Have you seen the newest food item offered by the Arizona Diamondbacks? It’s called the Churro Dog. It’s a chocolate bakery bar around a cinnamon churro topped with FroYo, whipped cream, and chocolate and caramel sauces.
We at FishDuck.com have been known to do our best thinking with our mouths full. With this as our inspiration, we wondered what comment-worthy foods might be served at college sports venues around the country.
1. University of Louisville: Cardinal fans knew what they were getting when Head Coach Bobby Petrino was hired. His extra-marital peccadilloes were discovered as part of an investigation of a motorcycle accident. He left the Atlanta Falcons mid-season and informed them of his departure with a note!
But fans are forgiving as long as they believe a prominent bowl game is in the offing. Now, though, there is a problem at Louisville football games:
2. University of Southern California: Sometimes public perception turns out to be wrong. Look at Russell Wilson. At 5’10” and having taken a savage beating at the hands of the Ducks in the 2012 Rose Bowl (heh heh), who would have thought that he could be a starting NFL quarterback from day one?
The Seahawks didn’t. They gave Matt Flynn a yacht-load of money so they didn’t have to start Wilson. Remember that next time someone calls Pete Carroll a genius. But there are also times public perception turns out to be right on the money. Exhibit one: Lane and Monte Kiffin. The Kiffins’ departure from Troy was without fanfare, but it created a dilemma at the concession stands.
3. University of Washington: I’m channeling my inner Bill Walton now. Are you old enough to remember when Washington fans had something of which to be proud? Remember when they called Oregon disparaging names and our fans were insulted at every turn?
Truth told, Walton’s allusions usually have something to do with reality in the last 15 years. Some of you likely weren’t born when Washington was anything but a speed bump on the way to Oregon’s ownership of the I-5 corridor. Sit down, youngsters. The Huskies were good back when paying players was de riguer in college football. They may say it was all about the fruit baskets. It wasn’t.
But times have changed, and the concessionaires at Husky Stadium are feeling the pinch. When a Husky fan wants a stadium breakfast before an early kick-off …
4. Oregon State University: OSU has a glimmer of hope when it comes to basketball. By the sweat of his pits Wayne Tinkle has the Beaver fans anything but pissed off.
Unfortunately, football is another story. Oregon State sold its soul to the devil for a few glorious months with Dennis Erickson and athlete (non-student variety) Chad Johnson. Now their concession stand special of the day speaks the truth.
5. University of Oregon: Ever since the advent of the Bellotti Burger, the Ducks have been cutting-edge in stadium fare. New for 2015, available at the food booth furthest east on the south side of Autzen Stadium:
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Kim Hastings is a 1984 graduate of Northwest Christian College. He cut his journalistic teeth as sports editor of a paper in his home town of Fortuna, CA, and, later as a columnist for the Longview Daily News in Longview, WA.
He saw his first Oregon game in 1977 and never missed a home game from 1981 until a bout with pneumonia cut his streak short in 1997. He was one of the proud 3200 on a bitterly cold night in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1989 for the Independence Bowl, and continues to be big supporter of Oregon sports. He is an active participant on the various Oregon Ducks messageboards as “TacomaDuck.”
FishDuck Salutes this Oregon Community…
I continue to be amazed at the quality of writing and the thought given to the posts/comments below the articles. I am very grateful that everyone has embraced the posting/commenting rules of this community as it has made my job a ton easier.
We have had as many as 3,000 posts a number of times before I ever have to delete one, and that just doesn’t happen on the web these days. My percentage of deletions to comments/posts is between one to two tenths of 1%, of which is stunning.
The new forum is delayed due to tech issues and my own life issues, but this Oregon Sports Community is going to be very special with the same rules and decorum that we presently see every day.
I salute you all for your thoughtfulness and respect toward fellow Duck fans. The Best is Yet to Be!