10/23/2014

For our Founders, Strong and Great; Penn State v tosu tailgate.

Join us, Saturday, Oct 25th, in the rv lots for our "founding fathers" tailgate!  We'll be serving colonial inspired dishes and some of our favorite nostalgic tailgating recipes.

Look for more details and directions on our Facebook page.

10/03/2014

Moldy Old Men - Founding Fathers Tailgate; Penn State vs ohio state.

For our founders, strong and great...

In honor of our new head coach, James FRANKLIN, and the great men (and women) who didst mold us into the great nation, school and tailgate we are today, we are hosting a “Founding Fathers” themed tailgate for the Lions’ clash against tOSU on October 25th.

That means we’ll be serving colonial inspired food and drink as well as recipes from our tailgating heritage.


Kick-off is at 8pm, so it’s going to be a good old-fashioned 12 hour tailgate.

We’ll be in the RV lots again - so be sure to check http://dieseltailgate.com and https://www.facebook.com/pages/Diesel-2theLion-Tailgate/20742170727 for more details.


9/24/2014

Penn State v northwestern; Oktoberfest and Homecoming 2014

It's homecoming this week and we'll be tailgating in the RV lots. The RV crew arrives on Thursday and will be parking in the overnight lots. You can check the Facebook page for any updates.

12pm kickoff means tailgating before and after the game.

9/14/2014

Penn State v UMass; life's a beach, and then you watch football.

Penn State’s electrifying win over old friend (or foe) Rutgers this past week and the fading summer weather has made us nostalgic for days gone by...

So, for the last weekend of Summer we’ll be hosting a good old fashioned clam bake! complete with clams (really?), shrimps, corn, potatoes and grilled garlic bread for dipping! We’re mixing it up a little by serving our smoked sausage (read: kielbasa) on the side. Other goodies we plan to have include: pancake breakfast bites with amaretto syrup (yes, you read that correctly); corned beef sandwiches; meatballs; cheddary bay biscuits; coleslaw; cranberry scones; Boston cream pie bites; and, Toll House cookie bars along with a variety of other sweets and snacks.

Obviously, one of our inspirations for our theme this week was PSU’s opponent this week, another blast from the past (albeit in basketball), the University of Massachusetts. UMass suffered a tough loss against Vanderbilt last week, so the Lions need to be ready for an able team that will be looking for the upset.  The Minutemen wear uniform of maroon and white - which allows for a little more game day garb freedom.

Kick-off (somewhat surprisingly) is at 4pm (BTN) so the parking lots will open at 8am. We’ll be in the Green (West/Press Box side) Lot - once again, flying the Scottish (national? we’ll see) flag; please contact us if you need more specific directions. 

The current forecast “pleasant with a full day of sunshine,” high of 67F (low 55F), so clearly we need to pack the rain gear.

As always, all are welcome and food/beverage contributions are appreciated but not required. 

8/31/2014

Tap. Tap. Is this on? Penn State home opener vs Akron Zips; Fiesta Tailgate!

What a way to start the football season! What a way to (essentially) start posting this year! And now we turn to the start of the tailgating (and, of course, home game) season...

The Lions are back stateside to prepare for their home opener against the Zips of Akron, who sport uniforms of Blue and Gold - be sure to favor your silver(y) accessories. Akron is a solid team and PSU will need to be sharp to avoid the literal and figurative *jet lag* of an exciting away win.

Kick-off is at 12pm, therefore the parking lots will open at 7am. We'll be there bright (hopefully) and early; come see us in the Green (West, Press Box side) Lot. We're in a (slightly) different spot this year, but you'll find us under the Scottish flag (contact us if you need the specifics).


The current weather report is calling for cloudy with possible thunder storms - so that's fun. Regardless, we'll be celebrating the first home game of the season with a ¡Fiesta Tailgate! and serving up deliciosos goodies including: walking tacos (!); fajita wraps; black beans; spanish rice; kielbasa; cinnamon buns; churro bars; spicy brownies; summery sangria; and, more!

As always, all are welcome, and contributions (food, drink, etc) are appreciated, but not expected.

1/06/2014

It's More Than A Feeling; Playlist for the Coach Search.


So we can't really do anything about the current coaching situation, so I did the next best thing, I made a playlist chronicling the last week, and perhaps looking into the future.




