08th Sep2012

ECU, Meet Bill Cosby

by Jason

Alright, finally!

The first home game of the season against ECU and The Roost is back out on the road. We haven’t done much with her since last season; basically just checked the oil. She’s still dirty from last year and needs a bath desperately.

This was a 12pm game and we left Aiken a little after 8. When we got to Huger Street there was a wreck right before the curve. Traffic was backed up through Olympia all the way the wreck. It took us and hour to get through Olympia and to the stadium only to hit the worst traffic I’ve seen since the losing streak was broken back in 2000. The hold-up at Willy-B was the newly renovated Farmers’ Market (looks awesome, btw). The state troopers were working overtime directing the massive amounts of foot traffic there. It was a mess down there. After we got through, traffic moved like it usually does and we got to the tailgate spot in no time at all.

Once we were set up we got to make our rounds meeting new tailgate neighbors and greeting old friends. The kids were all having fun and we started cooking the food. Claire made pulled pork sandwiches with baked beans.  Stupidly left the corn on the cob at home. We also had Pirate Killers for drinks. What are Pirate Killers?  Same thing as Commodore Killers, just with a different name.  We are creative, yes, we are.   Sadly the heat made us pace ourselves a bit more than we did at Vanderbilt.  Claire also made little Firefly vodka jello shooters in hollowed out lemon cups.  She promises she won’t be doing the lemon cup thing again.

Bob made some new friends.  The man has never met a stranger.  We scalped some tickets off his new friend.  When we asked him his name, he told us he was Bill Cosby.  Bill Cosby!  My hero!  Bill Cosby has invited us to travel in a van with him down to LSU later this season.  I was seriously considering it until I remembered I’m signed up to run in the Ray Tanner Home Run charity 5k that same day.  Bill Cosby, Ray Tanner… So many decisions!

The Roost ran fine, the food was good, the weather was steamy, and it was great to get back to where we belonged.  Looking forward to the next one!

30th Aug2012

Anchor Down, Vanderbilt!

by Jason

One of our vendors from Nashville set us up with 4 tickets to the Carolina-Vandy game this year.  The Roost stayed at home since some of us don’t think she can make it over the mountains. We had a great trip and won yet another tailgate.  The Gamecocks chalked up another “W” too 😉

It took about 6 hours to get there from Aiken, SC.  Nashville is pretty tight near Dudley Stadium. Tailgating spots are hard to come by. We ended up in Centennial Park near the full-scale replica of the Parthenon. It was free parking and plenty of green space.  Easy in, easy out, and rest rooms close by–although we did have to share them with a couple homeless guys.  There were signs everywhere that said, “No Alcohol”, which we chose to ignore.  Just tried hard not to draw attention to ourselves.

We had steaks and homemade potato rolls on the grill.  Something easy to pack for the 6 hour trip.  For refreshments, we made Commodore Killers. Dangerously tasty, and oddly similar color to Vandy’s gold uniforms.  We mixed a gallon jug of the stuff and made every bit of them disappear.

The weather was perfect until the very end, when the tropical storm coming in from the Gulf finally hit us.  It poured hard for a bit, so we invited a few neighbors under our tent.  Made some great new friends that way.  (Thanks to the Louisiana ladies with the jello shots!)  The game was probably 6 blocks away and easy to get to.  It was also easy to find your way back to the truck navigating by the huge Parthenon all lit up at night.

Parthenon is a hard word to say after a gallon of Commodore Killers.

The stadium is nice but small. Their video board was impressive. A video of a football came on every often to show the fans how to cheer.  It was like fan orientation class. “Anchor! Down!” they yelled. It got old quickly.

We had sheets of rain blowing in on us for the first few minutes of the game, but it didn’t last too long. The two people in front of us were both from Aiken, employees at Houndslake.  The game, of course, got  ugly after Connor Shaw’s injury and a dangerous shot on Justice Cunningham.  After the game when all was quiet as everyone was leaving, some drunk guy in our section yelled out “Anchor down, homo!”  In the quiet, it echoed all over the stadium.  Maybe you had to have been there, but it was hysterical, and we made it our catch phrase all the way home.

We ended up grabbing a bite to eat late after the game at a sandwich counter attached to a bar attached to this BBQ restaurant next to McDonalds.  Good sandwiches, and Bob found out he’d been at the same Eagles concert 20 years ago as the sandwich man.  Bob finds friends everywhere he goes.

I wish we had some pictures to share. I remember we took a bunch.  Somehow the camera disappeared right after all the Commodore Killers did.  Coincidence?

Nashville is a trip I’d love to do again.  We only stayed one night, which was a mistake. We were so worn out from the rain, heat, Commodore Killers, the game, more rain, more heat, and the sandwiches that we never really got to explore downtown.  We did get to have Nashville’s famous Loveless Cafe biscuits before heading home Friday morning.  I’d totally drive 12 hours round trip again for those.  If you’re ever in Nashville, go.

Wait, we do have one picture of us stopping for dinner on the way home.  We got stuck in crazy Atlanta traffic on Friday.  So we stopped at The Varsity for dinner.  If we look a little loopy–well, did you know it’s legal to drink in the backseat of a moving vehicle in Tennessee?  True story.

 

Commodore Killers
(adopted from the Pain Killers recipe made famous by the Soggy Dollar Bar on Jost Van Dyke, U.S. Virgin Islands)

Makes 1-2 servings.

2-4 oz. of Dark Rum
4 oz. pineapple juice
1 oz. cream of coconut
1 oz. orange juice
Grated fresh nutmeg

28th Nov2011

Thanks and praise for our days

by Jason

Wow, it’s been a long time.  I had 50+ spam comments to delete when I first logged in.  Yeah.  I’ve been a little busy.

Doing what you might ask?  Let’s review.

You’d be tired too.

There’s a few updates to come on what we’ve done to the van, what we plan to do to the van, but that’s all going to have to wait until after I remember where I put my regular life.

It’s been an amazing season.  We’ve made some great memories, met some wonderful people, and ate like kings.

15th Sep2011

Game Day Schedule–Navy–9/17/2011

by Claire
  • Who:  U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen
  • When:  9/17/2011 6 P.M. Kick-Off
  • Where: Tailgate Arrival Estimated 10 A.M.
  • What:  Gyros and Hot Dogs On The Grill Estimated 2 P.M.  Feel free to bring favorite snacks. As always, BYOB.  We’ll have cokes, water, and juice.  If you want in on the gyros, comment either here or on Facebook to let us know so we can do a headcount.  Don’t want to run out of meat!
  • FYI:  I read somewhere that the band has changed up the fight song and the pre-game show, as well as adding several new cheers. They will be showing off their new stuff (and teaching it to us fans) during a little concert in the Farmer’s Market prior to the game, followed by a march to the stadium that they hope the fans will join.

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