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Jan 29, 2015
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Factbox: The Super Bowl money machine

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This year the National Football League hosts its 49th Super Bowl, which will see the Seattle Seahawks up against the New England Patriots. It’s the biggest event of the NFL’s year – and even bigger business.

A detailed view of a Wilson Football employee installing laces on a football at the NFL Experience at the Phoenix Convention Center. Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 29, 2015
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Foodie Feature: Your Buffalo wings are boring. Do this instead.

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Reuters has scoured Phoenix for the area’s best football food, with a twist. Because it’s not just the Super Bowl of football — it’s also the Super Bowl of eating. Today’s entry: Sweet & Sour Duck Legs on Pineapple Slaw from Chef Wade’s Bistro on Wheels.

It’s a thing of beauty, isn’t it?

Sure, Buffalo chicken wings are good. But don’t they feel a little… “first thought?” What if, instead of chicken wings, they were duck legs? And what if instead of Buffalo sauce, you used a savory, sweet vinaigrette, loaded with orange zest and pepper flakes? And then plopped the legs on top of some crunchy pineapple slaw, rather than a sad bouquet of afterthought celery and carrots? That’s much better, isn’t it?

Jan 28, 2015
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The NFL looks beyond its crisis-filled year

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If there’s an elephant in this room, it’s not nearly as big as the football on the corner of East Washington and North Central in Phoenix, Arizona.

Towering above giggling fans on the Monday before Super Bowl XLIX, the temporary monument attracted diehards, locals and people who don’t mind making a week-long vacation out of a four-hour game. It was hard to imagine that they were there to celebrate the pinnacle of a season of controversy. If NFL fandom had a grieving period, it appears to have zoomed past “acceptance” into “enough already.”

Jan 27, 2015
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Gallery: Super Bowl Media Day strikes

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Superstition ain’t the way. Except for the Super Bowl, where it is absolutely the way.

At the Super Bowl XLIX Media Day, the league’s top talent shared what their pre-game rituals and superstitions – and no, no one said “squeezing a ball until just a weensy bit oozes out.”

Jan 27, 2015
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When did football get so popular, anyway?

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Lest there be any remaining doubt, let us establish one fact: football is popular.

Last year, about 112 million people watched the Super Bowl, according to Nielsen data, up from roughly 74 million 15 years prior (see chart.)

Jan 23, 2015
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Space Mountain – with a side of measles

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Balloons of Mickey Mouse are carried down main street at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, March 11, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Blake

 

Mickey, Minnie and measles.

No, that’s not the name of an eighth ‘Snow White’ dwarf: Disneyland is in the midst of an actual outbreak of the measles. So far California has tracked 59 confirmed cases of the disease, and most are thought to have originated at the park. The parents of unvaccinated children have been cautioned against visiting until the situation is under control. Perhaps they can visit Disney World instead, and check out all the wacky new medical innovations featured at “Tomorrowland.”

Jan 23, 2015
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Space Mountain – with a side of measles

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Balloons of Mickey Mouse are carried down main street at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, March 11, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Blake

 

Mickey, Minnie and measles.

No, that’s not the name of an eighth ‘Snow White’ dwarf: Disneyland is in the midst of an actual outbreak of the measles. So far California has tracked 59 confirmed cases of the disease, and most are thought to have originated at the park. The parents of unvaccinated children have been cautioned against visiting until the situation is under control. Perhaps they can visit Disney World instead, and check out all the wacky new medical innovations featured at “Tomorrowland.”

Jan 22, 2015
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Well. This is awkward.

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Mitt Romney is joined by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (L) onboard Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign plane enroute to Miami, Florida October 31, 2012. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

 

Two men enter. One man leaves.

Potential presidential candidates Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney are meeting privately in Utah today, amid a hush-hush effort on both sides for money and support. Bush is reportedly “looking forward to catching up with Governor Romney,” according to his spokesperson, probably not unlike how I’m really looking forward to catching up with the slow-growing mold inside my refrigerator.

Jan 21, 2015
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Run! Don’t walk! To your nearest health freak!

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A runner takes part in the 2011 New York City Marathon in New York November 6, 2011. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

 

Pack your bags – we’re going on a guilt trip!

It’s easier to lose weight, quit smoking and start working out when you do it in the buddy system, new research shows. Couples in particular tend to feed off of one another’s unhealthy habits and participants trying to lose weight, for example, are more likely to succeed if their significant others are doing the same. So if you haven’t beaten that vice or dropped those pounds, make sure to let your loved ones know it’s all their fault.

Jan 20, 2015
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Facebook empire?

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg addresses the audience during a media event at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California March 7, 2013. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

 

A million dollars isn’t cool. Know what is cool? Two hundred billion dollars.