Fueling the Jacksonville Jaguars' playoff run: bologna

Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

In a scenario ripped straight from our dreams, the Jacksonville Jaguars recently became the recipients of 350 pounds of free bologna. The meat was a gift from the National Hot Dot and Sausage Council, ESPN reports, following the revelation that Jacksonville head coach Doug Marrone is a big fan of bologna and cheese sandwiches. NFL coaches, they’re just like us!

Despite enjoying an NFL salary, Marrone keeps it real with his deli meat of choice, telling ESPN: “And I always like bologna because bologna, you never have to throw it out. In other words, if it’s in the refrigerator and you get a little film on it, then you just fry it and it tastes just as good.”

That, ladies and gentlemen, is a man of the people (even if it’s highly inadvisable to eat weeks-old filmy bologna).

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The Jaguars currently rank second in the AFC South behind the Tennessee Titans, who presumably are not enjoying a Boar’s Head boost this week. Actually, the Jaguars donated most of the Boar’s Head bologna to food banks, reserving a healthy 17.5 pounds for personal consumption.

As a parting note, while we at The Takeout are not an NFL team ranked second in the AFC South, we are deli meat enthusiasts. Should any sausage councils feel like shooting us a linebacker-sized delivery of liverwurst, we’ve got the rye bread and mustard ready.

Kate Bernot is a freelance writer and a certified beer judge. She was previously managing editor at The Takeout.

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DISCUSSION

They probably have a lot of it hanging around.

Just the other day I was talking among my friends and obviously all of us have eaten our share of bologna. Yet not one of our children had ever eaten it. We never buy it and I don’t know a parent who does. Fresh turkey, salami, ham. Sure. Bologna? Never.

They also have never seen a bologna commercial which is crazy as anyone from my generation can still recite the Oscar Mayer bologna song from memory. In fact, I just sang it to myself to spell Mayer correctly. After all, it’s my bologna’s second name.