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Dirty Alumni Tailgating Newsletter Volume IV Issue 5
This record length tailgating weekend got its start when I returned from UMass. When I checked the PSU gameday website, it said that the overnight RV lots would open on Thursday at noon. Knowing that our normal departure time from CT would put us there at 7 or 8 PM on Thursday night, I suggested that we leave early Thursday morning. "Why don't you just leaving Wednesday night after work?" OK, Let's go!
After loading up the camper, Chris, Tim and I left CT for State College late on Wednesday evening. We drove through 6 hours of rain to reach the Wal-Mart at 12:30 am. When we arrived there were 3 other campers in the parking lot.
Amidst a light drizzle, we caught a cab to Saloon. Emily's toybox was playing to nearly empty bar. In spite of the lack of patrons, people were still bumping into me to get around. Tim and I bought a "my d^ck smells like chapstick" t-shirt for Chris so that we don't have to hear about it for a few years. After closing the place down, we caught a cab back to the camper.
A cool cloudy day greeted us when we woke up. We grabbed a quick Shmonster from Sheetz. Against my better judgment, we took the camper to Scotia range via 3 miles of bumpy dirt road. The camper got coated with mud.
We tried to sight in my slug gun with some homemade Brutus the buckeye targets. Due to loose fasteners, the effort had to be abandoned, but not before Chris blasted Brutus right in the nuts. We moved over to the shotgun range and dusted a box of clays.
After range time, we moved to BJ's Sam's to meet Dave and Nancy with their RV. Once they arrived, our convoy rolled past Paternoville and towards Lot 19. We were the 18th and 19th RVs into lot 19 at 2:00 PM. This gave us a fantastic spots in the 2nd row. Rain from the previous days had formed a small pond formed in one of the roads in the upper part of the lot. It's a good thing that we weren't parking there.
We set up most of our gear to maximize the amount of time before teardown. We ordered Papa John's pizza and had it delivered to the RV lot. The newest accessory for this tailgate was the flying blue-jay. During my quest to find a higher flag pole, I stumbled across an inexpensive 31' collapsible fiberglass pole for flying bird decoys. The little blue jay seemed like a perfect fit for our group and its flapping wings helped people find our tailgate during the day.
Chris and Tim were the alpha team for Yuengs and wings at the Darkhorse. Matt, Kori, Kevin and Jessi arrived around 8. All of us headed down to the Darkhorse.
A bit later, we headed to LuLu's to watch Giants of Science. This bar used to be Gold's gym when most of us were students and was briefly called "club love." As the lead singer admitted, the place was a bit of a hip hop club. They didn't have any Lager (draft or bottles). The guys bought a dozen rum and cokes for the table. While playing, the band was tossing out free t-shirts. Kori was dying for a T-shirt, I reached out and intercepted a shirt headed for the girls behind us and tossed it to her. Chris ended up dancing with the lead singers GF and getting evil looks from the band. Chris would say later, "She didn't say no."
After GOS was done, we grabbed a slice at College pizza. We decided to walk back to the RV and made it as a group to east halls. From there, everyone insisted that they knew the fastest route and we all split up. Tim and Jessi made it home first, followed by Rob, Chris, Matt and Kori.
A big hangover and cloudy skies greeted us on Friday morning. Chris cooked breakfast at the camper. It started to rain, so we canceled our reservations at Warriors Mark. (Who wants to drive an hour to pay to shoot in the rain, when we can shoot in the rain for free 10 minutes away?). We met Crazy Mullet-Head Tom (CMT) and Kevin. After picking up several boxes of clays, we headed back to Scotia Range, without the camper this time.
Matt, Kevin, CMT, Chris and I dusted 4 boxes of clays. Jessi came out to take pictures. There was a light mist that came and went, but overall it was a good time.
The rain was pretty steady when we left Scotia. We headed to Faca Luna for lunch. Chris and I hadn't been to this excellent pizzeria in since Dieselization weekend in August 2003.
