Sunday, October 30, 2016

Still in Timeout

This year's edition of the USC Song Girls. Picture courtesy of major mark,

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After all, it is all about the Benjamins!
Hard to believe it is almost November, it seems like just yesterday I was in the land down under watching Cal versus Hawaii open the season. The first nine weeks of the season, I have attended nine Division 1 college games, six major road trips including seven new college venues along with  the iconic Lambeau field for a Packers game, 1 high school match and five T Bird Midget games to add to my journey.  
T Bird football on Saturday.
This past weekend my junket with the Eagle Tailgaters from Boston College at the game in Raleigh against NC State was canceled as I continue my cleanse and spiritual realignemnt. I was advised to stay in timeout and attend my daughter’s birthday celebration and watch her cheer for the mighty Midget T Birds. Okay, I sang happy birthday, so I waved to her once, smiled, then I proceeded to scout the game for the 8th grade kids that could play in high school. I did manage to slip in the Danville high school battle of cross town rivals Friday night  under the lights between Monte Vista and San Ramon Valley. Monte Vista won behind QB and UW commit Jake Haener and his big tight end  Erik Krommenhoak going to USC and WR Jake Landman headed to Colorado. Monte Vista takes on legendary De La Salle next Friday.

Danville storms the field after the Monte Vista win
Around the nation – Seven undefeated teams went on the road this weekend and after Saturday, four would no longer carry that distinction. We witnessed Washington slip by the Utes in Rice Eccles by 4 points and the booger eating Harbaughs left no doubt this year as to which team reigns supreme in the glove state of Meeecheegun by knocking off Sparty. 
$50 more says he eats it!
Deshaun Watson directed his Clemson Tigers to a close win in Tallahassee to remain perfect on the season. That kid is Mr. Clutch. WVU, Baylor, Boise and Nebraska were not as fortunate as all four suffered their first losses of the season. WVU lost big in Stillwater to Hair Club Holgerson’s last employer OK State. Baylor did the unthinkable losing to the lowly Longhorns for the second year in a row. Is Charlie Strong enough to keep his job now? Boise lost to a much improved Wyoming team in Laramie under the lights. Good to see the brown and gold relevant again. Last, for the second time in a month at Camp Randall, a game went into OT with the house jumping. This time the Badgers had the preferred outcome by knocking off Nebraska.
The Casteleins of DFT Nation enjoying the action at the Horseshoe
How to go undetected in enemy territory
In the game I was supposed to attend, a fired up Boston College squad knocked off the favored NC State Wolfpack in Carter Finley. The Eagle Tailgaters and DFT family members represented the DFT Nation strong! Larry Culpepper of Dr Pepper fame even sent some good luck their way and was quite prophetic in doing so:

Eagle up with the eagle Tailgaters before their big upset win in Raleigh

Apparently my siblings have replaced me with the Devil hisself on the far right.
DFT represented by the BC crew

Will Muschump got a much needed upset win over the better Tennessee squad in Columbia. Butch “Sergeant Carter” Jones may be looking for Gomer to help him find a new gig soon. Hey, I hear Lane Kiffin is head coach material again. Louisville Lamar solidified  his grip on the Heisman by engineering a last minute come from behind drive to knock off a feisty UVA squad in Charlottesville. On Thursday night in the MAC, the Ohio Bobcats upset the Toledo Rockets on the road. Keep an eye on those cats. The Catholics defeated the Convicts after surrendering a large lead only to ultimately escape at the end. Army Conquers Wake, Air force took out the Fresno Bulldogs and Navy gets boat raced by USF.

Here is my article on Oklahoma’s football stadium that was published yesterday by Stadium Journey/ Please enjoy it and share w with other fans.

Bieber –– I was a close pick again for having to bail on my family and friends for the Boston College at NC State game. But there was one greater than I that was still to come. Apparently in this day and age when two people get mad at each other it results in one who has illegally obtained a handgun (I emphasize Illegally cuz morons don’t follow the law) and shoots up the other’s personal property. This past weekend in Memphis, apparently this was just the case. Two so called Tiger teammates had an argument resulting in a fight at school on Tuesday. Later on, one of the participants (let’s assume he is the one who got his ass kicked) shows up at Rocky’s apartment and fires gunshots into his car (Remember, Rocky was in his apartment, not car. This is how I know he obtained the gun illegally because he is such a lousy shot). Rocky and Apollo (real names were something more like Dingleberryavious and qauntifiableStain) were suspended indefinitely from the team. Rocky has not been arrested as of this writing because apparently police aren’t needed anymore. Colin Krapernick was seen kneeling in front of Rocky’s apartment in a show of solidarity. To add insult to injury, the Tigers lost a game badly they should have won on Saturday to Tulsa. If you do go to jail, have fun showing off your new Bieber hardware with your fresh bevy of boyfriends. It might make for a good house warming gift for your new roomy.

