Can we roll back the calendar a few decades and talk about football? It was circa 1992; Scott and I were recent college graduates. We had transformed our hobby of collecting sports cards and memorabilia into a weekend warrior job setting up at local shows and conventions. About the same time, we started playing Fantasy Football with family and friends, setting our starting lineups and downloading stats on CompuServe to see how our players performed that weekend.
I was able to tell you about hot football players in a way much different than most women. We aren’t talking about appearances, we’re talking hardcore football nut. I could rattle off weekly game stats, injuries and trades. Curious about Hall of Famers, rookies and records? I probably had the answer. My football knowledge wasn’t as strong as my baseball, but I could carry on a conversation with the best of them. Fall and winter became my favorite sporting season and the big game was always a sad day because I knew it meant several months until our next fantasy draft.
As with anything in life, things changed. In January 2003, football season took on a whole new meaning. The Big Game was no longer about which team would win, who had the best quarterback or if the running back would break a yardage record. January 26, 2003 ushered in a new era of superfan. While other people were watching the game on some big screen at a pub or hanging out with friends and family, I was half-heartedly catching pieces of it on a small screen in my hospital room in-between visitors as they came to meet my first born. It was the day I became a mom and the first time I would look at the game in a different way. Each year the game is symbolic of my children growing up. This year, I have a teenager.
So for us, I imagine the day will start a little different than those in the past. We’ll get up, brush our teeth, shower and do our makeup before prepping some snacks and preparing for the big game. My big game girl isn’t one to wear makeup, but with each day comes a new surprise. She’s more conscious of her appearance and we see subtle changes in her attire and grooming. She’s sporty and when it comes to football, she’ll dress in team colors, including hair accessories and jewelry and even apply eye shadow in team colors!
Me? I’m pretty simple. I like to keep my makeup pretty basic with foundation, eye liner and mascara. Despite having a gift card for a fancy makeup store stashed in my wallet, I still purchase COVERGIRL LashBlast Mascara at Walmart when I’m stocking up on other items like Crest Prohealth Advanced Toothpaste and Gillette Fusion ProGlide. Let’s be realistic. We all know I shop at thrift stores for everything from clothes to games. It only makes sense that I’m going to shop for everyday grooming items where it is most affordable. Besides, where else can I pick up all those items at the same time I’m stocking up on snacks for the big game?
So let’s talk about the game? While we know it’s exciting to watch the game among a crowd at the local sports pub, we like to keep it simple. Make snacks, like these Garlic Teriyaki Chicken Wings, and have other finger foods like chips and dip on hand as well. No matter how our family dynamic changes and matures, game day snacks will always be part of the tradition.
I’m certain that our traditions will continue to change over the years, but I’m okay with that. It just gives us a different way of looking at the game.
What are your game day traditions?