BTN Predictions: Air Force Falcons


Derek –  Listen, I am not ever going to predict a Boise State loss.  This is a homer blog and I am going to make homer picks.  That does not mean I can not be slightly realistic when it comes to games.  I have picked close games before (I think) and I may again.  This will not be one of them. We lost on the Blue last week.  It is senior night this week.  The last time we lost back-to-back games at home was in 1997.  It ain’t happening again this week. I don’t know if Air Force is feeling particularly confident, but whoever is running their social media is:

AF Tweet

Unless whoever is tweeting for them is a player, I have as much of a right to be confident as they do – neither of us have anything to do with the outcome.  It will not be pretty for the Falcons.  All of those dropped balls and overthrown passes last week will be completions this week, and all of those runs that were almost broke will be broken.  The ball will bounce our way this week.  Boise State 45 AF 10 #BEATEMDOWN

Josh – I bleed blue in every vein in my body but nightmares from last year continue to haunt me. Vegas must feel pretty lucky selecting Boise State as a favorite in this game, and I kinda wish they made the Broncos an underdog because they seem to play their best games that way. Air Force is very similar to the last team to break Boise’s 18-game home win streak, yet they’re more effective and have a better passing game. Double uh-oh (our secondary is definitely our weakest link right now). It seems the triple option will forever doom the Broncos. Keys to a Boise State win would be limited big plays, red zone efficiency, and PROTECTING THE FOOTBALL. Turnovers are pastries, and also the biggest factor in whether or not you win a football game. With Boise’s recent struggles, they would need to play at 120% to come out with the W- which is totally doable. I really hope Harsin prints and tapes Air Force’s tweet in the locker room to fire them up. Air Force 31 Boise State 27 :(    p.s. I’m also hoping by predicting Boise losing that by some reverse-magnetic magical changing fate that it makes them win (Football fans are pretty superstitious-all my Boise State friends blame me attending the New Mexico game for the loss)

Jonathan– Boise State lost last week to an opposition that clearly they should have dominated. But did they beat us or did we beat ourselves? Boise State has not lost 2 games in a row since 2007 and I don’t see that happening this week. The option has always been tough for Boise to handle but I think the defense finds a way to handle it tonight. There is no way this senior class will lose this game. It is a must win if the Broncos want to have a shot at the Mountain West championship game. I also think the offense goes off tonight. Rypien will have this receiving core back on track and catches will be made unlike last week when the receivers couldn’t catch a cold. I believe Boise State dominated this game, but it will be a tough fought game. Boise State 41 Air Force 17

Tami – I really hope that everyone else is correct in calling for a blowout and I am more wrong than ever before, but I just can’t see this being a big win for the Broncos, or even a comfortable one. Possibly, not even a win at all. AFA is a good football team. Boise should be a better football team, but not if they can’t defend successfully or score more than 33% of the time from the red zone. The unthinkable will become sudden reality unless those things are fixed. I’m picking a Bronco win here because Vegas (Boise +0.5) and Homerism, but this thing is going to be just stupidly, infuriatingly close. The season is saved on a Rau$a clutch kick. Broncos 30, Zoomies 27.

Bronco Feedbag: UNM Lobos


I had planned this Feedbag to be for a cold-weather tailgate (remember November 15th last year? My beer would get slushy before I could drink it!) but it looks like we are actually going to have some pretty mild weather for the game. Even though everything here is good for cold weather, it is all yummy for any tailgate.

