Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Not Sure +50.5 Is Enough Points for RU

As 5 of us sit here at the RAC awaiting the Rutgers-Drexel tipoff, we got to talking about Saturday's Ohio St. tailgate.

In honor of Festmeister Skurat, we're dusting off Oktoberfest. Maybe a month late, but that's how we roll.

Thus far we've got Chris ordering sauerbraten from his man in the Highlands; we can all kick in for that.

Hobo is doing potato pancakes. 

Pete the spaetzle.

Eric and Andrea kielbasa and kraut.

Comment on what you're gonna add.

We could maybe use desserts, e.g. apple strudel, brats (if anyone's inclined to grill them), Jaegermeister, etc. 

Monday, October 28, 2019

RU vs. Liberty - The Tale of the Piscataway 7

The Piscataway Seven Rule the day with a selfie group shot!!!!

Not bothering to attend, an unworried Kelly Garrett
 enjoying a Saturday afternoon at the pool assuming 
a big Liberty win over Rutgers was in the bag 
13 tickets left in shame 

Not a ticket to be sold

Just sit right back and you'll hear our tale, a tale of our fateful game,
That started from the alternate black lot, with 13 tickets left in shame.

Larry was a mighty tailgate fan, 
Pete said he’d stay ‘til four, 
The LaBues and Biz set their butts down that day, 
For a three-hour bore 
A three-hour bore
(little did they know Rutgers would score at will..)

No coke, no beer, no popcorn box, not a single luxury....... 

...two of us sitting alone in infamy

The RU defense started getting tough, Sacked their QB for a loss 
If not for the running of the fearless RU QB, the game would be lost,
RU would have lost

The group set off after the big win for a Burk Halloween Party,
With BREP, a Witkowski, too
The SAT QC guy, and his wife
Baz Kmech, David and Jason Labue
We saw Rutgers beat Liberty!
The few and the proud to witness the win 

A skeptical Jill Munroe does not believe Rutgers
won...  You would think she would have taken the Scarlet Knights plus the points 

So this is the tale of RU football fans, been here for a long, long time
They'll have to make the best of things, and it's an uphill climb.
BREP and his BRES too will do their very best,
To make the others comfortable, in the Section 121 nest.
No run, no pass, No Raheem Blackshear, No Artur Sitkowski,
Like running read-pass option, it's primitive as can be.

So join us here 7 weeks a year my friend, you're sure to have some fun
From loyal RU fans, here at!
There are still those who can't enjoy a win for one week!!!

Monday, October 21, 2019

RU-Minnesota tailgate recap 10/19/19

Brepnation crew at the game having fun in the sun with the other 10,000 people who came to Homecoming 

It's one o'clock, can we go home yet? 
After another pummeling at the hands of Minnesota by a score of 42-7, there aren't many positives to the game itself other than the fact we scored.  For our only afternoon start of the season the tailgate began on a somber mood as we once again were saddened by the lack of BRES at the tailgate. Rumors are that with another missed tailgate his scholarship may be pulled.

Holobowski crew (plus photo bomber Eric)
gather around the grill  

Luckily we were joined by the BRES mother Kathy and  several other members of the Holobowski lineage to enjoy the awesome cheese stakes prepared by Bill, who again deserves a hand for pulling together another great tailgate. If we didn't have Bill's enthusiasm every week I'm not sure we could keep coming  for these games. Dana also requested some soul and got a dose of Sam Cooke.

The new statue 
A personal tailgate highlight was the first perfect round of 4 ringers in corn hole for a walk off win. On the way into the stadium we also got our first look at the new Scarlet Knight statue.

Audi Club Eric was up to his old tricks again, this time corrupting Provident
Bank Club Kathy to join him on his mission to live the good life. Some of us are still waiting for a cup of vanilla ice cream with sprinkles. As we became bored with the second half, a new goal was attained. The Brepnation crew banded together to eat a record 10 refills of Pete's RU popcorn bucket. I am still processing my contributions internally.

Can we do 11 of these next week? 

Well meet again next week for a noon start against Liberty where RU will only be a 7 point underdog.

Who knows, maybe we can mount a challenge to the Fightin' Falwells.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Rutgers vs. #20 Minnesota Roll Call

We're just as vexed. No idea
what this is, or that gophers
are sweaty and need
Good morning Nation!

So we finally get a mid-afternoon game (3:30 p.m. kick-off)!

That means even Kathy plans to attend our tailgate before the Golden Gophers -- whatever those are -- take our football team to the woodshed for homecoming.

You guys up for cheese-steaks this week?

If so I can handle the steak and Nino's sub rolls, and did a Costco run (for unrelated reasons) and ended up with a 15-lb. potato bag...can do home fries.

All we'd need is someone to make up a batch of peppers and onions, and provide whatever other sides folks are interested in bringing and/or make sense.

I also may have some desserts, depending on how many Costco cookies and cakes our visitors devour tonight at a meet-and-greet me and Kathy are hosting for folks running for our town council.

Figure a noon meet-up time at usual spot?

