Thudgate Information

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  1. Christcorp

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    Ok; I said I'd provide some information. First: Location. I've provided a jpeg map at the bottom of this post, but here's a description for those who have never been to Falcon stadium.

    The stadium is made up of 3 parts. "DIRT" Parking lot that goes mainly on the EAST side of the stadium, and around the North and South sides of the stadium. From the dirt parking lot, TOWARDS the stadium, you will find asphalt areas that you normally CAN NOT ENTER with a vehicle. This is handicapped parking, team buses, vendors, official vehicles, etc.... Beyond this asphalt area, is the actual stadium.

    In the middle of this "ASPHALT" area, on the "EAST SIDE" of the stadium, right at what would be pretty close to the 50 yard line or Middle of the stadium; looking from the outside; will be a very large WHITE TENT. This is called the "Quarterback Club". I mentioned it in my other post. Now, Directly EAST of the QB Club Big White Tent (That sort of looks like DIA airport if you've ever been there), is the handcapped parking on Asphalt. And directly east of the handicap parking, is the DIRT parking for everyone else. RIGHT WHERE the dirt parking and the asphalt parking comes together, will be "THUDGATE". We have a rather large RV (A car isn't big enough of a tailgate). We also fly Flags on it. One is the "THUDGATE" flag. It's usually directly east, towards the parking lot, from the QB Club White tent. However, because of parking, we could be just south, meaning not directly center, of the QB Club White tent. See the jpeg below.

    Also; many people have PM'd me this season as well as in the past, and asked what they could bring. We regulars understand how difficult it is, especially on parent's weekend, to bring something complicated to a tailgate. So all I would suggest, is to bring whatever you consider convenient for your situation. If it's convenient for you to bring a 12 pack of soda, that's fine. A couple bags of chips, that fine. A tub of macaroni/potato salad from the supermarket, that's fine. A 6 pack of beer, that's fine. If you come early to the tailgate, e.g. 9am, which many parents do, because their cadets aren't quite there yet, it's still early enough for coffee and such. If you want to bring some pastries/donuts/etc... that's fine. Whatever you can think of, that is convenient for you, that you'd like to share, that is perfectly fine.

    And this is VERY IMPORTANT!!!!!!! If for some reason, it is not convenient for you to bring something, then that is perfectly fine. Just bring yourself. Don't be shy. Don't feel out of place. You're part of the family. And if it makes you feel any better, even though we NEVER ASK, there is always some person who grabs a bowl or something and throws a couple dollars in it being they couldn't bring anything. And this is perfectly fine to. We use the money to buy more brisket, burgers, hot dogs, buns, beer, soda, etc... Everything we have is personally brought and donated. But again, we understand convenience. Normal games, I come down from Wyoming on Saturday morning, and I bring salads, meat, or whatever I decide to bring. But on Parent's weekend, because I'm already down there since Thursday, salads and such aren't convenient. So I usually bring down the first 6 or so bottles of Jeremiah Weed (For our "Toast to the Host"), some chips, and other things that can't spoil in 2 days in the trunk of the car.

    Anyway, if you have any questions, feel free to PM me. What's most important is that you come and visit. Not just because I'd like to meet each of you, but also so you can finally meet EACH OTHER. "Thudgate" is a great common denominator for everyone here. It's a place where parents, cadets, alumni, others on this forum, etc... can run into each other. It's also a great place where those new to the military environment can "feel" the aura of family that the air force has, and what your son/daughter/or yourself as a cadet has now gotten into. Hope to see you all there. Mike....

    P.S. If you ask for "MIKE" when you get there, that could be a problem. Just like my Italian family I grew up in, there are like 6 Mike's at thudgate. And they don't know me by Christcorp. So; either ask for me by "Mikey" (Each mike here has a different variation); or "Mike from Wyoming". I'm the ONLY Wyoming person there usually. Anyway, hoping to see you all soon. PM me with any questions. If there are any changes of information, I'll post again. Mike.....
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  2. Mikeandcris

