Football Feedings 2014 Week 01: Armadilla Pork Ribs

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Hey you know, why not?  I thought about not doing one of these this year but I’ll be damned if I didn’t get an electric grill for my birthday.  So now I have plenty of new recipies to try out this fall.   With that said, I’m back and the grill is hot!  This week we’ll do something I’ve been itching to do for a long time, both main and side dish wise. Continue reading

Kansas Football Preview 2014: Hey, There’s Hype To Live Up To

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Hey it’s another year of football for Kansas State and it’s a weird time to be a fan.  Usually Kansas State comes in underpicked, underestimated, and just generally dumped on.  Welp this year is different.  The Wildcats ended the year strong with an even stronger win over Michigan in the bowl game.  Now all of the sudden the pundits and spineless sports media are picking Kansas State to finish well.

It’s a weird feeling.  If any fan, and team, watches and plays better with a chip on their shoulder, it’s Kansas State.  So now it’s time to act like we’ve been there.  Yes, we have, but that added extra juice of being the underdog is gone.  What’s a K-Stater to do?  I guess the best thing is to do what got you to this point.

For us fans, that means cheering loud and staying proud.  Pretty easy.  For the football team, that means Jake Waters tossing bombs to Tyler Lockett.  That’s pretty easy, too, actually.  It helps that there’s this sexy stats the pundits refer to that each returning Wildcat quarterback leads the team to 11 wins (minus the early Snyder teams).  So Jake Waters has that going for him.

You know what else he has going for him?  Collin Klein.  No no, he’s not playing for the team again, he’s COACHING them.  While you can’t teach those kind of running instincts, Collin Klein can at least give direction.  And that’s exactly what he’s doing with Jake Waters.  Dark horse Heisman right there.  I expect Jake Waters to do great, great things this year.  More so than Tyler Lockett, although he’s right up there.

The offense sort of has questions elsewhere.  There’s a decent group of wide receivers coming back, even though Daniel Sams took off after losing the quarterback job.  The running back situation will be a committee until someone shows up.  I hope its fast.  There’s a polarized set of experience on the offense line and I hope they gel fast too.

I’m not sure what’s up on defense.  Ryan Mueller is the man on the defense line (and former St. Thomas Aquinas alum, like me).  That’s about all I know.  There’s a couple of JUCO transfers that will help out immediately and we’ll have to see what the team looks like when they take the field today.  Chances are, they will be fundamentally sound but not the biggest and fasted.  Just like the last couple of years.

So speaking of games, how do I see the Wildcats this year?  After last year’s fist game turd, I expect them to punch the ball in quicker and grow a bigger lead in the first half against Stephen F. Austin and then let up on the peddle a bit.  They won’t be vanilla the whole game.  Not with what’s coming up next.

Right after that, it’s a brutal stretch.  Farmageddon is next, then Auburn.  Iowa State will be better on the offensive side of the ball  now that they got Mark Mangino as the offensive coordinator.  And it’s on the road.  Even though it wasn’t close last year, it will be this year.  Kansas State will win.

Auburn is the big tomato.  At least it’s in Manhattan.  I get the feel from Tigers fans that they are scared about this one.  They should be.  But for some reason, all of the hype surrounding Kansas State this year has at least alerted them to the danger that is the Wildcats.  Which means the team will be ready.  Will Kansas State be ready? Yes.  Will they lose?  Unfortunately, yes.

So what does the rest of the schedule look like?  Let’s run it down.  They come back down to Earth and beat up UTEP.  Texas Tech is in Manhattan so that’s a Wildcat victory.  That Oklahoma game is a toss up because they are getting overrated too.  I’m going with a loss there.  They will beat Texas and Oklahoma State in Manhattan.  They will beat TCU and West Virginia on the road.  They will roll Kansas.

So that leaves Baylor.  On the road.  Hey guess what?  I’m going to the game!  New stadium.  Last game of the year.  Will it be for the Big 12 title?  I sure hope so.   My guess is that it will have huge implications on the Big 12 title.  That’s good enough for me.  Because I just don’t think Kansas State can keep up with Baylor.

Which means I’m pretty much going chalk this year.  Weak, isn’t it?  That’s what happens when the hype matches where I actually think the team will be, which is about 3rd in the conference with 3 losses.  Now what bowl game that will be,  I don’t know.  I hope it’s close to Austin so I can finally see the Wildcats in a bowl.  But until then, I’ll keep cheering loud and staying proud.  Go Wildcats!

