Football Friday {Come Link Up!}

Football season is here, people. Whether you're a diehard college football fan, a faithful NFL tailgater every single Sunday (...and Monday ...and Thursday) or just a casual fan who's in it for the social aspect... I think we can all agree this is the absolute best time of the year. Link-up with me and all the other football-lovin' gals and be sure to hop around and meet from new friends or talk some trash. Whichever you prefer ;)

Orange and black, it's what I bleed,
No other colors will I need.
The Bengals are my team through and through,
If you aren't a fan, well psh- forget you!


Just a little original poem by yours truly to kick things off. It's not like I need to announce who my favorite team is. I'm pretty sure it's evident in 9/10 of my blog posts. I'm a Cincinnati Bengals girl for all of eternity and I've got a wardrobe of black and orange to prove it. I just naturally gravitate toward anything orange. I'm serious.

Just in the past couple of years I've become interested in college football. I know, I know... what's wrong with me?? Who doesn't love college sports?? I've just always been an NFL girl, but since I now have a client who passes some Ohio State tickets my way each year, I've come to appreciate college ball a LOT more. Go Buckeyes! 
osu-buckeyes-stadium

Since I'm always working and don't get to enjoy the home games much, I bask in the weeks of away games. I LOVE hosting our friends on a Bengals away week and making all kinds of delicious appetizers for everyone to inhale enjoy during the game. Some of my favorite game-day food items can be found on my Snacks & Apps board on Pinterest. The below is my all-time favorite though. Easy and addicting, so I recommend tripling this recipe for a crowd!
crack-dip


Jared and I also have made it to a couple away games in the past few years, and we're hoping to add a new NFL stadium to our list this year when we make a weekend trip to see our guys play the Colts. One day I hope to see EVERY NFL stadium. And potentially the University of Phoenix stadium on February 1st next year... just saying ;)

And I still love the fact that Jared and I got engaged on a football field. I still love looking back at the pictures, remembering how COMPLETELY caught off guard I was. I mean, for goodness sake, I didn't wash my hair that morning! But I love that "our story" is so tied into football. It's seriously so much of how Jared and I got together, our dating years, our engagement and continues to be a huge part of our lives now. It may just be a sport to some, but to us.. it's a way of life :)


31 comments

  1. WOOHOO FOOTBALL!!! I love that you got engaged on the Bengal's field. I think that's so fabulous and fun!

    That recipe looks DIVINE, yum yum!!! Hope you get to the Super Bowl this year :)!

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  2. Ohhhh the Bengals.. haha I guess we can still be blog friends ;) Just kidding, but I love this link-up and I am very excited to read and/or steal more recipe ideas! :) Also - M&T Bank Stadium should be on your list of places to see a game, if you haven't already!

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  3. I still love reading your engagement story!! :) I need that dip ASAP! Sarah, Ryan and I were just talking last night about how much we love tailgating. We were thinking of making a roadtrip down to Tech for a game, tail gate and then watch it at a bar :P I know I'm bias but I must say that Tech on game day is AMAZING! So much maroon and orange :)

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  4. I need to make that dip! Consider it pinned! I love that you got engaged on a football field!! I always thought it'd be cool to get engaged at a baseball or hockey game. One of my roommates while I was student teaching & another former co-worker are both from Cinci so they would always go on & on about the Bengals ha.

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  5. Oh man, I cannot wait to INHALE that crack dip (and some buffalo chicken dip) this season!!!! Football is HERE, baby!!!!!!!

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  6. I love that picture inside The Shoe! OSU games are my absolute favorite part of fall! Go Bucks!

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  7. College football is totally where it's at for me... I used to be so caught up in the NFL and then I started watching college football a few years back... aaannddd there's just no comparison in my book! Hoping to catch a game or two this fall!

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  8. Your engagement story is still one of my favorites---SO cute!!

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  9. yayayayayayay, bengals! I'm not all caught up on your blog (sorry! late bloomer!), so I didn't know that you got engaged on the field, but that is SO COOL.

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  10. Honestly, football season is the best season.

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  11. isn't it great when you can share a love for your team with your friends/family/spouse?! Cheering on a team together always makes me feel even close to my husband and best friends!

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  12. I love the fact that you got engaged on the football field too! :) Great story!
    And I still need to make that dip! Maybe this weekend for our fantasy draft party.
    Mic and I talked about seeing a game in each stadium. I think it would be something great to do with Xavier when he gets a little older :)

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  13. LOVE the Poem! That was so cute! I'm so giddy just thinking about the coming season. Football really is a way of life. And it's the best life! :)

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  14. I didn't know that's where yall got engaged! How awesome is that!?

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  15. YaY for football!!
    YaY for friends, food and watching!!

    Just YaY!! :)

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  16. I didn't know that you got engaged at the field, that's awesome & I'm totally jealous! :)

    I did my Friday Football posting as well: http://badbrewpack.blogspot.com/2014/08/football-friday.html.

    YEA FOR FOOTBALL!!!!

    Mandie ~ http://badbrewpack.blogspot.com/

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  17. Oh my GOSH! How did I not know he proposed on a football field?! I loooove it! What special memories!

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  18. LOVE your football post today and so excited you did this linkup (I even broke my no posting on Fridays thing to participate)! I am loving finding other women who love football as much as I do!! And if I haven't said it before I LOVE that your husband proposed to you on a football field. That is definitely soooo special since you guys both have a passion for the game!

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  19. That dip looks amazing! I think i'll be making that whether its football season or not :)

    www.madeintheshadeblog.com

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  20. I make a similar "crack" dip that is just stupid-good... and if you've ever read the blog "Plain Chicken," she makes "crack potatoes" for brunch and a "crack bread" that is amazing. Check it out!! :)

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  21. That poem... I'm stealing it! Happy Football season!

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  22. haha, you are so funny. That dip looks yummy, but what's bacon bits in a bag? Which isle does it come from in the grocery store. I've never head of that...have I been living under a rock?

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  23. We might be going to the Colts and Bengals game too! We are Colts fans, and love going down to Indy when we get the chance. You will love it :) I have a few Bengals players on my fantasy football team so I hope they have a good season!

    Katie @ Sweet Little Ones

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  24. If you come out to AZ we should try and get together! Just sayin! ;-) You have one of my favorite Ohio teams, but not the other. haha! I am just excited for football!

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  25. Erin, will you be doing a football link up weekly on Fridays or was this the only one? If you do more I'll join in! Great post - I love how in LOVE you are with all things football. I am pretty new to the football bandwagon, but I am die hard fan for my college team. Bring me tailgates and rowdy fans all day long!

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  26. So cute that you got engaged on the field! Who dey!

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  27. Hope y'all enjoy going to Lucas Oil Stadium this season! It's super huge!!! And even though we will be going against each other that day, hope its a good game! I just drafted Dalton as my backup QB in fantasy football! Gah I love this time of year!

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  29. That crack dip sounds soo good, I think I'll need to try it for the Labour Day Classic next week. I'm going to add seeing an NFL game to my bucket list now - I think it would be super interesting to see the difference between NFL/CFL

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  30. Sorry I missed the link up and that I've been a blog reading slacker! If you make it to Cbus for a Buckeye game this year, you MUST let me know.

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  31. That is so fun that you go to different NFL stadiums! I hope you can make it to a Super Bowl someday (with the Bengals in it, of course :) That is so sweet that you got engaged on the field. I love it! My husband and I fell in love on Notre Dame's campus...so they definitely hold a special place in my heart. Thanks so much for hosting this fun link up! I have loved getting to meet some other football loving ladies! -Jess @ Sweet Little Ones

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