Tuck Sauce’s Summer: Quest for 162

Hey everyone. As basketball, hockey and soccer gradually come to an end, I need something to enterain me through the monotoneus baseball season. You may not know but HB Hofbräuhaus Original is my favorite beer. However, I am willing to go on the pursuit of all pursuits to replace it. I am looking for 162 of your favorite beers on this thread to 1. find a new beer and 2. to show how ridiculous baseball is! I look forward to a ton of trips to Total WIne this year to get this done! Cheers!

  1. Blue Mountain Brewery Full Nelson 4 out of 6 Beers:
    • Blue Mountain Brewery #fullnelson #virginiapaleale first of all love a Virginia beer! However, it maybe the chili but the back end of this is way hoppy. Upfront this is a great beer. You know as a lager man its not my go to cause of the back end. 4 out of 6 beers for this one but another beer from this brewery will definately make it on the 162. But Hoffbrau is still 1-0.
  2. Sweet Water Brewery Sesh 2 out of 6 Beers:
    • … idk what this is Sweet Water brewery. I’m usually a huge fan of your beer but it tastes like you took an IPA and just added water at the end. I get that’s it’s a session but it doesn’t taste like you committed to any flavor. 2 out of 6 beers. Hofbrau Beer is 2-0 #illstillfinishit #tucksaucessummer
  3. Red Hook Brewery Long Hammer IPA 4 out of 6 Beers:
    • Damn Red Hook Brewery. Looking good shorty! Umm that’s not what I’d thought you’d taste like… citrusy? You been perfuming up haven’t you? 4 out of 6 beers for the Long Hammer IPA 3-0 to Hofbrau Beer#tucksaucessummer
  4. Old Ox Brewery Golden Ox 3 out of 6 Beers:
  5. Mustang Sally Article one 3 out of 6 Beers:
    • Ok Mustang Sally Brewing Company. Credit for being Virginia. Credit for the America reference. But mediocre… 3 out of 6 beers Hofbrau Beer 5-0
  6. Leinenkugel Cannoe Paddler 5 out of 6 Beers:
  7. Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ 5 out of 6 Beers:
    • Lagunitas Brewing Co well done! Nice spring citrus taste at the front but some hops at the back end. Very smooth for something that’s 64 IBUs! 5 out of 6 beers. Only one problem though . Can already feel after 3 sips it’s not something I can drink alot of. Hofbrau Beer on a Washington Nationals like streak and goes 7-0
  8. Great Lakes Brewing Eliot Ness 4 out of 6 Beers:
  9.  Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Pils 6 out of 6 Beers:
    • We have our first playoff contender! I’m not ready to give Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Pils a win here but definately worth a second try come fall! It’s so easy to screw up a pilsner. But this had a bunch of flavor but still had a crispness a pilsner should have! Hofbrau Beer 8-0-1 #tucksaucessummer 6 out of 6 beers
  10.  Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co Kolsh 4 out of 6 Beers:
  11. Port City Brewing Company Helles Lager 4 out of 6 Beers:
  12. Corona Corona Light 3 out of 6 Beers:
    • It was laying around and I needed a beer.  The non-light versions disgusting cousin.
  13. Devil’s Backbone Vienna Lager 5 out of 6 Beers:
    • I guess we really can’t call Devil’s Backbone Brewery a craft beer anymore since they sold their soul. For good reason though. It’s about the best lager I’ve ever had but nothing adventurous. 5 out of 6 beers for the Vienna lager. Hofbrau Beer 12-0-1. #tucksaucessummer
  14.  Samuel Adams Hopscape 4 out of 6 Beers:
    • Been waiting to try this beer from Samuel Adams for a while because I love their seasonal stuff. Little disappointed in this one though. It’s good but I think I built it up in my head too much. Oh yeah technical stuff. Crisp, light and hoppy 4 out of 6 beers #tucksaucessummer Hofbrau Beer is 13-0-1
  15. DC Brau The Public 5 out of 6 Beers:
    • Ok I know there are two beers in this photo but today is all about the delicious DC Brau Brewing the public pale. A great mild beer with the right balance of hops. Hofbrau Beer is 14-0-1 but this is definitely 5 of out of 6 beers. #tucksaucessummer
