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Raise your hand if you didn’t think the Cowboys would be 2-4 at this point in the season. (My hand is raised).

Exactly half the season remains. Six wins in a row and it’s an 8-4 season.

The midnight madmen on Twitter have been relegated to “Do Not Respond” status. Nope. Not going to do that.

So on Saturday night, we’ll be grateful to be inside and we’ll watch the Pokes in Fresno at 8:30 p.m., on ESPNU. No chance of a radio station going off the air in the third quarter this time.

I love listening to Wyoming football on the radio. It’s like listening to old friends, because, well, they are for one thing. But I expect to be able to hear the whole game. And radio listening brings back great memories of listening all those years with Mom and my little siblings.

They were younger, so they didn’t pay much attention, especially if it was a rare night game, and so it was usually Mom and I listening to Larry Birleffi. If the outcome was good, she’d figure out what time we would leave for the airport, and we’d drive out Highway 130 all the way to the airport in the dark, which seemed so far back then.

And then we’d race out of the car, through the terminal, and sometimes even out onto the tarmac, waiting for dad to come down those steps.

Now, we’ll eat nachos, maybe drink a beer and watch the Cowboys and the Bulldogs. It will be a party of two, plus the dog. People wonder why I don’t like big watch parties. It’s a pretty easy question to answer.

For years — 13 to be exact — it was just me and my Mom. And no one else needs — or wants — to hear me alternately scream, celebrate or pray out loud.

Nachos Fiesta

(serves 20 easily)

  • 3 pounds ground beef, cooked and drained (season as you prefer)
  • 2 cans refried beans
  • 1 can pinto beans, drained
  • 1 can garbanzo beans, drained
  • 2 pounds processed American cheese, cut up
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Sour cream
  • Sliced black olives
  • Salsa, red, green or both
  • 4 avocados
  • 1 tomato
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 tablespoons green salsa
  • Shredded cheese
  • Jalapeno slices
  • 3 large bags fresh tortilla chips

Cook beef, combine and warm beans, and make cheese sauce using processed cheese and canned tomatoes ahead of time. (Adding pinto and garbanzo beans to the refried’s makes the beans less pasty and gives them a better texture.)

Just before serving, place beef, beans and cheese sauce in three-part slow cooker (cannot live without mine) or three individual heated serving containers.

Warm batches of chips on cookie sheets in oven at 300 degrees for 10 minutes.

Prepare guacamole by using avocados, tomato, garlic and green salsa. Season as you wish. Yes, you can make guacamole without onions or cilantro!

Place all condiments in separate containers.

Serve assembly line style, with chips first, three hot’s next, and individual toppings last.

(Recipe source: Sal original)

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Sally Ann Shurmur arrived at the Star-Tribune to cover sports two weeks after graduating from the University of Wyoming and now serves as community news editor. She was raised in Laramie and is a passionate fan of Cowboys football, food and family.

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