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 tradition
—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%).
In 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.
The Yankees have some competition for Best Steak Sandwich in Sports. I know, hard to believe given how much I enjoy the Lobel's option. But here we're talking half a pound of thinly sliced prime rib, on a substantial roll, with two pickle halves (other one eaten while fishing for camera). I'm not saying I couldn't eat a whole one, but two people can legitimately split the Garden's sandwich. You can't do that in the Bronx.
scoreboardgourmet has not forgotten basketball. The NY Knicks have a foodticket special named after our nottoshorttobeawesome guard Nate Robinson: Nate The Great's Fan Pack
Choose from the following offers: (4) $44.50 tickets, (4) meals, (4) gifts for $99.00 (4) $60.50 tickets, (4) meals, (4) gifts for $139.00 (4) $78.50 tickets, (4) meals, (4) gifts for $199.00
Each Fan Pack includes: -4 tickets -4 food vouchers good for (1) hot dog, (1) 24-oz soda and (1) bag of chips -4 gifts good for (4) copies of NYK Press and (4) Cheerstix
You must purchase a minimum of (4) tickets to qualify for this offer. If you purchase additional tickets you will receive a free food and gift voucher for each ticket purchased. Limit 10 tickets per purchase. Pick up all vouchers at Box Office before entering MSG.
To take advantage of this special offer, enter the following password into the Special Offers and Promotions Box: FAN
Because I obviously only order juice and water so that I can throw the bottles at the court, the good people of MSG will not give me bottle tops. And by 'good people' I seriously mean good people. The vendor, not wanting to break rules but understanding how annoying it is to have two uncapped bottles, gave me two condiments cups to use as caps. I love her. It was a great idea that worked until TFMJ kicked my water bottle.
Apple and Eve Cranberry, Apple, or Orange Juice at MSG costs $4.
The other night I watched Making of the Knicks City Dancers on the MSG channel (hey, the Oscars are not something you can watch without a break). I generally do not like that kind of show (reality) but this was pretty entertaining and informative and way better to watch than the actual Knicks, even with the $10 tickets they now have on sale. Sorry, guys, but it's true.
Anyway, I found some Favorite Foods of the KCD's online. Here's the list. Honestly I am not confident that these girls are the current girls, nor am I confident that this is a complete list. I'm hoping a couple of the girls will write in and let me know what's what. You are awesome, by the way, I did not fully appreciate it until (a) the show, and (b) comparing you to the St. John's dance team. Those poor girls could not be less in sync. Guess none of them will be trying out for the KCD.
Heather F. - Filet mignon
Yaa - Jeloff Rice (West African dish)
Angela - Frozen Yogurt
Michelle - Falafel
Cara - Anything Italian
Heather V. - sushi, soymilk
Taleia - Crab
Maren - Chilean Sea Bass smoked over hickory chips
Chris - Tuna
Kellee - Soul Food
Kris - Lobster and NY Pizza
Ashley - Seafood, pizza and Starbucks
Lisa - BBQ Pork Rinds
Tia - Steak and anything chocolate.
Lauren - Lasagna
The Knicks host the Cavs tonight at 7:30p which means the Dancers will be dancing.
p.s. that pic is from the Yankees FanFest last year. there's no dancing at Yankee Stadium
Do they really sell Terra chips at the Garden? We haven't seen them.
But we did hear a funny and confusing thing about those Combo Sabretts things. One of the concessions counters was Sold Out when we tried to buy one. Wow, I said, are they that good? Two vendors shook their heads 'no' Pretty bad, in fact, they told us. That's excellent. Selling out something gross.
back to the point of this post - have You had Terra chips at MSG?
Does anyone care about the NBA All-Star Game? It's this Sunday. It's in New Orleans
which I guess means good eats? I think the Slam Dunk Contest, the Three-Point Shootout, and the Skills Challenge (a sort of obstacle course) are more fun. They're part of the All-Star Saturday Night. Another Saturday night event is Shooting Stars. I'm not exactly sure what that is.
btw, that pic on the right is by Victor Baldizon/NBAE/Getty Images. can you figure out why I chose it? (besides it being a very cool shot)?
In case you don't have a ticket, or don't want a ticket, here - thanks to Sharon Keating (about.com) - is a list of New Orleans Sports Bars: -Cooter Brown's
509 S. Carrollton
7601 Maple Street.
-Friar Tucks 5130 Freret Street
-Finn McCool's Irish Pub
3701 Banks Street
-Johnny White's Sports Bar 720
-Kabby's Sports Edition Hilton Riverside Hotel (where Poydras Street meets the Mississippi River)