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The 2011 National Foodball League Prediction Blog 
 
Sep. 9, 2011 10:28 am 
Updated: Oct. 5, 2011 9:53 am
No sport more naturally goes with food than football. Just look at the extravagant tailgate parties outside of stadiums across the country each week. Look at the spreads set out at sports bars each week as the faithful storm in to watch their team on a multitude of big screen TV’s. Think about your own preparations each February as you sit down to enjoy the Super Bowl (game or commercials – nobody cares about the halftime show). It’s undeniable, Football & Food go hand in hand. So with that thought in mind, I thought I might combine the two like I did during the playoffs and give you my National Foodball League Prediction Blog (and yes I know I already missed the first game of the season).

THE AMERICAN FOODBALL CONFERENCE  

AFC EAST

New England Patriots – When I think of the patriots, I think of blue collar excellence. They are like a quality ingredient that lends itself well to simpler fare. They are a lot like a Lobster Roll – very good but slightly overrated in my mind.

New York Jets – The Jets have a coach that who’s prodigious mouth is matched only by his stomach. He talks a big game and for the most part his teams over the last 2 years have delivered. Losing twice in the Conference Championship game has to hurt and what helps a hurt more than Chicken Noodle Soup ? Only since we are in New York, let’s call for Matzoh Ball Soup instead.

Miami Dolphins – Despite the fact that Miami has the flashiness of South Beach (and the trashiness of the Kardashians), the Dolphins are a less than exciting team this year. They won’t be great and they won’t be terrible. What they serve up will be a fairly simple & straightforward – kind of like a Cuban Sandwich – pork, ham, cheese & a pickle. It delivers but it doesn’t excite.

Buffalo Bills – There hasn’t been anything spicy in Buffalo since the Juice ran behind the Electric Company so Buffalo Wings are simply out of the question when trying to find a food that fits this soon to be last place team. They may have a Harvard Grad at quarterback but even he isn’t going to be able to figure out how to win many games this year. As for a food, well when I think of , I think of Beef on a Wecks. Pretty sad when your city is known mainly for a roll.

AFC NORTH

Baltimore Ravens – This is a team that has always been known for it’s crabby defense. Led by Ray Lewis they have always been a very hard hitting bunch and now, led by Joe Flacco & Ray Rice, they seem to have the offense to match. This could be a team to contend with come Playoff time so break out those hammers because when I think of the ravens, I think of a Crab Boil.

Pittsburgh Steelers – Last year’s Super Bowl runner-ups didn’t do a lot in the offseason to improve themselves and despite that fact, I am sure they will continue to contend in the AFC. Last year’s playoffs also introduced me to the Steeltown tradition of Ham Barbecue Sandwiches. Finally something good to come out of Pittsburgh other than Flashdance.

Cleveland Browns – Sorry Brownie fans but whenever I think of the Browns, I think of John Elway and THE DRIVE. I also think of the Dawg Pound. Which makes me think of Dog Food and then I think of Rodney Dangerfield in Caddyshack telling the waiter to tell the chef that he was serving high grade dog food. There isn’t a lot for Browns fans to be happy about this year other than they aren’t Bengals fans.

Cincinnati Bengals – Their quarterback, Carson Palmer, quit on the team this offseason and now his rookie replacement doesn’t even have Ochocinco to throw to anymore. They say that Cincinnati is famous for it’s chili but I doubt I will ever try it, much like I doubt I will watch the Bengals this year.

AFC SOUTH

Houston Texans – Every year at the beginning of the season, the football media crowns the Texans as their Cinderella team for the playoffs and every year the Texans turn into a pumpkin. Now a year ago I had an amazing Pumpkin based Mole at a Mexican restaurant in Salt Lake City and since Houston is home to a great many Mexican favorites of mine (like Ninfa’s) I may have to say that the Texans remind me a little of that pumpkin mole.

Indianapolis Colts – The Colts are going to be in big trouble this year if Peyton Manning’s neck keeps him sidelined for too long. I’ve been writing playoff foodball blogs for 2 seasons now and I still can’t think of anything to represent beyond Sugar Cream Pie and I have never even tried it. I can imagine that you can only stomach a small slice at a time much like Colts fan may be able to only stomach a small slice of this football season at a time.

Tennessee Titans – The Titans are probably going to be somewhat of a mess this year. They have a new coach, a new old quarterback and star running back who held out all preseason and will probably be more susceptible to nagging injuries. Now most people think of music when they think of Nashville but not me. I think of Arnold’s Country Kitchen and their serious Meat & Three. So good it will make you forget the Titans lost again.

