We’ve all experienced a bad day at work. Maybe there was a traffic snarl that significantly lengthened your morning commute, or maybe you’re sporting a fresh coffee stain on that nice collared shirt.
My reason today is far more deep-rooted: I’ve let down my fellow man.
Yesterday, I did a post delving into some of the main economic areas that will be impacted if the ultimate nightmare plays out and the NFL lockout extends into September, causing the loss of games. Most of the examples were the expected casualties of war (restaurants, bars, hotels, Vegas), while some others may have been overlooked (towns that host training camps). The post could likely be made into an ongoing segment as the start of training camp gets closer, and more tales of economic woe trickle out.
But how could I possibly leave out the chicken wing, man’s second best friend? I will now go to the box and feel shame.
The plight of the chicken wing didn’t escape Andrew Stoeten though, our resident drunk Jays fan who does the morning link dump in our Buzz section. The connection between delicious chicken wings and the lockout is a quick and easy one to make. Football brings fans to bars, and slightly inebriated men need something to coat their stomach while drowning their sorrows. Most often, the almighty wing is the weapon of choice.
So without football, many fear for the wing. With nearly 100 million pounds of wings consumed during the Super Bowl according to the United States National Chicken Council (yes, there’s a National Chicken Council), the loss of football will clearly be felt by farmers.
Joe Sanderson owns Sanderson Farms, the largest supplier of chicken wings to some of America’s major food service companies. He spoke at the Global Food and Agricultural Summit recently and said the loss of regular season games would be devastating for his business.
Last year, Sanderson saw such great demand for wings that it could not keep up. The company sells chicken wings as well as chicken tenders and pieces of breast meat, which are marketed as “boneless wings” at establishments such as Buffalo Wild Wings Inc.
“This year we had more than plenty,” Sanderson said.
If the NFL does not play later this year, “it would be very bad for chicken wings and I do not know to what extent it would be bad for other products they sell in those watering holes or sports bars. It would not be good, I’d tell you that,” he said.
It all makes sense now. Chickens nationwide are plotting the NFL’s labour demise.