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The fish bowl
 
Chicken wings and pizza? No doubt. Pretzels, potato chips and dip? Certainly.
 
Something about sushi and the Super Bowl seems, well, a tad fishy. But Wegmans says au contraire.
 
"Believe it or not, the big game is the No. 1 day for sushi all year in some of our stores, even beating New Year’s Eve, another big sushi day on the calendar," says John Emerson, Wegmans’ executive chef for sushi.
 
"It’s hard to keep up with demand on our biggest days, since rolling sushi takes a lot of work by hand and you have to make it just hours before it will be served to keep it top-quality."
 
Fish puns aside, Wegmans points out that while many people associate sushi with raw fish, the term "sushi" simply means vinegared rice. All other ingredients besides the seasoned rice are optional.

Hall of Fame
Only longtime area college football fans-and we mean really longtime-likely recognized one of the inductees in the 2012 class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a former player in Upstate New York.
 
Pittsburgh Steelers great Jack Butler played college ball southwest of Rochester in the 1950s for St. Bonaventure University. Jack, Bona class of 1951, was elected during Super Bowl Saturday festivities in Indianapolis.
 
"I dreamed about being a big, strong football player … but deep down, I don’t really think I believed what I was dreaming," said Jack, 84, during his press conference after being elected. "I knew I was pretty good, but I never thought I was that good."
 
He was one of two former players nominated by the seniors committee for the hall, but only he was elected. Jack was named to the NFL’s all-decade team of the 1950s after a stellar career as a cornerback with the Steelers.
 
He is the fourth Bona alum in one of the major sports halls of fame. Hughie Jennings and John McGraw are in the Baseball Hall of Fame, and Bob Lanier is in the Basketball Hall of Fame.
 
Wondering why you don’t hear about Bona football these days? Playing major college football proved a financial difficulty for the small school in the Southern Tier, and the school’s board of trustees voted in 1952 to end the football program after 60 years, St. Bonaventure explains.
 
Another Bona player who made it to the pro ranks was Mike Gavagan, who played for the Rochester Jeffersons in 1923. The Jeffs played in the NFL from 1920 to 1925.

Send tips, rumors, inside information or strange tales for the Loop to Managing Editor Mike Dickinson at mdickinson@rbj.net.

2/10/12 (c) 2012 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email rbj@rbj.net.

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