Adventures in Tailgating: Bronco Feedbag – Washington Huskies

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I’m a foodie.  I grew up in the restaurant business, it’s how I pay the bills, and truly what I love.  Obviously I also love Boise State football, and one of my favorite parts of game-day is tailgating.  So, I figured – why not combine my loves and post it on my blog!  Great idea, right?  So each week this season the Blue Turf Nation team will come up with some ideas for you to use at your tailgate or watch party, based on the region where that week’s opponent comes from.   We will provide you with a main dish, beer, wine, and cocktail that we feel represents the opposing team’s region.

A couple of notes – as a cook I feel you should take any recipe and  experiment a little to make it your own – so take what I give you and play around.  Also, I won’t give measurements.  Cooking isn’t a science, it is an art, and like I said – play around!  (If we do give you some baking recipes measurements will be provided as baking IS a science).  If at any time you want or need more guidance you can always hit me up on twitter.  My goal is to give you recipes that can be easily executed for both parking lot and living room service.  So let’s dive into our week one region Seattle!

 

SMOKED SALMON TACOS WITH CREAMY CHIPOTLE SAUCE

I feel like Seattle deserves a fish entrée, but we need something easy to execute in a parking lot.  We are going to go with smoked salmon tacos with pico de gallo and a creamy chipotle drizzle.  This will require a little prep work at home before heading to the stadium.

First up let’s make Pico de Gallo. Get yourself some tomatoes, onion, cilantro, jalapeño and garlic.  Dice it all up and put it in a mixing bowl. Squeeze some fresh lime juice in it, throw in some kosher salt, and you are good to go.

Next up we will make the chipotle drizzle.  You will want to get some chipotles in adobo (canned in the Mexican food aisle) and throw them in a blender.  Blend for about 30 seconds and put in a mixing bowl.  Add in a little mayo, a good amount of ranch dressing, and some fresh squeezed lime juice.  Whisk until smooth and load it into a squeeze bottle to make it easy for your guest to apply at the party.

Next you will want to get the rest of your taco fixin’s.  You can find smoked salmon in pretty much any grocery store, usually near the deli or meat counter.  Smoked salmon is great because you don’t have to heat up to enjoy it.  If you do prefer it warm, simply wrap it in foil and either heat it up on your grill in the parking lot or in the oven at home.  Get some white corn tortillas, some sort of cheese (I think Mexican queso fresco would be great) and some shredded lettuce or cabbage. Some lime wedges to squeeze on your tacos might be good too. Arrange all of your fixings on your tailgate table or kitchen counter and let your guests have at it!

 

BEER OF THE WEEK: Manny’s Pale Ale

mannysSeafood goes great with pale ales or IPA’s because of their citrusy hop characters.  Manny’s comes from Georgetown Brewing in Seattle.  Here is their description of Manny’s:

“A careful selection of Northwest hops, premium barley, and our unique yeast give this ale a rich and complex malty middle with a snappy hop finish. Crisp, clean and smooth with hints of citrus and fruit.”

If you want to serve Manny’s at your tailgate this week you will need to get it in a growler, as they don’t currently bottle.  I found it at the growler station at  Fred Meyer on Federal Way, and I would guess you will find it at a lot of growler fill stations around town as it is quite popular right now.  If you are looking for something bottled, Long Hammer IPA from Red Hook Brewing is a good choice.  Looking for cheap and in a can? Rainier it is!

 

WINE OF THE WEEK:  Chateau St. Michelle Gewürztraminer

chateaugew__63718.1434596590.1280.1280I like wine for the right occasion.  I don’t think tailgating is that occasion, but to each their own!  For the wine imbibing tailgaters out there this is a great wine for early fall days where it still might be hot out, and pairs well with spicy food.  And its cheap! Here is the description:

“A fan favorite, this Gewürztraminer is such an enjoyable wine with exuberant fruit and clove spice. This is a lush style of Gewürztraminer with a lot of floral character, yet it still maintains the grape’s natural crisp character. A touch of Muscat offers citrus notes and a deeper spice character. Try this wine with Thai food or any cuisine with a little “bite” to it.”

 

Cocktail/Shot of the week:  Patron Silver Margarita/Shot

PATRON-SILVER-750MLWhen it comes to cocktails, there really is not much that is regional.  For this part I will refer to this article from business insiders, which tells me Washingtonians love their Patron. So how about a margarita?

