Sunday, December 7, 2014

Week 15 - Championship Weekend

With all the conference championships taking place this weekend, the Tailgate chose to attend the PAC 12 Championship at the new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. Okay the reality is that it chose me as it is in my backyard and we had complimentary tickets. I was accompanied by the Dons of Danville: Desimone and Gervolino and their hired muscle Kevin Duncan. We met up in Red Lot 1 at Levi with Tony from the Yard aka Pauley Walnuts and his Governor, Jo Yard. While the weather was inclement, it did not dampen our spirits or enthusiasm for the festivities of the P One Two Ship Night. Upon unloading the tailgate wagon and setting up camp, we incurred two back to back 15 yard penalties: The first was realizing we left the DFT banner behind at DFT HQ breaking Don Gervolino’s heart who is very fond of the sacred cloth. The second was having to move all of our gear from one end of the car to the other after we were fully set up complete with hot coals upon requests from the parking attendants to relocate. Nonetheless, we adapted, overcame and adjusted to the situation.
Kevin charring the protein.
Lou antagonizing the Vegan visitors.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The  menu consisted of Spinach dip on French bread, Sis’s grilled beer brats smothered in swiss cheese and kraut, chili infused hot dogs, baked beans and smoked sausage. We were on a health food kick. Meats were provided courtesy of the head Husker Jeff “Tebow” Millard. Don Desimone manned the bar and hung the party lights, Kevin helped me burn meat product and Don Gervolino provided the gas that was necessary for our tailgate and significantly reduced the liquid provisions that were brought. Capo Walnuts scored the tickets for all of us. He knows people. He did make us do the Bataan Death March to find the Will Call window just so we would fully appreciate his gift to us.
Our Motley Crew wrapping up the tailgate.


The moon rises over Levi.
Oregon led by top Heisman candidate Marcus Mariota represented the PAC 12 North and Arizona with all world LB Scooby Wright were holding the banner for the South. This was the first year the game was played at a neutral site which also doubles as the new home of the San Francisco 49ers. The triple whammy of bad planning occurred: Friday Night game, rain, and a plane ride away for both teams. This lead to a fairly low attendance, 46,000 paid, less than 40,000 showed. I would like to see this game on Saturday in the future for a more robust crowd, reflective of the PAC 12 fan base.
Fans dressed as empty seats
As far as the game goes, I am just glad that adult beverages were sold during the game. The Arizona offense must have missed their plane from Tucson because they were nowhere to be found on this rainy night in the Bay. Marcus Mariota on the other hand solidified his chances to win the Heisman by having a Houdini like night escaping from pressure repeatedly to perform miraculous plays.  Oregon's defense was noticeably stingy on this night shutting down the Rich Rod spread offensive juggernaut. With the score going into the 4th quarter at 44 -7, we opted to take our third yellow flag of the night and depart early. Final score Oregon 51, Arizona 13. As we now know, Oregon locked up a spot in the new four team playoff and will face the CirimiNoles on New Years’ day in the Rose Bowl.
A Bud Light commercial at Levi


Back at the HQ, the Dons get their Pic with the banner.
Around the Country: In the ACC, the aforementioned Florida State CrimiNoles squeaked by the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets for their 29th straight win and the ACC hardware. In the Georgia Dome for the SEC Cup, Alabama easily beat up Mizzou securing the top seed in the playoffs and a spot in the Sugar Bowl. In the most impressive win of the day, Ohio State behind their third string QB Cardale Jones completely byotch slapped the Weezconsin Baaadgers 59 - 0 at Lucas Oil Field in Indy for the BIG Ten crystal. The Buckeyes earned the right to face Bama in the Sugar Bowl for the other playoff game. In the Big 12 where there is no Championship game, Baylor beat Kansas State and TCU destroyed Iowa State. But apparently that didn’t matter to the committee of Elders as they felt Ohio State deserved a seat at the table more than they did. All the more reason for the omnipotent politburo to adopt my 8 team plan next year: 5 Power Five Conference Champs and 3 wildcards. We could fire half of the Walking Dead so called Experts on ESPN if we did so. Also in the Big 12, Choklahoma overlooked their in state rival OK State and coughed one up to them in Norman. Out on the blue in Boise, the Broncos took down the Gangstas from Fresno and won the Mountain West title and a shot in the Fiesta Bowl. It breaks my heart to see Fresno lose again. If you happened to watch the Thursday night game, UCF beat ECU on a last second 50 + yard Hail Mary pass for the most exciting finish of the week.
Dr. Pepper Larry finally gets his final four
Bieber Award


