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  • Sullivan Tire and Auto Service invites you to kick off the football season with us in style! We’re bringing the Bridgestone NFL Experience to our Bridgewater store Thursday, September 10th – Saturday, September 12th!

    Jump in the foam pit and catch a pass, play the Madden Gaming Tower and meet past Alumni players Dan Connolly, Andre Tippet and Joe Andruzzi!

    • Dan Connolly: Thursday, 9/10 from 11:30am-1:30pm
    • Andre Tippet: Fridaty, 9/11 from 3:30pm-5:30pm
    • Joe Andruzzi: Saturday, 9/12 from 11:00am-1:00pm

    NFL Experience

    We have some great tires sales going on as well! All Tires are on Sale! Get a $60 INSTANT Rebate on the purchase of any 4 tires!

    Come on by for some family fun! Hope to see you there!

  • It is an exciting time of year as college football is right around the corner! Last year’s season ended in very dramatic fashion as it was the first year with a new playoff system for the BCS (Bowl Championship Series). Instead of the top two poll teams advancing, the top four advanced. The one seed plays the four, and the two plays the three. Alabama was the highly touted number one seed, a high octane Oregon was two, Florida State led by number one overall draft pick Jameis Winston at three, and a controversial Ohio State sneaking in at four.

    Ohio was using their third string quarterback and was ranked number 6 heading into their last game against the powerhouse Wisconsin. New quarterback Cardale Jones led Ohio to a dominant victory, which leap frogged them from 6th to 4th seed. Oregon was able to beat Florida State handily and Ohio pulled off an upset against Alabama. In the end it was Ohio who was able to hold off the strong Oregon offense and score in bunches to win by an impressive margin of 42-20.

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    *Photo Credit: Sportsworldnews.com

    Looking to repeat, Ohio is ranked #1 heading into the season. They currently have a quarterback controversy as all three of the quarterbacks throughout last season stayed. Power houses TCU, Alamaba, Baylor and Oregon round out the top 5. Sadly, no teams from New England are ranked in the top 25, but schools like Boston College could make a huge impact by stealing a game from Florida State or another strong team.

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    *Photo Credit: Cbsnews.com

    This particular college football season is set to be very exciting and interesting. The season is right around the corner and soon the upsets will begin to pour in. In the end, only four teams will make the BCS playoffs and one will walk away champion. Who do you think will win? Can any teams in New England make any noise?

  • The New England Patriots are Super Bowl Champs once again! Since we can’t join the rest of New England at the Patriots parade, we will celebrate our beloved team by giving away TWO official Super Bowl XLIX t-shirts!

    Patriots - Super Bowl t-shirts

    Photo credit: Patriots ProShop

    To enter, simply share your favorite Super Bowl memory below. Whether you like watching the game or are more excited for the long-awaited Super Bowl commercials and snacks – we want to hear from you! The two winners will be announced on Friday!

  • Not your average chips and dip recipe! It’s like a cheese-ball, but it’s peanut butter. With chocolate chips! YUM! Recipe courtesy of Crazy for Crust.

    Football Dip

    Ingredients:
    • ¼ cup butter, softened
    • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
    • 1 cup peanut butter (your choice; crunchy or smooth)
    • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar (up to 2 cups if needed)
    • ½ cup mini chocolate chips
    • Chocolate sprinkles or chocolate chips for the outside of the football
    • White chocolate or frosting for the football laces

    Directions:
    Cream butter, cream cheese, and peanut butter until mixed (using a hand-held mixer). Mix in vanilla.

    Add powdered sugar, ½ cup at a time, and mix until combined. (If you want a stiffer mixture, add the extra ½ cup of powdered sugar.) Mix in chocolate chips. Turn out mixture on a large sheet of waxed paper. Use your hands to form into a football shape.

    Place the waxed paper onto your serving plate. (It helps if the plate has sides…less mess!) Cover in sprinkles or chocolate chips, pressing them into the surface a little so they stick. Pipe on the laces using melted white chocolate or some leftover frosting and chill until ready to serve.

    Serving suggestion: pretzels, animal crackers, cookies, a spoon.

    Notes: If your mixture is too soft to form into a football shape, chill it for about 15-30 minutes. (The length of chilling time depends on how soft it starts.) The freezer will speed up this step.

    Do you have a favorite dip? Have you ever tried a peanut butter dip like this? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

  • A fun twist on the traditional sub! Make this hoagie dip for family or friends and enjoy bite-sized deliciousness! Recipe courtesy of the Food Network.

    Total Time: 25 min
    Prep: 25 min
    Yield: 8 servings
    Level: Easy

    Hoagie Dip

    Ingredients:
    • 1 medium onion
    • 2 pickled pepperoncini peppers
    • ½ head iceberg lettuce
    • 1 large tomato, halved and seeded
    • ¼ pound deli-sliced genoa salami
    • ¼ pound deli-sliced ham
    • ¼ pound deli-sliced prosciutto
    • ¼ pound deli-sliced roast turkey
    • ¼ pound deli-sliced provolone cheese
    • ¼ cup mayonnaise
    • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1 ½ teaspoons dried basil
    • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
    • 1 10 -to-12-inch round loaf Italian bread
    • 8 hoagie rolls, cut into pieces, for dipping

    Directions:
    Chop the onion, pepperoncini, lettuce and tomato into bite-size pieces. Dice the meats and cheese.

    Combine the chopped vegetables, meats and cheese in a large bowl. Add the mayonnaise, olive oil, oregano, basil and red pepper flakes and stir until everything is all mixed up and tasty. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

    Carve out the center of the bread loaf to make a bowl (don’t cut through the bottom) and cut the scraps into bite-size pieces. Serve the hoagie dip in the bread bowl, with the extra bread and hoagie rolls to scoop it up. Yum!

