Adventures in Tailgating: Lipstick on a Pig

If you know me – either personally, through Twitter or this blog – you know I love tailgating. I love beer.  I love Boise State football.  I love food.  I love beer.  Oh and I love my family.  Tailgating combines all of these loves six times every fall as we get together to celebrate before every Bronco home game.

Our family has six spots near the Ram for our tailgating festivities, and when a group of 10 or so people need to get all of their tailgating gear to those spots, you need a tailgating machine to get it all there.

Now there are many nice tailgating vehicles in the Boise State community – fancy paint jobs and wraps, elaborate satellite TV set ups, motorized kegerators etc.  Unfortunately, ours is not one of those.  We have an old 1972 Dodge Balboa that we trust (barely) to get our set-up to the game on Fall Saturdays (or Fridays, or Thursdays, or…).  It does the job, but it is far from fancy:

MohoOur trusty Moho

The Moho, as we like to call it, was originally owned by mom’s boyfriend.  When he first bought it and redecorated it, it was pretty nice.  He painted the cabinets blue and orange, ripped out the carpet and installed blue turf, hung Bronco pennants and pictures inside, and painted blue and orange stripes on the outside.  Over the years we added magnets and stickers to the outside, and various memorabilia to the inside.  Overall it has been a lot of fun and great to have for tailgating.  Sadly, the years have not been kind to her.  Summers in storage, and Winter nights being quickly abandoned after hours in 5 degree weather have taken their toll.  What was once a tailgating machine that we were proud to display around the stadium has deteriorated into a vehicle being compared to other dilapidated vehicles from pop-culture:

Uncle-Rico-and-His-Van                I guess I see the resemblance.

BreakingMuch bigger and much less legal than mine. I like the orange smoke though!

EddiesMine might look a little better.  Plus we don’t have a working toilet so the sh***er is never full!

Needless to say the Moho is not the prettiest tailgating machine out there, but it does the job, and with September 4th and our meeting with Coach Pete and the Huskies quickly approaching, we had to get her ready.

Last night the family got together to get it cleaned up, organized, and stocked with the proper supplies.  We ordered some Papa Murphy’s, bought some beer and Root Beer (not your fathers!), gathered up the cleaning supplies, and….sat in the front yard for an hour drinking beer and staring at the Moho wondering if we can make her prettier.

Eventually we got brave enough to enter and start the project.  First thing we noticed was that we need a new doormat.  This one is getting a little worn out:

Vandal matI am not really sure where this came from , but for years it has been used to wipe mud, snow, stepped on brats and spilled beer from our shoes. After a little discussion we all decided that none of us wants to spend any money buying a Vandal hat, so we will see if we can get one more season out of this and keep our eyes open at the thrift stores.

Once we stepped past the door mat, I decided to open up the roof vent to get some air circulating while we worked.  I was greeted by a family of yellow jackets that had taken up residence in the off-season:

yellow jacketsThis called for some heavy artillery.  Luckily we had a helmet that was worn for Patton’s Army at a tennis match, so I strapped on my cover, grabbed some Raid and quickly defeated the infiltrators.

SGT CancelThe rest of the night was fairly uneventful.  We hosed her down, dusted the insides, reminisced about some of our other tailgating adventures, and dreamed of Maaco paint jobs and spinning hubcaps that  would make our Moho a little more presentable.  Most of these things may never happen, but no matter what, our Moho has been there for all the wins, a few losses, and  three fiesta bowl seasons.  Hopefully she can stay alive for many more.

If you see her, stop on by and say hi.  I will introduce you to my family, maybe share some food and beer, and if your lucky, give you a tour and have you sign our wall of fame.

She’s not pretty, but she’s ours  – and one of the many things that make Bronco Football such an important part of our life.

Go Broncos!

 

 

 

 

OBNUG Named to Blue Turf Nation’s Best Boise State Bloggers Award Watch List

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One Bronco Nation Under God (AKA OBNUG) has been named to the annual Blue Turf Nation Best Boise State Blogger Award watch list.

The BTNBBSBA  is given to to the best blog site covering Boise State football following every season.  This award has been given out every year since 2015.

The following sites are currently on the BTNBBSBA watch list:

OBNUG

Blue Turf Nation

The award will be voted on by  Blue Turf Nation Staff after the conclusion of all 2015 college football blogging activity.

 

 

 

BTN Predictions: Fiesta Bowl vs. Arizona

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Derek

Here we are.  Game day for the Vizio Fiesta bowl has arrived, and I can not believe we are here.  Before the season began I thought we had a chance at a NY6 bowl.  After the Ole Miss loss I was still optimistic.  Then came the Air Force debacle and I thought all hope was lost.  But what do you know, Harsin gets our team on a run and we are back to where all the magic happened in 2007 and 2010.

