Summers over and let’s bring on the best sports month on the calendar! Don’t get me wrong, I love summer. Especially after the brutal winter we had last year when it snowed two days after Christmas and it didn’t melt until March. But we are just a few days away from the best sports month on the calendar, October.
It is the only month that all the major sports are going at the same time or at least about to get going. The NFL and College Football is in full swing. The baseball playoffs are going on and basketball season is in full practice and about to start the season. I love it!
All the fall beers are on the shelf and there is no better time to pour some Makers Mark over ice and sit down by the fire.
Here are my five favorite things that I look forward to every October and you should make a point to make a part of your October.
1. Take in a college football game at a campus near you.
There is nothing better than walking around campus with a beer and grilling all the finest meats and cheeses in the land. Hell, after last week even the Hoosiers are fun to watch again. Just a warning though, don’t go to a Louisville tailgate so you don’t have to explain to the kids what this is.
2. Explain baseball to someone under the age of 12.
For much of the year most people take baseball for granted and I really don’t blame them. It is a long season and people are out enjoying the summer weather. Baseball to me has always a better sport to listen to over the radio and kids today just don’t listen to the radio. With iPods and MP3 players there is no need to carry a radio to the beach or cookout any more. This is why baseball nerds try to not let the sport die and during the playoffs is the best time to sit your kid or friend down and watch a baseball game together.
Now I’m not saying to party till you puke, unless you are into that sort of thing, but there is no better drinking weather than in the fall. Not to hot, not to cold and if there is a chill in the air then just start a fire. Nothing better than sitting by the fire with friends and listing to your favorite Bread or Hall & Oates tunes. No really, Rich Girl rocks!
4. Take in an outdoor concert
If you are close to Indy then my favorite place to see live music is The Rathskeller’s Beirgarten. Downtown Indy, great weather, German beer and always great party bands. If you don’t live close to the circle city then just find a local place and make a date night of it.
5. Have a seafood boil
This is an annual occurrence at the BDS compound. There is nothing better than cooking up some tasty crab legs, shrimp and lobster tails while playing corn hole till dark. We always pick a Saturday that has plenty of great college football match-ups and make a day of it. The highlight of the day is after the main boil we pull out the big bag of crawfish to boil up and see how many of the women folk we can gross out as we eat them like they are going out of style. Here is a recipe to get you started if you have never done it before. If you are like you will develop your own recipe and just wing it.
So there you go, a few ideas to get you out and enjoy the beautiful fall weather. If you get through all of those you can always do what I do and hand out Halloween candy while watching a Kentucky basketball exhibition game on the lap top. Happy Fall!