Sunday, February 3, 2008

Football and Food

What is it about "The Big Game" that always necessitates the consumption of massive amounts of calories - usually in the form of pizza, chips and dips, etc.? You know, Nathan and I watched the State of the Union address last week, and it never occurred to me that I was obligated to prepare a feast for the occasion. Or what about the Democratic debate? No food accompanied that event. But a big football game - for this, the recipe websites, the food blogs, and the food shows on television will all devote their time and best food efforts for several weeks.

The truth, I believe, is that football is so boring that people have to compensate with junk food. The pizza, the corn chips and queso dip, the chicken wings, the beer - all these things are much more exciting than a bunch of guys standing around, a bunch of guys running, some guy grabbing a ball, a bunch of guys falling all over each other. (Repeat sequence for several hours, periodically interrupted by commercials notably more interesting than the game itself.)

Really, there's a lot of boring stuff on TV every day. Not just football games - basketball games! Soap operas! Medical dramas! All these things should have the boredom flushed out of them with food, glorious food.

Really, the only things on television that are palatable without food and drink to wash them down are probably The Office, Monk, NCIS, and Bones.

For everything else, I prescribe one of two options:

1) Numb yourself with 1,200 calories of junk food


2) Turn off the television


  1. gregg and i had fun watching the game with just a little bit of food and no alcohol. as football also does not highly interest me, i personally found the game just slightly boring until the last 3 minutes, but we still enjoyed spending the time together. maybe you should create a recipe website for the state of the union could start some big trend! :) i wonder where the tradition of junk food during the superbowl came from. someone must have started it.

  2. I agree that the Super Bowl should be accompanied by delightful junk food, however, I do have to say that I find football fun to watch (especially when they play in the snow) and this Super Bowl was absolutely amazing!

    When is The Office coming back on? I miss it so much.