The regular season portion of the National Football League schedule has now been completed. After 17 grueling weeks, the field for the playoffs has finally been set and
the participants all have one goal in mind. They all want to get to Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 to play in the Super Bowl.
But what if the Super Bowl wasn’t played on the Gridiron and instead, it was played on the Griddle ? (or stovetop or range or oven as the case may be) What if these 12 teams
were playing “Food-Ball” instead of Football ? Instead of playing for the Vince Lombardi Trophy, what if they were playing for the Chef Tony Trophy ? Which city has the dishes to not get chopped ? To paraphrase my good friend, The Chairman’s nephew, who’s
cuisine would reign supreme ?
So let’s take a look at the 12 teams that qualified for the NFL Playoffs and then let’s take a look at the Wildcard Matchups coming up this weekend.
American Football Conference the
New England Patriots & Pittsburgh Steelers have both earned byes this weekend so we will discuss the merits of clam chowder & pierogie’s in Round 2.
Jets at Colts – is not only a melting pot of people but it is also a melting pot of foods. There are so many quintessential
dishes & cuisines that it is hard to pick just one to represent the Jets. Do you go with thin crust pizza ? Do you go with Little Italy ? Do you take a pastrami sandwich from the Carnegie Deli ? All great ideas but I think in this case, unless I am overruled,
we are going to put up a Bagel with a Lox & a Schmeer. As for Indy, I am somewhat at a loss. I know that they drink milk at the Indy 500 and I know that is also known as the Hoosier state but I have no real idea what food best represents the Colts. I did go
back and check my blog from last year about Super Bowl Menus where some dishes were suggested to me, so in this case we are going to put up Sugar Cream Pie. (http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Sugar-Cream-Pie-I/Detail.aspx< )
Bagels w/ Lox & a Schmeer vs Sugar Cream Pie
Ravens at Chiefs – When I think of Baltimore, I think of Crab, Crab and more Crab. There is little in life that
is better than a bucket of crabs, a table covered in newspaper and mallet in your hand. You can beat those crabs silly like you are Ray Lewis and the rest of the Ravens defense. That being said, we are putting up a Crab Boil for the Ravens in this round. has
been known for it’s stockyards & meat since the days of the old west cattle drives. Being a Denver Broncos fan (even Rocky Mountain Oysters are too good for those bums) I hate everything about KC but even I will admit, it’s hard to hate their barbecue. So
for the Chiefs, we are going to put up a rack of barbecue beef ribs.
Crab Boil vs Beef Barbecue
Over in the
National Football Conference, the
Atlanta Falcons and the Chicago Bears got the Top 2 seeds so they get the weekend off to watch, eat & enjoy. We will come back and discuss southern fried chicken & deep dish pizza next week when we see who they are going
to be playing in the semi-final rounds
Saints at Seahawks – Now I have to admit, I am somewhat counting on the Allrecipes home crowd here to step in
for the Seahawks with some suggestions. The Saints however, need no such help. The history of Nawlins is rich in food & flavors and trying to pick just one dish could ultimately be the Saints undoing. However, there does seem to be one very natural matchup
that these two cities generate.
Café Du Monde Beignets vs Starbucks Coffee
Green Bay Packers vs Eagles – This NFC wildcard matchup is even more straightforward than the other NFC wildcard
matchup. I don’t even need to go into detail.
Cheese vs Cheese Steaks
So there we have it. The first round wildcard matchups in the National Food-Ball League Playoffs. I’m taking the
Bagels, Crab Boils, Beignets & Cheesesteaks (even though I hate Philly and think the best cheese steaks are actually at Hoagie Haven on Nassau Street in Princeton).
Who or what are you going to pick ?
Come back next time when we discuss Round Two of the National Food-Ball League Playoffs and whether that Chowdah is really as good as people seem to think it is.