December 31, 2003

Slug Fest 2003

It begins New Year’s Eve. Other families go out, don their best, engage in New Year’s revelry at fancy parties with buffets and crab legs and fireworks and open bars. We do that here, at home. It begins with PS2 games around noon, and extends into the late New Year’s Eve bowl games in the afternoon and evening … games which, today, include my alma mater playing in the Liberty Bowl. Courses flow from the kitchen throughout, with Wife’s pigs-in-blankets being a highlight for the Utah game, with shrimp and filets to follow later in the evening, with beer, cigars, and later, the after-dinner drinks, all flowing with total disregard for personal health or well-being.

It will continue tomorrow with Slug Fest Proper, a state of mind more than anything else, in which we and all guests commit to a “fleece only” dress code and food and football throughout the day. We’ll start the New Year with mimosas, of course, and will switch quickly to other libations as the bowl games roll past.

Oh, and we gamble. As much as possible. At this moment, Wife, colleague JD, and I have bets going 11 different ways on the bowls … losers lose, the winner wins, and second place … that’s just another name for first loser.

While on the subject of the bowls, each year some parties have interest in my selections, which have, throughout the years, seemed to be money in the bank on more occasions than not. So here they are … and no promises that this year, the first with a public declaration, won’t also be the first where I puke all over myself and go 0 for 15.

Auburn -3

Minnesota -4

Utah -2

Missouri +2½

Colorado State -1

Iowa +3½

Maryland –3½

Georgia -3

So. Cal. –6½

Miami +1½

Oklahoma St. +2

Clemson +5

OSU +7

Tulsa +7½

LSU + 6½

Posted by Avocare at December 31, 2003 05:54 PM | TrackBack

Go Utes.

Posted by: gwen at December 31, 2003 07:21 PM

Woo-hoo!! Go Utes! And, um, now can we paint Provo crimson red?

Posted by: Kate at December 31, 2003 08:12 PM

Pigs-in-blankets???? --- what, is BYU playing at home again tonight? Muahahahahahahah!
Happy happy, big awesome bud. here's to a prosperous, healthy and productive 04. We gotta hook-up this year. j

Posted by: j at December 31, 2003 10:15 PM

worht a look, in case you also wondered what the hell the words were, and what it all meant:

Posted by: j at January 1, 2004 12:48 PM

Alan & Kate,

First, Happy New Year to you both! and congrats to the Ute's! Glad to hear that you got to enjoy a relaxed New Year's at home, and that Alan, at least, also managed to avoid the infectious clutches of that nasty stomach flu.

Take care and I wish you both nothing but the best for the coming year (and that's the very least that you deserve).

"Landru! Guide Us!"


Posted by: Colly-Wolly at January 2, 2004 02:08 AM
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