We head back to the camper to clean up and sent an Alpha team to the Skeller
A bit later in the night, Carter, Mad and Suz arrived at the tailgate to drop off their gear for the next day. We used the hand truck to move speakers, audio gear, tables and coolers to the RVs.
Everyone met up at Saloon for Monkey boys. Steve and Todd opened up for Velveeta. There were lots of costume at the bar including the taxi girls. When Rich and Janelle arrived; Chris made Rich take off his red shirt and gave him a DDT4 t-shirt.
We concluded the night again at college pizza. This time, the place was infested with costumed college students. My personal favorite was Hulk Hogan. Carter had not place to stay so he opted to sleep under the Team McArdle RV eventhough there was an empty bunk.
We were prepared for the worst, but when we woke up Saturday, it wasn't that bad. The weather got better all day.
Madeline and Suzanne were the first non-campers to arrive. They started setting up for the 50's retro theme. Plenty of awesome treats would be made during the day such as Mini-Reuben's, baked macaroni and cheese and open faced turkey sandwiches with stuffing and buckeye bars. Larry brought everyone's favorite Ring bologna and cheese combinations.
Chris and Carter made bird's nests (English muffins with a cutout hole for an egg) for breakfast. We also had hashbrowns and an assortment of breakfast meats.
Oz and Andy arrived shortly after. They drove in from Chicago to be here for this game. Andy brought a steer horn to drink out of. It was a big hit.
A film crew came by to film tailgaters playing Carter's extreme polish horseshoes. Many people were playing this game, which is a bigger hit than the original version.
There were plenty of libations to keep the party going. Madeline made Cherry coke shots, Yeungling Bombers ("Bomber me"), and the liquor pump. Many games of Flip cup were played. I even captured a few pictures of Mad and Suz playing beer pong. Nancy made a batch of Spiked cherries and hard cider.
Matt was manning the deep fryer. We had deep fried turkey, freedom fries, onion rings, zucchini sticks, butterfly shrimp, jalapeño poppers, Oreos, cheese sticks and corn dogs.
We typically have a few carved pumpkins at the tailgate closest to Halloween. I wasn't quite prepared for the level of Pumpkin carving we'd see out there. Rich really raised the standard. In addition to carving a pumpkin in the shape of the athletics logo, he also carved one into a football helmet. This wasn't just some decoration. He wore it at the tailgate and even into the game! Even though it was painted blue and white, it was a real pumpkin helmet.
The Nittany Lions went into the game with high hopes and loud voices. We even jumped to a brief lead during the first quarter, before slowly succumbing to the buckeyes. Emotions were high, but sadly, scores were low.
A crowd of 110,134 bumped out the Notre Lame game of this year to become the second-largest in Beaver Stadium history.
Many people came back to the tailgate after the game, since traffic didn't move until almost 2 AM.
I cooked our final breakfast in State College as everyone pack up our tailgating gear and bagged the trash. While I was cooking, the paper towel roll under the grill caught fire. I pulled it off by hand and stomped it out.
We headed downtown briefly for some flair shopping before hitching up and heading out. After a quick splash (fuel) and go at Flying J, we hit some big traffic on 80 and were lead into a big detour. It must have been in the cards, because we saw Chris's dad driving on route 309.
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Massachusetts vs. Northeastern
This mini-tailgate was meeting with my new england friends. After finishing the installation of the propane heater, we grabbed the dog, hitched up the camper and headed to Amherst, MA.
We were greeted with odd looks from plenty of UMass fans as our blue/white camper rolled through the center of campus.
We met up with the crew just north of the soccer field for a few post-game beers. Scooter's friends had a older coach bus converted to RV. It was pretty nice. We moved into town as a downpour opened up briefly.
We set up the bus and camper in the parking lot of Charlie's bar, which was one of their favorite college hang-outs. Next we headed up the street to Antonio's for some awesome pizza by the slice. This stuff was much better than college pizza.
For the rest of the evening we enjoyed hanging out and drinking in the bus before heading into Charlie's for some Grateful Deads. Towards the end of the evening, we grabbed another quick slice at Antonio's before calling it a night in our toasty warm camper.