1  What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve
The Head And The Heart
2  I Call Your Name 
The Beatles
3  Another Nail In My Heart 
Squeeze
4  That's Right (You're Not From Texas)
Lyle Lovett
5  Forget You 
Cee Lo Green
6  Don't Look Back in Anger 
Oasis
7  The Promise 
When In Rome
8  It's the End of the Road 
Matt Goss
9  Dreaming 
Blondie
10  Come Back Song 
Darius Rucker
11  Be True to Your School 
The Beach Boys
12  Always On My Mind 
Pet Shop Boys
13  Better Man 
Pearl Jam
14  Sister Golden Hair 
America
15  All I Want Is You 
U2
16  It's Tricky 
Run-DMC
17  High Hopes 
Frank Sinatra
18  Together Again 
Janet
19  If I Can Dream 
Elvis Presley
20  A Little In Love 
Cliff Richard
21  Now We're Getting Somewhere 
Crowded House
22  I'd Love You To Want Me 
Various Artists
23  Call Me Maybe 
Carly Rae Jepsen
24  Don't You Want Me 
The Human League
25  We Can Work It Out 
The Beatles
26  Bad Day 
Daniel Powter
27  Don't Dream It's Over 
Crowded House
28  Another One Bites The Dust 
Queen
29  You Were Meant For Me 
Jewel
30  If I Can't Have You 
Kim Wilde
31 What Have I Done To Deserve This
Pet Shop Boys
32  Haven't Met You Yet 
Michael Bublé
33  Pack Up 
Eliza Doolittle
34  Pennsylvania Polka 
Frankie Yankovic
35  I Wanna Be Sedated 
The Ramones
36  I Don't Even Know Your Name 
Alan Jackson
37  I Predict a Riot 
Kaiser Chiefs
38  What Doesn't Kill You (Stronger) 
Kelly Clarkson
39  A Little Less Conversation 
Elvis Presley
40  It's The End Of The World As We... 
R.E.M.
41  Basket Case 
Green Day
42  Eve of Destruction 
Barry McGuire
43  Bright Side of the Road 
Van Morrison
44  With A Little Luck 
Paul McCartney
45  It Had To Be You 
Frank Sinatra
46  You're the One 
Petula Clark
47  The Best Is Yet To Come
Frank Sinatra

12/30/2013

I'm Memeing of a Great Bowl Season; 2theLion 2013 - 2014 Biased FBS Bowl Picks

So, the first half (ish) of the bowl season hasn't been very biasy. Which is fine. Whatever. But that's not going to stop us from posting the rest of our picks...

Monday, December 30, 2013

Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl
Middle Tennessee (8-4) Blue Raiders vs 
Navy (8-4) Midshipmen
Fort Worth, TX
11:45am
ESPN

Even if this weren’t the Armed Forces Bowl, there’d be no question in which way I’d lean - Ken Niumatalolo is one of my favorite football personalities. So it's Navy all the way.




Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
Ole Miss (7-5) Rebels vs 
Georgia Tech (7-5) Yellow Jackets
Nashville, TN
3:15pm
ESPN

Mortgage and Music just don't go together for me. Ah branding. Going for the yellow jackets this year. Not exactly sure why… maybe ACC over SEC? Who knows?




Valero Alamo Bowl
Oregon (10-2) Ducks vs 
Texas (8-4) Longhorns
San Antonio, TX
6:45pm
ESPN

Quite a bit of turmoil in and around the Texas program this winter; it will be interesting to see how it all works out for the Longhorns; college football will miss Mack Brown (until he comes back, that is). Oregon had a little bit of a post-Kelly hangover this year, but is still stocked full with talent. The Ducks definitely have a talent for making other teams' uniforms more palatable, and when the other team is wearing burnt orange, that is an extra special gift. But not enough to sway my bias going with the Horns for this one.


National University Holiday Bowl
Arizona State (10-3) Sundevils vs 
Texas Tech (7-5) Red Raiders
San Diego, CA
10:15pm
ESPN

I know that the Sundevils have had a good season (and I was even pulling for them in a few games) and that the stadium will (doubtlessly) be packed with Coach Graham’s family, but I have to go with Texas Tech for this one. As if there was any question





Tuesday, December 31, 2013

AdvoCare V100 Bowl
Arizona (7-5) Wildcats vs 
Boston College (7-5) Eagles
Shreveport, LA
12:30pm
ESPN

This one is painful. These are two coaches that I generally dislike. As as a casual Temple fan, I never really took to Steve Addazio as a coach, and thought he left in a rather (albeit not surprising) smarmy manner. Coach Rodriguez? well... For some reason I’m finding the Wildcats less yucky.



Hyundai Sun Bowl
Virginia Tech (8-4) Hokies vs 
UCLA (9-3) Bruins
El Paso, TX
2:00pm
CBS

Haven't had the strong west coast bias that I had a few years ago, but whatever, I'm sticking with the east for this one. Hokies for the win.



AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Rice (10-3) Owls vs 
Mississippi State (6-6) Bulldogs
Memphis, TN
4:00pm
ESPN

Blue owls are all the rage this year (did you know?) - and the emergence of the Rice Owls this season is right on trend. While I'm an admirer of the MSU cowbell (cowbells in general, that is), my pick is Rice.


Chick-fil-A Bowl
Duke (10-3) Blue Devils vs 
Texas A&M (8-4) Aggies
Atlanta, GA
8:00pm
ESPN

A 10 win Rice team in a bowl game is unusual, but to be followed by a 10 win Duke team is downright improbable (where is John Urschel??). Not typically a Duke (or SEC) fan, but I'll be pulling for the Blue Devils to outsmart Johnny Football in this game.



Wednesday, January 1, 2013

TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl
Nebraska (8-4) Cornhuskers vs 
Georgia (8-4) Bulldogs
Jacksonville, FL
12:00pm
ESPN2

Pelini seems to wiggle his way out of bad situations, whether it’s an overtime game or the proverbial hot seat. Normally I would side with the B1G team (somewhat normally), but I’m going with Georgia this year.




