I’m still pissed about losing to those punk ass Pirates. Nobody’s a more ungracious winner than they are. The ECU guys I tailgated and sat in the game with were great, but everybody else … not so much. After the game we were berated as we stood outside the stadium waiting for everybody in our group, on our walk back to our tailgate spot, and by cars driving by our tailgate spot as we tailgated after the game.
Speaking of our tailgate spot, it was at a Lutheran Church just around the corner from Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. As we were pulling in there I was wondering how the whole drinking in a church parking lot was going to work. I was shocked to find out they didn’t care. If you think that was bad, just up the road from us was a Pirate Club permit lot at a middle school. There wasn’t any drinking going on there [wink, wink]. I guess that’s just how they do it down east.
The highlight of the day was the tailgate menu, but it almost didn’t happen. On the way down to Greenville on Friday night we stopped by Kroger and bought 3 of those Coleman mini propane canisters. We fired up the grill Saturday morning to grill some Krispy Kreme doughnuts with the last little bit from the old mini propane canister (which was not a Coleman) left over from the BC game. After the doughnuts we threw on some of ECU Big Mike’s deer tenderloin bites. These things were a chunk of deer tenderloin and a jalapeño slice wrapped in bacon (see picture below) and they were heavenly.
As soon as we threw these things on the grill our old propane canister ran out. No big deal, right? Just swap it out with one of the new ones? Well we found out it was much more complicated than that. We tried all 3 of the brand new canisters and none of them worked. After trying over and over for 15 minutes we figured that the new canisters were defective because the threads weren’t as tall as on the old canister. ECU Big Mike saved the day by trading one of our defective canisters to somebody else in our lot for a canister that worked (which also was not a Coleman). Whew, crisis averted!
The deer tenderloin bites were just the appetizers so the main course on the menu was a whole pork loin. The pork loin wasn’t finished until right before the game so we left it on the grill for the 4+ hours we were in the game and had that after the game. Of course we turned the grill off for that 4+ hours so that probably wasn’t the most sanitary thing to do with meat, but what the heck, it was still good. Not as good as my “best in the history of the world” pork chops, but still a strong showing by ECU Jeff. It was fun, but I’m ready to get back to the friendly confines of Carter-Finley.