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Dirty Alumni Tailgating Newsletter Volume II Issue 3
Dual Diesel Tailgate 3!November 20th, 2004
"I'm standing in a field, covered in mud, drinking a lager, wearing a trashbag...
Having the time of my life!"
Rain. Pouring steady. Long, steady beads of rain. Damn. Wait... it's 0700 hrs, everyone's here and both trucks are ready to go. This is going to be a good one.
By 0730 hrs, we got to our favorite lot 13 and the rain had settled down to a mild drizzle. We got very awesome parking spots (oddly, across from the porta-johns, which came to our advantage later). Christmas-light-covered flag poles were quickly raised and the festivities began. Chris's additional PSU canopy provided plenty of dry seating for hungry tailgaters as pancakes and bagel sandwiches came off the grill.
Chad fired up our rented generator to power the 200 watt stereo for Carter, our DJ. Carter carted the receiver and speakers from his apartment to provide the tunes. Awesome.
Even after loading the coolers, the guys stacked up the rest of our beer into one huge Beer-amid. The remaining cases stood taller than Chris and would ultimately be consumed before we left.
Our youngest tailgater of the day was my dog, Mocha (AKA The Chalupa) at 18 weeks old. Many of you held the little guy during the day. This was his first tailgate and he's already sporting 4 pieces of flair. He was good, if a bit sleepy, except for one time all day. Sorry.
Lunchtime brought a stop to the rain. Grillmaster Josh fired up our favorite beer-cooked Bratwurst and onions. Frymaster Matt made pierogies, cheese sticks, and jalapeno poppers. Thanks to Scott, we had 8 lbs of cheesesticks and not one survived more than 5 minutes.
About this time, Carter brought it to my attention that our Polish Horseshoe game was being played entirely by Spartans fans. Someone had to show these guys how to tailgate properly.
Dick was spotted waiting in line for the porta johns. Dick, as you may remember, was George's Dad. We met these guys during Homecoming. This means that George and Dick are alive! They came back to join us post-game.
Flairmaster Chris judged the Flair contest and handed out awards. Winners are listed below.
In order to keep the party going as the sun went down, The kerosene heater was lit and more Christmas lights were strung around the canopies. It kinda give the place a living room/tavern feel. Tiki torches marked the perimeter to let everyone know that we were still partying.
Dinner time was ushered in with deep-fried turkey, many beer-can chickens, Diesel (funnel) cake nuggets and deep fried twinkies. mmmm.
Around 10 PM, it was very easy to notice that we were the only people still tailgating at all in lot 13. If you took a few steps away from our tailgate, you'd have noticed that our tailgate was a well-lit, drunken oasis. The piles of trash that littered the field gave it the feel of moon-scape. 15 members of dairy barn come down to party with us.
We finally packed it in at 1:30AM Sunday morning for a total of 18 hours of tailgating: A new record. Thanks to the PLANNERS (Chad, Matt, Duck, Chris and Josh). Thanks to everyone who came out and made DDT3 possible. Hope you got all the mud out of your stuff.
For the Glory,
We will be tailgating again for Blue-White Weekend (BWW) on April 23, 2005 and Homecoming/Halloween Weekend on 10-29-2005. There will be another home game tailgate to be detemined (Central Michigan on 9-17-2005)
2019 Add-on: MSU 2004 was the Tailgate where we met Maddy and Suz. They weren't quite ready to go home yet and they were parked next to Vaughn's car. They said that our group looked like a lot of fun. Vaughn said that he'd go down and introduce himself (not knowing already that we knew him) and he waved Maddy and Suz down. They hung out with us and exchange info for planning in the off season. Chalupa still wasn't fully potty trained and unfortunately, had an accident on Maddy's lap. 15 years later, we're still tailgating together.
Dirty Alumni Tailgating Newsletter Volume II Issue 2
Homecoming '04 (HC4)October 23rd, 2004 - Homecoming Weekend
"We don't f#$% around, boy!"
Rain threatened but was forced to retreat. A brisk 41º morning greeted early morning tailgaters in our favorite tailgating spot: lot 13.
Following the raising of colors (blue and white, of course), Beth whipped up berry pancakes for hungry tailgaters. The first beer of the day was opened with our new Penn State Truck Mounted Beer Opener (TiMBO). It was a hit with the crowd. The cap catcher was filled to the brim with caps by evening.
The morning was filled with music, drinking, chatting, polish horseshoes and Oz's XFL football.
