Examining the NFL Playoffs Through Food

Categories: Whimsy

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The half smoke is the unofficial link of Washington, D.C.
It's that time of year again. Every January my food-perverse mind converts professional football teams into dishes as a way to explore great food from around the country. Last year we enjoyed a lively discussion as different teams jockeyed for a chance to play in the Superbowl, and I'm hoping this year is no different.

Of course, the Cowboys robbed us of any discussion of brisket tacos making the playoffs -- again -- so you'll have to pick a new team or two if you want to play along. Really, though that's half the fun.

This year's list has a few newcomers. Cowboys fans are probably lamenting the addition of the Washington Redskins to this year's playoff season, but I'm more than happy to examine the ubiquitous half-smoke that's available from every single hot dog stand that occupies D.C. city streets.

Seattle is another new contender, which will give us a chance to give Hanna Raskin a call to see what football fans are eating in Washington state. Meanwhile, Minnesota and Indianapolis will give us new opportunities to look at how Midwestern cities can be realized through food.

You need to back a team if you're going to keep the playoffs interesting. If you don't have any strong ties to any of the surviving contenders, you might as well base the decision on food. Houston is once again our last chance to celebrate any dishes from Texas. Hopefully the Texans will beat out Cincinnati chili for a chance to celebrate with some Lone Star chow.

Here are the remaining teams:

Cincinnati
Houston
Denver
New England
Baltimore
Indianapolis
Atlanta
San Fransisco
Green Bay
Minnesota
Seattle
Washington



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Joshstruckoutagain
Joshstruckoutagain

This is the 105.3 of blog posts..4 more of em to go huh... Welp, I reckon I'll throw my resistol in with good ol Peter Carol!!! HAHA, I'd never root for that cheating fraud! Give me Hou and Wash with RG3 turning the playoffs on like a Barry White b-side! And they can keep their slop, I know who sells ribeyes and milla lightest out here by the farm.

Twinwillow
Twinwillow

Jeeze, who took a dump on that hot dog? And what did they eat before that?

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

I wish Dallas would have made the playoff's; who is going to represent middle of the road, bland BBQ?  WE could have touted the merits of fast food being our dish of choice. 

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

My Patriots........

..............

-Lobster Roll

-Cod Sandwich

-Fried Clams

but out Foxboro way, I suggest Chicken Parm-and ANY kind!

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@Twinwillow 



ahhhhhaaaa.......right TDub!?  Can you imagine the "aftermath"?   Why is that chili so runny?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@TheCredibleHulk Im with you, on love cheese and brawts but never want to have to visit G.B.  and I definately dont want a tossed salad from San Fran

Mervis
Mervis

Kergs - I know you hate the laborious task of clicking an internet link but check this one out for the new name for Chicken Parm. It's about half way through.

http://youtu.be/6OhJJR8nBl4

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@ScottsMerkin

yuck!  or an all natural hot dog with something that resembles watery ranch

now, let's look at these cities:

Cincinnati-useless
Houston-dumpy
Denver-greatness, take I 70 to Aspen.
New England-Foxboro is boring like all of inland Mass-go to the Cape or Boston
Baltimore-meh.
Indianapolis-midwestern meh
Atlanta-swampy mess
San Fransisco-best city in America
Green Bay-too cold, funny accents
Minnesota-see above
Seattle-maybe Americ'a 2nd best city
Washington-the only city I drive through faster is New York!

Mervis
Mervis

or better yet...watch it right here.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@kergo1spaceship @ScottsMerkin 


Comin' from a nor-easter like yerself, that funny accents crack about G.B. is pretty rich. I'll agree with the too cold part, though. (not that you'd notice the difference around here for the last week, though.)

Twinwillow
Twinwillow

@kergo1spaceship @ScottsMerkin 

Yah, Minnesota. You betchya.

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