Happy Hour In The Heptarchy: Paying Tribute to the Possum

by J.R.

george-jones1It’s five past 5 across Conference III (leave work early, Colorado — you have our permission), time to hit bricks and get that freakin’ weekend started, am I right?

Of course I am.

It’s been a tough week for some of you so loosen your belt, pop a top, grab a spoon and stop being such a sourpuss. III Communication’s got good news for everybody.

The Particulars

20110411-146855-orange-soda-group-shot-thumb-500xauto-152982What We’re Eating: I discovered the Chicago dish chicken Vesuvio this winter and immediately decided it should replace chicken Parmesan on every middle-brow menu in America. It’s a little bit of a hassle in the kitchen because it requires a couple of skillets and flouring the chicken and what not, but it’s easy enough to handle during the week. I found myself with a hankering for the dish but without potatoes and peas a few weeks ago and decided to get a little experimental, southern-up the dish a little. I swapped the potatoes for sweet potatoes and the peas for corn (scorched in the skillet). I added my proprietary hot chicken spice mixture to the flour and boom! Conference III Chicken. It’s delicious. We’ll have it at the banquet.

What We’re Drinking: Orange soda because it’s delicious and I’m not explaining myself further.

Reasons to Celebrate

DE20130424-MRED-chartChicago: Oh no! You’re cursed! Shut up. No, you aren’t. You are losing a business that dates back 136 years (in the same family!) and that’s bummer, but they seem OK with it. When it’s time, it’s time. Hey, and if you’re in the real estate business, things are going like gangbusters.

Your Weekend Jam: “A Good Year for the Roses” by Elvis Costello. ❤ u, Rosie.

colorado-marijuana_1352303424138_323563_ver1.0_320_240Colorado: The good news: you’re playing better than Nashville. This is also the bad news. A couple of wins and your birthright of the second-worst record — because no one could be worse than the Panthers — will be gone. And it looks like your Brahmin, Milan Hejduk, is ready to hang it up. Really good news: new people are entering your agricultural sector!

Your Weekend Jam: “Sometimes You Just Can’t Win” by George Jones.

Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Jimmy CarterDallas: You got no help from your Chambers Pot foe, as Nashville’s loss to Detroit knocked you from playoff consideration. On the other hand, SMU was the site of this cool thing.

Your Weekend Jam: “World’s Worst Loser” by George Jones

isaacruthboedigheimer_500pxMinnesota: You won’t win the Northwest, much to the greater chagrin of Conference III, but win and you’re in. And apparently, you are breeding super-fast adolescents up there in Place.

Your Weekend Jam: “The Race Is On” by Jason & The Scorchers.

George JonesNashville: Well, you are doing all the right wrong things to lock up that good draft position. And, of course, the city is draped in mourning. But it’s time to look to the future. Chris Johnson is pleased with your draft pick!

Your Weekend Jam: “Milwaukee, Here I Come” by George Jones & Tammy Wynette

SONY DSCSt. Louis: You’re sorta in a weird spot here, St. Louis. A win (against Chicago, who may dress 25 of their luckiest fans) and you lock up the No. 4. You lose and you could end up as low as sixth (if San Jose beats LA in OT or the shootout). You could also end up in fifth, which would probably actually be worse than ending up sixth? I dunno. Good thing you need a drink, because A-B is opening some massive beer garden.

Your Weekend Jam:No Blues Is Good News” by George Jones

file_downloadWinnipeg: You crapped out and headed for an early vacation as per usual. But, hey, that fancy new entrance at the zoo looks pretty cool!

Your Weekend Jam:We’re Not The Jet Set” by George Jones & Tammy Wynette

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