November 15, 2020

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 14 comments

You know what the Jets are thinking.

"We've got to go get Jim Harbaugh before someone else swoops in and snaps him up."

posted by beaverboard at 09:28 AM on November 15

I fixed scoring problems in weeks 8 and 9 of the NFL Pickem.

posted by rcade at 12:08 PM on November 15

Congratulations to the citizens of South Carolina for being on the hook for $13,000,000 to a fired football coach in the middle of a pandemic.

posted by NoMich at 09:59 PM on November 15

Coordinator-For-Life Will Muschamp was a hasty and ill advised hire from the get go.

I've never known what it is about guys like him that make them seem so enticing as HC prospects. Over and over in some cases.

Now Muschamp can go for premium coffee at McD's with Charlie Weis, who rightfully should pick up the tab with some of his Kansas and Notre Dame money.

I think they're still doing a third collection at High Mass in South Bend to help cover the balance of the Weis payout.

posted by beaverboard at 10:50 PM on November 15

Coordinator-For-Life Will Muschamp was a hasty and ill advised hire from the get go.

I was rather shocked when the news broke that South Carolina hired him. I mean, he was barely over .500 at Florida. What were they thinking in Columbia? "Well, if he was barely over .500 in Florida, then he will surely be undefeated here!" What else do you expect from a university that expects people to know that they are referring to the University of South Carolina when they call themselves USC and Carolina. And put mustard in their barbecue. /spit

posted by NoMich at 08:38 AM on November 16

It's the mustard aspect that is of the greatest concern to other regions of the country.

posted by beaverboard at 09:42 AM on November 16

If you watch enough Man Fire Food, you'll learn there is nothing wrong with Carolina 'que. And also be very, very hungry.

posted by billsaysthis at 11:24 AM on November 16

If that show comes to North Carolina but doesn't feature Skylight Inn in Ayden, NC, then they have done a great disservice to their viewers. Everyone argues over who has the barbecue in the state, but once they have Skylight Inn, that argument is done.

Watch this video on the history and technique of the place. The technique part starts at around the eight and a half minute mark. If you're ever in Eastern NC for any reason, make sure to go to there and enjoy

posted by NoMich at 12:27 PM on November 16

I like living outside of the BBQ Wars, because we can simply enjoy all variations in peace.

Until the next gang war breaks out about what constitutes "good pizza" and where it can be found reliably. As a transplant to this here backwoods from Rhode Island, it always sounds like two bald men arguing over a comb when my fellow Granite Staters talk pizza.

posted by yerfatma at 02:49 PM on November 17

My rule about pizza wars is to stay out of it if New Haven is involved. That's when the territorial tension gets ratcheted up a bit.

Hoping my Greek friends don't read this cause they'll pee on the next pie I get from them, but they are not going to outdo pizza from an Italian bakery.

I remember my introduction to South Providence pizza. Square pie in a square box. From a bakery. I opened the box and looked in. Just sauce and dough, no cheese. Someone said: "before you say WTF, just try a piece". So I did. It was good. If I didn't know cheese existed I could eat that and be happy.

posted by beaverboard at 03:37 PM on November 17

I like living outside of the BBQ Wars, because we can simply enjoy all variations in peace.

Understood. I do rather enjoy a good, tender smoked meat, even the odd sounding smoked sucker no matter who makes it and where. I'm just saying, the next time you find yourself in Greenville, NC to catch the heated rivalry of ECU v James Madison, do yourself a favor and make the short drive to Ayden.

If we're throwing down for some pizza wars, I'm all in for Detroit style.

If we're warring over pasties and I'm not able to rep my mom's, then I'm all in for Krupp's in Toivola, MI.

posted by NoMich at 03:53 PM on November 17

Hoping my Greek friends don't read this cause they'll pee on the next pie I get from them, but they are not going to outdo pizza from an Italian bakery.

Greek pizza is all about finding the right place. There's an ancient article on the interwebs (maybe by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt?) about how most Greek pizza is awful but good Greek pizza is amazing and the second comment, from about 2000) is my old haunt in Middletown/ Newport, RI.

posted by yerfatma at 09:31 AM on November 18

Agreed, the good Greek stuff is remarkable. If you go in about an hour before closing and smell the strong coffee being made in the back, you know they're getting their second wind on so they can stay late and prep for the next day.

The family whose joint I frequent does a great job with their entire menu, and the matriarch is maybe the hardest working person I've ever seen. She just does not stop.

And when she does stop, she climbs into a well maintained Beemer and glides away. A bit of comfort dearly earned. If I saw her climbing into an old Taurus or K Car, I'd bring her in for evaluation of self-denial issues.

posted by beaverboard at 12:03 PM on November 18

I just completed a quick Google search for pizza restaurants in Nashua, NH. There are 44 locations, only 2 or 3 of which are national chains. Interestingly enough, I checked on the number of Dunkin' Donuts locations, and found only 18. Nashua is a city of about 85,000 population, so that ought to say something about ethnicity and food preferences here. The pizza places are owned by members of many ethnic groups. One of our favorite places, although for his Middle Eastern food and not for his pizza, is owned by a man from Egypt. Most are a mix of Greek, Italian, and Lebanese. Yes, Lebanese, since there is a sizeable Lebanese community in the region. (The author Jack Kerouac is from nearby Lowell, MA, and lived in Nashua for a while.) The variety and quality of pizza offered here vary widely, crust too thin or too chewy, too oily, too much or too little tomato sauce, not enough cheese, and so on. The closest one can come to "real" Italian pizza around here is bruschetta, but that's not really pizza either. If beaverboard and yerfatma want to make a pilgrimage to Nashua to go on a pizza sampling binge, I would be happy to host and play tour guide.

posted by Howard_T at 04:07 PM on November 18

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