Foodie Fan: Training Table Trauma?

An excerpt from BW, which I find quite amusing. The amount of food consumed at an NFL team’s training camp can probably feed a family in rural China for years. Kinda reminded of the time when news broke out during the BJ Olympics that Phelps consumes some 12,000 calories a day or sth like that, single-handedly taking the phrase “get in my belly” to a whole new level.

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Last week, the Chargers’ Antonio Cromartie was fined $2,500 for using Twitter to complain about the food at training camp. But the cornerback didn’t go into detail about what on his plate was so “nasty.”

It wasn’t likely lasagna, as lunch reportedly came from the Brigantine (seafood) and Peohe’s (tropical seafood), two of San Diego’s more popular restaurants. So maybe Cromartie doesn’t like fish. Whatever his non-beef, there was plenty of it. The Atlanta Constitution claims that 4,800 pounds of chicken will be eaten during the Falcons’ training camp meals; the team is also expected to consume “600 pounds of bacon, 1,300 pounds of fish, and 500 gallons of milk.” In 2000 the Denver Broncos allegedly consumed 5,150 pounds of vegetables during training camp—and went on to win 11 games.

Athletes and food go hand to mouth. The Bills’ Terrell Owens’ new cereal, “TO’s,” was officially unveiled in late July; New York grocery store chain Tops Markets sold over 11,000 boxes in the first week. Ben Roethlisberger sells beef jerky in Pittsburgh, and Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia markets his own salsa in Boston. IHOP just signed a short-term sponsorship deal with the NFL and has added “NFL Stuffed French Toast” and the “QB Scramble” to its menu. Even top chef Emeril Lagasse is jumping on the sports chuckwagon—he plans to open a sports-themed restaurant called Lagasse’s Stadium this fall at the Palazzo in Las Vegas.

Aside from Cromartie’s revelations, the gastronomic shocker of the week comes from the Dallas Cowboys, who are charging luxury suite patrons $60 for a plain cheese pizza. Let’s just hope it’s Texas-sized.

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Rick Horrow is a leading expert in the business of sports. As CEO of Horrow Sports Ventures, he has been the architect of 103 deals worth more than $13 billion in sports and other urban infrastructure projects. He is also the sports business analyst for CNN, Fox Sports, and the Fox Business Channel.

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