 – University of Alabama Birmingham President Ray Watts, the least bright Regent is this week’s winner. You see Mr. Watts, after “Analyzing Data" decided to shut down the UAB Blazers program. Robert Deniro was heard saying “Analyze This Watts”. UAB under their new coach just completed a turnaround season going 6-6 and becoming bowl eligible. Things were starting to look up for this Conference USA program. Mr. Watts decided to cancel the only program that generates revenue for the school instead of those sports that draw 20 – 30 fans in the stands and make no money. He claims the program would cost more coin than it brought in. However, he failed to meet with and discuss the issue with the program's biggest donors and boosters who all said they would have helped. He more or less unilaterally killed the program on his own. Rumor has it when he was in college he was chained to a light post on the campus quad in nothing but his skivvies at UAB when he matriculated through there in the 70s. He vowed to one day get back at those mean bullies, and so we have Revenge of the Nerds Part 3 played out in living color. Mr. Watts, you may no longer have a football program but please take comfort in the fact that you do now have a Bieber Award to add to your collection of Awards and honors.
President Watts and his mates during his college days.
The Tailgate’s next stop is Pasadena on New Year’s Day for the Rose Bowl/CFB Playoff game. The DFT banner will be at the Army Navy game in Baltimore next Saturday carried by the world’s oldest Army Captain, Lou Capezutto.

Happy tailgating!
Boise fans Storming the Blue after the big win.

Ben, Nick and the Boys taking in the action.
Mike Mullica wearing orange and red at Bedlam,
 

 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Week 14 - Rivalry Week


This personifies rivalry week.

Although I personally took the weekend off from kicking it at the Tailgate scene, DFTers from across the Nation reported in with pics from their rivalry games.

DFT Siblings braving the cold at the epic Marshall - WKU shoot out.

The USC Song Girls never get old. Courtesy of Major Rodrick..

Who knew the Bear was a DFT Loyalist? Courtesy of Tracey Rector


 Nattily attired Bama Fan Dr. Alabama Al Rector at the Iron Bowl

Illinois sideline at Ryan Field vs, NW. Courtesy of Chris Peters.
As stated earlier in the year, I won’t do a write up on weeks when I don’t go to a game.

Results from Rivalry games around the Country:

The Game – Ohio State 42 – Michigan 28

Paul Bunyan’s Axe – Wisconsin 34 – Minnesota 24

Iron Bowl – Alabama 55 – Auburn 44

Egg Bowl – Ole Miss 31- Mississippi State 17

Territorial Cup – Arizona 42- Arizona State 35

Civil War – Oregon 47 – Oregon State 19

Apple Cup – Washington 31 – Washington State 13

Palmetto Bowl - Clemson 35 – South Carolina 17

Clean Old Fashioned Hate – Georgia Tech 30 – Georgia 24

In LA, some Hollywood actors impersonated as team from South Bend and took the field against USC.

Next Week – The Tailgate will head to Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, CA for the PAC 12 Championship between Oregon and Arizona. Saturday will be the annual Buffalo Wild Wings Conference Championships watching party in San Ramon.

Happy Tailgating!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Week 13 - The Long And WInding Road


                               My seven week road trip has come to an end
I began my seven week gauntlet in early October at the University of Oklahoma for Homecoming weekend and ended it this past Saturday in Tallahassee, FL, the land of Prince Jameis and Chief Osceola. Seven straight weekends away from Tailgate HQ and my fatherly/husbandly duties. I was joined on this trip by the notorious Eagle Tailgaters of Boston College fame: the Leblancs and the Gagnes. This would be my fourth year in a row to connect with this crew for a game. Anyone that prepares lobster tails at a Tailgate will be high on my list annually to tag along with. Besides, how could I pass up an opportunity to be a fifth wheel on their little couple’s getaway to Florida for the weekend? I felt a little like super creepy Rob Lowe for the weekend watching other couples.


Since I don't have DirectTV I like watching other couples Tailgate on Saturday
FSU had just experienced a horrific cowardly act early Thursday AM when a deranged dirt bag entered the school Library and shot and wounded three people. He himself met his demise when the police showed up and used him for target practice and turned him into a lead blanket. We were not sure what the vibe and mood would be based on this recent tragedy. We proceeded with cautious respect.

