Our Favorite “F” Words
Very few word combinations evoke as much warmth and joy as Football, Friends, Family, Fans, and Food. Along with everything else in the world, football is looking a bit different this year. There was debate as to whether the 2020 football season would start on time or start at all. Luckily, football is back, kinda.
Teams are in “bubbles,” keeping themselves isolated from the outside, COVID-ridden world purely for our entertainment (and their massive paychecks, let’s be honest). Despite their efforts, we’re still seeing cases and cancellations. If you dabble in fantasy football, we are sorry for your loss. And if you own(ed) OBJ, just quit now. When there are games, the football stadiums are a weird place. The stands are empty, but miraculously the invisible crowd reacts to touchdowns and bad calls through our TVs. Who has that job of watching the game and operating the crowd soundtrack for every play? Maybe the NFL dug up somebody from the 1990’s sitcom laugh track industry.
What makes football great at home is people, your sports-loving, same jersey wearing, friends and family screaming at the tv right alongside you. Football fans miss that. If we want football company outside the folks in our home, we’re watching together virtually (meh). Some are just watching football alone, if you don’t count the fake fans in the stands. Football is attempting to bring people together through sports, but the entire experience falls flat if you can’t do it with your team’s loyal following. Friends, family, and fans are getting hit pretty hard this season outside of football, and now we can barely count on football to be our pick-me-up.
And our favorite F word . . . Food! Food is always there for us. It comforts us, nourishes us, entertains us, and connects us. Stadium food was the best. Sure, it can cost you your first born, but that liquid cheese was totally worth it. Now we are football snacking at home, and alone. What used to seem like a task - assigning snacks for people to bring - is a step in the football watching process we now miss! There’s always the friend who can only handle bringing a bag of chips… because dip is totally overwhelming. But it’s ok, because we all have that chefy friend who is really only coming for the snacks, and they bring their football snack making A-game every time. Then there is the beverage specialist ensuring we are all living the American dream of football and beer. Food is the epicenter of the football watching experience. So if you’re cursing your football watching food experience this season, trick it up football fans. Grab your crew, your family, your friends, your fantasy league…grab all of them, and let Homemade level up your football snacking with those you miss most. Homemade cooking events can’t save football, they can’t cure COVID, they can’t put people back in your family room, but in these crazy times they can be a helluva lot of fun!