In case none of you have figured it out yet, I am a life-long, rabid Patriots fan. I grew up in New England. I loved the Patriots when they were awful, then good, and now great.
I have followed the team through all of the good, bad and ugly years. I grew up on Patriots football, and beer. Booze goes with football, everyone knows it.
Since we moved south, the Patriots games are not televised here every Sunday. That didn’t keep me from drinking through all of the other Sunday NFL games that were on. Football season, license to crack open a bottle of wine at 1 pm!
There is something special for me about a Patriots game. It is bonding time with my son, and of course a time to have many glasses of wine.
This season I have had to watch most of the games on my computer. Doing that just isn’t as fun as watching it in High Definition on a 55 inch television screen. Computer viewing certainly did not trigger any alcohol cravings.
I can’t say the same for tonight’s game.
The Brady-Manning rivalry is legendary in the NFL. I think it is mostly media hype, but it certainly does add a large dose of excitement to the game.
This afternoons game was on national television. We actually got the game in my living room!
Along with the hype and excitement came a wave of craving for a big glass of white wine. Football and alcohol, especially when it is a big game, just go together.
My husband had his vodka and cranberry, my son had his beer, I had my seltzer and pomegranate juice. It just did not feel right. It didn’t feel like football.
i can handle these cravings better now, I know that they will pass, sometimes they linger for a while, sometimes they are instantaneous. I just have to wait them out. They are uncomfortable as I am going through them, and I keep wondering when they will stop, Everyone says they will, but as of today, I still seem to have multiple trigger points.
I got through it, and the game was awesome. It was a fantastic Patriots win. It was a romp, and as a hardcore fan, it was great to see Peyton Manning have a terrible game, and get a beat down by Tom Brady and the Patriots. Rob Gronkowski added to his growing legend, and Tom Brady was terrific. My favorite player, Julian Edelman, had an 84 yard punt return for a touchdown.
Julian Edelman was a 7th round draft pick. He is only 5′ 10” tall and 198 pounds. He was an unknown, no one could figure out what the Patriots were going to do with a small guy who had played quarterback in college. No one ever thought he would make the team. Edelman is one of the hardest working players on the team. He had to prove himself to everyone, and he has.
I feel the same way about my sobriety. Albeit, I am the one who thinks I am not good enough, and that I can’t stay sober. So, in the words of Julian Edelman, there are only two things I can do; I can prove ’em right, or I can prove ’em wrong. It is entirely up to me.