We rolled into Tallaharassment on Friday evening for a BC Athletics’ Department Soiree at the Governor’s Club.  I packed my Ted Knight Mariner’s jacket, mahogany pipe and practiced my Thurston Howell brogue in the event it was a high brow event and I needed to be a yacht club poser. It wasn’t that at all as BC Athletic Director Brad Bates hosted the small dinner and provided a forum for great football banter. Many in the room had played ball for BC and later became successful in the private sector. All are very active in helping BC get to that next level. This is a very passionate program with high academic standards putting the emphasis on student first and athlete second. It was a remarkable kickoff for the weekend festivities.

Based on weather reports for Saturday, we donned our cargo shorts, T shirts and sun screen and loaded up the Eagle wagon to make the 50 mile trek from our hotel in Perry, FL to Tally.  Only one problem, we never saw a lick of sunshine all day and experienced nothing but the heavy stuff from tent up to tent down. The National weather service earned Bieber considerations for the week. Nonetheless, with this famous advice from Carl Spackler at Bushwood CC, we played on:



Upon unloading our wagon and setting up in a prime piece of real estate next to our parking garage, we had our first man down of the day before the libations were even flowing. Depth perception is a bear when you achieve senior citizen status and Captain Pops Leblanc failed to realize the lawn chair was really right next to his feet. Boom Boom Pow! A little dirt and a crown infusion had the captain hosting his gate in no time. Get well Pops, we need you back on the active roster and so does BC.
 
The creepy old dude will do anything for sympathy!
The Fearsome Foursome of Eagle Tailgater fame


Cilla Gagne putting the Tail in Tailgate
 

We were also joined by my college roommate Chip “Shrek” Hayden and his family. I like taking pictures next to him for many reasons. Don and Sheila Therrien of the BC Gridiron club also joined us. In honor of Jameis, Co-Captain Rick Gagne rustled up some cakes with JW’s favorite meat product; crabs. We also feasted on the most incredible Lobstuh Beesk (As the Bawstonians pronounced it) I have ever had. The lobster chunks out-massed the liquid. We were surrounded by Florida State fans who could not have been any more hospitable and kind to us outsiders. Pared with the chow were the famous Bawstun Pops Bloody Marys complete with shrimp, bacon, cucumbers and garlic stuffed olives. This was a meal in itself. We mostly huddled under the tent and visited neighboring tents to avoid the rain drops falling from the sky for the majority of the tailgate.
 
Eagle Tailgaters
Bawstun Pops Marys

Eagle Tailgaters and DFT combine forces

Shrek, the wounded Eagle and Dan
Eagle Up in the rain.
Upon entering the stadium we were able to witness the one of a kind ritual of watching Chief Osceola on his faithful steed “Renegade” ride on to the field with his flaming spear. The entire stadium was doing the Tomahawk chop n chant (as they did for the next 4 hours). The Chief handed the spear off to Burt Reynolds, the honorary captain and former Seminole footballer to plant it into the turf at midfield on the logo. The Seminole nation went crazy. I have been told that I remind people of Burt back in his day. Take a look and let me what do you think?

 
Burt copying my pose
 
The original pose

Bowden field at Doak Campbell Stadium (Known as the Doak) is one of the most iconic cathedrals in all of college football. With the structural beauty of the outside facade to the history that has been made on the field, this one has been high on my list since the days of the wide right games against Miami. I will say that the stadium felt smaller to me than what I thought it would from watching games played there on TV through the years. It holds 83,000 fans but felt more like 60,000. The rain kept a number of people away but it was still a pretty ample gathering. The old girl has seen its share of epic battles throughout its 65 year existence.
 

 
The Chief getting the crowd fired up
 
The BC Folk at the Doak.
FSU boasts several national championships,  three Heisman trophy winners, and all time greats former coach Bobby Bowden, players Deion Sanders and Lee Corso just to name a few. They are coming off a National Championship and a 23 game unbeaten streak. Boston College under Coach Steve Addazio is one of those teams that will play every down as hard as they can and they will never quit. I got to get me some of what that guy is doling out.  Coming in facing the undefeated reigning National Champions, BC fully expected to come out with the win. FSU behind famous Jameis got off to a quick start with a touchdown on their first possession. The Eagles responded with a field goal showing the Noles that they were not intimidated.  And then the clouds opened up with the heavy stuff for the remainder of the game. FSU took a 17 -10 lead into halftime but had to earn every inch they gained.

