Sunday, October 10, 2010

Fall and Football

The leaf pictured above is from a beautiful dogwood tree that sits just on the other side of our driveway. The unsavory person who owns that property once informed me that she planned to cut it down.

Thankfully, she was too cheap or lazy to actually do it. Every year it's one of the first trees to change color and announce the coming of fall.

I know, I last post was in late July and it's almost halfway through October. A combination of things, including a temperamental MacBook, have kept me from posting. But I had to take a moment to write about the joy of a gorgeous fall weekend and college football.

Before I met E and discovered my inner New York Yankees fan, the only sport I cared about was college football. I'm a proud graduate of East Carolina University and a loyal Pirate fan. I also root for my adopted team, the University of South Carolina Gamecocks.

So, when the Gamecocks smash #1 ranked Alabama, the Pirates pull off a stunning comeback win against a tough Southern Miss team and the Yankees finish a sweep of their division series, I'm a happy boy. To celebrate, I've got a Boston butt roast slowly cooking on the grill, and I just opened a bottle of Bougrier Rosé d’Anjou ($9.99, Total Wine).

Most people think of rosé as a springtime wine, but I think it's perfect for fall. A warm, sunny fall day in the Carolinas after a winning Saturday for the Gamecocks/Pirates/Yankees and a cool glass of rosé on the porch? Well, it just doesn't get any better than that.

Cheers, y'all.

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