    Mikeandcris Parents of 2014 Grad and F-15 Pilot

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    Jeremiah Weed

    Jeremiah Weed? We had to look that up and found:
    Jeremiah Weed is a bourbon liqueur manufactured in Connecticut and sold in limited quantities in the United States, mostly at and around Air Force installations. Its alcohol content by volume is 50% (100 proof). Jeremiah Weed is a product of Diageo.
    Jeremiah Weed has earned notoriety and has become a favorite drink of the American fighter pilot, especially in the United States Air Force. It is so popular among this demographic that it has gained a cult following. Jeremiah Weed is a very significant element of American fighter pilot culture; how it came to be the drink of the fighter pilot is a matter of legend.[1]
    The fighter pilot band Dos Gringos wrote a song titled "Jeremiah Weed" for their album Live at the Sand Trap about this notorious pilot's beverage. Gary Jules also produced a song titled "Jeremiah Weed" in 1998.
    In 2009, Jeremiah Weed introduced a new blend of flavored vodka, called Southern Style Sweet Tea.
    In 2010, Jeremiah Weed introduced a new blend called half and half, a lemonade blend.
    In 2010, Jeremiah Weed also launched a couple 90 proof bourbons (original & cherry mash) both of which received double gold medals at the San Francisco Spirits Competition.
     
  3. Christcorp

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    Ahhhh; someone's been doing their homework. LOL!!!! Yes, if you research deep enough, you can find the full story of the legend. (I could give you the link, but I think you'll have more fun finding other legends and traditions on your quest.)

    But as with all things, things evolve. Thudgate for instance started off as a tribute to one of our "Thudgate Founder's" father. He was a "Thud" pilot. A "Thud" is the nickname for an F-105. His father was most definitely a war hero. He also became the commander of the thud wing. Anyway, the tailgate started off in remembrance of him and the likes. But with all evolution, Thudgate has evolved into a tailgate for ALL our military brothers and sisters; as well as their families, friends, and supporters of our military. Thats why we invite our Navy and Army brothers/sisters/fans when they are in town. As well as the opposing teams.

    (On a side note: You will not find ANY fans "Outside of the academy fans" more patriotic and appreciative of the air force academy and our armed services than BYU and TCU. TCU is about the CLASSIEST team and fans I've ever met. After every air force (And other academy's games) our team goes to the cadet wing and they and the fans sing the 3rd verse of the air force song. Where we "Toast to the Host" for those who are no longer with us. TCU's players always follows our players to the cadet area and stand there with bowed heads in respect). Anyway, I'm getting off track.

    With our evolution, not only do with toast at the end of Thudgate "With Jeremiah Weed" for all those that are no longer with us, but we toast those serving for us today as well as those who have committed to serve in the future. "Such as our cadets". So while Jeremiah Weed has most definitely started off as a Fighter Pilot's tradition, we feel good in allowing it to have evolved into a tradition of toasting all our military members. Past, Present, and future.

    And for what it's worth, for those who don't drink alcohol, that's OK too. They join our toast with whatever their drink of choice is. Soda, water, juice, whatever. Also, FWIW; most people who have had Jeremiah Weed, consider it "Rot Gut". Funny thing is, both I and my wife actually like the taste of it. Not that you would want to drink any large quantity of it; that's for sure. Anyway, thanks for letting me give a little history on our "Toast to the Host". later... mike....
     
  4. flieger83

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    "The Weed..."

    Go to ANY fighter squadron...it'll be there. Just call for "WEED!!!"

    Done.

    Steve
    USAFA ALO
    USAFA '83
     
  5. DK6732

    DK6732 USAFA Cadet

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    Looking forward to meeting everyone and becoming part of this tradition!
     
  6. Mikeandcris

    Mikeandcris Parents of 2014 Grad and F-15 Pilot

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  7. Christcorp

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    Bump. Mike...
     
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    Bump: Because we're within a week of parent's weekend. See you all there. Mike....
     
  9. Christcorp

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    Have had a couple of noob's with questions on where and what to bring. Bumping this thread for those interested. Mike.....
     
  10. Christcorp

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    Just a last minute bump. I am leaving tomorrow afternoon, so I won't get back on the forum probably after tonight until monday night. Hope to see you all there. If you can bring anything; cookies, chips, drinks, salad, or whatever, that's great. if you can't, that's OK. Don't be shy. Please still come and join us. See you all Saturday. Mike...

    (P.S. I will be getting to the stadium around 8:00-8:15am to help set up. Plus, the parking lot is empty and easy to get on. Feel free to come by. We'll probably have some coffee and such being it's early.) Mike...
     

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