This game is a tough one to predict.  I can go off all the stats and look at the match-ups and go from there, but it seems like all that goes out the window during bowl season.  At this point I think the most prepared and focused team will win. Based on everything that I am hearing about Boise State, I think they are that team. The Bronco defense will struggle to slow down Arizona, but the Wildcats will have the same problem stopping Grant Hedrick, Jay Ajayi, SWR and The Weapon. I do think it will be close though.  Vegas says Arizona will win by 4 with a score in the mid 30’s for both.  I say the same but with Boise State edging out a win on a late field goal.  Boise State 34 Arizona 31

Noel

This will be my last time this season, and this calendar year, to get this right.  I’m going to agree with Derek on this and say it will come down to the more focused team.  The Broncos have run off 8 straight wins and the Wildcats just took a beating from Oregon.  I think that translates to the field 3 weeks later and causes an incredibly slow start from Arizona.  They won’t survive the initial deluge of awesomeness and will succumb to a final collegiate dose of the Jay Train being forced down their throat.  Final score – Boise State 42 Arizona 27

Tami

This game is going to be stupid close. The match-up is a nightmare. The teams are both highly focused, very talented, and capable of winning this. It’s going to come down to want and preparation…and Boise is a dangerous group of young men when they want to win and have nearly a month to get ready.

Hold on to your sombreros and flat screens, boys, this is going to be just as wild as the rest of the Fiestas. There are many touchdowns in our collective future! Boise wins a close one with an epic final college performance by both Grant Hedrick and Jay Ajayi. Broncos – 49, Wildcats – 48

 

Heath

Last prediction of the season, and I don’t know where to start. I feel like this game is going to be close, I feel like this will emulate Fiesta’s past. The 3-5-5 is a thorn in Grant’s side that he has one more shot to fully conquer, question is will he? I hope so, and I think he will have a solid game. I actually think the game rests on Grant’s arm and not Ajayi’s legs like many believe. Jay is going to get touches, what he does with those won’t decide the game unless he goes off on a historic fashion. The thing that will decide this game is whether or not we can convert 3rd down. I think we will, and I think we win this game and take home our 3rd Fiesta Bowl Trophy. My final score – Boise State 28 – Arizona 17.

Gage

Oh joy! It’s finally here. The match up previews can only contain my anxiousness for so long and my usual limit is three. Then I start thinking … I am tired of talking about, can it just be game day already. No.More.Talking…. It.Is.Go.Time !!!

I am skeptical to believe that Grant Hedrick can carry us through a game of this magnitude. I should have no reason to believe he can’t do his consistent performance from the past 8 games, but turnover Grant looms in the back of mind and I always fear he may reappear. With just about three weeks to prepare for the Broncos, I can guarantee Arizona has their defense ready to stop Jay Ajayi at all costs. I don’ see Arizona allowing the Jay-Train to beat them, thus placing the burden on Grant’s shoulders. If Grant is able to be turnover free and continue his stellar play as of late – we win. If not – we lose. I truly think it is simple as that. So… closing my eyes and throwing all my chips in on Grant Hedrick. And it wouldn’t be a Boise State Fiesta Bowl if a trick didn’t alter the game somehow. *wink wink* to you Mr. Sanford. Boise State 31 Arizona 27

 

BTN Poll: What will be the outcome of the Vizio Fiesta Bowl?

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We are less than 48 hours away from kickoff, and the excitement is building.  I don’t know about you but I can’t get enough Fiesta Bowl info right now.  So what does your gut tell you about this game?  Close game?  Blow out?  Gut just wants to know what is going in it on game day?  Vote below and let us know!

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We are one week from Fiesta Eve

Photo courtesy Boise State

Photo courtesy Boise State

Time always seems to crawl between the last regular season game and the bowl game.  We were lucky enough to get an extra game with the MWC Championship game, yet the layoff has seemed to take forever.  A lot can happen in that time, too.  Last season we lost a coach, hired a coach, and lost one (and eventually two, it seems) quarterbacks to #PeeGate.  This year was better – celebrating a Championship, an invite to a major bowl game, and although bittersweet, celebrating the success of Jay Ajayi as he moves on to the NFL.

But now game week is upon us.  Juju must be posted, superstitions will commence, and on Christmas we will all stare at our new Bronco gear wondering if it is worthy of being presented to the Football Gods on game day, or if the fact none of it was there with us through the ups and downs of the season will jinx our team. Predictions will be predicted, banter will be bantered, and weak stomachs will get queasier by the day.

Game week is upon us.  Prepare accordingly.