Since I’ve started dating Matt, my affinity for collegiate athletics has grown to embrace college football. And this past weekend, quite literally, kicked off the start to the 2012-2013-college football season. Many of you know I’m fan of college sports so it works out quite well. Basketball will still be my favorite and when it comes to professional teams, I do follow faithfully the Bears and Cubs for the record.
Unfortunately though, since I’ve started watching college football, it has created a minor rift with my best friend, Jill. Why you may ask? Well, Matt’s favorite team is the University of Michigan. And Jill’s is Michigan State. So yeah, a little rivalry. And I’m in the middle (well maybe be a little closer to the U of M side…). Truth be told, they’re pretty good about playing nicely. And the trash talk is pretty amusing.
One new thing that I’m learning about watching college football is all the preparation to watch the game from your sofa. It starts with the apparel. At least a t-shirt or shorts displaying the school is required. Baseball caps can be worn for additional flare. Once you’re properly outfitted, it is time to add some flare in the room of which you will be watching the game. This can be done a few ways. One way is to hang up flags and or pennants. If that’s not enough, break out your cozies, plastic cups, beer glasses, or shot glasses from your favorite team. They might come in handy later pending on how well they are doing. Once the stage is set, it’s time for the meal.
I’m not going to lie, the food is my favorite thing. Matt had picked up New York strip steak for us. We grilled the steaks and topped them with blue cheese and fried onions. Tasty! For a side we baked sweet potatoes together with brussel sprouts with garlic, thyme and olive oil. Also very tasty. And for dessert we enjoyed New Glarus’s Raspberry Tart over vanilla bean ice cream. This was extremely tasty!
Even though Michigan was not able to win against Alabama, I had a great meal and learned about the proper preparation for a college football game. I’m ok spending the rest of my Saturday nights watching college football if it means getting steak and drinking good beer. Oh, and the company is not so bad either.