Archive for August, 2012







We leave for Columbus in something like 34 hours. And it’s time to get ready.

(Oh, The Hat? If you don’t know the story already — it was hand-freaking-made for me by my friend AAA. And I will have it until the day I die. I will never be able to thank her enough.)





We’ve talked a lot about traditions here at Killer Nuts Tailgating. There are unshakeable traditions involved with our parties every week, and I have a few of my own — the buckeye in my pocket or the recently discussed necklace, to name a couple.

There is another. And for reasons I don’t quite understand myself, I’m going to ask for your help with it this season.

I’m not an overly superstitious guy. I don’t have lucky jerseys, and I don’t freak out if I’m sitting on a different seat cushion from one week to the next.

And I’m not sure if this is really a superstition or just a tradition, but here it is: I pick one pair of boxers and wear them for every game for the entire season.

Yes. I wash them. Don’t be gross.

I went up into the attic tonight, to bring down some shirts that have been stored since the completion of the 2011 season. I’m starting to get stuff organized for our trip to Columbus Friday morning, and I want to be pretty much packed tomorrow.

I have just about everything ready. But I don’t know which boxers will be the game boxers for this fall.

And that’s where you’re going to help.

I’m about 90-percent sure that these have all been football boxers in previous seasons; I couldn’t for the life of me begin to recall when I wore which ones though. In my eyes, they’re all equal — until this Saturday morning.

Here’s a look at your choices:

One: Sort of a Block O pattern.

Two: Hooboy bright.

Three: Sort of a classic.

Four: Almost matches the stripes on the helmets.

Here’s what we’ll do. After I load the truck early Saturday — I’ll be done around 6:30, if I’m on schedule — I’ll open the blog and take a look at the results of the poll below. All have all four with me, and the leader at that point will be the boxers for the 2012 season.

Thank you in advance for your attention to this pressing matter.


full team coverage.

As we approached the start of last season, I was definitely grumbling about the weather forecasts for the opener against Akron — the highs were supposed to be in the upper 80s, and that, boys and girls, is not football weather.

And as it turned out, the forecasts were wrong. It was nearly 100 degrees instead.

I did get a good shot at some early football weather for the Michigan State game, so it all balances out in the end.

What can we look for on Saturday? I’m actually thinking it’s not going to be bad. Here’s a look at your patented Killer Nuts Tailgating Gameday Weather Forecast Roundup:

The National Weather Service.

The Weather Channel.


Seems to be reasonable amount of agreement. There is one pretty significant variable out there, though:

If the National Hurricane Center doesn’t quite have this pegged, all bets are off.




a quick check on athens.

As this is an Ohio State football tailgating blog, I’m a little hesitant to spend much time here on my other college football team. But seeing as how my other blogging outlet is taking a rest, I don’t really have anywhere else to mention that there’s at least one national publication that’s thinking my OU Bobcats could run the table this season.

Yes. Really.

As Holly Anderson points out, the conference schedule is filled with teams that couldn’t break .500 a year ago, and the non-conference schedule, with one exception, isn’t exactly frightening either. More than half of the team’s 2011 starters return, and that includes quarterback Tyler Tettleton, who set records in his first year as a starter.

I think we’ll know all we need to know about the Bobcats by 3 p.m. Saturday; by then, they’ll have finished their opening game, against Penn State in Happy Valley. MAC teams don’t beat Big Ten teams on the road very often, but it does happen once in a while — right, Ann Arbor? And if the Nittany Lions aren’t focused on Saturday — something that would be completely understandable — that game is an upset waiting to happen.

Whaddaya say, Frank? Ready to play in a BCS game again?




an early start.

As per Bud, we will be making sure we’re in the stadium in time to watch this Saturday morning:

Also, we may practice at the tailgate. If the first video goes through the routine too quickly, Coach Mick breaks it down in this one:


2017 schedule

Aug. 31: vs. at Indiana, 8 p.m.
Sept. 9: Oklahoma, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 16: Army, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 23: UNLV
Sept. 30: at Rutgers
Oct. 4: at Maryland
Oct. 7: Maryland
Oct. 14: at Nebraska
Oct. 28: Penn State, 3:30 p.m.
Nov. 4: at Iowa
Nov. 11: Michigan State
Nov. 18: Illinois
Nov. 22: Indiana
Nov. 25: at Team Up North, noon
Dec. 2: B1G Championship, 8 p.m.

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