I am not a huge sports fan, but I love sports-themed parties. Maybe just parties in general. I went to college at a small liberal arts school in Indiana known for its academic prowess, Midwestern charm, and great pride in its mediocre football team. We may not be the best on the field, but I guarantee we’re having the best time in the stands…or at a house party if we never quite made it to the game.
This tradition of unbridled support for our team, no matter how well they play, continues post-graduation. We are one half a very old, very arbitrary college football rivalry with a nearby all boys’ school. Yes, it’s strange that a co-ed school’s biggest rival is an all male college, and we milk it for all it’s worth. Most of our chants and jeers refer to the opposing team’s lack of ladies. Specifically this year, as we got trounced 47-0 I heard a raucously repeating chorus of “We have girls! We have girls!” by my fellow alumni. Not our proudest moment, but we had to do something to cling to our dignity after such a solid whooping.
We’re able to view this yearly match up through a series of telecast parties thrown all across the country. It’s really a fantastic way for alumni and current students to gather, have a good time, and give our team some much-needed support. Our opponents make an appearance at the party too, but they are more often than not glued to the game and frequently bust out their monotonous school song. None of us even knows our school’s song. But we do know how to keep the beer flowing and our spirits up.
Naturally I thought homemade cookies would be a welcome addition to this year’s festivities — chocolate with peanut butter chip seemed like the perfect game day treat. These basic drop cookies invoke old-fashioned nostalgia with their simplicity and sweetness. They’re the kind of cookies a cheerleader would bake and pile high on a plate for her quarterback beau. The sweet, creamy peanut buttery morsels are nestled into the rich, dense, chewy cookies making each bite total perfection. Also, it didn’t hurt that the chocolate and peanut butter chips brought a little extra school spirit by matching our colors — black and gold.