I had the avocados. I had a couple of tomatoes, and a lime. I even had cilantro, which I’d hiked all the way back across the vast stretches of our grocery store to get—who decreed that suburban grocery stores should be the size of the Pentagon, anyway?—after I forgot it on my first foray through the produce aisle. So I was pretty sure I had everything I needed to make guacamole for the Super Bowl yesterday when, early in the afternoon, I sliced open the first avocado. Everything was going smoothly until I took a taste of the finished product.
Something wasn’t right.
I called my daughter Marcy. A year spent in Mexico made her a guacamole expert; I’ve watched her stir the stuff up practically one-handed.
You might wonder, since recent weeks and months seem to regularly bring news that the city is in contention for one high-profile event or another: Everything from the Olympics to a Super Bowl to a papal visit has been mentioned, but nothing’s been nailed down yet.
Is Philly ready to host all these high-profile events? Should we pick and choose? Should we quietly back out of contention with a “thanks but no thanks” smile on our faces? Or are we prepared to take on some of the world’s highest-profile events?
Here’s a rundown of the events we’re rumored to desire, and which would be the best fit.
The issues continued after the game, when the fans who arrived via NJ Transit attempted to return home. NJ.com reported that some fans spent “hours” attempting to leave MetLife Stadium.
“You can get out of any stadium in 45 minutes to an hour. We are at three hours just to get here,” Terry Thon, of Denver, told NJ.com, of the waits to get to the train station at MetLife Stadium. “Ahead of him was another 45-minute wait to get on his next train, he said.”
Betty White in her career-reviving Super Bowl commercial for Snickers in 2010.
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We here at Shoppist are passionate about sports. This probably comes across in posts like this (it can be cold out there on the field!) and this. So it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that today, in honor of the Super Bowl which we hear is on Sunday, we compiled a complete ranking of all the teams in the NFL. We spent countless hours deliberating and, yes, sometimes it got heated. But after filtering each team through the same set of considerations (use of color, use of graphics, proper employment of metallics, font choice, neckline, helmet design, execution of figure-flattering design i.e. stripes on leg, and shoe choice) we are proud to present you with The Official Ranking Of Every Team Uniform In The NFL. (Also, if you’re a betting reader, you might want to take into consideration our number one choice. A good-looking uniform goes a long way. Just sayin’.) Go team!
#1 Seattle Seahawks
The Super Bowl contenders win for their bold use of neon, which stands out on the field and gives a streamlined, athletic look. Bonus for the detail on the outer thigh, and the splash of neon on the shoe. "It creates a cohesive look," says an editor.
#2 Jacksonville Jaguars, Helmet Detail
The Jaguars easily take second place thanks to their fantastic helmets, which have distinct Cartier leanings, and display an awesome use of matte black, which fades into a shimmery gold metallic. We would actually wear this out, if, you know, helmets were a thing.
#2 Jacksonville Jaguars
We also love the Jaguars' matte black uniforms. They feel very modern, and are refreshingly free of jarring colors.
#3 Arizona Cardinals
This is a great use of monochromatic color. It's a streamlined look, and it's a beautiful shade of red.
#4 New Orleans Saints
The Saints run into fourth place for their use of metallic, and the way the stripe on the helmets reflects the stripe on the pants.
#5 St. Louis Rams
One of the best fonts in the league: It marries the modern athleticism of the NFL with retro '70s flair.
#6 San Diego Chargers
Best use of graphics. We love the curved line on the leg, which seems to silhouette the leg muscle, and the design on the shoulders.
#7 Cincinnati Bengals
The only team in the league to embrace animal print. We love it.
#8 Kansas City Chiefs
Though the white will get dirty very quickly, it creates a perfect contrast to the bright red numbers. Also, cute knee socks.
#9 Oakland Raiders
With their simple black and pale silver color combo, the Raiders are basically the LBD of the NFL. Keep it classy, guys.
#10 Tennessee Titans
The Titans show that pops of color don't need to contrast: The cornflower blue pairs perfectly with deep navy.
#11 Denver Broncos
The boomerang shape of the leg detail recalls the Nike swoosh. Smart, as Nike is the official uniform designer of the NFL. Also: Great employment of colorblocking.
#12 Dallas Cowboys
There's something to be said for metallic that doesn't overshadow the rest of the uniform.
#13 Buffalo Bills
White pants are a bold choice, but a dark set of stripes on the side creates a slimming illusion.
#14 Houston Texans
White pants seem to be everpresent in the NFL. The Texans realize that a classic, skinny navy pant never goes out of style.
#15 Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles fly into the top half of our ranking, but unfortunately for them, that green shade (Is it forest? Teal?) just isn't flattering on everyone.
#16 Atlanta Falcons
The strong red sock-white pant-red jersey is an example of expert colorblocking. With all those colors below the neck, it's smart that they kept the helmet sleek.
#17 New England Patriots
It's patriotic without being cheesy. Also: Tom Brady.
#18 Minnesota Vikings
The purple would have worked better if it had been paired with a stronger contrasting color. Also, that V-neck skews more wimpy hipster than NFL tough.
#19 Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens' hot pink shoes—which they wore for breast cancer awareness—makes us feel better about their ho-hum uniforms.
#19 Baltimore Ravens
Here's a full look at the uniforms. Blah.
#20 San Francisco 49ers
We'd expect a gold pant to have a stronger presence, but with a white jersey and weak red accents, the look falls flat.
#21 Detroit Lions
We have to give them credit for using a fun color, but the knee-pad look cuts off the leg, which gives the illusion of stumpy pins.
#22 Pittsburgh Steelers
Um, wimpy font much? With the bright pant and simple white top, you'd expect the numbers to make more of an impact. Alas, they just feel puny.
#23 New York Giants
This is a prime example of how to stump-ify the leg. And maybe they should take a cue from the Cardinals if they really want to use red.
#24 Carolina Panthers
While we appreciate the slimming effect of the tapered accent on the leg, the blue accent color feels jarring, and like it belongs on another uniform.
#25 Indianapolis Colts
We're not fans of the double shoulder stripe. It makes the uniform feel dated.
#26 New York Jets
Like the Eagles, the green color of the Jets is far from flattering, and the cut of the shirt feels like they shoved some shoulder pads underneath a soccer jersey.
#27 Cleveland Browns
Could there be a more uninspiring color than brown? Also, the color combination feels totally dated, and not in a cool retro way.
#28 Chicago Bears
Another case of puny font. Guys, a too-small number just makes your torso look wide and bulky.
#29 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Worst. Pant Color. Ever.
#30 Washington Redskins
Paging Ronald McDonald.
#31 Green Bay Packers
The Packers exemplify how to ruin a classic uniform with poor color choices.
#32 Miami Dolphins
And here, the most unstylish uniform in the NFL. The turquoise and orange combo feels horrifically '80s, the pants make the legs look stumpy, and the shoes are completely uninspired.
The Star-Ledger reports: “Federal, state and local officials are investigating reports of white powder being sent to multiple hotels near Met Life Stadium, just two days before the Super Bowl, according to authorities.”