I am struggling with football, and not just because the Packers lost today … though that didn’t help.
Remember that Anchorage is three hours different that Central/Kansas/Lambeau Field time. I think ultimately I am going to be okay with games starting at 9AM. Something about watching the game and having the whole afternoon still ahead of me sounds good. In fact, I did Thunderbird Falls today even after the late game. What always was a struggle before was that when a football game got done at 3PM, it was too late to do anything but too early to do not do anything. At least this way I have a choice.
The places that show the games usually show them all, and they open early. Many advertise their Sunday Breakfast. I have heard that you have to get to them all early thought — like 7 or 8 AM — to get a seat. I took the chance to hit places right at the end of the early game (Noon) assuming that people would clear out.
I tried Crossroads, which is a decent place in a bad part of town (as it happens, two blocks from my apartment). Filled to the brim.
Next was McGinley’s, my way too often Irish Pub. They had “a game” on … but it was not “THE game”. Though they apologized and were nice about it … almost made me stay.
Then I tried Buffalo Wild Wings, a chain but it just opened in the last few months. I walked up to the door and a 49ers fan spotted me on the way out and said that they had 15 people waiting for seats.
So finally I tried what would be the golden cow, Peanut Farm. I doubted I would get a seat, everyone talks about watching football at Peanut Farm, so there is just no way I can out do 400,000 Alaskans to get a seat. I learned something pretty cool though, they had a whole room for packer fans complete with permanent packer stuff in it. There were no seats there, but hey … good to know, right?
So I watched the game at the apartment, where Sunday Ticket was in a free weekend … and cried a little.
The problem is with College too. There isn’t anyone I watch regularly and haven’t been really in 15 years or so (though I watch the Big Ten to point out how overrated they are … did you know if you removed the mid-major and FCS teams, Big Ten has only 3 wins? Two of them are by Northwestern … go Wildcat’s!!). What I used to do is spend the afternoon and evening just flipping through all the good games. Problem is, they all come on about noon time … and that’s way too early to get drunk.