Going to Lunch

About two weeks ago (6/15/15) in The Express-Times, Jessica Wohl of the Chicago Tribune wrote an article about unhealthy restaurant meals.  On the list were meals from many restaurants including Red Lobster, IHOP, Outback Steakhouse and Dickey’s BBQ.  Trust me, the article was depressing.

And even worse, it got me thinking about my daily lunch.  Based on where the RCN studio is located and the desire to eat in about one-half hour, the lunch choices are somewhat limited.  So I looked at my own lunch habits and decided to investigate whether I eat a healthy or unhealthy lunch.  My usual haunts are Wawa, Burger King, Five Guys, Moe’s, and, you guessed it, Dickey’s.

Wawa – My normal order here is a Classic BLT with mayo and a TastyPie.  Combining the two equals about 920 calories.  Based on my nutritional knowledge (virtually non-existent), I concluded this is not too bad.  Take that, Jessica Wohl!

Burger King – Obviously, there is a wide variety of choices here so I picked a common order for me – a double Whopper with cheese, French fries, and a chocolate fudge sundae.  As I type this order, I am getting nauseous.  It sounds bad.  Upon investigation I find my conclusion is correct.  This meal contains 1,428 calories, give or take an extra layer of stomach fat.

Five Guys – After my Burger King experience, I dread looking at this one.  My order: a cheeseburger and more fries than any single person can possibly eat (although I give it my best shot).  The calorie total comes to 2,154!!  2,500 calories, according to Wohl’s article, is equivalent to three Big Macs and five vanilla cones at McDonald’s.  The Five Guys total does not even include the peanuts I devour waiting for my meal.  You have to eat them – they’re free!

Moe’s Southwest Grill – I still do not know the difference between all the Mexican things that the food is placed in, so I just order the Homewrecker with steak.  The name itself scares me, but so far, after devouring quite a few of these since Moe’s opened, I am still happily married.  This meal with my ingredients, accompanied by the chips and salsa, is “only” 1228 calories. I’m thinking the Mexicans are on to something here.

Dickey’s BBQ – I finish my tour where it all began – Dickey’s.  I usually order the pulled-pork sandwich with sauce, pickle and onion.  It is imperative to get a “side” and their waffle-fries are the very best.  Dickey’s is also “nice” enough to offer free (there is that word again) soft ice cream. The calorie total is estimated at 1757 calories.

I have discovered that the average male my age should consume 2,500 calories per day in order to maintain my current weight (which, by the way, I would like to reduce).  Since it is now obvious that I pretty much eat enough at lunch to maintain my present weight, what is the end result when I go to Texas Roadhouse for dinner and consume a rib-eye steak, chili, and a salad to pack on another 1,500 calories?  Or head to Ruby Tuesday’s for their ribs, mashed potatoes, salad, and a drink – another 2,000 calories?

I guess the Diet Coke that I usually order is not really helping that much.  And the latest research is beginning to show that diet drinks are not really good for you, either.

I am even more depressed!  I need a snack!

ABOVE THE EARS (SOME MUSINGS)

Newspapers aren’t what they used to be – fewer pages, less news, hardly up-to-date, etc.  But my Saturday paper had a banner day for local sports.  For example: 

  1. Ryne Sandberg quit as the Phillies manager. He never had a chance with the team he was given. This experience probably soured him on ever managing again.
  2. The US beat China 1-0 in the World Cup quarterfinals. Soccer is exciting when you have a team to root for!
  3. Local Liberty High School player Darrun Hilliard was drafted by the Detroit Pistons as the 38th pick in the NBA draft. The pick certainly will pique my NBA interest if the former Villanova star makes the roster. Best wishes and congratulations to Darrun.
  4. Parkland softball pitcher Aubree Fritzinger was named the PIAA state player of the year. Congratulations to her, too!!
  5. The Philadelphia 76’ers are being investigated by the NBPA (the players’ union) for losing on purpose (tanking games) the past couple of years. Their plan is to build through high draft choices governed by their season record. It’s obvious tanking is their mindset and it actually could work, but is it fair to the rest of the league, their own players, and, more importantly, the fans? It is not, but don’t expect the union to get anywhere bringing this to light. The League has allowed it to happen.

Behind the Mic – November 29th

I am not a die-hard hockey fan.  But, I miss the NHL!  More than two months of the season have already been lost due to the labor dispute and the lockout.  Hockey, to me, although it does not have the stature of NFL football, major league baseball, or NBA basketball, is still one of the major professional sports in America.  It did bring in $3.3 billion last year.  In addition, take away the NFL and I think hockey has the most rabid fans in all of professional sports.

I do not watch or attend hockey on a regular basis, but there is something about the sport that always intrigues me when going around the dial.  It is one of the few sporting events that causes me to pause and watch, no matter which teams are playing.  There is the anticipation of the potential for violence and an almost surreal curiosity in the skills that the players exhibit.    It is an excellent television event.

And yet, if you go to a hockey game, the sport becomes, for me, at least one of the few competitions that is better to view LIVE than watching on TV.  A great deal of action takes place away from the puck that a viewer at home might miss.  There is a unique “silence” as the players skate around the rink to an almost inaudible “shooshing”.  Throw a big bang into the boards and the intensity of the action has you enthralled.  And the fans!!  The decibel level is incredible; the intensity shocking; and the involvement without compare.

So why are we left with no hockey?  The issues are division of revenue, salary arbitration, and free-agency.  These terms are not new to professional sports.  The NFL, NBA, and MLB have all dealt with the same issues.  And they have resolved them!  It seems that the NHL is very, very close to not having a season at all.  The New Year’s Day Winter Classic is gone, over 450 games gone, and there is no resolution in sight.  Still, January hockey would be better than no hockey.  Owners and players need to return to the table.  They owe it to the fans!

As the famous philosopher, Larry the Cable Guy, says – “Get ‘er done!”

 


 

ABOVE THE EARS (SOME MUSINGS)

  1. Parkland, Central Catholic, and Pen Argyl all won their first round state football games this past weekend.  Two of the three (Parkland and Pen Argyl) now take on the dreaded Philadelphia Catholic schools out of District
  2. History shows that this is the end of the line for our AAAA and AA football.  Central would face Archbishop Wood next week if they win.  They put up 70 points on the Vikings last year in a similar scenario.  Can we finally reverse the trend?  Tune in.
  3. Did we watch Andy Reid’s last game as an Eagles coach this past week?  An awful team beat an awful team.
  4. I was going around the dial the other night and a Joan Rivers stand-up comedy special was on Showtime.  It was hilarious, irreverent, and, at times, filthy.  I was just amazed by her energy, her ability to deliver the lines, and her captivating style.  How old is she?  Really, how old??  It did not matter.
  5. Notre Dame vs either Alabama or Georgia for the national championship in college football.  The ratings will be record-breaking for this one as far as college football is concerned.  The games got it right this year – no computer, no old men in a room, and no playoff needed.
  6. Is there anyone right now who thinks they have a good handle on not only the Super Bowl champion, but which two teams will even get to the game?  With injuries, upsets, and poor coaching decisions, it is anybody’s guess unless, of course, you just know it will be YOUR team.

 

NFL PICKS FOR THIS WEEK

(Last week – 7-9)  (53-31 for the season – 63%)

  •  ATLANTA
  • CHICAGO
  • GREEN BAY
  • SAN FRANCISCO
  • JETS
  • CAROLINA
  • DETROIT
  • BUFFALO
  • NEW ENGLAND
  • HOUSTON
  • DENVER
  • BALTIMORE
  • CLEVELAND
  • CINCINNATI
  • DALLAS
  • WASHINGTON