With West Virginia's second game of the season coming in Maryland, we took Tales from the Tailgates on a little adventure so that our feast in the lots resembled the best meal in the state: steamed blue crabs.
Rather than simply order up a few dozen from one of the many local seafood establishments in the area, we set out before the sun came up on game day for some crabbing along the Chesapeake Bay.
Leading the way was a WVU alumnus, Dave Hodack, who taught the ins and outs of crabbing to myself and a friend of the program, WBOY news director and Cheap Seats contributor Aaron Williams.
We set out traps and a trotline and checked them throughout the morning and eventually had a collection large enough that we felt we could take them to the hungry Mountaineer fans who awaited their arrival in Landover.
The results were a little disappointing in terms of the sheer number of crustaceans we pulled into the boat that we didn't have to throw back due to size or gender, but it provided for a more unique tailgate experience than we've had in four years of scouring the pregame scene both home and away.
"You West Virginians sure know how to eat good," one fan said as his group passed our spread.
In the shadow of FedEx Field, with West Virginia and James Madison supporters packing the spots around us, we had a true Maryland tailgate.
Of course, now the Mountaineers enter a new game week with the University of Maryland set to come to town, so we'll understand if this is the last you want to hear anything positive about the Free State.
Crabs and Mountaineer football. For one day -- at a "home" game -- that's what Maryland did.