Review: Tyrrell’s Merry Crisp-Mas Chips, Happy New Year! (RESOLUTION RECAP) & NFL Wild Card Weekend Picks
“Hey. HEY. Where the hell have you been, Junk Food Guy?? What is this, a holiday for you? Some vacation or something?”
Awh, I’ve missed you too, Junk Food Nation. HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope everyone had a safe holiday and is back at work like me today…yeah. I’ve never seen the DC Metro so empty. Are you back at work today? Let me know in the comments.
RESOLUTIONS! RESOLUTIONS! SCORECARD:
Since I started this blog waaaay back on June 24, 2011, I’ve discussed many New Year’s resolutions. Let’s go back and see how I graded out:
2011: I vowed NEVER AGAIN to write an email with the subject line “Hi” or “Hey.” And I haven’t since! Woot. I give myself an A+ for this one.
2012: It became my personal mission to UNSUBSCRIBE from very possible email list I was on. This past year I managed to successfully unsubscribe from both Livingsocial and Groupon, which was like trying to kill a hydra by slicing off one of its heads. BUT I DID IT. Still, however, I have a good amount of email spam coming in. But progress is happening! B+.
2013: I got rid of ALL RECEIPTS. Bills – online. Statement – online. Paystubs – online. I still have this habit of checking receipts against my online statement, which I maintain in my OCD-head is a good thing because I’ve caught two mistakes. VALIDATION. But yeah – this was a big change in 2013. A-.
2014: My goal was a single digit email inbox. Current Gmail inbox state: 91. SHIT. Total fail…not to mention work inbox: 328. OUCH. That didn’t go well. F-.
Anyways, I need a good one for 2015. I need suggestions. What are YOUR resolutions? Maybe I’ll steal one.Tell me in the comments below.
It’s a good time to be a sports fan, and, in particular, a football fan. Yesterday featured an enjoyable game between Oregon and FSU, featuring Jimbo Fisher telling Jameis Winston to calm the eff down and an amazing backwards fumble, and an Ohio State-Alabama game with one of the best catches I’ve ever seen. And then this weekend is the wildcard playoffs?? I’m giggling with joy. Let’s get to some picks (the BQB weighs in as well!):
Cardinals @ PANTHERS (-6.5): WOW. This one is a doozy. A Cardinal team, on the road, starting their third string QB versus the 7-8-1 Panthers? Yeah, I know Cam Newton blew out the Falcons on the road. THE FALCONS STINK. The Cardinals defense does NOT stink. I honestly have no idea WHAT to expect. Will Ryan Lindley put on his best Tom Brady impression? Will Cam Newton put the team on his back and rush for 200 yards? Can anyone even name the starting running back for Arizona right now? This is a game where I’ll be learning about the teams as I watch. My prediction: Bedlam. Somehow the Cardinals cover +6.5. I think the Cards win the game too. I do not know how this will occur.
BQB: I’m taking Arizona + 6.5. Carolina is 4-0 in the past 4 games but they haven’t beaten anyone. Arians is the better coach, and 6.5 is a lot for a sub-.500 team to be giving.
Ravens @ STEELERS (-3.5): I don’t care if Le’Veon Bell doesn’t play this game – Pittsburgh’s is second in the league in passing yards, Baltimore has defended the pass horribly, and Antonio Brown will not be denied. Pittsburgh is everyone’s trendy non-top seed pick to win it all, and I agree. Pitt’s pass D isn’t wonderful either, however, and all Joe Flacco does is win, right? My prediction: STEELERS will win the game, but the Ravens keep it close enough to cover – Ravens +3.5. Since the game is in Pittsburgh, it’s basically a toss-up game.
BQB: Baltimore + 3.5. Really went back and forth on this one but Bell is likely out and Ngata back. Also, advanced metrics love Baltimore; according to them they’re a favorite on a neutral field.
Bengals @ COLTS (-3.5): Andrew Luck is amazing, right? He was awesome in that 2014 playoff game when he took over and WILLED the Colts to victory, right? Well, that was then, and this is now. Getting TY Hilton back will help, but outside of that Luck-to-Hilton connection, I have zippy faith in the other offensive pieces they have. Yeah, they have big TEs, so what? Of course, the Bengals haven’t inspired either, and Andy Dalton is a turnover machine in the playoffs. I think they can take advantage of the Colts horrible D, though. My prediction: Because the Bengals have a WAAAY better run game, they control the clock and not only cover the +3.5, but win the game too.
BQB: Bengals +3.5. Talk about looking decidedly mediocre- how about those Colts? That potent offense is only averaging 17 ppg the past 4 weeks. And Cincy has been impressive – take away the turnovers, and they beat Pittsburgh last Sunday.
Lions @ COWBOYS (-7): Let me tell you a story about how I had Matt Stafford in my fantasy league. He wasn’t wonderful this year, due to injuries and what not, but I stuck with him. Analysts said he would be money in fantasy football playoffs, since he had three weak opponents in Weeks 14-16. How;d he do? Averaged 236 yards and 1.3 TDs a game. NOT GOOD ENOUGH MATT. So yes, I’m picking the COWBOYS to win and cover out of spite. Plus, they have this guy named Demarco Murray.
BQB: Cowboys -6.5. As much as it pains me to take 3 favorites out of four, Matthew Stafford is 0-16 on the road against winning teams for his career. The Lions were 2-6 against the spread on the road this year (although the Cowboys were only 3-5 at home). This line opened at 7.5; at less than a touchdown, I really like Dallas.
Enjoy the games this weekend, everyone! Tell me your picks in the comments below.
TODAY’S JUNK FOOD: Tyrrell’s Merry Crisp-Mas Chips!!
Tyrrell’s is a UK-based potato chip company whose chips I reviewed a couple times on this blog before. They are a solid company that I wish had greater distribution here in the US. Recently, they sent me a bag of their Merry Crisp-Mas Chips – Red and White Potato Chips with lots of sea salt. It was a wonderful holiday gift to receive, let me tell you!
These Tyrrell’s Merry Crisp-Mas Chips are a limited edition for the holidays, and “are made from small batches of the highly prized, Lady Claire and Highland Burgundy potatoes.” Fancy potatoes! Wait, the Tyrrell’s website says these are made from “red Highland Burgundy and white Lady Rosetta potatoes.” Hmmm…is it Lady Claire or Lady Rosetta, UK? I don’t want to be unfaithful.
Tyrrell’s Merry Crisp-Mas Chips, needless to say, were delicious. I mean, they are thick cut, expertly fried, covered in tasty salt potato chips. Really really good, with a nice balance of potato and salt flavor. The white potatoes were your more standard potato chips – light and crisp, with nice potato flavor like a kettle chip. Tasted like good oil, if that makes sense.
The red potato chips crunched differently – they seemed heartier and a tad less “crispy,” more crunchy. A tad less “potato” flavor, these were still pretty tasty. Gave a nice contrast with the white potato chips.
Together? I mean, just lip smacking good. It’s been a while, with all the crap I eat for this blog, since I’ve had a nice plain bag of salty potato chips. I should do this more often. Excellent job, Tyrrell’s. Merry Crisp-mas to you too!
PURCHASED AT: Sent to me!
COST: 2.19 EURO – or, like, $2.65
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