Shabazz Napier is probably well fed right now, but according to an interview he gave, there have been plenty of nights that he goes to bed hungry.
Apparently athletes get a meal plan at the state colleges, but it’s not enough to adequately feed the players according to Shabazz. That caught the attention of state lawmakers that want to follow schools like Northwestern that are unionizing their athletic departments. At a time when hundreds of thousands of dollars are being made off these players, shouldn’t they at least be able to afford a hotdog and some tater tots at the school cafeteria? “I don’t feel student-athletes should get hundreds of thousands of dollars, but like I said, there are hungry nights that I go to bed and I’m starving,” says Shabazz.
Right. It’s gotta feel crappy when you see your jersey with your number selling for $50 a pop, and you’re trying to figure out if you can buy a poptart. Regardless, the state officials will figure all that out- What I’m wondering is… What is there to eat at UCONN? Is it even worth it?
Let’s take a look at some highlights from today’s menu:
McMahon Dining Hall today is offering:
Vietnamese Style Pork Spring Roll
Cachapas (Hmmm… I’ll pass)
Crunchy Veggie Maki with Miso Dressing
Fettucini with Bacon and Parsnips Plate
Lebanese Beef Kafta
Ancho and Achote Chicken With Esquites
(I guess they’re really into exotic foods? Maybe Shabazz is starving because he just wants a burger and isn’t into Vietnamese Spring Rolls)
Maybe North Hall Dining Hall has some more appetizing selections:
Salmon with Leeks and Red Pepper
Potato Kale Burger
(Mmmm… Can’t wait to sink my teeth into that potato kale burger)
Okay, let’s try another dining hall- Gelfenbien Commons & Halal
Today they’re offering:
Grilled Flank Steak w/Balsamic Reduction
Ravioli w/ Mushrooms Sundried Tomato Cream Sauce
Well, okay- I guess?
So ultimately I’m not sure if Shabazz is hungry because their chefs are overly enthusiastic about their menu- or because the dining halls just aren’t open that late (Most close by 10p)- Either way, here’s an unflattering review I came across:
BUT- on the other hand, according to Shabazz last night, the team won because they were “hungry” for the win. So maybe that lack of food contributed to their success.
Click here to see all the menus that are available via UCONN.