Gridiron Lifestyle: Gameday Favorites

Remember in college they had something called the "freshman 15"? College freshmen could expect to pack on 15 pounds their first semester away from home, hitting the peace pipe a few times a week and then gorging themselves on pizza, soda, beer and nachos. (Our favorite freshman dish was the "chixwich." It was supposed to be some sort of fried chicken sandwich, but note that the actual word "chicken" is conveniently missing from the name.)
The 225 Club encounters a similar phenomenon each tailgate season: we call it the "football 50." It's the amount of weight we can pack on pounding down gameday favorites like venison chili, Angry's Hank's ribs and homemade donuts. Don't laugh. It has happened to us.
You might say the "football 50" is a sad commentary on our sedentary lifestyle. We think it's a glowing testament to the quality of our hot, tasty tailgate treats. Rest assured, there's no "chix" in our dishes. Just real meat and the occasional vegetable.
(LEGAL DISCLAIMER: By visiting this section and cooking our gameday favorites, you resolve to hold the Cold, Hard Football Facts, its writers, contributors, owners, producers, advisors, directors, hangers-on and resident random drunks blameless for any rapid weight gain you may encounter during this or any other football season from here into perpetuity.)

New Jersey deep-fried 'ripper' hot dogs

Cold, Hard Football Facts for January 18, 2008

Deep-fried hot dogs, the greatest thing to come out of New Jersey since they created the Vince Lombardi rest stop.

Humble Pie: we have the recipe

Cold, Hard Football Facts for December 29, 2007

A Boston sports bar dishes out full-flavored humility.

Tequila Wings

Cold, Hard Football Facts for August 16, 2007

Fox Sports grabs our smoky venison chili

Cold, Hard Football Facts for April 29, 2007

Bob Marley's barbecue meatloaf

Cold, Hard Football Facts for April 20, 2007

Marcelle Bienvenu's jambalaya

Cold, Hard Football Facts for January 16, 2007

Crawfish pie

Cold, Hard Football Facts for January 16, 2007

Real-deal New Orleans filé gumbo

Cold, Hard Football Facts for January 15, 2007

One-third of the Hank Williams trinity of New Orleans cuisine ... jambalaya, crawfish pie and file gumbo. (In fact, the 225 Club has recipes for all three.)

Buffalo wings

Cold, Hard Football Facts for December 31, 2006

Pan-fried Jack Daniel's chicken

Cold, Hard Football Facts for December 7, 2006

Get a taste of Tennessee with this recipe from Miss Mary Bobo's Boarding House in Lynchburg.


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