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Where We Be, What We Be Drinking: Week 13

“At least food will be readily available when it all comes crashing down yet again.“

Hey everyone it’s Where We Be, What We Be Drinking. Each week we ask the OTE “writers” to share their gameday experience with you, the reader. We’re friendly overlords. The biggest game of the week has an 18.5 point spread, but hey there’s still a chance the Hoosiers will make the rest of us proud! The spirit of this feature is that if you eat and drink enough rubbish you can still have a damn good time, so let’s go around the country and see what everyone will be imbibing:


My in laws are staying with us and visiting the grandtwins, so I honestly have no idea what I’ll be doing. If I can convince FiL to go to a bar and watch games I might do that. There’s a small chance I’ll be able to just stay on my couch and watch games all day, but it’s more likely I’ll be watching games on my phone while doing family stuff. I’ll probably be cooking a meal made of actual healthy food instead of feeding everyone piles of meat and/or cheese, but I’ve stocked up on scotch and Three Notch’d beer in preparation for this weekend so I can’t complain.


I’ll be in Evanston this weekend, and my wife and I will be bringing some local beer, probably my favorite daisy cutters or revolution brewing beer as the ’Cats host the Vile Gopher Menace. Fun fact, the Gophers haven’t scored a point at Ryan Field since 2012. That’s obviously not going to last :(


Evanston! Hello! The whole MNWildcat family is making the trip down for this one, tailgating at a location TBD with the parents, little brother, perhaps some friends of the program, and more. It’ll be abbreviated since my folks decided to fly in morning of (I don’t know what part of me screaming “THIS WILL BE AN 11AM GAME NO MATTER WHAT YOU THINK” was hard for them, but there you go), but the wife and I will have a two-hour head start on the Bloody Mary bar, perhaps some donuts and Irish coffee, and a cornucopia of Minnesota beers (yes, including Grain Belt) that we’ll mule down for the occasion. If there’s time, we might even fire up a grill for a celebratory bratwurst or six.Northwestern’s seniors might not go out in style, but I’ll celebrate my last game as a season ticket-holder by not remembering a second of the horseshit that will transpire on the field.


I’ll be at the USC/UCLA game after having watched the Rutgers/Michigan State game which for some reason I feel excited about. Weird. Really weird.


In years past, I’ve gotten hammered to the point of not remembering second-half outcomes, the latest being the 2016 B1G Championship Game. I won’t be so lucky this time. Chalk me up for sitting alone with hot tea and sorrow as I watch Ryan Day’s Buckeyes squad make a statement to The Committee.

Candystripes For Breakfast

Saturday afternoon game means I’ll be at work for almost all of it, but at least food will be readily available when it all comes crashing down yet again.


Whelp. I’ll be in No. Fla. coaching softball again this weekend. Which is fine by me. I’ll get back in time to watch the last quarter...and drown my sorrows. I still have plenty of Bell’s in the fridge. Hey 10-2 is pretty good...right?


I’m not sure where I’ll be, but I plan to try to catch some of this, as it’s Nebraska’s last shot at a win this season.

Dead Read

Lovely downtown Lincoln. As painful as this year has been, I am in pre-mourning for the loss of college football. We are running out of season.


Home, prepping for weeks of work travel ahead. Looking forward to getting my hands on a sixer of Great Lakes Christmas Ale.


I have a whole growler of The Kneads Of The Bread Outweigh The Needs Of The Few, which of course was this week’s Win Fight Try Brewster of the Week on Off Talkle Empire. Listen to my podcast. I’ll be at home trying to frantically clean the house for thanksgiving during the commercial breaks.

Andrew K

In between #grindingfilm for the sake of the aforementioned podcast (like, subscribe, rub it on your skin), I’ll be at home tending to the lovely second harvest of leaves now that the early snow melted. Currently pricing drink hats so I can jury-rig one with two mugs of hot chocolate.


I’ll be flying into Evanston Saturday morning for the game, hopefully finding time for a Grain Belt before kickoff.


I’ll be at, incredible, stupendous, heroic, wonderful, fantastic, legendary, historic Kinnick stadium. As it’s the last home game of the year, we’ll be doing our annual chili cook off tailgate. About half a dozen batches of chili, cornbread, grilled cheese, and of course, cinnamon rolls. I’ll be drinking apple cider with rum, some barrel aged stout, and some random pale ales. We’ll be making our own batch of chili, and as a challenge to ourselves, attempting to bring in a clear gallon size ziplock of chili into the game with us.


I’ll be right here in (insert weather here) Greensboro, tending to my fruit trees, stirring my compost, building indoor fires, and fixing the fluorescent bulb in my garage that randomly fell out of its fixture last night for no reason and shattered everywhere. And watching Wisconsin/Purdue and App State/Texas State

Brian Gillis

I’ll be in Los Angeles this weekend, enjoying the sunshine while lamenting the fact that the college football season is somehow nearly over. I’ll also be sweating out the ultimate trap game against very good Hoosier team. I suppose my choice of drink will depend on how things play out in Bloomington. Isn’t there a country song that’s asks, “Is it a whiskey night, or just a couple beers?”

Now that you know what we’re doing this weekend, what about you? Head down to the comments and let us know what you’re doing for game day!