Fall Weekends Are For Football

by - Monday, September 17, 2012

I am beyond excited that fall is finally here, and I don't just say that because I'm excited about chai tea lattes and cooler running temps (though those things are pretty awesome too.)

Fall means it is officially chai tea latte time. #starbucks
Definitely made some Starbucks runs on the way to a training class last week.

No I'm excited because fall means football weekends are back.

I live and breath football in the fall. The perfect way to spend a weekend is with a Saturday tailgate and Terps football, then coming home to watch more college football (and cheering for a Notre Dame win) and then waking up Sunday morning to play flag football, watching the NFL games, cheering on the Eagles and freakishly monitoring my fantasy team.

Excessive? Eh maybe a little bit.

But I can't imagine it being any other way.

This weekend, the Terps had a 12:30 home game against UConn, which meant our tailgate started bright and early at 6:30 a.m.

We grilled up steak, bacon and eggs for breakfast, sipped mimosas and played lots of cornhole before heading up to the stadium.

Tailgate grilling
Greg working the grill

Beautiful morning for some cornhole

I don't even want to talk about the game though because our coach blew it so bad with poor clock management and talking about it just makes me angry.  (I'm not bitter at all....really).

Even though the loss was crappy, the tailgating was awesome, and I ended up not leaving campus until 7 p.m. when the post-game tailgating wrapped up. Yes, that means I spent more than 12 hours at UMD on Saturday. It was wonderful.

Seriously, there's no better way to spend a Saturday than with your closest friends.

Tailgate group shot
Our tailgate crew

I got home and attempted to stay awake for the Notre Dame vs. Michigan State game, but it probably comes as no surprise that I passed out sometime in the middle of the third quarter.

Cuddling up with my awesome #technogel pillow
Lights out for me

I was happy to wake up Sunday morning and find ND got the W though!

Yesterday Emily came over to watch some Eagles football. (Well she was really here to cheer against the Ravens, while I cheered for the Eagles.) The game was far too close for my comfort, and I ended up frantically pacing around my living room during the last few minutes. But we pulled out the win by one point and now sit at 2-0.

I spent the rest of the day Sunday vegging on the couch, flipping between the Steelers-Jets and Redskins-Rams games, stalking my fantasy score and as always, falling asleep sometime in the middle of the Sunday night game.

Are you a football fan? NFL or college? And who do you cheer for?

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  1. I admit, I am a Ravens fan. BUT I am also a UMD Terps fan, so we can be friends. There is nothing better than fall football!!

  2. My college did not have football and I didn't really follow it til many years after graduating. But, as a South Jerseyian, I am an Eagles fan even when all I did was ask if they won. Now, I watch the games on tv and have gone to many games at the Linc (I never went to one at the Vet) and I've been to one away game (Lambeau). I'm just happy the temps are cooling down! Training for a half marathon in October is not fun in the heat! LOL!

  3. I'm not sure I'm ready to commit an entire day to Terps football but I *do* want to start actually WATCHING the games. ;) How do you watch away games? I'd love to crash your viewing party and finally have some fall football spirit, UMD-style.

  4. Love me some football! And I love you for your dedication. All weekend long, that is how to do it!
    I root for the Oklahoma Sooners, and I'm not totally into the NFL yet, but I'm trying now that I live somewhere where there are NFL teams within driving distance that aren't the Dallas Cowboys. I'm giving the Redskins my vote, but I couldn't really be sad about the loss Sunday since Sammy Bradford finally got a good W. He's being so underutilized in St. Louis.

  5. here at my work we love the football helmet schedules (excel spreadsheet). i'm a nerd and every monday i go and put a W/L over each game. i was disappointed to have to put an L for the MD/UConn one, but your tailgates look and sound like such a blast! that's the important part anyway :)

  6. Meghan4:26 PM

    TEXANS! :) Except now I live in the NE so I have to settle for football on the radio.

  7. I'm not sure I'm going to be able to make it down for a Terps game this year. :( :( :(

    But I ever move to DC, we should definitely be roommates because this sounds like a perfect weekend.

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