Classic Beef Stew

What you need:

2 pounds chuck steak or stew beef, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons oil
1 large yellow onion, cut into 1-inch chunks
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup dry red wine
4 cups beef broth
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon salt
2 bay leaves
3 large carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 large stalks celery, cut into 1-inch pieces
3 medium potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
6 ounces button mushrooms, quartered


  • Pat the beef cubes dry with paper towels and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with the flour and toss to coat the beef.
  • Heat the oil in a heavy stockpot over medium-high heat until good and hot. Add the beef cubes, spacing them about an inch apart to ensure proper browning. Generously brown on all sides, working in batches until all the beef is browned. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
  • Add the onions to the pot, adding a little more oil if necessary. Cook until soft and translucent, 5-6 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another minute.
  • Add the wine and bring to a rapid boil, scraping up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan.
  • Return the beef to the pot along with the beef broth, spices and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 1 hour.
  • Add the vegetables, return to a boil, cover and simmer over low heat for another hour. Add salt and pepper to taste.

If you want your stew a little more spicy substitute some or all the beef broth with spicy V8.

Beer of the Week: Sockeye Winterfest

Sockeye-Winterfest-Seasonal-Ale_lg-208x300Cold(er) weather always makes me crave the strong, dark seasonals we get in the winter.   Winterfest from Sockeye is one of my favorite.  Here is their description:

This American-style strong ale has a deep, rich, malt complexity with hints of toffee, caramel and lightly-toasted barley. Hops are plentiful as well, giving this beer enough hop bite and flavor to balance the big malt profile. Enjoy this beer on a cool fall day or a cold winter night. Available November 1st, it’s a welcome tradition.

IBU: 85
ABV: 7.25%
PKG: 12 oz. can/6 pack | 50L and 1/6 bbl kegs
– 2014 NABA, Gold
– 2013 NABA, Silver
Liquor/Shot of the Week: Rumchata
Rum Chata-500x500Rumchata is a mixture of rum and the classic Horcahta drink – and it is amazing.  It is a cream liqueur and is excellent in hot chocolate or coffee, and is tasty by itself as well.  It is low enough in alcohol that you can find it in most grocery stores so you don’t have to make that extra trip to the liquor store this week.
Happy tailgating!  Go Broncos!


Bronco Feedbag: Colorado State Rams


A lot of things changed in 2006.  The season that REALLY put Boise State on the map ended in one of the greatest games in college football history as Boise State defeated Oklahoma 43-42 on this awesome play:


And, for me it was a year of change as well.  After working as a Culinary Training Leader for Chili’s for 13 years, where most of my time was spent traveling the world teaching people how to cook Baby Back Ribs, It was time for me to stop traveling and settle down.  My daughter was born that year, and it was important for me to find a job where I could be home with her.  Unfortunately, Chili’s did not have any management opportunities in Boise, and I didn’t want to re-locate, so I took a management job with On The Border Restaurant.  This was an awesome opportunity for me at a point in my life when I really needed it, however I had to travel to Colorado for six weeks for training – during December 2006/January 2007.  My entire family was going to make the trip to the Fiesta Bowl, and I figured I was going to have to watch the biggest game in Boise State history by myself in my hotel room. Luckily for me, a co-worker at Chili’s who I had opened a lot of restaurants with lived in the Denver area where I was training, and we discovered that his house was actually right down the road from my hotel.  His girlfriend was from Boise and went to Boise State as well, so it worked out well for us to have a watch party at his house for the Fiesta Bowl.  Instead of watching by myself in a lonely hotel room, I was going to be with good friends who would be cheering along with me. So what does this all have to do with this weeks Feedbag?  Well that friend, Casey Taylor, is now the Director of Operations at Masterpiece Delicatessen in Denver, and is an incredible chef.  I figured since I don’t know much about Colorado Cuisine, I would reach out to Casey for an awesome recipe for us to tailgate/tablegate with while watching Boise State vs. Colorado State.  Enjoy, and if you are ever in the Denver area stop by the Deli!


