I grew up in southeastern Connecticut, which is basically the part of New England best characterized as Northeastern Alabama. It's a weird place to exist -- it's not quite hard core historic New England like Massachusetts and it's not the part of Connecticut that thinks it's New York. It's just . . . not-quite-Rhode-Island, which makes sense because I probably spent more time in Providence as a youth than any other city. (Please note: Hartford does not count as a city because cities aren't supposed to close at 8:30 P.M.)
Rhode Island is one of the weirdest states in the country. It's really hard to explain the culture in the Ocean State unless you've thrown rocks at things in Warwick and then drank out of a $2,500 glass in Newport. For the longest time it was probably best known as being the home of Narragansett Brewing Company, the bestselling brand of beer in New England for generations. All I heard about as a kid was that 'Gansett was the official beer of my family and when the brewery closed in 1981, they were thrown into the wilderness to find a new brand of beer. As it turned out, 'Gansett never found a place in my cooler . . . until around 2006.
As people love nostalgia, Narragansett made a comeback. The brewery opened up its selection, brought back its famous brand, and even put together a slick advertising campaign:
So I tried some of the beer that my father and uncles pounded into my skull as liquid heaven all those years ago. Here's my objective review: 'Gansett sucks and my family is filled with knuckleheads. Del's Frozen Lemonade still remains the only thing from Rhode Island that's worth a damn.
Here's today's full schedule with links to things so that you can monitor the carnage (Wagner isn't in action today because it's Taco Tuesday and Jimmy is going to try and eat a dozen):
|Dartmouth||Holy Cross||4:00||LIVE STATS||VIDEO|
|Marist||St. Joseph's||7:00||LIVE STATS||VIDEO|
Leave your notes about the games or anything else (QUERY: New England clam chowder (milk-based), Manhattan clam chowder (tomato-based), or Rhode Island clam chowder (broth-based)?) in the comments below.