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Do I at least get a free hot dog with that ticket?

Posted by cher on February 12th, 2008

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Holy ticket prices. Yankee and Mets tickets are seeing a record hike this 2008 season according to the Post. The increases are supposedly due to the fact that it’s both teams last season in their stadiums, as well as to lessen sticker shock for prices next season at the new stadiums. These aren’t minute $5 hikes either; season ticket holders are taking the biggest hit with prices rising 100%.Here’s a breakdown:

Yankees: For season ticket holders, seats behind home plate are now $250, a 100% jump. For others, the same tickets are now $400, an 18% hike. Seats on either side of home plate, one tier up, are now $120, a 40% hike for season ticket holders. For everyone else, they’re now $95, a 29% jump.

Mets: For season ticket holders, seats along the baselines are now $52.81, a 20% increase. For non-season ticket holders, seats behind home plate, one tier up, are now $117, a 42% jump.

My best friend (a die-hard Yankee fan) and I only made it to a few games last season; I told her we had to make it to at least 10 this year. That was before I read this article. I’m not sure my purse can afford the Yankees now.

Apparently this isn’t just a New York thing, either. According to the article, when the Phils played their last season at Veterans Stadium, lower-deck seats jumped from $28 to $40. (Clearly not the same inane prices here, though.)

Looks like I’ll be watching most of the games from my couch this season. Oh crap, I just remembered I only like baseball when I’m actually at the game. Oh well.

How long until football season?

The NY Giants: A Runaway Locomotive?

Posted by cher on January 25th, 2008

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Overheard in the bank today:

“Hey, who do I talk to about taking a quarter million dollar loan out to bet on the Giants winning?” I raised my eyebrows and looked around; I saw some of the banking staff smiling at him, making it obvious they knew him. He continued to chat (loudly) to one of the tellers as I waited in line.

“It’s like the Giants are this runaway locomotive heading for the Patriots. It’s gonna be like BOOM! They’re just gonna run into them. There’s no question that the Giants are gonna win. I mean, we have nothing to lose and nothing to prove.”

At this point I rolled my eyes. Nothing to lose? Umm how about the Superbowl?

He went on for awhile, often referring to the Giants as a locomotive (sometimes it was a runaway, sometimes just a regular one). This killed me: “Yeah the New York fans are so rough. They’re the ones cheering for a player that they just booed five minutes before.” Umm ever been to a game in Philly? Hell, we booed Santa and pelted him with snowballs at a game. During a Dallas game, Governor Ed Rendell bet another fan $20 he couldn’t reach the field with a snowball. (He did, and it hit Jimmy Johnson.) There’s a reason the Vet was the first stadium to have a courtroom and jail cell.

Although I thought everything he was saying was idiotic, I couldn’t help but think his voice sounded very familiar as did his tyrant…and that’s when it hit me. He’s the same guy I overheard in the bank the last time!  So weird.

Anyways, about this “Giants fever.” I was reading the Post yesterday and everyone is up in arms about Tom Brady being photographed walking around NYC, often outside his girlfriend Gisele’s apartment. Is the foot brace real or is he just trying to psych out the Giants? The nerve of him even walking around the city at a time like this! All of the comments cracked me up but this was the best: A New England fan and native was worried all “those crazies in New York might see him and pull a Tanya Harding.” Ha! Don’t give us any ideas! If I haven’t made myself clear, I hate the Patriots. Even as an Eagles fan, I’d rather see a fellow division rival win than the (cough cough cheating) Pats.


UPDATE: The New York Post reported that Tom Brady didn’t show up for the first 15 minutes of practice today (the time during which the press is allowed to watch). Belichick had no comment. I can only imagine the drama this will add to the already existant paranoia that exists in NY. (Is he really injured? Is he faking us out? WE CAN’T HANDLE THE MIND GAMES!) Lol.

The Ultimate Superbowl Spread

Posted by cher on January 24th, 2008

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As football season comes to an end, I am determined not to be depressed. I’m totally over the fact that the Eagles had a less-than stellar (i.e. shitty)  season and I’m still proud that I made it to the championship game in my first year in a fantasy league. To quell the inevitable sadness that comes directly after the Superbowl, I’m focusing all my attention on food. What’s that about being an emotional eater?

I’ve always enjoyed cooking, but I especially like cooking for other people and playing hostess. If you’re anything like me, you may be attempting to plan the perfect Superbowl party. While I can’t control the inevitable nausea you will feel if the Patriots win, I can offer a few scrumptious recipes.

The first snack is a yummy buffalo chicken dip (on the left below). You will need: 1 package of cream cheese (set it out to soften), 1 8oz bottle of ranch dressing, 1/4 cup of hot sauce (I use Frank’s Red Hot), and 1 large chicken breast.

Thaw the chicken, place it in a pot of water, bring the water to a boil, turn off the heat, cover the pot and let sit for an hour. After an hour, cut up the chicken and shred it. (I use my hands; the chicken will be very tender, making it easy to shred.)

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese with a mixer. Stir in the ranch dressing, then the hot sauce, then fold in the chicken. Pour into a baking dish (I spray it with a light coat of Pam first) and cook for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. The dip should be bubbling when you take it out. Serve with tortilla chips.

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The second is one of the easiest masterpieces you will ever make – seriously, even if you can’t break an egg, you can make this. (And good news: no eggs involved). It’s a white pizza dip (on the right above) and only requires five ingredients:

1 cup of sour cream; 1 cup of ricotta cheese, 1 cup of mozzarella cheese, 1/2 cup of chopped pepperoni, and 1 packet of Lipton’s herb and garlic dip seasoning.

Combine the sour cream and herb and garlic packet. Stir in the ricotta cheese (it helps if you take it out ahead of time to soften). Gently fold in the mozzarella and pepperoni. Pour the mixture into a glass dish (spray with a light coat of Pam first) such as the one shown above. Cook for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. The dip should be bubbling when you take it out. Serve with cubes of fresh french bread.

This final snack is actually the easiest. No matter how many times I make them for an event, I never get sick of them. To make pigs-in-a-blanket you only need a package of cocktail hot-dogs (I use Nathan’s), a package of Pillsbury crescent rolls, and condiments of your choice.

Roll out a few of the crescent rolls at a time and press the seams of each together so it’s one big piece of dough. Knead out the dough slightly with your hands, just to stretch it out. Cut the dough into 1/4 to 1/2 inch wide strips. Place a mini hot dog at one end of the strip and roll up. It’s up to you how much dough you want for each hot dog, but I only use enough to circle it twice. Bake on a cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the dough turns a light golden brown. I serve them with spicy brown mustard, honey mustard, and ketchup.

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If it has to do with football, I serve beer. I’m a big fan of seasonal beers, so I’d go with Sam Adam’s Winter Lager. Enjoy…Go Giants. (Pshh I’m not a fan, but I figure I don’t have a better choice, right?)