Tuesday 21 February 2017

Football Pie Story: "I wouldn't eat that on TV!"

So unless you've been hiding under a rock for the last 24 hours, you might have heard of a pie-ticular incident that happened in the Sutton United v Arsenal FA Cup tie. No, I'm not talking about Sutton's dream run from non-league obscurity to Round 5 of the FA Cup, or Theo Walcott's 100th goal for the Gunners. Of course I'm referring to the pastry-based object that the reserve keeper Wayne Shaw ate DURING the match, now subject of a pie-tential betting infringement.

What an actual football pie looks like - this one at Yeovil Town
But you know what makes it worse? He ate a pasty! IT WASN'T EVEN A PIE!!! No wonder he's now ruing his decision! A pasty?! I wouldn't eat that on TV! I wouldn't eat that at all!!!

That's right - while the subject of most of the debate has focused on Mr Shaw admitting he knew he was the subject of a bet to eat a pie during the match - leading to an FA investigation and Mr Shaw offering his resignation - what we at Pierate are most outraged at is the fact that everyone keeps calling the pasty he ate a pie!

A pasty is not a pie!!!

How many times do we have to say it?! As if the furore surrounding a pasty winning the British Pie Awards 2016 was not enough, now it seems the mainstream media don't know the difference between a pie and a pasty! Not helped by the BBC commentator calling the pastry based product a pie during the coverage of the game on BBC One on Monday night, it seems the papers and other news outlets have jumped on the "pie" wagon.

As stated in our pie dictionary, we define a true pie as "filling fully encased in pastry with clearly defined base, sides and lid." Even putting the fully encased in pastry v top crust issue to one side for a moment, a pasty quite simply does not conform to this or any correct definition of a pie, as it is just one piece of pastry folded over the filling. #NoPie

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Even Morrisons supermarket seemed to get caught up in all the excitement by supposedly offering Wayne Shaw a one year deal to be one of their pie tasters - though following the later sacking and potential legal proceedings coming Wayne's way that may sink without a trace!

Whatever the future may hold for Mr Shaw, we hope it won't put him off his pies. Maybe that offer from Morrisons will be even more lucrative now he's a free agent?!

Sam and Rob being interviewed by BBC Sport's Azi Farni
Watch the video on the BBC Sport website
You don't need us to tell you we know a thing or two about football pies! If you've even glanced at our pie blog you're bound to have seen mention of our football pie video with BBC Sport (at the home of our top rated football pie, Morecambe FC) or our football pie article with Buzzfeed or our Pieremiership table, detailing all the football pies we've eaten in-ground! We've even been football pie experts on BBC One hit show "Rip Off Britain"! We know our pies (and they're not pasties!)


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