  16.  Firestone Walker Brewing Co. California Pale Ale 4 out of 6 Beers:
    • After the first trip to Total Wine & More I picked up this beauty from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.. The California pale ale has a great crisp taste up front. Perfect after the round of golf today. Not very hoppy which I enjoy means I can drink 6 of them in a day. Hofbrau Beer is still 15-0-1 but I’m definitely interested in trying more of their beer. 4 out of 6 beers. #tucksaucessummer
  17. Pilsner Urquell Pilsner 4 out of 6 Beers:
    • So two things. 1. Europe start making beer in 12 freedom units. 2. The Pilsner Urquell is a beer that tastes better in it’s homeland. Not really anything special besides the crispness. 4 out of 6 beers only because I had it in Prague and it’s hitting the nostalgia button. 16-0-1 #tucksaucessummer
  18. New Belgium Glutiny 5 out of 6 Beers:
  19. Anchor Steam Ale out of 6 Beers:
    • Anchor Steam fans don’t look now. I’m finding myself sitting here going da fuq is that after taste. As I click my touch and try to cleanse my pallet all I can think is you can’t justify an above average beer with this at the back. Yea it’s sour and I get beer is bitter but it’s like a film on the back of my throat. 3 out of 6 beers. Hofbrau Beer is 18-0-1 #tucksaucessummer
  20. Starr Hill Brewery Northern Lights 5 out of 6 Beers:
    • Starr Hill Brewery Northern Lights IPA and some bbq. What a winning combination! Nice smooth mild IPA easy but delicious drinking. 19-0-1 to Hofbrau Beer but this one gets 5 out of 6 beers.
  21. Rogue Brewing Company 4 Hops IPA 3 out of 6 Beers:
  22. Old Ox Brewery Alpha Ox 5 out of 6 Beers:
  23.  Lagunitas Maximus IPA 6 out of 6 Beers:
    • Lagunitas Brewing Co has put up a playoff challenge here. What a smooth beer for 8 percent alcohol. Light on the carbonation and at 72 ibus not bitter at all. Wow great IPA! 21-0-2 6 out of 6 beers for this one. #tucksaucessummer
  24. Kona Brewing Company Hanalei 3 out of 6 Beers:
  25.  Evolution Craft Brewing Company Lot 3 5 out of 6 Beers:
  26. Great Lakes Brewery Company Chillwave 3 out of 6 Beers:
    • Great Lakes Brewing Company chillwave is interesting. I’m kind of guessing it’s a double ipa I don’t really have a beer list in front of me. It has an odd after taste that I’m not a fan of. 3 out of 6 beers. Hofbrau Beer moves to 24-2.. Yes I dropped the middle number. I’m just going have a playoff at the end. #tucksaucessummer
  27.  Deschutes Brewery Mirror Pond Pale Ale 4 out of 6 Beers:
    • Deschutes Brewery are you sure this is a pale ale? I don’t taste any hops at all…. I award no points and may God have mercy on your soul. Well 4 points… out of 6… cause this is how this works. Hofbrau Beer is 25-2. #tucksaucessummer
  28.  Ballast Point Brewing Company Manta Ray 5 out of 6 Beers:
  29. Rogue Brewing Company American Amber Ale 5 out of 6 Beers:
  30. Jam Session IPA 4 out of 6 Beers:
    • My 30th beer comes from Jam Session Brewing Co. And it’s a pale ale. I had to take this pic quick cause I was at a wedding. Plus I look great in a suit. Hoppy but despite being an open bar I didn’t go back to get another one of these. 4 out of 6 beers. 28-2. #tucksaucessummer. 132 more to go. Let’s go.
  31. Shotgun Betty Heff 2 out of 6 Beers:
    • Umm Shotgun Betty… What is this. Your heff made me want to drown out the flavor with as many budlights as I could down in the next ten minutes to drown out your after taste. 2 out of 6 beers. #tucksaucessummer 29-2
  32.  Uinta Brewing Hop Nosh IPA 5 out of 6 Beers:
    • Uinta Brewing… this is really good. Like great balance of hops and flavor. 5 out of 6 beers for sure. If it wasn’t for a bit of too much sour on the back end it’d be a 6 for sure. #tucksaucessummer 30-2.
  33. Get Bent Brewery Mountain IPA 6 out of 6 Beers:
    • So I can’t find Get Bent Breweries page. But the Mountain IPA is a playoff contender so if any of my beer drinking friends can give them a shout out! 6 out of 6 beers 30-3!

