Nebraska Football Tailgate Tales: Time to sink the boat

LINCOLN, NE - SEPTEMBER 14: Running back Dedrick Mills #26 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers runs against the Northern Illinois Huskies at Memorial Stadium on September 14, 2019 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)
LINCOLN, NE - SEPTEMBER 14: Running back Dedrick Mills #26 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers runs against the Northern Illinois Huskies at Memorial Stadium on September 14, 2019 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images) /

Nebraska football takes on Minnesota this weekend.

How about those Nebraska Cornhuskers?! That was a much needed WIN! Granted, Purdue spotted us 14 points to start the game, but I’ll take it. I know we have done that for plenty of other teams these past couple of years. It was nice to see Husker QB Adrian Martinez make good decisions and good throws. It was nice to see a Husker running back gain yardage, but most of all it was GREAT to see the defense handling their business. Have yourself a game Cam Taylor-Britt. It was awesome to see sophomore Wyatt Leiwer get his first touchdown. Cam Jurgens settled in at center and was solid.

Enough of last week, how about this week? Did you see the powers that be at B1G Ten admit they made a mistake by not allowing make-up games? Did you see them admit they’ve dropped the ball on how they handled this entire season? Did you see them make an exception for a team without 6 conference games so it could compete in the B1G Ten Championship? Well, only one of those is true.

I do agree with Ohio State playing for the east after Michigan canceled their game this weekend. One of my favorite sports talk guys said they felt bad for Fox losing that premiere game. I’m not going to feel bad for a network who stuck us with 11 am games, ALL YEAR.  And I’m pretty sure Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh keeps his job now too, whereas had they gotten “she-lacked” by OSU, things would be uncomfortable up north, to say the least. But what a perfect way to try and screw OSU out of the Championship game Michigan, well played.

Of course there was a vote, a change in the rules, and a pathetic, weak, statement (insert “of fiction” here) issued by the B1G. The “biggest factor” is really getting OSU to the Natty. Just be honest. Seriously, you’re fooling absolutely no one. Now it will be Northwestern and OSU for the B1G game.

#Sorrynotsorry Indiana. (Mom that’s a twitter hashtag thing, I didn’t forget to put in the spaces) You should have played better against OSU and you could have had your shot. Not feeling sorry for them either. Maybe that’s a little karma for voting against playing football. In fact, I think any university/school that voted to NOT play this year should be BANNED from being in a bowl game. I mean, if I’m in charge that’s how it plays out.

Back to Nebraska Football and this week’s game at 11 am on BTN against PJ Fleck and the Gophers of Minnesota. (btw, MN voted to not play football this season too) As of Wednesday night, the game is still on despite a hoard of Gophers having gotten the Rona. No specifics were shared but it’s believed that they will be down 20+ players. Minnesota didn’t play their last two scheduled games either.

Huskers better be on their game. Gopher QB Tanner Morgan knows what he’s doing. I’m hoping he’s a little rusty after the 2-week vacation. Running back Mohamed Ibrahim can rack up the yards too. Nebraska Blackshirts will need to bring another exciting performance in run stop and hassling the QB to keep the Gophers in check. Personally, I hope the Huskers boat race PJ Fleck’s team.

It’s going to be frosty Saturday in Lincoln (I had to). The forecast is for a high of 36 degrees, and mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of snow. There will be about an inch of snow overnight Friday. It’s also Senior day. There are 17 Nebraska Seniors who could be playing their last game. There is an extra year of eligibility granted by the NCAA so who knows who’s really leaving. If I get my way, Brenden Jaimes, Jack Stoll, JoJo Domann, Ben Stille, Collin Miller and Will Honas will all return so the Husker faithful can cheer for them loudly again in Memorial Stadium and send them off in style.

Cold weather means warm food. This is a GREAT recipe for shrimp and crab dip from my LSU friend Hot Rod. He was kind enough to share. All his great stuff can be found here.

1 pound of boiled shrimp, cut into small pieces, 1 pound of lump blue crab (or regular crab)

12 oz Velveeta shredded cheddar

8 oz of Velveeta shredded mozzarella

1 stick of butter, 1 pint of heavy whipping cream, 1 medium yellow onion, diced

3 stalks of scallions, cut, 2 tsp of minced garlic and Hot Rod’s Creole Garlic Butter

Melt one stick of butter in a sauce pan. Add onions and garlic and cook onions until they are clear. Add whipping cream and scallions and reduce for a few minutes. Put cut shrimp and crab in a large oven-safe pyrex bowl, fold in cheeses and 1 tsp of Hot Rod’s Creole Garlic Butter. Add sauteed onions and whipping cream and stir. Preheat oven to 350. Cover and heat for 20-25 minutes and serve with pita chips or cut up bread.

For keeping your insides warm, this drink reminds me of one of the best parts of the holiday season, butter rum lifesavers! They were the first thing I would grab out of the Christmas stocking as a kid. In a highball glass, mix 1 oz butterscotch schnapps, 1/2 oz vodka, 1/2 oz Bailey’s Irish Cream and then pour in a little soda water to finish. Slow sip this one.

I’ll keep writing as long as you keep reading and Nebraska football is still going. Hit me up on Twitter at Kelian_NE and share your recipes and thoughts. As always, GO BIG RED!