the other football teams, the Colts might be considered one of the younger teams in the league.

The Colts’ history traces way back to the mid-1940s but in a different city and state – Baltimore, Maryland, as the Baltimore Colts. The Baltimore Colts team was founded in the All-America Football (AAFC) in 1947. In 1950, the Colts became an NFL team as part of the negotiations between the NFL and the AAFC. However, this venture fizzled and the franchise was dissolved after the 1950 season.

However, the Baltimore Colts seemed to find luck on their side. In 1953, the Dallas Texans franchise was disbanded, giving the Baltimore Colts another chance to become an NFL team once again. The league’s commissioner at that time, Bert Bell, presented a challenge to the city of Baltimore: to sell 15,000 season tickets in the span of six weeks. The challenge was met successfully, as tickets became sold out in just over four weeks. A businessman named Carroll Rosenbloom brought the NFL franchise to the team in January 1953, which made him its principal owner.

For the next 14 years, the Baltimore Colts enjoyed a generally good run, never experiencing a losing season. It went on to win the NFL championships in 1958, 1959 and 1968, thanks to the its powerful roster led by the star quarterback Johnny Unitas and his able-bodied support such as Artie Donovan, Raymond Berry, Gino Marchetti, Lenny Moore and others.

Rosenbloom went on to own the Baltimore Colts until 1972, after he traded the franchise to Robert Irsay (who owned the Los Angeles Rams at that time). About a year later, Unitas left the Colts and was traded to the San Diego Chargers. It seems that the magic had left the Colts after some of its remarkable figures, who had built the team over the years, moved out. Since the changes, the Colts were experiencing one loss after another and were also suffering dismal fan attendance.

For this reason, the Colts said goodbye to Baltimore and moved to Indiana in 1984, becoming the Indianapolis Colts. The move was met with so much fuss and fanfare. But it wasn’t a good start either, as the now-Indianapolis Colts were struggling in their new turf. During that time the team was experiencing frequent changes in their coaching staff. They also tried with seventeen different starting quarterbacks.

The Indianapolis Colts began to enjoy moderate successes, making a total of three postseason appearance in the next thirteen seasons. They met with most successes in 1995-1996. In 1995 they almost won the American Championship Game, only to lose to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Colts’ fate began to change remarkably with the arrival of quarterback Peyton Manning in 1998. With his skills and leadership, the Colts began to be one the teams to reckon with. For the first time in 36 seasons, Manning led the Colts to the Super Bowl championship in 2006.

If you are new Colts fan — or a football fan in general — this article is quite informative and fun to read at the same time: “Interesting Facts about the NFL.”

Colts Fan Club Progress + Update!

Hey guys! It’s me, Spacey. I know it’s been a while since I’ve written on this blog, and I want to apologize. I’ve just had so much on my plate with finals, prom and now college… not to mention watching the Colt’s kick butt!

I hope everyone else has been keeping tracking of the boys. It’s up to us as their loyal fans to remind everyone constantly and at every moment and every opportunity just how great the colts are. Colts fans unite!

An important update!

I want to remind everyone of the meeting on the 28th of April. We have a Gorilla Bar has a brand new top air hockey table from this air hockey table buying guide and everyone is eager to give it a thrashing. last talk we had in the Facebook group. If you are still yet to join, please PM me ASAP. You need a special invitation to join.

The talk was about the future of the Colts Fan Club and how we can work even harder to show the world how great the Colts are. We are on a mission here, people… one great team for world domination! Just kidding… but that would be pretty cool. Can you imagine if Frank Gore became the president of the world!

On a serious note, it’s important to remember Gorilla Bar has a strict dress code. Only people wearing an appropriate shirt, long pants and closed toe shoes will be allowed to enter. We have booked somewhere pretty special as we are celebrating 3 birthday’s at once. No presents please – it sets an expectation for everyone else and we simply can’t have that. Plus, I’m broke.

What else is new? Well, I have a girlfriend, I’m getting amazing scores in college and I’m going through all the normal stuff someone my age should be going through… that’s right. Life is a blast.

Talk soon! And see you on the 28th!

Providing Equal Opportunities in the NFL

The NFL has come a long way in providing equal opportunities for all players. I think it is important to give attention to areas where they have both succeed and failed in this task. This will give a guide of what is working and what is not working, and will pave the way for a better future.

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Equal pay

The salary of NFL players is still one of the areas of major controversy. Even within the NFL, there is a huge range of difference between contracts for the highest paid players and ones at the base rate.

It is easy to see why better players are paid more. If a higher offer comes along, it can be tempting for a brilliant player to leave their club. They are therefore enticed to stay with huge contracts. Regardless of whether this is fair, the simple fact is that they should be more equal.

Having contracts that differ in millions of dollars between players can create lower confidence in other players. It can stop them from performing their best and create conflict within the club. It can also create competition among players, which something that is not desirable. Salaries should be fair, not outrageous.

Sexuality

The first openly gay male to be drafted in NFL was Michael Sam in 2014. There was massive controversy surrounding this showing our intolerance towards people that come from different backgrounds than our own.

Since then there has only been one player to play in Division I. There is a culture in American football to hide ones sexuality so that it does not hurt ones career. However, if we are going to work towards having completely open and equal opportunities for all players, this needs to change.

Race

We have come a long way in having racial equality in football. From a time when all players were white males to now, there has been a huge shift in our thinking. However, I would like to see more representation for different racial backgrounds. The NFL lacks Asian players which means they are not equally represented in the NFL. Other nationalities, such as those from middle eastern countries, should also be given the change to be equally represented.

