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Ranking the Wiggins contenders on…food


Remember that famous chart Andrew Wiggins and his coach made earlier this year ranking schools in various criteria? At the time, we heard that the categories included location, chances at winning a National Championship, tradition, etc., but this morning Grant Traylor, aka the Wiggins decision insider, came on the radio show and told Matt that one of the categories on this very important chart was…food.

In the spirit of Wigginsanity, let’s examine each of the four schools he’s considering based on their culinary prowess. After profiling each state’s famous foods and school’s dining services, I’ll rank them on a scale of 1 (yuck) to 10 (yum).


1. University Kentucky

Hot Brown – Call me crazy, but the chances Andrew Wiggins ever has a hot brown while at UK seem very low, and the same can be said about burgoo. Regardless, the baked open-faced turkey and bacon sandwich slathered in Mornay sauce is a regional delicacy.

Ale-8-One – A million Ale-8-One commercials from my childhood just rushed into my head. Maybe the ginger soft drink will entice Andrew to wear blue and white?

Boone’s Butcher Shop – Delicious deli meats, custom processing, meat bundles AND quality customer service? How can Andrew turn that down?

UK’s dining facilities: Not many schools have a state-of-the-art basketball dorm complete with its own chef. As Calipari so gleefully bragged about in his video tour of the Wildcat Lodge, Chef Chris Cain will make players anything they want at any time of day:

“I’ll come over and say ‘Can I get a grilled cheese?’ ‘Yes, yes you can.’
‘Can I get a hamburger?’ ‘Yes sir.’
‘Can I get a cheese steak?’ ‘Gotcha’
‘Ooh! Wings!’ ‘Gotcha.'”

This alone makes up for burgoo.

UK’s food ranking: 8 (because of the private chef)


T2. Florida State

Fresh(er) Fish – Tallahassee may be an hour from the coast, but that’s much, much closer than any other school on the map. Are his parents’ tales of the fresh fish from Florida the real X-factor in his recruitment?

Gator – I recently ate fried alligator tail thinking it was really tough chicken. Although my husband pointed out that it wasn’t, I’m still not convinced.

Oranges – Vitamin C is important for many things, not just early 2000’s graduation montages.

FSU dining facilities: FSU went the corporate route with their dining services, with several chain restaurants across campus, including a Chili’s, Papa John’s, Pollo Tropical, and Subway in the Student Union alone, in addition to several Starbucks across campus. If Andrew wants to eat like he’s in an airport food court, FSU is the place for him.

FSU’s food ranking: 7


T2. University of North Carolina

BBQ – North Carolina is famous for their pulled pork barbeque and vinegar based BBQ sauce. As someone who went to college in the state, I am very familiar with this type of BBQ, as it was served at almost every college function we had. It is delicious.

Cheerwine – North Carolina is also home to Cheerwine, a soft drink they call the “nectar of the tarheels.” It’s basically Cherry Dr. Pepper. Interestingly, soft drink giant Pepsi also started in North Carolina, but that’s all moot. If Wiggins goes to UNC, he will only be drinking Co’Colars.

Bojangles – There is nothing like a chicken biscuit from Bojangles after a long night of…studying. The cajun fried chicken chain was started in Charlotte, North Carolina and makes Popeyes look weak in comparison.

Krispy Kreme – The delicious doughnut chain was founded in Winston-Salem, and to this day, a box of them on a Monday morning will make you the most popular person in the office.

UNC’s dining facilities: UNC has two main dining halls, the Rams Head Dining Hall and the Lenoir Dining Hall, which seem to serve standard cafeteria fare. UNC also has the Tarheel Take-Out Express, which will deliver food from 33 local restaurants to any on-campus residence. Lazy college students FTW.

UNC’s food ranking: 7


4. Kansas

Beef – You know what Kansas has a lot of? Cows. In turn, Kansas has some of the best steaks in the country, which means it has some good steakhouses as well. Beef…it’s what’s for breakfast, lunch AND dinner.

BBQ — To be fair, it’s Kansas CITY barbeque that’s famous, but that’s only about 30 minutes from Lawrence. If Wiggins prefers Kansas City’s tomato- and molasses-based sauce to Carolina’s vinegar sauce, that may be a sign he favors the Jayhawks over the Tarheels.

Corn and wheat — Corn and wheat make up most of the state, so if Wiggins is on a carb-friendly diet, the Midwest is the place for him.