Fried Chicken Sandwiches & Homemade Chips

The Beer:

Cooking is better with alcohol let’s face it.  So, I love cracking open a beer or six while
Goose Island Preseason Lagerworking with sharp objects, fire and hot oil.  This week’s selection comes from the ever expanding Chicago Brewery; Goose Island, with their Pre-Season Lager. Mainly, because it was the only thing at Sheetz that day that I hadn’t drank yet.  Maybe I should get my drinking under control.  Anyway, I was impressed with this beer.  Had that crispness of a lager but beer drinkers will enjoy the incorporation of a smooth hoppy taste at the back end.  I’d give it a 5 out of 6 beer rating this week.

The Game:

Sports are always on and what better to sit and eat a delicious meal than Game 6 between the Washington Capitals and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Meal:

I started by filleting a chicken breast so I had three sandwich size pieces of chicken and then dunking them into a marinade that I left in the fridge for 2 hours.  My marinade was a combination of black and red pepper, garlic salt, salt and chili powder but play with some flavors and find something you like.  Whisk the dry ingredients with water and you got an easy marinade.  I know dude, who wants to take the time to marinade chicken.  I’m telling you its worth the extra 30 seconds of your life.  Plus, if you are one of those people that still need a reason to drink besides I’m thirsty, you can do this.  By the way, if you are one of those people, grow up.  You aren’t hiding your alcoholism from anyone.  Any way while I was waiting on that I started working on the chips.

I don’t have any fancy kitchen equipment.  I took two potatoes and using a paring knife20170423_132232 sliced paper thin portions off the potatoes.  I placed the slices in a cold salt and ice water as I was slicing.  After all the potatoes were sliced I took the bowl to the sink and rinsed the slices till the water was clear.  I then filled the bowl full of cold water and sprinkled salt.  Cover the bowl and leave for an hour.

Remove your chips and chicken from the fridge and place on paper towels.  Pat and dry both paper towels.  Douse the chips one more time with some sea salt.

 

Here’s the fun part guys.  Fry time.  Fill a pot with 3 or 4 inches of oil and turn the burner to around 7.  I always take a colander and place it on top of a few paper towels to let the oil dry off as I finish frying.  Place the chips in batches into the oil for 4 minutes and then place the slices into the colander to dry.  While waiting on this whisk an egg together with a quarter of whatever beer you’re sipping on and in a separate bowl get some flower.  As the chips drain in the colander take your chicken breasts dip them first into the beer batter mix and then the flour and place in the oil.  Fry for about 15 minutes or until the batter is golden brown and the juices are clear.  Remove and place in the colander for oil to drain off.  Throw the chips in back into oil in batches until golden brown.  Remove and place into the colander and use seasoning salt to taste.  There delicious dinner with minimal effort.  Get on it dudes.

Coronado Brewing Company: A Srat Review

You may be thinking to yourself, why in God’s name would I listen to a sorority girl’s opinion on beer? Her experience is probably limited to beer bonging Bud Light in the parking lot of a D3 school. Well, I cannot argue that my start did include tailgating, red cups, and one too many trips to the porta potty, but I will defend my evolution from foamy kegs to craft brews.

