Cold, Wet, Wind-Bruised Day No Match For Well-Conditioned Tailgaters

Cold, Wet, Wind-Bruised Day No Match For Well-Conditioned Tailgaters

Long before the battle on the gridiron, tailgaters were engaged in a much different fight in the lots surrounding the stadium. But unfortunately, one ended in victory and the other did not.

Fans saw the wild and raw side of West Virginia last Saturday, and it was only the heartiest of Mountaineer Nation who withstood the shingle-snatching winds and marble-sized rain drops to tailgate in the morning.

The day started with an eye-of-the-hurricane calmness and temperatures in the mid 50s. In fact, as I walked from the Best Western to the gold lot, I thought (hoped) maybe those forecasters had gotten it wrong.

Cold, Wet, Wind-Bruised Day No Match For Well-Conditioned TailgatersBut within 10 minutes of arriving, the temperature dropped, the sky cracked open and a hard, freezing rain came slamming into our tent at 40 mph. It took a few of us to help hold down our tents even though they were anchored to the ground with cement weights, our car and 13-gallon coolers.

For a brief minute, we considered packing up and crying uncle on our tailgate. But we held out and after about an hour or two, the wind died down.

Cold, Wet, Wind-Bruised Day No Match For Well-Conditioned TailgatersIn all my years of tailgating, I’ve never encountered such harsh weather. It was almost prehistoric in its brusqueness.

We will overcome.

I’m really glad we didn’t have to call it quits on our tailgate because we had our friends from New Jersey there who we haven’t seen in a while.

Cold, Wet, Wind-Bruised Day No Match For Well-Conditioned TailgatersBill Brash used to always drive to Morgantown for game weekends, but this was his first trip back since 2013. His daughter, Caitlyn, and her husband, Kevin, also came in from Virginia.

Cold, Wet, Wind-Bruised Day No Match For Well-Conditioned TailgatersWe really missed tailgating with these fine folks. Like Dave, Bill has a black belt in tailgating. He’s always prepared for anything and his menu is undeniably, mouth-watering good.

Cold, Wet, Wind-Bruised Day No Match For Well-Conditioned TailgatersWe had so much food we could’ve fed a large village. Throughout the afternoon, the come-hither aroma of smoked chicken, pulled pork and steak permeated the air.

Cold, Wet, Wind-Bruised Day No Match For Well-Conditioned TailgatersWith an 8 o’clock game time in mid November, winter darkness settled over our tailgate in the late afternoon, making it difficult to cook and pack up our tailgate. Fortunately, “MacGyver” Bill had some battery-powered, camping lights to help us.

Cold, Wet, Wind-Bruised Day No Match For Well-Conditioned TailgatersWe headed to the stadium in time to see the Pride of West Virginia’s outstanding pre-game show. After weathering rain and heavy winds during the day, the nighttime brought a beautiful, hefty snowfall. The snow came down in such a furious, wind-driven swirl it looked like someone had shaken a snow globe.

Cold, Wet, Wind-Bruised Day No Match For Well-Conditioned TailgatersSadly, our Mountaineers didn’t feel the enchantment of the night. With the first punt, West Virginia fumbled the ball and things snowballed out of control from there.

Cold, Wet, Wind-Bruised Day No Match For Well-Conditioned TailgatersCold, Wet, Wind-Bruised Day No Match For Well-Conditioned TailgatersWhile they put up a good fight in the second half, they had already given the Sooners too much advantage with turnovers and penalties.

It was a tough loss but that’s how college football goes sometimes. Now it’s time to look forward to Ames, Iowa, where we take on the Cyclones.

Let’s go Mountaineers! I still believe in you.

Comments

  1. tiaknarr@gmail.com'Tia and Chris Knarr says

    Hey ya’ll! Just have to say we had SUCH a GREAT TIME with you at Mario’s FishBowl (the original!!!) Even amidst the good-natured “boo’s” on our way in! (Loved the welcoming smiles, back slaps, hugs and handshakes!) We felt right at home as you all made room for us at your table! and let us join in “Take me hommmmme…. country roooooaaaaddddd… to the plaaaaace…i belooonnnnggg! West Virginia….” And the wings were AWESOME!!!

    Thanks so much for the best. nite. evah! in WV! This was our third time in Morgantown – all AWESOME with amazing hospitality EVERY TIME! – We’d come back even if OU wasn’t playing — just to see y’all beat TexASS and little brother (OSU)! Thanks for luring us in with your blog, sweet Andy and Dave — we love WV and all you folks! Hope to see ya on our return trip – if not sooner! (no pun untended)
    Boomer Sooner!

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