Papa John's A Proud Member Of The 40/30 Club

40 pizza in 30 days.

Jim Rome
November 26, 2019 - 10:22 am
Papa John

USA Today


The Jets destroyed the Raiders on Sunday night and then they celebrated. I’m not going to say the Jets are back, but they are back on Page Six. And Sam Darnold is getting run. Check this quote:

Surging New York Jets quarterback Darnold celebrated his team’s Sunday afternoon routing of the Raiders long into the night — but he may have taken on a little too much “jet fuel,” sources tell Page Six.

And there’s more. “They were celebrating like they’d just won the Super Bowl,” said a spy on the scene. “Sam Darnold was wasted, hooking up with some girl. The other guys on the team had to [look after] him.”

And? Are you actually telling me someone was out drinking in New York and was “hooking up with some girl?” That’s a story? That’s not a story. Again, I want to stress this, I don’t know if it’s true, but even if it is true, I’m still not sure it’s actually a story.

You want a real story? Cover this.

Those are the edited highlights of Papa John talking about Mark Shapiro going to jail, the day of reckoning, and the fact that he’s had 40 pizzas in 30 days. 40 pizzas in 30 days. That’s pizzas, not slices. Whole pies.

There is a lot going on there. A whole lot. Like 40 pizza in 30 days.

And that is why Papa John is trending on twitter right now. And if the Papa is trending, that is not a good thing. Not at all.

And yes, I’m aware, clones, the Pizza Slinger is not the picture of health. And he doesn’t sound great either. And I know there have been other incidents in the past when it looks like he’s been celebrating something a bit too much. And we’re not here to talk about that.

This is a sports show. He’s talking about food. I’m not even sure why this is a topic here at all.

But, let me repeat: he’s had 40 pizzas in 30 days. The dude that used to chuck a football about three hundred yards just ate 40 pizzas in 30 days. And he looks like it. And sounds like it.

That could almost be a public service announcement. Instead of this is your brain on drugs, this is your face on 40 pizzas.

Don’t get me wrong, I love pizza. I’m not hating on the Papa killing 40 pies in 30 days, I respect it. I respect the hustle, I respect the love, and the passion, and the hunger for the pizza category.

He’s the original member of the 40/30 club. 40 pizzas in 30 days.

If that’s true, that’s more impressive than Jose Canseco going 40/40. I love that he says that like it’s a totally normal thing or even that he’s bragging about it. Then again, if I ate 40 pizzas in 30 days and lived, I’d be pretty pleased too.

And yes, I’ve seen the video. I don’t need you losers to tell me about it or describe it to me. I don’t need your take on how he looks and how he sounds.

Hey, Rome, did you see how sweaty he is? Has he been bathing in garlic sauce?

Knock it off. Personal appearance is not show fodder. It never has been and it never will be. I don’t care that it looks like that interview was conducted inside a pizza oven.

Yes, the whole look and feel of that interview is little surprising. I haven’t been that caught off guard by the Papa since he rushed the set on Radio Row a few years back.

But this isn’t about how he looks or how he sounds. The real story here is that he was eating 40 pizzas in 30 days, I guess to test for quality. And he didn’t think it was good.

And the follow-up story is – why was he eating 40 pizzas in 30 days, to test the quality, allegedly? Wouldn’t a slice or two tell you about the quality? Do you really need to eat the whole thing?

Hey Rome, was he eating 40 pizzas in 30 days or rubbing them on his face?

Of course he wasn’t rubbing pizzas on his face. What kind of a lunatic would buy 40 pizzas in 30 days and rub them on his face? That makes no sense at all.

Get out of here with that garbage. Give me my show back.

We’re not talking about it. But even if we were, it’s way more of a story than Sam Darnold allegedly celebrating a big win in New York City.