Jacksonville Jaguars – It’s going to be ugly in Jacksonville this year. The coach canned the longtime starting quarterback days before the season and one of the players wants to publicly punch him in the face. As for Jacksonville inspired foods, I have been there but wouldn’t know what it was famous for since we always ate at fairly generic style restaurants so I went to Yahoo Answers and they said Jacksonville was famous for Slaw Dogs. Well at least Jags fans have that going for them.

AFC WEST

Denver Broncos – Who am I kidding ? I am a die hard bleed orange & blue Broncos fan who foolishly believes my team will go undefeated every year when I know that this year’s team has as much chance of them winning as you would have getting me to put on a silver & black raiders jersey while gorging on Rocky Mountain Oysters. At least John Elway is back, too bad he isn’t still playing quarterback.

San Diego Chargers – Like Fish Tacos, the Chargers always sound great but then there is usually something missing that doesn’t pull the team or the meal together. It’s either an injury to a key player or use of an inferior cut of fish (I’m sorry but tilapia does not belong in a Fish Taco). This year however, I think the chargers may have the ingredients to go all the way to the Super Bowl which reminds me, my wife is at the store so I should get her to pick up some Mahi Mahi for some fish tacos this weekend.

Kansas City Chiefs – As a Broncos fan, I can honestly say that there is nothing I like about though I will admit that the BBQ isn’t half bad. In fact back in 1980 when I interned on Wall Street I used to eat lunch a couple of times a week at the Kansas City Meat Exchange. It was good, cheap & consistent. Two out three of those qualities apply to the Chiefs too. They are good and cheap (by NFL standards) but they are inconsistent.

Oakland Raiders – There is no team in football that I hate more than the Raiders. Of course when I think of Oakland itself, I think of Jack London Square and some of the great little seafood places all over the East Bay. I wish I could enjoy them more but they all lose a star in my eyes because they are all in the silver & black shadow of Al Davis.

THE NATIONAL FOODBALL CONFERENCE
 
NFC EAST

Philadelphia Eagles – The Iggles fans think they have the best team in football and they think they have the best cheesesteaks. I beg to differ on both points. The best cheesesteaks can be found at Hoagie haven in Princeton, NJ (#17 – Pizza Cheesesteak) and the best football team can be found at the end of the blog.

Dallas Cowboys – Everything is bigger in Texas - their stadium, their ranches, their food, their hair, their egos and their football failures. When I think of the Cowboys I think of Tony Romo fumbling holds for the kicker or throwing an interception and when I think of their food I think of BIG STEAKS. I also think about the fact that the next season of Bravo’s TOP CHEF is going to take place in Texas so look out for an armadillo quickfire and a chili cookoff.

New York Giants – Yawn. Eli Manning is terrible. The tailgating at Giants Stadium is generic at best. The most memorable item I saw when walking through the parking lot last year at game was the drunk passed out under a car. Even the food inside the stadium left a lot to be desired. So when I think of the Giants, I think of a lukewarm overpriced hot dog that fans rave about but everyone else knows is nothing special.

Washington Redskins – They have a ridiculously rich owner that has no idea what he is doing. Like a wannabe gourmet chef, he keeps adding more & more ingredients in hopes that it will eventually be good but always winds up as a disappointing mess. Much like a lot of the restaurants I used to go to in the DC area. Everything is there and the plan sounds good but the execution is just WAY off.

NFC NORTH

Green Bay Packers – Last night the Packers looked like they hadn’t missed a beat from their Super Bowl triumph last February. The Cheeseheads were celebrating every Lambeau Leap with gusto. It put me in mind of a good rich Beer Cheese Soup. Keep this on a simmer on the backburner just like the Packers and they will be ready to go at a moment’s notice.

Detroit Lions – Over the past few years the Lions have been known mainly for their futility and rightfully so. This year however could be different. They have a young defense that is starting to get noticed and some real weapons on offense. But they are still the Lions and that won’t change. I tried to sit here and think of a food that reminded me of Detroit and all I could think of was Michigan Cherries, so I looked up the quintessential Detroit food and google told me is was Coney Dogs ? Really ? They had to borrow their most famous food from one of the outer boroughs of New York ?

Chicago Bears – You can bury the Bears chances this year at the bottom of a big gooey Deep Dish Pizza Pie. I’m not a fan of either one myself. I can’t stand their crybaby quarterback (he got sent packing in ) and I much prefer thin crust pizza. The will be lucky to stay within sight of second place.

Minnesota Vikings – I’m not sold on Donovan McNabb staying healthy. I’m not sold on Adrian Peterson staying healthy. I’m not sold on Norwegian Lutefisk either. I know they love to deep fry just about anything & everything at the Minnesota State Fair but not even deep frying this season will not make the results palatable for Vikings fans.