Get yourself a shaker tin, throw in a scoop of ice, and count to six as you pour your patron in (that’s about 1 1/2 ounces).  Throw in some of triple sec (or if you want to get fancy some gran gala), a little agave syrup (it’s usually by the honey in the store), and squeeze some fresh lime juice.  Shake it and strain into a glass (or solo cup) full of ice with a salted rim.  If you want to cut out the middle man, pour in a salted shot glass, squeeze a lime wedge in and shoot it.  If you want to cut out that middle man, pour the tequila directly from the bottle into your mouth!

Like I said earlier, if you aren’t sure about cooking or mixing without measurements, feel free to hit me up on twitter at @keleka24.

Happy tailgating!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attack The Opponent – University Of Washington Huskies

This game has been circled on my personal calendar since the home and home was announced. That 2007 loss was brutal and difficult to watch. So was 2013. Boise State won the Vegas bowl against the Huskies in 2012, but the history doesn’t matter. Not now. These aren’t Sark’s Huskies, these aren’t Pete’s Broncos, and 2015 is a brave new world with the same old glass ceiling just waiting to be broken.

We can haz playoff, ESPN? For realsies?

There are so many angles on this game. Some are data driven – like Boise State trying to replace Jay Ajayi’s 130 yards per game on the ground. Or Grant Hedrick’s stellar 70% completion average. Some are driven by emotion. Like Pete having to come back and play here at the expense of the “awkwardness” surrounding coming to the home that is not his any longer. The fan bases are being their usual selves – UW fans touchy and sneering, BSU fans chippy and confident. Both of these are correct reactions to what little we know of these teams – UW is thin at the line, new at quarterback, good at running back and tight end. The Husky’s defense lost a lot of playmakers, and while talented, doesn’t have much experience. This team is 65% underclassmen, walking into the insanity that will be Albertsons Stadium at full emotional and physical capacity.

NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE

UW has not named their quarterback. A little bit of subterfuge by Pete? Yep. It’s adorable. But as Heath, our resident gentleman and scholar put it on Twitter, “You either have one quarterback, or none.” It sure seems like they’d announce if it was the veteran, so it’s more than possible Pete will start a true frosh QB in Jake Browning. With the strength that the Huskies have at running back, expect to see a lot of Dwayne Washington trying to smash through to the second level. Once the track meet starts, he can win it. Also look for a lot of little passes over the middle to the tight ends and the occasional attempt to exploit the size difference on the outside between the Bronco DB’s and Washington’s big 6’5 WR Brayden Lenius.

Boise State, on the other hand, could be deeper than we are used to. Ryan Finley has been appointed QB, with his only real game experience coming during the meltdown at Air Force last season. The only thing I remember about his play is that he made a mistake, didn’t get rattled, and finished a drive well. That is enough. If the coaches think Ryan is the guy, then he’s obviously the most prepared and ready. However, there are 3 gentlemen behind him on the depth chart. It’s Utah State levels of embarrassment of riches at that position. Jeremy McNichols, with his mastery of the edge, will get the start at running back. Even though he was only responsible for 314 yards last season, they were always entertaining ones. The WR corps is probably the most interesting unit on offense. Thomas Sperbeck, the guy that totally embodies the Boise State “Next Man Up” mentality, is back. Chaz Anderson has an entire season under him on that side of the ball, and will be dangerous. Shane Williams-Rhodes brings not only his amazingly entertaining brand of football, but senior leadership to a group that is deep and more athletic than Boise has had out there for a while. It was so good to see the return of the tight end last year, and will be even better to see if Jake Roh and the rest of that group get the breakout season that they have been working towards.

Coach K and the new look 3-4 UW defense are a question mark. Yes, Budda Baker will still be roaming the defensive backfield (and probably some offense and a lot of special teams), but when the defensive line is 6 of 7 dudes who have never started a college football game, there’s going to be growing pains. So this is where I think the difference is going to be in this game – the trenches. UW’s defense just won’t get to rattle Finley, leaving the entire playbook open for Coach Drink’s offense to make come to life.

