Evan Weissman believes that watching a game at a sports bar can be about more than just eating wings and drinking beer — though no one can deny the fun in those two activities. So the founder of civic-health club Warm Cookies of the Revolution is inviting people to watch the New York Giants-Chicago Bears game tonight at Cap City Tavern and engage in a meaningful discussion around it. The get-together is part of a Warm Cookies series called The Huddle; for each meeting, the group will post a short article on a sports-related issue on its website in advance. (The article will also be available in print at the bar.)
You’ll be able to watch the game, have fun and enjoy all your favorite parts of a football match. Then, at halftime, the volume will be lowered and a discussion on the selected topic will begin. The format will give sports fans a chance to join in the conversation about political and civic issues related to sports, ranging from the number of openly LGBT athletes in professional teams to whether college athletes should be paid.
“People who spend a lot of time learning all the facts and all the plays and all the different players and coaches — that takes a lot of time and effort,” Weissman notes. “Folks who are interested in that sort of thing have the mental capacity, have the time, have the energy, are smart — there’s no reason that we can’t also talk about really important civic issues. But you don’t want to do it in the middle of the game, while stuff is happening. You want to watch; you want to have fun.”
The Huddle starts at 6:30 p.m. at Cap City Tavern, 1247 Bannock Street. Admission is free (but bring cash for the beer and wings); to RSVP, visit warmcookiesoftherevolution.org or the Warm Cookies Facebook page.
Thu., Sept. 12, 6:30 p.m.; Thu., Oct. 10, 6:30 p.m., 2013