There might not be a better combination than pancakes and a football game. Add in the word “free” and an Easter egg hunt and you know there is nothing better.
This Saturday, the Colorado State football team is offering all three for anyone who would like to support the end of their spring season. The free pancake breakfast begins at 9 a.m. at Hughes Stadium, followed by an Easter egg hunt for little Rams at 10 a.m.
The football program wants to make the day an enjoyable event for the whole family, so while the kids are busy hunting for eggs, a documentary on Hughes Stadium will be playing on the jumbo-tron.
The 55-minute film was produced by CSU graduate Andrew Quirk and will pay tribute to the first on-campus stadium in school history.
But, the real magic begins at 11 a.m. on Sonny Lubick Field, when the green and gold teams will duke it out. Head coach Jim McElwain will announce the team rosters Friday afternoon. Since they are only playing against each other, there’s a different incentive for coming out victorious.
“I mean it’s not like you want to go there and knock a guy out, you know because he is one of your teammates,” safety Kevin Pierre-Louis said. “But, it’s exciting to go out there and compete, be joking out there. But, everybody wants to win.”
In order to keep the game competitive and exciting, McElwain uses one of the top motivational factors for men of any age: food. The winners of the spring game will be fine-dined with a meal of steak and boiled potatoes, replete with white table cloths and center pieces.
Meanwhile, the losers will wait in line with a flimsy paper plate to be served up a lunch of “beanies and weenies.”
“I don’t know what team we will be on yet, but I hope I don’t get beans and weenies,” safety Trent Matthews said. “I’ve gotten beans and weenies twice now. Then again, it tastes more homemade.”
Regardless of which team wins or loses, all of the players will stay out on the field for a short while postgame to sign autographs and take pictures with fans.
Although the atmosphere is a large contributor to the fun, Ram fans who cannot make the game can still watch it. It will be live-streamed through CSURams.com, in addition to a radio broadcast on ESPN 105.5 FM from Gary Miller and Brian Roth.
As a fun activity for students and alumni alike, the spring game will also be the first glimpse at what next year’s revamped team will look like. The team lost a lot of talent in the offseason, giving a whole new crop of players a chance to shine in a big way.
Look for new tight end Nolan Peralta, running back Jasen Oden, corner Davon Riddick and back-up quarterback Nick Stevens to make a splash.
Saturday gives fans a chance to enjoy a beautiful spring day at Hughes Stadium, munching on free pancakes while scouting new favorite players to root for come Aug. 29.Collegian Reporter Cali Rastrelli can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter @c_rasta5.