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Dart Board Predictions For 2015: Scarcity Brings Quality Shots

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It’s been awhile but I’m finally back again.   College football saw it’s first playoff last year and, although the Big 12 wasn’t represented, we were entertained.  That’s all we can ask.  I hear virtually no one ask on the interwebs where I’ve been, so I’ll answer that shortly.  But first, here’s my dart board predictions for 2015. Continue reading Dart Board Predictions For 2015: Scarcity Brings Quality Shots

Pick It And Stick It: Stuffed With Games

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So it’s Thanksgiving weekend which makes it kinda funny that it’s also Hate Week.  We give thanks to what we have in this world and what’s to come, but at the same time we also unleash the rivalry hatred that builds up within us the whole fall.  It’s quite exhilarating.  We have joy and, half the time, have some hate joy.  I can’t explain it.  I’m just enjoying the ride.  And the turkey. Continue reading Pick It And Stick It: Stuffed With Games

Pick It And Stick It: The Boys Of October

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Yeah it was a baseball reference, but hey, the Kansas City Royals are in the World Series.  And Saturday may_may not_ be the last game they are in and I gotta take my props when it I can.  So I will most definitely be watching the World Series Saturday night.  I will also be watching some college football, however.  And what an interesting weekend it will be. Continue reading Pick It And Stick It: The Boys Of October

Football Feedings 2014 Week 03: Freaking Awesome Fajitas

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Another week of college football is in the books and it was a weekend where Kansas State didn’t play.  They are getting ready for Auburn this Thursday.  So to make up for it, I decided to go with something a little more colorful for food.  And boy did it ever come through.  It’s fajita time.

I basically took this recipe from Apple and Sparkle.  What I did different, however, is what knocked it out of the proverbial food park.  I added some liquid smoke and cinnamon for the marinade on the sirloin (not skirt) steak.  I also added some pineapple and hatch peppers to the grill list.  It was absolutely fantastic.

Marinade

  • 1/3 c. soy sauce
  • 1/3 c. fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1/3 c. canola oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 T. brown sugar
  • 1 t. cumin
  • 1 t. chile powder
  • 1 t. liquid smoke
  • 1/3 t. cinnamon
Fixins
  • about 2 lb. sirloin steak
  • 2-3 bell peppers, ends trimmed, cored and seeded, cut into a couple large pieces
  • 1 large white onion, peeled and cut into 1/2-3/4-inch slices (keep the slices intact)
  • 4 slices of pineapple
  • 2 hatch peppers
  • 6 6-inch flour tortillas
  • lime wedges
  • toppings of your choice such as, cilantro, salsa, cheese, sour cream  & avocados or guacamole
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1. Get the marinade prepared: Whisk together the marinade ingredients in a small bowl. Reserve about 1/3 cup of marinade for the vegetables. Place the steak in a gallon-sized ziplock bag. Add the remaining marinade. Seal the bag, pressing out any excess air, massage the marinade into the meat a bit. Refrigerate anywhere from 3-10 hours.
2. After meat has finished marinating, remove steak from marinade.  Brush the vegetables with reserved marinade. Heat your grill to high. Add the steak to the super hot grill and grill, covered about 2 1/2 minutes per side, or however pink you want it.  Remove steak to a clean plate and cover with foil & let rest for 10-15 minutes.
3. Add the peppers, pineapple,  onions to the grill and grill, turning occasionally until cooked, peppers should take about 5 minutes and onions will take about 10. Remove from grill. Briefly add the tortillas to the grill, a couple at a time and grill until warmed and lightly charred around the edges. Wrap the tortillas in foil to keep warm.
4. Thinly slice the steak, against the grain. Slice the onions in half and separate the rings. Slice the peppers. Serve with the tortillas, lime wedges and toppings of your choice.
It rocked my world.  I had it with Aloha Pina from 5 Stone Craft Brewing Company.  The pineapple and jalapeno flavor in the beer worked perfectly with the fruits and vegetables in the the fajita.  The steak was cooked just to perfection.  My only complaint with the whole setup is that I wised that the tortillas were bigger so I could fit more on to them.

