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Monday, March 10, 2014

ESPN: Bacon Gear A Hit With Fans

Since the Lehigh Valley IronPigs put their new, bacon-themed merchandise on sale, they have been as popular as ever. . . On Feb. 24, the team announced its players would wear uniforms for Saturday games featuring a wavy strip of bacon on the hats, jerseys and pants. Since then, the team has sold almost 3,300 of the bacon hats and 1,500 bacon-strip scratch-and-sniff T-shirts that promise to smell through at least 10 trips in the washing machine.
. . .
[T]he team will continue the theme at the ballpark this year, selling bacon-flavored cotton candy and offering free bacon crumbles on all concession items the team sells, from hot dogs to ice cream. The IronPigs are also in the process of developing a race that involves eating a large number of bacon strips at the halfway point. Bloody Mary cocktails, with pieces of bacon in them, of course, will await those who cross the finish line.

Something for the Primate that has everything.

The Yankee Clapper Posted: March 10, 2014 at 02:11 PM | 45 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: fashion sense, food, iron pigs, phillies, souvenirs, uniforms

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   1. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: March 10, 2014 at 09:37 PM (#4669285)
Bacon is a fine food for breakfast or any other time of the day.

I will never understand how or why it became a meme.

That is how I know I am now officially getting old.
   2. Der-K thinks the Essex Green were a good band. Posted: March 10, 2014 at 10:11 PM (#4669292)
I don't get it either.
   3. Lassus Posted: March 10, 2014 at 10:17 PM (#4669296)
This kind of shit makes me want to boycott bacon.
   4. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: March 10, 2014 at 10:20 PM (#4669298)
I don't get it either.


I think it has something to do with lots of people being idiots.
   5. Select Storage Device Posted: March 10, 2014 at 10:25 PM (#4669301)
Wet blankets, the lot of you.
   6. Der-K thinks the Essex Green were a good band. Posted: March 10, 2014 at 10:35 PM (#4669303)
I'll cop to that.
   7. The Yankee Clapper Posted: March 10, 2014 at 10:42 PM (#4669304)
Note for Repoz's performance appraisal - took about 7 hours to post item.
   8. Ryan Lind Posted: March 10, 2014 at 10:57 PM (#4669311)
Bacon is one of those foods that smells 10x better than it tastes.
   9. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: March 10, 2014 at 11:09 PM (#4669313)
True, if you A. don't know how to render bacon properly, and/or B. buy shitty bacon. I eat it on occasion and its really only worth it if you buy the good stuff (ex. Neuske, or your favorite local butcher).
   10. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: March 10, 2014 at 11:12 PM (#4669315)
I used to swear by crispy bacon but in the past few years I've moved toward chewy bacon. Does this make me a bad person?
   11. JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: March 10, 2014 at 11:16 PM (#4669319)
These are precisely the kinds of gimmicks that doomed the Roman Empire.
   12. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: March 11, 2014 at 12:33 AM (#4669333)
I think it has something to do with lots of people being idiots.


That's what most things are to do with.
   13. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: March 11, 2014 at 12:57 AM (#4669336)
I used to swear by crispy bacon but in the past few years I've moved toward chewy bacon. Does this make me a bad person?

It might make you more British. My father's ancestry is totally from England (we won't talk about 1066 A.D.) and he is fond of recalling that his grandmother commented that "You Americans BURN your bacon!"

I haven't intentionally discovered bacon that isn't shitty and I've generally become uninterested in eating food that leans too much toward the fatty/sugary/low nutritional value side of things, but maybe I'll try for some good quality bacon if I can locate it.

It's probably healthier to wear bacon than to ingest it, though.
   14. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: March 11, 2014 at 01:30 AM (#4669340)
1,500 bacon-strip scratch-and-sniff T-shirts that promise to smell through at least 10 trips in the washing machine.


Eh, you don't really want to be washing that with any of your other clothes.

Wet blankets, the lot of you.


Totally agree. It's a bit of silly fun. I love bacon, both chewy and crispy though the American bacon only seems to be that narrow strip. Over here we've got the whole bit including the thicker top section I think you'd call Canadian bacon; but it's still attached.

