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The National FOOD-BALL League Conference Championships 
 
Jan. 16, 2014 11:53 am 
Updated: Jan. 19, 2014 11:16 am

Getting to the Conference Championship games in the National Food-Ball League Playoffs is a lot like having a Soufflé in the oven. You have put a lot of work into this masterpiece of yours and you are just one step away from achieving either glory or gloop. This Sunday the Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers will be putting their recipes to the test. And now I am here once again to give you some insights as to Who will win & Who will flop and what kind of food best goes which each team on this our final weekend of real football (the Pro Bowl NEVER counts) in the National Food-Ball League.


Last week in the Divisional Round my heart got one game out of four right while my head predicted the eventual winner in each game. The favorites all won, sorry Carolina fans – you really weren’t expected to win that game, and the National Food-Ball League got a final four teams that any combination thereof would be able to spin the resulting media out of control for two weeks. Ultimately what the National Food-Ball League will get is a matchup between one of the greatest old school quarterbacks versus one of the best new school quarterbacks. It’s almost like a battle of Comfort Food vs Nouvelle Cuisine and that’s how we are going to look at the matchups here.


AMERICAN FOOD-BALL CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS


New England Patriots at Denver Broncos


(If you only want to talk food, skip to the next paragraph) Just in case you have been hiding under a rock this past week, this will be the 15th time that Peyton Manning has faced off against the Walking Talking Touchdown Tossing Ken Doll and the 4th time that they have met in the playoffs. The Walking Talking Touchdown Tossing Ken Doll does hold the advantage in the playoffs and does hold a 3-1 lead in Super Bowl rings but all that goes out the window this coming Sunday when these quarterbacks quit facing off in the media and get to settling things on the field. Now football games aren’t won at just one position and it’s very true for these two teams. While New England may have one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game, they also have a hoodie wearing coach who may look like he is down to his last dollar but he is one who knows how to stretch & get the most out of the talent he has available. At the beginning of the season, no one knew who was going to catch the ball. Now that they are one game away from the Souper Bowl, everyone knows that the Patriots have people who can & do catch the ball but they still don’t know their names. I don’t think the average football fan could have named even one of the Patriots running backs but last week LeGarette Blount scored 4 touchdowns and now everyone in Boston can’t forget him. The Patriots defense is forgettable in that no one is anyone you have ever heard of but they can be thrown on and throwing the ball is what Peyton Manning does best. He has four of the best pass catchers in the game and a 1-2 punch in the backfield with Moreno & Ball that led the Broncos to a record number of points this year. Scoring will not be an issue on Sunday for the Broncos. Stopping the Patriots may however be a little more troublesome. I haven’t been sold on the Broncos defense all year and with injuries to the line & secondary in the past few weeks, they have become even scarier to watch. No lead is safe.

But let’s get to the FOOD, shall we ? The Patriots really have been the equivalent of a boiled/steamed/broiled lobster for quite some time. Its that one dish that is always looked up to more for its pedigree than its actual taste. Then one day you realize that you are sick of lobster and it is not what you want anymore no matter how much someone tries to push it on you. That’s how the Patriots are with me and I am sure with a lot of you too. That is why I am going to pull out an old tried & true insults recipe that worked last year when the Baltimore Ravens beat the Patriots to get to the Souper Bowl. It seems that the Walking Talking Touchdown Tossing Ken Doll lives part of the year with his Barbie Doll wife in New York. That is almost as bad as having a Red Sox fan be the Mayor of New York (Looking at you Bill deBlasio). So when it comes to the Patriots (again this year), I am going to have a nice Manhattan Style Clam Chowder represent them at the table. As for the Broncos, well last week taking a bold dish that spoke for itself like Elk Chili worked as the Broncos vanquished those nasty catfish (thank you gderr) tacos also known as the San Diego Chargers. Well this week the Broncos are again going to need to be represented by something bold yet familiar. Something that is powerful in its ability to strike. This week my Denver Broncos are going to be represented by a big bowl of Rattlesnake Chili. (Quick – someone send me a recipe) It should be a great game but I am leaning (in a very biased fashion) toward Denver beating New England.

