Let the Cougar tailgating begin!

MOTHER OF GOD how we love Cougar football season. In terms of nostalgia, the only thing that compares is baseball. But the Major Leagues cannot match up in one important area -- tailgating. That's where much of the Cougar Football experience begins. And in terms of tailgate fare creativity, the following are hard to beat.

It's not that we actually want to eat any of this stuff. But we love the fact there are college football fans out there who do.

And we're betting many of the students and alumni of Washington State feel the same way.

We came across a site a while back that offers 29 photo filled pages of tailgate creations and more. Among the fine dining examples, the Bacon Explosion. Because what gastric experience would be complete without two pounds of bacon woven through two pounds of sausage and slathered in barbecue sauce.

Perhaps a Turbaconucken is more your style. This, of course, is a chicken inside a duck inside a turkey, all wrapped in bacon. Genius.

Beef lovers might try The Scooby Snack, a hamburger patty topped with a sausage, cheese, bacon, egg and a potato scone, all served on a square bun. Because no doubt a round bun would ruin the presentation.

THE PORKTOPIA combines bacon strips, bacon sausage, ham sausage, ham slices, smoked pork sausage and roasted pork belly surrounded by ground sausage. Now, this is all shaped into the form of a pig, then wrapped in bacon and roasted. And it comes with chili ears and tail. What it should come with is an angioplasty.

The Thunderdome is three stacks of bacon, sausage, elk meat, onions and cheese between tortillas and all topped with sour cream, two fried eggs and scallions. The scallions are what really bring out the elk flavor according to our July issue of Bon Appétit.

The Sandwich of Knowledge is divided into tiers -- the bottom level contains eight strips of bacon, six sausages and four burger patties. The second tier is black pudding. Yes, black pudding. The third is comprised of two diced chicken breasts and six fried eggs. Mmmmm. Pudding.

If you're more the eat-what-you-hunt-and-kill type, the 12 Bird True Love Roast is perhaps up your alley. It contains 12 different kinds of game bird -- and one of them is pigeon. No, we're not kidding. And yes, we're guessing this one was submitted by a Boise State fan.

IF YOU FIND yourselves forced to tailgate with some Huskies, no problem, go with the Strasburg Pie. Its duck foie gras, wrapped in bacon, baked to a golden hue in a puff pastry loaf. Nothing quite says misplaced elitism as does the combination of Huskies, puff pastry and foie gras.

There's fried chicken skin, deep fried black pudding and pieces of pork, fat, meat, and skin all melded together and twice deep fried. Because you just don't get the same level of taste and artery clog when deep frying only once.

AND THEN there is the simply named, 30,000 Calorie Sandwich.

It's an oversized loaf of French bread, with a swath of butter spread across the two halves and then filled with ground beef, bacon, corn dogs, ham, pastrami, roast beef, bratwurst, braunschweiger and turkey.

All of that is topped with fried mushrooms, onion rings, swiss/provolone/cheddar/feta and parmesan cheeses. And a bunch lettuce -- obviously it's important to have some roughage in your diet.

Give our regards to the Attending at the ER. Because we're pretty sure this will be the last sandwich you will ever eat.

For more info from Washington State on Cougar tailgating in Pullman for the 2009 season, click HERE... For further reading/viewing on the food mentioned in this article, visit thisiswhyyourefat.com.

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