Next week – DFT double header consist of my return to Folsom Field at Colorado Thursday night with a visit to Pearl Street and Ford field at SMU and the famus "Boulevard" on Saturday.

Eagle Tailgater's improved 2016 Bloody Mary presentation.
Ice cold Dr. pepper here!
Happy Tailgating

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Week 8 and Weak Me

My view from Timeout

I was put in “tailgate timeout” for the weekend to recover from the gauntlet I had just completed over the first half of the season and something about fireball and college kids and Mrs.Tailgate not approving. Normally I will not do a write up when I am off or at a repeat stadium, however many of you sent some great pictures that I wanted to post. I picked a fantabulous weekend to watch 30 + games on TV starting Thursday night with VA Tech and the “Enter Sandman” phenomena in Blacksburg, and ending with Wyoming beating Nevada at 11 PM Pacific Saturday in front of no one. 

Thursday we saw the Hokies wipe out the Canes in the same game I went to two years ago and Boise did all it could to give the game to BYU before slipping by the Mormons on the blue. Friday night we witnessed the Ducks and their shrinking fair weather fan base lose a double OT heart breaker in Bezerkeley.  In the whiteout at Happy Valley, Penn State pulled off the biggest upset of the year knocking off # 2 Ohio State. Jerry Sandusky celebrated with a bar of soap in State Penn.
The Bostics and townie friends representing DFT in Happy valley

Dave Flash Gordon and friends avoiding Bostic in Happy valley

Uncle Jerry Celebrating

The Badgers outclawed the Hawkeyes in Kinnick stadium on a beautiful Big Ten fall day. Alabama kept a firm grip on the #1 ranking by rolling over the Aggies in T Town. 
Alabama's First Couple in matching Mom Pants
Coach Ogre got a big win in Death Valley at night over his former Ole Miss team. In the wildest shootout in the west Oklahoma and Texas Tech combined for a mile + in offense. Why does OU DC “Screaming Mike Stoops” still have a job? Can you say nepotism (see below)? 

Rutgers came close to getting a win in Minneapolis but came up 2 points shy.

Officer Scapra cheering on the Scarlet Knights

They are burning couches again in Morgantown as the Eers remain undefeated after thumping TCU. Navy sinks the Memphis Tigers “In the Annapolis”. 
Donnellys From the Tailgate at Navy game.

Houston’s slide continues as they lose to a resurgent SMU Mustang team in the Big D. Perhaps Coach Herman is thinking about something else. Lamar Jackson was simply other worldly as Louisville dismantled the Wolfpack from Raleigh. Utah outpaced the Bruins in the Rose Bowl as former retiree Joe Williams ran for a school record 332 yards. 
The UW Maddalons enjoying a tailgate earlier in the season
Steve Koreiveo talking the ears off some new friends at ND last week

Boots provided courtesy of Colonel Doug Neidermeyer

Radio and Lora Scoota pulling off a rare double header in Maryland
Has anyone ever seen this icon from Mississippi State that goes by the name of Stingray? Apparently he has become somewhat of a legend as the MSU Super fan whose whole goal in life is to be on the Paul Finebaum Show. Here is a little snippet of his brilliance:

Bieber – After stringing together four letter words with conjunctive verbs while screaming at my TV during the Oklahoma game, I am nominating soon to be unemployed Mike Stoops as this week’s honoree. Lil Mikey came crawling back to big bro Bobby four years ago when he was fired mid-season as the head coach at Arizona. Mike, brother of HC Bob, was given the DC job 3 years ago instead of current Clemson DC Brent Veneables, one of the best in the business. The two years after Brent left he faced his former team and dismantled them. Clearly the worst move in Oklahoma since the land grabbers jumped the gun back in 1889.  If you watch Mike on game day, it is clear he has not prepared his troops for battle as he spends the entire game screaming like a German General as the Allies advanced on the Fatherland. For three years we have watched him build up to his crowning achievement and finally it arrived. Saturday night in Lubbock, was a spectacle for the whole world to view. I have seen powderpuff football girls cover better and tackle better than Mike’s elite defensive troops. Do you not teach fundamentals anymore? Tackling is not that difficult. Lil Mikey proceeded to join his counterpart from TTU in setting the NCAA defensive futility record by each team allowing 854 yards of offense and a combined 119 points. Bob, it’s kind of hard to ignore the elephant in the room this time. Time to tell little brother to go make some new friends and take his Bieber trophy with him!

Next Week – The battle of Danville Friday night under the lights as Monte Vista hosts crosstown rival San Ramon Valley. Possibly will go to San Jose State v UNLV game as the designated driver!

Happy Tailgating!

I snuck out of timeout to catch a T Birds game and my daughter cheering

Cubs win despite Bartman 2's attempt to screw it up