Despite what Coach Yates has tried to convince us, Boise State’s defense is going to be outright dangerous this season. The DL rolls three deep in upperclassmen. The linebacker corps is just as real. UW is going to have to establish the run and a short passing game against an experienced, much better conditioned than in the past Boise State defense that theoretically should be creating unparalleled havoc. Hell, the only spot where they’re sort of young is at cornerback, and thats only because underclassmen are backing up Donte Deayon and Jonathan Moxey, who could both be playing on Sundays in the near-ish future.

Everyone on both sides has acknowledged that this game is meaningful. Pete calls it awkward, and Hars radiates excitement. To the players, none of this should matter as soon as the ball is kicked, but it totally will because they are human just like the rest of us. Logical me knows that its college football and that anything can happen. UW could win this game. That’s a thing that is possible out of all the possibilities. But fan me is screaming that they can’t. Pete can’t just walk back into this stadium with a team that’s over half underclassmen and expect to win against the kids he recruited and then left, right? We all know that Harsin is the best thing that happened to this program since the floppy haired kid who said “neat” a lot took off for Lionyer pastures. That’s not in question. Pete left at the right time. But it didn’t make it hurt less. I remember how it felt to wake up to my phone blowing up with the news and the way my heart sank. I remember traveling back across the country – sitting drunk and heartbroken in a restaurant in the Denver airport, trying to stay interested in coaching rumors and failing because all I could think about was how stunned I was that he picked that program, out of every one that had come calling. Who turns down Stanford and USC but takes the dumpster fire in Seattle? I could’ve understood leaving for Cali, to a high profile, pretty job. It’s like getting spurned for a super model. Ouchy, but understandable. But this? <expletive> him. <expletive> walking back in this stadium in purple and gold. Gotta pay for that one. In a very public way.

The eyes of the college football world are going to be upon Boise on Friday night. The storylines are compelling, the teams are fairly well matched, and for one evening, the greatest show on earth might just be going on our very own Blue Turf. Who is going to play the hero? Which young QB is going to take the first step onto the path of the greats before them? Will the protégé claim victory over the master? Will the Huskies ever be able to convert third down with the throngs of screaming Bronco fans making our presence exceedingly known? Will the Broncos be able to match #DatPacSpeed? Only one way to find out. After years of anticipation, months of analysis and talk, hype and controversy, its finally time for Boise State to start what just might be the most special of all the seasons in the most special place of all…

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This Week at the Diggity’s – 2015 Episode 3 (One Week….)

We are less than one week away from the first opening game on the Blue since 2009 (Is this real life?). By the time I get to the Diggity’s next week, the Broncos will already be 1-0 having exorcised the demon that has haunted the team since December of 2013 – COACH PETE’S RETURN!  I won’t predict the score just yet. We have a column for that. Enjoy your last week without Boise State Football.

Coach Trump

Coach Trump

Addyi and #DickTrump started the week off with a bang. I’m glad that what I do gets people talking a little. Even if it is just a bunch of rubbish… Do not roll up on a Ducks practice if you have a camera crew. They call Eugene’s finest on you. And these days, I’m not sure anyone wants the police called on them…

Straight Outta....I'm Over It Now

Straight Outta….I’m Over It Now

 

Josh Duggar was one of the people who got outed for using the Ashley Madison website. Mrs. Diggity says, matter-of-factly, “He’s not having a very good year!” That may be a bit of an understatement… For some reason, I think the two antagonists from the DirecTV commercials, “Bad Comedian” Eli Manning and “Artsy-Craftsy” Tony Romo, would actually be friends in real life… Has it already been 10 years since Hurricane Katrina hit the southern U.S.? My goodness time goes by so quickly it seems. As an ex-NOLA resident with a brother and sister that lived through it, I’m still very attached to the Big Easy… Big Boise State news this weekend. Coach Harsin named Ryan Finley as the starting quarterback for the Washington game (duh). Also, the Broncos hit the preseason AP poll at number 23 (too low)… Oh Cris Carter. You and your crazy words for the kids. You and Ray Lewis preach so much but end up choking on the foot that you shove down your own throats. Pretty awesome role models… I hadn’t seen “Petite” Randy Moss yet. He’s my favorite DirecTV guy now… Mrs. Diggity has been tolerating me watching the Little League World Series for the past week or so. I enjoy watching the love of the game. I wish that more Major League players had the same enthusiasm… In Vandal news – kids steal from Vandal bookstore (remedial window falling books, probs), coach returns items, Vandals not punished. Life on the Palouse… Bad news about Orlando Scandrick. While we don’t like to see anyone hurt, we hate when a Bronco sees his season end prematurely. Best wishes for a speedy recovery… I don’t care what you say McDonald’s. Your buttermilk chicken sandwich won’t make chicken lovers switch to yours. How frozen is it before you cook it?… Cheese-n-Rice, 49ers! Have the worst offseason in the history of offseasons why don’t you? Ray McDonald and Ahmad Brooks both indicted on charges? What in Sam Hell is going on in the Bay?  You don’t have to out felony the Raiders… So I thought I’d try watching “The Carmichael Show” mainly because of David Alan Grier. It’s trash. I won’t watch again… I’m kind of tired of the whole Floyd Mayweather/Rhonda Rousey thing. I get it. Champions talk trash on occasion. But they’ll never fight each other so just shut up already… We lost an all-time great basketball personality this week with Daryl Dawkins. We’ll miss you Chocolate Thunder. Rims will not but we sure will…