Bacon is so awesome it should be it's own food group.
   15. Ulysses S. Fairsmith Posted: March 11, 2014 at 06:18 AM (#4669357)
Bacon is the Derek Jeter of foods: both excellent and overrated.
   16. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: March 11, 2014 at 07:47 AM (#4669366)
Crispy bacon is gross, by the way -- it tastes like sucking on charcoal. Chewy is the way to go
   17. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: March 11, 2014 at 07:59 AM (#4669370)
hot futures are sky high due to 25 million baby pigs dying. Diarrhea outbreak

this is not uncommon. I lost about 2/3 of my litters back in 1982 or so to a similar situation

Anyway, stock up on your bacon kids
   18. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: March 11, 2014 at 08:03 AM (#4669372)
hate this d8mn spellcheck

hog futures
   19. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: March 11, 2014 at 08:05 AM (#4669374)
Bacon is so awesome it should be it's own food group.


The Mt. Rushmore of food groups: bacon, bacon, bacon, Chuck Norris.
   20. Lassus Posted: March 11, 2014 at 08:30 AM (#4669378)
Wet blankets, the lot of you.
Totally agree. It's a bit of silly fun.


Eh, I suppose. Anything that gets over-fetishized simply becomes tiresome. See: Chuck Norris.
   21. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: March 11, 2014 at 08:49 AM (#4669384)
Strong correlation between being annoyed by the concept of bacon, and spending 18 hours a day on the internet (as revealed by posting in this thread as soon as it appeared instead of noticing it later).
   22. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: March 11, 2014 at 09:02 AM (#4669388)
I only spend like 4 hours a day on the internet, thank you very much.

...wait, I just verified your assertion by responding to it 13 minutes later, even though I haven't looked at this thread since I posted #1. :<
   23. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: March 11, 2014 at 09:02 AM (#4669389)
It's probably healthier to wear bacon than to ingest it, though.


Bacon isn't particularly unhealthy if you render it properly. Compared to other breakfast staples like biscuits and sausage it's practically health food.
   24. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: March 11, 2014 at 09:05 AM (#4669390)
These are precisely the kinds of gimmicks that doomed the Roman Empire.

This never would have happened before 1979.
   25. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: March 11, 2014 at 09:09 AM (#4669391)
Crispy bacon is gross, by the way -- it tastes like sucking on charcoal. Chewy is the way to go

When I think of chewy bacon, I think of a pizza that was handcrafted by Poppie.
   26. NJ in DC (Now unemployed!) Posted: March 11, 2014 at 09:15 AM (#4669394)
Bacon is so awesome it should be it's own food group.

This. The toughest aspect of living with my fiancee has been the fact that she is really terrified of the effects of eating bacon and doesn't want me to eat it. As a guy who usually orders anything on the menu that has bacon it has been very difficult.
   27. Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: March 11, 2014 at 09:19 AM (#4669396)
The toughest aspect of living with my fiancee has been the fact that she is really terrified of the effects of eating bacon and doesn't want me to eat it.

The obvious solution to your dilemma is to get a new fiancee.
   28. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: March 11, 2014 at 09:19 AM (#4669397)
Anything that gets over-fetishized simply becomes tiresome.


This. Also known as the get-a-#######-life principle.
   29. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: March 11, 2014 at 09:21 AM (#4669399)
nj

and this person is in your life because???
   30. zack Posted: March 11, 2014 at 09:26 AM (#4669402)
I should not have read this thread before eating breakfast. ####.

Put me in the "tired of bacon memes but perfectly happy with bacon" saturated blankets group.
   31. NJ in DC (Now unemployed!) Posted: March 11, 2014 at 10:19 AM (#4669432)
and this person is in your life because???

This is a fair question. I was recently pushed to the limit when she refused to let me eat my Ben and Jerry's Pint in one sitting.
   32. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: March 11, 2014 at 10:25 AM (#4669439)
This is a fair question. I was recently pushed to the limit when she refused to let me eat my Ben and Jerry's Pint in one sitting.


History's greatest monstress!
   33. An Athletic in Powderhorn™ Posted: March 11, 2014 at 10:42 AM (#4669449)
I'm with #s 1 and 15. Bacon is a lovely addition to a burger or sandwich. I probably wouldn't eat it by itself, but I can see the appeal in that too.

The internet has apparently decided that bacon is its patron saint. No, it doesn't make sense to me either. But, you know, considering the content of most memes, we could do a lot worse.
   34. if nature called, ladodger34 would listen Posted: March 11, 2014 at 10:43 AM (#4669452)
True, if you A. don't know how to render bacon properly, and/or B. buy shitty bacon. I eat it on occasion and its really only worth it if you buy the good stuff (ex. Neuske, or your favorite local butcher).