The fantastic FSU Marching band known as the Marching Chiefs put on an entertaining halftime performance blaring out songs other than the Tomahawk Chop music. While FSU dined on crab legs in their locker room at the half and Jameis stood up on a table to shout things at people, BC Coach Addazio fired his troops up to play some Dude ball. To open the 2nd half, BC behind Florida Gator transfer QB, Tyler Murphy took control of the time of possession and pounded the ball up the middle and on the edges. The Noles D had no answer for the Eagle ground attack. With 12 minutes to go in the fourth, the Eagles mounted a clock eating drive only to miss a go ahead field goal that sailed wide right. De Ja vu all over again in this stadium Yogi? As has been the case all year, our anti-hero Jameis Winston mounted a drive to put FSU in position to kick the game winning field goal which they did.  The BC faithful can hang their heads high as they gave the title holders all they could handle. Final score FSU 20 – BC 17.  This was easily the best game I have been to all year. We loaded up the Arc and made the trek back to Perry for post gaming with Lobster rolls and college football on the telly.

Around The Country- ESPN College Gameday was at Harvard for the 130th game between Harvard and Yale in Cambridge. Harvard came away with the win to end their regular season undefeated and positioning themselves for a good seed in the FCS playoffs.  In a game where not many cared, Stanford eked out a win over Cal in the Big Game. UCLA annihilated their cross town rival USC in the ABC primetime matchup. We no longer mention results of Notre Dame games at the Tailgate unless the outcomes deviate from the current course. Coach Jerry Kill and the Minnesota Gophers are quietly having a great season with another win over Nebraska. In Norman, Oklahoma during a monsoon while one unnamed freshman was in her dorm watching it on TV, another freshman across the street was breaking the NCAA single game rushing record. OU Sooner true freshmen Samaje Perine broke Melvin Gordon’s week old record by racking up 427 rushing yards in a blowout over Kansas. This is a very humble young man, and we should be happy when good things happen to good people. Give me a tweet #32 if you are looking for a future father in law. Most of the SEC took the week off from real competition and scheduled JV scrimmages. However, Ole Miss was throttled by SEC West bottom feeder Arkansas. In the Mountain West, Boise State scored the minimum retirement age on Wyoming in Laramie high up in the altitude. Yes, I still follow Boise and they cracked the AP top 25 for the first time in weeks after this weekend.

Bieber – Former TTU DC Matt Wallerstedt was accused after last week of giving away defensive signals to TTU opponents this season. If you recall, back in September he was unceremoniously dismissed from the team. There were rumors of alcohol/substance abuse as the catalyst for the reason. Either that or he was caught with a poster of a shirtless Cliff Kingsbury in his home with hearts all over it.  Of course Mr. Wallerstedt denies this accusation, however there seems to be enough corroborating evidence from multiple sources that this is true. How could you do this to the kids you used to coach? Are you still sniffing the Elmer’s stuff? Mr. W is now at Louisiana Lafayette as an assistant coach. His future in coaching may forever be in doubt but what is not is the fact that he is this week’s Bieber boy!

Next week – And so begins my Familial re-entry program. With Thanksgiving, Mrs. Tailgate’s Birthday and our Anniversary, the Tailgate will be grounded and will get reacquainted with his family. I hope they remember what I look like.

Happy Tailgating!
The Bloke at the Doak

Two and half men at the UVA - Miami game

Major Mark sent this picture of pageantry from the Rose Bowl
Rick making the Lobstuh Beesk
 

 

 

 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Week 12 - Good things do come in small packages