NFC SOUTH

New Orleans Saints – It looked like the Saints secondary had spent a little too much time munching on beignets during the lockout. They need the ladies taking orders at Mothers on Poydras to get them to step a little livelier. Despite that, the Saints still kept the game good & spicy up until the very last play. So when I think of the Saints, I like to think of my Alligator Chili or my Crawfish Pie.   

Atlanta Falcons – When I think of the Falcons, I think of all that good barbecue and soul food I have had whenever I get down to Atlanta on business. The Falcons are looking just as good as that food this year. They may not win the division but they may win the Super Bowl.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Much like their neighbors to the south, there isn’t a lot to get excited about if you are a Bucs fan this year. Third place is likely and second place is way out of reach. Kind of like a Grouper , it’s good but it’s not going to win any prizes down at the County Fair.

Carolina Panthers – They got the first pick in the NFL Draft last year because they were the worst team in the league. They may get the first pick in the NFL Draft again this year. I don’t think you will get a lot of argument out of the fans in North Carolina about that but you will get them to argue about barbecue. Vinegar based or Tomato Based ? I guess it depends on which side of the state you live in.

NFC WEST

St. Louis Rams – Somebody has to win this division as evidenced by the Seahawks claiming the division crown with their lousy record so why not the Rams this year ? They actually have a good young quarterback but not much else. As for food in St. Louis, they also lay claim to BBQ and the one story I will always remember is when my boss went to St. Louis and he asked his rental bus driver for the best BBQ in town and he sent him to a place where he HAD to get the Pig Snout. Suffice to say, my boss is a braver man than I.

Arizona Cardinals – This team should probably win the division but I just don’t see them holding it together. It’s hard to get a handle on how they will actually be with a new quarterback and a so-so running game. It’s kind of like figuring out a state or city food for Arizona. Most of the cuisine seems to be heavily Mexican influenced with some elements borrowed from both Texas & New Mexico. The only other foods I can think of from my drive through the state would be cactus & roadrunners. Nobody wants to eat cactus and even Wile E. Coyote can’t catch a roadrunner.

San Francisco 49ers – A city with culinary lineage like San Francisco deserves a football team like the ones they had during the Joe Montana era. Those teams were like fine Napa Valley Chardonnay. The team they have now is more like a bottle of ripple. My advice to Niners fans this year is keep the good stuff in the wine cellar – the ripple might actually help you watch the games.

Seattle Seahawks – When I think of the Seahawks, I think of Seachickens. When I think of Seachickens, I think of Chicken of Sea. When I think of Chicken of the Sea, I think of Tuna Fish. When I think of Tuna Fish, I don’t think of Seattle. When I think of good quarterbacks, I don’t think of Seattle. When I think of bad quarterbacks, I think of Tavaris Jackson and I feel real bad for Seachicken fans. That earthquake inducing touchdown run by Marshawn Lynch in the playoff victory over the Saints is going to seem like a long time ago in a few short weeks. My suggestion, get a Venti Latte, sit back and watch the Boise State games on Saturday instead if you can.

PLAYOFFS

Wildcard Round

Jets over Houston
Baltimore over Pittsburgh 

New Orleans over Detroit 
Atlanta over St. Louis 

Divisional Round

New England over Jets
San Diego over Baltimore 

Atlanta over Green Bay 
New Orleans over Philadelphia 

Conference Championship Round

San Diego over New England 
Atlanta over New Orleans 

Super Bowl

Atlanta over San Diego 

So that’s how I see it for this coming season in the National Foodball League. I am sure that any number of my 2 or 3 readers might see the football or the food results differently and I hope you will comment and let me know where I went wrong on both. I will be checking in from games & tailgates (college & pro) whenever and wherever I can during this Foodball season. I encourage all of you to do the same. Let’s see what you bring to the games.

Come back next time when we discuss how wrong I was and how I obviously have no taste.
 
Comments
Sep. 9, 2011 11:02 am
Good read! I like your interpretations. I'm going to kick off this Sunday with a chili cookoff...while I watch my COWBOYS in action. Yes, sad but true about Tony Romo's interceptions. Hopefully, this season he will overcome that. GOOOOOOOOO COWBOYS!!!!!!!
 
Sep. 9, 2011 11:05 am
Hi lovecakes - what kind of chili is there going to be in the cookoff ?
 
