Thursday, January 7, 2010


During a playoff game last year, I estimated that over the course of my life, I've drunk a thousand beers I didn't want, just because a big game was on and I felt like I had to.

“Good story,” Ramsey said, flinging a Bud Light at me. “Here’s 1,001.”

Since the beginning of time (or at least the invention of light beer), unnecessary beer-drinking's been as much a part of big games as unnecessary fights with your girlfriend at halftime.

Why are some games more beer-worthy than others? Why don't Ramsey and I feel compelled to crack one open when the Knicks play the Bobcats? I’m not sure there’s a formula for it. I think you can just tell once the action starts if you’re feeling emasculated or not, and then make a beeline for the fridge if you are.

Your initial hesitation is usually well-founded. You're either hung over from the previous night (body), or worried about being hung over for tomorrow (mind). Neither stops you. They only make you drink slower, and enjoy it less.

But isn't that what it's all about, anyway? It's not like beer was created to beat Pepsi in a taste-test challenge. Beer is about the occasion. There are certain times we drink beer, and we don't question it. We simply join the party.

So tonight, when you're watching the National Championship, and your roommate tosses a Bud Light at you, and you'd rather let it hit you in the face than drink it, try not to think about it.

Just enjoy 1,001.

Weekend Picks

In case you didn't see my college bowl picks, FVG loves Bama (-4) tonight, and needs them to pull through to get back to .500 for the year. Here are the rest of our picks....

Jets (+2.5) @ Cincinnati (Sat 4:30 ET). Cincy will come with a better effort than last week, but that won't make them any healthier on defense. As much as I hate to admit it, Rex Ryan's team is playing with swagger.

Dallas (-3.5) vs. Philadelphia (Sat. 8:00 ET).  I've gone back and forth on this game, which means I should probably sit it out.  FVG doesn't have that luxury.

New England (-3.5) vs. Baltimore (Sun 1:00 ET). I think Edelman plays the Welker part better than people think this week. And the Pats were 8-0 at home this year.

Green Bay (+2.5) @ Arizona (Sun 4:40 ET). I like this even more if Boldin doesn't play. But even if he does, I still think it won't be enough. Green Bay's clicking on all cylinders right now.

Last Two Weeks: 6-4
Record to Date: 37-38-3