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Now on to football, where the day was just big enough for the Big 12.  I predicted in the Pick It and Stick It that the Big 12 would go 5-4.  Welp that did one better and went 6-3.  It could’ve been better as Texas almost upset UCLA, but they fubbed a coin toss and set the tone for that game.  The big surprise came out of West Virginia for me.  They beat Maryland on a last second field goal.
So the Big 12 did not crap the bed.  In fact, they held their own.  Just look at the Pac 12 where USC choked and lost to Boston College.  Or the SEC where Georgia choked against South Carolina.  It seems that, barring anything super crazy, the Big 12 will have  a representative in the college football playoff.  And if Kansas State can upset Auburn this Thursday, it may just be them.

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

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 Purple Yeti Roar 96: Blowout Sandwiches

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

Purple Yeti Roar 95: The Plot Thickens

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For such a weak lineup of games this weekend we actually got some meat to the schedule. Some teams went by the wayside while others stepped up to the task. Watch me talk about Kansas State, TCU, Gary Patterson, Iowa State, Oklahoma, Blake Bell, Trevor Knight, Texas, Oklahoma State, Mack Brown, Kansas, West Virginia, Baylor, Texas Tech, Georgia, Auburn, USC, Stanford, Oregon, Pac 12, SEC, and the Big 12. Continue reading Purple Yeti Roar 95: The Plot Thickens

Pick It and Stick It: Crispy Flakes Of Leaves

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Yes it’s that time of year when the leaves start to turn and when, in Austin, the temperature actually falls below 50 degrees at night.  Yup, time to round up the slippers, warm up the pumpkin spice whatever, pop on your favorite pullover, and watch some college football all crispy and fresh air like.  And my, what a week to watch, too.  Kansas State is back, we’ve got some proving grounds to cover for Texas Tech, and a whole bevy of top 25 match ups. Continue reading Pick It and Stick It: Crispy Flakes Of Leaves

Purple Yeti Roar 89: Hold On To Your Balls

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I’m back on a Sunday and man it was a great couple of days of football.  I’ll explain why my Kansas State Wildcats has ball issues while going over the games I watched last weekend.  This includes Oklahoma State, BIg 12, BIg 10, Ohio State, Northwestern, Pac 12, SEC, Baylor, Oregon, Kansas, Texas Tech, Texas, Case McCoy, Mike Davis, TCU, Trevon Boynkin, Oklahoma, Jake Waters, and Daniel Sams. Continue reading Purple Yeti Roar 89: Hold On To Your Balls

Purple Yeti Roar 79: There’s A NCAA Sea Change Coming

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Another week o’ the roar and I’ve landed on a huge takeaway from all of the media days last week: there is a bigger change coming than just the college football playoff next year.  Hop on and watch me discuss that as well as NCAA, Big 12, Kansas State, Kansas, Charlie Weiss, Collin Klein, Jadeveon Clowney, Jay Z, SEC, ACC, Big 10, Pac 12, and Mark Emmert. Continue reading Purple Yeti Roar 79: There’s A NCAA Sea Change Coming

Purple Yeti Roar 49: Bowl Mania

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It’s a new year and a slate of college football games kick it off.  I’m going to talk about the New Year’s Day bowls as well as review what has happened so far in Big 12 football.  So look for that as well as Baylor, UCLA, Holiday Bowl, Texas Tech, Minnesota, Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas, Michigan State, TCU, Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, Texas, Oregon State, Alamo Bowl, Georgia Tech, USC, Tulsa, Iowa State, Liberty Bowl, Clemson, LSU, Chick-fil-A Bowl, Mississippi State, Northwestern, Purdue, Oklahoma State, Heart of Dallas Bowl, Georgia, Nebraska, Capital One Bowl, South Carolina, Michigan, Outback Bowl, Rose Bowl, Wisconsin, Stanford, Northern Illinois, Florida, Orange Bowl, Louisville, Florida State, Sugar Bowl, Oregon, Kansas State, Pac 12, Big 12, Fiesta Bowl, Wrestling,  Pittsburgh, Ole Miss, Compass Bowl, Kent State, Arkansas State, Godaddy.com Bowl, and New Year’s Continue reading Purple Yeti Roar 49: Bowl Mania

Pick It And Stick It: Finding Some Seeds

It’s Sunflower Showdown weekend! While it’s nice that Charlie Weiss is trying to get his Kansas kids up for the game and refocus rivalry juice toward Manhattan, Bill Snyder has been doing that exact thing for much of his tenure. But we can get into that later. There’s a wealth of great games this weekend both inside and outside the Big 12. We’ll know much more where teams will be seeded in the national championship race after this weekend. Time to Pick It and Stick It. Continue reading Pick It And Stick It: Finding Some Seeds

Pick It And Stick It: It’s A Trap!

