For Patriots linebacker Matt Judon, macaroni and cheese might as well be the next quarterback on his schedule.
He can’t stand it. He’ll do everything in his power to make it go away. And days out from Thanksgiving, the two-time Pro Bowler is encouraging anyone who will listen to do the same.
During a late-morning press conference Tuesday, Judon ranted against macaroni and cheese for two whole minutes. His rant was prompted by a question about his favorite Thanksgiving side dish. Instead, Judon took the time to discredit mac and cheese, which fellow linebacker Dont’a Hightower called a favorite Thanksgiving dish of his minutes earlier.
Here was Judon’s full answer: “I’m not even going to answer your question. I’m going to tell you: we got to get macaroni and cheese off the table. All right, guys? I’m getting on my soap [box]. It’s just cheese and noodles. It’s not that good. Let’s be honest, guys. Everybody here is probably a little lactose [intolerant], so it messes up our stomachs. And we have to get it off the table.
“It’s probably one of the most overrated dishes. But my favorite is the dressing. I do love dressing. But get macaroni and cheese off the table and it will be a much better Thanksgiving for everybody in the house. … I have never liked macaroni and cheese. You know how they say your taste buds change every seven years? … Every time I try it, it’s the same thing. It’s never going to change. It’s never going to get better, all right?
“I’m almost 30 now, I’m pretty set in my ways, and it’s disgusting. Get it off the table. The bathrooms will be less busy and everybody will have a better day. So if you want to have a good Thanksgiving, don’t cook macaroni and cheese. … My whole family loves it, my brothers and sisters. My mom cooks it in a big pan — they know not to put it on my plate, or that’s fighting words. All right? I’m going to have to fight everybody in the house one by one. And I will wait until they eat their macaroni and cheese, get sluggish, and then I’m going to whoop them.”
Story by Andrew Callahan, Boston Herald