The Moustache Nation is a group of die hard Arizona State fans that are all about what I love: going to a road game as a giant force.
Moustache Nation was set up on North Campus at the edge of downtown, and they had a party starting early in the morning.
Boone's Farm, a preferred drink of Moustache Nation...along with hundreds of cans of beer.
Our friend Diskin and I walked up to their tailgate and were immediately welcomed with great conversation and beer (they have Tecate, we have Natty Light...I'll take the Tecate, please). I'm sure they were concerned at first as to why two morons, one wearing red pants with bulldawgs on them, were walking straight for their tailgate.
Most everyone we talked to were from Tempe, some from other parts of the west coast, and we met a few that were currently living in Atlanta.
Over the next hour or so, we learned the basics of the Moustache Nation:
-They're a large group of ASU fans that are extremely dedicated (we can relate), and pick one road game a year to travel to as a very large group (I'm talking approximately 50 people).
-Several of them often travel to other college football games around the country during ASU's off week.
-Many of them wear awesome moustaches that I could only dream of being able to grow.
-They are named Moustache Nation in honor the great Jake Plummer, who grew a moustache and later began to resemble Ted Kaczynski once he entered the NFL (which I find awesome).
-You know they are the Moustache Nation because they wear yellow jerseys that say "Moustache Nation." The front of the jerseys have a retro picture of their mascot, Sparky, as well as an awesome moustache with "5 Cent Rides" written on it.
-The back of their jerseys say "SALAD BOWL" and "'51." This is in honor of the 1951 Salad Bowl game that Arizona State not only played in, but also lost to Miami (OH). You have to love a group of fans who so greatly appreciate that they played in a bowl called the Salad Bowl, even if they lost.
We also learned some informative things about hardcore ASU fans:
-Just as we saw last year, they continue to show a passionate hatred of their in state rival, and Dawgs can certainly appreciate that.
-You can refer to them as ASU or Arizona State, but do not abbreviate any reference to them as Arizona. That's a douchebag school over an hour away from ASU. Many of our inebriated Dawg co-eds made this mistake at Boar's Head Saturday night.
-Many ASU fans hold a great disdain the Arizona Cardinals. If you listen to why they hate them, you'd certainly agree. It was interesting to learn the inside history of the Cardinals when they were playing on ASU's campus.
We were able hang out with members of the Moustache Nation several times during the day and several even came over to our tailgate to play some cornhole. We also got the chance to hang out with some of them after the game until last call closed out the night.
Unfortunately for our new friends, the gut wrenching game didn't turn out well in the end for them because AJ Green forgot to let everyone know he is a mutant super hero.
You can also check out Troy's store at http://www.cactussports.com. Hopefully those koozies will be up there soon!
Also, while we didn't get the chance to talk, thanks to ASU Jay for his leadership of the Moustache Nation and making it possible for such a large group to travel as a force.
Moustache Nation helps to epitomize what college football fandom is all about, as well as doing a great job of representing ASU across the nation.
We salute you, Moustache Nation!