(4 servings)
1 pound – Ground Bison(preferably Colorado raised free range)
Salt and Pepper
8 oz Green Chile Cream Cheese
4 Tomato slices(heirloom)
Shredded Romaine
Sliced Red Onion
4 Toasted Brioche or your favorite Buns
For the Green Chile Cream Cheese:
1- 8oz pkg of Room temperature Cream Cheese
1- Roasted Hatch Green Chile(hot)
1/4 tsp Kosher Salt
Juice of 1/2 lime( save the other half for your featured beer in the next section)
1 Tbl minced Cilantro Leaves
Place all ingredients into a food processor and whip until smooth.
For the Bison:
For 4 equal Patties out of the Bison
Season with Salt and Pepper
Sear on your grill and cook until desired temperature(I like 160 degrees F internal)
Butter toast your bun on the grill
Spread Green Chile cream cheese on the top of bun
Sliced Tomato, Red Onion and Romaine on the bottom Bun
Place your burger on the bed of Romaine
Then take a bite and enjoy!!!
MamasColorado has A LOT of great craft brews, but I am a big fan of Oskar Blues Brewing.  I was originally going to go with Dales Pale, but Casey suggested pairing the Bison Burgers with Mama’s Yella Pills.  Here is a description from Oskar Blues:

How do you cram as much hop & malt flavor and aroma as possible into a beer but make it crushable too?

Oskar Blues’ Mama’s Little Yella Pils is an uncompromising, small-batch version of the beer that made Pilsen, Czech Republic, famous. Unlike mass market‚ “pilsners‚” diluted with corn and rice, Mama’s is built with 100% pale malt, German specialty malts, and Saaz hops. While it’s rich with Czeched-out flavor, its gentle hopping (35 IBUs) and low ABV (just 5.3%) make it a luxurious but low-dose (by Oskar Blues standards) refresher.

Ah crushable beer! For those who don’t know this means you can drink a bunch of it and still make it to the end of the game!

Casey also suggested a squeeze of lime in this.  You get a refreshing lime taste without the overpriced skunk of Corona!


jagerA little more nostalgia here. When Casey and I were watching the Fiesta Bowl we started taking shots every time Boise State scored.  I asked him if he remembered what we were shooting.  Obviously all those scores/shots and all these years later have made our memories a little fuzzy, but he thinks maybe we were doing Jager and Redbull, which seems about right for that period of time. I wont even bother giving you this recipe.  If you can’t figure it out you shouldn’t be drinking!

(Side note:  Casey’s girlfriend was doing shots with us as well while we watched.  By halftime she was done for, and at that point we were up 21-10 and dominating.  She went to bed and missed the rest of the game and all the drama!)

Happy Tailgating!


BTN Predictions: Week 5 vs. Hawaii


Derek – So, I am not very good at predictions.  I picked blowouts in our first three games and two of them were close (Idaho State was a given).  I pick a close game against Virginia and what do you know, our team puts together a complete game.  I do, however, fee VERY confident in predicting a blowout this week.  Hawaii has traveled 70,000* miles in the past couple weeks, and are dealing with some injuries.  On top of that their hot-garbage-offense is going against our stout defense.  It’s going to get ugly.  They do have a decent defense themselves, but the jet lag may catch up to them, and I think our offense continues to get better.  Vegas has this game at about a 25 point spread and 54 over/under.  I think we cover and go over.  Boise State 55 Hawaii 0.

*Miles traveled may not be accurate

Noel – I am just like Derek, it appears. That just means I’m horrible at predictions.  I don’t think there will be too much trouble with the Rainbow Warriors.  I do expect them to score in the 3rd or 4th quarter when the game is already out of reach. The Broncos’ defense will stop #HBUpTheMiddleForPresident all night long and, since Timmy Chang isn’t coming out of the tunnel in Boise, the passing game won’t be all that great either.  I’m guessing some destruction and R.U.T.S. will occur. Broncos 66, Hawaii 17.

