Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Brotherly Love or Sibling Rivalry?

This is becoming a bit of a rivalry. There's always something going on with these two. It's like the Superbowl all over again, but this time it's at home.

Of course, the duo I'm talking about is Marshmallow Fluff and peanut butter. Or, The Fluffernutter. Marshmallow Fluff was invented in Somerville, Mass in 1917, and moved up the shore to Lynn in 1920 where it's still made to this day. Controversy has surrounded this seemingly wholesome food of late. In March Williams-Sonoma was sued when they attempted to sell a candy which used the Fluff name without permission. And now, a State Senator from Somerville, the birth place of the American Flag and Fluff, is pursuing a bill that would ban the marshmallow cream from school cafeterias. "It's not a wholesome meal", said Senator Jarrett T. Barrios. "I'm not sure we should even be calling it a food." This has prompted a call to arms. Thom's regular, and noted Fluffer, Robert Young had this response: "That's bulls*it!" So, in true revolutionary fashion, New Englanders have stood up to be counted on the side of Fluff. And, due to the efforts of these Sons (and Daughters) of Liberty it would seem his fluff legislation is mired in the marshes. In fact, Sen. Barrios has prompted a counter-movement that is trying to establish the fluffernutter as the State Sandwich of Massachusettes. He should have known better than to mess with Lynn.

If you know a product that is "born and bred" New England, let me know and we'll profile it here.

Alrighty, back to the Red Sox. We host the Phillies this weekend, and the rumor is that they hate Fluff! How dare they? Come on out to Thom's and root against these misfluffists! The truth is that the Phillies are still bitter over the 1915 World Series when we kicked their asses 4 games to 1! (How Ernie Shore dropped that first game I'll never understand.)

Don't forget the Mets go to Fenway next week. Look for Rick's Picks on Tuesday, Pedro on Wednesday, and Narragansett all week long.

"Lynn, Lynn, the city of sin.
It's full of hookers you'd think were men.
Ask for a water, you'll get vodka and gin...
the place is yours for a dollar ten."

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