The next morning, we stood around the now empty parking lot as people said good bye and slowly headed home. Chulupa even treed a squirrel several times and looked very proud of himself.
We were able to do a splash-n-go at the Amherst municipal facility on campus before heading to lunch at Rafters with Liz and Rich.
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"Bring a towel, scare a badger"
Homecoming weekend began on a chilly Thursday night, with the arrival crew of Chris, Nick, Amanda, and me. Kirsten showed up and we headed to the Darkhorse Tavern for some quick Yuengs and wings. Jessi, Matt and Kevin met us there. After a few quick Tonto's, we headed down the street to the Rathskellar. We played many games of quarters. Jessi and Chris did a few shots before we headed to the Shandygaff. I had a few too many pitchers of Captain and Coke before we headed to College Pizza.
The morning was a little rough. On our way down to Café 210, we stopped by the HUB to pick up some homecoming flair. This year, they were also selling Penn State Tailgate cook books. I jokingly ask if Mad and Suz had a recipe in it. They do! As we were dressed in Steelers Jersey's, they also let us know that Franco Harris (The homecoming marshal) would be at the Alumni center at 1300 hrs.
We got down to the Café for a few quick Teas before it was time to head up to the Alumni Center. Matt, Kevin, Jessi, Nick and I got our picture taken with Franco. We also got some free ice cream before headed back down to Café.
We were surprised by a truckload of cheerleaders. They were cruising up College Ave tossing out white towels (AKA shop towels) for the game tomorrow. While down pitchers of Lager, we ran into Dale Jr. He's getting married to "that's how I roll" girl in February.
We were joined by Shelley and Nick. Around 6, we headed down College Ave to get into our parade viewing spot. We stopped into V&S Sandwiches for some cheese steaks and pierogies. We also jumped back into the Darkhorse for another quick drink before headed down to the corner of college and Shortlidge to watch the parade with Rich, Janelle, and Jaime.
There were many good floats. My favorite was the wedding crashers float. The Penn State Cycling club also had an octocycle out that. It was crazy and always looked like it was going to crash out of control.
After the Blue band closed out the parade, we headed to Saloon for some Monkey Boys. Steve and Todd were playing. We were joined by more of the booze clowns and Bill and friends.
The Saloon was totally infested with Badger fans; Chris almost head-butted one of them. I was "helping" them by suggesting that they try a Monkey Boy or two.
Later, Matt and Kevin headed up to Leslie's apartment for a party; I am sure they did not really need anymore alcohol, but you know how it goes. The rest of us called it a night.
Our morning started at the Nittany Lion Inn. Carter was the first to arrive, followed shortly by Jessi and Matt. Mad and Suz then rolled in. Chris finished up the convoy and we headed over to the stadium under a cloudless blue sky.
Mad and Suz entered us in the 2007 Alumni Tailgating Competition. This tailgate was extra special. We were worried that Vaughn (the person we don't like to mention) would show up and ruin the whole thing. As we rolled up on lot 13, I even surveyed the line of cars with binoculars just to see if he was in line. Luckily, he wasn't. Nick and Amanda tossed the football around while we waited for the lot to open.
The set-up began. Chris cooked Bacon, sausage, eggs and quesadilla wraps for breakfast. Larry brought 2 rings of ring baloney and cheese combo. It was excellent.
The food tables were organized to properly display our assortment of tailgating goodies. There were 2 tables of food and 1 table of drinks and desserts. Jessi helped to put up the decorations, including a blind referee piñata.
The first table was set up for the Nacho bar. You could make your own nachos with a choice of many toppings and cheeses. Chris also made Chili. What wasn't immediately shoved into people's hands went here to add to the nacho goodness. There was also a bowl of show limes.
The second table was for football field taco dip, lemon shrimp, baked chicken roll ups, burnt kielbasa and meatballs with cheese dip. At various time, we also had deep fried turkey, zucchini sticks, corn dogs, butterfly shrimp, breaded raviolis, freedom toast sticks and freedom fries. Rich and Janelle also brought jell-o shots.
