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Who Is Going To The Souper Bowl ? 
Jan. 20, 2012 12:44 pm 
Updated: Feb. 2, 2012 4:54 am
At the beginning of the National Football League season I wrote a prediction blog that was somewhat tongue in cheek and somewhat based in fact or at least what I considered to be true. Only one of my final Super Bowl selections made it into the playoffs and they got bumped off in Round 1 with one of the most pathetic offensive displays on record. Not too shabby if I do say so myself. (what color is the sky in your world Doug ? Blue & Orange like a Tebow jersey I reply) So now that I have a whole season worth of games and two rounds of the playoffs behind me, I am ready to dive into my National Foodball League Playoff Predictions Blog to see who will make it to the Souper Bowl !

American Foodball Conference
Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots – Sunday at 3pm eastern

The Ravens should have been one of my picks to make it to the Souper Bowl. They had an up & coming young quarterback who looked to be on the edge of stardom. A running back with a food related last name who could slip through cracks in the defensive line as well being a punisher. They had a receiving corp that while unspectacular at first glance could bring the ball in and finally they had a defense, led by alleged convict at linebacker, that was still among the most feared in the league.

The Patriots were the Patriots and they were not happy about their recent lack of playoff success. They were led by the Walking Talking Touchdown Tossing Ken Doll at quarterback. They had a running back with a name like a law firm. An undersized receiver that no one in the league wanted and now no one can stop. They had a pair of tight ends like no others ever seen in NFL history and let’s be honest, the less said about the defense, the better. I never thought they would get as far as they did (even though when I look back I see I had them losing in this round).

Now that the American Foodball Conference Championship game is here we have seen that little has changed. The Ravens quarterback, Joe Flacco, has been less than spectacular this year but it hasn’t mattered because the team has won. They played smash mouth football and dispatched the Texans in the Divisional Playoff round. They have beaten the Patriots before and are certainly capable of doing it again. The Patriots once again have an offense that scores in bunches. They seem to play with the old AFL philosophy of keep scoring & scoring and to hell with the defense (unless of course they are playing against Tebow & my Broncos – then they turn into 11 All Pro defensive players).

Now when I think of I think of Crabs and when I think of I think of Chowder. It’s going to be cold in and what better way to get to the Souper Bowl than with a warm bowl of soup. So I decided for this round of the National Foodball League Playoffs, we would put up Soup vs  Soup. For the Ravens I picked Old School Baltimore Crab Soup (http://allrecipes.com/recipe/old-school-baltimore-crab-soup/detail.aspx< ) – a relative newcomer to the AllRecipes family but one that has been accepted well. For the Patriots, rather than go with a basic New England Clam Chowder, I decided to give it a twist, much like the Patriots offense, and I chose Marilyn’s Cheesy Clam Chowder (http://allrecipes.com/recipe/Marilyns-Cheesy-Clam-Chowder/Detail.aspx?prop31=3< ). This was soup that my wife craved during two of her three pregnancies and those kids didn’t turn out so bad so I think it is still a solid though unconventional choice. In fact if I were just picking this game on food alone, I would probably pick but I am not picking it on food, I am picking it on football. So while the Patriots may be favored, I looking at to make it to the big game in Indy on February 5.

National Foodball Conference
New York Giants vs San Francisco Forty Niners – Sunday at 6:30pm

I’ll admit it. I dismissed both of these teams without a second thought at the beginning of the season. I compared the Giants to a lukewarm overrated hot dog and said the Forty Niners were more like ripple than chardonnay. Guess I got those two wrong but then again so did a lot of other supposed football experts. So let’s re-evaulate these teams and give them some food that is a little more to their credit.

The Giants have Eli Manning. Not a sentence that would usually strike fear into an opponent. At least not until the fourth quarter when Eli flips a switch and suddenly becomes the second coming of John Elway. No quarterback in the league led his team to more come from behind victories this year than Eli – not even Tebow. They also have a receiver with freakishly large hands and another one who seems to shimmy & salsa his way into the end zone whenever the team needs a big play. Let’s not forget that they have a defensive line that just crushes quarterbacks too.

The Forty Niners have a quarterback that most people assumed was a busted draft pick a few years back who played steadily all season and came into his own with a magical and unexpected 28 yard touchdown scamper last week against the Saints. His running backs produced, his receivers caught the ball and his tight end finally lived up to his hype. The defense didn’t give up a rushing touchdown until the second last week of the season and like the Giants, they know how to hit. The Niners also have a new coach who knows how and wants to win. They were the class of the NFC West from Week 1.

Now when I think of the Giants, I think of bagels, dirty water hot dogs and piles of pastrami but in keeping with the Souper Bowl theme, I am going to have to go with a classic Manhattan Style Clam Chowder (http://allrecipes.com/recipe/Manhattan-Style-Clam-Chowder/Detail.aspx?prop31=2< ). It’s bold, it’s zesty and it delivers. When I think of the Niners, I think of Fisherman’s Wharf and all of the excellent seafood you can get there so I was about to pick a Cioppino but seeing as how I think the Niners are going to beat the Giants, I picked San Francisco Sourdough Bread (http://allrecipes.com/recipe/San-Francisco-Sourdough-Bread/Detail.aspx?prop31=2< ) so the Niners and their fans can sop up the leftover Eli Chowder.