Sep. 9, 2011 11:11 am
The kind where I just throw pinto and kidney beans, ground turkey, chorizo, green peppers, red pepper flakes, cayanne, cumin, salt, and onions together... :-) Oh and don't forget the shredded cheese to top it off.
 
Sep. 9, 2011 11:12 am
Be carefull what you say about some cities. It may come back and bite you! Have you been to any of Jose Andres' restaurants in D.C. lately?
 
Sep. 9, 2011 11:14 am
I like the sound of that Chili lovecakes - save me some
 
Sep. 9, 2011 11:15 am
Hi Doghead - I was actually nicer in this blog than I was in my other "I HATE YOUR FAVORITE TEAM" blog over on Wordpress. Haven't been to DC in years - need to get back there on business soon
 
Sep. 9, 2011 11:52 am
Let me know when and I'll give you the names. Several are located at Gallery Place metro stop near the Convention Center and China Town.
 
Naan 
Sep. 9, 2011 12:00 pm
Hey Doug, why are you a Broncos fan? Did you used to live here? Or maybe you're like my husband, who is a die hard Dallas fan even though he's never been to Dallas... (scratching my head) At any rate, you make some bold predictions but that's what the start of the season is all about. It's still anyone's game... love it. I wouldn't count Denver out though; their defense is supposedly much improved and maybe Kyle will man-up this year and start connecting. We'll be in the 6th row on opening night cheering like a couple of stark-raving lunatics!
 
Sep. 9, 2011 12:10 pm
Thanks Doghead - I will certainly let you know
 
Sep. 9, 2011 12:12 pm
Hi nancypants - I lived in Denver from 1983-1988 after college - I met a lot of players during that time and only missed 2 home games - I even spent the whole 1986 season sitting next to the Bronco Bunny in the South Stands - they better beat the raiders on Monday night - I'll be looking for you
 
Sep. 9, 2011 12:18 pm
While I agree with many of your comments regarding the various NFL teams (including my beloved Chiefs),I will refrain from making any remarks about your playoff predictions until later in the season. :D I do, however, wholeheartedly share your hatred for the silver and black, though. Regarding foodball - St. Louis seems more like a toasted ravioli town to me than it does a BBQ town.
 
Sep. 9, 2011 12:21 pm
Good afternoon Mi Being Mi - I didn't think that anyone laid claim to toasted ravioli (being married to an italian it is forbidden to be spoken of)...good luck with your chiefs - somehow i got Jamaal Charles in my fantasy football draft and I am looking for 14 great games out of him
 
Puck 
Sep. 9, 2011 12:31 pm
Oh Doug. Poor, sad, misguided Doug. What to say about this? My Steelers looked awesome in the preseason. Did you not watch? They have some awesome receivers, and the defense is looking great. Ben is healthy. Look out! Your Broncos will surely cause you frustration this season. I agree, the Lions may just be a force this year. They are more underrated than they should be for once. And, I feel bad for the Colt's. I predict Manning will be out for the season (actually, I wouldn't be surprised if his career is over) and the whole team is based on him, which was a huge and costly mistake. Anyways- cheers to you my friend, on the start of another season. Good luck to you! And prepare to eat many ham bbq's!!!!!
 
Sep. 9, 2011 12:36 pm
I didn't get in to a Fantasy FB League this year, but I certainly hope Jamaal lives up to your expectations!
 
Sep. 9, 2011 12:50 pm
The reason football and food are so intertwined could be because so much time during the game there is nothing happening on the field. Food is the antidote for boredom. Which explains why I have spent all that time in the kitchen instead of listening to my crew of armchair quarterbacks. Fun blog, as usual.
 
Sep. 9, 2011 1:05 pm
Good afternoon Puck - preseason results mean nothing to me unless of course they are losses by the raiders & chiefs....Mike Wallace does look good and Jericho Cotchery is going to be a great pick up for you all but I still think that this is the Ravens year in the AFC North. My Broncos are going to stink enough that we may actually get a chance at drafting another Stanford QB....hope all is well with you and I do like those ham bbq's
 
Sep. 9, 2011 1:09 pm
I only do the Yahoo Autodraft Public Leagues these days Mi Being Mi - that way I don't let too much time or energy get invested. It also makes watching crappy games a little more interesting.
 
Sep. 9, 2011 1:22 pm
Thanks BigShotsMom - when I played QB in high school my father said I threw as well as an armchair. He was right. We had a running offense.
 
