‘Absolute abomination’: ESPN broadcasters carry on tradition by eating mayo-covered macarons

After a cringeworthy condiment pairing was dubbed a “crime against humanity” last year, an ESPN broadcaster dutifully carried forth the torch of tradition during a Friday college football broadcast with a fancier twist that still left witnesses crying out over the “absolute abomination.”

(Video: ESPN)

The University of Maryland Terrapins traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina on Friday to take on the North Carolina State Wolfpack for the third edition of the Duke’s Mayo Bowl Game. While Maryland went on to defeat NC State 16 to 12, what happened in the ESPN broadcast booth during halftime may have drawn more attention than what took place on the field with some promotional flair for the sponsor.

Just ahead of kickoff for the second half, ESPN’s Anish Shroff and his broadcast partner, former NFL quarterback Brock Osweiler, were joined by Duke’s mascot Tubby. It was then that Shroff snagged a macaron from a box and enthusiastically dunked it in a jar of mayonnaise before taking a bite.

“You give us your thoughts on the first half; I’m going to take one of these delicious macarons, and there’s only one way to do this,” he narrated. “I need a lot of mayonnaise.”

“Anish has been dying for this moment in the football game!” Osweiler said as he looked on. The expression on Shroff’s face as the unusual confection hit his tastebuds looked to be as confused as the sweet and tangy pairing itself while the former football player proceeded as normal.

Witnesses at home weighed in with one saying pointedly, “I like mayo, but… I just witnessed an absolute abomination: a macaron dipped in Dukes Mayo.”

Tacking on to the opinion that there could be nothing enjoyable about the deviant dessert, another suggested for future games, “The Duke’s Mayo Bowl should change all penalties from yardage to players having to take a bite of a macaron with mayo on it like the announcers just did.”

Shroff couldn’t take credit for the pairing as that was owed to his partner from the year prior, Mike Golic Jr., who had convinced him to enjoy what looked to be an Oreo cookie dipped in mayonnaise. Witnesses found that just as disgusting as they did this year with Shroff’s twist with the use of macarons, which he partook of off-air as well with a message to Golic, “Mike, this is for you.”

Holding out the jar enticingly, Shroff went on to ask Osweiler, “You want some? You wanna try it?” to which the former quarterback replied, “Yeah, sure. Why not? Why not? We’re here. I’m hungry.”

“It’s pretty good,” Shroff said as he looked on and kept the dialogue going. “It’s actually good. The macarons are really good. Put it in mayo, gives it a little twang.”

He then ripped Osweiler for his apprehensive dunk and said, “Oh, come on, more than that. That’s not a lot.”

The football player’s take on the delicacy, “Well, it’s interesting.”

Meanwhile, another tradition was held to conclude the third year of the six-year sponsorship deal Duke’s Mayo made when the Terrapin’s head coach Mike Locksley was covered in mayonnaise to celebrate his team’s victory.



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