For years, I've felt bad for anyone watching a sporting event with me.
"Hey, hey," I'd nudge my friends. "What happened?" I'd ask after each penalty or flag ... thing.
"YAHOOOOO," I'd scream, while my friends yelled back, "Alex SHUT UP, you idiot, that was the other team's point!"
I still can't find the puck during hockey. Basketball is just running back and forth. The sounds coming out of tennis scared me away from televised matches. (There's other, far more entertaining things with the same sound effects you could watch ...)
But I know things now, thanks to my sports staffers here in the newsroom.
And with my orange-and-blue nails, Manning shirt (whom I'm in love with) and a big ol' Broncos flag to wear like a cape, I shall enjoy this Super Bowl as an honest-to-god football lover.
TAKE THAT, DOUBTERS.
Seems the whole state also caught a case of Broncos fever. Especially the folks at West Flanders Brewing (1125 Pearl St.), which has made a bet with Seattle's Elysian Brewing. The winning brewery's head brewer will be flown to the losing team's city (at the loser's expense), take over the operation and brew up a specialty brew. On the day of the tapping, the loser will fly the winner's team flag for two weeks, or until the beer's gone.
The stakes are high.
And in support of West Flanders and their ballsy bet, you need to head over Thursday for the release of Orange in Brew Championship Ale. It's a special keg of the Canniption Pale Ale that's spiked with oranges and Omaha hops. YUM. Check it out at 5 p.m.
Should you be friendless or plan-less for the big game, The West End Tavern (926 Pearl St.) has you covered. You can always head over for some sweet deals on Great Divide Nomad Pilsner or Old Style cans and watch on the flat screens. There will also be sweet barbeque ready to eat there or to take out. Just give 'em 24-hour notice for to-go orders.
Football-unrelated, Feb. 1 is a big deal for the folks at Mountain Sun Pub (627 S. Broadway St.), which marks the start of its 21st annual Stout Month All month, the taps run brown (in a good way) with those dark beers that make you all go "Mmmmmmm."
The brewpub will have a preview Mondays with featured brews, other releases throughout the month, and a couple contests and meals mixed in. Check out the lineup of stouts on tap at mountainsunpub.com/stout.php. And remember, this is at all four Mountain Sun locations.
For those of you looking for a way to burn off calories, sans gym, on Friday, let your laughter do it for you. Program Council on campus is hosting a Comedy Show with Jermaine Fowler, a New York-based comedian on Friday night at 8 p.m. in CHEM 140. It's free, and therefore a great idea.
Also on Friday, Absinthe House (1109 Walnut St.) wants you all neon-ed out. Bust out the glow sticks, folks, because the bar is hosting a rave-themed party with electronic music, nutso lighting and 50-cent well drinks, starting at 8 p.m. Every half hour, those prices go up $0.50, so get there early.
Now for films: The Dairy Center (2590 Walnut St.) is screening "The Revolutionary Optimists" Thursday through Saturday, which follows young girls as they fight the odds — arranged marriage, forced labor or abusive families — to change their own destiny. Or there's "The Motel Life" Thursday through Saturday, that'll feature Emile Hirsch and Dakota Fanning through travels from motel to motel looking for work and struggling with all-too-human vices. Check out thedairy.org for tickets and times.
And while I know Tuesdays aren't exactly peak party nights, you can change that. Fate Brewing is hosting its one-year anniversary party with food and drink specials all night and live music to groove to. Talk about the most liquored-up one-year-old's party you'll ever go to.
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