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Rachael Ray and the Gridiron Gourmets
Monday, February 04, 2008 | posted by Mike

You may or may not be aware of this, but there was a pretty big football game that took place yesterday.

Actually, to say it was a "game" is a bit of an understatement, as the Super Bowl has now become a mega-event that works its way into a number of facets of our lives, as evidenced by the "stock up for the Big Game" sales at the grocery market and the intense scrutiny that the commercials receive.

And so it should come as no surprise that other shows are taking advantage of the one weekend a year where everyone is a football fan. Mlive.com, a site that covers Michigan, has a post up about a spot that aired on Rachael Ray's talk show which featured a cook-off among current and former NFL players.
Rachel Ray Show, February 1: The Super Bowl is Sunday ... but first three gridiron greats are going head to head in Rach's kitchen! Only one will win and superstar chef Mario Batali will be the judge.

Going toe-to-toe(-to-toe) with former Giants running back Ottis Anderson and Jets tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Harrington whips up a batch of his baby back ribs and creamy corn potato mash. Delish!

Being a pretty big football fan, I'm a little more interested in this from the non-food perspective. In case those names don't look familiar to you:

D'Brickashaw Ferguson - Plays offensive line for the New York Jets and may possess the greatest first name in sports.

Ottis Anderson (caution: noisy site) - Was the running back for the Giants teams that won the Super Bowl during the '86 and '90 seasons. He had the nickname of "OJ," which was cool for a running back during the 1980s. These days...not so much.

Joey Harrington - Joey is the main reason for the post on this Michigan site, since he was a disastrous #3 overall pick for the Detroit Lions. He's since moved on to Falcons, where he was a disastrous choice for the suddenly Mike Vick-less Falcons (Harrington was benched during the season).

If you click through to the post itself, you'll see a picture of Joey Harrington in his Falcons jersey. You'll recognize him because he looks like a 13-year-old. Coincidentally, he also plays quarterback like a 13-year-old.



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