So there you have it, on February 5 it will be the Baltimore Ravens vs the San Francisco Forty Niners in Souper Bowl XLVI. Come back next time when we review how right or wrong I was with my predictions.
Jan. 20, 2012 1:07 pm
I have missed it for 46 years in the stadium and TV, Not going to start now. I guess I will be watching re-runs on my TIVO.
Jan. 20, 2012 1:09 pm
Not everyone can be a football fan KingSparta but what about the food ? Which would you pick ?
Jan. 20, 2012 1:10 pm
But Doug I like Ken dolls! We shall see (as in fishes in the sea!) cause there is alot of seafood in your blog with just one bread entry to soak (get it!) them up! Hmmm Crab versus bread. I think I know who will win!
Jan. 20, 2012 1:13 pm
My prediction is a Thanksgiving Redux and Brother vs Brother Dog Fish - it could be fun to watch.
Jan. 20, 2012 1:50 pm
Well Being From New Jersey My Self (Ocean City Area) My Wife Is From Wildwood NJ, I love The Dirty Water Hot Dogs, pastrami, And bagels (Don't Forget the Soft Pretzels).
Jan. 20, 2012 2:23 pm
I'm pure NYer and I love Manhattan Clam Chowder, Sour dough bread is overrated. Now I run into problems because I love both crab soup and NE clam chowdah. The football games? Eh, who cares?
Jan. 20, 2012 2:32 pm
I was cheering for Tebow and the boys, (longshot I know). I am not a seafood fan at all so I can't pick and won't comment. At my house I am serving either pork back ribs (my specialty), or pulled pork (another specialty), and my taco soup dip (a huge hit as well with friends). We will see who will advance this Sunday!
Jan. 20, 2012 4:19 pm
As far as the food goes, I don't do seafood and, as you know, I don't eat during football games anyways! As far as the football goes, my picks are the opposite. I see a rematch between the Pats and the Giants. I am pretty much sick to my stomach that I am forced to be a Pats fan for a day, but the Ravens are my absolute most hated team (followed closely by the Pats, but still). The thought of the filthy, dirty birds making it to, and, heaven forbid, winning the Super Bowl is almost too much to bear!
Jan. 20, 2012 5:26 pm
BSM - Sourdough bread anywhere but San Francisco is over-rated. Moneterey's is a close second. Anywhere else it's just nowhere near worthwhile. Give me a nice rustic Baguette instead. I'm voting San Francisco Sourdough. We'll be grilling something, for sure and I'll probably set up some Tapenade and classic Bruschetta with Against The Grain Gourmet baguettes. Shameless plug, I know, but even the gluten-eaters love them.Plus chips and salsa, of course. Those are a must-make.
Jan. 20, 2012 6:16 pm
I've been telling my boys all day that it was going to be the Ravens and the 49ers! Now I have some back up. They don't take me seriously since I'm just a Super Bowl watcher, love the commercials and the food ;)
Jan. 21, 2012 8:52 am
Hi Dave. Now that my beloved Broncos are done for the season, I really don't care who wins this year. Well, I do actually... anyone but the Pats! I don't think anyone could have predicted San Fran being in the final 4. Just goes to show you (and one of the reasons why I love football so much), it's anyone's game on any given day. I'm predicting Pats vs Giants. As for food, I'm trying to lose another 20 pounds this year so it'll be something lighter but still football-ish. Maybe some turkey chili or chicken fajitas.
Jan. 21, 2012 11:24 am
I mean, Hi Doug. Duh.. I must have been thinking about Dave Matthews for some reason...
Jan. 21, 2012 11:34 am
I am a New Yorker living in Mass. I swore an oath to my brother that I would never back a NE team and 15 years later the oath stands....not an easy thing but so much fun when a NE teams loses (esp. Red Sox). So I am of course going with Manhattan Clam Chowder (SO much better the NE chowder that is always way too thick and usually tastes like flour) and the Jets...OK they are my 1st choice but seeing what happened with them then I'll go Giants...PS I am actually a college ball fans....so much more exciting then Pro football
Jan. 25, 2012 12:29 pm
Well now, Doug Matthews, welcome to my house! Would you like my New England food list now or later? haha! BTW, Giants are my 2nd fave team, but not when it comes down to this! @stj: you haven't tried my NE chowder, made with clamboil broth...YUM!
Jan. 26, 2012 4:48 am
Mary C. - this Souper Bowl couldn't possibly be worse in my mind. I am going to have to outdo myself to try and forget about the game. So what are you fixing ?
Jan. 26, 2012 10:12 am
Not sure yet. I just started thinking about it. I guess it'll depend if we're having a full blown party or just a select few. The select few = clamboil, or something similar. Party = appetizers and sandwiches, ya know, "picky food".
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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.
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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.
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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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