A football fan's guide to Thanksgiving

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In just two days another Thanksgiving will be upon us. A day to enjoy family, an unreasonable amount of food and a full schedule of NFL football. While I would love to go on a 500 word rant about all my favorite foods from Thanksgiving (pumpkin pie, obviously), I figured I would instead create a perfect schedule to make sure you get the most out of your holiday.

Pre-12 p.m.

Assuming you are not the person preparing all the food, the morning of Thanksgiving is the time to sit back and rest up; you have a big day ahead of you. Eat something really light for breakfast—no heavy pancakes or waffles. The only exception is if you are offered a plate of bacon. Choose the bacon.

12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.

With just 30 minutes until kick-off, assess the seating situation. If you are with a big group, seating can be at a premium, so be prepared to claim your spot. You don't want to be stuck standing.

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For those of you out there that did not know, today is National Donut Day! A day to celebrate one of the most delicious confections ever created. Actually, the date has a little more history than that. The holiday dates back to 1938 and was created by the Salvation Army to honor women who handed out donuts on the front lines of World War I. Seriously. Click here to read about it.

Nowadays, National Donut Day is an excuse to partake in the wonderful treat. I got mine through the free donut promotion from Dunkin' Donuts. Yummy.

I also thought this would be a good time to rank my Top 5 favorite donuts. Let me know if you agree/disagree in the comments below.

#5 - Jelly Donut

The jelly-filled donut is one of the most delicious, albeit messy, donuts out there. In fact, its messiness is what ultimately dropped it down this list. I challenge anyone to eat a jelly donut without getting powdered sugar or jelly all over their clothing. It's almost guaranteed to happen to me, but it's a risk worth taking.

#4 - French Cruller

There is no classier way to eat a donut than eating a french cruller. So light and airy, and oh-so-delicious. Almost makes you feel like you are better than the person next you...almost.

#3 - Sprinkled Donut

The rainbow sprinkled donut is a feast for the eyes. Whenever someone opens the box of donuts, your eyes are immediately drawn to all the pretty colors. Nothing is more disappointing than when whoever made the donuts skimps on the sprinkles. Come on, donut man, give the people what they want! MORE SPRINKLES!

#2 - Boston Creme Donut

The Boston creme donut is a donut that is definitely not for everyone. But for those of us who love them, the combination of custard and chocolate is almost unbeatable. Boston creme is undeniably the king of the filled donuts.

#1 - Glazed Donut

Does it get any more classic than the glazed donut? Just sweet enough to satisfy your sweet tooth and light enough that you could polish off a half dozen without blinking. I have yet to find someone who does not like a glazed donut, and if you know someone, immediately give them a stern look and eat a glazed donut right in their face.

Happy National Donut Day! Now go stuff your faces!

TicketNetwork.com March live events preview

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Spring is right around the corner and with the temperature warming up, so will the sports, concert and theater events in March. This month features plenty of great holidays including St. Patrick's Day, If Pets Had Thumbs Day and International Fanny Pack Day. Whatever you're into, there are plenty of great things going on in March. Check out an overview below.

Concerts

Bruce Springsteen: "The Boss" is back and about to embark on yet another tour with the E Street Band. The tour begins on March 18 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, GA.

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Straight No Chaser: The a cappella group that was originally created on the campus of Indiana University before becoming a YouTube sensation will head out on a North American tour starting March 6 in Winnipeg.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers: Having sold over 70 million albums during their storied career, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have fans worldwide. Those fans will have a chance to see RHCP in person when they start their tour March 29 in Tampa, FL.

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Valentine's Day tickets

Happy Valentine's Day! It's a day of love...or depression, depending on whether you're single and happy about it or not. Regardless, we all hope that you have a wonderful day. (And if you don't, just remember that tomorrow there will be tons of half-price chocolate available.)

In other news, we would like to announce the winner of our celebrity baby name contest. Thanks to everyone who entered over the weekend! We have come to a unanimous decision on the winner...congratulations to Emily! Her winning entry is below:

Zuma Nesta Rock (Gwen Stefani & Gavin Rossdale) + Piper Maru (Gillian Anderson) + Seven Sirius (Erykah Badu & Andre 3000) = Rock, Piper, Sirius

Emily has won a $50 TicketNetwork gift card, along with a cool swag bag! Congrats to Emily, and to everyone else, stay tuned for more blog contests in the future! #bringbackthepack

 

Nooo! Groundhog Day 2012 results in six more weeks of winter

Oh Punxsutawney Phil, why would you do this to me?

For those who have not found out yet, P. Philly (my new nickname for him) saw his shadow today, which apparently means that we will now have to suffer through a long winter. I don't know about you, but I do not want six more weeks of winter. No more snow, no more cold weather, no more short days and no more slipping on ice. Come on, Punxy Brewster (another new nickname, I'm still working out the kinks), you know that you want the warmer weather too!

According to the always reliable Wikipedia, Funky Punxy (ok, i'll stop now) is correct with his prediction only 39% of the time. So we have that going for us.

Below is a classic scene from the movie "Groundhog Day" starring the always-funny Bill Murray, a movie that everyone should check out if they have a chance. (Disclaimer: I do not condone the eating of groundhogs; it gives can give you paranoia to the point that you are afraid of your own shadow.)