breakfast of champions

Well ladies and gentlemen, football season has kicked off and for those of you who don't know Cleveland, we all love our football, no matter how many games we actually win in a given year.

Growing up, football was a Sunday staple in my house all day long whether my parents were hosting a party or we were going to my aunt's house for the game. My mom and I were even kicked out of the house every year for my dad's official draft day party. I knew the weekend was coming when my dad would start to prepare his chili for the annual party where my brother would remind my mom and I that "no girls are allowed."

In high school, my friends and I attended every home and away game to support our team, hang out in the end zone couch (yes, we had one where you entered a raffle to sit on it with your friends) and the tradition sort of continued at Kent State but not until they started serving beer at the games of course!

Amherst Steele Comets game circa 2000

Fast forward to 2012 and it appears that after this weekend, I'm starting a bit of my own little tradition with my "Breakfast of Champions" pre-tailgating party. We started bright and early and filled up on baked french toast, egg muffins, fruit and endless mimosas all while listening to my throwback summer mix, which my cousin pointed out wasn't actually "throwback" because the Spice Girls popped on. "You added this because of the Olympics, didn't you?" Sshhhhhh! It just sort of "accidentally" ended up on the mix....

Party starting off; my brother and friends; Amanda not loving the camera; Kelly and Melissa


Greg pulling Blue Thunder down East 9 and into the muni lot

with her most appropriate tailgating shoes; tailgating rundown

home opening seat view
The first party turned out to be a success with no spills or fights among the guests. Now, I can't wait until the unit beneath me opens up so we can move the party outside on what will be a fabulous patio for all sorts of fall parties over the next few months.

Are you a football fan? Or just go to the tailgates to have an awesome Sunday Funday?

8 comments:

alexa @ cleveland's a plum said...

it was good running into you and greg at XYZ!

that pic of greg with "blue thunder" is priceless.

also, is kelly wearing pants?

Kelly said...

I swear I had shorts on! I shouldn't have bought a Youth XL jersey, I think the L would have sufficed!

"Blue Thunder" made it safely home to Melissa's and is ready for his next game.

Yes!

Alicia Costello said...

We love foot ball in our house too! We successfully taught our son to yell "touchdown" this weekend so he's ready for a winning season! Fingers crossed...

MoninaW said...

Are those seriously wedges Kelly has on?

Katelin said...

this seriously looks like so much fun, sometimes i wish LA had a pro football team to cheer for.

Wearing Mascara said...

I've never tailgated before! I want to change that this year :-) Looks like you had fun!

Jessica (Bayjb) said...

dude you guys know how to seriously tailgate. I need to go there for a game.

Fizzgig said...

there is nothing on this earth better than day drinking....with a purpose!! so much fun~! even if I dont like sports, i can appreciate a day like this!