The final table housed the stadium cake, lime macaroons, nut bars, badger droppings, cocoa crispy treats, brownies and pretzels, a pitcher of whisky sours and the liquor pump; which consisted of the great Captain Morgan himself. The lime macaroons were my favorite.
Since I was nervous about not getting a group photo this time, we took the first one at 1130 around the dessert table.
Carter did an excellent job with the music. There was a good combination of Rock, Country, Penn State music and even a little bit of jazz. It was a huge hit. People were dancing along. Carter also set up his extreme polish horseshoes uphill of the canopies.
The tailgating judges were supposed to show up between 1200 and 1330. Suz and Carter even set up a signal to queue the Penn State music. Suz would do the safety signal (show picture) when the judges arrived.
Nick put on the Nittany Lion suit from Chad. Amanda had on a Nittany Lion tail. Both of them were whipping people with their tails. Nick got interviewed by the big ten network while waiting in line for the port-o-johns.
As it got closer to game time, the majority of our tailgaters showed up. We took group photo #2 with a lot more tailgaters.
People were nervous about the game. Coming into Beaver Stadium, the Badgers were ranked 19 in the AP polls. This was our first meeting with a ranked opponent this season. (Meat chicken and Illinois were unranked when we played them). This year's homecoming contest posted the 6th largest crowd.
The lions quickly took a bite out of the Badgers by capitalizing on a Badger fumble on the 1st play of the game. 3 plays later, Penn State lead by 7.
On Penn States next drive, Kevin Kelly nailed a 30 yard field goal to make it 10 - 0.
Wisconsin answered back with a 77 yard touchdown drive to make it 10 - 7. Penn State was able to drive in 2 more touchdowns before half time.
The Lion returned explosively in the second half on both offense and defense. Morelli lead the first drive of the second half for 74 yards. Golden made a 19 yard completion. Kinlaw made big runs of 19 and 10 yard runs and capped the set with a 2 yard TD run.
Junior quarterback Daryll Clark entered the game in the 4th quarter for the final scoring drive.
It was a very good day for the Lions. Morelli went 16 of 28 and threw no interceptions. Butler led the wideouts with seven receptions for 93 yards and a touchdown.
After the ringing victory bell, the combined Blue Band and Alumni Blue Bands took the field for a recap of the half time show.
During the game, the tailgaters finished the liquor pump and refilled it. The temperature dropped off quite a bit. After the game, many tailgaters enjoyed sitting around the fireplace.
After the game, Nick fired up some Mexicali burgers with fresh guacamole on the grill.
We had people from many people at this tailgate, in addition to team CT. Kim flew in Colorado. Florida Chad has now moved to Maryland. Kirsten also drove up from Maryland. Steve and Tiffany came in from Atlanta. Jason and Jessi came up from Virginia. As always, we had plenty of folks from all over Pennsylvania.
I was reluctant to say it all day, but Vaughn never showed up. We all had a much better time without him.
After 16.5 hours of tailgating, we finally packed up around 2330 and called it a night.
Sunday morning was a cool but clear day to packing up and reorganizing for the ride home. We made went downtown for some last minute flair shopping, had lunch at baby's before taking a Victory Lap through town.
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"Living the dream"
Months of work for this first camper-fest paid off before we even got to State College. While still in Connecticut on Interstate 95, a trucker called to us on the CB radio.
“Hey, Penn State, Notre Dame’s going to beat you this weekend.”
“Haven’t you lost 9 straight bowl games and counting,” I replied.
“Didn’t Notre Dame get smoked last weekend?” said another trucker who came on the radio.
“Notre Dame’s going to get their smoke on this weekend,” was all the original trucker could come up with. We didn’t here from him after that.
Hours later, we arrived in State College to met up with Dave and Nancy with their 5th wheel trailer (Cougar) behind their 2500HD Chevy. On our way in, we rolled past Paternoville 2K7. This year’s village is even bigger, more organized and spirited than last year. We estimated that there were about 100 tents outside of gate A and hundreds of students doing the “WE ARE …” chant with Chris on the PA system as we drive past.
