Jadeveon Clowney reveals his pre-game ritual — and the one food he never eats during the season

If you invite linebacker Jadeveon Clowney to a party, you’d better have room for his friends — and his nachos.

“I like to pile a lot of stuff on top of them,” the self-proclaimed “nachos guy” says of his favorite snack to make with Tostitos chips. “I like them so they get flimsy.”

The young Houston Texans star has teamed up with Tostitos, the Official Chip and Dip of the NFL, to get ready for the upcoming season. Tostitos is releasing a set of team-themed Lucky Bags with 19 partner organizations to help fans feel more a part of their favorite roster’s game-day rituals.

Clowney, who admits to being “a little bit” superstitious, understands the importance of pre-game rituals as well as anyone. He revealed to AOL that he eats the same breakfast of hash browns and eggs every single morning during the season, but avoids one big favorite: bacon.

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Dallas Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott suspended 6 games for violating personal conduct policy

The NFL has suspended Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott for six games for violating the league’s personal conduct policy, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The suspension comes after an ex-girlfriend accused Elliott of domestic violence. No charges were ever filed against Elliott, but the league can penalize a player even without a legal charge or conviction.

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Eye-opening dating habits of die-hard NFL fans revealed in study

Relationships are a serious commitment — but, so is football.

From September all the way to February, avid football fans dedicate every Sunday (and often even Thursdays and Mondays) to their sport and team of choice. That can get on the nerves of a significant other if they don’t understand or care for the game.

Why not just date someone who loves football as much as you? Well, that’s easier said than done, especially when you realize how picky some NFL fans are.

study done by Fanatics delves deep into the dating preferences of each team’s fanbase — and it revealed some interesting trends.

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Red Sox employee’s windshield smashed by Salvador Perez home run

Salvador Perez has 21 home runs so far this season — and the most recent one did damage to more than just his opponents.

On Friday, the Kansas City Royals catcher homered off of Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello in the second inning of their game at Fenway Park. The 417-foot moonshot put the Royals on top 1-0 in a game they ended up winning 4-2.

That hit wasn’t just a blow to the Red Sox, but also a team employee whose car was directly in the baseball’s path.

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Chicago Cubs gift 2016 World Series ring to Steve Bartman

Fourteen years after the infamous catch that changed his life, disgraced Chicago Cubs fan Steve Bartman has returned to Wrigley Field.

On Monday, Bartman met with Cubs owner Tom Ricketts and received the gift of a lifetime — a World Series ring.

“On behalf of the entire Chicago Cubs organization, we are honored to present a 2016 World Series Championship Ring to Mr. Steve Bartman,” the Cubs said in a statement to local news station WGN.

Bartman became a household name in 2003 when he reached for a foul ball that left fielder Moises Alou was attempting to catch during Game 6 of the National League Championship Series. The Cubs were winning that game, but would go on to lose it and the series, lengthening their championship drought another year.

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Former NFL coach under fire for his ranking of 10 best quarterbacks since 1978

In the history of professional quarterbacks, Peyton Manning has the most touchdown passes. Aaron Rodgers has the highest passer rating. Tom Brady has the most Super Bowl rings.

But who’s the best player overall?

There’s a lot to consider when making your pick for Greatest Of All Time — GOAT, for short. Lucky for us, ESPN put together an all-star panel of NFL icons to decide once and for all: Who is the best quarterback of the modern era?

A group of 10 NFL coaches and executives all submitted their votes for their top quarterbacks since 1978 — but the selection process was not as unanimous as you’d believe.

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Nashville Predators fan finds out he won free Stanley Cup tickets a month late

Stanley Cup tickets are, naturally, hard to come by — but it becomes even more difficult to acquire the coveted passes when a city is hosting its first Finals ever.

That was the case this year when the Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators faced off. While Pittsburgh has already won five Stanley Cup Finals (including 2016 and, spoiler alert, 2017), Nashville made its first appearance in the championship just this year.

Predators fan Andrew Fudge obviously wanted to be there. He took to Twitter twice with the hashtag #TDPreds to get the attention of the team — and it worked!

Fudge won two tickets to Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals in Nashville. There was just one problem: he never checked his Twitter direct messages.

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The Houston Astros held a touching pre-game funeral in the outfield — for a glove

Carlos Beltran’s Baseball Reference page still lists him as a center fielder, but he hasn’t actually played an inning in the outfield in two months.

The Houston Astros have been using the 20-year veteran as their designated hitter since May (something they may want to reconsider given his .235 batting average), leaving his glove to collect dust on the shelf.

Beltran’s transition from center to DH has been difficult for many, and on Monday, his teammates came together to support each other and mourn the loss of a friend: Beltran’s outfield glove.

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Exclusive country club finally allows membership to neighbors Tom Brady, Gisele Bundchen

You can’t always get what you want — even if you’re Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen.

The famous couple reside in Brookline, Massachusetts, right next door to an exclusive country club (actually called The Country Club), to which they applied for membership in 2015.

The club, however, denied Brady and Bundchen entry. According to The Boston Globe, The Country Club is “famous for understatement and insularity,” and a pair as high-profile as the quarterback and supermodel could cause a problem.

It was suggested that Brady reapply after his retirement from the NFL — which we all know probably isn’t happening any time soon.

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