    What is your favorite dip? Have you ever had one like this? Share your thoughts in the comments below! :-)

  • Who doesn’t like whoopie pies – right? This fun dessert may require some extra prep time, but it will be worth it in the end! It makes a great addition to any football gathering. Recipe courtesy of The Cake Blog.

    Whoopie Pie

    Ingredients:
    • 6 tablespoons (3 ounces) shortening
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1 large egg
    • 1 cup milk
    • 5 tablespoons cocoa
    • 2 ¼ cups flour
    • ½ teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla
    • ½ teaspoon salt

    Preparation:
    Preheat oven to 350°. Cream together shortening and sugar. Add egg and vanilla, beating well until blended. In a bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa, salt, and baking soda. Slowly beat in the flour mixture, alternating with milk, until blended. Using a cookie scoop, drop onto greased baking sheets. Then using a toothpick or butter knife to gently create points on either side of the circle, creating the shape of a football. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until firm. Cool on racks then fill with filling, below.

    Cream Cheese Frosting:
    • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature
    • 12 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
    • 1 pound (4 cups) confectioners’ sugar
    • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

    Directions:
    With an electric mixer on medium high speed, beat butter and cream cheese until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce speed to low. Add sugar 1 cup at a time, and then vanilla, mixing until smooth and combined, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. If not using immediately, frosting can be refrigerated up to 3 days in an airtight container. Bring to room temperature again before using.

    Assembly:
    Fill a piping bag fitting with a star tip with your cream cheese frosting. Flip one of your Chocolate Whoopie Pies over so the bottom is facing up. Starting from the perimeter, frost your whoopie pie, working your way in, until the entire circumference is frosted. Gently press the bottom side of another whoopie pie on top, creating a “sandwich”. Use the remaining cream cheese frosting to pipe football laces onto the top of each whoopie pie.

    Now you’re a crafty, baking expert! Try it out and let us know what you think. Do you have any foods you’d like to see a recipe for on our next Foodie Friday? Let us know your ideas below!

  • With the Patriots heading into a playoff game against the Broncos this weekend, we have yet another Brady vs Manning match up.  Today, we’ve got a special guest post from Tara (of Sullivan Tire’s Marketing Department), to give us her take on what to expect this weekend. 

    Photo Credit: NFL

    As the resident Jets fan, it’s very hard for me to see the Patriots heading off to the AFC Championship game again, making a Super Bowl run again, but you have to hand it to Tom Brady and the Patriots; they really are elite performers when it comes to the playoffs.  They are the crème de la crème of the postseason.

    Living in New England, with the Jets almost never being a factor when it comes to playoffs, the Brady/Manning showdown is something that a fan of a team with a quarterback problem can only dream about.  (You mean fans actually stand behind their quarterbacks?)  The excitement of seeing two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks, with a decade long rivalry, battling it out is something that you don’t always get to see with these types of elimination playoffs.  This may be one of the best football playoffs in years.

    Even though I’m behind Manning (sorry!), it pains me to say that I don’t feel confident that the team to beat Brady and the Patriots is Manning and the Broncos.  And you know what?  I should be worried.  No offense to Peyton Manning, but let’s be honest here.  Brady and the Patriots are postseason heroes.  Brady makes his team perform at a higher level, and nowhere is this especially true than against Peyton Manning.

    Since 2001, Brady has beat Manning 10 out of the 14 times when they have met in the regular and postseason, with Brady winning 2 out of the 3 postseason meetings against Manning.

    In terms of Super Bowl appearances, Super Bowl wins, and overall playoff wins, there is just no beating Tom Brady, darn it!  Brady has twice as many playoff wins as Manning, 3 Super Bowl rings in comparison to Manning’s 1, and 5 Super Bowl appearances compared to Manning’s 2.

    The only hope I have to go on is that since 2005, Manning and Brady have performed almost identically in the postseason.  According to Gary Davenport over at Bleacher Report, after Brady’s first 10 playoff games, Brady is 8-7 in his next 15 playoff games; Manning is 7-6.  (Alright, it isn’t much, but it’s really all I have. That and maybe the nice 60 degree weather in Denver will favor Manning.)

    Guess we’ll all just have to wait and see, but one thing is for certain: Monday morning’s mood will be dependent on the fate of the Patriots, especially this lone Sullivan Tire Jets fan.

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    Do you think the Patriots will make it to the Super Bowl this year? Any game score predictions? Let us know what you think in the comments!

  • Monday Night Football

    Over the weekend, a NFL Network truck stopped by for some work at our North Attleboro, MA Commercial location:

    Even though our favorite team isn’t playing tonight (Go Patriots!) we’re still excited to watch tonight’s game.

    Where will you be watching tonight? Who do you think is going to win? Are you in a fantasy football league? Let us know in the comments!

  • Everyone at the Sullivan Tire corporate office can’t stop talking about our predictions for this weekend’s game, and our favorite memories from this season… Well, everyone except for the one Jets fan …

    Hopefully the Patriots week off has prepared them for their first playoff game of the season: a rematch with the Houston Texans, but what do you think? Do you have a score prediction? A favorite game or memory from this season? Or any season? Who is your favorite player and why?

    If you’ve got anything to say about the Patriots, we want to hear it!Leave a comment on this post and you’ll be automatically entered to win a $200 Patriots Pro Shop gift card. And, if you’re in the market for tires, you can receive a $100 Pats Pro Shop gift card with the purchase of any four Yokohama tires, from now until the end of January!