SEC Football Team love is hard to describe. It is a feeling, an emotion that is hard to explain if you are not a southerner with a team. Football in the south is an institution that is cherished and loved by many people. I have no comprehension or tolerance for people that changes teams according to the team’s record or their affiliation with people. I was an Ole Miss Rebel fan in ’94 and 2004 when we were 4-7, and I will always be a fan.
For my family and most of the Ole Miss family, football means tailgating at all home games. We started out tailgating in the circle around thirty-five years ago when it was just us and a few other people. We had a card table, a few chairs and KFC. When my girls were old enough to sit through a ballgame, they climbed the magnolia tree and played in the Circle before the game and then they were introduced to Ole Miss Football.
I have no comprehension or tolerance for people that changes teams according to the team’s record or their affiliation with certain people. I was a fan in ’94 and 2004 when we were 4-7, and I am a fan in 2014; I will always be a fan.
Football tailgating preparation begins at least a week in advance. Deciding departure time on game day and coordinating food selection and arrival times of all parties is like coordinating a party or social event. Our location has changed due to the new parking restraints, but we have settled in at our new location. It is very convenient for Daddy and Jane, Donna and John, and Peg and Ralph to be able to back the vehicles up and unload.
We have an intricate tailgating plan. Daddy and Jane bring the tents, grill, chairs, food and lots of other stuff. Whoever gets there at the same time Daddy does helps with the tent. Tyler will ride down and coordinate when possible.
The Hills bring the tv and the satellite dish, the heater, food, the sides of the tents and lots of other stuff. I bring two dishes and my Cranberry Dicey Gold which is a very good mixture guaranteed to enhance your pre-game experience. (Thank you, Michael Murphy and the Jake Owen Gold Tour for giving me the opportunity to concoct this drink.) My bring list decreased when I had to start parking at the Wesley House. All of the other parties involved bring food and whatever else they want to bring. It is like a family reunion every home game. We look forward to the fellowship, laughter, and stories.
One interesting man who loves Ole Miss Football and was featured in a video is Mr. Glenn. He tailgates with us for the home games, and he dislikes LSU like no one I have ever met. (It is true that many Rebels had rather beat LSU than anyone else on the schedule.) You can count on him to bring fried chicken every week, and he will surprise you. He had champagne and cigars for us after our last home game. He also danced after the Alabama win, but I cannot find the video on ESPN.
I miss this group of people after the last home game, but God willing, we will all be back next fall to spend time together and say, “Hotty Toddy”.
All fall trips are scheduled for me around the Ole Miss Football off weekends and away weekends. The departure and arrival of trips planned for the fall must accommodate all game times of parties involved in the trip. While traveling with a State fan (Lori) or a Bama fan (Michelle), game times must be taken in to account of all teams and a place chosen in said town to watch all games. You must watch and cheer your team on to victory if at all possible. I do feel that Bo could hear me this season say which receiver was open and the linebackers could hear me yell- “Stop him.” Running toward the tv for away games also helps everyone on the team run a little faster. We understand the importance of supporting our team even if it is just viewing the game at home.
Weddings should not be scheduled in the fall. I do not understand anyone who gets married during football season. Jordan and I watched one game on our phones with the volume down waiting on the bridal march.
Enjoy your bowl game and remember that many teams are at home wishing they were playing in a bowl game, so cheer for your team and be thankful for their hard work that made a bowl game possible for your team.
Of Parties, Prose and Football
Katy Perry gave the Ole Miss mascot the best hug of his life. http://usat.ly/1rbMkfe