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Aug
10

down to business.

This is a tailgating blog. So let’s talk about some tailgating.

We’re a couple days away from the first party of the season, and this one will be a little different:

  • Night game. Not terribly unusual, but a number of other factors make the Marshall game unique.
  • Weeknight game. This doesn’t happen very often. As in, this has happened only once before, when Ohio State hosted Wyoming in a Thursday night game — also a season opener — a few years back.
  • Weeknight traffic. Football parking doesn’t open until 3 p.m., so we can only hope that the folks who actually have to work at the university heed the warnings to head out early or work from home. OSU has said that some of the parking pass lots — one of which we’ve used for 10 years — could still have cars of university employees in them, which would limit the spaces available for us football types.
  • Parking, Part II. This has less to do with the weeknight thing, although it will help make Thursday’s tailgate interesting. We’ve been hearing stuff about our lot being unavailable for football parking this year, and apparently, that’s going to be an issue. Bud and Pat have been scouting for a while — and hadn’t noticed anything different — but Ethel sent this message today:

I have been looking and looking at the football parking info trying to figure out the situation in our lot. I just came across this: “Due to construction, there will be no parking in the South Lincoln and Parks Hall lots.” Parks Hall – that is us. I don’t know if they bothered to inform you. Have you given thought to another location? I don’t know how those season passes work – ie if they mandate where you park based on the type of pass you get.

Ouch. That doesn’t sound good. I did notice that the map run in the Dispatch over the weekend still listed one of the lots directly south of our regular spot as a permit lot, so I’m hopeful we’ll still find something close. There’s little use in worrying about it on Thursday, because that’s a whole different situation, but we’ll see what happens for the rest of the season.

And then we have food. We occasionally try to come up with main dishes that involve eating the other team’s mascot; this was especially easy when we played a home-and-home against Texas a few years ago. Of course, Marshall’s official mascot is the Thundering Herd, and I have no idea what that means in terms of food. But if you take a look at the logo, you’ll notice a prominent bison head — which, to me, is pretty much the tastiest beef you’ll ever put in your mouth.

We generally pride ourselves on cooking for these things, but in this case — time limitations, potential parking issues and a relatively short time in the lot — we’re going to buy instead. Here’s what Bud suggested:

Hey KNTGers:  Cocktails /appetizers are from 3:30 until dinner (about 5:30 or so)  Here’s what everyone can bring…us: beef brisket/sauce;  Fred and Ethel:  baked beans (ok cold);  Mary K:  appetizers;  Coochie Doctor/Matlock:  green salad;  Uncle Crappy:  lotsa beer;  Juan:  HB buns (probably need 18 to be safe) and potato chips (couple of bags);  JB/Suz;  dessert (and maybe some beer if you want).  I’ll also be bringing some manhattans and cosmos.  LETS GO BUCKS!

I should specify: the meat — brisket, in this case — will come from City Barbeque, the excellent local chain in Columbus. We seem to settle on something from City about once a season, and it doesn’t feel much like we’re settling for anything.

That’s the plan, boys and girls. Once we figure out the parking thing, we’re going to eat and drink well, and then head inside for the first game of the year. I’ll let you know how the preparations are going on Thursday morning, and I think you can expect an update from the lot before we wrap it up. See yinz in Columbus.

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6 Responses to “down to business.”


  1. August 31, 2010 at 8:40 am

    I will be one of those people “trying” to get off campus early. I know our department is not letting anyone leave before 3pm. They are *SO* nice. If I’m still on campus “working” I might try and stop by and say hi to yinz guys!

  2. September 1, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Will do. Let me know as soon as you guys are in a solid location, with the boss gone, earlier than 3 may be a distinct possibility!

  3. September 1, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    I am curious about this Joann, who must work in a lab with a faculty member in my beat area. Hmm… though I must keep shop talk to a minimum at a tailgate.

    Got our food and drinks today so we are ready!


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