Cute Never Quits With The Upcoming Puppy Bowl XII On Animal Planet

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(Animal Planet) Television’s original adoption extravaganza is back and furrier than ever as the world’s cutest sporting event returns to Animal Planet for PUPPY BOWL XII on Sunday, February 7 from 3-5 PM ET/PT with two hours of fuzzy faces, sloppy kisses and puppy penalties. This year, die-hard superfans can get closer to the action than ever before with the introduction of PUPPY BOWL VIRTUAL REALITY. Launching today, PUPPY BOWL VIRTUAL REALITY invites viewers onto the turf for the first time ever to rumble up-close and personal with this year’s puppy players for a full 360° experience! This year, Animal Planet worked with 44 different animal shelters and rescue organizations from across the U.S. to fill the rosters of #TeamRuff and #TeamFluff with adoptable players for this epic matchup. The network also is partnering with the Pro Football Hall of Fame to introduce the Puppy Bowl Hall of Fame to honor legacy players throughout PUPPY BOWL and promote the adoption of older “veteran” animals in addition to puppies and kittens.

Last year, PUPPY BOWL XI dominated a field of imitators with the number-one cable telecast across the day and dogged all competition in cable with more than 10 million viewers. To turn up the volume on television’s loudest call to adopt, PUPPY BOWL XII repeats all day and night for a total of 12 hours on game day.

This year’s PEDIGREE® Starting Lineup boasts 49 puppies competing for the famed title of BISSELL® MVP (Most Valuable Puppy). The tailgate starts at 2:30 PM ET/PT with the PUPPY BOWL PRE-GAME SHOW, which features analysis and commentary from a team of sports correspondents. At 3 PM ET/PT, PUPPY BOWL XII kicks off at GEICO Stadium with a furry group of line barkers and wide retrievers, making adorable tumbles and fumbles in an effort to score winning touchdowns for #TeamFluff and #TeamRuff. If you’re not in the mood for Coldplay, this year’s KITTY HALF-TIME SHOW brings a cat-astrophic San Francisco inspired kitten takeover to the Bay Area. These ferocious felines are on a spree of cat-aclismic destruction as they paw across historic landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf and infamous “Al-Cat-Raz.”

But precious puppies and kittens aren’t the only attraction at this year’s big game! With help from a new special assistant ref, Stanley the Skunk, Dan Schachner returns as America’s favorite “Rufferee” to call the puppy penalties. Rooting on the sidelines are five big-haired silkie chicken cheerleaders, which will shake their tail feathers and strut for their favorite players. Award-winning animal advocate and television correspondent Jill Rappaport introduces Pup Close and Personal segments, presented by Subaru, which highlight adorable animal bonds between puppy players and their best buddies including a kitten and a hedgehog! “Meep the Bird” returns to his perch to tweet live updates sponsored by GEICO throughout the big game. Fans can follow @MeepTheBird on game day to catch the latest news, puppy drama and locker room moments from inside the stadium.

PUPPY BOWL VIRTUAL REALITY sponsored by GEICO allows viewers to get nose to nose on the field with four puppy practice scrimmages featuring dynamic 360° experiences of this year’s players who are not only sniffing for field goals, but more importantly, their forever homes too. Fans can join the action on the 50-yard line for an interactive tour of GEICO Stadium amongst puppies, chew toys and assistant coaches. PUPPY BOWL VIRTUAL REALITY is available at AnimalPlanet.com/PuppyBowlVR, through the Discovery VR iOS and Android apps, Samsung Milk VR and on Animal Planet’s YouTube page.

As always, fans will witness PUPPY BOWL’s iconic water bowl cam, slow motion playback cam and fan-favorite Dairy Queen kiss cam. Viewers won’t miss a minute of excitement with aerial shots of the field and an impressive air show from hamsters piloting the TWIZZLERS biplane.

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Fans can point their paws to AnimalPlanet.com/PuppyBowl to view the roster of starting pups, watch the live Puppy Bowl Locker Room Cam andKitten Fan Club Cam, and view behind-the-scenes moments with Game Day Pups Videos. Additionally, viewers at home can create a custom team in the third-annual Puppy Bowl Fantasy Game. On game day, fantasy leaguers are invited to vote in the Most Valuable Puppy poll atAnimalPlanet.com/PuppyBowlMVP, which goes live at kickoff. Viewer votes determine which heavenly hound gets barking rights and the title of BISSELL® MVP during the first three airings of PUPPY BOWL XII! Additionally, viewers can also get in the action by sharing photos of themselves and their pets via Instagram using #PuppyBowlSubaru all day long for a chance to see themselves and their best friends on TV in real time. Plus, the Adoption Tails digital series returns to follow home a selection of pups that participated in PUPPY BOWL XII. Crowds can also flock to the Animal Planet and Puppy Bowl Facebook pages while also following the action in real time on Twitter and Instagram.