Sep. 9, 2011 1:23 pm
Hi Doug. I am not ready for football yet, I love my Steelers and wore by black and gold today cause it's Black and Gold Friday but I really don't know how the Steelrs will do this season. If they stay healthy they should so pretty good. I hope they beat the Ravens on Sunday cause I really dislike them. I think Puck is right about Peyton. My dh is a Notre Dame fan so he is hoping Brady gets to play for your team. I haven't paid that much attention to any football news this preseason so it should be interesting to see how everyone does. Go Steelers, they will win the North division this year
 
Sep. 9, 2011 1:51 pm
Hi DeniseY - glad you stopped by - the regular season is 17 weeks long - I think we have time to get into football - the owners & players toyed with our loyalties & emotions during the offseason so they can wait for us to become engaged. As for Brady, he played worse than Dayne Crist in his last game - I can only hope Orton stays healthy.
 
Sep. 9, 2011 2:09 pm
I read a good portion of your blog, you are an excellent writer sir. If I liked football at all, I'd probably read the whole thing. Alas, the only hting I have to offer is, why don;t you like Tilapia? It's my fave for more than its sustainability.
 
Sep. 9, 2011 2:22 pm
See Doug, told you I have paid attention, I didn't know he had played badly. He played well at Nd, they seem to have a string of qbs who haven't done well in the NFL recently.
 
Sep. 9, 2011 2:24 pm
Oops,sorry for the double post, just ignore one of them, your choice which one ;)
 
Sep. 9, 2011 2:30 pm
Like your blog, Doug. You did trash some teams I'm rather fond of, and this being DAY 2 of a smoke-free me, I was ready to trash you. But then I saw that you share my utter contempt and loathing of they who shall not be named. You get to live. :D
 
Sep. 9, 2011 3:15 pm
Good afternoon and Thank You Raedwulf - you probably read more of my blog than I did. As for Tilapia, it isn't that I don't like it, it's more that I am less than impressed with it. You got me thinking on the train and I think I just got my next blog topic. And don't worry, we will talk food & hockey when the pucks start dropping.
 
Sep. 9, 2011 3:18 pm
No worries on the Double Post DeniseY - I'll take every comment I can get. As for Brady, he outplayed Tebow most of preseason and in that last start he was playing 2nd team offense against 1st team defense - he didn't stand a chance.
 
Sep. 9, 2011 3:21 pm
Good afternoon & Thank You LucyLove and congrats on Day 2 of smoke free you - I know it's not easy and if you find you need an outlet to vent on later, I'll gladly be your target. We can make fun of you know who.
 
ellie 
Sep. 9, 2011 3:24 pm
How fitting that your most beloved team will be playing your most "behated" team the first week of the season. You'll have to wait till the late game on Monday night though. My only comment on your very well written(I've come to expect nothing less from you) blog is that I must throw my support...pause so you can sit down...behind the NY Giants...ok try to stop laughing....or yawning. My support comes from my heart not my head. My dear Grandpa was a die hard Giants fan and as an ode to Grandpa I stay the course. Cheers until next time...
 
Sep. 9, 2011 6:03 pm
Go Bears....... LOL
 
Sep. 9, 2011 6:14 pm
Hey ellie - I was brought up in a Jets household and no one was allowed to be a Giants fan. I went to school with Giants fan. Now I work with a ton of Giants fans. It makes me feel good to see them lose but I can understand famial loyalty. Mt kids are all Jets fans just like Grandpa.
 
Sep. 9, 2011 6:15 pm
Hi HWildbreed - it's okay to be a Bears fan - I won't bite - laugh naybe but not bite.
 
Janet 
Sep. 10, 2011 3:27 am
Hi Doug, I don't have a favourite team, I just like to watch good football games that are closely matched and scored. I understand that this year (I live in Canada), we are going to be able to watch some of the College games on Saturdays, this is a nice addition to the weekends. Nascar will be done in another 10 weeks, football to watch, hockey (I have lost interest in that sport), but all in all looking forward to the fall season and the beginnings and endings of our favourite sports.
 
Sep. 10, 2011 6:37 am
Good morning Janet - you will definitely enjoy watching college games this year - a lot of interesting plotlines & matchups coming down the road - I will be at the Boise State for a game later this year. As for Nascar, Jimmie Johnson seems to be rounding into shape, Carl Edwards has cooled off after his new fat contract and Kyle Busch always seems to implode at the wrong time. I have no idea who is going to win it this year. Thanks for stopping by.
 
ellie 
Sep. 10, 2011 7:51 am
Hey Doug..I can understand there is just not room enough in that town for both teams...in hockey we have the Habs or the Leafs in my neck of the woods...pick sides and that's it.... On a serious note...we are thinking of all New Yorkers and everyone touched forever 10 years ago tomorrow..............................
 
