It's a new year. The Giants stopped caring about their season in the fall and the Jets are two games away from the SuperBowl (no, I'm not actually that confident). Tony G's risky Minneapolis airplane ticket purchase has high reward. I went to my first hockey game in years and my second is a few weeks away. UConn had a devastating loss to Georgetown. Wes Welker watched the last game of his season. Jayson Williams is going to prison. Spring Training postcards, pamphlets and calendars arrive in my mailbox daily (Twins Postgame Grapefruit Giveaway 3/5; single game tickets on sale 1/16). The Knicks are "suddenly competitive."
What I'm trying to say here is, I have a runny nose. I'm not exactly sick but I need tissues all day long. Scoreboard Gourmet, I still love you. We're nearing the Super Bowl, the most important snack-purchasing day of the entire year, (the second most important snack-purchasing day is the Saturday before the game, which you'd think was the most important but, apparently, many party-hosts seriously procrastinate.)
Speaking of SuperBowl Sunday, the Supervalu inaugural Snack Down Survey found nearly 40 percent of fans associating a special food or snack tradition preference with their favorite NFL or college football team, including:
—In Philadelphia, football fans named Philly cheese steaks as their top game-day snack traditionIn other news, it's quite likely that Scoreboard Gourmet is going to return to its starting point and focus solely on sports-travel-eating. We shall see. And now, my nose.
—Chicago gridiron fans cited Chicago-style hot dogs and Chicago deep-dish pizza among their special traditions
—In Boston, New England clam chowder and Boston baked beans made area fans’ list of snack traditions
—Cincinnati fans’ quintessential game-day snack food is Skyline or Cincinnati-style chili
—In Baltimore and Washington, D.C. chicken wings tied with chips or other salty snacks as the No. 1 game-day snack. Baltimore fans also unsurprisingly listed crab among their special snack traditions
—In Boise, Idaho potatoes — baked and loaded — naturally made fans’ lineup of special football game-day snack traditions
—In Boston, about 38% of male football fans plan to watch one or more of the NFL playoff games or the Super Bowl at a bar or restaurant this year, vs. only 14% of women. Male gridiron fans in Boston believe they consume more calories at a Super Bowl party (24%) than at a Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa celebration (17%).