KU’s dining facilities – From sit-down meals to takeout, KU has 22 dining locations on campus. Mrs. E’s dining center is the largest dining hall, offering a wide variety of buffet style choices. Dibs on extra soft-serve!

KU’s food ranking: 6

You’ve got my rankings. Let’s see yours.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

50 Comments for Ranking the Wiggins contenders on…food

  1. tom
    2:04 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    Ale 8-1 should be construed as a DETREMENT! I have never tasted anything so nasty in all my life EXCEPT for DIET Ale 8-1.

  2. Chicago
    2:05 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    Krispy Kreme may be headquartered in Winston Salem, but it started in Kentucky. Founder Vernon Rudolph is from Marshall County and started his first donut shop in Paducah. #TheMoreYouKnow

  3. asdf
    2:05 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    If it comes down to BBQ, we have a chance. Even Kentucky has better BBQ than that vinegary wussy stuff from North Carolina, though you have to go to the western side of the state to get our best. And we have road games in ALL the truly best BBQ states. Tennessee, Alabama, Texas, even Missouri.

  4. tom
    2:06 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    2. Chicago, I never knew that! I keep waiting for Kresy Kreme to come up with a sugar free donut. Now that would be something!

  5. KSR Spy
    2:08 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    #4 or better yet…a gluten free sugarless donut. Pretty sure that’s near impossible without making it taste horrible though.

  6. John Boy
    2:08 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    “Although my husband pointed out” -R U GAY???

  7. KSRDoesNotKnowBasicGeography
    2:09 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    Tallahassee is about 45 mins away from the gulf coast.

  8. Spaldings Rules
    2:10 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    Spaldings is way better than Krispy Kreme.

  9. mojo
    2:10 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    Hey, he’s a college kid, so pizza is what’s important. Kentucky is where Papa Johns AND Pizza Hut are headquartered!

  10. btowncatfan
    2:11 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    6. It’s MRS. Tyler Thompson.

  11. This needs to end
    2:11 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    Slowly pressing tip of gun against back of my throat…

  12. Big Blue Swagger
    2:11 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    Ale-8?? No way!! SKI is the go-to drink in Kentucky. The Kentucky Headhunters wrote a song about it– slaw burgers, fries,a nd a bottle of ski. I have it shipped to me in Texas. It’s Mountain Dew with a kick, only it’s not “flat”. It’s great with gin. Although, I will admit Ale-8 is quite tasty when mixed with bourbon.

  13. WhyDoYouEvenTry?
    2:12 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    Chapel Hill has Time Out. That’s the late night spot after a long night of studying. You guys have no clue, do you?

  14. I'mTheDaddy
    2:12 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    Really #6?? We got a first timer over here!!

  15. Spaldings Rules
    2:13 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    -6 you must be new around here. look up at the top right picture of this site.

  16. btowncatfan
    2:13 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    9. Actually Pizza Hut headquarters are in Texas (Dallas ?). Yum is a “umbrella” company whose headquarters are in Louisville.

  17. Cheerwine Sucks
    2:17 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    Tastes like carbonated Halls cough syrup.

  18. H.A. Milton
    2:27 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    Those clips of Cal with the Dorm Chef seemed so out of place, but now…the man is PURE Genius. #18 on the otherhand, is an idiot…put your pointy hood away.

  19. GetSome
    2:29 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    #18. The only fail is that humans have to share air with you. Jackwagon!!

  20. 18IsARacist
    2:30 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    way to be a dick 18. someone always has to be a dick, don’t they?

  21. Recruiting
    2:33 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    Food schmood….any word on Patterson or Lucas yet?

  22. CPACAT
    2:34 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    Do not besmirch the joy, the Ecstasy really, that is Ale-8-One…I will not (ever again) move anywhere where Ale 8 is not sold..point blank, period!!

  23. Vince
    2:36 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    I was a UK fan going to school in Chapel Hill (enemy territory, I know). Anyway, I worked at the Carolina Club while going to school there and Roy Williams was a member. I don’t know where all this co-colar stuff started! We had Pepsi has our fountain drink supplier, yet we always had to keep the only Coke product Roy drank in stock, just in case he came in: Sprite Zero. SPRITE ZERO?! That stuff is NASTY but that’s all he drank! True story.

  24. blueblue
    2:37 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    Wiggins’ dad is a basketball man. He played professionally in the NBA. He has to understand how important it is and how it can affect Andrews future earnings to play for Cal and at UK.