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No Caption Needed

“Blindspot” on NBC‘s main character is described as a “female Jason Bourne”. Is that the Matt Damon version or the Jeremy Renner version? There’s a difference, you know… It’s official – “Dancing With the Stars” has put the Whip/Nae Nae craze to death. Aaron Carter? Victor Espinoza? I’m glad you think you are cool enough to do such things but if the Diggity’s don’t do it, you shouldn’t either.  Just say this to yourself – “WWtDD – What Would the Diggitys do?” Not the Whip or the Nae Nae! BYE FELICIA!

I had an idea for the song of the week about one week ago.  Although the lyrics don’t jive up with the situation the title does…

Remember, on Fridays, we wear blue and orange.  So enjoy your week, get that gear ready, and GO BRONCOS!

This Week at the Diggity’s – 2015 Episode 2 (The Waiting….)

We only have two more weeks.  TWO.  And it’s a fortnight that will seem like forever just like this off-season has seemed. But, there’s the light at the end of the metaphoric tunnel.  That light is the University of Washington game.  We can’t wait! But we have to.

In a couple of weeks, I’ll be rushing through Sunday to get stuff done because I’ll have been busy all Saturday watching college football. Today, I was just lazy… So first Darrell Hammond and now Norm MacDonald – Kentucky Fried Chicken is “plucking” Saturday Night Live alumni to play Harland Sanders. He’s dead. You can’t bring the Colonel back… Has anyone noticed that the mom in the Pizza Rolls commercial makes 6 Pizza Rolls for a whole group of people. Stop being so damn stingy mom! More Pizza Rolls Please! (This is by no means an endorsement of Pizza Rolls by Blue Turf Nation)… So, Stephen A. Smith thinks that Tiger Woods is embarrassing himself by playing golf. This coming from a guy who embarrasses himself whenever he opens his mouth? Puhleeeeeez… $56 Million in the first weekend for “Straight Outta Compton” plus a bunch of great reviews? You can’t ask for anything better for a gangsta rap biopic… Since we live here in Cheney, Washington Eugene, Oregon, we are getting to hear Vernon Adams’ name a lot. I Twitter-wondered, about EWUs red unis on their red field. I got a response…

EWU Response

EWU Response

After Amazon was taken down in a New York Times article about the treatment of employees, how wonderful is it that NBC Nightly News decided to look in to the story? You know, by interviewing ex-executives. Also known as the people who aren’t on the front lines.  Way to show the real workers, NBC… I’m so happy that Tracy Morgan will be hosting an episode of Saturday Night Live this Fall. A truly miraculous recovery… Hey, James Harrison! Do what you want with your kids. That’s cool.  I feel like younger kids need motivation to continue to participate. That’s why you give them gold stars for going pee-pee in the potty, right?… So, there’s a new “women’s Viagra” called Addyi. It kicks in after 28 days of use and you average 1 more sexually satisfying event  per month. Income equality now has competition (not seriously but, seriously?)… It’s unfortunate that Jared Fogle did the things he did but he wasn’t making sandwiches folks. Boycotting Subway for someone’s private acts (wrong as they are) is like boycotting the oceans because of sharks (Mrs. Diggity boycotts sharks, though)… Congratulations to Shane Williams-Rhodes on being named to the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award watch list for this year… Apparently, Paul Petrino is angry. Really angry. His target? The media it seems. Does he turn into a gold/silver/black Joe Vandal-Hulk hybrid?…

Brian Williams Reporting

Brian Williams Reporting

Dear Dezmyn Trent, Please learn from this and succeed in life. Thank you for your time here. Love Always, Bronco Nation… This whole thing with Sam Ukwuachu is getting way out of hand. Who cares what the coaches said? It’s not about that. It’s about a young man who did something very bad and it’s about the victims. He needs help. The victims need help. Coaches Pete and Briles don’t need any help… Finishing on a happy note – great job by the Boise Police/Boise State Football in providing an amazing experience to Officer Rashid. That’s how you improve a community.

