A few weeks ago, Mike Leach, my favorite college football coach because he went to law school and holds up pirates as role models, went on a tirade after Tech lost to the University of Texas in Austin. He got so pissed during the postgame press conference that he singled out the officials, invoking the chicken-egg metaphor,
It’s a little like breakfast - you eat ham and eggs. As coaches and players, we’re like the ham. You see - the chicken’s involved but the pig’s committed. We’re like the pig, they’re like the chicken. They’re involved, but everything we have rides on this.
New York Times
Jim Dickinson writes that in studio circles in Memphis, this is referred to as the Ham Factor:
"This breakfast analogy is referred to in audio engineering as the Ham Factor. It refers to such practices as recording echo or committing processed or effected sound to tape in the tracking or overdub process rather than waiting 'til the mix. So- and -so has a high Ham
Factor- one would say. I have always said the chicken makes a "contribution," but "involved" in truly better!"