Nebraska football Tailgate Week 13: Final home game for the Seniors

IOWA CITY, IA- NOVEMBER 25: Safety Antonio Reed
IOWA CITY, IA- NOVEMBER 25: Safety Antonio Reed /

There are 21 seniors on the Nebraska football roster. Be that Husker fan base of legend and get out there Black Friday afternoon at 3pm to cheer them on one last time.

Some of the best in Scarlet & Cream take the field Friday. It’s no secret that Nebraska football‘s De’Mornay Pierson-El is a favorite of mine along with Joshua Kalu and Drew Brown. Also in the mix are Brett Classen, Erik Evans, Tyler Hoppes, Chris Jones, Harrison Jordan, Boaz Joseph, Connor Ketter, David Knevel, Joel Lopez, Luke McNitt, AJ Natter, Marcus Newby, Gabe Rahn, Kramer Rath, Adam Taylor, Matt Watts, Chris Weber, and Keiron Williams. Thank you for your time  here guys!

The season will most likely be the last one for Coach Riley. You can read a lot of articles talking about nothing else. However it shakes out I would like to say thank you to him for always keeping things classy despite some less than admirable questions thrown his way.

It’s also the last week to enjoy your Big Red tailgate company for the season. It’s been a rough season. It had lots of promise and low delivery. Someone in the program told me he felt bad for Husker nation this season. I told him I feel bad for the Seniors. Fans will have other seasons, the kids on the field don’t get an extra year to play. For that reason alone we should all fill those stands Friday. Not to mention it’s going to be in the 60’s!

A lot of you will still probably be in that after Thanksgiving food coma. It’s understandable. I’ll admit I am making 3 different kinds of potatoes for Thursday, but in my defense we will have a turkey and a ham. But that’s also a good reason to get off the couch and down to the Nebraska football game. Weather will be fantastic.

This holiday is about leftovers and with an afternoon Husker game it’s time to re-purpose them into munchies. A solid veggie tray always works. Cheese and crackers will always please. Serve bits of turkey, a piece of cheddar cheese and a slice of apple on a toothpick. ‘

The easy quick dip this week features peppermint sticks. I never have the patience to eat one of those little candy canes anyway so this recipe allows you to use them up quickly. It goes great with hot chocolate for after halftime when it’s going to get a little chilly. (you’ll notice I didn’t say frosty)

Peppermint Bark Dip

4 oz. cream cheese

1 container whipped topping

1/4 cup peppermint sticks, crushed

1/3 cup chocolate chips

Whip the cream cheese with a blender until it’s light and fluffy and then mix in the whip cream. Fold in the peppermint and chips and serve with teddy grahams, graham crackers, or wafer cookies.

I was struggling to come up with a holiday jello shot that hasn’t already been done. Then, during my wait in line to purchase the turkey, cranberries, dressing, potatoes, etc., it came to me. Everyone usually has turkey and some form of cranberry for the holiday so why not? Mix 1 cup of hot water with cranberry jello until it’s dissolved. Mix in 1/3 cup Cointreau and 1/2 cup Wild Turkey. Pour into shot cups and chill. These shots have a kick about as strong as Drew Brown so be warned.

Don’t forget to bring some extra cash or new toys for the annual Toys for Tots drive at the game. Please thank those who serve as well. It’s the last game this season. No bowl game in a season that usually has a sink full of dishes.

I want to win the last one, the seniors want to win the last one, and I’d love to beat Iowa. Not sure who is showing up on either side of the ball. Is it the Iowa that demolished Ohio State or the one that just lost to Purdue? Will it be the Nebraska football team that played the first 3 quarters against Wisconsin or the team that lost to Northern Illinois? Regardless, it’s the last chance to  go support the team.

Hit me up with your Nebraska football tailgate spread or photos Friday at @Kelian_NE on Twitter. Be good fans, travel safely and most of all GO BIG RED!