Monday, September 17, 2012

A Southern Series: Tailgating

It seems I've found another thing for which southerners think they've cornered the market! I finally got my first issue of Southern Living and it they are having a contest for Best Tailgate.

The article critiques The Great White North, because women apparently tailgate in ski pants instead of pearls.  I have to say, Daddy had season tickets to the nearest NFL team for years and was something of a tailgating aficionado...his crowning glory being the year he did a full turkey dinner Thanksgiving weekend...and I've never seen anyone tailgating in ski pants...

Full-length furs: Yes

Ski pants: No

This brings me to my next point...all y'all are tailgating on the wrong day! Everybody knows football is to be watched on Sunday. That's totally why The Boy's league plays right smack in the middle of the afternoon on SATURDAY, so we can all be home to watch on SUNDAY!!!! DUH! *grins*

And tailgate without actually going to the game??? WHAT???  A few years back, when a friend tried to set me up with a guy with whom her husband worked, he invited me on a second "date" to tailgate in the parking lot of the local college game one Saturday.  I'm sorry, but you want me to come hang out in the parking lot when you don't have a ticket for me? He never did get a second date!

I'll be taking The Boy to an NFL game later this season because our closest team is finally playing his favorite team at home. Daddy got us tickets.  I will not be tailgating.  In part because the game is on a weeknight and I'll be lucky to get us there in time after work, but mostly because Daddy was such a pro at tailgating, I could never measure up.

Tailgating only a southern thing?  I think not! *winks*


12 comments:

Heather said...

Very True. I live about 20 minutes from Patriot stadium and the people there do know how to tailgate.

Isn't it funny though, our youth football plays on Sundays right smack in the middle of the NFL! I think the majority of our parents missed the Pats game yesterday because my son's game was from 1:30-3:00. I do think we need to reverse days with the south!

Diane said...

I've never been much of a tailgating type so I can't really weigh in on this one. I don't really even like football. But shh...keep that on the down low or I may be excommunicated.

Amy said...

I love it when a region of the country claims to be the experts on a certain tradition. Tailgating is a nationwide event. Your Dad's turkey dinner sounds like a great tailgating idea.

Erin said...

Nope, not a southern thing!
Sounds like a fun Mommy/Son event to go to a game! Hope you enjoy your time.
Glad to hear that you were able to get a copy of Southern Living.

Stephanie said...

Not a southern thing, but I do think it is more of an American thing? There might be a wee bit of tailgaiting that goes on here in Canada, but not like I've heard about in the States!

Melissa Bedell said...

I went to my first tailgate last year - in the great white north. ;) It was - a BLAST!

Ellen aka Ellie said...

I would guess Bears and Packer fans tailgate in snow pants come December because it's below zero here!

However, my son went to LSU, and they are known for starting their tailgating on Thursdays for Saturday games. Yet, he still managed to earn his master's degree...

Renegades said...

My husband took our son a couple weeks ago to see the Denver Broncos. They said it was a great experience, but wow the amount of people.

Chatty Crone said...

I was wondering where in the south you live. Atlanta area for me.

Emmy said...

I definitely think the south does have a leg up and does it right. I have been to many many college games but never participated in the tail gating-- kind of sad

Charlotte Klein said...

I've never personally been much of a sports chick, but I can't imagine tailgating without something going on post-drinking. I usually do this before a concert and it's always a favorite summer pastime.

You were right not to give that guy a second date!

Have a great time at the game!

Mrs4444 said...

Well, in Green Bay, it's rare to see a tailgater not wearing snowpants, of course. Besides, we have so many clothes on, you'd never see pearls.Have fun at that game!!