A little background on me. I am about to graduate (fingers crossed) from a small liberal arts school in Virginia with a degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology. My beer background, a bit more important, branches from my time living in Ireland where I got to experience a variety of alcohols. Beers, whiskies, and ciders all got special treatment. I was only twenty when I moved there so I was very excited to be able to indulge because I totally had never drank before, Mom. Promise. I’m currently applying to be an intern for the World of Beer for their Drink it Internship. I’ll keep you guys updated on my prospect. Now to the heart of the article: what am I drinking?

Well I’m glad you asked, random reader. Tonight I am sharing a Coronado Brewing Co. Orange Ave. Wit with my roommate watching Dancing with the Stars. How is it, is probably your follow up question? Len is being a bit touchy but I think Heather is definitely the best dancer. Kidding. The beer is great.

Coronado Brewing Company was founded on Coronado Island in California in 1996. This brewery has recently expanded to a 65,000 barrel industry. The San Diego, Californian vibe is shown in their graphic art. Their logo contains a mermaid that is also illustrated on the bottle holding a big foamy beer. The beer I tried was their Orange Ave. Wit. with an alcohol level of 5.2%, because that matters. Their label reads that this witbier is infused with orange zest, cilantro (what?), and orange blossom honey.

When you first pour it, the citrus hits you hit away. It is a lighter beer so the color has a nice golden tone to it. The scent radiates the flavors, but when you taste it, you are approached by completely different sensations. A bitterness falls onto the front of your palate yet when you let it set, the honey taste takes over. I do not know where this cilantro comes in, but maybe that’s because I just ate like hella tacos. I can definitely say they did really well getting a Belgian style into this American beer.

Overall, it’s a very easy drinking beer that would be perfect for a picnic, a summer game, or whatever you all do when it’s hot outside. Remember, I’m still just a sorority girl.

Meal Prep Sunday: Grilled Buffalo Chicken Salad

The Beer:

20170305_114155Everyone knows that when you’re whipping up a fresh batch of grilled dead animals, the consumption of barley, hops, water and yeast is a must.  This week’s selection was a Virginia IPA called Hoptimization from Brother’s Craft Brewery.  Google says the Brewery is in Harrisonburg, VA, which to be honest is a pretty damn good drinking town.  When I was in high school local university JMU was known as quite the party school.  However, since I’m 26 and old now that’s not what I’m here for.  However, as a pretentious 26-year-old male, I feel my opinion on craft beer matters.  Shit running out of words.  Anyway, my main complaint with IPAs is they tend to be way over PA’d.  This had a mellow flavor despite its ridiculous 7 some odd percent in alcohol content.  I’d give it a 4 out of 6 beers.

The Game:

You should have some solid background noise but something you don’t particularly care about.  Tottenham vs Everton served this purpose and actually turned out great.  Just like my chicken.

The Meal:

Yes, I know this is dude food and it has the word salad in it.  Who wants a salad.  Well since it is one of three socially responsible ways to shove ranch in your mouth, I’d say they have a spot on SBDS.  Plus, this is a quick and easy way to get your veggies in that one time of week you feel obligated to.  Here’s what you’ll need:

4 Chicken Breasts20170305_114210

Spices (Depending how spicy you like it)

10 Ounces of Spring Mix and Spinach

1 Red Bell Pepper

1.5 Cups of Diced Red Onion

2 Carrots

A Bag of 4 Shredded Cheddar

Ranch

A Bottle of Buffalo Wing Sauce from Sweet “F***ING” Baby Rays

First things first.  Get you a lot of chicken breasts.  Not frozen.  Seriously not that hard.  And get a big f***ing Ziploc bag.  I put in the following but I also like my chicken spicy.  However, a good place to start is put the following in the bag:

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Salt

Red Pepper

Cilantro

Chili Powder

Garlic Powder

Chicken Breasts

Shake in bag and place in fridge for 10 minutes.  Wash and dice the Pepper and peel the carrots.  Turn grill on high.  Once its good and hot turn it down to about 75 percent.  Oh 20170305_125437and dudes learn your grill.  It’s about the manliest thing you can do.  Any way back to it.  Close the grill and leave for 10 minutes.  Leave your meat be guys.  If you touch it too much, the juices will come flowing out.  The last thing you want is for all your juices to leave your meat early.  Flip leave for 10 more minutes.  Flip the chicken twice more for 5 minutes on both sides.  Cut the chicken into small fragments.  Place the cut chicken in a bowl and pour the buffalo sauce on and close lid and shake vigorously.  K at this point it’s a f***ing salad.  Assemble and eat.  And enjoy its delicious and hard to screw up.20170305_130812

Sweet 16 Never Tasted So Good

After tonight we will know exactly who has made the Sweet 16, bringing an end the best 4-day stretch of sports America has to offer.  There really is no better stretch.  You wake up and fill out your bracket, which has absolutely zero chance to be relevant come Sunday. Just grab some popcorn and watch sports all day long.  Thursday and Friday should just be national holidays because no one gets any work done.  You spend all Thursday morning trying to figure out how you can set up your computer to make it look like you’re working when your boss walks by but still managing to watch 98% of the action.  What’s the point of work at that point?  The blizzard in the northeast F*&^ed up by coming two days too early.  Way to go God.  Unfortunately, two things happen before Sunday rolls around to eventually dim my interest; Florida State being out of the tournament, assuming we were even in it and my bracket being beaten by a girl picking games off colors of a mascot.  It’s actually sad how little of this tournament I watch AFTER the field gets narrowed to 16.  By then all the cute, special, fairytale teams from the first round have been railroaded by some basketball powerhouse.  Sure you will have the 7/8 seeds that are still alive but they are normally bluebloods i.e. Michigan and Wisconsin, but that’s not special.  I am talking George Mason type stuff.  That is what gets the people going.  With all of that being said, here is the real reason I am writing to you at 7:00 PM on a Sunday, A.  I am hungry.  B. I have to fill out a bracket of something that is fact of life and can’t be wrong.  100% correct across the board.  We’re going to do a sweet 16 on fast food chains, something I actually know based on the top rated fast food joints in the USA by Business Insider.

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The Sweet 16 pits some of the big dogs against each other.  Notable absence in this was having to leave Cookout out of this.  Those fancy milkshakes…yummmmm.  No one has an easy road here!  Let’s go game by game to see who makes the Elite 8.

 

In our first match up we get Chick-Fil-A against Zaxby’s.  Zaxby’s is that VCU or Wichita State, they are a smaller chain but they have a small cult like following who will go down for their squad even if it meant leaving their friends and family.  What normally would be a landslide win for Chick-Fil-A will be a tighter matchup but let’s be honest this is a Chick-Fil-A win.

 

The 4/5 matchup pits morning people against sandwich lovers.  Jimmy John’s is amazing in that you can stay home, place an order, and it will be there in 20 minutes.  A lot of late night drunk conversations have been broken over a Jimmy Johns sub as you discuss who pulled at the club that night in your apartment.  Meanwhile, Dunkin is that sugary goodness that can pull you right out of your hangover and get you back on the saddle for another night.  At the end of the day I am rolling with Jimmy John’s because I don’t have to get in my car.  And let’s be honest if you’re lazy enough to order food so you don’t have to cook then you take delivery where you can get it.

 

2/7 brings us to Papa John’s and Subway.  This one was a blow out.  Subway is terrible.  No need to waste time here.  Papa John’s wins in a landslide.

 

3/6 pits Panera and McDonalds.  McDonalds being seeded at 6 seems unfair considering you can’t drive 5 minutes on a busy road without seeing one.  Kind of Like Kentucky ever being labeled an 8 seed.  Like c’mon you’re doing the 1 seed no favors putting the Alabama of basketball as an 8 seed.  I’ll be honest I have never been one for Panera.  I went there a couple of times in college and was never impressed.  I defaulted to the lady on this one and she said Panera over McDonalds.  But then I realized how many times McDonald’s has saved me late nights and overruled her.  McDonalds and their late night fast food option carries them along.

