Football kicks off this weekend and that means only one thing. Tailgate party! And whether it’s college ball in Georgia, Ann Arbor or Eugene, or parking lots at Lambeau Field or Raymond James Stadium, let the good times roll.
But this year is a little different. Oh I still follow the Browns, the Bears and the Bills, but I’ve discovered a whole new frontier on the football landscape. It’s still football, played on a field with pads, but it’s lingerie football, called the Legends Football League and I’m not making this up.
It’s played on a 50 yard field 30 yards wide. The scoring is the same and it’s seven on seven. The catch is that it is played by girls, beautiful girls dressed in full uniform bikinis with helmets and shoulder pads. It is a full-fledged league with a dozen teams like the Baltimore Charm, Los Angeles Temptation, the Omaha Heart and the Las Vegas Sin. I need to take a blood-pressure pill.
This women’s football league is giving new meaning to the old stand-by football terms like “Point spread”, “Tight ends”, the “End Zone” and “Busted coverage”. It is truly a fantasy football league. So it goes that getting into women playing full contact football, wearing bras, panties, shoulder pads and helmets mean tailgating has been brought to a new dimension. Instead of driving in to the end zone, they are knocking on the door of the Twilight Zone.
I’m excited about this year’s football and man caves all over America should be too. Don’t forget guys, the championship game caled for the coveted Legends Cup is being played August 23. No word yet on the size of the cup.
Here’s a few ideas on how to spice up your tailgate this season.
Grilled Tailgate Cuban
1 Loaf Ciabatta Bread, Sliced Thick
8 Oz. Cooked Ham, Sliced Thin
4 Oz. Smoked Pulled Pork
4 Oz. Genoa Salami
6 Oz. Swiss Cheese, Sliced
10-12 Dill Pickle Chips
2 Tbs. Yellow Mustard
2 Tbs. Mayo
Spread the mustard on half the bread, the may on the other half.
Assemble the meats, cheese and pickles and put the sandwich together. Wrap well in foil.
When tailgating, throw the wrapped sandwich on the grill. You may want to put a brick or heavy pan on the sandwiches. Warm through on the grill and serve.
Grilled Gridiron Grinder
1 ½ Lbs Flank or Skirt Steak
Sea salt/Freshly Ground Black Pepper
1 Pkg. Ranch Dressing Mix
Red Pepper Flakes
Roasted Tomatillo Salsa
Season the steak with salt, pepper, ranch mix and red pepper.
Grill the steak for five to six minutes each side until medium rare.
Slice the steak on the bias in thin slices. Assemble on buns and top with tomatillo salsa.
12 Hungarian Hot Banana Peppers
1 Cup Milk
1 Cup Mexican Cheese Blend, Grated
2 Tbs. Cream Cheese
¼ Cup Smoked Pulled Pork
2 Tbs. Chili Powder
1 Cup Flour
2 Eggs, Whisked
2 Cups Panko Breadcrumbs
Hollow each pepper removing seeds.
Mix the cheese, cream cheese, pork and chili powder in a bowl
Stuff each pepper with the filling.
Dredge each pepper in the flour then dip in the egg wash. Finally, roll each pepper in the breadcrumbs, coating liberally. Refrigerate peppers for at least 20 minutes to allow coating to settle.
Deep fry in batches until golden, about 5 minutes. Drain before serving.
Check out the slideshow for some bootylicious highlights of the upcoming season.
Go Boobs! I mean Broncos.