The game itself was very weird. Who gets even 1 safety in a game, nevermind 2 as the ONLY POINTS scored?!? Kudos to our defense for playing such an aggressive game and keeping Iowa from scoring any touch downs. This game also marked the second "White-out", in which the student section wore nothing but white clothes. It's pretty impressive as seen from the alumni side. Now if only the alumni could get their act together and not wear red, green and yellow to the game.
Post game, the chow-down began. Shelly and Danielle helped me make Bacon/Cheddar burgers while Grillmaster Josh cooked his special bratwurst. Frymaster Matt and Andy fired up a deep fried turkey and freedom fries. Beermaster Duck, who had quite a rough night, arrived post-game and put together 4 of the most delicious beer-can chickens I have ever tasted. To say we ate well is an understatement.
After dusk, we met our tailgating neighbors, George and his dad. If you left early, you missed these 2 characters. George was drunk out of his mind. His dad, whose name we never actually caught, came over and started chanting, "We don't f#$% around, boy, We don't f#$% around!" About that time, George passed out and fell out of his chair. Man, were they wasted. I don't even think they were sober when they left because their caddy grazed the fence. Oops!
We outlasted all but a few tailgates. 30 tailgaters were sober enough to find our guest book. Thanks to everyone who came out and made HC4 such a great time. I look forward to seeing everyone again for DDT3.
For the glory,
Dirty Alumni Tailgating Newsletter Volume II Issue 1
Dual Diesel Tailgate 2April 24th, 2004 - Blue-White Weekend (BWW)
"Fire it up!"
The football gods were really smiling down on us this time. For the first time since 2000, it didn't rain on the Blue-White game. The morning got off to a bit of a slow start, but we got very excellent spots adjacent to #1238, which is right under the pressbox. The flagpoles were raised and the drinking began. In addition to our normal submarine-topped flagpole, Redneck Chad brought out a John Deere flag for pole #2. A student film crew doing a video on tailgating even asked if they could tape us. How awesome is that?
Grillmaster Chris was on the mofo with eggs, bacon, and sausage on the grill. Beer Master Duck made sure everyone had a beer in hand. The new canopy and beer pong table also made their debut. The "Joker" beer pong table was a custom paint job from Team CT artist, Nickoli. He spent lots of time on it and it really showed. If you don't remember Nickoli, he was the one with the $26 sticker on his pants. The fan favorite, Polish horseshoes, was also out again.
Many beers later, it was time for lunch. Josh, newly promoted assistant grillmaster, whipped up a batch of very excellent beer bratswurst. Frymaster Matt cranked up the deep fryer and deep-fried turkey was enjoyed by all. Nickoli's spiked watermelon was also sliced. Mmmm... dark rum.
After lunch, the few of us who were still sober enough to stand up stumbled into the game. I don't know about you, but I was very inpressed by this year's squad. They did something we havne't seen in a long time: catch the ball. It was very awesome and gives lots of hope for this year's season. Check out what the Collegian had to say: Game forecasts season
After the game, things really got crazy. El Lobo (Spanish for "the" Lobo) passed out more tequila shots. The beer bong came out. A batch of bacon-cheddar burgers was fired up. A bunch of traffic cones mysteriously appeared around the tailgate too.
Who could forget Rich attempting to break a beer bottle on his head? Needless to say, it didn't work, again. Nickoli started randomly throwing footballs at everyone. Suzanne and OOC borrowed Redneck Chad's suspenders for some very funny pictures.
Chris judged the flair contest. The Redneck flair catagory was an easy win for Redneck Chad with his John Deere suspenders and cowboy hat. Brother won the most unique single piece of flair division with Penn State shoes. One says "We Are" and the other says "PSU." Caitlyn easily beat the competition in the sexy flair catagory with her PSU tanktop. The most intense catagory was the "most pieces." It ended like an Old West show-down as I (Redneck Rob) and Brother pulled out phones with PSU logos as if we were gunfighters. It was a tie with 8 pieces of flair each.
All told, we had at least 43 guests who were sober enough to find the guestbook. It was very impressive and makes me look forward to football season even more. Please spare a moment and email me your favorite quotes, memories and pictures from DDT2. Be sure to check out all of the photos in the [04 Apr] gallery.
Enjoy the sunburn, I know I am,
-Redneck Rob, Tailgating Coordinator
P.S. We're not exactly sure which home games we'll be tailgating for just yet. Most likely, it will be Homecoming (10-23) and MSU (11-20). Be sure to stay in touch for more info.
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