The end of August! Where has the time gone?  With Labor Day right around the corner, there are two more symbolic markers for the change of the season: the appearance of pumpkin spiced drinks filling menu boards and football season.  Eddie and I intend to head to the kickoff of Northwestern University’s football season this weekend.  We usually go to one or two games a year to support my Wildcats.  This year, we may splurge and take the four block journey to Soldier Field because it appears the Bears may have a decent quarterback!

If you are heading to any of the Chicago Bears home games this year, you’re in for an extra bonus thanks to the fine folks at Redbox®.

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Headquartered out of nearby Oakbrook Terrace, Redbox® is the company responsible for the convenient DVD rental stations found at  grocery stores, pharmacies, and neighborhood convenient stores.  For attendees of Chicago Bears home games this year, any of 800 screens throughout the stadium will offer coupon codes.  Just follow the instructions on the screen and you can get yourself a free movie rental through Redbox® and the Chicago Bears!

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Views of Soldier Field From a few Apartments ago

In honor of this special offer, the film experts at Redbox came up with their list of top ten football movies of all time. Personally, number two is my favorite, but that’s because we owned it on laserdisc when I was a kid and it was one of the few movies we owned.

Redbox’s Top Ten Football Movies

  1. Brian’s Song
  2. Rudy
  3. North Dallas Forty
  4. Remember the Titans
  5. Heaven Can Wait
  6. Jerry Maguire
  7. Draft Day
  8. Invincible
  9. The Blind Side
  10. We are Marshall



After running down the list, it seems I’ve only seen about half of these films.  I am not a fantasy football playing sports fanatic, but I do enjoy the art of physical competition.  I guess I will have to get my butt to a Redbox® as soon as the weather becomes blustery. Until then, I will continue to make the most of the manageable Chicago weather.

Two Hands to Tailgate

One way I’ll extend my outdoor time is by doing some tailgating.  To be honest, I have never been a huge tailgater.  I don’t care for cheap beer, portapotties are my nemesis, and it usually involves waking up much earlier than I prefer.  I must admit, as I’ve aged, it appears the tailgates I’m invited too have also matured.  Instead of cheap beer, it’s microbrews, and the mimosa champagne is a prosecco splurge instead of a seven dollar bottle of AndrĂ©.  The food is also much more elevated, with offerings like artisanal bread for my paninis, and just panini’s in general.  Sometimes there is gravalax and with capers and cream cheese; macarons, steak grilled to order, and stone ground mustard round out the spread.  And yet, the tableware continues to frustrate.  With a full drink, you can’t balance a plate and pick up a piece of food, so you’ll need to set something down.  Trying to cut or scoop something with utensils? Good luck.


The company iFork‘s ingenuity created the perfect stackable tableware for tailgating, dorm rooms, camping, wherever.  Just look at this video:

Tell me there is a better accessory for a tailgate! You can hold your plate, and your cup, and your utensils, at the same time. Show up to a tailgate or a picnic with a stack of these babies and you will be the immediate favorite.

Hope you enjoy your Labor Day Weekend!