Review: New Sweet Barbecue Rice Thins & Miguel Cabrera…Worth Nearly $300 Million Dollars?
Junk Food Nation, I’m heading to New York City this afternoon for a wedding, so please comment below / tweet me things to do in NYC all weekend long @junkfoodguy. It’s been almost a year since I’ve been there…time to fill up on pizza EVERY SINGLE MEAL. Ok, new plan – comment below / tweet me all the best pizzas places in NYC @junkfoodguy.
Quick sports note – yesterday, Miguel Cabrera, reigning back-to-back AL MVP and 2012 Triple Crown winner, agreed to an extension with his team, the Detroit Tigers. For a lot of money. A LOT OF MONEY. My friend Tim over at MLB Trade Rumors put it best:
The Tigers have agreed to terms on an extension with star slugger Miguel Cabrera. On top of the two years and $44MM he is already owed under a prior extension, Cabrera will be under team control for an additional eight years and approximately $248MM. All said, the Tigers will control the two-time American League MVP through at least the 2023 season, his age-40 campaign.
With those numbers, the deal would set several high-water marks. Most notably, an average annual value of $31MM would top the newly-minted record of $30.7MM set in the Clayton Kershaw extension. The figure of $248MM in new money would represent the the third-largest single contract in MLB history (and the biggest contract given to anyone other than Alex Rodriguez). With ten years and $292MM in overall future commitments to Cabrera, the Tigers stand to owe him more than any team has ever owed a single player at any point in time, besting the ten-year, $275MM Rodriguez contract in that respect.
WOW. $31 million a year??? That would make him the highest paid player, based on yearly salary, OF ALL TIME. Put another way:
Miguel Cabrera will earn $49,423 PER AT BAT over the next decade. Median annual income of a household in Michigan: $48,471.
— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) March 27, 2014
$49,000 per at bat???? Great googly moogly. Can…can I have that, please?
Not surprisingly, some baseball execs are appalled at this deal:
Haven't heard as much disgust over a contract from rival execs since the Jayson Werth contract. Industry is in shock over the Cabrera deal.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) March 27, 2014
(HEY YOU LEAVE JAYSON WERTH ALONE!)
I don’t really care because it’s someone else’s money, but anytime you pay someone this much money, whether it be Miguel Cabrera, or Arod, or Clayton Kershaw – it BETTER pay off. Detroit Tigers’ fans will start coming to the ballpark not only to see the team win, but they’ll also think “Hey, let’s see this player that is apparently worth $31 million a year….let’s see what makes him so special. By the way this city is in shambles.”
Granted, Cabrera is a STUD – arguably the best player in the game, and he IS one of the main reasons that the Tigers are a winning team year after year…but in six, seven, eight years? We’ll see. He’s had on and off alcohol issues, and I hope those are behind him.
The lesson for the day? Put away the basketball, football, lacrosse sticks, and tennis rackets – teach your kids to swing a bat.
What do you think of Cabrera’s deal? Tell me in the comments below.
Today’s junk food: New Sweet Barbecue Rice Thins!
I’ve reviewed Nabisco Rice Thins before, and I generally liked them! I like the gluten-free trend, because why shouldn’t people with certain food limitations not get to eat a wide variety of junk food? JUNK FOOD IS WHAT UNITES THIS WORLD.
Anyways, Nabisco has released a fourth flavor – New Sweet Barbecue Rice Thins. Let’s do a few pics and get right to the review:
New Sweet Barbecue Rice Thins were large than regular Wheat Thins by, say, a few millimeters on each side. I was surprised how big these crackers were. They smelled faintly of barbecue…but mainly I smelled the tomato powder.
I put one of these New Sweet Barbecue Rice Thins in my mouth and crunched. Like the other Rice Thins I’d reviewed, the flavor of the underlying cracker was of a crisp rice cracker. It reminded me still of the Asian rice crackers I grew up eating. Light, and VERY crispy.
The sweet barbecue flavor was REALLY sweet and tangy. The spices reminded me a lot of barbecue Corn Nuts, but much sweeter. The tomato powder provided an excellent tangy and sticky taste, almost like a ketchup-y barbecue sauce. Meanwhile, there was good smoke in the powder, that left a nice smoky taste in my mouth even after I swallowed. The powder was sort of a mess, coming off all over the place and sticking to my fingers, but I didn’t think that was a bad thing, per se.
All in all, for barbecue flavor lovers, I think these were pretty successful. These were definitely as advertised, tasting like that sweet barbecue glaze you get on ribs. Pretty tasty, I have to say.
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