 
Most of my weekends from Labor Day through the second week of January are spent sampling the best that College Football has to offer at the Division 1 A level. And yes, I am on a quest to go to as many of these venues for a game as is humanly possible while keeping Mrs. Tailgate happy. Even so, there is so much more to College Football than just the big name programs of the Power five conferences with mammoth stadiums. Two years ago, while spending Championship week in Miami for the Notre Dame – Alabama game I was given an offer I could not refuse. My host that week and College buddy Terry ”Family Guy” Kernan-Warner told me I needed to come to one of his Son’s games at Division III Hampden Sydney College in Farmville, VA. His son Joey, AKA Stewie Griffin was a starting wide receiver on the team and they had a great game day environment. My last Division III game took place 30 years ago at my Alma Matter Frostburg State. I can’t say I really remember much about that day but there are pictures that prove I attended. Joey had also spent the week with us in Miami and so I interviewed, lie detector tested, roid tested, psych evaled, and water boarded the young man to deem if he was worthy enough for me to burn a precious hall pass on. He was as he passed with flying colors and I followed through on my commitment to watch him play before he graduated. It turns out I waited until the last possible chance as this weekend would be his last home game as a graduating Senior.
Our host for the weekend Terry Kernan
On this beautiful cool late autumn afternoon in Southern Virginia, HSC would be hosting their Arch Rival in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC), Randolph Macon. The Rivalry is simply referred to as “The Game” as it is the oldest small school rivalry in the South. The first game was played in 1893 and HSC leads the series 61-48-11. For those of you not from the East Coast, Division III schools are extremely prevalent and make up the majority of colleges in these here parts. Hampden Sydney was established in 1775 and is the tenth oldest college in The United States of America.  It is an all boy’s school during the week but you would never know that on the weekends! As it was described to me, it is a school where ten generations of men in one family attended HSC just like Lt. Dan’s family in Forest Gump. It is their destiny:

The Kernan/Warner family rented a cabin in Farmville, VA for the weekend to allow us to get the full Hamden Sydney experience. We met up Friday night at the local watering hole and bbq joint Fishin Pig with Terry and his wife Mary Susan, their daughter Bridgette and Mary Susan’s parents Denny “Victor Maitland of Beverly Hills Cop” Warner and Lulu. Along for the trip was my personal Governor, Mrs. Tailgate herself. After sampling local fare and libations, we proceeded to the cabin by the lake. Wasn’t that a name of a horror flick where bad things happened to all the occupants? We pre gamed for Saturday around the fire pit telling lies and truths alike for hours until the wise went in and the fools stayed out and froze.

Victor Denny Maitland

                 


                 The Cabin by the lake

 We awoke Saturday AM to Denny’s (not the restaurant) “hangover frittata scramble” and Lulu’s ”transitioning” coffee. Most of us were as good as new after that intake and ready to get over to campus to start the festivities. We would be connecting at the Tailgate with more friends and family members of the Kernan- Warner clan including “Chris “Yamo Be There” McDaniel, another Frostburg mentor/corrupter of mine. I had few expectations of what the game day experience would be at this hallowed Southern Campus. Within minutes my impression was that this was a smaller version of Ole Miss in every aspect. Our Tailgate was established in an area analogous to The Grove in Oxford, MS.  Tents and BBQ’s taking up every square inch of available real estate. HSC Schwagg being worn by all and fancy meals and libations being served to those in need. Player’s parents and former players surrounded us and many stories were shared of past and current players and of the rivalry with Randolph Macon. The young men wore their blue blazers, bow ties, and salmon colored pants.  Corn cob pipes and cigars were as common as a red solo cup. The ladies were dressed in a manner that exuded class and charm. The rich southern tradition and culture were evident with every turn of the head. The campus can be described as classic southern architecture spread out on 1200 acres (one for every student) of tree laden landscape with plenty of open spaces intertwined. Our southern tailgate consisted of BBQ brisket and pulled pork from Fishin Pig and homemade chili. All this protein pared nicely with vintage Zing Zang Bloody Marys.


Denny Warner, Dan and Chris McDaniel

 
Close up of Chris McDaniel belting out Yamo Be There for us
The fellas pre gaming

















The Crew at Hampden Sydney with the new banner
Bubba McEnerney and the ladies.

Family Guy and Dan with their personal Governors.
 Just prior to game time, the Players filed down a hill through the tailgate lot for their Tiger Walk to the stadium. Parents and fans formed a human corridor to pass through as well wishes and slaps on shoulder pads were offered.


Lewis C Everett stadium and the surrounding hillsides were packed with an estimated 12,000 spectators. This is the norm for this rivalry game as the crowd was about 40% larger than most Hampden Sydney home games. HSC coming in with a 7-2 resume needed a win to guarantee themselves a post season playoff spot. Randolph Macon suffering through an off year entered the contest with a 4-5 record. From the onset, it appeared as though the RMC Yellow Jackets and their fans were fired up and ready to embrace the role of underdog for the day. As it has been well documented, it does not matter what your record is when you step on the field for a rivalry game, anything can happen. RMC had two first quarter drives ending in missed field goal opportunities. The HSC Tigers struggled to string a complete drive together throughout the first half. Just before halftime, Randolph Macon QB Zac Naccarato punched one in from 3 yards out to put RMC ahead 7-0 going into the locker room.