P.S. Congrats in order to Tom's Nationals for doing what my Braves were incapable of with the Cardinals because we can't pitch.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Redshirts, Roxx Armada and a rout

The season may be going downhill, but BREP Nation still shows up to represent 
A long shadow was cast over the October 5th tailgate from the fallout following the announcement of the termination of Chris Ash as Rutgers head coach. BRES announced early in the morning he would not be attending the tailgate, as he was considering taking a redshirt for the 2019 tailgating season. The shocking news came after a late night viewing of The Joker (which BRES gave two red fists up). Hopefully he reconsiders his decision but we wish him well as he decides what is best for his future.

Jen getting the excellent fixins' ready
Andrea explaining the nuances of how Eric has
to properly cook a parking lot burger

The remainder of the BREPNation crew had no choice but to carry on with David and JREP stepping in to handle tailgating apprentice duties. Great job by all on the burgers, dogs, salads, desserts and fruits for an excellent tailgate meal. Louder than Loud kicked off the tailgate with a rousing start. We were also joined by special guest stars Sam & Beth and Eric's brothers family et al. Unfortunately after a solid first quarter for the Knights under Coach Nunzio, things got out of hand quickly leading to a Maryland blowout. 

Sam and Beth join the tailgate and meet Red Panda head  

The Knight tries to stop us from
leaving at the end on the third quarter. 
Rutgers fans may be beaten and
dejected, but they know how to respect their
fellow fans and have a good time. 

Hope to see you ALL back in the little black lot on for a 3:30 contest versus Minnesota on Saturday October 19th.  Hopefully all redshirt decisions will be made by then. 


Sunday, September 29, 2019

Time for Some Nunzio's

In the wake of a 52-0 drubbing vs. Michigan and the exceedingly necessary dismissal of head coach Chris Ash and highly offensive coordinator John McNulty, it seems fitting that we buy enough food from Nunzio's Kitchen in Sayreville for our Saturday morning tailgate.

We'll just get 17 pizzas.

Just kidding...

But we are on for a noon kickoff vs. Maryland, which itself is having some troubles, though something tells me the Scarlet Knights -- like the cowbell for famous record producer Bruce Dickinson -- are just the cure.
Your interim head coach...
Nunzio Campanile
Anyway, let's come up with a tailgate plan. 

We can replicate the breakfast spread, but that could be boring.

Otherwise please throw out some ideas, and let's wrap it up by Wednesday night to give everyone time to shop.

If we go with a Maryland-oriented theme -- you're talking crab cakes, Utz potato chips, crab fries/tots, pit beef, Berger cookies (Tom), Natty Boe...

Roll call-wise, I know Kaitlyn (SAT) and Skurat (Notre Dame) are out this week. 

P.S. I'm sure you're passionate followers, but there's a good chance The Chris Ash Show will not be heard at its usual time on R Vision.

And I move that we open each tailgate with Louder Than Loud.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Good Morning and Thank YOU BREPNation!!

Shane clearly bored listening to adult
talk while awaiting some Roxx Armada!
It was a glorious sunny morning when the BREPNation crew descended on what has been called the overflow black lot, the lower black lot, and the ASB lot. For continuity purposes, we need to really come up a with a definitive name. Whoever comes up with the best name will be rewarded by sitting behind the dude who thought we were too loud at the game and wanted to fight us. Please, no profanity though. I think we are already on double secret probation and don't need to be hassled by the man again.

Moving on to tailgate business, the usual crew was down a bit with no Biz, Jen, David (and head) and Andrea, but we carried on undaunted as we played some respectful tunes for Ric Ocasek of The Cars, and Eddie Money, while showcasing he new official band of BrepNation, Roxx Armada. Unfortunately the game didn't go so well as Rutgers lost to BC by a score of 30-16 it. It was a very winnable game that RU let get away.

BREP meets Red Panda Head 
My heart was deeply touched by a special gift given to me at
the tailgate. The presentation of a
Rutgers Coke Zero bottle and the head
of RU basketball halftime performer
Red Panda was a moment I will never
forget.The only thing that could top it would be to get her to perform at our tailgate. Seeing her daredevil unicycle act of throwing stack plates from her leg to her head in person may have to wait until the reception after one of Pete's or Bill's kids get married.

Next game is a noon start versus Maryland on October 5. See you there
The Icon herself

It wouldn't be gameday if Dana didn't show
somebody where his brick is, this time on an diorama

Sunday, September 15, 2019

If Not for You Guys, Another Bye Week Would Be Fine

Well, much as Monday for most of us presents the grim realities of our returns to school, work and unfortunately the Booger McFarland-Joe Tessitore duo on MNF, it also gets the ball rolling toward Rutgers' third game of the season.

Boston College is in Piscataway for a noon kickoff. We're only a 7.5-point underdog. Not bad for a team that still can't pass for 50+ a game.

As always let's try and meet at the lot no later than 9 a.m. The forecast is glorious -- 80 and sunny.

Food-wise, let's get the discussion going.

I'll throw out a few Boston-themed ideas, namely the Kelly's Roast Beef ( or sirloin tips sandwich (popular at Fenway Park).

