On Saturday, my daughters and I woke at the crack of dawn. It ran a close second to Christmas morning for the girls. We acknowledge the rooster’s call by driving down to the Ravens’ practice scrimmage. My friend John Dunn, the strength training coach for the Baltimore Ravens, invited us down for the day.  Fortunately, we were able to meet up with my good friend Shelly Mitchell- Hollingworth. Even in the blazing sun, it was an incredible family game day!

As most NFL organizations, the Ravens hosted a day with free admission, activities for kids, and gifts for their fans.  For the average football fan that may never have the opportunity to attend a game, this is a fabulous way for the fans to see the stadium, get autographs, and enjoy the amazing atmosphere that live sports provides.  Attending sporting events in America is an investment. Well worth it in my opinion,  but for many the price of the tickets, parking, souvenirs, snacks, and beverages can burn a hole through a pocket…. real quick. I think the owners, coaches, and players are aware of the importance of giving back to the community. That is why a day like Saturday is so very important.

The line of excited fans.  My only concern was what would I eat once we were in the stadium. It was only 9:00 am.

There you have it.. The Craven Zone was open! I love it! Cravens-Ravens 🙂 And that does say beer!

The girls having a blast!

Apparently, the glare was too much.

  Saturday was a very hot day, but Shelly was a trooper

and helped the kids get autographs.

As you cans see, she still looks like the

All American Heptathlete she was at Penn State.

You can read about her in my previous blog “Breakfast Of Champions”

 Great appreciation for the fans, the kids received autographs from Ed Reed. Ed was very personable with the crowd.

Not only did the kids meet the players, but the cheerleaders were very gracious and met the fans as well.

A final look at M&T Stadium.

A big thank you to the Ravens’ organization for hosting a wonderful day for their fans. The funnies moment of the day came during the autograph signing. Several women, even some men, were professing their undying love for certain player. Screaming down to the field that they wanted to procreate with them. Offering to have a players offspring is true love for the team. Shelly and I couldn’t stop laughing.

While at the scrimmage, we did enjoy some snacks from the Craven. Even though many stadiums offer gourmet food vendors, we stuck with the basics of sodas, water, nachos, popcorn, and a beer. Tasty as it was, I am sharing with you my upgrade on the popcorn!! Try it for game day or even family game night!

Pepperoni Popcorn

– 2 bags of microwave popcorn or 10 cups popped if you have a popper

– 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

– 1/3 cup chopped and fried pepperoni

-2 tsp dried Italian mix

–  1 tsp garlic powder

-1/2 tsp red pepper flake

– 1/4 cup melted butter

– cut pepperoni is small pieces and fry over medium low heat. Allow to brown and crispy. Place on paper towel

and crumble like you would bacon. In large bowl, toss melted butter and popcorn. Add remaining ingredients and toss a second time.

As always thanks for joining me and I hoped you enjoyed and remember………..Who Do You Want In Your Kitchen On Game Day?