PUPPY BOWL XII’s 44 shelters and rescue groups represent 25 states across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. This year’s roster includes players from Nevada SPCA, Arizona Humane Society, Mr. Bones & Company (New York), Green Dogs Unleashed (Virginia), Little Dog Rescue (Florida), Paws Chicago, Citizens for Animal Protection (Texas) and Williamson County Animal Center (Tennessee) among others. Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition, Inc. provided kittens for the KITTY HALF-TIME SHOW. Viewers interested in learning more about the organizations that participated inPUPPY BOWL XII can visit AnimalPlanet.com/PuppyBowl for more information.

During the off season, Animal Planet brought the joy and goodwill ofPUPPY BOWL to rescues in 13 states and the District of Columbia withROAD TO THE PUPPY BOWL events. While promoting the importance of animal adoption in local communities, these events led to more than 3,000 animals finding their “fur-ever” homes. Animal Planet helped cover the cost of these adoptions.

Heinz Super Bowl Commercial Is Already Picking Up A Lot Of Buzz, Plus It’s Adorable!

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(PCM) The news about which companies will be featuring commercials during The Big Game is already beginning to leak, however people are losing their minds over the adorableness of Heinz’s upcoming ad! The commercial features a literal stampede of wiener dogs wearing, you guessed it, wiener costumes frolicking through a meadow. Seriously, how can you go wrong with this idea!

The company posted an extended cut of the commercial on their YouTube page ahead of the Super Bowl and the feedback has been incredible. The ad features the song “Without You” playing in the background and the company claims the ad’s focus is to highlight Heinz’s line of products beyond just ketchup. A shorter version of the commercial is what will air during the game’s third quarter.

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Coldplay Announces U.S. Stadium Tour

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(PCM) Coldplay announced the first U.S. shows for their A Head Full Of Dreams Tour. This is the band’s first world tour since the 2011/12 Mylo Xyloto Tour, which was seen by more than three million people on five continents. The Live Nation produced tour kicks off on Saturday, July 16, at New York City’s MetLife Stadium. The complete list of shows is below.

Saturday, July 16 NEW YORK, NY MetLife Stadium
Saturday, July 23 CHICAGO, IL Soldier Field
Saturday, July 30 BOSTON, MA Gillette Stadium
Saturday, August 6 PHILADELPHIA, PA Lincoln Financial Field
Saturday, August 20 LOS ANGELES, CA Rose Bowl
Saturday, August 27 DALLAS, TX AT&T Stadium
Saturday, September 3 SAN FRANCISCO, CA Levi’s Stadium

Citi is the official credit card of the A Head Full of Dreams North American Tour. Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning Friday, January 29, at 10 AM through Citi’s Private Pass Program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.General tickets will be available beginning Friday, February 5, at 10 AM local time at www.livenation.com.

A Head Full Of Dreams is Coldplay’s seventh album and the follow-up to 2014’s GRAMMY®-nominated Ghost Stories. Since its December 2015 release, A Head Full Of Dreams has reached Number One on iTunes in more than 90 countries and sold over three million copies. It has also helped Coldplay to their current position as Spotify’s most-streamed band in the world.

Says Coldplay’s Chris Martin, “A Head Full Of Dreams was written as a record to be performed live. We are beyond excited to play these shows across the U.S.”

Coldplay will headline the “Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show” in Santa Clara, California on Sunday, February 7. On the January 31 episode of “CBS Sunday Morning,” Anthony Mason will interview Chris Martin about the band’s preparations for this prestigious event.

It has also been announced that Martin will be the next passenger in James Corden’s car in a road-trip themed installment of “Carpool Karaoke” from CBS’ “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” which will air the week of February 1.

For more information – and the full list of upcoming live dates – please visit Coldplay.com

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Super Bowls, Dishes and Hosting Tips For A Football Championship Sunday

How to Plan a Party for the Big Championship GameSuperb-owl Football Game parties are an American tradition – since 1967 we’ve been coming together to celebrate friendship, fandom and food…. especially food! Football Championship Sunday has become one of America’s most gluttonous “holidays”. It even rivals Thanksgiving for the amount we consume in a single day.

