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We talk sandwiches, music and football!

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This week on “In the Kitchen with Buzz”, power ranking Summertime sammiches. (There wasn’t really a question in here, but I guess we’ll power rank our Summertime sammiches as well!)

Ben: I don’t know if it’s technically considered a “Summertime sammich” but I’m a big fan of a good philly, but the veggies have to be sauteed correctly. I don’t want to chew the sandwich at all.

Levi: Very hard to power rank sandwiches written by individual writers, I’m sure we all think our sandwich is number one. I made one of my favorites yesterday: Roast Beef, Ham, Mozzarella on Wheat. Mustard, Mayo, Tomato, Romaine, and white onion as toppings. It’s incredible.

Jake:

  1. Chicago Style Hot Dog, ideally at a baseball game
  2. BLT with corn on the cob. Not Duke’s Mayo though because they sponsor The Bowl Formerly Known as Belk.
  3. A Bratwurst, specifically straight off a grill
  4. Turkey Croissant on a boat.
  5. Shredded beef sandwich before a fireworks display. Not Italian Beef. That’s my winter Chicago sandwich. Like a beef, pickles, mustard on a burger bun.

Jeff: I make tomato sandwiches all summer that just have onion and mayo with some black pepper. I’m not sure if this is a summer sandwich but I never turn down a good reuben either.

Jake P.: During a round of golf, a PB&J is quite possibly the best thing in the world. Outside of the golf course, I enjoy making a ham and Swiss cheese sandwich with Dijon mustard, mayonnaise, and a crisp slice of lettuce. You also can’t go wrong with a delicious Western Carolina (Lexington)-style pulled pork sandwich.

Chris: I am very nostalgic for tuna sandwiches that my mom would make us in the summer, but I’m not sure anything beats a classic turkey for me.

Song of first half of the year?

Ben:

Levi: I cannot get “Beer Never Broke My Heart” by Luke Combs out of my head. It came out last year though. cause Longggg neck ice cold beer never broke my heart..

Jake: Levi, that was my song of the last half of last year, I feel you. That and “Hot Girl Bummer” (don’t ask). I spend a lot of time listening to “I Play the Road” by the Zach Brown Band but that’s not exactly new. Like many of my top songs, it’s got a fantastic key change. Key changes: underrated.

Levi, again: I almost put Hot Girl Bummer, its my 2nd most played according to Spotify. No shame there. Extremely catchy.

Jake P.: I’ve found myself listening to “Rock of Ages” by Def Leppard a lot. “American Remains” by The Highwaymen has also been pretty high on my list.

Chris: Comeback - Carly Rae Jepsen, Is It Alright - ELO, and Make Art Not Friends - Sturgill Simpson are probably the three I’ve listened to the most.

With 23 Clemson players testing positive for the Rona a few days ago, is the Clemson-Tech game happening on September 3rd?

Ben: I’ll believe college football is happening when I see it.

Jake: If that’s them coming to campus and whatnot, I don’t think that’s as big of a deal as if they’re all catching it from each other, but I’ll admit to not being as informed on that as I could be.

Jeff: I really think a lot of colleges are going to push through to get the season played. Experts haven’t decided if you can get the virus again, but if not then Clemson has started their herd immunity I guess.

Jake P.: I think that college football will happen in some form. Whether that’s with fans in the stands or not, who knows?

Chris: I just can’t shake the thought that absolute hell is going to break loose once the full student bodies are back on campus. I feel certain there won’t be fans at games if they exist though.

How high/low does the number get, both for Clemson and/or Tech, before the answer changes?

Ben: I think numbers in general need to actually start going down.

Levi: I defer to other experts on staff here, but a college roster has 100+ players, up to 125. (GT seems to have 124 by my count). Anything over 40 is a very significant rate. My head started to spin when I saw that news. I’m incredibly less positive about the season than I was yesterday.

Jake: It seems they’ll play, come [Hootie and the Blowfish] or high water, so...I honestly don’t know.

Jeff: If half the teams is testing positive in a short span practices could get called off and lead to a domino effect.

Chris: With how viral it is, even just a few cases on either side is worrisome because of how rapidly it can spread.

If the impossible happens and Tech wins, does it cheapen the upset?

Ben: I mean, if 2020 has taught us anything, it’s expect the worst and you’ll still be wrong. Things will be worse.

Levi: Only if we rattle off 11 other wins. Then the media will find an excuse to keep us down.

Jake: A win is a win. You have to play the games with the players you have. We still won a national title in the midst of World War One, and that was a bit of a bigger deal than Coronavirus.

Jeff: No, because every other team is dealing with the same general circumstances. It’s like a team complaining they lost because of rain as if the winning team played on the dry half of the field.

Chris: Nah. Clemson is a juggernaut; you’d have to tell me all of their starters were out before I’d put an asterisk on it. I think a more interesting question is whether or not the eventual National Champion gets an asterisk in the event that they have multiple games affected.