alexandra sieh

I still remember attending my first football game.

Never one for watching sports -- playing them was a different matter -- I had resisted "school spirit," peer pressure and my uncles' insistence each time "the big game" came around, whatever that meant.

Well, senior year of high school nostalgia caught up with me eventually, and I ended up coated in green and gold paint -- ironic, eh? -- screaming my lungs out.

No, I didn't know anything about this football sport everyone seemed excited about, and yes, I just waited till others yelled to join in the hurrahs.

But even though I was off to a slow start, I quickly became unafraid of asking questions.

I'm actually surprised I still have friends, with my cluelessness ranging from asking how downs worked in football (man, that confused me at first), to (stupidly) asking what NBA stood for one sad afternoon.

Yes, I knew what it meant. I still insist it was merely a poorly timed verbal burp of sorts.

Not sure if I'll ever live that one down.

Anyway, it seems the tables have turned on this once sports-simple girl.

I mean, let's be honest, I'm still woefully behind actual sports fans. I spout current pop lyrics and movie quotes like some folks spill athletes' stats. But there's something to be said for a can-do spirit and very persistent friends.

I'm now proudly the manager of two Fantasy Football teams -- and I drafted at least one decent team, so I'm told by people who actually know something about it -- and I've come to really enjoy watching a game. The recently added ESPN app on my phone sends out reminders, and the most shocking part? I actually care about what they say.

Well, for those of you true blue sports fans, and even recent converts like me, West End Tavern's got deals to make these "big games" that much more affordable, and delightfully frothy.

Especially for you Buffs out there, West End has got you covered for each and every home game. It's tailgating made easy.

On Saturday, before Colorado's football game against Sacramento State at 1 p.m., head to the tavern and enjoy a drink -- or three -- and then it's all aboard Boulder's famed Banjo Billy's Bus for a ride to Folsom Stadium. After the game's over, get right back on board for a delightful ride back to the bar district.

That's just convenient.

But for those of you avoiding the Folsom fray, stick around the tavern for $3 Avery Joe's Pilsner and Coors Light, and plenty of game-day specials. The rooftop bar and its six flatscreens are calling your name.

All in all, not too shabby for a sports enthusiast looking for a cold beer.

But hey, why stop the sports on Saturday? As even this recently NFL-savvy girl knows, the action is starting back up, and West End has an entire pig ready for your pleasure.

That's right. A whole pig.

Roasting at the Sunday pigskin party.

While supplies last, it's barbecue pork and ribs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., padding your bellies while the game-day specials pour from the bar's drafts.

So break out the jerseys and get ready. Football is back.

Info: West End Tavern's game day specials, this Saturday at 1 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 926 Pearl Street.