Sep. 10, 2011 11:45 am
Atlanta over my Packers eh? Listen my friend that ain't happenin'! Green Bay will march through Atlanta...AGAIN! I'll also be enjoying some state brats watching that game!
 
Sep. 10, 2011 1:17 pm
yep...agree falcons look very strong, packers will be an extremely tough challenge...same can be said about the saints. afc...steelers, patriots, and jets. super bowl winner...i'm south georgia here...but, packers over steelers again.
 
newman'smom 
Sep. 11, 2011 6:49 am
loved your take on America's football teams....you are right no other sport goes hand in hand with food other than football! I have to say: I agree with you on all but my favorite team!
 
Sep. 11, 2011 10:47 am
Well Doug as far as the Jags go, I hope for the best and expect the worst!!!! Next time you are in Jax, you have to hit up some of the seafood joints at the beach. Parsons and Singletons are a few of the best! Fresh Mayport shrimp, You cant go wrong!
 
Sep. 11, 2011 1:23 pm
Hi Doug Like I said Go Bears LOL
 
Mangel 
Sep. 11, 2011 2:47 pm
Dear Doug, if today's game was any indication, my advice is to trade Jamaal Charles as soon as possible. This is coming from a Chiefs fan only slightly less devoted than Mi Being Mi:) Love you picks and regardless of how well my beloved chiefs play, I always have the pack running second in my heart. My Missouri Tigers lost last night, so this has been a sad weekend for me. I miss Chase Daniels!
 
Sep. 11, 2011 7:17 pm
Love the blog. Bring on the brats and beer cheese soup, I say, and GO PACK GO!!! I've got my fingers crossed for a repeat. : ) And ok, I have to admit, I'm a transplanted Southerner and can't stand brats nor do I drink beer more than once every couple of years. Shh, don't tell anyone I said that....I DO use it in my chili, however, which is pretty darn good. Hmmm...time to break out the chili pot, I think.
 
Sep. 12, 2011 4:33 am
Morning ellie - in hockey we Rangers fans have the islanders to the east, the devils to the west and the flyers due south - that probably adds up to the animosity the leafs & habs have had over the course of hockey history - I'm ready for them to drop the puck
 
Sep. 12, 2011 4:34 am
hey Old Biker - the dirty birds sure made my pick over your Packers look bad yesterday but it is only Week 1 - I hope you save me a brat or two - thanks for stopping by
 
Sep. 12, 2011 4:36 am
morning gderr - based on yesterday, I think tha only team with a chance out of the falcons, steelers & pack to get to the super bowl would be the pack - luckily for fans like us, there is a lot more football to play
 
Sep. 12, 2011 4:37 am
Good morning and thanks newman'smom - so who is your favorite team ? I don't mind eating crow when it's served up right
 
Sep. 12, 2011 4:38 am
Morning JenToBeach - bet you didn't expect that result from your Jags. I am going to have to talk to the client I have in Jax about why he hasn't taken me to one of the places you mentioned. Thanks for checking in.
 
Sep. 12, 2011 4:41 am
Good morning HWildbreed - yes you did and yes they did - Da Bears certainly made my Super Bowl pick look dumb
 
Sep. 12, 2011 4:43 am
Morning Mangel - where in the world did that game come from ? At least my other running back was CJ Spiller on the Buffalo side of the ball. I think your Tigers are in for a rough season and may soon be in search of a new conference to play in. Have a great one today
 
Sep. 12, 2011 4:45 am
Morning wisweetp - I don't much like brats and haven't had a beer in 23 years but I do like good football and the Pack do look exciting again this year. If Ryan Grant can stay healthy than Rodgers could have a magical season. Thanks for stopping in.
 
Sep. 12, 2011 5:50 am
Mornin' Doug, great blog....loved it! Because of my loyalty to my beloved Redskins (excluding that ridiculously rich owner, who hopefully has learned to keep his mouth shut), I hate those Cowboys, and that just comes with the territory! The silver and black from the other coast is my most hated team too, ever since the 80's when I watched them play the dirtiest football I'd ever seen, maybe that Superbowl has something to do with this! BTW, the true roots of DC food is soul food, not this mish-mash of everything else!
 
Sep. 12, 2011 6:02 am
Morning Wyattdogster and nice win yesterday - I love to see the Giants lose. I used to have a soft spot in my heart for the redskins as a kid when they had Sonny Jurgenson, Charley Taylor & Larry Smith. I will have to try some of that DC soul food on my next visit.
 
Sep. 12, 2011 6:37 am
Sonny was awesome! Miss the Hogs too. Next time you're in DC, try the Saint's Paradise next to the Verizon Center for some authentic soul cookin'! http://washingtondc.menupages.com/restaurants/saints-paradise-cafeteria/ This is the place! They don't appear to have a website, very 'down home' style. There are some links to more high-end soul food places on the left of the page.
 
