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Billionaire NFL team owner Glazer dies at 85

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The Buccaneers' announce Malcolm Glazer's passing earlier today.

The Buccaneers have announced that the second owner in franchise history, Malcolm Glazer, passed away this morning at the age of 85.

After a period under Hugh Culverhouse's ownership that was marked with ill feeling between players and the owner, Glazer's purchase of the team saw a huge turnaround in the team's fortunes. Under his ownership, the Bucs went from the worst team in the sport by a considerable margin, to Super Bowl champions in just seven seasons.

Below is the Buccaneers' statement in full:

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are saddened to announce the passing of Owner/President Malcolm Glazer earlier this morning at the age of 85. A dynamic business leader, Glazer helped mold the Buccaneers into a model franchise and one respected league-wide. Since being purchased by Glazer in 1995, the Buccaneers franchise has earned seven playoff berths, five playoff wins, and captured its first Super Bowl championship in 2002. Known among his league peers as a pioneering thinker, Glazer infused his team and employees with the determination and dedication to be the best in the NFL. Glazer's commitment to building a championship organization has provided the foundation for continued success, on and off the field. Glazer's input was instrumental on the league level as well, as evidenced by his time serving on the NFL's Finance Committee. He also played a major role in Tampa becoming a host for the Super Bowl on several occasions. In 1999, Glazer launched the Glazer Family Foundation, which is dedicated to assisting charitable and educational causes in the Tampa Bay community, highlighted by the opening of the Glazer Children's Museum in 2010. In its 15 years of existence, the Foundation has donated millions in programs, tickets, grants and in-kind contributions. In 2005, Glazer purchased Manchester United. Since then, the club captured five Premier League titles (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2013), as well as the 2008 Champions League title. Born in Rochester, New York as one of seven children, Glazer took over the family watch-parts business at age 15 following the death of his father and then continued his foray into the professional world, investing in other businesses. Glazer owned or was a substantial shareholder of a diverse portfolio of international holdings and public companies, including: First Allied, Zapata Corporation, Houlihan's Restaurant Chain, Harley Davidson, Formica, Tonka, Specialty Equipment and Omega Protein. A resident of Palm Beach, Florida, Glazer leaves behind his wife, Linda, six children and 14 grandchildren. Mr. Glazer's long established estate succession plan has assured the Buccaneers will remain with the Glazer family for generations to come. Linda Glazer, along with their five sons and daughter, will continue to own and operate the team as they have throughout the family's ownership. A private family funeral service will be held for Mr.Glazer. The opportunity for others to remember and celebrate Mr. Glazer's life will be announced at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to All Children's Hospital, St. Joseph's Children's Hospital, and Shriners Hospitals for Children - Tampa.

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Inmate sues NFL over missed call that cost Steelers playoff berth

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A prison inmate in Mercer County is suing the NFL because the Steelers didn’t make the playoffs.

According to Fox Sports, Daniel Spuck is suing the league over the play in which Kansas City missed a potentially game-winning field goal. (Click here to see the entire lawsuit.)

The referees didn’t call an illegal formation penalty against San Diego that would have given the Chiefs’ kicker another chance at the field goal.

Had the Chiefs won the game, the Steelers would have been the sixth-seed in the AFC.

Spuck is requesting the playoffs be postponed so Kansas City can try the kick again.

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Tulsa man wins Visa NFL Super Bowl grand prize

Visa has announced that Tulsan Zane Hight has won their Super Bowl grand prize of a trip to the game in Indianapolis with 10 friends.

From Visa's Facebook announcement:

Congratulations to our YOU + TEN Super Bowl XLVI Sweepstakes grand prize winner! Zane from Tulsa, OK will take ten friends and family members on a trip of a lifetime to Indianapolis for Super Bowl Week. Jealous? It could be you at Super Bowl XLVII! Please visit the YOU + TEN promo tab for details.

Arkansas Tech News reports that Hight (an Arkansas Tech alum) visited a Starbucks in December as part of his morning routine. He purchased his coffee with his Visa card. With that Visa purchase, Zane entered the sweepstakes.The Tech News reports his odds of winning were roughly one-in-ten-billion.

Hight moved to Tulsa in 2011 and is now the residence director of John Mabee Hall at the University of Tulsa.

Here is the video that Visa used to promote their YOU + Ten Super Bowl XLVI Sweepstakes.

