In a way it is kind of refreshing that the top two seeds are actually competing in the conference championship. In seasons past when one or both lost in the divisional playoff round the question of whether or not the best team was actually moving on would linger. Without that question though there would be little for commentators to argue about till the following season.
This matchup on Sunday, the 24th of January, between the #1 and #2 seeds in the NFC has all the trappings of a game for the ages. On one side you have Minnesota’s Brett Favre, a legendary quarterback who can’t make up his mind on whether he wants to retire. With the way he played this year, throwing for over 4200 yards and 33 touchdowns, who can blame him? On the other side you have a future legend in the making. There are few that can throw the long ball and hit the short passes quite like Drew Brees does for New Orleans. Oh yeah, he did a little better than old man Favre this season throwing for close to 4400 yards and 34 touchdowns.
It would be easy to argue the quality of their offenses (Minnesota, 5th; New Orleans 1st) and defenses (Minnesota 6th; New Orleans 25th). Anyone can go on about whether Jared Allen and the Williams Wall will be able to harass Drew Brees into making mistakes. I’d rather dig a little deeper and get to the heart of the true measure of a team- which quarterback had better beer to drink while in college.
In the spirit of one and done just like the playoffs, there will be just one beer representing both. The Sun King Brewery in Indianapolis (Brees attended Purdue in nearby Lafayette) will represent for Drew Brees with Wee-Mac Scottish Ale. Southern Pecan Nut Brown Ale from the Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company in Kiln, Mississippi will represent the pride of Southern Miss, Brett Favre.
Wee-Mac wins the first quarter with a slightly higher ABV, 5.4% to Southern Pecan’s 4.5%. Southern Pecan evens the score in the second quarter with its distinct caramel, nutty scent while Wee-Mac has a sweet yet indistinct aroma. The third quarter score remains the same with both beers only lightly making use of hops choosing to instead let the flavor of the malt stand out. Competition gets tougher in the fourth quarter with Wee-Mac edging out a lead at the start of the quarter by fermenting at cooler temperatures similar to a Scotish climate. Its easy drinkability helps it extend the lead a little more as its hazelnut/ toffee flavor pleases the palate.
However, the use of pecans in Southern Pecan Nut Brown Ale proves to be the dominate force down the stretch. With time expiring, the only beer in the world that uses pecans in the brewing process edges out Wee-Mac for the victory by creating a more unique and refreshing beer with sweet malt, caramel, and nutty flavors all rolled into one.
So there you have it sports fans; Brett Favre and the Vikings will win this one late in the fourth quarter.