Happy Hour In The Heptarchy: S’mores And Hot Chocolate

by J.R.

It’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

SONY DSCWhat We’re Eating: The temperature will stay below 80 today in Nashville, the morning was in the mid-60s providing that first sharp bite of autumn, like busting through the skin of a deliciously sour green apple.

And with camps opening across the league, it’s starting to feel just a bit autumnal. Halloween decorations are in stores and it feels appropriate finally. They’ve been on the shelves for weeks, but when it’s 95 degrees, a leering jack-o’-lantern is out of place. But now?

Now I want some s’mores.

Green mug of hot cocoa with marshmallows on top.What We’re Drinking: Remember those last few cold days in March? You’d be running through hot chocolate all winter, buying it in bulk from Costco. And there was one last cold snap. You didn’t want to buy the 144-pack, so you ran to the grocery and bought a dozen packets, figuring you’d burn through it, spring would spring and it’d be macrobrews for the next six months.

Well, you got through about three of those hot chocolate packs and shoved the box behind four open bags of flour, a pre-made graham cracker pie crust and 14 different kinds of vinegar. Tonight the temperature in Nashville will dip to the mid-40s. The mid-40s! I’ve gotta get that hot chocolate out again.

Reasons To Celebrate

Chicago: There seems to be a little worry about Mr Patty Kane and his future intentions. Sometimes it’s best to remember how lucky you are, though. Like this mom and her son, rescued from their ninth-floor apartment in Glenview during a fire.

Your Weekend Jam: “Twist of Cain” by Danzig


Colorado: Hey, stay safe out there; floods are scary. Once things dry out, go see Charo at the University of Denver’s benefit for The Bridge Project.

Your Weekend Jam: “Coochy Coochy” by Ringo Starr


Dallas: I love Texas A&M, I really do. I love all the yelling and the weirdo traditions and I love the Fighting Texas Aggie Band. But I’ll have no love for the Aggies this weekend. If you’re bored or don’t like football, head to Dallas and buy a skyscraper.

Your Weekend Jam: “Skyscraper” by David Lee Roth


Minnesota: Ryan Suter’s house in Nashville was pulled from the market, unsold after nearly a year, despite a rebounding real estate market, a few price cuts, plus he was throwing in some wall-mounted TVs and a washer and dryer. Tough luck, pal. Maybe he should go to Duluth and eat some chili.

Your Weekend Jam: “Hot Chili” by Steve Miller Band


Nashville: Not sure the ice-making going awry at the practice facility is a great omen, but here we are. And the whistle blew at Vanderbilt Hospital, which ain’t so good. Distract yourself with the Grammy nominations concert (I guess?).

Your Weekend Jam: For the whistleblowers, the song that served as the theme to the BBC’s The Old Grey Whistle Test — “Stone Fox Chase” by Area Code 615


St. Louis: Pietrangelo? Yes! Will Ryan Whitney stick? Will Flyers fans survive? And leave it to a BFIB to try and do something new with baseball cards.

Your Weekend Jam: “Ryan’s Song” by Hellogoodbye


Winnipeg: Dustin Byfuglien is “leaner, quicker” but his diet secret? Well, there wasn’t one. Buff just is. Be like the Buff and just be.

Your Weekend Jam: “The Shape I’m In” by The Band