In Austin, Texas, football season starts FOR REAL this Saturday.  The Texas Longhorns open up their season on the road this year against Rice University in Houston. While they are projected to romp all over the Owls and the game should be a cakewalk, that does not mean that anyone is slacking on the tailgating preparations or game day plans. This fall, you will likely find me slinging drinks at Third Base Sports Bar downtown on game days. Football season is our busiest time of the year and it is tons of fun to watch games with a big crowd. I will be decked out in Longhorns gear on Saturdays and an appropriate NFL jersey on Sundays.  I will gladly wear a non-Cowboys jersey if it is provided to me (and it’s not the Eagles, Giants or Redskins) on game day to help support your favorite team – I wear a kid’s medium or woman’s small. If I can ever sneak a Saturday off, I will likely be tailgating with Royal’s Lounge.  My friends at Royal’s sure know how to pre-game (and game…and post-game) – I’ve known these boys since college and their tailgates never disappoint. Rumor has it they have made some improvements to “Champ” this off-season and this year will be rolling out the Sheriff’s Pudge, a new industrial smoker “that’s large enough to cook a Colorado Buffalo on.”

The following week, the NFL will kickoff with a big Thursday night game and then my beloved Dallas Cowboys will face hated rivals, the Washington Redskins on Sunday.  I drafted my fantasy football team last night, well sort of drafted my team. Somehow I was talked into picking up a shift at work and totally forgot I had my draft!  Luckily one of my tables was conducting their draft and I was able to make a couple of picks for my team. I ended up with QB – Phillip Rivers, Matthew Stafford, RB – Michael Turner, Ryan Mathews, Pierre Thomas, WR – Chad Ochocinco, Dez Bryant, Bernard Berrian, Derrick Mason, Dwayne Bowe, TE – Chris Cooley, K – Nate Kaeding, Defense – Baltimore, NY Giants. Overall, not too shabby, but will be interested to see if the computer did better than my couple of picks in Phillip Rivers and Baltimore D.

Lastly, I am starting a Pick ‘Em league. Rules are simple – straight up pick win/loss every week, one point for every game you get right except Monday night, which is worth 2 points, $20 per player, winning pot is determined by the number of players.  If you are interested, email me at txstarsgirl at gmail. All are welcome to play…this should be fun! If we get enough players, I will also throw in some random prizes throughout the season to keep it interesting. Can’t wait!!