Sunday, February 7, 2016

Super Bowl Pick

Super Bowl Sunday is here and with it brings all the pomp and circumstance that is associated. It's a bittersweet time because it means this is the last Sunday until September where football is on. It means I have to do things around the house. It means there is no excuse to veg out in front of the television on Sunday. No excuse to drink beer. No excuse to eat a bunch of shit all for football's sake. None of that until September.

Today is the culmination of the 2015 NFL season, with the best team from the AFC taking on the best team in the NFC. Here is my pick for Super Bowl 50:

Denver Broncos (+5.5) vs. Carolina Panthers
I am ultimately hoping this game does not get out of hand too quickly. I think the Broncos defense will not allow that. However, that doesn't mean the offense can't contribute to a big deficit to start the game. I think if the Broncos can keep it close, force a couple of turnovers, and Peyton and the offense don't screw it up, the Broncos can win and send Peyton off into the sunset with a Super Bowl win. I know that's a lot of ifs, but the defense has done it all year. Cam and the Panthers have not played the toughest of schedules this year, and when they did play a good team, they looked vulnerable. If the Broncos can get this to be an ugly, punt heavy, defensive game, they have a chance. If they don't, everybody can go home early and watch the highlights tomorrow. I think the Broncos do just that - make this an ugly, unappealing game, and win 22-17.

Good luck to everyone who has a box, who is in some quiz game, or who took part in any prop bets. Enjoy today because football won't be back until September.

Until next time.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Not Over Yet

Let me get this straight, the groundhog doesn't see his shadow so spring will come early. But, if he sees his shadow because the sun is out, winter will persist. That seems counterintuitive to me. Wouldn't seeing his shadow mean the sun is out? I associate sun with spring, not with winter.

I feel like I talked about this before. Maybe not.

Well anyway, the rodent didn't see his shadow so spring will be here sooner. Yeah, not so much. Although, today it's supposed to be 60° and rain, so that's very spring-like.

I just don't trust it. Not one bit. I am still thinking there will be more cold and more snow coming our way. I hope you don't get lulled into a false sense of reality. I won't be. Winter is not done with us. Nope. Not yet.

Just don't say I didn't warn you when winter rears its ugly head again.

Until next time.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Round is a Shape

Stop me if you heard this one before, the guy writing this blog is going to get his act together and try and get his fat ass back into some semblance of healthy. I will wait... Maybe you can check here or even here.

This is nothing new, especially around these parts.

Well today we are going to try it again and see if the third time is a charm.

Why will this time be different? Who knows?!? I don't have an answer for that, but I can tell you there is some motivation. At least for now.

I've come to the conclusion that the more you read and the more you plan the less you do, so this time around there is a lot more doing and a lot less planning. It's actually pretty simple. Just do something. Anything. Just do it. I know something already has that slogan, but I am borrowing it.

Here's to this beer lover losing his beer belly. This time is going to be different.

Speaking of beer, I brewed my first beer of 2016 this weekend. It was a recipe from Love2brew for a beer called Juice Box Rye IPA. It's a Rye IPA with a copious amount of mosaic hops. I apologize because I had mentioned previously I wanted to document more brewing on the blog, but became so enthralled with the process yesterday that j forgot to take any pictures. Oh well, maybe the next one in March I will remember. That one will be a saison. I will keep you posted.

Until next time.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

2016 Kennel Brewing Plan

I did something last night that is becoming a yearly ritual for me. I figured out and planned my brewing schedule for the year. Lots of good stuff coming from Kennel Brewing. Yes, I named my home brewery, and no, my beer is not for sale. Legally at least. However that doesn't mean you can't try some.

After some contemplating, I've decided to continue brewing with extract. I made a deal with the Wife that if I built a shed to store the lawn equipment currently stored in the garage, I can turn a portion of the garage into a brewing setup. So as of now, my home brewing system is on hold. Instead I am focusing on refining my skills, developing my own recipes, and also trying to learn more about the science involved in turning water, grains, hops, and yeast into the wonderful liquid known as beer.

I am planning to document my brewing with some posts coming up. I am doing this for a couple of reasons. First, I want to build a database that I can go back and look at to see what went right and if something goes wrong, I can try to pinpoint where and what. Second, I want to show that brewing beer at home is not that hard as long as you are meticulous and diligent when it comes to cleaning and sanitizing. Lastly, I would like to share my thoughts and findings and also any recommendations that I can in regards to brewing.

So follow along with me on my adventures and who knows, maybe drink some fine crafted beer.

Until next time.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Championship Sunday

As I am writing this, Quinn the Eskimo (the Phish version) is playing in the background, and after the pounding NJ took yesterday from the Blizzard of 2016, I see no more appropriate song. Winter has arrived in New Jersey, just didn't think it would be all at once. I have not taken an official reading here at Hops and Homers headquarters due to the blowing snow and the drifts that are currently located all over, but if I had to guess, we would be around the 18" mark. That measurement is based on some scientific evidence known as walking in the yard to clear a path for our four-legged Clover to take a dump. 

Getting 18" with a snow blower is not that big of a deal, until you remember that you didn't get the snow blower serviced and it won't start. Well after about a thousand profanity laced tirades and hundreds of middle fingers directed at the snow blower and the universe, I came to the realization my penance for not getting it serviced is that I would have to shovel. Lesson learned. 

As of writing, we went out once yesterday and cleared the cars, driveway, and the path to our front door. After writing this, and some whiskey in my coffee, I will be heading back out to tackle the rest. I feel surprisingly spry this morning after all the shoveling from yesterday. Talk to me tonight, however, might be a different story.

Now, for the reason you are all here. My picks for Championship Sunday. Before my picks, I do have to make a public service announcement. Today is the last Sunday until SEPTEMBER!! that there are multiple games on. Let that sink in for a second. I will wait....

Here are my picks for Championship Sunday (HOME TEAM IN CAPS): 

Patriots (-3) vs. BRONCOS
Brady and Manning face off for the 17th time in this one. My hatred for Tom Brady is well documented, but something tells me he will play well in this one. The Broncos defense will also play well. Something about playing in Denver gives the Patriots fits, but I just don't see the Broncos winning this game. I just don't. Patriots win 21-17 in a classic.

PANTHERS (-3) vs. Cardinals
This is Cam's time. Cam Newton has solidified himself as a top tier quarterback with this season. People will still hate him and still hate how he dances and hate his showmanship. I like it. He plays the game and has fun doing it. I think, much like in the AFC, these are the best two teams in the NFC. The Cardinals will play well in this one and keep it close. I just see the Panthers being too good. Panthers win 30-24.

Last Week:
Season: 120-136-6

Good luck shoveling out your houses, cars, and sidewalks today. As a reward, have some good beer, good hot meal, and enjoy the football games today. The games start at 3pm so that should give you enough time to get it done and then settle in on the couch.

Until next time.