It’s really nice to have a common bond about something stupid like that.
October 20, 2015 5:41 PM   Subscribe

During that excruciating waiting period, players stake out their preferences. “We’ll give a rundown of the donuts, look at them all and extend them through a combine, like the NFL combine,” safety Harrison Smith says. Donuts are judged on factors such as crispiness, size and frosting distribution. The Minnesota Vikings' Donut Club has an executive board, membership cards, and a strongly enforced set of donut rules.
posted by everybody had matching towels (25 comments total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
 
That is awesome, and I love it.
posted by jacquilynne at 5:54 PM on October 20, 2015


The one thing wrong with that article was that the picture captions used the generic term "donut" and did not specify which type of donut the player was eating. Super weak. Just an embarrassment.
posted by benito.strauss at 6:02 PM on October 20, 2015 [4 favorites]


I feel like there should be fantasy donut league, with points based around consumption rates. Looking at yoyo'a menu I think cookies has been under performing.
posted by 0bs01337 at 6:03 PM on October 20, 2015 [6 favorites]


Defensive end Brian Robison attacks his donut as he would an opposing QB.

As? As? Like, by biting?
posted by ostro at 6:04 PM on October 20, 2015 [3 favorites]


I really love the idea of a signature donut. I'm claiming raspberry bismarcks (with white frosting) as mine.
posted by triggerfinger at 6:05 PM on October 20, 2015 [2 favorites]


Dibs on sour cream.
posted by clavicle at 6:20 PM on October 20, 2015


Man, I wish "Doughnut Culture" reached out here.
The doughnut shops in town are either just bad or concentrate on over the top nonsense (crazy toppings, silly names) to the detriment of the actual doughnut.

I'd give anything to transplant a couple of small local east coast or midwest shops to my town.
posted by madajb at 6:21 PM on October 20, 2015 [2 favorites]


It’s every man for himself at Donut Club, and new attendees must watch and learn the routine. “You let them make mistakes and then yell at them,” Greenway says. “We like to watch them squirm. It’s a whole process that we enjoy.”

have I got a card game for you
posted by clavicle at 6:24 PM on October 20, 2015 [1 favorite]


Defensive end Brian Robison attacks his donut as he would an opposing QB.

As? As? Like, by biting?
posted by ostro at 9:04 PM


"With similar zeal." I guess I could have been clearer when writing the caption. :)
posted by stargell at 6:34 PM on October 20, 2015 [2 favorites]


‘Wow, that guy’s neck is way too big to be a normal person. That’s Chad Greenway. That’s awesome!’ ”

Heeeee. This was a great article, though I definitely want to know more about everyone's donut preferences now. I respect Jared Allen's commitment to the classics!
posted by TwoStride at 6:44 PM on October 20, 2015 [1 favorite]


Also: I'm claiming the chocolate glazed (NOT chocolate frosted)!
posted by TwoStride at 6:47 PM on October 20, 2015


TwoStride: In that case, I call chocolate frosted!
posted by Jeff Morris at 6:50 PM on October 20, 2015 [1 favorite]


‘Wow, that guy’s neck is way too big to be a normal person. That’s Chad Greenway. That’s awesome!’ ”

Ha, this is the line that made me want to post it to metafilter!

My donut is a single maple glazed timbit, please.
posted by everybody had matching towels at 6:57 PM on October 20, 2015 [5 favorites]


“I can’t begin to count the amount of requests from fans that I have had to purchase these shirts,” Sugarman says.

I don't even follow football but when I saw those shirts I thought, "Great shirt! I wonder if I can get one?"

*starts lifting weights, goes back in time, joins The Vikings, joins Donut Club, gets shirt*
posted by Fuzzy Monster at 7:20 PM on October 20, 2015


These photos are better than porn.
posted by roger ackroyd at 7:24 PM on October 20, 2015


This is the second most interesting article I've read concerning pro athletes and donuts today. This donut club is open to "gang members, nerds, jocks, teachers, lunch ladies".
posted by Theophrastus Johnson at 7:58 PM on October 20, 2015 [5 favorites]


I love the donut gazing photo. That's more Zen than most Zen.
posted by kandinski at 9:04 PM on October 20, 2015 [1 favorite]


given how the Vikings have been playing for most of the last 35 years, the last thing they need is a Donut club - they need an organic spinach club or something!.......geez!
posted by Yosemite Sam at 9:58 PM on October 20, 2015


This is utterly bonkers and absolutely delightful.

Sour cream glazed for me.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 11:50 PM on October 20, 2015


This may not have turned me into a football fan, but I'm now a Vikings fan. They even share the Lakers colors so I'm all set.

Donut Club president Eric Sugarman and board member Chad Greenway open the boxes to begin the viewing period.

The viewing period. The viewing period!

Also: I'm claiming the chocolate glazed (NOT chocolate frosted)!

Yes, yes, the specifics matter. I'm claiming the sugar raised (NOT sugar glazed.) Bar preferred, but Os still welcome.

L.A. is a great donut town. We should have a donut tasting meet-up where everyone brings a few donuts from their favorite local place. (There used to be a local completion that was essentially this idea.)
posted by Room 641-A at 5:14 AM on October 21, 2015


“The glazed donut is timeless,” Allen says. “I am a man of the classics. I don’t like a lot of frills. If there is something good, you don’t need to mess with it.”

I love this. "I am a man of the classics."
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 6:59 AM on October 21, 2015


I noticed that about L.A. (and Orange County) on my last visit. I live in the land where The Great Pink and Orange Beast rules supreme, but driving around the Southland every doughnut shop looked to be a one-off. Hope it stays that way.
posted by benito.strauss at 7:40 AM on October 21, 2015


I love this. "I am a man of the classics."

Yeah, like drinking and driving. Loved the article but it did nothing to change my opinion of Jared Allen who seems like a "Do You Know Who I Am?" kind of guys.
posted by yerfatma at 8:16 AM on October 21, 2015


Re Los Angeles and independent donut shops: the short answer is that one Cambodian refugee bought a donut shop and and then a whole bunch. And then starting leasing donut shops to other Cambodians. Here's a story about donuts and the donut king, Ted Ngoy.
posted by atomicstone at 11:34 AM on October 21, 2015 [2 favorites]


Ted Ngoy, previously.
posted by Room 641-A at 10:58 AM on October 22, 2015


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