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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Week 14 - Where Champions Are Crowned




With hall pass in hand Friday night for the PAC 12 Championship game at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, the Big Cat and I rolled down I 680 and checked into the Five Star Fairmont Hotel in San Jose. The digs were part of the package deal I had won. This was a slight upgrade from our Super 8 in College Station, TX on Labor Day weekend. We were then taken by shuttle to the PAC 12 VIP Tailgate at Great America Theme Park across the parking lot from the stadium. If you chose, you could partake in unlimited roller coaster rides. We opted to avoid vertigo and nausea and hit the open bar and sampled some of the morsels that were offered. We gathered with the other package winners and were escorted onto the field to watch pre-game warmups and take in the sights. The Mighty Huskies of Washington looked focused and intense and Colorado appeared timid. Our seats were in the club level so we had access to food, drink and warmth throughout the night.

Meeting with old friend PAC 12 Commissioner Larry Scott

Taking a knee in Levi with the Big Cat, but not like Kaepernick
The stadium was 2/3rds full with more UW fans and much electricity in the air. If UW won, they would have a legitimate shot at the college football playoff (a flawed system until they go 8 teams). From the onset UW dominated all facets of the game. On Colorado’s first series, star QB Sefo Liufau suffered a leg injury and would not return until the second half. The Buffs never seemed to recover mentally from his injury and temporary absence. The teams traded scores in the first quarter and then it was all Huskies thereafter. Washington running backs Myles Gaskin and Lavon Coleman each ran for over 100 yards. The Husky Defense was stout and created several key turnovers stifling the Buffs Offense. The UW fans stayed until the end as the Colorado fans started their departure in the third quarter. Final score UW 41, Colorado 10. We fled back to the hotel night club to celebrate with the victors and help the losers drown their sorrows.

Great seats!


 
The two cheer squads

Around the country – As expected, Alabama utterly destroyed a mediocre Florida team 54-16 for the SEC crown. More importantly, the Tide D held the Gators to zero rushing yards! Congrats to Western Michigan and the soon to be gone coach PJ Fleck as the Broncos go undefeated knocking off Ohio in the MAC championship. The Broncos will be rowing their boat to the Cotton Bowl. Oklahoma dominated in state rival Oklahoma State in the Bedlam/defacto Big 12 Championship game in Norman, OK.  The dynamic backfield of Baker Mayfield, Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon were too much for the Pokes to handle. Clemson held on for a narrow win over Virginia Tech in the ACC championship after amassing a big lead and almost squandering it. San Diego State lassoed the Wyoming Cowboys in the Mountain West title game in the high altitude and cold weather in Laramie, WY. The Temple Owls defeated Navy in the battle for the AAC championship in Annapolis, MD.  In the game of the weekend, the Penn State Nittany Lions came back from a 28-7 deficit to best the Wisconsin Badgers 38-31 in the BIG Ten finale.
This sign at College Gameday says it all

DFT being represented at the AAC title match

Luke and Andrea Munding rooting on the Sooners in the rain

So here are the group of six Bowls:


Playoff Game 1 – Alabama v Washington (Peach Bowl)
Playoff Game 2- Clemson v Ohio State (Fiesta Bowl)
Cotton Bowl – Western Michigan v Wisconsin
Rose Bowl – USC v Penn State
Sugar Bowl – Oklahoma v Auburn
Orange Bowl – Michigan v Florida State

Bieber – Two members of the Colorado Buffaloes, Abdul Jaleel Awini (heehehe, I said weenie) and Chris Hill did not make the trip to Santa Clara for the big PAC 12 match Friday night. You see, they decided to go out on the town last weekend after the big win over Utah and tie one on and on and on. Eventually they were politely escorted out of a night club and began arguing. Awini (hehehehe) accused Hill of getting him kicked out and verbally threatened him. Hill responded by knocking the weenie the hell out. Hill took off after his Rhonda Rousey performance and Weenie laid motionless.  The Weener’s night only got worse from there. As police and fire showed up to the scene, his wallet was removed to check his identity. Along with proper identification, the 5150 found several baggies of cocaine in his wallet. Upon notifying Coach Mac, the Weenster was suspended indefinitely, but that will be the least of his worries as he is facing much “Stiffer” punishment.  Talk about a really crappy night son. Apparently this was not his first rodeo as he had troubles at Air Force Academy forcing him to transfer, and also had an alcohol related incident at Colorado. Well the Weener did get something his teammates didn’t this weekend, he got some new Bieberesque hardware to put in his prison cell as an ice breaker.

