◼️ I’m sure you have eaten at this sandwich least once, it’s every child’s favorite one.
Apparently, the NBA is obsessed with sandwiches. If you are a basketball fan, you may master the subject. I, on the other hand, am not, so it’s something totally new to me. However, I do love the stories about what obsesses people, so I approached ESPN to review their new research on the fascination of the NBA with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. And let me tell you that I was not disappointed.
This is what happened. It all started in 2007, when a colleague, whose name was not mentioned, of former player Kevin Garnett, complained that he was very hungry. The anonymous player told Garnett: “I could really eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich”, and Garnett agreed. In fact, he thought it was such a good idea that since that night, he basically gave the order to incorporate the sandwich in the ritual prior to the Celtics games.
The conditioning and strengthening coach of the team, Bryan Doo, told ESPN that he suddenly found himself making sandwiches three hours before each game. He even had a secret key for each sandwich: he marked each bag with a letter, depending on the flavor of the jam or the type of peanut butter he used. He also said that if Garnett was not given his sandwich before each game, he would get angry. “Even if he didn’t eat it, he needed to have it there.”
Nothing remains a secret for long, and of course, the rumor of the sandwich spread to the point that the coaches of the entire league were in need of preparing it for their players. Each team has different requirements, but sandwiches are a must. In 2015, the Golden State Warriors hired Lachlan Penfold for the newly created position responsible for physical performance and sports medicine, and the first thing he did was to ban the team’s sugar, including sandwiches. The team protested. Penfold eventually gave in (and shortly afterwards they fired him and / or resigned under mysterious circumstances). The message was clear: the peanut butter and jelly sandwich stays.