Twenty-five years later, Lincoln man’s tailgate keeps expanding

By Amsley Senkbeil, News Net Nebraska

Saturdays in Lincoln involve more than just football for tailgater Mike Duesman – the day becomes an event.

Duesman, of Lincoln, has been tailgating during Nebraska football Saturdays for more than 25 years.

“Oh boy, we’ve been tailgating for a long time,” Duesman chuckled.

Duesman looks over his tailgate after an early morning setup.

Duesman looks over his tailgate after an early morning setup.

Duesman and his wife Sally recently bought a motorhome to replace their truck, which was overflowing with packed coolers, grilling essentials and the television hookup, all noted as tailgate necessities. Duesman said it doesn’t take too long to prepare the motorhome, in fact, his wife said it’s a nailed down routine. They load up the RV, drive it down Friday night to their designated spot under the 10th Street bridge before opening it up Saturday.

Duesman said there’s no other place he and his wife would rather be each Saturday, even if that means waking up extra early. The normal rule for the Duesman clan is to be start tailgating six hours before kickoff and at noon for night games.

Numerous drinks and snacks are presented for the tailgaters.

Numerous drinks and snacks are presented for the tailgaters.

But the motorhome isn’t the only new addition to this season’s tailgate scene – Duesman also has a personal porta potty for each game.

“I know the guy who runs the lot, and he offered to let us rent the porta potty. I jumped on the offer,” he said. “It was kind of spur of the moment, but a good decision.”

The porta potty is $20 to rent each game, something Sally Duesman said is worth it so the tailgaters don’t have to battle the lines at public porta potties.

The Duesman tailgate seems to have all. But Duesman said the day is made extra special from their family and friends, which is why football Saturdays are an event – one that Duesman said he plans to continue.

“It’s a good way to kill a Saturday.”

Mike Duesman talks about his family tradition with Nebraska Football.

3 Responses

  1. Jan says:

    Mike & Sally are tailgating ROCK stars!!! Enjoyed reading the history behind your football passion.

  2. Earl says:

    This is the BEST tailgate ever!!! great people good food, great beer, and …………. Barbs CHUM BUCKET

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