Midwestern high school football weather is my favorite time of the year. It’s when the days are sunny and warm enough for jeans and a t-shirt, but the evenings require a jacket (and if you’re me, a hat and scarf and gloves). You can still feel the sun heat your skin but at night, you might see your breath.
I haven’t actually been in the Midwest since 2001, so I had to make do with New York in November this year. It was a touch too cold (and windy, which the Midwest usually isn’t — flat land and land-locked means nowhere for the wind to come from), but the colors were pretty and almost New England-y (which does leaves better than anyplace else).
Learn something before the weekend
New England is made up of, from north to south with a westerly heading: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. In many respects, sports fandom in particular, they function as one state of mind, so it’s not that surprising that Ben Franklin made them the (collective) head of his famous woodcut “Join, or Die.”