  25. not_Dr Demento
    2:44 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    Fish heads, fish heads,
    Rolly-polly fish heads,
    Fish heads, fish heads,
    Eat them up, yum!

    and chase it down with some Ale 8-1

  26. Kevin C.
    2:44 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    No KFC….really?? What, because UL plays in the YUM! Center? That’s just dumb, Mrs. T.T.

  27. UKNeal7
    2:44 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    Dough Daddies on Versailles trumps Krispy Kreme every day of the week.

  28. Bill
    2:45 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    Mingua….nuff said

  29. big O
    2:51 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    Now you are having way too much fun with this!!! Next will analyze wheter he perfers Charmin or Northern!! lol

  30. FsuGrad
    2:51 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    I went to FSU 15yrs ago and the food sucked. Girls are everything they say and more, but now Tallahasse is being run over by FAMU. Yeah if you drive 30-45 min out of town you can get good seafood but not in tally. These days it’s all fried fast food and more along the lines of what that dude’s post said that got deleted.

  31. Al/in/Indy
    2:55 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    Actually Pizza Hut started in Wichita Ks in the 60s by two brothers who then sold it to Pepsi Cola Inc. in the mid 70s. It was also chaired by Joan Crawford who’s dead hubby owned Pepsi. Then Yum came into the picture.

  32. 9-asty
    2:55 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    I am now looking forward to this announcement more due to the fact that these dumb ass ranking will stop than I am because we could potentially get the top player.

  33. Maurice Ravel
    2:57 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    Charlotte Observer just confirmed that AW is attending Nashville Auto Diesel College in the fall.

    The commitment just torqued up NADC’s chance of winning the MidSouth Christmas Church League tournament. The NADC Greasemonkies will turbocharge the event if AW is firing on all 8 cylinders.

    I suck.

  34. miggles
    2:57 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    Hold up. Is Tyler badmouthing burgoo?

  35. tom
    2:59 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    22. CPACAT – my most humble apologies about Ale 8-1!

  36. Eskimo Brother
    3:01 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    Mingua Brothers

    ….that said I am just ready to move on and talk about how great next year is going to be, with OR without Wiggins.

  37. Alan Cutler's 'stash
    3:02 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    33, I thought they were just a dark horse that just recently got on. That churchleague will never be the same

  38. Mrs. Cals brownies
    3:04 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    When is his b-day?… Never underestimate the power of Mrs. Cals brownies!!!

  39. RUPPS_rhetoric
    3:29 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    Have to mention Tolly Ho and Cheddar Tots if you’re talking about Lexington and Kentucky Food.

  40. Teachable Mo'
    3:36 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    Magee’s is better than Spalding’s. Ale-8 proves that people can get used to anything, even hanging, if they hung long enough. Critchfield’s is the best butcher in the area. Winchell’s serves a great hot brown with country ham. Lexington has pretty ordinary barbecue.

    Tallahassee has great Spanish moss and the worst traffic in the country.

  41. Blueston
    3:50 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    Popeyes is by far the best fast food chicken…. i can’t LITERALLY can not believe this is a conversation.
    1 – Popeyes
    2 – KFC
    3 – Bojangles

  42. Blueston
    3:51 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    Popeyes is by far the best fast food chicken…. i LITERALLY can not believe this is a conversation.
    1 – Popeyes
    2 – KFC
    3 – Bojangles

  43. EndOfAnEra
    4:02 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    Mrs TT, I understand your not mentioning this UK icon, but UK grads should reflect for a moment on its passing: goodby K-Lair, we barely knew you. (thankfully, but still…)

  44. Really
    4:08 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    40 that’s a bold statement. Never had Magees but hard to believe there is a better doughnut than Spaldings.

  45. James K
    4:17 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    Listen, I’m a UK fan, but Louisville would beat all of these cities. We have incredible food here. Ask Matt.

  46. bigbludrew
    4:30 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    Northern Kentucky has Graeter’s (by far best ice cream on the planet) does that count? Also Montgomery Inn. That is some good BBQ sauce…

  47. 9-asty
    8:54 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    46- There are Graeter’s in Lexington too.

  48. football school
    10:01 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    Ale-8-1 is sugared swamp water from the bogs of Bowling Green, but it does have a nice aftertaste. Hot Browns rule. Go Big Blue

  49. Orangello
    10:19 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    Kansas has corn, but they use it to make corn flakes. In KY, we take our corn back in a hollar, add yeast and some copper line, and POOF! Magical…just magical.

  50. Orangello
    10:21 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    #28, That is some bad-a jerky. Good call.