When we rolled up to lot 19, there were over a hundred RVs already parked in the lots. Wheels were chocked, and our set up crew of Chris, Tim, Matt, Kori, Dave and Nancy went to work unpacked and setting up. Jessie showed up shortly after and was impressed by the new rig.
While our new 18 foot camper looked big in our driveway, it was dwarfed by other campers that rolling into the lot. It was only half as wide as our space and a quarter as long. This gave us plenty of room to set up our tailgating gear.
After trailers were leveled, flagpoles were set up and trucks parked. It was time to head downtown for some highway pizza, Monkeyboy and Giants of Science. Along the way, we took pictures with the JoePa statue, which was sporting a toga.
We started living the dream on Friday morning. It was a hot sunny day. More RVs were rolling into the lot. We were drinking beers outside by 0800. The only thing that actually made us leave for downtown was the fact that we didn’t stop for “Yeungs and wings” the night before and had to get our fix.
We picked up a bucket of wings for the bus ride to go downtown and get wings.
Some dirty hippie singer we never heard of before was performing at the Darkhorse which Rob couldn’t leave alone until he heard Country Roads. After we had our fix of Pazzo’s and John Denver, we headed off to the Cell Block where the booze clowns meet up with us. We ran into all kinds of people there like, Derek the trash dodge driver with the RV next to us was there with his friends and Tim ran into 2 guys from his hometown “Guntown”. We finished off the night at College pizza.
Redneck Chad shows up in BigRedII pulling Scott’s new travel trailer and dropped of the breakfast foods for the tailgate the next morning.
The tailgate officially began at 0620 when I got a call from Carter to find the tailgate. After finding him and helping him move some audio equipment, I went back to sleep until 0800.
After 0800, everyone started rolling out of bed. Nancy brewed morning coffee and Chris cooking up breakfast on the new Penn State extreme flair grill. We were joined by Mad and Suz. Suz was passing out glasses Mimosas and Sunday bloody Sundays. Mandy also brought a bottle of “water” for everyone.
We had our usual stack of Yeungling Tradition Lager with the now famous “dog on top” picture. In addition, I made a 5 gallon of 501 Blues. It was a tad strong. It was so hot that we had to call in an ice run mid-morning. As if we need more encouragement, Mad and Suz bought us a liquor pump. Shortly after breakfast, Crazy Mullethead Tom (CMT) showed up with 6 more emergency cases of Lager that we thought we would need with the heat and the fact that we were drinking some of them the day before.
Rich’s Dad hooked us up with 100 lbs of ice for a total of 250 lbs for this very warm weekend. We’ll need more super-coolers next time. And speaking of super coolers, we also saw two of these coolers drive by the tailgate. Unfortunately, none of us were fast of enough to catch a picture of them.
We were joined by the Oz, Aus and Laurie after lunch, but first I paid a visit to Jim (AKA the Grill Sergeant). Jim is a retired Sergeant Major in the Marine Corp. His tailgate was a row down and a few RV’s closer to the road. He mentioned that they let him into lot 19 at noon on Thursday. The lot was supposed to open at 6, but so many RVs arrived early that they had to start letting people in.
Denise, Jessica and friends stopped by to visit us. We met them at Blue white when they were able to navigate to the tailgate using only the new double sided tailgating cards. Apparently, the map on the back really works.
There were plenty of Dirty Domers mixed in with the tailgating crowd. Some even had the trash green jersey. Penn Staters answered back with plenty of custom t-shirts such as:
“Charlie Weis ate my sandwich”
“Rudy was offsides.”
“Yer piss of out luck”
Carter debuted a new game of Extreme polish horseshoes. This improved version of the original game featured multiple scoring options (2 and 3 point pipes), extra scoring options (double the distant equals double the score), a bonus rainbow washer and a score-keeping abacus. People loved it. It spawned a few new sayings such as “I love the 2-hole,” and “I wish I could hit that 2-hole”.
