The ultimate road trip is a fairly common article or discussion topic during the offseason for college football. What fan doesn’t read the preseason magazines and dream about going to the great football stadiums that we see on television every weekend? I’m no different.
I do differ in one way: why does anyone try to be “realistic” in any way with a dream road trip? The entire concept is fantasy to begin with – most people can’t just drop their lives & careers for three whole months and just go to football games, even if it is just weekends. Most people can’t afford it either, between the cost of tickets, travel, and lodging. Why be reserved at all? Is there any real point in trying to be realistic about a completely unrealistic concept?
As Adam Savage from Mythbusters once said, “Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.”
Fantasy assumptions & rules:
I’m going all out. 69 games in one season, and since I got Bezos money, I’m bringing all of you with me! Just in case any of you say, “Why would we want to go there?”, I’ve planned out breweries we can hit along the way. I asked the Sidelines crew from the Kollege Sports Network for some recommendations. LET’S GO!!!!!
Picking up where we left off in Part 2….
Tuesday, November 23 – Buffalo at Ball State – Scheumann Stadium, Muncie, IN: Since we have already visited Northern Illinois, we are going to Ball State for some MACtion! Brewery: Elm Street Brewing Company @SidelinesBallSt says it is easy to get around the downtown area, so maybe we’ll simply start at Elm Street. I’m having the: The Reverse Mullet
Thursday, November 25 – Ole Miss at Mississippi State – Davis Wade Stadium, Starkville, MS: Starkvegas baby! Bring your cowbells and earplugs. Maybe have your phone’s video recorder ready too. I don’t think we will ever have a boring game between these two rivals if Kiffin and The Pirate are on the sidelines. Brewery: Queen’s Reward Meadery @SSN_MState tried to help. Alas, the lone brewery in town is no longer open. Instead, we are thinking outside the box and heading up to Tupelo to the Queen’s Reward Meadery. A little different experience for the Egg Bowl. I’m here for it. I’m having the: Pucker Up
Friday, November 26 – North Carolina at NC State – Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, NC: The Apple Cup is tempting, but Raleigh will probably be rocking. The Tar Heels want to be the Coastal Division champion and to get their shot at an ACC title. That opportunity might be on the line against the Wolfpack. This is a game that where you can throw the records out. UNC would like nothing more than to punch their ticket to Charlotte in NC State’s stadium, and State would love to ruin their celebration. Brewery: Neuse River Brewing I’m having the: Riverkeeper’s Wit
Saturday, November 27 – Ohio State at Michigan – Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI: We are going to The Game. Lots of tempting options here – the Iron Bowl, Bedlam, The Civil War. I split hairs and admitted I would rather see the Big House rather than Jordan-Hare, even on a quick turnaround. Brewery: Arbor Brewing Company @SSN_Michigan sent me an article from Eater Detroit with some great recommendations. I’m having the: Treebeard
Week 14 – Championship Weekend
Friday, December 3 – PAC-12 Championship: Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas, NV: It’s the only Friday night championship game this year, so Vegas it is. I don’t expect any complaints. Moving this game to the desert might be the smartest thing the PAC has done in a long time. This game may be sneaky good this year too, especially if USC and Washington have the kind of seasons some think they might. Brewery: Banger Brewing I’m having the: El Heffe
Saturday, December 4 – SEC Championship: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA: It would be difficult to imagine a scenario where the winner of this game isn’t a lock for the Playoff, and often the runner-up is in the conversation for another spot. It’s a pure guess, but this is probably Alabama vs Georgia. Brewery: Torched Hop Brewing I’m having the: Danky Doodle
Saturday, December 11 – Navy vs Army: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ: I can’t say I enjoy watching this game on television very much. Option football is not very appealing to me, but I wouldn’t care one bit once I got inside. I would love to go to this game. Bring your jackets and scarves. I can’t think of a better way to wrap up the regular season. Brewery: Bolero Snort Brewery and Tasting Room I’m having the: No Ryeing In Baseball
Friday, December 17 – Bahamas Bowl –Thomas Robinson Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas: Who wouldn’t want to go to a bowl game in The Bahamas? I can’t think of anyone who is going to argue about this. We have plenty of time to get there early and go island hopping. We might have time to take in Atlantis while we are at it. Then a football game. This is great. Brewery: Pirate Republic Brewery I’m having the: Long John Pilsner
Saturday, December 18 – LA Bowl – SoFi Stadium, Los Angeles, CA: On the surface, the most novel thing about this game is that Jimmy Kimmel is the title sponsor. I am looking forward to seeing SoFi Stadium, and if you haven’t been to SoCal, there is no shortage of great things to do. Drive a few minutes west to the beach. Drive a few minutes north to the mountains. Brewery: Eagle Rock Brewing Company I’m having the: Manifesto
Monday, December 20 – Myrtle Beach Bowl – Brooks Stadium, Conway, SC: Here we come Teal Turf. We have been in the air quite a bit the last few days, so I’m probably catching up on rest on our day off, but if that’s not your thing, I expect you will find plenty to do in Dirty Myrtle. Beach, shops, clubs, The Gay Dolphin – you’ll find something to occupy your time. Brewery: New South Brewing I’m having the: Dragonstar Galactica
