Happy fall from the GuyTalk team! We know you love the man-pinions we have been offering up so we are expanding the team to include a new expert. In addition to the always-funny Mr. Wilson, we are happy to announce the addition of Chris Beesley to the team. A Mizzou grad and past writer for the Dallas Cowboys, Chris now lives in Chicago and cheers on the (recently victorious) Cubs. He recommends lots of naps, hitting up Maestro’s and Sunda when in the Windy City, and reading on for his tips for a bro-tastic fall…
Along with pumpkin spice lattes, the onset of fall also signals the peak of bro season. That’s because men everywhere are hit by all their vices at once – football, their fantasy team and video games.
Plenty of women are interested in those activities as well (which is awesome!) and if that’s you – we are here to help level up your bro game so you can get the most out of your brotivities.
Fantasy sports have evolved beyond bro culture and into complete American culture but there are still ways to take it to the next level.
If you’re feeling brotastic: Start playing Draft Kings (www.draftkings.com), which allows you to play in 1-day or 1-week fantasy sports leagues. These contests are rapid-fire and are a much shorter duration and effort (no team management) than season long leagues.
You can play for free or for money in all of the five major sports (MLB, NHL, NFL, NBA and PGA) as well as college football and basketball.
Semi-bro option: Break out the Netflix and binge-watch The League if you haven’t already. The League is a crude, mostly adlibbed-comedy that follows the lives of friends competing with each other for fantasy football dominance. If you’re into light-hearted, raunchy comedy, you‘ll enjoy every second.
Tons of the year’s best games arrive this fall – like FIFA, Madden, NBA 2K and Halo 5. Although you may have the urge to stray away from a few of these, not picking up a controller and giving them each a shot will be something you will regret because we are currently in the video game golden age. They will be great and the trash talking you do with your crew will be even better.
If you’re feeling brotastic: Use one of these games as the pre-game activity with your group of friends before going out to the bars. Losers take a shot (or two). You won’t be disappointed in the shenanigans and banter that ensues.
Semi-bro option: Buy an old system (Nintendo 64 anyone?) and invite people over to play the games back from the heyday – like Mario Kart, Wave Race 64 or Mario Party. Only downside is you may have a few friends that start inviting themselves over…
Added Bonus: One of FIFA 16’s new features will be the ability to play as the FIFA Women’s World Cup team this year so you can embrace the power of international bad ass Carli Lloyd and score endless goals.
Whether you’re a casual fan that watches the occasional game from home or someone that eats, sleeps and Tweets their team all day – there are always ways to be more bro. As a baseline, you’re living Sunday’s the right way if you own the NFL Red Zone channel, which automatically switches between all the live games based on which one may have an upcoming touchdown.
If you’re feeling brotastic: Go ahead and book it. You’ve likely already spent time considering traveling to a game this year – whether it’s going to an away game and seeing a new place or going back to visit your alma mater for a weekend. Budget your vacation days and your dollars accordingly so you can make one trip each year.
Semi-bro option: Sign up for Sportsplays.com. It’s a free sports gambling website that gives you $1 for free and allows you to cash out after your balances reaches $200+. What’s the point? Just like fantasy football, it makes games you used to feel were meaningless a lot more fun.