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Got the following email from Alex Leopold regarding Michael Sansolo’s column about the Akron Aeros minor league baseball team’s food choices at its concessions this year:

Read your article on the about the Akron Aeros and their plethora of hot dog topping choices. It's quite incredible but I think I may have something that is even more of an "overload" for you...

The CLAWlossal from the Hickory Crawdads (Texas Rangers Single-A affiliate) in Hickory, NC.

It's an absolutely ridiculously amount of food on a platter that would probably test both Kobayashi's heart and stomach. If you ever find yourself able to come down to Hickory, NC, we would love to have you and you can see it for yourself.The CLAWlossal includes:
- Footlong hot dog with chili & cheese- Pub chips- Eight ounce hamburger- BBQ sandwich- Corn dog- Five onion rings- Four cheese sticks- Two pickle spears.It only costs $25 which is great deal when you think about the enormous amount of food you're getting. If someone finishes it in an inning or less, they receive a CLAWlossal t-shirt, a photo on the CLAWlossal wall, AND, of course, their money back.

And the next day, I’m guessing, they post the person’s obituary on the scoreboard.

(Just joking. We kid because we love.)

We had a story yesterday about how the former head of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) says that food labels with “B.S.” claims are “rampant” in Canada - but that regulators ought not crack down on them. And I was a little surprised by this, commenting:

I know I will be accused by some of favoring a nanny state, but I think that one of the things that government ought to do is protect its citizens from lies that are perpetrated by people and companies looking to make money on the wings of these falsehoods ... And the companies that don’t lie or try to mislead their customers ought to be out in front calling for such regulations and severe consequences.

Which led MNB user Andy Casey to write:

I couldn’t agree more.  The role of government in business is to protect competition rather than competitors, and ensuring companies are dealing fairly and honestly with consumers is a big slice of that.

Another MNB user wrote:

The problem is that it will cost money to do this. That would imply additional tax dollars (revenue) would be needed. The only segment of our society that could meet the expense of more taxes is too busy using their money to create jobs…so what will we do?

I say most of this with a bit of sarcasm and as I have a boss to answer to please do not post my name…

Regarding Walmart’s slippage and Target’s gains in their price wars, one MNB user wrote:

When you live by price, you die by price…


And, responding to my minor rant about St. Patrick’s Day over-commercialization, Hortencia Espinoza wrote:

I second your Bah Humbug. I do the same thing every year on St Valentine’s Day and St Patrick’s Day.

I wonder if the NRF asked the people they polled:

Who is St Patrick?
Why do the Irish celebrate him?

What does the Shamrock symbolize?

Do you know you can’t drink on that day because it’s during LENT?

I am very lucky. I get to celebrate it every year with my friend Karl who was born and raised in Dublin. He moved here when he was 25. I get to eat true Irish corned beef and cabbage (although this year it will be cabbage since I’m giving up meat for Lent.) Then we sit on his balcony and make fun of all the “daft Americans” as they walk the streets of San Francisco drunk.

I’m giving up Catholic guilt for Lent.

Can I get an “amen”?
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