Week 13 is college football fan’s dream weekend with many games on Friday and Saturday doubling the pleasure and doubling the fun. The Tailgate ventured up to Reno for the greatest game that city has ever witnessed. After scoring two choice tickets off of craigslist we loaded up the tailgate necessities and made the 4 hour trek over the snow covered Donner Pass (no we didn’t stop for a bite) and into the Reno Basin. We set up shop on the north side of campus and grilled up beer brats, bockwurst, corn on the cob and swilled cold MGD. The charcoal grill doubled as our homeless heater as temperatures were below freezing. The parking lots were littered with many Boise and Wolfpack fans. We chatted with Boise fans who made the trip down from Idaho. There was a certain energy in the air as Reno was bracing itself for the most important game it ever played. The stadium was rocking with fans from both teams chanting for their squads. It is one of the few college stadiums on campus that stills serve beer which may have added to the raucousness in the Wolfpack cathedral known as Mackay Stadium. Temperatures dropped to mid 20’s with a wind chill dropping it even lower.We all know now the outcome of the game and these were two excellent teams going toe to toe taking each other’s best shot. Nevada is no “little sisters of the poor”. They are a darn good team with one of the top 5 quarterbacks in the country in Colin Kapernick. In the end despite Brotzman’s best Ray Finkle impersonation missing the 26 year chip shot to win the game, Nevada was the better team that night and deserved to win. The loss strips away any chance of making the pilgrimage to Glendale this year let alone any BCS destination. It also damages Kellen Moore’s Heisman hopes even though he had a strong game and put his team in position to win the game. The fans in our section were courteous and respectful and grateful for the win. However there were a number of yahoos that I will address later. Nonetheless we left Reno with our spirits dampened but knowing this is what college football is all about.
The rest of the weekend provided us with some memorable games. The echoes are awoken and the Irish finally took down the Trojans after 8 straight losses to the men of Troy. I just wish Cheat Carroll was around to witness! Cam Newton secured his grip on the Heisman with an unbelievable come from behind victory over the Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa. Oregon left no doubt in Eugene as to whom the #1 team in the country is this week. Bedlam in Stillwater was exactly that. If you did not watch the last few minutes of the game you missed some amazing football. The Cowboys again became Choklahoma State or the Cow Chokes (You choose) and bowed down to the superior Sooners again. The Big 12 is all knotted up at the top with three teams with one loss each. Of Course we will do the only logical thing and let the BCS decide which one ends up first and makes the trip to Pasadena. Jim Harbaugh coached his last game in Palo Alto in front of 25,000 empty seats. The Big House can guarantee Jim 110, 000 filled seats wearing maize and blue…and they will appreciate you. Coach Rich Rod is done holding the bag for you and will be moving on. Stanford fans that was despicable. You have the now # 3 or 4 team in the country and you show little interest! Michigan needs a Michigan Man, time to come home Captain Comeback. We say goodbye to Cal’s Memorial stadium as we know it as it begins its transformation into a more modern facility over the next 2 years with real bathrooms in case someone really needs to go while attending a game. Florida State chomped down on the Gators as they are now the kings of the sunshine state. Randy Shannon, it’s a shame that cleaning up an out of control program, graduating kids and having a winning record was not enough for the Miami fans…all 100 of them that showed up for your final game. You will be an asset to some other program. Did anyone notice Mack Brown asking the president to be pardoned on Thanksgiving Day before the A&M game? Does anyone care that the Big Least (BCS AQ)might be sending UConn with 4 losses to a BCS game? I am sure that game will have great TV ratings. I guess the turf in Little Rock did not taste so good to Les Miles on Saturday? And last to my Maryland friends, the Turtles were to be feared on Saturday with a convincing win over NC State at Byrd Stadium.
Gripe of the week – The classless and uniformed fans – I take this opportunity to call out two types of fans that I classify as Stains on the sheets of life. The first is the classless fan who has probably had more beer than the 2 they can handle, and probably does not even follow football closely but yet feels compelled to yell derogatory things at the opposing fans such as %&$#ing Boise you eat %$#@ your team sucks! Or the vertically challenged moron who taunted the dejected Boise defensive end on the field at the game by jumping up and down and screaming at him. I was hoping to see that scene turn into King Kong swatting away pesky little agitators. And then there is the uniformed fan who knows nothing of College football but feels compelled to send me text messages stating that my team sucks. You know who you are and you are coward who was probably out enjoying a day of black Friday shopping with the gals instead of manning up and attending a real football game. This is not indicative of the fans at Nevada, most were great. This kind of fan is at every game I have ever gone to. USC at last year’s Emerald Bowl had perhaps some of the worst fans. If you see this kind of fan, call him out, test his knowledge for the game, and then proceed to humiliate him in front of his friends, family children, etc..and expose him for the fraud that he is.
The Tailgate will be home bound next weekend in preparation for the big trip the following weekend to the Army Navy game in Philadelphia. It has been a great season so far and wouldn’t be fun if we had playoffs to look forward to? Did you say Playoffs? Playoffs! Are we talking about playoffs?Yes Jim Mora, we are talking playoffs.