In case you didn’t know, I’ve been keeping VERY close track of what the Shockers eat. And I got an even closer glimpse this week.
It all started when I did a little post about the local restaurants that regularly cater the Shockers’ pre-game meals, which always happen four hours before tip off on home game days. Doo-Dah Diner gets the job for afternoon games. Sweet Basil does evening games. And Bella Luna Cafe often gets the job on Saturdays. The guys like simple foods with lots of carbs and protein, the restaurants told me. They love comfort food, cheesecake and brownies, and they were very excited at Christmas when Sweet Basil served them prime rib.
Then, in the process of reporting a story about which sports bars show Shocker games on television, I found out that when head coach Gregg Marshall broadcasts his radio show live from Deano’s Grill & Tapworks every Monday night, he tends to order a pizza topped with sausage, red onions, jalapenos and banana peppers
Last week, Timirie Shibley, who owns Doo-Dah Diner with her chef husband Patrick, revealed even more detail about individual Shockers’ culinary preferences when she posted on Facebook details from a conference call in which Fred VanVleet, Ron Baker and Cleanthony Early took turns telling her exactly what they’d like to eat. Baker wanted meatloaf. VanVleet wanted fried pork chops and garlic mashed potatoes. And Early wanted oxtails and beans plus greens. All wanted cheesecake. Chef Shibley gamely fulfilled all their requests.
Finally, early this week, I received the above picture from Kurt Schmidt, owner of one of Wichita’s best pizza places: Picasso’s. He’s been wanting to take congratulatory pizzas to the coaching staff for a long time, and on Monday, he tromped through the snow on the Wichita State University campus carrying two of his restaurant’s mega-giant pizzas, so big they have to go in the trunk because they won’t fit through the average car door.
One of the pizzas was topped with pepperoni announcing the team’s then record. (He needs a a few more pepperoni on that 5 now, though.) The office staff was thrilled, he said, and Marshall came out of his office to pose for a picture.
“I just had been wanting to do that for a long time,” Schmidt said. “It was fun.”