 

On the other side of the Bracket Chipotle takes on fellow Mexican foe Taco Bell.  I’ve only actively searched for a Taco Bell twice in my life and both were at 3 AM and because the line at McDonalds was too long after Bullwinkles.  I seek Chipotle 6 days a week.  This is easy, Chipotle by 140.

 

4/5 seeds bring up two opponents I have almost 0 experience with.  Thanks for this Business Insider…But I got to work with what I got.  Arby’s has one good thing and that is curly freaking fries.  When that server asks you “Do you want curly fries or regular sweetie?” I can’t think of one soul out there that doesn’t stop her at the word curly.  Curly fries are the thing that bring you back to a place that serves 4’s for sandwiches.  Domino’s has had a bit of a resurgence lately.  It was in a dark place.  Kind of like Florida State in the mid 2,000’s.  But at the end of the day Pizza is king.  Domino’s at the buzzer.

 

2/7 In-N-Out is king out west.  You get people who when they check the places to go on vacation it actually weighs in on a decision.  Its powerful.  Burger King is like that 3rd or 4th option of the big boys.  You don’t go there unless McDonalds, Wendy’s and Chick-Fil-A are stacked.  In-N-Out moves on comfortably.

 

3/6 Little Caesars was that freshman year of college savior.  It was cheap and it was pizza.  And as we established earlier pizza is king.  So if you can give it to me AND save me money you’re a special place.  However, when your main slogan is “Hot and Ready” that concerns me a bit.  Where else do you get cold food?  Wendy’s is my bihhhh.  It’s part of the big boys with McDonald’s, Chick-Fil-A and Burger King in that you see it more often than other but it’s won me over.  That Spicy Chicken Sandwich has the right amount of spice, chicken goodness and mayo to make my mouth water.  If you want to save some money the Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger and $1.09 chicken sandwich is a budget dream.  While most people may disagree give me Wendy’s.  Pizza’s run ended here.

 

So here is how the bracket stands as we move into our elite 8.

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We’re starting to get to the tough decisions.  But someone has to make them and someone has to win so here we go.

 

1/5 matchup features Chick-Fil-A and Jimmy Johns.  Both are quick in their service, both have consistent food and both are fan favorites.  Jimmy Johns delivers, which definitely had to be factored in.  However, who can say no to Chick-Fil-A?  Chick-Fil-A moves on in a tight one.

 

2/6 has Papa Johns and McDonalds.  McDonalds is king of roadways.  You can always count on seeing it pop up on those little highway signs that tell you what is on the next exit.  It’s that team you can always count on giving you solid effort in a tournament but never really having enough “oomph” to win it all.  Papa John’s offers a couple things.  One, its pizza and we all know by now that….?  Yes, pizza is king.  Two, they deliver.  Three, when your team wins you get 50% off.  I don’t care that the Magic beat the Kings but I do care that I get 50% off the following day.  While it is tough to say goodbye to McDonalds, Papa John’s take it.

 

1/5 features God’s finest achievements, Chipotle and Domino’s.  Pizza….is…….king.  But even kings get slaughtered.  And this wasn’t close.  Chipotle moves on.

 

2/6 brings In-N-Out against Wendy’s.  This is where shit hits the fan.  95% of America cast’s In-N-Out as the winner here but thankfully to me IDGAF about that.  In-N-Out is great; don’t get me wrong.  But the lines always take forever.  One cannot go to an In-N-Out at midnight and get served in less than 30 minutes.  Fair play to them they are super popular and always have long lines but F that.  I like a solid burger but its sloppy, messy, and burgers are kinda meh.  Wendy’s has that juicy lovin Spicy C that gets me going.  Spicy Chicken moves on to face Chipotle in the final four.

 

The final four is set.  Chick-Fil-A and Chipotle walked in with ease where Wendy’s and Papa John’s has tougher roads but prevailed.  Take a look below.

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At this point there really is no loser to be had.  This is America’s finest.  But we must carry on!

