As Pittsburgh and Boston fans anxiously await the start of the Eastern Conference Finals series between the Penguins and Bruins, local restaurants and bars have been given plenty of time to get all their marketing ducks in a row. For Pens fans who enjoy grabbing a beer at Howlers Coyote Cafe in Pittsburgh, that means dropping by for a Sam Adams while you still can.
Howlers Coyote announced on its Facebook page Wednesday that it will no longer be serving Sam Adams, which is a brewing company based in Boston, once the Eastern Conference Finals begin.
“Two days left to order any Sam Adams,” a sign inside the bar currently reads. ” We will not be serving any Boston beers during the Eastern Conference Finals!”
Clever marketing tool? They got me to write about it, so I suppose I’ll give them that. However, it should be noted that a bar in New York did the exact same thing before the Super Bowl between the Giants and Patriots a couple of years ago. This is not a novel concept.
H/T Puck Daddy
Rip Hamilton recently celebrated his 35th birthday, and the Chicago Bulls guard finally got around to sharing a photo of his amazing birthday cake.
Rip turned 35 on Feb. 14 and celebrated the weekend before his big day. On Sunday, he posted a photo on Instagram of his awesome birthday cake.
The cake depicts four figurines of Hamilton seated at a table playing cards. Each figurine represents Hamilton from a different stage in his playing career. There is one figurine of Hamilton with the Wizards, Pistons, Bulls, and UConn. They are so detailed they all have headbands, wristbands and even a shooting sleeve.
In the foreground of the cake, there is a box showing a replica championship ring Rip won as a star player on the 2003-2004 Detroit Pistons. There is also a mask an Air Jordan shoe, both of which Rip has worn most of his career. The card at the bottom also boasts about the three overtime game the Knicks and Pistons played in New York on Dec. 27, 2006. The Knicks won the game 151-145, but Hamilton had 51 points.
The best part of all? As Hamilton noted via Twitter, everything there was edible cake.
If Floyd Mayweather Jr. thought his birthday cake was cool, he needs to look at Rip’s.
Manti Te’o may have made his life slightly easier if he got off Twitter a long time ago, but his account remained active through Super Bowl Sunday. According to ESPN.com, Te’o has decided to quit tweeting for an unknown period of time while he prepares himself for the NFL Draft, which will take place from April 25-27.
Te’o’s decision to quit Twitter was somewhat abrupt. During Super Bowl XLVII between the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, he was one of a number of athletes and celebrities who seemed to highly approve of Beyonce’s halftime performance.
As we showed you on Sunday night, Beyonce’s act was a huge hit with a number of big names on Twitter. The former Notre Dame linebacker was one of them, but his account was gone by the time the game ended on a controversial no-call in the end zone.
Considering the unbelievable turn of events that has taken place in Te’o’s life over the past month, the last thing he needs is any additional distractions as he attempts to improve his draft stock before April. Staying away from social media until he finds a home in the NFL is probably a good idea.
- Manti Te'o
Torrey Smith celebrated his 24th on Saturday, which was likely a welcome break from the preparation and anticipation of the Baltimore Ravens’ upcoming Super Bowl match-up against the San Francisco 49ers. As you can see from the photo above that Smith shared on Twitter over the weekend, somebody ordered an incredible cake for the second-year receiver.
If I didn’t know any better, I would probably think that was his actual helmet and shoulder pads. Smith’s birthday was likely a difficult time for him this year with his brother having died in a tragic motor cycle accident back in September. Thankfully, it appears that he has a great support group around him.
The cake isn’t quite as exquisite as this LeBron James b-day cake or this cake that Cam Newton celebrated with, but that’s probably a good thing. There’s something to be said for keeping it relatively modest.
Like many other teams across the NHL, the Boston Bruins are thanking their fans for their patience during the lockout by offering vouchers for free food and soft drinks. Most people have seemed satisfied with the gesture from their team, but one youngster at the TD Garden on Monday afternoon looked downright appalled by something he found while eating.
The video you see above that Barstool Sports shared with us is the exact opposite of an advertisement. The last thing on earth I want right now is a hot dog at a Bruins game — whether it’s $5 or free. Is it possible that something ended up in the kid’s food after he bought it? I suppose, but I’m not willing to risk it. That was the face of a terrified human being.
Earlier this month, we learned about the world’s most expensive cheese. It is apparently made from donkeys, produced at only one farm in the world and can bring the cost of a burger up to $4,000 when piled on top of it. We also thought that Novak Djokovic liked the Serbian cheese (also known as “pule”) so much that he purchased the entire annual supply of it for his chain of restaurants in Serbia.
According to the world’s top-ranked tennis player, that is not entirely true. In fact, Djokovic said he is just learning about the cheese himself.
“It is not completely true that we have bought the whole supply of donkey cheese, even though it was the first time in my life I heard that donkey cheese existed,” he told the Herald Sun in Australia.
“There is a certain farm in Serbia that produces it and, as I understand it, it is the only farm in the world to do so, which is very interesting. They came to our restaurant and offered co-operation, so that is all. We are now thinking and seeing what we can do with that, but it is not true that I already bought the whole supply.”
Djokovic said he knows the cheese — which sells for around $500 a pound — is high quality, but he certainly didn’t sound like a man who knows enough about it to purchase an entire year’s supply and start serving $1,000 omelettes with it. Perhaps he is simply a business owner who is playing coy and attempting to keep his secrets under wraps? It’s certainly a possibility.
- Novak Djokovic
Donkey cheese may be the one thing in life Novak Djokovic likes as much as tennis. That’s right — donkey cheese. Djokovic is opening a chain of restaurants, and he apparently wanted to make sure they are supplied with enough gourmet cheese straight from his home country of Serbia.
According to The Telegraph, Djokovic bought up the entire annual production of donkey cheese from Serbia, which is the world’s most expensive cheese.
The cheese is produced at a farm in Serbia called Zasavica, which is the only farm in the world that makes the cheese. It is made only from donkeys, and Zasavica manager Slobodan Simic says it takes 25 liters of donkey milk to make a single kilogram of donkey cheese, also known as pule. Simic said the fact that Djokovic purchased the entire supply made it easy for all parties involved.
“It will save a lot of effort having to deal with various restaurants, with only one customer buying the lot we don’t have to worry too much about salesmen,” he explained. “It is a great vote of confidence as well in what we do here.”
How expensive is it? Earlier this year, a burger selling in Las Vegas that was topped with the cheese was selling for more than $4,000. It was also featured in a caviar-coated omelette at a fancy hotel in New York that sold for the modest price of around $1,000. The fact that Zasavica is the only farm in the world where Donkey cheese is helps explain why it costs $4,000 for a burger that is topped with pule. Wait a minute, no it doesn’t…