Tami – Yeahhhh, this game is most likely going to get out of hand if everything goes to plan. Kind of excited to see the ‘bows break out their awesome road throwbacks, tho. That’s going to be epic against The Blue. If one listens closely, they can hear the internet complaining about their eyes already. Boise State should score big on a travel weary Hawaii team. The Warriors will fight to the very end, but they also probably won’t have any more success than anybody else has establishing the run or defending against the McWeapon. Hawaii is a more complete team than they usually are, but the Broncos are primed for a run. Hawaii is just in the way. Boise – 58, Warriors – 24

Bronco Feedbag: Hawaii (Rainbow) Warriors

Roasted_puaaYour pig won’t taste as good as this one

Aloha!  It is Hawaii game week, and I am excited!  I have been looking forward to tailgating for this game for a long time.  I grew up with a lot of Pacific Islanders – one of my good friend’s jokingly called me Keleka once – a rough translation of my name  – and it stuck. Anyways,  I was lucky enough to be able to attend many back yard Luaus, and  there is nothing like Polynesian food and culture.  Let’s get to it!


Traditional Kalua Pig is cooked in an underground pit called an Imu.  This oven is made by digging a hole, starting a mesquite fire and then covering the fire with rocks and lining the pit with banana leaves.  The whole pig is then salted and stuffed with more hot rocks and wrapped in banana leaves or wet burlap to maintain the moisture of the meat.  The pit is then covered in sand and left to cook for about eight  hours.  Once finished, the pork is shredded to mix the melted fat with the meat to spread the flavor throughout the pig.  My friend’s parents had an imu in their back yard and would make Kalua Pig for special occasions – there is nothing that compares to it. Unfortunately, for tailgating purposes you probably don’t have the time to cook the pig traditionally, and I would guess the people who own your tailgate spot would frown upon you building an imu.  Luckily crock-pot Kalua Pig is very easy.  All you need is some pork butt roast, sea salt, and liquid smoke.  Pierce the roast a few times with a fork, cover it with sea salt and liquid smoke, and cook on low for about eight hours or on high for about four hours.  Once it is tender, shred it with a couple of forks and mix it with the fat and juices in the pot, and serve.

A great traditional side item to serve with this is Local Kine potato-mac salad. It is basically a mixture of potato salad and macaroni salad, so get your favorite recipes of both, and mix them together.  If you are short on time (or lazy) you can also buy a container of each of these at your nearest deli and throw them together.

If you want to go all out, make some spam fried rice or sticky rice and you will be able to build your own Hawaiian lunch plate!


I am a big fan of all the beers from Kona Brewing, and I think Big Wave is perfect for tailgating.  It has a great balance of malts and hops, but is lower in alcohol (4.4%) so you can still have a few.  Here is the description from Kona:

Our brewers wanted to make a beer that went down easy after a day out on the water. Big Wave Golden Ale is just the ticket. Big Wave is a lighter bodied golden ale with a tropical hop aroma and flavor – a smooth, easy drinking refreshing ale. The use of caramel malt contributes to the golden hue of this beer and our special blend of hops provides bright quenching finish.

You can find Kona’s brews pretty much everywhere around the Treasure Valley, and some stores carry their sampler pack so you can try all of their great beers.


In previous editions of the Feedbag I have referred to Business Insider’s article on the most popular liquor in every state, which for Hawaii is Jack Daniels.  I am going to go a different direction this week so we can keep with the theme, so let’s make some Mai Tai’s!

Most people think of Captain Morgan’s when it comes to spiced rum, but I really like Shellback Spiced Rum.  I find it a lot smoother and great for shots:

Shellback® Spiced is a flavorful, medium-bodied rum of remarkable quality. Its 12 exotic spices combine to offer unique aromatics and layers of caramelized vanilla, brown spice, cinnamon, and honey. With a distinctive yet versatile profile, it is pleasantly warm with a clean finish and makes for a tasty shot, mixes nicely with soft drinks and serves as the perfect companion for hot drinks.

For the Mai Tai, pour a shot of Shellback, and a shot of Malibu Coconut Rum over ice, add a splash of grenadine, and top with pineapple juice and orange juice.  Stir and enjoy!

Enjoy your tailgate parties this week. Should be a great October day for football!