But forget the tablecloths and fancy dishes. Game day is about getting right to the good stuff. Remember these MVP’s when planning your football season finale celebration, and you’ll be sure to score.

Due to very tight advertising/NFL rules, the name of the annual championship game between the NFL’s AFC & NFC, the word for the event isn’t allowed to be associated with non-advertising third parties such as ourselves. We can call it “The Big Game”, the “Superb Owl” (thanks, Stephen Colbert) and “football championship game.”

Keep Your Eye on the Ball

No matter who you’ve invited, the most important guest at your Superb Owl Party is the game.

  • When arranging your party space, make sure the television is front and center, away from the flow of traffic between food, seating, bathrooms, and exits. Keep the huddling on the sidelines!
  • If you can, draft extra TVs and set up more than one viewing station. How about one room for guests who like to snack and gab, and another for those who don’t want anything to distract them from the game?
  • Speaking of distractions; the littlest sports fans can cause big interruptions (cute as they may be in their mini team jersey). Keep kids away from where food is being prepped, and give them a place to play out of the way from the main event.
  • Children may be precious, but your Football Finale spread shouldn’t be. Plan party foods that are low fuss, low muss: think chips and dip, sandwiches, stuff you can chow down on from a sofa, or carry around.
  • Don’t get shut out! It’s easy to miss all the action when you’re stuck in the kitchen or serving up drinks to order. Prep ahead as much as you can. Make hot dishes or pasta salad the night before, fill some pitchers with pre-mixed cocktails, lineup contributions from guests like fruit platters or cold cuts – or order in! Anything you don’t have to prepare yourself means more face time between you and the game.

Prep Easy, Eat Hard

Super Football Championship food should be easy to make and suitable for a paper plate, but it doesn’t have to be boring! Here are some tips for planning a winning menu:

  • If you’re going to order in, order early! This particular Sunday is *the* biggest delivery day of the year. Same goes for any catering trays or party platters you had in mind – don’t wait, or you may find yourself empty-handed in a den of ravenous football fanatics.
  • Start with the classics: pizza, nachos, chicken wings, chili – these are the dishes we expect and crave, and Super Bowl Sunday wouldn’t be the same without them. But you’ll need to mix it up a bit if you want to throw a party that’s as memorable as the big game.
  • For the more adventurous fans and foodies on your guest list, try a little exotic fare. Offer a variety of spreadable options like baba ganoush (a smoky eggplant dish), herbaceous green goddess dip, curries, chutneys, or fancy-pants cheeses alongside the traditional ranch dressing, salsa, or guacamole.
  • Put out a selection of dippers, too. Crackers and tortilla chips are great, but have you ever tasted sweet potato, lentil, or plantain chips? How about pork rinds? Or pre-slice a loaf of crusty bread (French or Italian work well), paint it with butter or oil, and warm it in the oven until toasted. Serve with hummus or bruschetta toppings such as marinated tomato, garlic and basil.
  • Do you know what cooks fast, tastes amazing, and is sure to impress? Seafood! Get your local fishmonger to steam you a pound or two of shrimp, pick up a sushi platter, or throw some bacon-wrapped scallops under the broiler right before kickoff. That’s a taste touchdown right there.
  • As much as we love the high-fat and salty stuff, studies show that fresh veggies are at the top of America’s Football Party snack list. Go for baby carrots, celery sticks, maybe some sliced cucumber, chopped broccoli crowns, cauliflower or bite-sized peppers. Not only are vegetables a cool contrast to all the hot and savory foods, they also offer a healthy alternative for kiddos and guests with dietary restrictions.
  • You can’t go wrong with fruit, either. An arrangement of berries and sliced fruit or fruit salad is perfect as a side dish or dessert! Add a sweet dip or whipped topping for an extra special treat.

Whatever is on your game day menu, please eat and drink responsibly. Remember that foods left out for more than two hours are in the bacteria “red zone” and should be tossed. Keep an eye out for over-enthusiastic drinkers and inclement weather, and make arrangements for your guests accordingly. Most of all, have fun! And may the best menu – er, team – win.

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First Day of Winter December 21

winterWinter means many things different people.  For some it is the best season of the year.  The thoughts of snow and cold, ice and winds bring smiles to many a face.  For others those same thoughts bring a feeling of melancholy.  The cold weather and the short days, as well as the snow and ice makes them shudder, as they contemplate shoveling the snow and salting the ice.  Modes of transportation beak down and there are the many accidents that happen during this time of year, as cars skid on black ice and public transportation is unable to run due to harsh weather conditions.

