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Sunday, July 12, 2020

Food

Panthers DE Thomas Keiser eats Chia Pet seeds to help him stay hydrated

Staying hydrated is extremely important for NFL players during training camp, especially with the incredibly hot temperatures that scorch the country during the months of July and August. Drinking plenty of water is the easiest way to stay safe, but Panthers defensive end Thomas Keiser has a secret that he believes keeps him even safer: Chia Pet seeds.

According to the Panthers official website, Keiser mixes the seeds with his water and then drinks them.

“People ask me all the time if it’s the same stuff that’s in Chia Pets,” he said. “It is. I’ll have probably two or three tablespoons in somewhere between two-thirds and a full gallon of water every day. It helps hydrate you, because it absorbs 10 times its weight in water. And instead of the water just going in your system and flushing right out, it’s going to sit in you longer.”

Keiser said he catches plenty of flack from his teammates for the strange ritual, but that it is too beneficial for him to care. Instead of letting them bother him, he just makes a joke out of it and continues on with his seed routine.

“Most of the guys think I’m pretty weird for carrying that around. I just keep telling them it’s like Mike’s Magic Juice in ‘Space Jam’.”

It’s all fun and games until somebody’s puking the way a dog would after grazing in the backyard a little bit too much. But hey, I guess that’s a lot better than dealing with the dangers of dehydration and heat stroke.

H/T Eye on Football
Photo credit: Michael Hickey-US PRESSWIRE

John Kruk goes to town on some BBQ ribs, uses Gatorade towel as napkin (Video)

John Kruk was on hand for ESPN’s coverage of the Home Run Derby on Monday, but he decided to do what he does best instead: eat.

Royals legend George Brett joined the broadcasting crew for several minutes and brought a taste of Kansas City with him. He shared a tray of Meat Mitch ribs with the group, and Kruk wasn’t bashful about helping himself. The rotund analyst shamelessly started sucking down the ribs and used a Gatorade towel to wipe himself off.

At least he acknowledged how ridiculous he became, saying at one point “I’m moving to Kansas City and I’m not coming home!”

The good news is at least Kruk shared the platter and allowed Orioles OF Adam Jones to sneak in a bone or two.

Denver beer company brewing Bryce Harper ‘Clown question, bro’ beer

From the moment Bryce Harper put a reporter in his place for asking a dumb question during the Nationals recent trip to Toronto, everyone knew great things were on the horizon. As you have likely heard, a reporter asked Harper on Tuesday if he planned to have a celebratory beer after Washington’s win over the Blue Jays since the drinking age is 18 in Toronto. Harper, who happens to be a Mormon, simply responded by telling him, “That’s a clown question, bro.”

The quote became an instant classic, and the Denver Beer Co. has already put it to good use. According to the Denver Westword, the brewing company has started brewing a Canadian lager called “Clown Question, Bro” that is set to be ready by June 25 when the Nationals visit the Rockies.

“Maybe he’ll come here, although he can’t drink it here,” Denver Brewing Co.’s Charlie Berger said. “It is definitely his favorite beer, and maybe we’ll serve it with a big red clown nose.”

No, it’s not his favorite beer since Harper’s religious beliefs prevent him from imbibing in alcoholic beverages. Still, the beer is another great way to cement that reporter’s question in infamy. First we have the Laser Show insisting he plans to let the reporter have it when the Red Sox go back to Toronto, and now this? As much as I used to hate Harper, this is actually starting to make the kid grow on me.

James Harden’s beard made of pineapple and fruit salad (Picture)

At some point we’re going to hit our James Harden beard saturation point, but we’re not quite there yet. We’ve seen his beard made into a cake, and put on the front of a building in OKC. Now we’re seeing it as a fruit salad made of pineapple, blueberries, blackberries, kiwi, strawberry, and an orange slice. I don’t know about you, but I certainly see the resemblance.

Via Darren Rovell

James Harden is now a cake (Picture)

You know how we know James Harden has officially made it? Is it because he was given the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award for the 2011-2012 season and has helped lead the Thunder to the Western Conference finals? That helps, but there’s more to it than that. As GiANT Impact CEO Jeremie Kubicek showed us on Twitter Tuesday night, Harden has been made into a cake by the folks at Homeland Stores.

As far as honorary cakes are concerned, this is one of the most detailed we’ve ever seen. Athletes have been made into cakes before, but they usually consist of a two-dimensional picture or portrait of the athlete on top. As you can see, this is Harden’s entire head (beard included) in cake form. This is more in line with the Robert Griffin III sandwich than anything else we’ve witnessed. Perhaps food artists are just that much more talented these days.

H/T Darren Rovell via Ball Don’t Lie
Photo credit: Homeland Stores

Jeffrey Loria commissioned a gorgeous replica Marlins Park cake for the team’s opener and it featured over 3600 crystals

Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria commissioned a replica Marlins Park cake to celebrate the opening of the stadium on Wednesday. According to the Miami New Times, Loria wanted a cake that could feed 800 people. The fine folks at Divine Delicacies, which also created LeBron James’ birthday cake, were able to come through with this gorgeous masterpiece that also contained a retractable roof. Don’t ask me how they do it.

The Miami New Times has a few more details on the cake:

Divine Delicacies was notified in advance that it would be presented in Loria’s suite for his 50 VIP guests. It was made with red velvet, guava cream cheese, vanilla rum, and marble chocolate batters. And if four different flavors in one cake weren’t extravagant enough, the cake’s ballpark top even had a retractable ceiling.

Here are a few more pictures of the outstanding cake:

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