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Dirty Alumni Tailgating Newsletter Volume IX Issue 9
Official quote:Since the schedule expanded in 2010 with a bye week, every other year includes a home game on Thanksgiving weekend. It’s tough for students, who were on break and tough for Alumni who must fight off the turkey-induced-coma and head to State College after Thanksgiving.
"It's so hot in here, I need to take off my jacket"
The new coach knew that it would be difficult to get the seat filled for an especially cold senior day and put personal request for fans to support this year’s historic class. (See the end of first question) There were also rumors of a big surprise during the game.
Due to the shortened weekend, we decided to take Monday off and take a slower return home. The original plan included a trip to the Johnson flood museum on Monday.
FridayThe crew for this week’s game was small (but larger than last week) and consisted of me, Chad, Andrew and Woffter. We packed into Chad’s truck and left from Chester at about 1230. We headed to State College via Ohio. Before leaving Ohio, we stopped at waffle house for lunch Hubbard.
Once in State College, we stopped briefly at Walmart pick up some groceries for the weekend. Afterwards we headed to the RV lot. The younger lot attendants told us that we can park wherever we want it because lot was very empty and haphazardly parked. A stiff cold wind was blowing, so we set up next to other RVs to block the wind and the lights from a nearby light station.
When it was time to head out for the evening, we were caught by a small snag. The buses weren’t running because the students were home so we caught a cab downtown. For dinner, we got some sandwiches at RU hungry and then headed to the saloon for a Velveeta and monkey boy. The boys and I stayed until the third set. We got some Canyon pizza and called a cab back home.
SaturdayIn spite of our knowledge of rule #3, it was a bit of a slow start for our crew. I was the first to wake up and we didn’t get over to the tailgate till about 1030. The girls were a little upset, because they couldn’t finish the setup until we arrived. Luckily, it past quickly as we worked to finish the tailgate tent city and get some heat on. With a labyrinth of walls constructed to block the wind, the interior of our tailgating space was warm enough that you could actually take your jacket off.
The original setup included only two canopies, but quickly thereafter, if we had so many people we had to expand and add the third canopy. We also added a clear tarp so that sunlight could enter. The tailgate group grew to about 24 people and we enjoyed plenty of Italian treats. It was very quickly time to go into the game at 3:30. Before the game, there were a couple of surprises for this very emotional senior day. All of the player’s helmets were adjourned with “42” on the left side for defense team captain, Michael Mauti. He was injured during last week’s game and unable to participate in this final contest as a senior.
They put cards on the east and south stands to spell on “Thank you seniors” and “One Team.” There weren’t quite enough students, so it looked more like “on tea”
Also unveiled was the 2012 on the east stands to pay tribute to the historic 2012 class sticking with PSU, even after the NCAA invited everyone to flee over the summer.
Emotions were perhaps a bit too high. Wisconsin jumped to an early lead and became the only opponent to get a touchdown against the lions during the first quarter. The Lions were able to find the endzone before halftime making it 7-14. After halftime, the Lions dominated the field with 3 long touchdown drives. Wisconsin lone score drive of the second half came with only 18 seconds left to force overtime.
The lions got the ball first and had to settle for a Sam Ficken field goal to make it 24-21. Wisconsin wasn’t able to get a touchdown on their procession and their kicker’s attempt sailed wide to the left to cement a win for Penn State’s first overtime game in 6 seasons.
It was fitting that the team was redeemed by the kicker, whose 5 missed field goals cost us a victory in week 2. The lions finished 8-4 on the season, but would not go on to compete for the big ten championship or a bowl game this year. During the game, I lashed the canopies to the fence. They were still in place upon our return. The walls were replaced, heat turned back on. There was drifting snow through most of the evening but not accumulation and there was no rain. We enjoyed more food like sausage scaloppini and Mexican shepherd’s pie. We finally packed in around 10 p.m. Everyone was sad that the season is finally over, but very glad for the way it turned out for the players.
SundayThis particular Sunday was a little slower than usual. I woke up around 830 and there were still surprising number of RVs left it in lot in spite of the cold. Once the rest of the guys woke up, we packed up the RV and moved to Jeremy’s for the remainder of the weekend.
Chad and the guys went downtown for some flair shopping while Jeremy and I went hiking on 1000 steps. Later, we got dinner at Old New York near the mall. In the evening, we watched Super troopers in the RV using Chad’s micro-projector.
MondayEveryone slept in again and we headed home. Woffter hurt his knee earlier in the weekend, so we had to postpone the trip to the Johnston Flood museum. Once back in WV, we helped Chad get his RV ready to winterize.
Lessons learned:The buses don’t run when the students aren’t in school. Remember this for 2014.
For the Glory,
Dirty Alumni Tailgating Newsletter Volume IX Issue 8
Indiana Star Wars11-17-2012
Official quote:This was an odd weekend: No guests, no RV and no dog. Since no one else was going up with me for this game, I decided to forgo the hassle and expense of the RV for just me. Jeremy’s couch was my home for the weekend.
"May the Force be with you"
FridayI left Pittsburgh and arrive in State College around 1:30 in the afternoon. I headed to the meat lab and bought lots and lots of sirloin, kielbasa, meat sticks, maple sausage and other meat products for everyone's holiday gifts. From there I headed downtown to get buttons, pick up some groceries then headed to through old Main to see the frescoes that are currently undergoing renovation.
I walked over to the hub to go put money in my bank account and see what was going on over there. My button collection is nearly complete for the season with only 1 button remaining for the year. I met up with Jeremy. We walked downtown and got dinner at the corner room. We headed out with everyone at Rotelli’s for a bar crawl. Twice, we left Rotelli’s and hiked all over town only to end up at Rotelli’s again. The third time, Jeremy’s and I decided that no matter what, we were going to Adam’s Apple. It turned out to be a good choice, because I met and had a conversation with Jay Paterno. By the end of the evening, I had covered about 8 miles.
SaturdayI woke up to a very frosty morning, fired up the diesel and headed towards the green lot. I dropped Jeremy and Nate off near Innovation Park. The green parking pass pretty much let me drive any where I wanted to go to.
I arrived at tailgate spot slightly after 8 AM. The group of neighbors had already setup in the area next to Mad and Suz’s car, so we set up across the way we set up 3 canopies and fireplace in our spot for Star Wars themed tailgate. I changed into my Darth Vader costume and definitely got a lot of weird looks especially when I was able to stop a truck using the force as I crossed the road. Madeline also wore a pair of Princess Leia hair buns/ ear muffs. We started out the morning by eating grilled stickies, and C3PO (Chili, Peppers and Onions) Chili. We also enjoyed hot cider with various other libations inside.
The noon kick-off came upon us very quickly and we headed to the stadium to watch the game. Penn State did very well against Indiana although several periods, our offense appeared to stall until they finally got in gear. Final score 45-22. Our unblemished winning streak against Indiana remains intact. Unforunatley, Michael Mauti was hurt and it didn't look like he would play next week. After the game, we came back out to enjoy more great themed foods/drinks such as:
After packing up, I headed back to Jeremy's place that cleaned up and walked over to the Autoport for drinks. From there we headed downtown to the brewery. We met up with some friends and saw the band LoJack which is very good. From there we went to the Skellar and that's where we called it a night.
SundayIn the morning, I went shooting with Jeremy and Nat at Scotia Range and grabbed lunch at the new Sheetz on south Atherton before heading home.
For the Glory,
Dirty Alumni Tailgating Newsletter Volume IX Issue 7
All we do is wine10-27-2012
This particular weekend got its start during the fabled "Illinois Snowfest weekend" of 2011. Jen asked if she could come back again this year and wear her Ohio State Jersey. The theme idea came from the home opener, when we discussed having an "all wine" tailgate.
FridayI met Jen with the RV and we left cranberry at about 9 am and headed to Penn State. We arrived at slightly after noon. I was really impressed by the number of RV in the lot already. We ended up parking in the old row 8 on an aisle, which was a shame, since we wouldn't be there during the day to enjoy the extra space. We headed to meat lab, then headed out to lunch at Faccia Luna and then went to Mount Nittany winery.
On the way back, we stopped downtown to get some buttons from Citizen's Bank. We had some drinks in the RV lot and then we met Mandy and headed downtown at the corner room for dinner. We got a window seat after about 20 minutes which is a lot faster than we thought. There were a handful of costumes on the street. Back in the RV lot, we walked around to see what was going on. We met our old neighbors from the Navy game and hung out with them. They remembered my Walleye bites. We went to bed early.
SaturdayWe work up to a cloudy day, but there was no rain. I drove the diesel over to the 2thelion tailgate at 9 (This was the first time driving to a tailgate since 2007). Mad and Suz were already complete set up through the "Mexico" area. We had a breakfast of bacon and maple sausage. I set up the fireplace and turned it on early to combat the chill in the morning air. It didn't stay cool for long.
The wine tailgate got started with breakfast mimosas in many different styles. My personal favorite was made with grape juice or "grape on grape." The rest of the wine collection with reds and white was assembled on the table and in the cooler.
Surprisingly, the reds actually went faster than the whites. Everyone brought their favorites from home. I also brought some wines from my Virginia excursion earlier in the season. It was fun to try different things and people really liked talking about favorites that they brought. Along with the wine, we had plenty of cheeses, steak and shrimp. Jen brought custom-made cake balls, made in both blue/white and red/grey.
We started heading into the game around 4:30 PM. The first half looked more like an old big ten struggle, typical of past PSU/OSU teams. This game was also our white out for the year. The 2nd half went downhill for our team. Final score 35-23 Post game, there was even more food and only slightly less merriment. Fireplace made it a warmer after the game. We packed up around 11 PM and I took Mandy back to her car.
SundaySunday's pack up was in pouring, cold rain. It was the beginning of about 2 weeks of rain. All got home safely.
For the Glory,
Dirty Alumni Tailgating Newsletter Volume IX Issue 6
ThursdayChad, Andrew, Jessie, Rob, Alaina, Chris, Kara, Rich and Janelle arrived at Walmart and we departed around 7 p.m. to the RV lot. The younger parking lot attendants gave us an option to park in a quad arrangement instead of in a line. All 4 camper doors faced in
After setting up we headed down to the Dark Horse for Yuengs and wings. The band was terrible. Jeremy came down to meet us. After the Dark Horse, we wanted to go to bar blue but the line was outrageous. We ended up at the saloon for My Hero Zero and a marching band came in towards the end of the evening.
Tailgate FridayWe woke up around 8 or 9 a.m. to beautiful Friday weather. We slowly set up our gear and ate some breakfast. Rob and Alaina headed out to Seven Mountains Winery while most others headed downtown to get stuff. Rob ran into the Feature Twirler's parent downtown. They were both wearing custom made "I heart the feature twirler" T-shirts. We met back to tailgate around 3 p.m. We got showered up had some dinner and then got ready to head to the parade.
Our favorite spot on Shortlidge was under construction and blocked off with Jersey barriers. It was 6 PM when the parade started and we all received plenty of candy and free stuff during the course of the parade, which lasted about an hour and 45 minutes. Even the dogs got free stuff. Harley, Eddie and Chalupa were there. After the parade, Chad and Andrew went back to Saloon. The rest of the stayed back in the RVs and played card games. Rob stayed up waiting for Andy and finally went to bed around 2:45 a.m. Chad and Andrew still weren't back yet.
Tailgate SaturdayThe morning started out with rain around 8 a.m. It was definitely much colder that day. The rain stopped by about 9 and Madeline and Suzanne began grilling plenty of German favorites for October Fest tailgates.
The noon game force us into the stands much earlier than normal. Rich and Rob spent a good deal time looking for a cable splitter to go to hook up to TV for those not going into the game. They finally found one and hooked up the TV. The game itself is super exciting with the Nittany Lions able to squeak out a victory by turning up the heat in the fourth quarter. The Lions advanced by beating the ranked (No. 22) Northwestern team and continued the Lions 4-game winning streak.
When we returned back to the tailgate, we had to dual deep fryers enjoyed a many maybe fried favorites. Kara and Andrew were the guest fry Masters for this tailgate. Chad brought wings sauce from Shorties place in Chester, WV. Plenty of favorites were grilled up including sausage and peppers and bratwurst. Rob made German trifle that was in the group picture. Alaina met up with some friends from IUP after the game. They enjoyed the abundance of food and beverages.
The weather quickly turned cold after dark. The Christmas lights were turned on as well as the fireplace to keep everyone warm. We stayed up for quite some time with a dance party late in the evening consisting of line dancing, Zumba and Kara's running Man. The tailgate kept going to around midnight when it was finally time to call it a night and go to sleep. Only two other tailgates were still up.
Tailgate SundayThe weather remains cold,but dry and we were able to quickly tear down everything by around 10 o'clock and people started to head home. Another great homecoming weekend was now complete. Rob and Alaina went downtown to purchase some gifts before departing.
For The Glory,
Janelle Fetcho, Editor-in-Chief and Official Diesel Tailgate Zumba Instructor
Dirty Alumni Tailgating Newsletter Volume IX Issue 5
The Temple game was the 2nd annual parent's weekend, during which I take my mom to a game. We departed Beaver Falls for Happy Valley after picking up Oram's Donuts.
When we arrived in Happy Valley, we weren't burdened with the RV yet, so we headed to the meat lab where we ran into the Kergan's (our old neighbors). We picked up Tenderloins, Soup bones, scrapple and brown eggs.
Next, we went to seven mountains winery for a tasting and purchases. With errands out of the way, we picked up the RV from Jeremy's driveway, where it had been since last week. Jeremy had gotten his Harley Sportster running again and I looked at it in the garage.
We headed to the RV lot and set up in the 2nd row, across from Brian Cohen and his new class A motorhome. We enjoyed a few beverages at the RV before catching the Family Clothesline shuttle to down town. Van trivia netted me $6 in coupons, which I used to get a t-shirt and headband for mom.
Lunch was at Baby's Diner and then we rode the blue loop to the creamery and ate ice cream cones as big as our heads. We walked back to RV lot since it wasn't raining this year. We had a late dinner and grilled the meat lab tenderloins while watching a movie outside. We also took a tour of the RV lot.
SaturdayWe awoke to a cooler morning and gathered up the Oram's donuts, chairs, rain gear and beverages in the wagon and pulled it over to spot 2679. We were the first guests to arrive. During the morning, we enjoyed:
By game time at 3:30, the weather was a light on and off drizzle. Game play got off to a slow start and it was still evident to me that the referees didn't want to win. During one stretch, there were 3 erranous flags called on 3 back-to back plays. The lions eventually overpowered the owl. During one drive, the lions found themselves on a 4th and 5. Bill O'Brien decided to for it. "I don't feel good about this," I said to my neighbor. The play resulted in a touchdown. Double rainbows graced the south endzone to usher in the Lion's victory: 24-13. PSU is now 2 and 2 and maintains its 42 year winning streak against Temple.
uring the game, 1982 National championship team was welcomed back and played a video. This was the only time all season that they showed JoePA on the jumbotron The Blue Band's ½ time show was the wizard of oz. During post game, the drumline was interrupted. Another band member said that anyone can play the drums, so the drumline let them. The drum major, feature twirlers, silks and others attempted to play parade order. Mom and I returned to the lot for more tailgating with French onion soup and au gratin potatoes. Mom and I were the last guests to leave. By then, it was windy and rainy.
SundayWe got a visit from carter and made steak and eggs for breakfast before leaving for Beaver Falls.
Dirty Alumni Tailgating Newsletter Volume IX Issue 4
The start of the regular season has arrived. We were all excited to get back into tailgate mode. This weekend wasn't just the first tailgate of the season but it was the weekend that we celebrated Chris and Kara's Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties. It was great seeing everyone and celebrating with a great bunch of friends!
Thursday September 13, 2012Our group: Rob, Matt, Kori, Rich, Janelle, Greg, Chris, Kara, Jack, Dave, Nancy and Jessi, arrived at the Sam's Club just after 6pm. Chris and Kara led our group of 5 RV's into the overnight lot just after 6:15. We got to park in the new first row, it used to be where the mum plants were, which was added this year. The RV lot attendants gave us plenty of time and we ended up turning 3 of the RV's around so we had more room for tailgating.
After setting up trailers and unloading vehicles, we all rallied and got ready to head downtown to the Dark Horse for Yuengs and Wings. When we got to the Dark Horse, they had the front door open. It was extremely full for a Thursday night, so we decided to head upstairs and grab some cheesesteaks before heading to the Saloon for Monkeyboys. My Hero Zero was playing at the saloon. It was crowded and hot as usual. We all headed home around midnight, but not before getting some pig pictures.
Friday Spetemper 14, 2012:
BACHELOR/BACHELORETTE PARTY DAY/NIGHTWe woke up to another beautiful day in State College. It was warm, but the steady breeze kept it cool. The guys made their way over to the Meat Lab around 9:15. When they got there, the line was already out the door. After only a few minutes and only moving a few inches, they gave up and headed back to camp. The guys started to get ready to head out to the gun range to begin the Bachelor Party. By the time they all got ready and headed out, they could have simply waited for the meat lab.
Bachelor Party:The guys and Jessie headed out to Scotia gun range where they met up with Jeremy. They started out on the shotgun side and had a great time firing at clay birds. Jess even shot a 20 gauge for the first time. Rich then set up a target of Jerry Sandusky's Mug Shot. They lined up executioner style to put many holes in it. We headed back from the gun range and went to Herwigs downtown for a late lunch. One of the items they served was cinnamon rolls with bacon.
As they were walking back to cars, Rob was even able to grab some buttons for the group. They guys and Jessie got ready for the evening festivities. They caught the shuttle to the Endzone, which was already full. By the time they got it, there was about 20 people. After a few hours at the Endzone, they headed downtown to the Dark Horse where they got Pazzo's wings and drinks. After the Dark Horse, they decided to head over to College Pizza. They even ran into the guys from the endzone shuttle. Everyone was excited and started chanting, "strippers and pizza" in the restaurant. They grabbed the bus to head home. Chris wasn't feeling well, so they had to exit the bus a few stops early and walk. Later that evening, Chris apparently fell out of his bed and got stuck between his bed and the wall.
Bachelorette Party:The girls and Tim headed downtown to go flair shopping and grab lunch. We grabbed the shuttle from the RV lot to The Family Clothesline. After many stops around town, we headed to The Deli for some lunch. After lunch, we hit up a few more stores before grabbing the shuttle back to the RV lot. We got back to the RV's and then started to set up the tailgate. Once the boys left, we just hung out and watched movies and ate snacks. Janelle even made a cake in the shape of a penis for Kara. It started to rain, so we moved into Kori's trailer. We finished the last movie and then headed to bed. It was the perfect evening with friends.
Tailgate Saturday September 15, 2012.Things got going again on another beautiful day. Mad and Suz were able to drive right up to us. We had the canopies set up along the aisle. We placed the submarine up front along with the shot up Sandusky target.
In keeping with the pirate theme, there were plenty of refreshments around the tailgate. There was a rum bucket, which is usually made with gin, but for this occasion it was made with Captain Morgan Lime Bite. We also had, flatbread pizzas, rat on a stick, Walleye bites, anchor shaped cookies, sausage and peppers, along with deep fried totinoes, mozz sticks, pierogies and freedom fries.
During game time, the majority of the tailgate headed into Beaver Stadium to watch. There was about 8 that hung around the tailgate to watch on direcTV. While we were relaxing and in and out of napping, Janelle caught a random chick try and steal one of our pies. Janelle yelled "Hey, don't steal our pie". The random chick jumped and put it down. She thought we were sleeping.
The game marked Bill O'Brian's first win and the first win for the lions since 1997, according to the NCAA. The Lions had an easy time on the field and scored a touchdown on their first drive. The kicker, Sam Ficken, gained his confidence back this week as he went 4 for 5 on field goals. The red zone offense was able to drive it in for touchdowns, so no field goals were needed. The score for the game was: Penn State 34 Navy 7
After the game, we quickly took the group picture before dark. We also watched several other games such as, Florida at Tennessee and Notre Dame at Michigan State before watching The Hangover. After the movie, we all decided to call it a night.
Sunday September 16, 2012We all packed up around 10:00 and headed out. The next game is temple and the next big tailgate is Homecoming on Oct. 6.
Dirty Alumni Tailgating Newsletter Volume IX Issue 3
Official quote:The Virginia tailgate marked the conclusion of week in the RV that started with the Ohio U game.
"I think I can get used to this place."
FridayAlaina and I pulled up the landing gear and left Lancaster on Friday morning and headed towards Virginia. We headed across York towards Gettysburg and then south on US 15. The first big thing was noticed was the large number of traffic circles along our route. By the end of the day, we went through 6.
After crossing the mason Dixon line, we crossed into Virginia at Point of rocks, MD. We stopped at 2 wineries on the way down: Dry Mill was an old horse farm and they were an old horse farm. Casanel was near a small lake. Both were near Culpeper.
We arrived in Charlottesville at about 4:50, with just enough time to pick up the tickets from the ticket office before it closed. We drove back through campus to see where the alumni association tailgate was and scope out the RV lot in person. It was very small, but the sign confirmed that it was free and opened at 0800.
We headed back up US 29 to Wal-Mart and parked for the evening. The rest of our "neighbors" in the parking lot were all from Penn State. We set up the RV for tomorrow and set up the 0-gravity chairs outside and watched a movie. Finally got the air conditioning working and then cooled off inside. This Wal-Mart actually closed at 11:30 PM.
During the day, I kept seeing signs around town saying "Go Hoos" and I thought that we had mistakenly ended up in Indiana Hoosier territory. Even though the old Virginians have a cavalier, they insist on calling themselves the Wahoo's (or Hoo's for short) in reference to a by-gone insult.
SaturdayIt was about 7 a.m. we woke up and drove over to the RV lot on campus. It was very different from being home there was no line for the RV lots. We drove in and parked in the first row next to the entry road. The RVs were in entirely from Penn State.
We now understood why the Lots close 2 hours after game time. In order to fit into the triangular lot, they parked RV's in lines that started at 5 deep and tapered down. If you were parked at the back of the lot couldn't get out until the RVs in the front left.
We set up on the sandy soil and then begin to cook breakfast of grilled stickies and fried eggs along with some wine with picked up in Northern Virginia.
We were joined by Jeremy, Heather, Dennis and Lisa before was time to go to the pep rally. 1 of the funnier quotes was when Jeremy was sitting next to the trailer and asked me if I got new tires because he could smell the new rubber. I just put 2 new tires on it before this trip.
We headed over to the stadium and took a lap to take it all in. The north end zone was a grassy rotunda that was open to the field.
We had nice seats in the 5th row on the 5 yard line on the aisle. Unfortunately, I kept having to asking people in the aisle to sit down so that I could see the game. My favorite group was the three pregnant girls who chose this stop to have a reunion, even thought their seats were nowhere nearby.
The kicker, Sam Ficken, had a bad day, missing 4 of 5 field goals.
Bad weather threatened to cut the game short. With only 3 minutes left on the clock, they announced that due to the bad weather, you could leave the stadium and re-enter with your ticket stub and then stalled the progression of the game. The lions were able to drive to our end of the rainy stadium for a last second field goal. Unfortunately, it was wide and the "W" eluded the lions again.
We filed out of the stadium in much cooler weather and more rain threatening. The urban campus caused us to be funneled into a ½ mile long column of people filing back towards the distant parking lots. It was little surreal to be stuck in such a large herd of people all going the same way.
Once back at the RV lot, the wind and rain really picked up. Someone was nice enough to lower my awning and flagpole while we were gone.
RV's were already starting to jockey out of the lot and head home. The rain eventually settled down and we were able to move back outside and grill some burgers. We were the second to last RV to depart at dusk. No one asked us to leave, but it was cold and the party was over.
We headed north on 529 and attempted to cut out some distance to home by cutting closer to the Shenandoah mountains. Unfortunately, we encountered a closed road that sent us on a 19 miles detour that headed due south. I've never been happier to see a traffic light, as this meant we were back in civilization. The detour put us back in Culpeper, where we stopped for the night.
SundayIn the morning, we headed north again after getting some coffee for Alaina. Determined not to hit any more detours, we spent some time in the morning mapping out day. Our route home kept us on Interstates 66, 81, 70 and 76, other than a brief trip on 522 through VA and WV that I'd been on many times before. I didn't want any surprises like we had yesterday. We stopped at 2 wineries on our northward travel. Delaplane Cellars, which was located on top of a hill. There were obviously trying to raise money for a new deck with the prices that they were charging. One bottle was $38!
We also stopped at Naked Mountain, mainly due to the name. It was stuck in a valley behind single lane driveway with a blind curve around a cliff. I had to turn the RV around in their lawn. In spite of the driveway, this was my favorite of the trip.
Our last stop was the Camping World in Winchester, VA. Thus far, we'd had a bad track record for stopping at Camping world stores during open hours. We didn't find anything to buy, but it was still worth the stop. We waited behind a guy forever at the dump station, who decided to level his RV before dumping.
The rest of the trip was uneventful. We got to see the completed laurel highland hiking Trail Bridge. I dropped Alaina off before heading home to start getting the camper ready for next week for Navy. It was quite a vacation!
Dirty Alumni Tailgating Newsletter Volume IX Issue 2
Official quote:This game marked the beginning of the new Bill O'Brien Era and our first football game post-sanctions. It was also mark the first time the Lions had played with names on the Jerseys. Going into the game, it was a mix of curiosity and excitement, but with a bit of nervousness to see what would change and what would stay the same.
"We got your lager drinks, we got your cider drinks but we don't got whiskey drinks."
FridayI left work on Friday, picked up Alaina with the RV in tow and headed towards State College. We arrived in Overnight RV lot to a big surprise. They removed the gardening area and expanded the lot by 4 entire rows. We were parked in the old row 2 and told to ignore the lines. They gave us enough room to park with the slide-out open and the awning fully extended.
We quickly leveled the RV and headed over to the stadium for Football Eve, where we met Mandy and sat in the south end zone. Coach O'Brien and the players sat on four bleachers in front of a packed south end zone. This was the unveiling of the "one team" moniker for the year. I also got some good pictures of the moon rise over Mount Nittany.
Back at the RV, I put together my trifle for tomorrow's tailgate. We took the dog for a walk and called it an early night.
SaturdayIt was an extremely hot and sunny day. We headed over to mad and Suzanne's new parking spot for our British theme tailgate. The new spots 2678 and 2679 were just off of the pavement to the west of the stadium pressbox at a bend in the road. When we arrived, Suzanne said, "we got your lager drinks, we got your cider drinks but we don't got whiskey drinks." Mad and Suz and had a screwdriver bar to commemorate the NCAA sanctions.
this extra was already dubbed "Mexico" because it had been annexed. More and more guests arrived before the game. There were a total of 24 people at the tailgate and plenty of news vans around State College. We enjoyed a baked ham and Welsh cheddar.
This was my first game with the new chair backs in the stadium. I grew to dislike them more and more as the season progressed. The team played well in the first half but didn't play after halftime. There were a few minor changes to the songs in the stadium and a lot less piped-in music. Overall, the game had the same exciting atmosphere as usual.
I brought the dog back to the tailgate after the game. We were parked next to the guy from framing Paterno, who give us free t shirts. We enjoyed more cold ham after the game. I passed out some of my trifle.
We stayed late into the evening chatting and it finally cooled down headed back to the RV and got 1 of the nicest showers as I can remember.
SundayWe packed up on a dry Sunday morning and headed for Allentown for Fetcho-fest.
Dirty Alumni Tailgating Newsletter Volume IX Issue 1
Blue White Weekend4-21-2012
After a stressful end to last year's season and the devastating loss of Joe Pa, we were excited to get back in the tailgate mode to welcome our new coach, Bill O'Brian and the 2012 Nittany Lion Football Team. The 2012 tailgating year will bring some positive changes to the Diesel Tailgate Community. We have downsized our tailgate this year and it was a lot less stressful on the Diesel Tailgate Committee. We are excited to get the 2012 Season under way.
BWW 2012 was our first tailgate of the upcoming season. We have been planning this weekend for a few months and we were all excited when the time to make the trek back up to Happy Valley finally arrived.
Thursday April 19, 2012Chris, Kara, Chad and Andrew headed into town early that afternoon. They set up camp in the Wal-Mart parking lot on North Atherton. A few hours later, Kori and Matt arrived. After setting up camp, they decided to head to the Dark Horse to grab a table and to enjoy some Yuengs and Wings, of course. Rich, Janelle, Alaina and Rob arrived at the Wal-Mart an hour later. They set up camp and headed down to meet up with the rest of the crew. We stayed at Dark Horse for a little while then decided to head to the Saloon to see Velveeta and enjoy some Monkey Boys. The line to get in was too long, so we headed to Bar Blue instead. Once we got in, we found a spot at the bar. They served drinks, called Fishbowls (wanna be Monkey Boys), but they were too sweet and just not the same. We left there at a reasonable time, grabbed some pizza and then cabbed it back to the Wal-Mart. We got back to our spot to find out that we just missed Chad making gravel angels (think snow angels) in the parking lot. We talked a little then headed to bed for the night.
Friday April 20, 2012: Happy Birthday Matt!!While the majority of the crew stayed back to relax or go shooting, Rob, Alaina, Rich and Nell decided to do something a little different this time. They went to Seven Mountains Winery, did some tasting and then grabbed a bottle to drink there with some cheeeeeeeeeese and crackers. After purchasing some bottles for ourselves, we headed back to the Wal-Mart. Once we returned, Rich, Nell, Kori, Kara and Jessie decided to head downtown to do some flair shopping. Once we got all our essentials, we hit up the Creamery for some cheese and ice cream.
Once the crew returned back to camp, we heated up some food in Kori and Matt's camper. Kevin showed up just in time to grab some food. Since it was Matt's birthday, we wanted to do something special. While flair shopping, we got a piñata for Matt. Nell, Chris and Alaina went to the Wal-Mart to purchase some candy to fill the piñata. Once it was stuffed, Kori surprised Matt with it. We took it out in the parking lot where he took it down in one whack. Candy flew EVERYWHERE and we all ran around like kids picking it up.
After gathering all the candy and enjoying a cookie cake that Kori brought for Matt, we all got ready and headed to Champs to watch the Flyers vs Penguins game. It was crowded when we got there but we eventually got a seat at the bar while we waited for our table. After grabbing some food and beverages, Alaina, Rob, Chad and Andrew decided to go downtown to the Saloon so Andrew could experience Monkey Boys. The rest of the crew hung out till the end of the hockey game and then headed back to our trailers. The Pens beat the Flyers that night.
Once back at our trailers, we decided to sit outside and watch The Hangover. That is one of our favorite movies to watch as a group. ("I look like a nerdy hillbilly"; "My lateral incisor is missing", etc) We didn't get to finish as we all started to nod off. We all headed to bed so we could be well rested for our big début on Saturday.
Tailgate Saturday April 21, 2012We all started to wake up around 7:30 am. Mad and Suz arrive shortly after and begin the convoy over to the stadium around 7:45 am. Things didn't go as we planned they would be. We were re-routed to a waiting area near the law building for almost an hour. We thought we were going to be placed in the RV overnight lot instead of being able to park in the paved lot near the stadium. We were able to be in the paved lot, but the attendants had us park separately.
The morning started off very warm and sunny. We set up tents and all the food. We even had a drink contest this year for the new coach. The three drinks were; The Billini, Cape Bob and the Bob Margartini. Each person was asked to sample the three different drinks and then vote for the best. The results were close, but the Billini was the winner. Some of the food choices were: Sheppard's Pie, which was a hit. There was also a Nacho Bar, Cabbage & Noodles, Asian Slaw, Burgers, Baked Potato Dip, Deviled Eggs, Ham and Cheese Melts and much much more. We were unable to deep fry this year due to the wind. The fryer couldn't keep its temp up high enough to fry.
Some guests went into the game and were able to get some great pictures. The scoring was different for this game only. After the game, we continued to hang out. The weather turned and it began to rain and get colder. We had to put the sides up to the big tent and even get out the fireplace to keep warm. The rain forced many other tailgates to pack up and leave or just stay in their RVs. We were able to still hang out. We had the radio going and the food kept coming. We ended up being the only tailgate left. Some of the girls began cleaning up because there was word that it would get windy overnight.
Sunday April 20 ,2012We were happy that we didn't have a repeat in weather as we did last Blue White (AKA Typhoon). We woke up too much colder weather. We finished packing up the tailgate and then headed on home.
RIP Joe Pa
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