As we head into Fall I can’t help but feel a tinge of excitement for decadent Wines & Whiskies, cool weather, holiday gatherings and football. Not quite the football most are thinking of, but rather Premier League Football, aka “Soccer.” Premier League kicks off in the second weekend of August and runs its brutal heartbreaking road until May. While American football fans only have to endure a season of epic excitement or heartbreak until January, Premier fans have 9 months of early dawn mornings full of taunting chants, comradery, and prodigious moments.
Nothing can replace the memory of feelings I had driving down to Fado’s Irish Pub with my Father- in-law at 5:45 A.M., he suited up in his Arsenal F.C. gear and I in my Chelsea F.C. Jersey/Scarf, ready to do battle. We arrived promptly for our 7 A.M. kick-off and were served a fresh plate of Irish sausage, rashers, and fried egg over sourdough bread with a hot Irish coffee, extra stiff. Palpable excitement over the anticipated game of rivals was in the air. In the end, Chelsea came out on top and went on to win the Premier League that season giving me a year of full bragging rights. The bragging was short lived, as Chelsea placed 10th last year and Arsenal in 2nd. Leicester City, a team who hadn’t competed in the Premier League in a decade, swept 1st in the whole League from dead last. Comeback story of a life time!
So here’s to the Fall, full of autumn mornings with loved ones, great food, electric football matches (soccer or otherwise!) and drinks that keep it all bonded together. Salud.
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