 

This chalk final four matchup features Chick-Fil-A and Papa Johns. Both bring great things to the table as we have mentioned earlier.  I really had to weigh my options here.  Take a long hard look in the mirror and really ask myself who wanted it more.  We have established the pro’s of each but now let’s look at the cons.  Let’s address the elephant in the room, being closed on Sunday’s is inexcusable.  Not to mention their political and religious stances.  Just serve me my damn #1 with a coke and go away.  How many times do you find yourself craving that chicken goodness only to realize it’s that dreaded day of the week, Sunday.  Ugh.  Papa Johns on the other hand only does one thing well and that’s Pizza.  Deserts suck…please stop.  Your soda is grossly overpriced.   It’s also not very consistent.  Sometimes it’s the stuff from the heavens and other times it looks like the guy from Toy Story was driving it to your house as you piece together that mess of a pizza.  But pizza is king so you deal.  Ya dig?  Here was the tie-breaker for me.  Breakfast and checkered fries.  No one does it better than you Chick-Fil-A.  Enjoy that OT win and get ready for the final.

 

Chipotle and Wendy’s bring two contrasting styles to the table.  Chipotle is that fresh fast food option that you can’t ignore.  Wendy’s has a good mix of value and consistency. Let’s again weigh the cons.  Chipotle has that whole Ecoli scare thing that American’s think too much about.  The lines tend to be a little overbearing but we deal.  Wendy’s are just hard to find when you want them.  Whenever I am driving on the highway and start craving food I never see Wendy’s.  I will pass 254 McDonalds and 149 Burger Kings waiting for that elusive Wendy’s sign to pop up on that blue highway slice of heaven.  For a beast of an operation you could help me out a bit.  Also their drive-thru lines can be brutal.  You either wait 2 minutes or 15.  I need to be able to count on my drive-thru to come through if I am in a pinch with time.  At the end of the day even the Cinderella stories need to come to an end.  Chipotle was a matchup nightmare for Wendy’s.  Chipotle to the final.

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Now we have the final everyone predicted at the start of this.  Chipotle against Chick-Fil-A.  This one has all the makings of a great final.  Stuff of dreams.  I could eat Chick-Fil-A and Chipotle every day of my life and be just fine.  Even combining them together.  Breakfast at the A and lunch and dinner at Chipotle.  We know the pros and cons here so it comes down to the intangibles.  Chipotle has the heart of a champion.  They don’t take days off like Chick-Fil-A does.  They know their weaknesses of long lines and offer a lifeline with their online ordering.  While breakfast was a huge factor in this, there is something sexy, exciting and mouthwatering about the unknown with Chipotle.  You can switch every up.  Secret menu’s, online ordering, unknown food illnesses, Mexican food.  They have everything to make you wonder what you’re going to get.  Chick-Fil-A won’t make mistakes and is always consistent but when you want a champion you need a little more.  Chipotle is that.  Sign me up.  See you there tomorrow afternoon.  Chipotle takes home the peoples real sweet 16 bracket.

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PEACE OUT.

 

-Hambino

Six Games at the Same time? No Problem!

Abstract:

Here at SBDS we pride ourselves on answering those age old questions sports fans ask on a daily basis.  The continually debatable subjects such as whose better Jack or Tiger, and Messi or Ronaldo take up hours of our day and we respect all input on these matters (BTW its Tiger and Messi and if you disagree you’re completely and totally wrong.  Your opinion is completely invalid on all things.  Move back to the Land of Terrible decisions you’re no longer welcome here).  After weeks in the SBDS Lab (30 minutes in a media room) while assembling millions of key data points (a cider and 3 IPAs) I will attempt to answer that age old question.  I have 6 games I need to watch all at the same time, where the hell do I watch it?

 

Baller on a Budget:

You wake up at 9:30 on a Saturday morning.  As the self-imposed fog drifts slowly Image result for hungover money memefrom your head, one thought comes to the forefront.  How much money did I spend last night?  You open your computer to check your credit card statement but it’s still in pending charges.  You’re hungover and who has time for math.  Plus, did you leave a 5-dollar tip or was it 50 because you thought the bartender was hot.  Can you afford to get to the pub to watch the morning matches knowing that inevitable meteor of pending charges could ruin your rent payment like a Mexican dinosaur?

