NFL Diligence Rescues Chick Flick Season
I was so worried that Chick Flick Season was going to get cancelled due to COVID. Some people may think of this as football season, but not this gal. Don’t get me wrong, I kind of like football. Actually, I like the “season” of football. A chill in the air. Colorful fall leaves. Great reason to make lots of comfort food, chili, and snacks. Excuse to drink beer most days of the week. Epic couch surfing time, which works for me because years ago my husband offered to fold laundry in exchange for uninterrupted NFL time.
My mother (who was pictured in my last blog) was an avid football fan. When her team was winning, you could hear her scream from miles away. I’ll never forget USC’s historic 1974 comeback when she jumped so high she put a dent in our ceiling. The Trojans scored 55 points in less than 17 minutes and beat Notre Dame 55-24. That win was legendary in our household. While I didn’t inherit her passion for the game, I learned just enough to stay in the neutral zone.
When my husband and I first started dating (30 years ago), I invited him to a Super Bowl party. It didn’t take him long to figure out that the party was far more important to me than the game. This served us well for years as we hosted epic Super Bowl parties. I was happy watching the ads and making massive amounts of food as he focused on the big game. He did win the chili cookoff more often than not with his special Chili Verde recipe, prepared before kickoff obviously.
Today, it’s hard to be into football without being into … you know where I’m going with this … Fantasy Football. Our family is mostly men, all of whom love the pigskin battles and they are all in at least three fantasy leagues. For these guys, football has become a nearly full-time pastime with stats, player research, last minute picks, competitive strategy, controversial trades, adjusting to injuries (especially this year with no pre-season) and just generally trying to outsmart the rest of the league. Plus, I’m married to a commissioner.
Pick ‘Em is much easier to follow. “Who did you pick?” is my usual first quarter question. I find football to be more entertaining if you care who wins. It isn’t that simple though because my competitive soul mate spends much of the time cheering for players on the other team. It’s all about racking up those Fantasy points. Sometimes he wants them to run the ball. Sometimes the passing game is more important. It isn’t so much the touch down that counts but rather who made it and how he broke the plane. And whichever defense he has better darn well show up on game day. Seriously, is there an online course for this stuff?
The truth is I like football because it makes for a happy hubby. Not necessarily when the Vikings are playing, but the rest of the time he is like a kid playing a video game. Without fail he analyzes the play right before the announcer says the exact same thing. Makes me think he should have been an announcer, but then again, he probably would have had to be a player and that ship has sailed. If only there was a way to monetize his knowledge. I guess that is part of the point of Fantasy Football. I admit, it is nice when he brings home one of the league trophies and some cash for his efforts.
As you can tell from the title of this blog, I typically end up in a different room watching movies on game day. Whenever there is a play that brings an audible from the living room, I bounce out to see the replay and often (don’t tell my husband) I secretly watch games on my iPad or use my phone to check the scores because I have serious FOMO (fear of missing out).
Knowing that many of our guests are also football fans, we’ve recently upgraded viewing options at Cherry Creek Guest House. Not only is the entertainment center brand new, the 65” high definition LED TV now has Sling TV. This enables fans to watch the Red Zone or sign into personal viewing apps such as ESPN or Fox. And if football isn’t your jam, never fear, there are over one hundred DVD’s in our collection and not all of them are chick flicks. Netflix, Hulu, and the rest of the gang are all available too. So, it’s time to throw a Hail Mary and plan a trip, even it is just to watch football in someone else’s living room.
The opportunities for discovery during your next Montana adventure are unlimited and Cherry Creek Guest House is ready to serve as your home away.