Gender

Although this is something we will not be seeing change anytime soon, I think it is important to speak about it now than never. Women sports are gaining momentum more so now than ever before. This has led to the recognition that they are not at all supported in professional sports equal to men. The NFL could be the first to respond to this.

By offering a seperate division for women players, women would have the right to the same equal opportunities that men have. Their skills and talents would be equally recognized and rewarded, and it would lead to a shift in the way we see sportswoman.

Many of these changes will not happen overnight, but it is important to speak about them now. The more we ask for equal rights and discuss their necessity, the closer we will move towards them.

Are The Salaries Of NFL Players Fair?

Salaries of NFL players have been something I have heard a lot of debate on recently. There is much talk about whether the amount paid to these players is fair and justifiable. Many players are paid a base salary in the millions, not including bonuses and freebies that are included as perks of the job. But do these players deserve this? It is definitely debatable, however, I think the amount players are paid is fair. Although there is a range of salaries based on skill, ability, age and the team they play for, overall most players are paid a fair salary for the game they play.

One example of a highly paid player is Andrew Luck. Andrew Luck was paid a base salary of $16.2 million with a contract that is around $140 million. However, Andrew Luck is one of the best paid players in the game and as such has one of the highest paid salaries. Most players are not paid in this range and are actually paid around $1 million to $5 million. This is still a lot of money and far beyond average salaries.

Although these figures are high, we need to consider why the players get paid this amount. Firstly they are putting their bodies under enormous stress. This is not only in the moment they play, but something to consider for the future. Many players are injured, sometimes every game, and their injuries result in long term damage that is often irreparable. They put their bodies under incredible physical stress that many of us simply would not understand.

NFL players are also putting their lives and faces on display to the world. They are becoming public figures and celebrities in their own right. This affects their whole life and therefore they need to be continuously cautious of their representation in the media and the perception of the public. Any failure to maintain a an immaculate public image can, and has resulted in the termination of their contract.

Another thing to consider that that their careers are also short. Players are only able to play when they are in top physical shape. It is not something that can follow you until your retirement. Many players leave the game unable to do other jobs. Therefore this is their main income source and chance for future savings. Although the issue is still debatable, it is worth considering these facts when you make your judgement.

My Top 5 Colts Players

Andrew Luck

Andrew Luck is the first player in my list. He is one of the few quarterback’s that I really think is a great player, and he has amazing skill on the field. I do not believe a list of the top 5 Colts players could be complete without him, and if I had my own team, I would draft him immediately. Andrew Luck has received many awards based on his performance on the field which are well deserved for a player with this level of skill. Although, this has not come easy for Andrew Luck. With any accomplishment, there is inevitably some struggle. Andrew Luck has suffered various injuries especially in 2015. However, despite his proneness to injury, Andrew Luck has been able to lead the Colts through to two division titles. He is a great player and easily at the top of my list of my top 5 Colts players.

Robert Mathis

Robert Mathis is another great player, and although he is second on my list, his playing skills are first grade! Robert Mathis is another Colts player whose skill was recognized in college. For some people, sports skills are natural and they are recognized early on. Coupled with his academic experience, he is a top person. He plays as an outback linebacker and does a fantastic job of it. And not to mention, this guy is huge! Players probably fear him (I know I would) and I’m sure he leaves turbulence as he walks down the street! Robert Mathis has been playing for a long time now, having been drafted in 2003. I’m sure we will see many great seasons to come, and I especially look forward to his performance in 2017.

Marvin Harrison

Marvin Harrison is the third top player in my list, and was drafted in 1996. This may seem like a long time ago, and that is probably because it is. It is over 20 years ago that Marvin Harrison was drafted, and although he is a former player of the Colts, I wish he would return (although I’m sure his skill is not what it once was). Marvin Harrison’s great skills were recognized in his ability to make the prestigious hall of fame. Marvin Harrison is smaller than a lot of players, but this just goes to show it’s not all about size. He has been able to play a fantastic game even with his smaller frame. Marvin Harrison has had a few injuries during his time, including a knee that gave him a lot of trouble. He played as a wide receiver during his career. I hope he is doing well, but I am sure there will never be a player like him.

Gary Brackett

Gary Brackett is another former player, but in my opinion, he is one of the greatest former players and he will always be remembered for his own individual abilities and skill. He played as a line backer in his time and did a fantastic job at it. Gary Bracket proved his great abilities in his first year of playing in 2005, and ever since then he continued to impress on the field. I have many fond memories of watching him play. He proved himself throughout his career with over 700 tackles in his career. I loved to watch him play and he will be missed from the game.

Pat McAfee

Pat McAfee was drafted in 2009. This makes him one of the newer players on the team, although it has been over 7 years now that he has been playing. Pat McAfee has done it all throughout his own life. He started by playing soccer, and now plays as a placekicker for the Colts. I guess this shows his love for sport. For some people, it just runs in their blood. Pat McAfee cut his hair off in 2011 for children, and this was a great way to raise funds and awareness in the community for the importance of struggles of children and to assist in raising money for them. He has also suffered his fair share of person struggles in his own life. This happens to be a trend with a lot of players, especially when they end their careers and the fame stops. Perhaps the fame starts to make them question other areas of their life that may be lacking. I guess with the fame awarded to them there may be many people that like them, but very few people that understand them. I know people in the general public wouldn’t recognize this. They would only see the positive aspects of fame, but it is hard for us to recognize it when we do not experience it first hand. I know this post was not meant to be about the struggles of celebrities and public figures, but it has become that. Perhaps I will post another article about this issue in the future! Regardless of that, I believe Pat McAfee is a fantastic player and should be appreciated for this.