The little girls on top of the camper parked across from us yelling “WE ARE...” were priceless.
We also had a record number of dogs at the tailgate. Mocha Chalupa was there as the tailgate mascot in full flair. He could most often be found sleeping on the stair to our camper. Bethers and Justyn brought their lab, Hurley. Another guest brought her Chihuahua and we witnessed a miniature dog butt sniff with 3 people taking pictures of it. It was priceless.
We got many compliments on the new camper. Dena and Mark even talked about picking up one of their own. 90% of the other campers were at least twice as big as us.
It turned into a great day. 80 degrees, warm, humid and cloudy. A few sprinkles fell during the afternoon, but no rain ever came.
We had plenty of deep fried stuff. Andrew, the guy who catered our wedding, was able to connect us with commercial quality goodies. We had zucchini sticks, breaded ravioli, Jalepenos and breaded shrimp. Don’t forget everyone’s favorite “save the neck for me.” Deep fried turkey. Matt was taking pictures with the turkey neck when disaster stuck. "Ahh it touched my lip” he said.
New for this tailgate, Carter and Matt worked out a Direct TV setup. With an extra TV, we were able to watch Meat-chicken lose to Oregon before game-time. It was a full house during game time.
The white out inside Beaver Stadium was amazing. Unlike year’s past, the entire stadium, alumni and students alike, wore white. It was almost blinding. They called it the “WhiteHouse”
Notre Lame jumped to an early lead when they capitalized on an interception. The tide of the game was soon to turn.
“The crowd was crazy,” said Derrick Williams, whose electrifying 78-yard punt return for the tying touchdown sent them into a first-quarter frenzy. “We have the best fans in the nation.”
Penn States defense showed their true colors, holding Notre Lame to 0 rushing yards. They also sacked freshman quarterback Jimmy Claussen 6 times for a loss of 50 yards.
Wallace made a 68 yard punt return at the beginning of the second half to further energize the crowd and help extend our lead 17-7.
The fighting Irish were true to their trashy nature and drew a myriad of penalties for a total of 97 yards. A 15 yard personal foul by #23 enraged the blue and white when he punched a helmet-less player. The Lions showed no mercy after that.
After the game, the flip cup resumed and people started getting OOC. Mad, Suz, Jessi and I watched the UCF-Auburn game and we very confused when UCF wanted to go into overtime. Apparently, UCF had a 4-0 record in overtime, which they extended to 5-0. We finally called it quits around 0100.
Clean up and roll out went smoothly. Redneck Chad brought BigRedII over to say goodbye before we headed out, and some how it was spotless while all of the other trucks were covered in dust and dirt (I really want to know his secret). Before leaving we found a big veggie platter dumped on top of the port-o-shitter which was a new one.
We emptied the san tank on the camper, at the Flying J or “Splash-n-go” as it will be referred to from now on, in under 4 minutes which we though was awesome for first timers especially for how long we had to wait for 3 other campers ahead of us.
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"It's a deep burn"
Sunshine, birds chirping, lack of rain. It's been a while since our annual Blue/White tailgate has had all of these things. Since 2004, in fact. We were long overdue.
This was also a bit of a different tailgate, since we had 0 diesels. I had just taken my professional engineers exam in East Hartford, CT on Friday (oddly enough, it was at UConn's Rentschler field, were we tailgated in 2005). Because the test was 8 hours of agony, Carolyn had to drive down to PSU. This ruled out bringing the Big Deez. Because of all the preparations I had to do for the test, Matt M also stepped up and handled most of the planning.
Our convoy assembled at the Nittany Lion Inn at 0745 hrs. Madeline was still putting the finishing touches on the stadium cake while we put the convoy in order.
We made our way to the stadium before 8 am and it was already warm. Our convoy parked in our usual spot in the shadow of the pressbox.
As canopies, tables and chairs were set up, a few stragglers rolled in. One was Vaughn. I made sure that he was parked for easy exit to avoid the adventure from last time.
Guess who showed up? Duck, our long-distance beer master made a surprise flight to be at this tailgate.