 

NATIONAL FOOD-BALL CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP


San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks


There are some people I have heard say that this game is the real Souper Bowl and that the game in two weeks will be anti-climactic in comparison. I will say that this does line up to be one hell of a game. The two teams met twice during the regular season and each team won at home. This game is in Seattle inside a stadium that has been dubbed the loudest stadium in football. Even ESPN Sports Science looks into it this claim and found that during games not only does it get louder than standing next to an airplane at takeoff but that the fans have actually been responsible for a few minor earthquakes. (It should be noted that touchdown runs by Marshawn Lynch caused both of those) The 49ers however won’t be impressed or intimidated. This team has already gone conquered Mount Lombadi and thrown Cam to his own Panthers in his own den. The 12th Man & The Hawks Nest are just what the Niners want to see. They are essentially the same team that made it to New Orleans last year and Colin Kaepernick is playing like he wants to come to New York this year. Of course the Seahawks will have a lot to say about. Their quarterback, the undersized Russell Wilson, has won 15 of the 16 games he has started in Seattle. The Seahawks play like beasts at home and they have one of the more intimidating defensive secondaries in pro football. They do however have a small chink in their armor in that in recent weeks, Wilson has looked human and the Seahawks did lose at home. Will any of that matter though when they kickoff on Sunday night ?


The 49ers are more than just a San Francisco treat and Rice-a-Roni would never do as a food representative for this great city. When I lived in the Bay Area back in the late 1980’s & early 1990’s there was a great steakhouse by the name of IZZY’s that I would love to use here but I am saving the steakhouse references for the Souper Bowl. Instead, I am going to stick with what got the Niners where they are today – a nice complex bowl of Cioppino and some Sourdough Bread. The Seahawks need something a little more. Seattle is a home to some real groundbreaking cuisine and Pike Place Market is wonderful place to visit & snack. When I think of Washington, I think of Apples, Cherries, Coffee & Salmon. I love all of them. Maybe I’m missing it somewhere but while I love to rub my salmon with RUB WITH LOVE from Etta’s, I have yet to find a coffee rubbed salmon. So that is what I would love to have someone come up with for this game, a Coffee Salmon with some sort of apple/cherry dessert. As for who wins ? My head says Seattle but my heart, which I left there for a little while back in 1991, says San Francisco.


Am I right ? Am I wrong ? Do you have better foods to represent your team ? Are you starting to plan your Souper Bowl Menu too ? Let me know and we will be back next week and the week after to not only talk football but to more importantly talk FOOD-BALL.

 
Comments
Jan. 16, 2014 12:08 pm
Since m pack is out of it now, I'm going to have to pull for the Broncos. I cannot stand either of the 3 other teams. :) As to your food choices, I'd say you've got a good game plan there!
 
Jan. 16, 2014 12:10 pm
That should say "my Pack"! Is it Friday yet???
 
Jan. 16, 2014 12:36 pm
It is going to be a good football / food-ball weekend for sure! I just don't know about that Rattlesnake Chili!
 
Lela 
Jan. 17, 2014 8:31 am
Hi Doug, Rattlesnake Chili coming up! Throw in some bison for good measure! I have a friend who sold her house because it was built on a rattlesnake nest. She was always getting rattlers in her house. So, I'll just get a shovel and go dig some up. Just kidding! However here is a recipe- https://www.cuisinart.com/recipes/soups/7246.html
 
Lela 
Jan. 17, 2014 8:42 am
On a more serious note-I hope the new guy to Denver, Marquice Cole brings some power and some whoopin' attitude to the Denver defense. I don't know if he will play the whole game. I hope he does since the Patriots cut him. The Patriots cut Wes Welker who is out there now feeling stronger with his new helmet. Peyton is driving the big orange bus which is faster, stomping on the accelerator, ready to roll over the Patriots. BTW-Brady finished the season with only 25 touchdown passes, the lowest since 2006. It's a sign I tell you!
 
Lela 
Jan. 17, 2014 8:44 am
This is annoying that you don't know who wrote what here on the blogs. It is me Lela-the Bronco Fan who wrote the 2 threads above.
 
Jan. 17, 2014 4:39 pm
dang, I wish peyton could win another ring...and this certainly should be his year. but the best regular season quarterback of all time now must face the best coach. even at home, in front of adoring fans, I think he will make a booboo late to shin the horse hide. the proven play-off quarterback now has a crazy great running game, a good defensive backfield and his right arm. Denver's defense is going to get hit from all angles. pats 35-27. seahawks vs 9ers. easy pick...seahawks. Wilson will play up and get it done with that monster defense behind him. colin will make it interesting but the 12th man will play a part. another close game...hawks 23-17. 9ers will spiral down next year. I'm making chowder...prefer clam! go ken doll LOL! of course, take the points and bet against me, I'm tempted too. great games!
 
Jan. 19, 2014 11:16 am
I've followed your food bowl posts for years and love them. You are always spot on and great food choices as well. For openers, I agree that the real game is the Seahawk/49er game. This is the game of the year, all bets are off as to the outcome, but since I bleed blue and gray/aqua, and have proudly flown a 12th man flag for years....my moolah is on my team the Hawks! How can anyone hate them? They have the proudest and most loyal fans in the NFL. They have never won a super bowl and its their year. The other 3 teams have all been to the big show, time for a little Northwest love. Go Hawks!!!
 
 
 
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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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