Archive for the ‘Food’ Category

From one pizza guy to another pizza guy talking about a third pizza guy, Isaiah Thomas should give Derrick Rose a call. I think they’d have a lot to talk about.

(via Ananth Pandian)

It might not seem like it now, but it’s lucky for the Spurs that Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili couldn’t get on the list for Tony Parker’s fancy steaks barbeque. Bad things happened the last time their French friend was at an exclusive party, so it’s better for the Spurs if they don’t lose all three of these guys to flying shards of glass, kind of like how the president and vice president aren’t allowed to fly on the same plane. Never more than now has “Safety first, then teamwork” been more fitting.

On our last preview podcast, I tabbed Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard as the set of teammates least likely to get along with each other, mostly because I figured there’d be a point in the season where Kobe got mad at Dwight’s happy-go-lucky antics and/or terrible free throw shooting. After reading this story, I feel like I made a strong choice.

From the Orange County Register:

“It’ll all come together at the right time,” Howard said late Wednesday night in the locker room after the Lakers got blown off the court in Portland.

Before that, Howard turned on some pleasant music so he could groove in front of his locker while he got dressed, his teammates all already long gone to the bus. Before that, he asked a Lakers staffer if hitting his free throws meant he could have his Halloween candy. Then he asked again. And again.

Before that, Howard mooned a TV cameraman whom he suspected of having his camera on while Howard had his underwear halfway down. Howard responded by sticking his rear end farther out, saying: “I’ve got a wide shot for you.” And he giggled.

I’m not saying it’s a big deal that Dwight Howard wants to pull his butt out or eat some candy because he actually made some free throws, but I can definitely see this being the sort of thing that rubs Kobe Bryant the wrong way. After all, he does have some unpleasant history with big men making butt jokes.

But on the other hand, someone has to keep things loose in the locker room. I can’t imagine Kobe being the most gregarious character before and after games, Pau Gasol is probably nose-deep in an anatomy textbook and Metta World Peace is alternately doing pushups and freestyling so maybe they need a jokester. And after all Dwight’s impressions have been played out and the team realizes his Kobe isn’t all that good, maybe pulling out his butt is his next best joke. Butts can be pretty funny. Just ask Will Ferrell. He made a career out of it.

The main thing about this, however, is that there is a very good chance there’s a video on some cameraman’s camera of Dwight Howard mooning him and saying “I’ve got a wide shot for you.” If that’s not the very definition of viral, I don’t know what is.

It’s no Scottie Pippen selling you on the merits of Mr. Submarine, but Derrick Rose talking about pizza is still great. The reason, of course, is because of math. Derrick Rose is great and pizza is also great, so when you put them together, it is double great. As Stephon Marbury would say, that’s factorial.

(via Grantland)

Hey guys, lay off Jose Calderon about the pig farm he is part owner of, OK? Just relax about it, so he can sell hams in peace.

No idea what I’m talking about? Fine. Just read this, from Eric Koreen at the National Post:

The most commonly known bit of Jose Calderon trivia is that you’re involved with a pig farm in Spain.
Everybody is kind of surprised. It’s a company. It’s not like the whole thing is owned by me. We just sell some ham in Spain. That’s all. Everybody knows that. Somebody put that in a media guide one time and all of the sudden it’s the main thing. But that’s a little thing.

Look, it’s not a big deal that Jose Calderon has a company that owns a pig farm. He just sells hams in Spain. Who cares? It’s just hams, OK? Spanish hams. Don’t even worry about it.

Enough with the hams. Moving on, sheesh.

You know how sometimes you are perusing Mike Miller’s Wikipedia page to make sure he has the same birthday as you? We’ve all been there, I’m sure. Totally normal thing to do when you are just curious about basketball players’ birthdays. But anyways, it happens, and I might have been doing so yesterday, just checking in for no real reason, when I encountered this:

Let It Fly Energy
In 2012 Mike Miller announced plans to launch a line of energy drinks and energy shots through his company Let It Fly Energy.