Sep. 12, 2011 6:50 am
Thanks for the tip Wyattdogster and if ever there was a running back suited to run behind the Hogs, it was John Riggins.
 
Sep. 12, 2011 6:53 am
44! And you are welcome!
 
Sep. 12, 2011 9:18 am
Ugh, Romo did it again. So disappointing, but I'm glad my chili turned out great! LOL.
 
Sep. 12, 2011 9:27 am
lovecakes - Glad to hear that you didn't fumble the chili like Romo did on the 3 yard line. What in the world was he thinking ?
 
Sep. 12, 2011 9:38 am
Did anybody inform the Chiefs that the lockout was over???? They didn't show up for the game yesterday!!
 
K-Dub 
Sep. 12, 2011 9:42 am
Packers all the way! Go Green Bay! :) Love beer cheese soup....I miss the cheese curds that make your teeth squeak. Every time we visit Wisconsin I'm always on the hunt for a Farmer's Market with fresh cheese curds! :)
 
Gitano 
Sep. 12, 2011 10:23 am
oh jeez....couldn't you have done a NASCAR blog instead??? the NFL holds as much interest to me as watching moss grow on a rock... :D oh well...best of luck with your predictions this year and consider this my token comment for the NFL season... :) and I hope you are creative in your cooking/tailgaiting endeavours!!
 
Sep. 12, 2011 10:31 am
and to think Mi Being Mi - I almost picked the chiefs in one of my survival leagues !!! terrible showing....
 
Sep. 12, 2011 10:32 am
Hey K-Dub - the Pack looked awfully good last week and they get a few days rest too - Rodgers has a ton of healthy weapons too
 
Sep. 12, 2011 10:34 am
Good afternoon Gitano - I was surprised at the way a lot of drivers were going after each other in Richmond the other night. It seemed like those either locked in or locked out of the Chase didn't care where they finished and the bubble cars were just trying to stay out of trouble - of course if you are Junior, you wreck your car & other cars because you stink.
 
Puck 
Sep. 12, 2011 10:37 am
Well, yesterday was pretty shocking, I must say. I am still reeling. How could the Steelers get such a beat down by the dirty, filthy Ravens?! It must be a fluke, and it must NOT be repeated! The only game that didn't surprise me to some degree was the Colts atrocious loss. They may as well get used to that!
 
Sep. 12, 2011 10:50 am
Hey Puck - I was wondering if those were the Pre-Terry Bradshaw Steelers of yesteryear ? 7 Turnovers ? The Steelers only had 18 season last year. At least there are 15 more games to play.
 
Gitano 
Sep. 12, 2011 11:07 am
BWAHAHAHA!!! So true Doug...Jr is NOT a good driver and he's saddled with a LOUSY Crew Chief to boot... I do love watching the scraps that have developed lately...but Harvick is spoiled brat stomping his feet, Montoya is bull in a china shop (toro en el tienda de platos) and needs to disappear back to F1 and Menard needs to stop wasting Daddy's money :) I could go on..but I won't! :)
 
Sep. 12, 2011 12:00 pm
Well, as far as the niners go, I have to admit as I watched the game yesterday, the first half looked promising, thanks to the defense, but when they came back from half time they were the niners we are a custome to, these days. If it wasn't fot Ginn and his two return touchdowns it could have turned out differently. Smith still can't convert from third-down, so we'll have to see what Harbaugh decides to do with him as the season progresses. I was happy they won against the Seahawks though.
 
Sep. 12, 2011 12:01 pm
*for*
 
Puck 
Sep. 12, 2011 1:52 pm
I have to say, I have a pretty strict protocol I employ while watching the Steelers, and when I don't follow it, they always lose. (I know, I know, it is ridiculous, but it is the one thing I am superstitious about!), and I messed up during the Super Bowl and yesterday...that is the only way to explain those losses! Any other team, I enjoy watching and I watch every game I can, but when I screw up my regime while watching my Steelers, bad things happen!!!!!
 
Mangel 
Sep. 12, 2011 3:21 pm
@Doug and MiBeingMi: I think the high school team I watched last Friday could have beat the Chiefs Sunday. I'm afraid I may be in for a disappointing season on the pro and college levels this year *sigh*.
 
Puck 
Sep. 12, 2011 11:06 pm
Orton hears a BOO! Lol!!!!!
 