Hey it’s another week of college football and it’s that time of the week for me to stick my finger where my mouth is and preview the weekend’s onslaught of college football rebellion. For me this week, it’s all about trap games. I’m looking at it from the guise of my Purple Yeti colored pride (Kansas State for the uninitiated) and there’s a chance a trap could be sprung. The rest of the weekend is somewhat ho-hum with a couple of primo matchups and that’s about it. We also get what I believe is the opening of conference play between Kansas and TCU. Let’s kick on the hyperdrive.

So I mentioned that Kansas State may be rolling into a trap game. First off, what’s a trap game? Usually it’s with an opponent that you are supposed to beat but certain circumstances make it ripe for an upset. Kansas State’s trap scenario is two-fold. First off, Kansas State plays North Texas whose head coach is Dan McCartney. Yup the same McCartney that was Iowa State’s head coach and actually beat the Snyder led Cats twice in his run. Second, the following week’s game for Kansas State is in Norman against Oklahoma. Could there be a situation where Kansas State overlooks North Texas while getting ready for Oklahoma?

The short answer is yes. Kansas State already had their trap type scenario play out in the first week of the season (and you could really look at last year too) with a way too close game against an FCS opponent. I think Bill Snyder likes to run these games as a sort of pre-season type match up. You get vanilla things that help get some real game time experience for some young players. You’ll more than likely see this again against North Texas, but it should be enough to top North Texas. McCartney does not have the kind of talent he had at Iowa State. Bill Snyder (who was an assistant at North Texas for a short time) already has his whole team bought into his system and his system demands discipline at a cosmic rate. Kansas State should win this one pretty easily but I would not be surprised if it will be close for most of the game.

The game starts late and I will miss because of a Passion Pit show (hopefully the football gods will forgive me), but I will be able to watch a couple of games before hand. The most interesting one for me, will be the opening Big 12 game of the year and the opening Big 12 game for TCU when TCU heads to Lawrence. Pretty much everyone is giving TCU the game this week. I’m going to do that too. There’s alot of things I’m looking for, however. How will Kansas State alum and TCU head coach Gary Patterson handle the first game for TCU? Will Casey Pachall keep his astronomic QB passer rating up? Will Charlie Weiss have his kids bounce back from an embarrassing loss last week? Will the Kansas players give up in the 2nd quarter? Will the stadium be empty at halftime? All interesting questions and I think we know the answer to all of them.

So the rest of the slate is pretty limp. I’ll miss out on the evening games because of concert, which is a shame because it’s got USC at Stanford as well as Notre Dame at Michigan State and Florida at Tennessee, the only Top 25 match ups of the week. So let’s pick it right now and hopefully I won’t have to stick it. I’m going with Stanford in the upset because of the media hype around USC as well as their poor performance in a win on the road to Syracuse. Pac 12 needs to come down a bit. Michigan State is the Big 10’s only hope and we’ll see them beat my 2nd favorite team in Notre Dame because the Fighting Irish will be too busy celebrating the ACC move and they struggled pretty hard against Purdue. Finally I have Tennessee over Florida because it’s time for that program to come back. All home picks, I know.

I can’t wait for this weekend of games. There’s a special treat coming up too. I’m going to try this new-fangled live blogging thing that just came out from WordPress. What will be in there? I have no clue. Probably pics and snarky remarks that will end up on the Twitter feed at @kccgd. But hey, it will be fun and you should join me. I’ll have one screen on TCU at Kansas and will channel surf the rest. Who knows? There may be some cartoons or infomercials popping up in the live blog. Tune in and find out!