The beautiful setting at Everett Stadium

The Tigers take the field.

That #5 is going to score me a TD!
RMC extended their lead midway through the third set on a 28 yard run by the human wrecking ball John Byrd. Byrd would end the day with close to 150 yards rushing. HSC seemed to shake off their yips and mounted a beautiful drive capped off by an amazing catch by none other than Joey Kernan on a pass by QB Nash Nance. Denny sitting next to me in the stands told the man in front of us that that was his grandson that just scored. The man looked at me and I said “well that is my nephew too” (since I only have daughters). Unfortunately RMC would score another Byrd TD and a field goal while the Tigers would add only 3 more points. Final score Randolph Macon 24, Hampden Sydney 10. The yellow Jackets would win that battle but the war was won by Hampden Sydney as they were notified fifteen minutes later that they would still win the conference and advance to the playoffs. This would be the quintessential definition of bittersweet.

RMC is awarded "The Game" Ball tropy
Dan and the Kernan boys Terry Jr and Joey.



Joey Kernan and his fan club.

All Gonzaga Prep of DC Alumni
We headed back to the Tailgate area to recap the game, tell more lies and catch up on other action round the country. All in all this experience far exceeded any expectations I had as I was blown away by the entire game day environment at Hampden Sydney. I experienced a better experience here than I have at many NCAA Division 1A schools without a doubt.

Around the Country – Many upsets took place this weekend with one so painful I can’t even mention it. Did I tell you I now despise the color purple? What happened to the natural order of the universe and the way things are supposed to be anyway?  A week after the ASU Sun Devils annihilated my unspoken team, they go down in their own flames in Corvallis to the OSU Beavers. The Georgia Bulldogs hunted down War Eagle 34 -9 but in the process lost the best back in the nation Todd Gurley to a torn ACL. The Tailgate wishes you a speedy recovery young man because I still need your John Hancock in exchange for a few Jacksons. Brett Curly Bilema get’s his first SEC win as Boss Hog of the Razorbacks with Arkansas knocking off LSU. Curly’ s old team not only upset Nebraska but rolled the Huskers in cheese and smoked them out of Camp Randall with a 59 -24 thrashing. During that game, Wisconsin Badger RB Melvin Gordon broke the NCAA FBS rushing record racking up 408 yards. I hear they are still doing the Jump Around in Madison today in celebration. Georgia Tech upset Clemson and Mizzou upstages the Kenny Thrilless Aggies. My #2 made the six hour road trip to Lubbock Texas with her new Bestie to watch OU regain its mojo and trump the Red Raiders of Texas Tech. It is good to know I have an heir apparent. It was reported that Jameis tanked the first half again so his High School buddy could win some more money in the FSU game against the U. In the second half as usual, Point Shaving Winston lead the Noles to another come from behind victory. I will be at the BC – FSU game next Saturday. I am now placing a bet with my Life Savings that BC will be ahead at halftime. Thanks for the Tip Mr. Crab Legs.
Bieber Award – Perfect Segue since we are talking about Florida State; This past week, young Jameis was scheduled to appear at an FSU disciplinary hearing regarding the alleged rape charges from 2012. Now we all know that the Tallahassee Po Po are honorable folks (wink wink) and would never turn a blind eye to criminal activity by a Nole Super Star. However, we expected the FSU Administration to be just a tad bit more stand up in situations like these. I have three daughters. This alleged crime is a serious matter to me and 90+% of the non - dead beat dads in the country. However, the Nole Admin decided it was more important that they postpone the hearing until after the regular season so Jameis could concentrate on winning the ACC crown and bringing home the bacon for the school. This has gotten so ridiculous that the FSU circus is reminiscent of the glory days of the professional boxing world when it was run by crooks and shysters (no, not our elected officials in DC ). The outcome of winning the ACC is still undetermined, but was is a fact is that you, the FSU Administration are this week’s Bieber Award winner for your heinous cowardly sleazy non action.

Next Week – This will end my seven straight away game gauntlet as I finish up in Tallahassee with the famous Eagle Tailgaters of Boston College.
Happy Tailgating!



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The Alabama Al crew representing DFT in Tuscaloosa at ESPN Gameday

#2 and her OU Crew at TTU!

These boys did a Navy/Maryland double header