Next Week – The first couple of Tailgate will travel back to Charm City for the Army Navy game. We will be amongst many old friends and family in my birth state, and will continue the celebrations of Mrs. T’s belated birthday and our 28th wedding anniversary. Nothing says I love you like dragging your spouse to a tailgate in the sub-freezing temperatures of the mid-Atlantic region. Congratulations to Brad Korinke for winning this year’s Tailgaters Yahoo Pickem pool. 2nd Place goes to Andrew Scott and 3rd to Charlie Bolt.


Happy Tailgating!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Week 13 - get off your high horse Trojan Nation!



Tailgate behind enemy lines

With each school consistently in the National Championship picture every year, the game between USC and Notre Dame typically holds more meaning than just bragging rights. This season Notre Dame is down and USC will not be in the college football playoff, however pride is always on the line. Saturday marked the 88th time the two schools have met since 1926 with the Irish leading the series 46-36 with 5 draws. The game would be held at the venerable Los Angeles Coliseum of Olympic fame. Since I have previously written about the stadium and school I will not repurpose those tidbits.


The genesis of this trip began when I entered the Votocast contest for the best 30 second tailgate video. Thanks to those of you that voted, I won 4 tickets and a pregame set up by Tailgate Concierge outside the Coliseum. I highly recommend you look into using them for a no hassle tailgate arrangement. The Brothers Tailgate made the trek down to La La Land beginning Friday night and finishing the drive over the Grapevine like Lloyd and Harry early Saturday morning. 

Crossing the mountain into the LA basin.
It was a beautiful sunny and mildly warm So Cal morning, perfect for tailgating. Our winning foursome consisted of the Donnelly boys along with cousin Teen and Dr. Eric Glassy. We feasted on a loaded breakfast scramble, pastries, fresh fruit and stout Bloody Marys. The Major and his brother Nolan graced us with their presence for a bit as they smelled free beer. I could not think of a more fitting way to spend my 28th anniversary as this very game had a role in my wedding day in 1988. Mrs. Tailgate enjoyed her peace and quiet.

A man's breakfast!


Mini fireball does not hurt later
Enemies inside the wire!
After enduring the FEMA Camp cattle call to enter the stadium for the 12:30 kickoff, we found our way to our seats in section 20 and were quickly greeted by dropping temps and the wet stuff. Let it be noted that the bad weather did something that Notre Dame didn’t, it showed up as predicted. USC’s Adore Jackson single handedly dismantled the Irish with a punt return, a kick return and a reception all for touchdowns.  The rain let up in the second half but SC didn’t as they rolled to a 45-27 victory over their rival and my Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Notre Dame will not be bowling this year and will need to do a lot of soul searching this off season.  Potentially, they may be doing some coach searching as well since Brian Kelly has come under fire for not only a bad season, but past transgressions that materialized this week. 
The USC Marching Band performs at halftime

The iconic view of the Gulag.