Otherwise, if folks is feelin' fancy, and someone has time to make clam chowder or lobster rolls for 20, have at it, LOL.

Either way, let's get the discussion rolling and hopefully give good vibes to RU football for win #2!

Friday, September 6, 2019

A win to start the RU football season!!!!

This is what happens when we let an outsider direct our group photo!

This RU dog talks
and what a potty mouth!!!
 The crew descended on the Auxiliary Black parking lot to say goodbye to summer and say hello to the start of the 2019 RU football season. Newcomers Gene and Sue from the Witkowski clan brought their talking dog to enliven the tailgate festivities. Gene had recently completed a duck hunt and need a change of clothes to be fully BREPPED Up for Rutgers football.

Discussions of fantasy football overtook the tailgate between Holobowski and Labues alike with the entrance of the BREP2019 team into the reformed Art Vandelay Memorial Fantasy Football league.

Vote for your favorite Big head  !!!!

It was good to see all the big heads out in full force but it occurred to the editorial staff after taking the group picture that Shane had covered his face with LO-REZ BRES.  Also, please note these faces could be placed on pillows, blankets, mugs, etc. to make great holiday gift ideas!
The Dana brick is still there!!!

Kudos to Bill for picking up the great subs and all who brought stuff to make the tailate fun. As usual the group brought out its typical sass and hijinx before we packed up for our trip inside. On the way, Dana took a large portion of the group in to see his brick. We were also horrified to see that the Audi Club is no more!

As usual Eric was able to make it into the club and provide the group with ice cream during the game. Audi Club Eric is no more, so we asking for new names for our thrill seeking club crasher as Provident Bank Club Eric doesn't sound right.
A proud Eric shows off his laminated Provident bank
 club pass while a speechless Jen looks on in
amazement in the background

The natives were restless as the game got off to a rocky start until the offense cranked it up in the second quarter with 31 unanswered points on its way to a 48-21 over UMass behind 4 touchdowns from Isaih Pacheco (no relation to the late fight doctor Ferdie Pacheco.)

We have a few weeks off to the next home game on September 21 at noon versus Boston College. See you then!

Sunday, August 25, 2019

2019 Season Begins on Friday

Good morning, Nation!

Officially we've still got another month of summer, and then there's local's summer, which gives John the opportunity to once again find a parking spot in Asbury Park, at least until next July 4.

Have you seen this man?
The Audi club security would like
 to talk to him. 
As you already know, the Scarlet Knights 2-win 2019 football campaign begins this Friday night, August 30, with 7:15 p.m. kickoff and post-game fireworks.

Logistically the start time is a bit of a headache with many of us working a full day, though it provides us three potentially awesome beach days on Labor Day weekend and the chance to visit Saratoga for one last day trip before sadly the season concludes!

In that light, and as by the time we get into the parking lot we won't have a ton of time to cook, I propose ordering 3-6 foot subs from Pat's, which I'm happy to arrange. Figuring something like the breaded chicken cutlet-mozzarella-roasted pepper as done in the past? And we can each bring our own beverages before really embracing our true tailgate culture.

If people are really revved up to grill, I'll bring the tools, but ain't doing the cooking; just too tired (and still sorta battling a sinus infection). I'm happy, however, to once we really get into the campaign with home game #2 vs. Boston College on Sept. 21.

Please use the comment field to discuss how to proceed.

Me and Chris will likely leave Tinton Falls around least that's the goal. I've got one of the parking tags, and BREP has the rest of the group's tickets (Dave has his 4 and a parking already too), so my crew -- me, Kaitlyn and BRES -- can just meet the rest of y'all in the black lot if some of you plan on getting their earlier.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Football Ticket Renewal Time!

Panda is the inspiration for BREP
turning a new leaf for the '19 season,
as the "Poppy" part is put to rest.
As much as I want to avoid thinking about RU football until at least September, the ticket office has been calling, emailing...even sending its basketball halftime-show talent to my get us to renew our seasons for 2019.

After hanging out with Big Red Elvis Panda, "Cast Iron" Pete Witkowski and JSRC (John "Shore Running" Coulter) at several exciting men's basketball games this season, it's clear the fire for sub-.500 football and great tailgates still burns, and so we're dusting off B-Rep to conduct a roll-call for '19 tickets.

We're also considering a residency for Red Panda to perform acrobatics and such at our tailgates, and are in discussions to add "Spectrum" and select other members of the RAC Pack for effect.

"Let's start cutting those
checks, B-REP Nation!"
Please use the comment field to say how many you need, and let's try to wrap this up by April 1 so that we don't have to talk again for at least another five months, as it was meant to be.

I hope all's well w/everyone!

2019 Home Schedule
Fri. Aug. 30 vs. UMass
Sat. Sept. 21 vs. Boston College
Sat. Oct. 5 vs. Maryland
Sat. Oct. 19 vs. Minnesota
Sat. Oct. 26 vs. Liberty
Sat. Nov. 16 vs. Ohio State
Sat. Nov. 23 vs. Michigan State