Good things come to those that wait, and it feels like I’ve been waiting years for the 2010 NFL season to start. Not sure why, but the span from the Super Bowl to the 2010 kickoff has been excruciating for me. Maybe it’s because I haven’t had a good excuse to drink beers on Sunday afternoon.
But that’s about to change, as the season starts tomorrow night with the “NFL Opening Kickoff 2010 Presented by EA Sports.” Ugh – I hate how corporate the NFL has become!.
As always, I’ll skip all the sponsored shenanigans before the game and tune in 10 seconds before kickoff (8:29:50 pm EDT), to watch the Saints and the Vikings rehash last year’s NFC title game. It should be a good game (the last time these teams met it was a scoring fest that was decided by three points), but I’ll be honest – for me, it’s all about the beer!
I’m looking for something a bit sessionable and evocative of the Fall, and two selections come to mind: Long Trail Double Bag, a sweet and malty 7.2% ABV strong ale (well it’s sessionalble to me!), and Sierra Nevada Tumbler, a roasted and malty 5.5% brown ale that even has an autumnal motif on the label. How can you beat that?
Both beers are brown, sweet, malty and will go well with NY sharp cheddar chesse and Triscuits, my go-to football snack (and probably my dinner for tomorrow night). I might even get lucky and the wife will make her famous guacamole. I can’t wait to dig in!
Oh, and to watch the game and stuff, too. If I’m being honest, it’s becoming harder and harder to care about any other team besides my braggadocios Jets. But the upside is I can watch the game tomorrow, have a couple of beers and go to bed at halftime. Yeah – I’m a party animal!
So how about you? Do you celebrate this first taste of real NFL action with a beer? If so, what’s YOUR kickoff beer? Any go-to snacks as well? Let us know below!