Which naturally led me to check out Let It Fly’s Wikipedia page because it is impossible to look at just one Wikipedia page. That’s where I found this:

Let It Fly Energy is an energy drink, launched by Mike Miller of the Miami Heat in 2012. The drink has a target launch of late 2012-early 2013.

As you would expect, the “article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedia’s deletion policy,” because it is a Wikipedia entry about an energy drink that doesn’t yet exist. And they don’t just give Wikipedia pages out to anyone.

Nonetheless, for now it is there and it has a link to the official website for Let It Fly Energy, which is great because it features Mike Miller doing shirtless pushups on some train tracks (normal stuff), as you can see above. Plus, it then links you to Let It Fly’s YouTube page where you can find the first trailer for Mike Miller’s energy shots, which was also on Dime back in June.

So yeah, Mike Miller has an energy drink and set of energy shots that are debuting sometime soon. No idea when, but when it does, I’m sure it will make you very susceptible to injury but also good at shooting three-pointers in the clinching game of an NBA Finals.

At the very least, now he’ll be allowed in to that exclusive club of weird celebrities who have their own energy drinks. Lil Jon is the president, obviously, but rumor has it he’s been looking for a comptroller. Given the brutal tattoos, I’d say Mike Miller has as good of a chance of scoring that prestigious position as anyone.

Sometimes, the planets and moons align and things come together just right to change your life. For instance, if I didn’t have a mind-numbingly boring desk job that still allowed me unfettered internet access right after college, I probably wouldn’t have started blogging and made internet friends with Skeets and Tas. And if that company didn’t shut down due to the effects of the recession, I probably wouldn’t have left my job to write full-time. And so on and so forth, until you’re reading this very website and having the best day ever because of it. It’s funny how things work out sometimes.

Another of those things that have worked out perfectly is Derrick Rose doing his darndest to become everything I want in a favorite basketball player. First, he’s a Bull. Second, he’s awesome. Third, he’s now an equity partner in one of Chicago’s most famous deep-dish pizza chains, Giordano’s. So basically, post-Brad Miller favorite player plays for favorite team while endorsing favorite food from favorite city. Pretty good deal for one Trey Kerby.

But enough about me, let’s get some details about Derrick Rose and how much he loves pizza and trickery. From the Chicago Sun-Times:

The partnership is a natural fit for Rose, who has long loved the local chain. “Growing up in Chicago, I remember going to Giordano’s with my family all the time,” says Rose, who hails from Englewood. “It means a lot to partner with a company that is Chicago born and bred, like me.” [...]

Rose frequently orders from Giordano’s under an alias, and Koutsogiorgas says that delivery drivers often come back stunned after meeting the basketball superstar. Since signing on with the pizza chain Rose has been spending more time in the restaurants, even delivering pizzas to a table one night to surprise fans.“People were on the floor!” Koutsogiorgas laughs. “They couldn’t believe it!”

In his new role as equity partner, Rose will be involved promoting the brand and also help out with recipe development. (His current favorite? Thin crust cheese.)

Even though he’s a native Chicagoan who says a thin crust cheeser is his favorite pizza — I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt and chalk this treasonous behavior up to having eaten deep-dish his whole life and just enjoying a little bit of a change for now and/or trying to eat less carbs because he’s doing rehab and wants to stay slender — this is still a perfect story. Local boy loves hometown pizza, becomes superstar athlete in hometown, invests in favorite pizza place. It’s the American dream, baked between two greasy crusts and covered with cheese.

Not to mention, there are two very funny anecdotes in these few paragraphs. I can’t decide which I like more actually: Derrick Rose ordering pizzas under various aliases or Derrick Rose spending his downtime thinking about pizza recipes. The comedy possibilities for either of them are endless.

I mean, which do you think he’s better at — coming up with fake names or coming up with new pizzas? There’s no way to know really, until you go to a Giordano’s and see the Rerrick Dose’s Super Thin Cheesington pizza on the menu. That’s a Keyser Soze moment, for sure.