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SPY’s Ultimate Guide To The 2018 Super Bowl

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* Plan your Super Bowl viewing party and lock in a glitch-free live stream
* Rep your favorite team with official merch
* Impress guests with easy-to-make snacks and appetizers

The 2018 NFL season comes down to this: the New England Patriots face off against the Philadelphia Eagles this Sunday for Super Bowl LII. Airing live from Minneapolis, the big game pits the team everyone loves to hate (the Pats), with the underdogs that people are rooting for (the Eagles).

Oddsmakers have the Patriots pulling out the stops for their sixth championship win, but as we know from past years, all bets are thrown out the window when it comes to the Super Bowl.

Whether you’re throwing a Super Bowl party or heading to the bar to catch the big game, here’s what you need to know to make sure it’s a memorable night — regardless of whether or not your team takes home the trophy.

THE ESSENTIALS:

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MORE IDEAS:

1. How To Live Stream The Super Bowl Online

The big game kicks off at 6:30pm EST / 3:30pm PST from Minneapolis, and if you’re still looking for tickets to catch the game live in person, we’ve spotted decent seats still available through Vivid Seats and SeatGeek.com.

If you’re staying at home and have cable, the game airs live on NBC this year. For everyone else, here’s where to catch the action.

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How to Live Stream the Super Bowl without cable

  

2. SPY Guide: 10 Tips For Top Tailgating

Tailgating: it’s a uniquely American tradition where the practice of drinking and eating before opposing teams go head-to-head date as far back as the Civil War, well, according to Vice.

Whether you’re a die-hard alum or a tailgating newbie, here are 10 tips to throw an unforgettable (and successful) tailgating party.

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10 Tips For Top Tailgating

  

3. The Best Tailgating Sets Under $100

One of the best parts of a good football game is the hangout before kickoff. Whether you’re tailgating or watching from home, the pre-game hangout deserves fun activities to get everyone in the competitive spirit.

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The Best Tailgating Games and Sets Under $100

  

4. The Best Super Bowl Merch For Men and Women

Once you’ve got the broadcast figured out, the next step is making sure you’re properly attired. True fans show up wearing official fan gear. Here’s what to get, whether you’re rooting for the Eagles or placing your bets on the Pats.

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Super Bowl 2018: What to Wear to root for your team

  

5. Get Your Food and Drinks Delivered For Your Super Bowl Party

Don’t overthink your pre-game planning at the grocery store. Everything you need for a successful Super Bowl party can be delivered to your door. Here’s what to order — and where to get it from.

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Best Places to Get Snacks Delivered For your super bowl party

  

6. The 10 Best Gifts For Football Fans

Whether you’re picking up a few things for your friendly bets on the game, or stocking up for an upcoming birthday, we’ve rounded up the best football-themed gifts that will make anyone’s Super Bowl weekend.

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Best Football-Themed Gifts

  

7. Get Fit With Workout Tips From A Super Bowl Champion

To find out how to get gridiron strong, we spoke with former St. Louis Rams running back Justin Watson at his Los Angeles fitness center, Studio Physique.

Now a full-time personal trainer, the Superbowl XXXIV Champion told us about motivation, life balance and the lessons he learned being a pro-athlete that regular people like us can apply. He also gave us a football-based workout to take home. It’s intense, but simple enough that you can do it on your own with the right equipment.

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Workout Tips From Super Bowl Champ Justin Watson

  

8. Get The Complete “Friday Night Lights” Series For Just $28

Football season may be coming to an end with the Super Bowl, but don’t worry about have winter withdrawals. Right now, Amazon has the complete series of Friday Night Lights on sale for just $28.

This 13-disc boxed set features all five seasons of the award-winning drama, which followed the athletes and residents of Dillon, TX, and their small-town struggles, victories, and heartbreaks.

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Get Friday Night Lights: The Complete Series For $28

  

9. The 10 Best Football Movies of All Time

Before or after the game, settle in for some football-themed viewing with our list of the 10 best football flicks of all time. Have you seen them all?

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The Best Football Movies of All Time

  

10. The 10 Best Cheerleader Movies of All Time

Cheerleader movies are hard to dislike. Since the 80s we’ve been entertained by sassy competitive cheerleaders in Bring It On, vampire cheerleaders in Jennifer’s Body, and even bank robber cheerleaders in Sugar & Spice.

If you’re looking for some spirited cheerleader fun at your next movie night, here are 10 of the best choices.

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The Best Cheerleading Movies of All Time