We are going to buy half a pig this year from one of the FFA kids at my wife's school. I'm interested to see how the bacon will turn out. I have a feeling that we won't be buying pork any other way after this little adventure.

I don't like bacon that much, but I love using it as flavoring. A couple of tablespoons of bacon fat in refried beans is great. When I'm not being lazy, grinding bacon with sirloin for burgers is fantastic (won't do it with chuck).

I will say that my 5 year old is picky as heck, but he loves bacon like none other. We took him out to breakfast last week and he ate bacon and toast.

   35. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: March 11, 2014 at 10:47 AM (#4669455)
We are going to buy half a pig this year from one of the FFA kids at my wife's school. I'm interested to see how the bacon will turn out. I have a feeling that we won't be buying pork any other way after this little adventure.


Are they going to cure it, or are you just going to get a slab of fatty belly meat?
   36. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: March 11, 2014 at 10:49 AM (#4669458)
for the record I was 'into' gin, bacon and johnny cash before all these johnny come latelys and would be a bit appreciative if the bulk of them could move on to their next fascination. and soon
   37. if nature called, ladodger34 would listen Posted: March 11, 2014 at 10:51 AM (#4669459)
Are they going to cure it, or are you just going to get a slab of fatty belly meat?


They are going to cure it (should have added that) as well as smoke the ham that we are getting.
   38. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: March 11, 2014 at 10:59 AM (#4669466)
Bacon is a lovely addition to a burger or sandwich. I probably wouldn't eat it by itself, but I can see the appeal in that too.

BITD I used to love sandwiches made of bacon, liverwurst, baloney and cucumber, on rye toast. I think that with the cucumber and rye toast I somehow convinced myself that I was eating health food.
   39. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: March 11, 2014 at 11:09 AM (#4669480)
my wife loves a blt sandwich on rye toast.
   40. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: March 11, 2014 at 12:09 PM (#4669525)
We are going to buy half a pig this year from one of the FFA kids at my wife's school. I'm interested to see how the bacon will turn out. I have a feeling that we won't be buying pork any other way after this little adventure.


Assuming you can manage the volume, and make use out of all of the cuts, it is a great way to buy pork. I share a whole pig once a year with a couple friends from a farm not too far outside Indy, we divvy up the cuts and it is really good. I still find the pork cheek to be the greatest of all pork cuts.
   41. if nature called, ladodger34 would listen Posted: March 11, 2014 at 12:39 PM (#4669548)
Assuming you can manage the volume, and make use out of all of the cuts, it is a great way to buy pork. I share a whole pig once a year with a couple friends from a farm not too far outside Indy, we divvy up the cuts and it is really good. I still find the pork cheek to be the greatest of all pork cuts.


We live in a household with 4 adults (well, 5 but my BIL hardly is at home- long story with our living arrangements) and 2 growing boys. We also have 3 fridges and 1 full size (not chest) freezer in the house, so we can roll with that stuff. We like pork in our house (I love smoking a shoulder a couple times a year for pulled pork and later chile verde enchiladas) and I can't wait to get my hands on the ribs.
   42. Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: March 11, 2014 at 02:22 PM (#4669624)
Bacon is one of those foods that smells 10x better than it tastes.


I am comfortable with this being true AND bacon being incredibly delicious. Bacon is an excellent excellent food, but it wouldn't make my top ten things to eat.

But the smell...heavenly
   43. dr. scott Posted: March 11, 2014 at 02:38 PM (#4669629)
For those in the bay area I just had the best bacon cheese burger ever at The Willows in Soma (also has jalepenos). I normally only get very high quality burgers plain (Perry's on Mondays for half price burgers is my go to), so I was not really expecting much, but the quality of the bacon made it. Both my wife and I, who are pretty hard to impress with most bar food, were gushing over this one. We will definitely be back. they have great beer too.
   44. madvillain Posted: March 11, 2014 at 03:20 PM (#4669670)
The nitrates really give it the zing. I've tried nitrate free bacon, it ain't as good.
   45. Der-K thinks the Essex Green were a good band. Posted: March 11, 2014 at 03:31 PM (#4669688)
for the record I was 'into' gin, bacon and johnny cash before all these johnny come latelys and would be a bit appreciative if the bulk of them could move on to their next fascination. and soon

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