R.B.’s Midseason Tailgate Awards For Ragin’ Cajuns Football
Ladies and Gentleman, put on your tuxedos and evening gowns, high heels and bow ties. It's time to hand out the mid-season "Tailgate Awards."
Since everyone else gets an awards show, why not tailgaters? Awards are given out for excellence, and I experience that every week when I go out for Ragin' Cajuns Tailgate TV. We have several different categories, but I haven't figured out the hardware to give out yet...maybe an ice cold beer, spray painted gold and placed on a platter of cracklin?
Best Barbecue-This was a very difficult choice, but I had to give it to The Pepper Squad for their brisket. Smoked, seasoned, slathered with sauce and shredded to perfection. Put it on a bun, or like me, just grab a fork and start shoveling it into your mouth. So good, you'll lick the plate...this was a difficult choice though. I LOVE the pig, but that brisket was too good.
Best Breakfast- For the Boise State game, I had plenty of breakfast (bacon, smoked sausage, tacos), but Chef Gregory, who slings food right behind the alumni tent, took the cake with his smoked grillades with corn grits and Steen's Syrup sauce. He told me it would be a bite of heaven, and when I put the first forkful into my mouth, I'm pretty sure I grew a pair of wings and went up to the clouds. Best Chicken Wings-Without a doubt, The Delcambre Mafia owns the fryer. Their wings were crispy, crunchy, and so perfectly fried I didn't even need sauce to dip them in. Also, their fried catfish was superb. I almost stayed all day.
Best Dessert-The Krewe De Chewe doesn't mess around, when it comes to food. Kyle's Eclair Pudding probably has about 9,000 calories per bite, but it was worth every mile I had to run to burn off the fat. Plus, he makes spiked pudding shots every week. See why I always stop by to satisfy my sweet tooth?
"What's In The Pot?" Award- Every week, I ask the question, "What's in the pot?" Whenever they take the lid off, I get hit right in the face with the best smells on the plant. This award goes to a man I call "The Mad Scientist," right behind the scoreboard in the north endzone. Of all the things I smelled and tasted so far this season, his white beans are what I dream about. Some people put ham hocks in their beans, but he put pork ribs in there..two of my loves in one pot: ribs and white beans. I could eat that every day.
Children's Achievement Award-I find young Cajun fans every week, but John and Andrew, from the McNeese State episode, take home the award for their sick dance moves. These two stole the show with their touchdown dances, and you might recognize them from their appearance on the scoreboard videos. I better look out, or they might steal my job.
Party Hard Award-Nobody partied harder than the folks under The Big Yellow Circus Tent. For the South Alabama game, they busted out the big gun: an ice luge. If you're going to throw down all day, why not buy an ice luge to cool down your shots? Some people get hammered at the tailgate, but they got sledgehammered that Saturday.
Ice shots! Only in Cajun Country. #TailgateTV pic.twitter.com/eXrMN6IYZs — ESPN 1420 (@espn1420) September 17, 2016
Cajun Creativity Award-This is a serious award. It takes real passion to come up with something I've never seen before, but Section Q does it every week. The creators of the Boise State Trap (they used potatoes as bait) and the McNeese State IQ Test (a coloring book maze) always make me laugh. Every week, Lil' Kev and crew find new ways to clown the opponent, in a friendly fashion, which is why they take home this major honor.
Remember, we're still only halfway through the season. We still have homecoming and the final home game of the season to party, eat and celebrate football season. As always, I'll see you out at the Tailgate.