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2021 Tailgate Preview: Kansas

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Weather - Cool with rain chances

As of today, rain is in the forecast for what otherwise looks like a perfect evening for a football game. Grab your favorite ISU sweatshirt and a raincoat and hope for the best. Maybe if we all wish and hope real hard, the rain will hold off and we’ll just get to enjoy a cozy, cool night under the lights at JTS. That will probably work, huh? Because Iowa State fans always get the things they hope for, right?

Food - Tailgate Sliders

I’m sure you’ve had the ham and swiss version of these little guys, which are easy and delicious, but there are many varieties that are sure to be a hit for your hungry friends and family. They are easy to throw together, they’re just as good (maybe better?) at room temperature, and can feed a crowd. The french dip version is a family favorite, but I’ve got my eye on that pizza one…

Here’s a round up of some slider recipes:

Hawaiian Ham and Swiss Sliders

French Dip Sliders

Pizza Sliders

Chicken Bacon Ranch Sliders

Pulled Pork Sliders

Drink - Pumpkin Beer

It’s my favorite beer drinking time of year. The shelves are full of pumpkin beers and Octoberfests and that makes for a very happy Megatron. My recommendation this week is to head to Hy-Vee and build your own 6 packs of fall beers. Some of my personal favorites are O’Fallon (they have several varieties), Lefthand Oktoberfest, Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Wheat, Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale, and good old Sam Adams Octoberfest. Fall beers are a nice comfort drink to soothe your aching Cyclone heart. Trust me.

Game - Giant Jenga

Why giant Jenga, you ask? Well, because I’m undefeated. Bring. It. On.

Here’s a cute set if you’re in the market. There’s also some fun ideas out there to spice up the game (like Drunk Jenga and Jenga with Shots) that will be a blast if we’re not all huddled under an awning while it pours.

Song - “Devil’s Right Hand”

Is this a hype song? No. High energy? Not really. In any way related to football? Nope. But I love it and it makes me happy and I hope it makes you happy, too.

Go Cyclones.