Heart of Dallas Bowl
UNLV (7-5) Rebels vs 
North Texas (8-4) Mean Green
Dallas, TX
12:00pm
ESPNU

Formerly known as "The Normal Boys", North Texas' Mean Green is one of my favorite mascot names, even if *Scrappy* (the owl) isn't as menacing as you might imagine. So Gooooooooooooo Mean Green!!



Capital One Bowl
Wisconsin (9-3) Badgers vs 
South Carolina (10-2) Gamecocks
Orlando, FL
1:00pm
ABC

Old Ball Coach - It’s sometimes comforting to think back to the days of “smell my fingers” and sincere disdain for Steveirino. It, like many things, has mellowed over the years, but it’s still there, lingering... and besides, he and his team are up against a B1G team (also one of PSU’s wins) so I see the Badgers winning; and winning big. (apology in advance for any jinx)



Outback Bowl
Iowa (8-4) Hawkeyes vs 
LSU (9-3) Tigers
Tampa, FL
1:00pm
ESPN

It is amazing how my dislike of iowa can wane in the years we don’t play them (winning in wrestling helps too)- and I’m happy to see them in a New Year’s Day bowl game.  LSU, is, of course, one of my lesser disliked Ehmahgerd HessEeeSee teams, but the B1G takes this one.


Rose Bowl Game
Stanford (11-2) Cardinal vs 
Michigan State (12-1) Spartans
Pasadena, CA
5:00pm
ESPN

This is probably the bowl game that I am looking forward to the most. The teams are well matched and it could/should be an entertaining match-up, even with MSU's top linebacker (Max Bullough) being suspended for the game. Stanford is a strong team, and they racked up some impressive wins this year. I’m quite pleased that Michigan State beat tosu in the championship game, even if it did knock the B1G out of the National Championship game (although I really blame tosu for this). A good way to atone will be with a Rose Bowl win. 




Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
UCF (11-1) Knights vs 
Baylor (11-1) Bears
Glendale, AZ
8:30pm
ESPN

As much as I think the Stanford/MSU game will be the most fun to watch - this is the game where I probably have the most sincere bias... against. There is no question about which team I will be supporting - Baylor.




Thursday, January 2, 2014

Allstate Sugar Bowl
Oklahoma (10-2) Sooners vs 
Alabama (11-1) Crimson Tide
New Orleans, LA
8:30pm
ESPN

Spent most of the season rooting for whatever team was playing Alabama (right up to the last seconds of the regular season, to be precise), but now I don't have much reason to root against them, and Oklahoma certainly isn't going to sway me.




Friday, January 3, 2014

AT&T Cotton Bowl
Oklahoma State  (10-2) Cowboys vs 
Missouri (11-2) Tigers
Arlington, TX
7:30pm
FOX

Hey, what happened to all those allegations against the Cowboys? Nothing? It’s amazing what can happen when you have administrators and backers that support the school and team. oh well - still (kinda) like Mike Gundy. This matchup of former conference-mates should be interesting. I don’t really have a bias against Mizzou, or none I can really remember, but the cowboys get my pick(ens)


Discover Orange Bowl
Clemson (10-2) Tigers vs 
Ohio State (12-1) Buckeyes
Miami Gardens, FL
8:30pm
ESPN

Okay, so I was rooting for tOSU for 9/10 of the B1G championship game, honest. But in the end, I wasn't sad to see Urban and the nuts beaten, and knocked out of the championship game. But I'll be a good B1Gger for the Orange Bowl and root for OH - IO.




Saturday, January 4, 2014

BBVA Compass Bowl
Vanderbilt (8-4) Commodores vs 
Houston (8-4) Cougars
Birmingham, AL
1:00pm
ESPN

When my mother was a teenager she babysat a little boy who (eventually) went to Vanderbilt. She always talked about how smart he was and what a great school it was. Annoyed the heck out of me. That said, the Commodores are a pretty solid underdog choice and no reason to not root for them.




Sunday, January 5, 2014

GoDaddy Bowl
Arkansas State (7-5) Red Wolves vs 
Ball State (10-2) Cardinals
Mobile, AL
9:00pm
ESPN

Don’t really have an opinion of Ark State - except that it took me a disproportionately long time to memorize their mascot. On the other side of the field, it’s been an excellent season for the Cardinals this year, and it would be nice to see them continue those winning ways.




Monday, January 6, 2014

BCS National Championship Game
Florida State (13-0) Seminoles vs 
Auburn (12-1) Tigers
Pasadena, CA
8:30pm
ESPN

Amid the distractions FSU has climbed its way back into the upper strata of College Football. Their coach, Jimbo Fisher, has one of the more interesting names, but the fun stops there. Age old bias against the ‘Noles will keep me from rooting for them. Yes I'm aware that Auburn is in the SEC, and that the State of Alabama has won too many championships for anyone's good - but this isn't about states or conferences - and I just can't root for FSU.