Sunday, September 26, 2021

Moving on to Rutgers- Ohio State tailgate

A lot can be said about the Rutgers-Michigan game yesterday, but regardless of how you want to spin it, remember where we were almost exactly 2 years ago today. Chris Ash was fired on September 29, 2019 after a 52-0 road load to Michigan. 

Our fearless leader putting Michigan loss behind him

Coach Schiano always says you enjoy a win or grumble over a loss for a day, and then you move on, so that’s what I’ll do today as they retire Eli’s number. (Thanks No 10. You will always be my favorite player for being great on and off the field.)  My only comment is I think we have some really fun tailgates and games coming up and better days ahead. We’ve been through the lowest of lows in so many ways the last few years on and off the field, and yesterday was an example of how much fun ( and nerve wracking!) it can be on the way back up.

Since Bill will be away next week visiting Stan in College Park, and I will not be able to make an early tailgate, Please use this post to start a discussion about what time you guys want to meet up, where do you want to meet up if not the usual place, what sort of tailgate you want to have, who will bring what, and specifically who is actually going to the game. BREP

I also expect Stanhead, Davidhead, Sharonhead, Erichead, and the Panda to be there

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Enjoy 3-0

After attending a beautiful memorial luncheon on a sunny Sunday for a dear friend we lost last July to ALS, I can't help but be reminded to appreciate each blessing and moment. 

Saturday was such an opportunity. 
Chef & Trusty Asst.

Blue-Egg Presentation
For yours truly, it was great being back on campus and under center (the grill) to celebrate Rutgers football, our alma matter, and the friendships we've developed over time, both here and for our University of Delaware friends rounding out our 25-30 person tailgate. 

The weather couldn't have been much nicer, and the grub not bad. 

On the field, Rutgers took care of business against a game but lesser-caliber Delaware Blue Hens. 

"Cruisin'. Cruisin'.
I ain't losin'."
It seems we may be past the days of awful losses to overmatched teams, and the win pushes Schiano's squad to 3-0 against nationally ranked B1G foes Michigan and Ohio State in successive weeks. Rutgers is a double-digit underdog in Ann Arbor for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff, but perhaps maybe the seemingly vanilla schemes to this point were just to throw off the Wolverines. We'll soon find out. 

Back in our tailgate...the turnout was fabulous. 

Surely we missed Tom, Chris and John, but were graced by several of Kathy's fellow UD alums and longtime friends. Fortunate in their case that Pete didn't bully them into downing the blue-green hard-boiled eggs he went through all the trouble to procure. Pete also did a great job with stocked coolers, and our other visitors came with tasty IPA.

The Black Lot folk also were graced by the vocal styings of Adam, who showed zero rust behind the mic, banging out some classics from the Roxx Armada catalogue.

Enough of my rambling. Here's a bunch of good photos of the festivities.

Well done B-REP Nation!

Stanhead & 2.4 BAC Erichead

"Loud. Louder than loud!"

Dana's money where his mouth is; well done!

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Imagine Being Magically Whisked Away to...Delaware.

"Hi. I'm in...Delaware."

Wayne Campbell was on to something. 

The "First State" may be nondescript. 

A mystery to some. 

A pair of I-95 rest stops on the way to a sexier destination like...anywhere but New Jersey or Delaware. Or Mississippi for that matter.

Vexing to many; made all the more confusing that Delaware's state university selected a blue fowl as its mascot in 1939.

Then again, unlike a "Scarlet Knight," it's a real thing. A blue strain of the American gamecock. And years ago we were the equally lame Chanticleers -- fighting roosters.

And, of course, home to Papa Joe.

So let's be fair.

Delaware has its benefits beyond serving as the next Rutgers Football opponent. 

Kickoff of Saturday's Game 3 for the 2-0 Scarlet Knights is 3:30 p.m.

Let's meet up at Wal-Mart for the carpool at, say, 11-11:30 a.m.? (Solidify a time in the comments).

The forecast is shaping up nicely as of Wednesday night after some rain expected Thursday and Friday; but anyone with a canopy please bring just in case, if for no other reason than giving us some shade, too, if it ends up being sunny and mid-80s as projected.

As I've got 7 lbs. of sliced London broil for cheesesteak in the freezer and plan to buy more to accommodate an increase in expected visitors, I recommend we go with that as the main course. 

I'll also prep a big tray of home fries. And peppers and onions for the steaks.

Kathy's friends Janet and Tom are bringing caesar salad with chicken. 

So let's use the comment field to fill out the food and beverage selection.

And let's show Kathy's fellow U-Del alums a good time. We'll be joined by the aforementioned Hoffmans and their big-ass Suburban, plus Sharon and Rob of the Westfield Daniel clan. 

Assorted others may stop by, including Kaitlyn and her roommates, hopefully with sunscreen this time.

Let the discussion commence...and see y'all Saturday!

[Chef Hobo needs a sense of head count by Friday morning; will update list by the minute]

  • 2: Bill & Kathy (parking pass)
  • 1: Kaitlyn (+ roommates, other TBD)
  • 2: Tom & Janet Hoffman
  • 2; Sharon & Rob Daniel
  • 2: Pete & Sharon (e-tickets, parking pass)
  • 2: Adam & Sophia (e-tickets, mobile parking pass)
  • 2: Julia & Rashad (e-tickets)
  • 6: Eric & Andrea + brother Dave's family
  • 1: Larry (~1:30 p.m. ETA; mobile parking pass)
  • 4: Team Labue (parking pass)
  • 1: Basil
  • 2: Dana
  • Skurat
  • John
  • Tom

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Rutgers vs. Temple POSTPONED to Saturday

Please keep tabs of details on game info at Rutgers' homepage

If on Saturday as it sounds, I won't be there, and Chris uncertain as well. 

I'll make arrangements with Larry to drop off all the stuff with him, since I'll be in Saratoga tomorrow through Saturday night. 

I can either freeze the steak for next game, or give to Larry for you guys to enjoy assuming someone's going to grill. 

Use the comment field below for discussion.