Sunday, September 18, 2016

Cochinita Pibil Tacos

THE GAME: Michigan State vs. Notre Dame 

Actually, it was four different games: the above mentioned, Stanford vs. USC, Ohio State vs. Oklahoma, and UCLA vs. BYU. 

NOTES ON THE FOOD: 
  • I had several friends coming over to watch football with me, so I bought a "Destination Dinners" kit for making cochinita pibil. 
  • All of the dry ingredients are included, with directions. I cut up several pounds of pork shoulder and marinated them overnight, then slow cooked it all for about 12 hours. 
  • I served the meat with flour tortillas, cotija cheese, pickled red onions, and cilantro

NOTES ON THE GAME(S):
  • Remember when people called Albert Pujols "The Machine"? Can we call Stanford football that now? They just grind other teams down, rarely making mistakes. It's like watching the Spurs of the 00's or Greg Maddux in his prime: pretty boring, but undeniably effective. 
  • Bob Stoops has entered that weird zone inhabited by coaches/managers like Mike Scioscia and Mike Holmgren of "Can't Win A Big Game... Even Though They Already Have." He won a title 16 years ago, and I honestly can't remember him winning a big game since then. 
  • Three games in and I still have no idea what to make of the UCLA offense. Are they a decent offense with terrible playcalling? Are they an inconsistent team that occasionally gets lucky? Is there any chance they get any lucky breaks against Stanford next week?
  • It seems like every person I know either loves Notre Dame or hates them. I don't have any feeling towards them either way. 
  • I watched football from 6 AM (College GameDay) to 11:45 PM (the end of Texas-Cal). That was a great freaking day. 

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