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As The Stomach Turns

or....Heartburn Anonymous

February 9, 2016
by Dan Voigt , Emmetsburg News

As you read this column, the 50th Anniversary of the NFL?Championship is history. Either the Carolina Panthers or the Denver Broncos won the game on the scoreboard. Undoubtedly, there was a commercial or two, possibly even three, that won your heart or tickled your funny bone, as is usually the case each year.

But one thing is for sure.

If you watched the big game, you snacked.

Crackers, meat and cheese, chips, pizza, a beverage or two (or more); it doesn't matter. Watching a big game of any type usually ends up with people eating something.

In the days prior to the game, I was listening to the radio on the way to a ballgame somewhere, and I heard a piece concerning the fact that Americans expected to eat more wings during the 2016 Super Bowl game than ever before.

"Hmmm,"?I thought. "I haven't heard this line of thinking before, maybe there's something to it."

The story went on to explain how officials of the National Chicken Council were projecting that Americans would devour 1.3 billion chicken wings during the playing of the game at Levi's Stadium in San Francisco.

By the way, that's not a mis-print - B for Billon. That's a lot of chickens.

According to the "Wing Report" prepared by the National Chicken Council, projections called for somewhere around 37.5 million more chicken wings to be eaten for the 2016 Super Bowl, roughly 3.0 percent more than were consumed during the 2015 game.

The radio commentator quoted an official of the Chicken Council saying that number was, quoting here, "A lot of freaking wings."

No argument from me.

The report went on to note that this year, one of the reasons for the increased consumption of chicken wings was due to the fact that average wholesale pricing for chicken wings was about a $1.75 a pound, which was a quarter a pound lower than a year ago.

If you remember the old law of Supply and Demand, it makes perfect sense that prices for a commodity go up when there is greater demand for the product. Usually, chicken wing prices rise at the end of the year before the big game, because grocery stores and restaurants try to build up a stockpile of the food prior to the playoffs.

To go along with that fact, the National Chicken Council also went so far as to predict that the Carolina Panthers would win the game, because more chicken wings were consumed in North Carolina than in Colorado - three times as many, to be exact.

The reasoning for the prediction? In the last 10 Playoff series, the cities where teams that played that sold more chicken wings than their opponents won seven of the last 10 games and four of the last five Super Bowl games.

Now at no point during this report was any mention made of a favorite style of wings - Buffalo, BBQ, Teriyaki or your basic unadulterated plain chicken wing. Apparently, the actual flavor is unimportant - it's all about the wing itself.

Given the choice, I'd settle for an order of chicken drummies, or even regular drumsticks. Look at it this way - if you're going to much on chicken, why waste your time on those itty-bitty wings?

Personally, when I'm watching the game, your basic cocktail smokies in barbecue sauce has always been the old stand-by, or perhaps meatballs in marinara sauce, chips, some nachos and cheese...and antacids.



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