Start Yer Slow Cookers, Sports Fans!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Hey! This turned out to be post 1200! Yay me.

I'm a sports fan. I think that most of you have probably gathered that by now. I don't actually play any sports although I did throughout my childhood - bowling, baseball, figure skating, soccer, gymnastics to name a few. These days I prefer to watch from the sidelines. Hey, I'm lazy, give me a break. Now, I'm not one of those die-hard fans with their favourite players' jerseys, caps, sweaters, socks, jackets, sheets, pillows, key chains, or other paraphernalia; not that there's anything wrong with that. I'm just not one of "those" people. Truth be told, I don't have any particular team that I'm so enamoured with, in any sport, that I would even consider going to those extremes.

Generally in hockey, I support the Oilers although part of me secretly hopes the Leafs will one day win the Cup (don't tell the Admiral, I'll never live it down). For Canadian football, I follow the Eskimos (another local team) although I like Saskatchewan and freely admit to cheering for the Stamps, even when they've played the Esks. Baseball - I used to really like baseball. Now? Not as much but still root for the Jays when the Admiral's got them on television. I don't follow basketball, frankly it bores me to tears. And I haven't followed tennis closely enough since the days of Ivan Lendl to really tell you much about who's playing although I still try to catch the men's Wimbeldon finals ever summer. English Premier League football (aka soccer) - obviously Portsmouth or whoever is playing against Man Utd. International football? Italy for sure but it varies.

This time of year is great for a sports fan like me - World Series baseball and the start of hockey season. Not to mention weekely EPL matches on Saturday mornings. And the big one for us Canadians...Grey Cup Playoffs. The Grey Cup is like the Canadian Super Bowl without as many viewers, a milder halftime show, and less tailgating. While it's still three and 1/2 weeks away, I'm already planning the day long menu for the Admiral and I as we watch the pregame show and the main event (approx 5-6 hours of football viewing pleasure). Yes, sadly, it's a party of 2. None of our family enjoys the game other than us and any friends we have that are fans already have plans (yes, they plan far in advance...some have longstanding annual Grey Cup parties).

Unfortunately I'm not feeling too well this week. I've been home sick both yesterday and today so thinking about "football" type food is not going well. However, I've decided to go with the old standby - chili. Our version will be vegetarian however and served with garlic toast and jasmine rice. Oooh how I love the jasmine. That'll be dished out likely around halftime as kickoff is at 4PM mountain time (they're playing in Montreal this year). Pregame, I had considered nachos but given that we're having chili a couple of hours later. Instead, I'm thinking of pita chips with tzatziki and veggies with onion dip. It's also one of the rare occasions where we'll enjoy a bevvie or two that those under the age of 18 can't legally purchase or enjoy. For me, Strongbow. For the admiral...she's not to picky but I thought I might introduce her to some Newcastle Pale Ale if I can find some. There was the idea of serving caesers but that's just dangerous. Mmmmm.

I believe that our resident Bad Tempered Zombie usually has an annual Grey Cup bash. What about the rest of you? Other sporting event get togethers?


Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

I'd love to see you and the Admiral all liquored up.

nwtrunner said...

I'll be taking some chili (probably made with muskox) to the local Legion to watch the Grey Cup. Would love for it to be a Montreal-Edmonton rematch of the last Grey Cup I attended at Commonwealth - where Montreal beat our Eskimos in our building. So - it'd only be fitting for the Eskies to go to Montreal and take the Grey Cup from them, n'est-ce-pas?

Barring that - go Riders!

Either way - the chili and beer and fresh-made buns will be good. Lots and lots of chili - yours sounds good too, even if it doesn't feature wild Arctic animals.

Candy Minx said...

I love football season. I am Winnipeg Bluebombers fan in CFl.

In NFL, I love the Eagles. All the way! And then I have some other teams I follow like Seahawks, Dolphins, Colts.

I love basketball and right now there isa superstar rumoured to be like Air Jordon...we are watching Derrick Rose. Check him out!

I used to love LA Lakers...but when Magic retired I was was heartbroken and couldn't watch for a long time.

Candy Minx said...

p.s. I am sorry you are not feeling well...I hope by the weekend you are feeling better...because your chili party sounds fun and being sick is no fun at all!

sp said...

Yum. Strongbow and veggie chili.

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