Friday, May 25, 2012

Helmet on the Cuff

Check out this adorable idea for Father's Day...helmet cuff links.  

Available from 

 These cufflinks are made from actual football helmets worn by the team represented.  

Uncommon Goods describes them:

"Gear up for an exciting day at the office with authentic football helmet cufflinks that let you go head-to-head at work and on the town. A piece of sports history, each collector's pair celebrates your favorite team with game-played helmets. Cufflinks feature sterling silver findings with the school name stamped on the back. Each pair comes gift boxed with a certificate of authenticity. Handmade in the USA and Mexico of sterling silver. Finishes may vary due to the age and uniqueness of each game-played helmet used to create this item."

What a completely clever idea!  Time for them to make some more teams available too...

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Good Football TV

The hot days of summer bring the itch for some lazy TV watching in the AC.  I know my husband and I, who I rarely get to sit and watch a game with, skim through college football games on ESPN Classic during his summer vacation time.  Sometimes we even find him playing in one of the classic games, which is fun for our sons to see.  Once July hits and the football preview mags are on the newsstands, conferences and networks begin putting out shows gearing up fans for the upcoming season.  If you'd like to partake in some football watching that is purely entertainment (and very little football action) right now and into June, I have two to recommend for you to catch up on with re-runs or Netflix...

The Game is centered around the fictional pro football team, the San Diego Sabers.  It follows the path of Derwin and Melanie, college sweethearts who struggle through Derwin's rookie and practice squad years in professional football.  Derwin perseveres and emerges as a surprising superstar and the series takes the viewer through that career stage for Derwin and Melanie.  Even more fun than Derwin and Melanie are all of the supporting role players who eventually become main role players in the series...a super fan favorite being Ms. Tasha Mack.  Watch from Season 1 to see Derwin and Melanie as fresh-faced college graduates to the current season 5 on BET (Tuesdays 10P/9C) where they struggle through married life.

The New York Times has a great column from Season 4 about this BET favorite right here.  

Friday Night Lights

Even though this show is no longer filming, NBC maintains a website for the show's devoted fans including a yearbook of all of the students who appeared on the show through the years.  This is purely good TV that you should watch from the beginning of Season 1 if you have the opportunity of never seeing an episode before.  It's so good to just sit and watch from the very beginning.  Not really about football, the show focuses on a small town Texas community and the high school that life is centered around.

Here is my recipe for Caramel Corn in case you want to crunch on it during your TV marathons.  

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

ESPN, Guac and Margs

Just last week, ESPN updated their television schedule for the 2012 college football season.  Click below to see if your team's games will be televised on any of the ESPN stations or ABC.  

The link will be updated throughout the summer so you can bookmark it to find updates.

Gameday Style will soon be setting up a lot of posts to get you ready for the season.  In the meantime, relax with a classic combination to welcome in summer.  The idea of this is two-fold...get these recipes down pat as your go-tos all summer.  Once you practice enough, you'll always have a fun cocktail and snack to mix up for summer evenings and carry on into the tailgate season.  Cheers!

source for this pretty margarita:

Rick Bayless is the el rey (King!) of authentic Mexican food.  We are huge fans at our house.  Here is our favorite Guacamole recipe.

Simple Guacamole

Guacamole Sencillo

Serves 8 to 12 as a snack
Recipe from Season 3 of Mexico - One Plate at a Time 


2 to 3 garlic cloves, peeled
Hot fresh green chiles to taste (I’d choose 2 serranos), stems removed
3 ripe avocados, preferably the black-skinned Hass
A couple of tablespoons chopped fresh Mexican herbs (such as cilantro, pipisa or papalo)
1 small white onion (fresh knob onion—green tops still on—is best), finely chopped
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
A little crumbled Mexican fresh cheese (queso fresco) for garnish
A sliced radish or two for garnish


Finely chop the garlic and green chiles, and scoop them into a bowl.
One at a time, run a knife down through each avocado, starting at the top, until you reach the pit; continue cutting around the pit until you reach the point you started.
Twist the two halves of the avocado apart. Remove the pit and discard. Scoop the flesh into the bowl with the chiles. Mash coarsely with the back of a spoon or an old-fashioned potato masher.

We'll have to discuss this brilliant and delicious idea a bit further as we prepare for tailgating.  Rick Bayless also has a recipe for a Luxury Guacamole Bar. Check it out right here:

And then go over here to Bloomspot blog for some fun experimental margaritas:

And then right here at Esquire for their ode to the easy beer margarita: