"This is probably the hottest 80 degrees I've ever felt" -- John Coulter, Sept. 16, 2017, at some point during Rutgers' first win of the 2017 season.
In a football game that was essentially academic from the get-go, with the Scarlet Knights pummeling FCS-level opponent Morgan State 65-0, the BREP Nation crew withstood unseasonably sweltering conditions and impacted several outcomes on the field.
It was clear that several of Pete's interjections distracted the Bears while on offense, giving the Rutgers defensive unit a clear 12th man from about 80-150 yards away in Section 121. It was a big help for a team that was without the services of nonsequitur kings BREP and Nick.
Meanwhile, BREP-for-the-day Shane and trusty servant BRES Evan executed a new gadget play well, changing their seat locations three times, including from two positions in the upper deck on the same side of the field as Morgan State. Had Evan been mentored to be an Eagles fan, surely he would have hurled some Duracell 9-volts down onto the sideline for added distraction. We're lucky that's not the case since we're a classy bunch and his Dad's more "Up With People" than battery tosser.
|Seat-cushion heads, moving seat|
locations...all part of getting in the
opposing team's head.
|Phone off the|
hook w/texts from
The afternoon started strongly, with Bill and Chris only 8 minutes late, a marked improvement over their usual tardiness. Fortunately, John's water got shut off and he didn't want to subject the Nation to his profuse sweating after a morning run, so the Tinton Falls tandem weren't the last ones to show. It all worked out well.
|Our own spin on the Scarlet Walk...|
The BREP Nation Black Lot Walk
The parking lot was rather underutilized, with folks like BREP and the Scotts passing for family-focused reasons, including seeing daughter Alexa reportedly scoring a goal in a Drew women's soccer victory. And as it's not yet Movember 'stache season, we're pretty confident that the other Scott wasn't working on a new highly classy film.
|Trying to stay|
Erica and Andrea totally brought it with the top-secret Sloppy Joe recipe that proved to be a perfect topping for those going with the Baltimore poutine theme over the patented Skurat tots, while Pete came up aces with excellent crabcakes. John's salad and our visitors Terry and Anne's gourmet popcorn were perfect accompaniments.
There was heavy traffic on the cornhole boards, where Pete and Bill won back-to-back games against the Thurkauf twins, sending them crying for their daddy somewhere else in the black lot. Then the former South Amboyans beat the substitute BREP-BRES team before the youngsters turned the tables and subsequently went on to win several matches, by all accounts.
After wrapping up and heading in with the sort-of-sparse crowd, we had pretty clear sailing into the stadium to watch the demolition and lament the visiting band's seat location way in the upper deck. They were more audible and in sync than the Rutgers band. A shame that a MEAC-school band didn't get the opportunity to perform at halftime on the field.
|Tried getting a shot|
of Basil before
Terry got in the way
|Jenn's killer hat|
makes an appearance
Ohio State Tailgate and Tickets
Saturday's a much-needed rest for BREP Nation.
Our first B1G game is on the road vs. Nebraska, coming off a home loss to Northern Illinois, prompting the athletic director to come out in support of the head coach. That's normally not a good sign, so Rutgers certainly can hope to get fortunate against a program that's seen better days. The game kicks off at 3:30 p.m. and can be seen on BTN.
As for our next home game vs. Ohio State, the kickoff's TBD, and we may not find out the game time until next Sunday.
That being said, we're going to flip-flop our tailgate with the one for Purdue.
For Ohio State, Festmeister Skurat requests that the honor of serving BREP Nation his excellent Oktoberfest menu -- brats, sauerbraten, potato pancakes, etc. That would be regardless of game time, since nothing says good morning like processed meats and beer.
That's because he's not going to be with us for the Purdue game on Oct. 21, and so we're thinking of doing the Thurmanator Hamburgers (an Ohio State cuisine) for that tailgate.
Chris will be the point person closer to our next home game, so for food and drink needs he's your man.
|BREP Nation's Cornhole bitches|
As for tickets and such, I'm figuring it'll be in high demand, so if there are
extras let's try to keep them within the group if at all possible.
In the meantime, enjoy the off-week from tailgating, and be ready to bring it on Sept. 30!