Still with all the trouble winter brings with it, it also brings much joy.  Children look for those first snowflakes to fall in the hopes of school cancelations.  They also have their sleds ready and have marked out the best places for getting a fast paced ride down a white slope.

Adults, as well, find joy in the winter weather.  There is the anticipation of skiing, for the winter sports enthusiasts.  Not to mention outside games of hockey or the joys of skating on a frozen pond.  Many romances have begun on skating dates, as well as proposals of marriage.

Food also seems to taste better in the cold weather.  Cooks take out their largest pots for soups and stews.  Warm apple pie, gooey chocolate chip cookies all take on a special appeal during the cold days.

Our homes become true places of refuge and joy as families gather around the fireplace and pop corn or roast chestnuts.  Romantic movies get pulled out of the cupboard as couples snuggle together under warm blankets.  Many a child has been conceived during the cold winter nights.

As the snow falls even the scientific mind knows and wonders at the fact that out of the millions of snowflakes that fall to the ground no two have ever been found that have the same shape.  Weathermen become popular as people eagerly wait for the daily reports so they may choose the right gear to take with them as they venture out.

Winter has its issues too.  For some people seasonal affective disorder becomes quite a problem as the days grow short people that are prone to depression have a harder time.  Older people tend to get sick more often and yes shoveling snow has taken out many a back.

All in all though, winter has a beauty all of its own as do all the season of the year.  White snow draping across evergreens is a beautiful picture to the mind.  The silence of the world after snow has fallen can give a sort of peace not found in any other time of year.  The evergreen itself is a source of hope for those who do not like winter as it is a promise of the spring to come.

As the song says “Silver white winters melt into spring” so does winter come to an end.  The snow may fall hard one day and over a week’s time the crocuses come out of the snow covered ground as the world slowly warms.  Winter doesn’t last forever.  Leaves begin to form on the trees and the white becomes a world of color as spring comes to the earth.

First Day of Winter December 21 was contributed by Pop Culture Fun Facts.

Coldplay Will Headline The 2016 Super Bowl Half Time Show

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(PCM) The news has been revealed that rockers Coldplay will headline the upcoming Super Bowl 50 half-time show! The Wall Street Journal first broke the news and according to Coldplay frontman Chris Martin the band is “excited and honored and thrilled to be playing the halftime show”. Martin goes on to say, “It’s going to be wonderful and hope we see you there.”

The NFL claims that all of the final details for upcoming Super Bowl 50 half-time spectacular are still being worked out and there will definitely be multiple acts performing in addition to Coldplay. Rumors include artists such as Bruno Mars, Beyonce or Maroon 5 as possible choices.  Super Bowl 50 will take place February 7, 2016, at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

Coldplay are set to release their new album “A Head Full Of Dreams” this Friday and recently took part in a special iHeartRadio and Yahoo live streaming event. Coldplay performed the title hit, “A Head Full of Dreams,” along with many of their previous hit songs on the iHeartRadio Theater stage in Burbank. The performance included Coldplay anthems “Viva la Vida” and “A Sky Full of Stars,” as well as “Yellow.” The event included an intimate Q&A with host Elvis Duran discussing Coldplay’s new album.

Highlights from the evening included:

· Chris Martin said the band is just so excited to be able to go all the way and make the album that they’ve always dreamed of.

· The band spoke about when the Paris attacks occurred, and they didn’t feel that it was appropriate to play their concert after it happened but since everyone was already gathered there, they played “Imagine” by John Lennon, which brought everyone together in a very peaceful and surreal way.

· There are more guests on their new album than they’ve ever had before—including Beyonce, Tove Lo, and Mary Clayton.

· They talked adoringly about the album and made lots of silly jokes—they also said it was inspired by Back to the Future, “which is the best film ever made.”

· Chris Martin started playing Viva la Vida on the piano before he realized that he started the song incorrectly. He stopped and joked about it, saying he was just “in his own little world of music.” The crowd loved it and laughed along with the band as they restarted the song.

· After finishing their set, they decided to play a few extra songs, and joked with the crowd—“Anyone need to go move their car? Use the restroom? If you stay now you’re with us for the next seven hours!”

Photo Credit: Getty Images for iHeartMedia

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