Friday, August 22, 2008

A Fine Mess Update

A Fine Mess is looking forward to another season of SU Football and tailgating in the Fine Lot. We are moving our 30+ members to Tailgate Haven. If you are a fan of tailgating and looking for a website that will help you get organize and get the most out of your tailgate this is the place.

The Fine Mess joins other Syracuse teams here

Check out TexanMark's Tailgate Guides here. See you at the Dome. TM

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Spring Game Tailgate Recap

DCuse (left) Showing Great Form Orangeyes (Right)getting R&R after posting his daily links
A beautiful midsummer like day greated our tailgaters. A high of 87 in Syracuse and not a cloud in the sky in mid April is a far cry from the weather just a few weeks earlier. I wasn't able to attend but I received some reports from DcCuse and Quatsy.

The tailgate started around noon for the 2 pm kickoff for err whatever that thing was called in the Dome.

From DcCuse with a few interjects from me:
Quatsy got there first, best story of why he was there -- supposed to be at friend's birthday party, but said friend was stuck in Jamaica because he lost his passport. Phat Orange and I just behind him. All4SU showed next with his friend, Diane? (not a poster) LincolnCuse and his wife showed as always. Those Nebraska folks know how to tailgate.

Ryan from Rivals arrived with three friends and brought a grill and table and helped try and convince everyone to switch over. Lots of Rivals vs. Scout jokes.
OrangeTradition arrived then OrangeExtreme as the first from the golf contingent -- he left after Tomcat and crew, but beat them all by like 20 minutes. Seems like Tom had to run out and get some propane. Tomcat and crew played golf at Firefox near B'ville earlier in the morning.

OrangeOnions (orangeyes son) came with a guest. Retro, his son and brother came and brought some great venison. Jake also got there a little late. We had a few others show including one fella telling tOSU stories.

Food = Besides the venison, lots of Hoffmans and sausages on the grill. Beverages for everyone.

A nice job by all to get a spring tailgate tradition going.

My understanding is the Fine Lot was ours as the few other tailgators were in closer lots.

Next year is looking great for tailgating...four straight weeks in September!

Our group is doing fine with canopies and grills...what we need are some tailgate games. If you come across a game buy it. Some ideas are here.

Spring Attendance was sparse official attendance was about 3,500.

A couple highlites as noted in a previous post:


AKRON: K.I.S.S. Tailgate (Hoffmans, Zweigles, Burgers) planing meeting for the PSU board tailgate while drinking some LaBatts.

PENN STATE: Scout Board Tailgate (Dinosaur) I expect we'll do a combination of catered food with the extras provided by the group. Expect everyone to prepay for the Dino. I expect this to be our largest tailgate of the year.

NORTHEASTERN: Potluck...looking for suggestions

PITT: Foreign Exchange w/Pitt Fans (CNY and some Western PA Food) About 15-20 of us met in Pittsburgh last year and had a great time by the Shatheads.
(expect 10-15 Pitt (Shatheads) fans to join us)

LOUISVILLE: PIZZA Day...suggest several pizzas get delivered to go along with the normal fare.

UCONN: Open--if the season is progressing well maybe we invite a few of the Scout Yukon posters we have chatted with over the years.

@Rutgers: Expect a Cuse tailgate with subarney, cuseguy and a few others leading the way.

Another Spring Game Shot

Some general planning thoughts: Expect us to start setting up by 9am for Nooners. All other times expect us to start setting up 4 hours before kickoff. Let's hope 2008 brings more mid afternoon and evening kickoffs.


Thursday, April 3, 2008

Spring Practice

Hey Y'all:

Time to think about summer for you NYers. Already 80 degrees daily down here in San Antonio. The best summer weather in the USA will be arriving to CNY soon!

I just sent out a reminder for you to get your Fine Lot Parking Passes. I was able to renew mine without issue for $130. If you are a first timer to getting a parking pass. You'll have to join the Orange Club. This is a prime time to join as you know demand is down..time to get a pass before the bandwagoners come back. Send me an email at and I'll fill you in on how to avoid the run around in getting a parking pass. BTW, several of us out of towners have bought the $100 Touchdown Ticket Packages and will have plenty of extras to sell cheap to anyone who needs extra tix.

If you don't get a parking pass at the Fine Lot you can still drive up, enter and drop your stuff off. Our parking Lot attendant is a great guy and will let you in to drop off stuff without a hassle. We keep him well fed and hydrated.

One piece of bad news: the Armory Square Trolley Lot and Train might not run this year..keep that in mind if you park there.

Cuseregular (Mike), ReedNY (Reed), TexanMark (Me), Cuseguy (Steve) and a few others already have multiple canopies, grills, coolers, Flags, etc... lined up...we have over 30 members now and continue to grow. BTW, we have members from: Texas, New England, Ohio, Virginia, Canada as well as NY State.

A couple events:
AKRON: K.I.S.S. Tailgate (Hoffmans, Zweigles, Burgers)
PENN STATE: Scout Board Tailgate (Dinosaur)
PITT: Foreign Exchange w/Pitt Fans (CNY and some Western PA Food)