Bear Libations: The Samurai Mike
Ingredients: two oz. cold Sake, one oz. rectified grain spirit of your choice, sixteen dashes of cracked black pepper, one pickled artichoke heart.
Best if enjoyed with: Miller High Life and former alums who resided in Brooks Hall in the late '70s/early '80s.
Symbolism: Of course the Sake correlates directly to his professional nickname. A Samurai was a noble warrior in the history of Japan who showed respect to all and was a devout servant of a lord. Singletary's focus and strength on and off the field is a perfect match for the honor of being called a Samurai. The rectified spirit symbolizes the power and might Singletary wielded on the football field. Being 96% (192 proof), a rectified spirit is no laughing matter as one could easily end up bewildered and dumbfounded like an '85 Eric Dickerson.
The dashes of cracked pepper represents the sixteen helmets he cracked during his years at Baylor. Damn. And finally, the artichoke heart represents Singletary being the heart of the defense. Use the Miller High Life to wash down that heart if it doesn't go down smooth the first time. Damn, that's the gritty taste of nostalgia.