Football season is just a month or so away. I can't wait, mainly for the pro season and my Eagles to try to get a little further into the playoffs this year. By the way, anyone want in on a simple NFL fantasy football league that I'll be running? I need a handful of others since some of the players I had last year either left my company (which makes them awkward to invite), decided that they only like football (as in soccer), or couldn't commit to only 10 minutes a week. It's free, has no prizes except for bragging rights, and will hopefully have slightly more trash talking than last season. Leave me a comment if you're interested. I hope to get this league up soon.
But there is one highlight to college football as well. I love the Penn State team as required by law where I grew up. But college football is only good as long as your team is undefeated. Beyond that, you rarely have the opportunity to be national champs, which is the only goal for a program like PSU. So one loss, back to a pro-only TV schedule for me. Let's see what Old-Man Paterno has up his sleeve this year.
And one of the most fun events ever, although it's been several years since my last chance--that would be tailgating at a Penn State football game. Growing up only 20 miles from Beaver Stadium, at least half of my town went over to each game, ticket or not. Some of my family's friends had season tickets and some had season tickets just to the motorhome parking area. But regardless of whether you knew the people, you were always welcome to take part in the eating and drinking with the huge home-town contingent. I can't tell you how many people I didn't know invited me for a beer and a dog, a game of catch with the football in the parking lot and sometimes even a ticket. Cool and generous people, and it helped that I always had friends attending Penn State where I could crash afterward. For a while, it was my friends, some on the 10-year graduation plan. But even after they graduated, some of my friends' younger siblings (who used to be considered punks) provided a couch. Good times! And by the way, Shitt on Pitt! I always loved that one.
Today I'm drinking Downtown Brown brewed by Lost Coast Brewery & Cafe in Eureka, California. You guessed it, another crazy picture on the label. I don't know why I can't stop thinking about that Dr. Seuss story Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?
There is a nice nutty aroma with some sweetness and hops hints. The flavors start out malty, with some caramel, slight coffee, and a very light touch of nuts and smokiness. Very smooth. Some hoppiness comes along to cut a little bit of the sweetness, and you end up with a long-lasting drier finish. Great flavors and easy to drink. I wish I had five more to go with this one.
Philadelphia Eagles Wall Mounted Beer Bottle Opener
ESPN Fantasy Football Guide 2009
Penn State Nittany Lions Binoculars