Mrs. Diggity “Quote of the Week”: In reference to a certain picture and a Donald Trump haircut – “I wonder if you can Elvis your penis man parts?” The app in question had nothing to do with man parts.  Just putting Trump hair on pics.

The toughest thing about knowing football season is coming soon is waiting for that football season to start. So the song of the week is…

Have an amazing week! Stay positive. Spread kindness like confetti!

Re-evaluating Fandom

Fiesta Bowl 2014 Photo by Patrick SweenyAs football fans, we evaluate everything constantly. Data and discussion, websites, gambling, tv networks, billions of dollars, furor and noise. Around public schools and young men playing a game with a ball. Today’s news of current Baylor (former Boise State) player Sam Ukwuachu has been hard to process. The idea that Chris Petersen could have possibly cut an ill, violent, and suicidal kid loose and didn’t give Baylor a heads up is sickening. We don’t know the details (yet) and probably won’t (for a while), because this is going to be fought in court unless a lot of people who are used to getting their way start admitting difficult things publicly.

During the furor of twitter updates and rage against a system so broken that it allowed a woman’s very identity to be wiped away for the sake of having an All-American DL to shore up the line for next season, I started to evaluate, again, for the millionth time, just why I stay a fan of this sport.

Football can be a violent, stupid game. At the worst times, it’s a soul-sucking shrine to greed and injustice. Every time someone cheats, every time someone takes advantage of their fame or their association to the team to get away with a crime or take advantage of others, every time an assault or worse is covered up in connection with police and the athletic department, it’s disturbing. It makes me rightfully question whether I can keep pouring my time, energy, and love into a game as an institution that could seemingly not care any less dispassionately about anything but winning and cash. Football is a game played by tough, dangerous men. You know, the kind with cheesy smiles running expense accounts of the non-profit entities known as bowl games to live like royalty at great cost to young people who destroy their bodies and sometimes minds in exchange for an education.

At the best times, football can be intoxicating. When played well, it’s a beautiful dance of timing, skill, and power played to the musical pop of the pads and the screams of the faithful. When the lights are on, the band is playing, ESPN is in town, and the boys in blue are throttling some poor schmucks, it’s easy to get caught up in the joyfulness of it all. To ride the adrenaline rush of the imperfect beauty of this sport is beyond description. Everyone that calls themselves a fan fell in love at a different point. It doesn’t even matter which epic moment was the catalyst. There are hundreds of those moments across the country every season and that is why we watch and cheer on young men trying to turn themselves into heroes. Because sometimes they come out, make a ballsy call against a team that they should lose to, and run Statue. Then the running back proposes to one of the cheerleaders and a guy with a microphone ruins the moment. Because sometimes the kick is wide and heartbreak becomes painfully, agonizingly real. Football is played by driven, amazing young men. The kind that suit up and go out every day just to have a chance.

Outside of the extremes, football is a wonderful microcosm of humanity. No one has ever truthfully claimed that life was fair for everyone. We’re a stupid, messy lot. We make mistakes and break things all the time. We make poor choices and are victims of circumstances that we didn’t create, but have a drive to find a way to keep living despite the incredible odds of us being alive at all. Because being our own heroes and taking examples from those around us how to do things in a way that keeps us alive for another 5 minutes is what being human is about, pretty sure. Football might be broken, but it’s only because we are.

Should fandom be abandoned when it starts to hurt? Maybe, but not today. I will remember that nobody is perfect, and sure, I’ll be angry plenty of times in the future. But the game will also bring a quite pure form of joy. In corners of the country, fans will gather together to tailgate and cheer and watch this sport develop into the beautiful, chaotic mess that it is – made both gorgeous and hideous by humanity. Just like everything else.