We asked football-loving stars to tell us how they like to spend game day, tasty treats and all.
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Fergie keeps a pretty packed schedule, singing both with the Black Eyed Peas and on her own. But what's the biggest downside to all the travel? "I don't like being in different time zones and missing my favorite team's football games," she says.Fergie can boast quite the pigskin pedigree—both her father and grandfather were quarterbacks in college.
Now in her third season as a part-owner of the Miami Dolphins, the singer counts turkey and beef burgers, coleslaw, seven-layer dip, chips, guacamole, salsa, and "lots of beer" among her essentials for football Sundays, which she enjoys with actor Josh Duhamel. As for where to host the perfect shindig? "A block party is always old-school, but I find football parties are the best at somebody's house because it allows people to 'act a fool,'" she says.When in need of a sugar rush to fuel your cheering, try baking Fergie's fave game-day dessert: football-shaped brownies with white icing on top for the laces.
Another Miami Dolphins' part-owner, Gloria Estefan, grew up a football fan, living across the street from a football stadium: "I would sit on top of my parents' car and listen to the games," she recalls. "I'll never forget when the Dolphins won the Super Bowl when I was a little kid." So it's no surprise that when the Latin singer—coming out with new album Miss Little Havana in the fall—throws a football party, everyone's invited: "Family, friends, their friends, their friends' friends…we're Cuban!" she says. "Any excuse to party."
But don't expect to see a house full of streamers and balloons amid the hamburgers, chicken fingers, and assorted Cuban fare at Casa Estefan. "Instead of decorating the house, we decorate ourselves by wearing the Miami Dolphin colors," she says. The team spirit doesn't end there—on game days Estefan's Miami restaurants Bongos Cuban Café and Larios on the Beach sometimes even serve their signature Margaritas in teal and orange. When it comes to dressing up, the singer admits she does treasure one item of fan gear in particular. "When I sang the national anthem, they gave me a 'blinged out' jersey with my name on it," she says. "I save that one for special occasions!"
Actress and entrepreneur Pilar Sanders, a former cast member of VH1's Football Wives, is proud to admit she's "a queen at throwing a bash at any level." In fact, she says husband Deion Sanders, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year, "calls my get-togethers a 'Miss P Production.'" Sanders' game-day parties often involve family and friends feasting on pizza, popcorn, and kid-friendly finger foods like crab cakes and fish nuggets. Though Pilar was raised playing sports from tennis to soccer, she says her love of football really emerged after she met Deion. "He was so exciting to watch, not to mention the best at his game." Now that he's become a TV sports commentator, she remains an ever-faithful fan. "During football season, everything shuts down," she says. "Every TV has a game on, we're wearing jerseys, the whole nine yards. I love it!"
The E! reality star is husband Hank Baskett's number-one cheerleader. On game days she likes to gather with fellow football wives at a neighborhood watering hole to root for her favorite wide receiver. "Local sports bars are my favorite place to watch the game," she says. The former Playboy model is a fan of typical game-day fare like ribs and chips but admits a particular weakness for hot chicken wings—"the messier, the better!" For when she's feeling a bit more calorie-conscious, Wilkinson says her "go-to healthy snack to have at parties is raw veggies to dip in ranch." Any time husband Hank, now a free agent, is toughing it out on the gridiron, she and baby Hank, Jr., are sure to be sporting his jersey.
"I love to throw parties—I'm the queen of party planning," says Evelyn Lozada, now engaged to wide receiver Chad Ochocinco, who was recently traded to the New England Patriots by the Cincinnati Bengals. To get her guests hyped for the big day, she decorates with sports memorabilia, streamers, and team banners. The Basketball Wives star (she previously dated forward Antoine Walker) reveals she has some kitchen tricks up her sleeve. In addition to her "delicious brisket sliders," Lozada loves whipping up a warm dip with fresh spinach and artichokes. For that celebratory moment when her team scores big, Lozada makes sure she has a glass of iced tea, lemonade, and vodka on hand for a toast—her favorite game-day cocktail, aptly named, "the Touchdown."
Autumn is around the corner, and along with that brilliant fall foliage comes one of America's favorite pastimes: football! For some devoted fans, the sport goes hand in hand with the backyard barbecue—a pitcher of beer and burger patties sizzling on the grill, all while watching the game on their portable electronics. For others, it's all about hunkering down in front of the flat-screen with a paper plate of tortilla chips and seven-layer bean dip. But the avid tailgaters start game day bright and early, with a cooler full of goodies loaded in the car, picnicking in the stadium parking lot. When it comes to donning their team colors and cheering for that 50-yard pass, celebrities are just as devoted as we are.
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