Pick It and Stick It 2014 Week 01: I Saved Faced By Waiting Until Today

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It’s an easy method to take advantage of.  Yesterday in my Dart Picks for the year, I explained that I was too busy/lazy to get anything together.  That helped me avoid the blowout out by (shudders) Kenny Football and Texas A&M over South Carolina.  I’m already up on the year!  Let’s see what that cache will garnish me here for the rest of the kickoff weekend. Continue reading

Dart Board Predictions for 2014: From The Ashes Comes A New Set Of Arrows

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Hey guess what?  I’m back!  No Purple Yeti Roar, no previews (yet), and not much fanfare.  Let’s be real here, I’m distracted by the the Kansas City Royals actually being in a pennant race.  But also I’m tired of the vlogging business.  Plus the picks and the feedings felt a bit tired.  But I’m back regardless with some tasty predictions. Continue reading

Purple Yeti Roar 100: BCS, Farewell

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Hey!  We’ve hit 100!  What better time to talk about the BCS and the BCS National Championship!  Oh we’ve got plenty to talk about as well, including a quasi-special announcement.  Watch me talk about Kansas State, Jake Waters, Michigan, Holiday Bowl, Oregon, Texas, Mack Brown, Iowa State, Kansas, Mark Mangino, Florida, Auburn, Jamies Winston, and ESPN. Continue reading

Purple Yeti Roar 99: We’ll Miss You Mack

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Yup, Mack Brown resigned from Texas.  Speaking as a K-Stater, I will miss him.  He was so easy to coach against. Watch me talk about that, Nick Saban, BCS National Championship Game, Sugar Bowl, Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, Alamo Bowl, Oregon, Kansas State, Michigan, Brady Hoke, Devin Gardner, Daniel Sams, Jake Waters, Oklahoma, Alabama, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Big 12, SEC, and Jamies Winston. Continue reading

Football Feedings 2013 Week 15: Championship Fry

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Saturday was the last day of the regular college football season.  It was sprinkled with a few games.  Championship games.  So in honor of that, I decided to make, in my mind, the greatest set of winning deep fried food.  You will be surprised what made the cut as you were last Saturday on the games.  Fortunately for me I had a holiday 4 pack of Smokestack Series beer from Boulevard to try whole doing so.

Ingredients

  • I jug of vegetable oil
  • 1 deep fryer
  • 1/2 cup chopped hatch peppers
  • 1 block of cream cheese
  • 1 bag of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 chicken breast
  • 1 bag of HEB Southwest Tortillas
  • 1 bag of cheese curds
  • 1 bag of boudin balls from Stuffed
  • 1 jar of pickle spears
  • 1 box of beer batter

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It’s really easy to fry food.  The biggest danger involves the grease flying out of the pot.  So first, you need to setup the fryer and a safe area of the kitchen.  Pour the oil in the fryer so it covers the basket that’s in there.  Turn on the fryer and set it to at least 375 degrees and let it heat up.  The beer batter should just require water but you can add beer if you like.  Mix the batter until it is nice and smooth.

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The boudin balls are the easiest to prepare because you don’t have to do anything.  The pickle spears needs drying off first so use a paper towel to do it.  The cheese curds do not need any handling either.  Now we come to the taquito.  I tried to make it like the fast food joints but I just couldn’t get the tortilla to fit in the fryer that way.  So it’s a burrqito.  To make that, cook and slice up the chicken.  Warm up the tortilla to soften it.  Spread on the cream cheese, the mozorella, the hatch peppers, and the chicken.  Fold up like a burrito and stick toothpicks in them.

To cook, drop the burrqito in and fry until golden brown.  The spears and curds will need to go into the batter before dropping it in the fryer.  Make sure you covered enough batter on them before doing so.  Cook the rest of the items until golden brown.  Make sure you place the cooked items on a plate that has paper towels to suck up the extra oil.

The mixed four pack of Boulevard beer worked great.  I started with the Dark Truth Stout, moved to the Double Wide IPA, then the Sixth Glass, and finally the Tank 7.  They all mixed well with the four fried food groups.  In fact I have to say it was a Championship mix.  The burrqito was the most ambitious and it paid off.  It tasted better than the taquitos I get at the stores.  The curds were just spicy enough.  The spears were super crunchy.  I’ve never had boudin balls but I will have them again.

