PENN STATE v Temple; Mastering the Art of Football Tailgating.

2012 marks the centennial anniversary of the birth of Julia Child - the original culinary rebel. Julia Child saw challenges as opportunities and road blocks as the chance for a new adventures. She translated and demystified the previously elusive French Cuisine for the American home cook with her seminal publication "Mastering the Art of French Cooking." She of course soon became a household name with her PBS cooking show, the first, and still likely the best, of its kind, "The French Chef." At an age when many of her contemporaries were retiring and taking it easy, she continued to develop and discover.

And that is why we are celebrating her work and spirit this week as we further our quest of "Mastering the Art of Football Tailgating."

We will be serving a variety of foods and beverages - some inspired by Julia Child and some directly from her published recipes. Expect to see, and enjoy: Roast Chicken; grilled beef; quiche; gougeres; onion soup; pesto palmiers; a variety of meats & cheeses; desserts, including Ms. Child's favorite "American Brownie;" and, so much more.

Penn State hosts the Owls of Temple this week. Kickoff is at 3:30pm - so the parking lots will open at 8am. For those of you who can't make it to the stadium, the game will air on ABC/ESPN.

Temple sports uniforms of Cherry and White (for which they will fight). But that's no problem, because we will all be donning our best navy garb for the stadium-wide Blue Out, supporting the victims of child abuse. It is also All University Day and PSU will be honoring the 1982 Championship Team during the game.

We park in the Green Parking lot (behind the West/Pressbox side of the stadium), and our spot is in the first row of grass parking (right next to the soccer field). We'll be flying our PSU flag and the flag of Quebec (blue field with white cross and fleur de lis). Message/email for additional directions/information.

All are welcome - feel free to stop by or stay the day. Contributions are appreciated but not required; if there is something that you just have to have - please either let us know, or bring it with you.

2 the Lion.


Aside from the opinions of others; PENN STATE v NAVY, A Nautical Adventure.

Penn State hosts the midshipmen of Navy this weekend and we're hosting a nautical themed tailgate in honor of our Lions and those who serve.

The food preparation has taken a turn toward piratey and tropical, so expect to see some pineapples.

Gametime is 3:30pm (no joke!) so the lots will open at 8am - the RVers will be in the lots Thursday evening, so, no matter what time you show up they'll be there. Check out Diesel Tailgate's facebook page or contact us if you would like more information.

The midshipmen wear Navy (shocked face!) and gold - so it's a silver jewelry/accessories day.

It's also Military Appreciation Day at the Stadium - or as I'd like to call it "hug a soldier/sailor day."

 We Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!

Update! Dark Clouds Over Happy Valley; Tailgater Monthly Responds.

Do they know of what they write?

ILovePSUtoo received this response from Tailgater Monthly's editor in chief, Lee Hurley...
I was not referring to tailgating at Penn State. I have no doubt that Penn State tailgating is still vibrant and meaningful. Nor was I inserting a dig at Penn State. I have always been a fan of Penn State. Still am. What I was doing though was acknowledging the elephant in the room by referring to the dark cloud that permeated most every discussion of college football this summer.  Sincerely, Lee

It seems to me that they absolutely did set Penn State Tailgating "aside."

You Wouldn't Like Her When She's Angry; Reaction to PSU Snub in Tailgating Magazine

Our own ILovePSUtoo took issue with the most recent issue of the online (and, apparently, print) publication, Tailgater Monthly. Not only did the editors leave PSU out of their list of the "Top 21" College Football Tailgate Schools (funny enough, I was annoyed that PSU wasn't #1, an emotion that built as I realized PSU wasn't even mentioned), but in their "editor's note" they started off their College Football edition to say "Penn State aside..." 

So ILovePSUtoo decided to write to them about it...

To the editors of Tailgater Monthly:

I'd like to comment on your recent "Editor's Note" in your September 2012 issue where you state, "Penn State aside, it's going to be an exciting fall."

Are you implying that Penn State tailgating will fail to be exciting? Are you implying that Penn State football will fail to be exciting? Well, dear editors, you are wrong.

As a Penn State grad who recently put together a tailgate for 16 friends, old and new, at the away PSU game at University of Virginia, I say no. It was still exciting.

It was exciting to wake up early and pack my two young kids, football players themselves, all my gear and drive up into the foggy mountains of Western Virginia, and drive over the mountain, breaking through the fog to see the sun and the town emerge. It was exciting to see one of the most beautiful college campuses and stadiums in the country, in the early morning sun. It was exciting to tailgate with friends from all over the East coast, and meet new UVA alumni friends to boot.

It was exciting to walk with thousands of others to Scott Stadium, feeling the combined energy of the crowd, talking to UVA fans along the way. It was exciting to walk into the stadium and see thousands of fans - from PSU and UVA - cheering their school on with pride and wild abandon. It was exciting to see my team rush onto the field and watch how UVA fans were classy enough not to boo.

It was exciting to meet a PSU alum - sitting right next to me - who works at the same company I do and experience one of those exciting "what a small world" moments.It was exciting to be part of a great college football game, even though the outcome was not what I hoped it would be for this Penn State team. It was exciting to walk back to the tailgate, hearing words of support from complete strangers -- UVA grads. It was exciting to sprint through a sudden downpour, laughing with my kids to the car. It was exciting spend a few more minutes with good friends, and get a few extra hugs from my friend I've known for 21 years ---and a friend I'd known for just a day before heading home.

We all know that win or lose, tailgating and supporting our college teams will always be exciting. Because with football, you never know what's next. You never know what might happen, and there's always hope that it will be something great.

Same with tailgating.

Tailgating is spending time with family, friends and making new friendships along the way. And you never know what will happen next. You just hope it will be great.

So before you pass judgment on a university fan base and assume that they won't be excited, or that the fall won't be exciting for them, or try to insert your own personal little dig at a school, think again.

I have to applaud her restraint.