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Speaking of Potatoes …

7 Dec

Unlike former VP Dan Quayle, we can spell potato.  We also know a good ones when we taste ’em.  We love Zapp’s Chips out of Louisiana, but we also crave the “spudilicious” taters created by our friends at Route 11 in Middletown, VA.


Every year about this time, Route 11 sends us a delicious assortment of chips for holiday snacking and our annual Christmas bash. God bless ’em … these hard working folks are the salt of the earth. They make chips the old-fashioned way and you can taste the TLC in each and every bite. They have been blissfully “Chipping Away since 1992.”


Of all their wonderful flavors, my personal fave is Sweet Potato. These chips are delicious … naturally sweet and just a hint of salt. Trust me, they are so amazing — you simply must try them!


Now if you like the Sweet Potato Chips, I’m betting you’ll also dig Route 11’s Mixed Vegetable Chips. The beet and the parsnip chips are especially near and dear to my heart (or should I say belly?).


However, if you’re crazing a spicy snack, look no further than Mama Zuma’s Revenge Habanero Potato Chips. Just make sure you have a cold beverage nearby. I would also suggest that you wash your hands before rubbing your sleepy eyes. These chips are high octane and certainly not for the faint of heart. But remember … “Some Like It HOT!”

OK, so now we have your mouth watering. Pick up your phone and order some Route 11 Chips today. Or better yet, surf right on over to and tell them that sent ya!

World Record Spud?

7 Dec


And you just thought they had good bologna …

TYRE, Lebanon (AFP) – A farmer from Lebanon couldn’t believe his eyes when he discovered he had grown a prize-winning potato on his land, he told AFP on Saturday, saying he was hoping to enter the Guinness World Records.

“This giant weighs 11.3 kilos (24.9 pounds),” Khalil Semhat said at his farm in the Tyre area, 85 kilometres (50 miles) south of Beirut.

“I’ve been working the land since I was a boy, and it’s the first time I’ve seen anything like it.”

Semhat, 56, said he had not done anything special to cultivate such a super-sized spud. “I didn’t use any chemicals at all,” he insisted, adding that he had to ask a friend to help him haul the huge tuber out of the ground.

Now he hopes the find will get a mention in the famous Guinness Book of Records, and said he will send in the details for possible inclusion next year.

He said he was “very proud” to have grown the enormous specimen on his farm, which took a pounding in 2006 during the war between Israel and Lebanon’s Shiite Hezbollah movement.

Hokies Advance to Orange Bowl

7 Dec


We drove up to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa for the game. The weather was awesome — sunny and about 75 degrees at kick off. Had a great time tailgating with my old friend, Martin. Martin and I grew up together in Reston, VA and both of us attended VT. He drove down with some buddies from Blacksburg, where he continues to live year round. There are not many bigger Hokie fans anywhere on this planet. The crowd was pretty light — Hokies outnumbered BC faithful by about a 2-1 margin.  


Tech won 30-12 over Boston College to win their 2nd ACC Championship in a row. Pretty impressive considering this was thought to be a rebuilding year for Frank Beamer and the Hokies. As you can see above, we were pretty pleased with the final result of the game.  We were proud of the way our boys fought and clawed their way to victory. It was not pretty this year, but Beamer Ball proved once again to be a winning formula. Special props to Defensive Guru Bud Foster — the VT “D” completely stifled the BC offense for most of the afternoon.


My boys Austin and Travis also attended — along with my wife Eileen, who snapped the photos you see above. Travis even picked up a VT lid while we were at the game. Not a bad pickup for just $10.  These two young dudes have never seen a Hokie loss in person. I guess we’ll be keeping them around for a while!


As we exited the stadium, I spotted former VT legend and NFL Hall of Famer Bruce Smith. He kindly obliged when I asked him for a quick photo opportunity. Bruce still looks like he could get out there and play … I surely wouldn’t want to mess with him.


Next stop is the Orange Bowl on January 1st 2009.