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ESPN Held A ‘Fanwich’ Contest, And This Matt Cain-Inspired Beauty Won

You may ask yourself, “What the hell is a ‘Fanwich’ contest?” To answer that query, I will inform you that it is a sandwich constructed in honor of a player, inspired by this commercial, one of ESPN’s many “It’s Not Crazy, It’s Sports” promos. Even so, you may ask yourself, “Why in the hell would this commercial necessitate actually having something call a ‘Fanwich’ contest?” Further, you may ask yourself, “Am I right?…Am I wrong?” And you may tell yourself, “MY GOD!…WHAT HAVE I DONE?”

Oops. Got Talking Heads on the brain there for a second. Apologies.

Moving on, behold –  The Matt Cain: World Championship Edition from Ike’s Place in San Francisco, a delectable creation named after the San Francisco Giants starting pitcher, which was just voted as the best sports-inspired sandwich in the country. The details, via ESPN Media Zone:

Ike’s Place in San Francisco earned the most votes for a sandwich inspired by Cain’s scoreless-inning streak in the 2010 post season. The winning sandwich commemorated the streak by putting Roast Beef, Salami, Turkey, Beer Battered Mozzarella Sticks, Ike’s Dirty Secret Sauce, Ike’s Godfather Sauce, Ripe Green California Avocado and, since every Champ gets a ring, Golden Beer Battered Onion Rings, all on a French roll.

Mozzarella sticks? On a sandwich? That’s kooky talk! But I will tell you this: it sure sounds scrumptious. And the sammie’s namesake apparently agrees. I’ll take two of those bad boys. And a bottle of Rolaids – if you can find them. Seriously, what in the hell happened to Rolaids. I cannot find them anywhere.

Anyhoo, the press release has other interesting morsels of factoids regarding the contest, but the one I found most interesting was the following:

  • Bacon was the most used meat, appearing in 61 fanwiches. That’s 32.8 percent of sandwiches. Beef was the runner-up with 60 appearances.

Ah yes. Bacon. Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was.

Ike’s Place, in San Francisco, Wins ESPN’s Fanwiches Contest [ESPN Media Zone]