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Recipe: Cuban Sandwich Pizza

One of the reasons pizza restaurants do so well on Super Bowl Sunday is that pizzas are easy (and inexpensive) to make. Another reason is that they taste good. Keep in mind that a good pizza starts with a good crust. Pizza dough — risen, punched down and shaped into ready-to-roll balls — stores well in the refrigerator or freezer, so you can always keep some on hand for a quick dinner. When it comes to toppings, the sky’s the limit. But whatever you choose, try to use a light hand with the quantity. Pizzas cook better when they’re not overloaded. This dish is just like they make the sandwiches in Tampa, except on a pizza crust (and without the press). Don't be put off by the lengthy cooking time; the majority of it is the pork slow cooking.


Hands on time: 30 minutes  Total time: 10 hours  Serves: 8

    Dough for 1 pizza 2 to 3 tablespoons Mojo Sauce (recipe follows), divided 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese, divided 1 to 2 slices deli ham, cut into strips 2 ounces Slow-Cooked Cuban Pork (recipe follows), sliced 1 ounce Genoa salami 1 dill pickle, thinly sliced lengthwise 2 tablespoons yellow mustard FOR MOJO SAUCE: Makes 1 cup Hands on: 5 minutes Total time: 5 minutes 1/2 cup olive oil Juice of 2 limes Zest and juice of 1/2 orange 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro 4 garlic cloves, minced 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper FOR SLOW-COOKED CUBAN PORK: 6-8 entree servings Hands on: 10 minutes Total time: 10 hours 1 (4-pound) pork shoulder picnic roast 8 garlic cloves, peeled 2 to 3 tablespoons adobo (this seasoned salt is often sold in the Latin section of the grocery store)

For the pizza: Preheat oven to 500 degrees. If you’re using a pizza stone, preheat it. Roll out the dough on a floured surface. Transfer the rolled dough to a pizza pan or pizza peel (if you’re using a baking stone). Lightly brush with Mojo Sauce. Sprinkle with half the cheese. Arrange the ham, pork slices and salami on the pizza. Lightly brush the pork slices with Mojo Sauce. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Bake until the dough is cooked and the cheese is bubbly and lightly browned, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from oven. Top with pickle slices and drizzle with mustard. For the Mojo Sauce: In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, lime juice, orange juice and zest, cilantro, garlic, oregano, cumin, salt and pepper. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Serve this sauce with any leftover Slow-Cooked Cuban Pork. For the Slow-Cooked Cuban Pork: With a small, sharp knife, make 8 deep cuts into the roast. Push a garlic clove into each of the holes. Rub the entire roast with adobo. Place in a slow cooker, fat side up. Cook on low heat for 8 to 10 hours, or until meat is very tender. Pull the meat in large chunks from the bone (discard bone and fat) and store in the refrigerator until ready to use. When the meat is cold, cut on the bias into thin slices. 


Total time listed above includes slow cooking and cooling time for the Cuban pork.


Pizza, per serving (based on 8): 252 calories (percent of calories from fat, 33), 11 grams protein, 30 grams carbohydrates, trace fiber, 9 grams fat (4 grams saturated), 21 milligrams cholesterol, 594 milligrams sodium. Mojo Sauce, per tablespoon: 67 calories (percent of calories from fat, 92), trace protein, 1 gram carbohydrates, trace fiber, 7 grams fat (1 gram saturated), no cholesterol, 68 milligrams sodium. Pork, per entree serving (based on 6): 580 calories (percent of calories from fat, 70), 40 grams protein, 3 grams carbohydrates, trace fiber, 43 grams fat (14 grams saturated), 161 milligrams cholesterol, 210 milligrams sodium 

There’s a football game on? We’re here for the pizza

Watchers do not want to be disturbed and basically aren’t any fun. The Talkers, well, we’re there to catch up with friends and eat. If there’s a football game on in the background, so be it.

The Talkers’ natural habitat is in the kitchen — where we’re closest to the food. If you’re playing host this Super Bowl Sunday, why not harness all that energy and put us to work? You know you’re going to serve pizza (the National Restaurant Association says about 58 percent of the takeout and delivery orders made on Super Bowl Sunday include pizza), so your game plan is obvious: Move a few extra chairs into your living room around the TV, and then have a pizza-making party in the kitchen. That will keep us Talkers out of the way of the Watchers — plus we get first dibs on anything that comes out of the oven.


