BLOG: Spend football Sundays (and Mondays and sometimes Thursdays) at Orky’s
By SARAH GILBERT
I want to start off this week’s post by congratulating the Shippensburg University Red Raiders football team on an awesome season and a great effort during last week’s game against Winston-Salem State University. While the rest of us were recovering from our turkey hangover and shopping coma, these guys were down in North Carolina fighting in the second round of the 2012 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II Football Championships. While our boys were not successful, their stellar season gives our small-town school a lot to be proud of. Players broke several school records and earned Ship its first NCAA playoff win in more than two decades, which is longer than most of the team has been alive.
I better stop here with the season recap, since talking sports is not really a skill of mine. However, I do love watching football, especially professional games. My favorite team is the Philadelphia Eagles (quit laughing). I’ve been to one live game, last New Year’s Day, but I prefer to watch the games on television where I can see all of the action (or, in the Eagles’ case lately, lack thereof) up close.
My favorite spot in Shippensburg to watch the game is Orky’s, which can best be described as a hole-in-the-wall bar located on Earl Street. The atmosphere is laid-back and very casual, and seems to be frequented mostly by local townsfolk. If you’re just looking to havea drink, watch the game with some buddies and maybe play a game of pool, this is the place to go. There are no frills or flashiness here, but then again, there aren’t any in football either (besides those big diamonds sparkling on DeSean Jackson’s ears).
I gotta be honest and say that I can’t review the food at Orky’s, since I’ve never really considered it as a place to go for a meal. When I called to ask about their menu, the staffperson I talked to listed food choices such as chicken tenders and pizza, so I’d say the selection sounds like a good complement to the drinks but isn’t the main attraction here.
If you’re a smoker, you’ll be happy to know that smoking is still permitted indoors at Orky’s. If you’re a non-smoker, be forewarned and don’t wear your favorite team apparel here unless you plan to toss it in the wash when you get home.
There are several televisions to watch your favorite team, and if your team stinks like mine does, there are also a variety of ways to drown your sorrows when they lose. I recommend a Long Island iced tea. Or if your team, like mine, has an 3-8 record so far and you’re tempted to throw in the towel on the rest of the season, there are several pool tables to distract you.
You might catch me at Orky’s on an upcoming Sunday. I’ll be the one wearing an Eagles jersey and a look of embarrassment.