Sandwich controversy at NFL Media’s Huddle Cafe?

On his last visit to NFL Network, Mark Sanchez enjoyed chef Karl Matz‘s turkey panini so much that he ordered two of them two take with him on his way out.

Thus the “Sanchini,” the Huddle Cafe’s tribute to Sanchez, was born.

Mmmmm, the "Tebowich" just oozes with potential. (Ben Liebenberg/NFL)

But the response to the Sanchini, made on sourdough bread with green onions, cheddar cheese and pesto mayo, was uninspiring. Kind of like Sanchez.

In fact, the Sanchini was so underwhelming that chef Matz was forced to remove it from the cafeteria’s menu.

Matz searched for years for a proper follow-up to the Sanchini. Something and NFL Network’s employees could get behind.

The Sapp Wrap? Too filling.

The Dukes Quesadilla? Too spicy.

The Rich Eisen Special? What, exactly, is a Rich Eisen special?

Enter the “Tebowich.” Made on focaccia bread, Matz’s culinary tribute to Tim Tebow features marinated skirt steak, fontina cheese, red onions, roasted red peppers tomatoes and garlic aioli.

This blogger has sampled the goods and while I wouldn’t make it my go-to sandwich, the results are good enough. Certainly better than the “Sanchini.” I wouldn’t normally associate the combined ingredients with a hearty meal, but the flavors blend well together in a surprisingly unconventional fashion. The tomatoes and peppers add a certain sloppiness that I’d hope to avoid, but the end result is satisfyingly good. This is no backup sandwich.

Carnegie Deli can have its “Jetbow.” The Huddle Cafe has the “Tebowich.”

— Aron Angel

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