Jess helps sporty girls and girly girls navigate the world of sports by posting game day attire, sports interviews, hosting tricks and DIY’s. Literally anything sports related, she’s got us covered!
I sat down with Jess to get all the details for the big game day! Expect outfits, predictions, drinks, and some awesome Super Bowl Do It Yourself tips!
Miss American Made: Jess, you are committed to helping sporty girls and girly girls navigate the world of sports. Have you always been this passionate and knowledgable about sports? What’s your sports background?
The Sports Brat: Well I like to think I’m knowledgable but I’ve got nothing on those guys in research over at ESPN! My grandfather played in the NHL, my dad in the NFL so I was just kind of born into a sports-centered family. I played soccer at the D1 level for the University of Colorado. Sports have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember and when my playing career came to an end, I began working in the industry.
MAM: Okay do tell, how did you come up with the name for your blog, The Sports Brat?
It was in a dream. I had been working for months and had settled on a name but it just wasn’t it. I knew I wanted the site to be part tomboy, part girly girl and definitely me. I kept trying to be ok with the name but then one night I woke out of a dream and at 2 AM went on GoDaddy and searched “TheSportsBrat.com” URL and it was available! I made the purchase and slept so well for the first time in weeks!
MAM: You give amazing tips for Fantasy Football, can you give us any predictions on who will win the Super Bowl? Who are you rooting for?
TSB: So here’s the thing, I want Seattle to win but for some reason I feel like it’s the Patriot’s year. I’m not sure why I think that, perhaps it’s because I don’t like the Pats but that’s my gut. I think that Tom Brady shines in these moments. I just hope its more interesting than last year’s blowout!
MAM: You interview all different types of athletes, who were some of your favorite interviews?
MAM: Your blog has more than just sport strategies and info; I personally love your game day recipes (so does Nico, thanks!). What are some must try game day recipes on your blog?
TSB: Thank you! The lettuce wraps are a must because they’re so easy and they’re low cal! But if you’re gonna go for it and have the patience, I love the mini coconut chicken and waffles. They’re so yummy, but the problem is that I eat like 50 of them.
MAM: Okay lets talk sips. What cocktails (besides beer) would you recommend serving on Super Bowl Sunday. Recipes please!
TSB: I have 3 go to drinks for game day…a bloody mary, Moscow mule or beer.
HERE is a link to the best bloody mary recipe I have found.
MAM: Your game day outfits are always SO cute! Have you planned your Super Bowl Sunday outfit? What do you think you will wear?
TSB: Thank you!! I just found out that I’m going to Vegas for the Super Bowl, so now I’m in totally outfit planning mode. Anything goes in Vegas but I have to stay true to myself, so I will be wearing skinnies, these super cute new cut out booties from Vince and a tee and leather jacket. I am what I am and I just can’t wear a dress on Super Bowl Sunday.
MAM: I have to ask, have any favorite American made products? Not just sporty, anything American Made that you love and want to recommend to supporters of American makers?
TSB: I love Frye. Their boots are classic and comfortable. I also love Pendleton. They have blankets that make me wanna curl up and watch a game on a couch in a mountain cabin! You could also bring them to a tailgate!
MAM: You are the ultimate game day host; have any fun DIY ideas for Super Bowl Sunday?
Yes! I recently did a piece on this. I think a field tablescape is a must. It was actually pretty easy. Here are my details:
To really get in the spirit of The Super Bowl, here are a few easy DIYs you can do to transform your tablescape to a football field:
Field Tablecloth: All you need is to pick up some green fabric and then either with white fabric paint or spray paint, you can paint on the lines. Just like that you have a mini football field to display your snacks and drinks.
Football Jars: I like to use these to hold my serving ware and utensils. All you need are a few mason jars, paint them brown, then paint on the stitch lines in white. Now, how cute are those?
PVC Pipe Field Goal: Head down to your local hardware store and ask for ½ inch PVC Pipe and two 90-degree elbow connectors and one “T” connector for the center. Cut the pipe into two 12-inch sections for the uprights, two 5-inch pieces for the middle and one 9-inch piece for the base using PVC pipe cutters. For the base, use a white wall cover and cut a hole in the center. You can easily connect the ends to create a mini field goal to place at the end of your table.
H20 Refs: Don’t forget to stay hydrated! Create mini refs out of your water bottles by wrapping black/white striped paper around them.
These four simple DIYs and look how your table is transformed!
Isn’t Jess seriously the best host? I seriously love all of her ideas!
Huge thanks to Jess for chatting with me about the big upcoming game.
I personally have no idea who I want to win! I think the Patriots are going to take it but anything can happen.
What are your Super Bowl plans? I just got to DC and it’s freezing! I’ll hopefully be somewhere warm to watch the game.