Sep. 13, 2011 7:35 am
Great blog, Doug! I'm still pouting because all the recap shows left out the two TDs my Niners got from Ted Ginn, Jr. in just under a minute of playtime. I really had saved a bottle of my favorite Chard for the game and I'm just hoping that it won't be the one and only highlight of the season....;-) (Looks like you know us Niner fans pretty well!)
 
JENNIPURR 
Sep. 14, 2011 11:03 am
hey...HEy...HEY!! I love the Packers like you love the Raiders (which I hate also-loved the Al Davis comment). Seems like my Bears didn't look all that bad against the Falcons, hhmm? As for Jay Cutler, as long as the Bears win, he can cry all he wants. After all, at least we don't have to listen to Brett Favre cry...AGAIN!! Great predictions though. Thanks for the laughs! GO BEARS!!!!!!!
 
Sep. 16, 2011 4:54 am
Hey Gitano - and so the Chase begins - who do you like ? Could Jeff Gordon continue his resurgence ?
 
Sep. 16, 2011 4:58 am
Hi Celeste = thanks for checking in - sorry for the delay in getting back to you. Ginn was amazing with those 2 returns. He needed those after his less than stellar career in Miami. Good luck this week.
 
Sep. 16, 2011 5:01 am
Morning Puck - I'm willing to give your Steelers a mulligan and I picked them as my defense this week in my fantasy league. One week does not a season make. Good luck this weekend.....and I love that Orton Hears a Boo comment. B-)
 
Sep. 16, 2011 5:02 am
Morning Mangel - and it doesn't get any better for your chiefs this weekend as they head into resurgent Detroit's home opener....
 
Sep. 16, 2011 5:04 am
Good morning KATSINTHEKITCHEN - so which bottle do you have saved for this week's game ? Are you superstitious like me and wouldn't dream of serving anything but exactly what had produced a victory the week before ?
 
Sep. 16, 2011 5:05 am
Hey abubebe3 - personally, I like my spam fried
 
Sep. 16, 2011 5:08 am
Good morning JENNIPURR - thanks for checking in - your Bears have a big game with the Saints this weekend. Urlacher will be on a mission but will Cutler be distracted by his former fiancee's national Broadcast Network TV debut wearing nothing but sparkles & smile ???
 
Oct. 3, 2011 12:19 am
I cannot argue with Detroit's football past, and am ever optimistic for their future. I lived in Detroit metro for years so it's a second home. They take their coneys seriously and rightly so. Just don't mention New York if you go to American or Lafayette coney - right next door to each other in the city. Both places were started by rival brothers in the early '20s I think. I think of two things food wise for Detroit - Greek Town, and Polish food. I'll always lust after a good paczki, and they don't exist outside of Hamtramack - not even in Chicago. And believe me I've looked everywhere. Ok, my essay on Detroit is over now :)
 
Oct. 3, 2011 5:32 am
Good morning Angie - at 4-0 so far this season, I think we are going to be talking Detroit football & food for quite a bit longer. The Lions look real.
 
Oct. 3, 2011 6:13 pm
I sure hope so! I've learned to protect myself though when it comes to them haha - but hopefully this is their year!
 
Momi 
Oct. 4, 2011 7:47 am
Ha, ha! Thanks for the laugh, Doug. You're right about the Seattle, I think of a cold tuna fish sandwich.
 
Oct. 5, 2011 9:53 am
Thoughts on college ball?
 
 
 
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My mother decided early on that her sons would never have to rely on someone to feed them so we all learned to cook at an early age. I really started to branch out when I moved out west to Denver, SF & Dallas. Combine that with extended business travel to Louisiana & my growing love of spices and you get a real mix of flavors.
My favorite things to cook
Love to make cajun food with my favorites being crawfish pie, alligator stew & alligator chili - I go nuts on Super Bowl Sunday
My favorite family cooking traditions
We didn't have a lot of traditions per se but you could count on pancakes or waffles on sundays - dad making scrambled eggs twice a year on christmas morning & mother's day - veal parmagiana on christmas eve, Thanksgiving with Grandma Matthews and any menu of your choice on your birthday. We weren't a spicy family so I learned a lot of good strong basics in the kitchen from Mom that I have carried over into my cooking today.
My cooking triumphs
I love to experiment with variations of dishes I try around the country. My biggest success is here on allrecipes where I had 2 recipes published in the same cookbook - Southwestern Turkey Soup & Curried Carrot Soup. I think my corn muffins are a great starting point and my alligator chili has become a much requested Super Bowl favorite.
My cooking tragedies
There have been a few times in the past where I tossed everything and took everyone to a restaurant instead. I'm not too proud to say my cooking is awful when it really is.
 
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