|Yo Adrian, my eyes are swollen!|
We set up our tailgate on the dog leg left of the 8th hole of the Brookside Municipal Golf Course adjacent to the Rose Bowl. Seriously, the majority of the Rose Bowl tailgating is done on a nice golf course next to the stadium! During our festivities the assistant greens keeper was even spotted killing gophers, not golfers otherwise they would have locked him up and thrown away the keys!
|The assistant greens keeper ready to hunt gopher.|
The pre game Tailgate menu consisted of Sis’s famous Wisconsin beer brats that were met with approval from our Wisconsin guests, polish sausages and something simply labeled “meat” in a container with marinade provided by Captain Seals. Is anyone missing a family pet or exotic farm animal?
|The Motley Crew|
|Mark the king of bean bag toss AKA corn hole|
A little history about the Rose Bowl game:
The tournament of Roses parade began in 1890 in Pasadena, thus was the genesis of what we call the Rose Bowl parade today. In 1902 Pasadena hosted the first Rose Bowl football game pitting Michigan against Stanford. I am pretty sure Keith Jackson called that game for ABC. The game was such a blowout (49 – 0 in Michigan’s favor) that for the next 13 years the Rose Bowl committee opted to host Chariot races instead of football. Hence the origins of Keith Jackson’s famous phrase “Whoa Nellie!” has now been uncovered. In 1916 the football game was reintroduced. In most years the game matched a team from the West versus a team from the East/Midwest. Eventually the tradition took hold to match top teams from what are currently the Big 10 and PAC 12 conferences. In the current BCS format the champion of each of those conferences plays in this game unless they are ranked either #1 or # 2 in the BCS poll and are playing for the national championship. So there you have it, a history lesson from the Tailgate!
|The B-2 Stealth flyover!|
|Puff Daddy and Jim McCourt|
|Dan and a puffier Dave|
|Wisconsin on the move|
The most interesting part of the game however, was cocktailing in the first aid station during halftime and the 3rd quarter with Compadre David Seals. David had a nice Benadryl IV cocktail while I swirled my $10 Miller Lite in the room of the passed out amateurs. You see David had an allergic reaction to a macadamia nut several days prior to the game and was treated with steroids. The problem is he also had an allergic reaction to the steroids that made his hands and face swell up. I told him he got screwed because he should have opted for the flavor that puffs up your biceps and shoulders. As it was, his ring finger swelled up so badly he lost circulation in his hand. The EMT’s cut off his ring to avoid the pressure. Now some people will go to elaborate lengths to explain to their spouse how they lost their wedding rings but this was ingenious. David, I will support you on this so long as you keep making those payments! Nonetheless the EMT’s did a great job treating David and we returned to our seats before the end of the 3rd quarter. Others in the aid station remained fast asleep. Never a dull moment in the web of fun at the Tailgate.
|Did you just cut my wedding ring off dude?|
|Rocky after the big fight!|
|Post game festivities.|
Okay, so now I am off to the tanning salon and Brazilian waxing shop to ready myself for the big trip to South Beach. All packed, I have my speedo, flip flops, sunscreen and Notre Dame T's in the bag!!!!
|Ready for South Beach!|