Thank god for fireball or they would be miserable!
Around the nation: Washington defeated Wazzu in the Apple Cup in Pullman and advances to the PAC 12 Championship. Florida State continues its recent dominance of Florida in capturing the Florida State championship. It looks as though Jimbo “Lyndsay Graham” Fisher will be staying in Tallahassee as LSU has decided on the Ogre as their permanent coach. WMU continued its bid to be the group of six lottery winner by beating MAC rival Toledo and securing its first perfect regular season. Could the Irish be calling Coach PJ Fleck? Mike Mac and the Colorado Buffs completed an improbable regular season by going 8-1 in the PAC 12 and securing a spot in the conference championship next Friday night in Santa Clara versus UW. The best part of their win is that it shut up some of those annoying USC fans I had to endure Saturday. Alabama wraps up an undefeated season by knocking off Auburn in the Iron Bowl. The Tide will face a mediocre Florida Gator team in the SEC championship and will move on to the final four even if they lose by 50. In the game that lived up to its billing, Ohio State squeaked by the Michigan Wolverines in double OT in Columbus. Coach Mom Pants Harbaugh was none too pleased with the officials in his post game presser as he whined and cried. No worries, as the UM Common Core participation trophy administration has set up a crying room for him upon his return to Ann Arbor. 

Alabama's fashion runway models at the Iron Bowl

We never get tired of TCU boots. The future Ex of Colonel Doug.

Pops and Barney celebrating a Bowl berth for BC.

The Mahoneys at the U game in Miami
Bieber – The NCAA Brown Shirts. Since this is the third time they have been called out they now enter the Bieber Hall of Fame. This time for stripping wins from Notre Dame for the 2012 & 13 seasons for alleged academic fraud. Are you kidding me, if there was consistency in the punishment they meted out, all 128 FBS teams would forfeit almost every season. I even cheated once in college by spelling SHELL OIL on my calculator before the test and submitting that as my answer in a statistics class. While it is true that Brian Kelly has recruited kids more akin to academics at Cincinnati than Notre Dame, it is purely a witch hunt for the jack booted thugs to target the Irish. When ND has found players cheating in prior years, they have suspended them for seasons or multiple games. They police their own matters and it is an area that the school takes seriously. I propose that college football revolt and overthrow the NCAA Gestapo and replace them with a new organization all together. Congrats on your HOF status NCAA, National Communist Association of Arseholios.  


Next Week – Now would be a good time for any of you to take me to Vegas. I won another contest, my third of the month. This time I entered a Twitter contest sponsored by the PAC 12 and 76 Gas that awarded the winners 2 tickets to the PAC 12 Championship, a hotel room, $76 gas card and a picture with the PAC 12 trophy. Maybe the next major award will show up in a giant wood crate marked FRAGILE, ensuring its Italian authenticity. The Big Cat Miahilo Panovich hisself received a rare hall pass, a new man card and will be joining me on the venture.  I will also be attending the NCS High School Division 1 Championship Saturday night featuring Monte Vista versus Antioch with the nation’s number one player Najee Harris, Alabama commit. 
It's a major award!
 Happy Tailgating

Week 13 - get off your high horse Trojans!



Tailgate behind enemy lines

With each school consistently in the National Championship picture every year, the game between USC and Notre Dame typically holds more meaning than just bragging rights. This season Notre Dame is down and USC will not be in the college football playoff, however pride is always on the line. Saturday marked the 88th time the two schools have met since 1926 with the Irish leading the series 46-36 with 5 draws. The game would be held at the venerable Los Angeles Coliseum of Olympic fame. Since I have previously written about the stadium and school I will not repurpose those tidbits.


The genesis of this trip began when I entered the Votocast contest for the best 30 second tailgate video. Thanks to those of you that voted, I won 4 tickets and a pregame set up by Tailgate Concierge outside the Coliseum. I highly recommend you look into using them for a no hassle tailgate arrangement. The Brothers Tailgate made the trek down to La La Land beginning Friday night and finishing the drive over the Grapevine like Lloyd and Harry early Saturday morning. 
 
Crossing the mountain into the LA basin.
It was a beautiful sunny and mildly warm So Cal morning, perfect for tailgating. Our winning foursome consisted of the Donnelly boys along with cousin Teen and Dr. Eric Glassy. We feasted on a loaded breakfast scramble, pastries, fresh fruit and stout Bloody Marys. The Major and his brother Nolan graced us with their presence for a bit as they smelled free beer. I could not think of a more fitting way to spend my 28th anniversary as this very game had a role in my wedding day in 1988. Mrs. Tailgate enjoyed her peace and quiet.