Tuesday, December 21 – Frisco Bowl – Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX: We went to Boise earlier in the season, so we are on our way to Frisco. For those unfamiliar with it, Toyota Stadium is the home pitch of FC Dallas, so we aren’t too far from the metro area, but there are some local sights too, including the National Videogame Museum, which features the world’s largest home Pong console that you can play yourself. Brewery: Beard Science Sour House I’m having the: Raspberry Cherry
Wednesday, December 22 – Armed Forces Bowl – Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX: The best news here is that Frisco is just a short distance from Fort Worth. Again, if catching your breath and resting is not your preference, there are a lot of outdoor activities around here. There is a gorgeous botanical garden, and something they call a water garden. Might be worth checking out. Brewery: Cowtown Brewing I’m having the: Damn Near Kilt ‘Em
Thursday, December 23 – Gasparilla Bowl – Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL: Well, darn. I’ve backed myself into a corner. We’ve been to Raymond James in Tampa already. I almost stayed within all the rules. Oh well, we must go to Tampa again. I don’t think anyone will complain too much. Brewery: 7venth Sun Brewery It’s a good thing that @SSN_USF sent us plenty of brewery options. I’m having the: It Puts The Cucumber On Its Skin Or Else It Gets The Gose Again
Friday, December 24 – Hawai’i Bowl – Aloha Stadium, Halawa, HI: We may be cutting this one close, but we must at least try. Hopefully we will have time to hit the beach and do some sight-seeing. Don’t forget to download the NORAD app so we can track Santa. Brewery: Beer Lab Hawai’i I’m having the: Chirashi
Christmas Day, Saturday, December 25 – Camellia Bowl – Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, AL: Two games at the Cramton Bowl, huh? No other options either night. Alright. Christmas in Alabama! Brewery: Chattabrewchee Southern Brewhouse We have to head a little bit east because we have already shut down the only brewery in Montgomery on Labor Day weekend. I’m having the: My Hot Blonde Cousin
Monday December 27 – Military Bowl – Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD: Two options this day. I did consider going to Detroit to watch the Quick Lane Bowl, but then I saw the 11AM start. I understand the marketing, but I’ll take the 2:30PM start in Annapolis. I have picked out a brewery to visit, as usual, but the Military Bowl also sponsors a Bar Crawl on the day before the game. Brewery: Forward Brewing I’m having the: Barrel Aged Ceremonious Exchange on Nitro
Tuesday, December 28 – Holiday Bowl – Petco Park, San Diego, CA: We have already been to the Liberty Bowl to see a Memphis game, so I decided to head to San Diego, even though this game is in a baseball stadium now. It doesn’t matter, it’s still SoCal and I’m here for it. There is the world-famous zoo and lots of coastline. Brewery: Hopnonymous Brewing Company I’m having the: As You Wish
Wednesday, December 29 – Alamo Bowl – Alamodome, San Antonio, TX: I have always heard that San Antonio is a great place to visit. I suspect we can fill up our time at the Riverwalk, but The Alamo is close by if you’re into that. Brewery: Weathered Souls Brewing I’m having the: Habitual Line Stepper
Thursday, December 30 – Music City Bowl – Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN: It isn’t a NY6 game, but we’ve already been to all the other sites on this day. It’s Nashville, it’s a great city and it’s a great destination. Big Ten vs SEC is usually a pretty good game. Brewery: Tennessee Brew Works I’m having the: Hippies & Cowboys
Friday, December 31 – Cotton Bowl – AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX: Playoffs? Yes, playoffs! Since we have already been to Hard Rock Stadium, we are off to Jerry’s World to see the Cotton Bowl Classic. This will be our third game in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and fourth in Texas overall (and we’re not done). Don’t care – playoffs! Brewery: Division Brewing I’m having the: Lava Lamp
Saturday January 1 – Sugar Bowl – Superdome, New Orleans, LA: We get to take a 2nd trip to NOLA. It’s a NY6 game this season, and since it has the SEC tie-in, there is a chance that the runner-up from the SEC championship game could be at the Sugar. I was surprised, and a little disappointed, to learn that Bourbon Street doesn’t have much of a brewery scene. Oh well, we will manage. Brewery: Urban South Brewery I’m having the: Rocket Pop
Tuesday, January 4 – Texas Bowl – NRG Stadium, Houston, TX: We get a Big 12 vs SEC matchup here. Not the highest rated teams but I think we will see a decent turnout – Houston is a good location for those two conferences and easy to access. Brewery: Karbach Brewing Company @SSN_UH helped us out twice, suggesting Karbach’s for our 2nd visit to the Houston area. I’m having the: Hopadillo
Monday, January 12 – CFP National Championship – Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN: It’s been a long season. We get about a week off to re-charge and bring all our energy to this championship game. It’s also lucky that we have extra time to get here. Indianapolis has been known to have some winter weather at this time of year. The game itself should be quite enjoyable in the covered stadium. Let’s send this season out in style. Cheers! Brewery: Brew Link Brewing I’m having the: My Eagle Is Pissed