So what are your plans for the conference opener this weekend? The OTE staff has plans far and wide, from attending games in person to hosting gameday parties, and all things in between. In the process of gathering info on weekend plans from the staff, it turned into a mini stream of consciousness. Here's where we will be and what we'll be doing:
Ted Glover: I'll be in suburban St. Louis again. It's the Battle For Floyd at 11, then OSU-MSU at 2:30 over at a fellow Buckeye fan's house. IMO's Pizza and Sam Adams Octoberfest is on the menu, along with a great salsa dip my wife makes for the guys. For the evening games, I'll probably be doing stuff with the wife, and keeping tabs on the games via my phone. Either way, Captain Morgan will be the liver destroyer of choice.
JDMill: I will be well out of my normal viewing element this weekend as I'll be on the North Shore of Lake Superior for the weekend helping my cousin move into his new off-the-grid compound near Grand Marais, MN. The hate will be flowing through us as we watch the Gophers beat the Hawkeyes from The Gunflint Tavern. I'm given to understand that the Gunflint Tavern has a fine array of craft beers, including Bells Two Hearted, a couple of Surley brews and an old standby like Shells Original. I'm nowhere close to a beer snob, so I'll probably have a Miller Lite or two along the way. Plus I'll mix in a Molson since I'll be so close to the border. Knowing what generally happens when my cousin and I drink together, a round of bourbon will be ordered at some point, as well as a good Irish whiskey in honor of our late grandfather.
Outside of watching the Minnesota-Iowa tilt, I probably won't get the opportunity to watch much B1G football this weekend. But that might be good considering how the non-con went and the cripple fight that the conference season could end up being.
Jesse Collins: Omaha, Nebraska again for the games. I'll be watching Minny-Iowa, OSU-MSU/Tennessee-UGA, and then following up with a party at my place for the Wisconsin game. Our party will be drinking another local favorite in Lucky Bucket Pre-Prohibition Lager and cleaning out the liquor in my freezer if things go poorly.
Chad Bell: I'll be in Evanston, IL, to watch Northwestern hopefully go to 5-0 against Indiana. Since it's an early 11 am CT kickoff, we'll start off with beer pancakes, bacon, eggs, and probably some bloody marys and/or beer and/or bourbon. Postgame, in honor of Indiana (Red and White, or Crimson and Cream) and one of my tailgating crew being Polish (red and white flag), we're doing a full on Polish tailgate, complete with Polish beers, vodka, 1) pierogis (including pierogis stuffed with a) beef and cheese and b) potato and blue cheese in buffalo sauce) 3) Polish sausage, 4) sauerkraut, 5) mizeria, 6) kolaczki, 7) bigos, and 8) cupcakes (in red and white colors).
MN Wildcat: Did Mike just call it "the great city of Des Moines"? OK, then. I'll be flying into Evanston on Friday night to watch the 'Cats go 1-0 this week against Hoosiers. That entails tailgating with the NUMBalums in the West Lot of Ryan Field, drinking as much cheap and shitty beer as I can, enjoying standard tailgate fair (I'm not as fancy as Chad), then going to watch NUMB's pregame before enjoying the game. No postgame this week, as Ms. MNW's gotten me tickets to see Josh Turner back in Minnesota--I'm heading straight back to O'Hare after the game to make it back in time for the concert. I'll probably take in OSU-MSU at some airport bar until I get on the plane.
Mike: They make the t-shirt for a reason, bro: http://raygunsite.com/shop/
Hilary Lee: I will be at Gordy's in Fontana, Wisconsin enjoying some brews and football all Saturday long.
Ted: Seriously, we all need to get together at a Nortwestern tailgate sometime. Central location, several staff are already there, and we know plenty of good seats are available. Chad, do you have extra Armani suits for us?
After the game, I'll stay planted for Wisconsin/Nebraska, but it won't be too late of a night, because we have to be up early Sunday for sea kayaking in Malibu.
It's a rough life...
I'll be tailgating in East Lansing, right on Red Cedar next to the Stadium. I hear someone is bringing a mean 7 layer dip, which is basically all I need. I will be picking up some Carlsberg ahead of time, a Top 5 All Time beer for me...
Hopefully I won't get arrested for trying to take out "the last building left standing from when the yankees burned the campus".
We don't either, MSUlaxer27. We don't either. Either way, watch the news...