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All in all it was winning combo and when I want to win, I want to fry.  It’s been a great year cooking up food again and I’ve learned so much.  This year I got to try my hand at a few new things as well as hit up some old school favorites.  I have more equipment in the kitchen, which means some more experimentation coming for some new and tasty college football feedings.  I hope y’all had fun and we’ll see ya real soon for some tasty food.

Purple Yeti Roar 98: They Are The Champions My Friends

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And they’ll keep on fighting til the end. I’m back again this week to go over the day that was Championship Saturday. Watch me talk about Big 12, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Bedlam, Texas, ACC Championship Game, Florida State, Duke, Big 10 Championship Game, Ohio State, Michigan State, SEC Championship Game, Missouri, Auburn, Sugar Bowl, Kansas State, and BCS National Championship Game. Continue reading

Football Feedings 2013 Week 14: Thanksgiving Day Feedings

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It was a four day weekend and it was sorely needed.  I took the time to make some awesome, and first ever hosted, Thanksgiving Day meal   I went the non-traditional route, which is something you need to expect when reading the feedings.  I cooked up some sauerbraten  and served it with a whole bunch of side dishes.  It was awesome.  What was better was having it for leftovers on Saturday. Continue reading

Purple Yeti Roar 97: A Weekend That Rivals No Other

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Whoah man I hope you got to see the kind of football I got to see yesterday.  It was all over the place and it was all super exciting.  Rivalry weekend lived up to its name and I recovered just enough to talk about it.  Watch me talk about Thanksgiving, Texas, Texas Tech, Oregon, Oregon State, Florida, Florida State, The Game, Ohio State, Michigan, Brady Hoke, Duke, North Carolin, ACC, Notre Dame, Stanford, Tommy Reese, Missouri, Texas A&M, Big 12, Big 10, SEC, BCS National Championship Game, Big 12, Baylor, TCU, Iowa State, West Virginia, Kansas, Kansas State, Jon Hubert, and The Sunflower Showdown. Continue reading

Pick It And Stick It: It’s For The Birds

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It’s Friday and it’s late.  I successfully avoided Black Friday and took the brunt of Thanksgiving yesterday.  I took a day off yesterday and am now finally recovered enough to spit out my finger pickin’s flakes of college football destiny.  Thanksgiving was a day for family and this weekend it’s been a family of rivalries.  Heck I’m watching the Civil War at the moment (that’s Oregon vs Oregon State).  We get more rivalries tomorrow and it’s time to give thanks and give picks to see who comes out on top. Continue reading

Barspotting 2013 Week 13: Redrock Bar and Grill

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Well, lookie here!  It’s a barspotting post!  Yup, unannounced too.  I was up in Dallas, Texas (North Dallas specifically) and had some time to kill before I went and saw the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary show.  So what with it being college football Saturday, what better chance would there be to hit up a good local bar in Dallas?  That’s exactly what I did when I went to the Redrock Bar and Grill.  Was it good?  Was it bad?  I’m not really sure.  It’s been a long time so let me crack my knuckles and take a crack at this on more time. Continue reading

Purple Yeti Roar 96: Blowout Sandwiches

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Yeah I was out of town this weekend, so I didn’t get to see much football.  I did, however, see enough to get a taste of them greasy ass blowout sandwiches.  There was plenty to go around this weekend.  Watch me talk about Kansas State, Oklahoma, Trevor Knight, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Kansas, Jake Sims, Iowa State, SEC, Big 12, Pac 12, Florida, Georgia Southern, Oregon, Arizona, Florida State, Alabama, and Ohio State. Continue reading

Pick It And Stick It: ESPN College GameDay In Big 12 Country? Finally!

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It took up until the last remaining weeks of the season but ESPN finally felt it worthy to grace their college football presence in Big 12 country.  All it took was a still undefeated Baylor and a one loss Oklahoma State to do it.  And boy that will be a shootout.  Kapwing!  We also have a couple of tasty Top 25 match ups and a HUGE game for Alabama as they take on Chattanooga.  Let’s get the show started. Continue reading

Football Feedings 2013 Week 12: Jamaican Jerk Chicken Three Cheese Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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We are getting close to the end of the season and it’s time to really cull upon the gods of tailgating and beer drinking.  I gave my sacrifice and the reward was this week’s football feedings.  It’s a bit of new with a bit of old this time. The new being a grilled cheese sandwich variety and the old being a jerk chicken recipe left over from a kick ass wing job last year.  Yup, new meets old and we are kicking it in the nuts.  Grab a drink and get ready to nom, it’s all for real now. Continue reading

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