A man's breakfast!


Mini fireball does not hurt later
Enemies inside the wire!
After enduring the FEMA Camp cattle call to enter the stadium for the 12:30 kickoff, we found our way to our seats in section 20 and were quickly greeted by dropping temps and the wet stuff. Let it be noted that the bad weather did something that Notre Dame didn’t, it showed up as predicted. USC’s Adore Jackson single handedly dismantled the Irish with a punt return, a kick return and a reception all for touchdowns.  The rain let up in the second half but SC didn’t as they rolled to a 45-27 victory over their rival and my Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Notre Dame will not be bowling this year and will need to do a lot of soul searching this off season.  Potentially, they may be doing some coach searching as well since Brian Kelly has come under fire for not only a bad season, but past transgressions that materialized this week. 
The USC Marching Band performs at halftime

The iconic view of the Gulag.

Thank god for fireball or they would be miserable!
Around the nation: Washington defeated Wazzu in the Apple Cup in Pullman and advances to the PAC 12 Championship. Florida State continues its recent dominance of Florida in capturing the Florida State championship. It looks as though Jimbo “Lyndsay Graham” Fisher will be staying in Tallahassee as LSU has decided on the Ogre as their permanent coach. WMU continued its bid to be the group of six lottery winner by beating MAC rival Toledo and securing its first perfect regular season. Could the Irish be calling Coach PJ Fleck? Mike Mac and the Colorado Buffs completed an improbable regular season by going 8-1 in the PAC 12 and securing a spot in the conference championship next Friday night in Santa Clara versus UW. The best part of their win is that it shut up some of those annoying USC fans I had to endure Saturday. Alabama wraps up an undefeated season by knocking off Auburn in the Iron Bowl. The Tide will face a mediocre Florida Gator team in the SEC championship and will move on to the final four even if they lose by 50. In the game that lived up to its billing, Ohio State squeaked by the Michigan Wolverines in double OT in Columbus. Coach Mom Pants Harbaugh was none too pleased with the officials in his post game presser as he whined and cried. No worries, as the UM Common Core participation trophy administration has set up a crying room for him upon his return to Ann Arbor. 

Alabama's fashion runway models at the Iron Bowl
 
We never get tired of TCU boots. The future Ex of Colonel Doug.
 
Pops and Barney celebrating a Bowl berth for BC.

The Mahoneys at the U game in Miami
Bieber – The NCAA Brown Shirts. Since this is the third time they have been called out they now enter the Bieber Hall of Fame. This time for stripping wins from Notre Dame for the 2012 & 13 seasons for alleged academic fraud. Are you kidding me, if there was consistency in the punishment they meted out, all 128 FBS teams would forfeit almost every season. I even cheated once in college by spelling SHELL OIL on my calculator before the test and submitting that as my answer in a statistics class. While it is true that Brian Kelly has recruited kids more akin to academics at Cincinnati than Notre Dame, it is purely a witch hunt for the jack booted thugs to target the Irish. When ND has found players cheating in prior years, they have suspended them for seasons or multiple games. They police their own matters and it is an area that the school takes seriously. I propose that college football revolt and overthrow the NCAA Gestapo and replace them with a new organization all together. Congrats on your HOF status NCAA, National Communist Association of Arseholios.  


Next Week – Now would be a good time for any of you to take me to Vegas. I won another contest, my third of the month. This time I entered a Twitter contest sponsored by the PAC 12 and 76 Gas that awarded the winners 2 tickets to the PAC 12 Championship, a hotel room, $76 gas card and a picture with the PAC 12 trophy. Maybe the next major award will show up in a giant wood crate marked FRAGILE, ensuring its Italian authenticity. The Big Cat Miahilo Panovich hisself received a rare hall pass, a new man card and will be joining me on the venture.  I will also be attending the NCS High School Division 1 Championship Saturday night featuring Monte Vista versus Antioch with the nation’s number one player Najee Harris, Alabama commit. 
It's a major award!
 Happy Tailgating