This morning I read a hilarious article in Sports Illustrated called Animalympics. Animalympics what might that be you ask?  Last week it was reported on ESPN, that Tennessee Titans running back  Chris Johnson and Chicago Bears return man  Devin Hester, raced a Cheetah for a National Geographic special. The results will not be released however, until the special airs sometime in the fall. Being the smarty pants I am, I knew that a cheetah can run up to 70 mph. What I did learn while reading the SI article, was the fact that Johnson was chosen to run this race because he posted the fast 40 time ever at the NFL combine. His time…4.24. That translates to 19.29 mph. So I’m gonna say it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure what the outcome of this race will look like. Let’s hope there is some cool Plexiglas between the competitors. If not, that could make for some real entertainment. As exciting as it will be to watch this unique competition, the best part of the article was the comparison of Travis Frederick’s 40 time to that of the eastern gray squirrel. Travis, a center from Wisconsin,  posted the slowest 40 of anyone drafted at the combine. His time 5.58 which averages out to 14.7 mph and so he would be best suited to compete against the squirrel who clocks in at 12.4 mph. With this scenario, there would be no need for Plexiglas and who doesn’t love a cuddly little squirrel dipping and dodging all over the place. Now that would be great entertainment.

Some good chicken wings brings out the beast in all of us..These yummy little morsels are delicious. They have a nice kick with a subtle sweetness….

Chipotle Chicken Wings….

St. Francis Academy and Chipotle Wings 010


– 1 lb fresh chicken wings

– vegetable oil

– 3 chipotle peppers with adobo sauce ( 1/4 -1/3 cup)

– 1/3  cup molasses

– 1/3 cup ketchup

– 2 tbsp white vinegar

– pinch of cayenne pepper

– salt

– black pepper


1. Rinse chicken wings and pat dry. Fry in 350 degree oil for 12-13 minutes. Drain on a paper towel and immediately season with salt and pepper.

2. In food processor, combine chipotle peppers, adobo sauce, molasses, ketchup, vinegar, cayenne, and some salt and pepper. Puree in food processor.

3. Put mixture in a small sauce pan, bring to a boil and reduce allowing to simmer.

4. When all wings are fried, put into a medium bowl, coat with sauce. Toss wings around until all are coated.

5. I served this with ranch dressing…..

Remember…..Who Do You Want In Your Kitchen On Game Day!!!