Relax brah.  It’s not the end of the world.  Dig out the kit, find as many things with screens as humanly possible, pray you payed your internet bill this month, and dig into whatever left over alcohol you have around the house.  Now is not the time to get all hipstery.  Trust me that quarter fifth of vodka some girl left at your apartment a month ago and the 4 natty lights in the back of your fridge will do fine.  Get rid of that hangover and enjoy the 8000 games you can stream and watch on a daily basis.

 

Somewhere with a View:

Girls.  Relax.  When your man says Hooters has good wings, it is true.  Now its complete and utter bullshit that’s the reason he wants to go.  But as we know Saturdays are for the boys and your opinion doesn’t matter in this situation.  Alabama vs Texas A&M and Michigan vs Iowa is on at exactly the same time and unless Ms. Reader you have something more appetizing to the male mind on a Saturday afternoon than wings, college football, and girls, just relax.  You can yell at him tomorrow.

Image result for hooters meme                Guys.  Besides getting yelled at for this trip to a delightfully tacky restaurant be warned.  First off, the image you’ve built in your mind that Scarlett Johansson works at the Tilted Kilt is really misplaced.  Usually, the girls are contact attractive at best.  Plus, if you happen to be a fan of Central Michigan or any semi-obscure team or sport you’re going have a hard time.  I’ve had many a discussion with these, ummm, waitresses, where my frustration to get ESPN Classic turned over to something that is going on right now has ended with me leaving before even ordering a beer.  The waitresses aren’t there to get your game on unfortunately.

 

Your Teams Bar:

The NFL is awesome.  Well besides Rodger Goodell.   And the fact that there’s Image result for sports bar memepretty much a 50/50 chance that the New England Tom Brady’s win the super bowl that year.  However, nothing beats going down the local watering hole with all of the boys to watch the Redskins go 8-8 on the year.  Mostly because they put the sound on!  What a novel idea for a sports bar to play the noise of a game rather than letting some tattooed biker chick put an entire album of Metallica on the electric juke box.  And no none of the selected songs are Enter Sandman cause that’s not their real shit obviously.  But I digress.

Your local pub is like a party you are having at your home but you don’t have to clean up and you spend a lot more money.  However, if god forbid you’re playing the Packers that week and Aaron Rodgers decides to show up, you’re down 30 at the half it can get kind of boring.  You want to see how Antonio Brown is doing. because at this point your fantasy team, is the priority.  However, some 60-year-old guy with a beer pyramid of Miller High Life doesn’t want one of the forty-five tv’s changed because this is an insert team name here bar.  Whatever, dude.

 

The Generics:

                I’m going reverse the trend of this article.  And I know it goes away from the flow and as a writer you aren’t supposed to do that but I really don’t give a shit.  So let’s start with the negatives.  Most generic sports bars have a lot of issues.  Generally, you’re drinking over-priced beer from tap lines that haven’t been cleaned since the last time the Cowboys won a super bowl.  You’re eating dried out, obviously frozen wings that somehow cost you 9.99 for 7 of them.  The game you want to see is on the 24 inch flat screen in the corner despite there being 100 other TVs.  Oh, and it kind of smells like pee.Image result for buffalo wild wing meme

However, if there is a day I have 4 or 5 games I want to watch at one time, there’s really only one place I go.  And no I am not getting paid to say this but if they want to throw me some gift cards for the shout out I won’t turn it down.  I end up at Buffalo Wild Wings.  The wings are better than average most of the time.  If you get the beer of the month its relatively cheap.  A manager comes by and ASKS you if you have the games on that you want.  What a novel concept!  And, if you ask really nicely, sometimes they’ll but the noise on for you.  Depending on your region of the country Zipps and Wild Wing are also generally really good about this.  However, if you got some cash money to spend and several games to watch, look for the Yellow Sign and Black Buffalo.