The Penn State community reached out to those affected by the Virginia Tech tragedy. One of the victims was one of our own, Jeremy Herbstritt. Many showed their support by wearing maroon and orange. To show our support, our flags were flown at ½ mast.
Beth and Julia cooked breakfast. Mad also set up her new propane coffee pot. A few other propane accessories also came out, like the PSU propane tank cover.
Mad also debuted the first Stadium cake at a tailgate. It was rather fitting for the occasion as it had the same "VT" as the student section would display later in the day. This has got to be the most photographed piece of confectionary ever. It was delicious.
After breakfast was finished, we started straight into snacks. Chris grilled up a plate of Mad & Suz's wonderful treats. Jessi walked around the tailgate passing them out and people started referring to her as the waitress.
As the morning progressed, more and more of our tailgating neighbors arrived. An old friend, Smitty and company, parked their RV directly behind us. Rather than sit in a circle and keep to them selves, they set up their chairs just to watch us.
People also loved the new double sided tailgating cards. Many arrivals to the tailgate could be seen intently following the map while looking up to find the flagpole.
Kelly debuted a new Penn State party animal hat. This hat was very cool because it had a beer opener built into the brim.
The beautiful weather continued. Lunchtime brought out the bacon/cheddar burgers and Chris K's awesome brisket with the Show-me sauce. Matt M fried up loads of deep friend goodies including Pierogies, Turkey, Cheese Sticks, Poppers, Calzones (fatbags), French Toast Sticks, Onion Petals amd Freedom Fries.
Petey was standing under the tent trying to avoid the skin blistering rays of the sun and Vaughn enters the tent. He appears to be rather intoxicated at this point (go figure). He walks over to the table under the first tent and grabs a black olive off of the tray the Madeline and Suzanne had pleasantly prepared for us. He fires it into his grubby mouth and then quickly spits it out after only a few cow-like chews. He then runs over to me and says "Hey Petey, ya ever eat an olive thinking it was a grape?" I say "never have I ever done that, Vaughn." he then goes "it was f@#$ed up, but I kinda liked it" .
Madeline made Jello-shots in the shapes of footballs and helmets.
By midday, we'd actually run out of beer and had to call in a beer run. - a tailgate first. We'll be sure to stock up for next time.
When game time finally came, it was 70 degrees. Anyone who made it into the game was greeted by the largest blue/white crowd ever. 71,000 Nittany Lion fans filled the entire lower portion of the stadium. The student section was very motivated student section.
The White captured a 30-6 victory, led by 126 yards passing and two touchdowns from junior quarterback Paul Cianciolo (Charleston, S.C.) and 116 yards receiving and two touchdowns from sophomore wide receiver Chris Bell (Norfolk, Va.). Many in the huge crowd, which surpassed the previous Blue-White Game record of 62,000 fans that attended the 1996 spring contest, wore orange and maroon in tribute to the victims of last week's tragedy at Virginia Tech. A student section 800-strong formed a large block "VT" with colored shirts in the stands and the Blue Bland played "Amazing Grace" following a moment of silence. Junior tackle Gerald Cadogan (Portsmouth, Ohio) represented the Penn State players and coaches in addressing the crowd with a message of support for Virginia Tech prior to kickoff. Thousands of other fans wore maroon or orange shirts on the sun-splashed day.
We almost had one casualty of the heat. Oddly enough, the dog got heat stroke and needed to be iced down in a cooler. He's OK now.
Post game, Duck made a few of his beer can chickens and Chris K deep fried some Calzones.
Around sundown, Jeremy climbed the light poll.
It was finally time to call it a night about 10:30 PM. The Late night stragglers who packed it all were Chris F, Chris K, Carter, Julia, Beth, Madeline, Suzanne, Duck, and Rob. Unfortuantely, were left Tim and Jessi behind. They were out watching the fireworks when we packed up.
Besides the excellent weather, one of my favorite things from this tailgate is all of pictures with funny poses and faces. A few of my favorites include salt lick, big guns, meat hook, and tiger team.
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