Cuban Sandwich Pizza: Mojo Sauce, grated Swiss cheese, ham, Slow-Cooked Cuban Pork, Genoa salami, thinly sliced dill pickles, mustard

Gulf Shrimp Pizza: Pesto, grated Asiago cheese, drained and sliced roasted red peppers, frozen cocktail shrimp (you can put them on the pizza still frozen if they’re precooked), pine nuts

Buffalo Chicken Pizza: Nance’s Chicken Wing Sauce (or pizza sauce), grated mozzarella cheese, sliced roasted chicken, sliced red onions, crumbled blue cheese

Black Olive and Market Tomato Pizza: Sliced fresh mozzarella, basil puree, olive-tomato mixture, fresh arugula, shaved Parmesan cheese

Brownie Dessert Pizza

• Doughs: Herbed | Market

Here are a couple of little secrets: One of the reasons the pizza restaurants do so well on Super Bowl Sunday is that pizzas are easy (and inexpensive) to make. Another reason is that they taste good.

A good pizza starts with a good crust, so we’ve included a couple of reliable recipes here. Pizza dough — risen, punched down and shaped into ready-to-roll balls — stores well in the refrigerator or freezer, so you can always keep some on hand for a quick dinner.

When it comes to toppings, the sky’s the limit. Use your imagination. Cheeses, veggies, meats, even sliced fruits, dried fruit and nuts — pretty much anything that’s good on a salad or a sandwich is going to be good on a pizza. But whatever you choose, try to use a light hand with the quantity of toppings. Pizzas cook better when they’re not overloaded.


Pizza party game plan

Several hours or the day before:

Make your dough. Allow about one-half pizza for each guest. Let the dough rise, then divide it into pizza-size balls and cover in plastic wrap. You can store it at room temperature or in the fridge.

Prep your ingredients. Precook sausage, slice onions, pit olives, chop tomatoes, grate cheese — have everything you need ready to go.

Make suggestions. Create a sign with ingredient combinations to get everyone started (Spicy Hawaiian: ham, pineapple and jalapeno; Will Ferrell Elfan: jelly beans, candy corn and maple syrup). See our recipes, page F6, for more ideas.

Borrow extra cookie sheets or pizza pans. That way, the assembly line won’t get held up as you wait for a pan to come out of the oven.

• Make the Brownie Party Pizza in a foil pizza pan and set it aside for dessert.

Two hours before:

• Put all the prepared ingredients into bowls. Hang your pizza suggestion sign in a prominent place. Let your pizza dough come to room temperature.

• Make a big salad using some of your pizza ingredients as toppings. Cover it and set it aside.

• Clear a kitchen counter or butcher block for your Rolling Station. Set a bowl of flour and your rolling pin nearby.

An hour before:

Start rolling. Roll out each piece of dough into a circle (or near circle) and transfer to cookie sheets or pizza pans (if you plan to cook on a pizza stone, flat cookie sheets are easier to work with). To transfer the rolled-out dough, gently roll it around the rolling pin, lift and then unroll into place..




Pizza-making tips

Perfection isn’t necessary. There is no such thing as a bad pizza. So don’t stress if your crusts aren’t perfectly round.

Don’t let your dough go naked. Brush it lightly with olive oil and cover it loosely with plastic wrap.

Less is more. A pizza overloaded with sauce, cheese or other ingredients won’t cook properly, and you’ll end up with a gooey mess. A few tablespoons of sauce, spread thinly with the back of a spoon, is all you’ll need. Apply toppings with a light hand.

Pizzas like it hot. Crank up your oven to 500 degrees, or as close as you can get to that. Assemble the pizzas on a baking sheet or pizza pan and cook them in a very hot oven.


When the dough’s a no-go …

If you don’t have the time — or inclination — to make your own dough, choose one of these options.

• Refrigerated or frozen ready-made dough, such as the kind sold at Trader Joe’s.

• Pillsbury Refrigerated Pizza Crust (in the refrigerator section at grocery stores).

• Martha White Pizza Crust (in the baking section at grocery stores).

• Ready-made pizza crusts or Boboli.

• Pita, nan or other flatbread.

• French bread, split lengthwise.

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