Yesterday was Nick's and my first real tailgating experience. True-to-form, we didn't just attend one, we essentially hosted it. My fellow HESA (Higher Education and Student Affairs) students usually tailgate together before Gamecock football games, but yesterday our regular tailgate vehicle was out-of-town. Nick and I volunteered our Explorer as a stand-in and became de-facto hosts for the event, which was a blast!
I'm not sure what exactly we expected, but the tailgate felt a lot like a backyard barbeque. Nick had a great time grilling burgers and dogs for everyone, we had some fun games going on, and everyone seemed to have a great time. Of course there is always room for improvement. For instance, Nick has already committed our T.V. for the next tailgate. Apparently it can be hooked up and played from the truck so we can keep up with the other games on network t.v. while we tailgate.
I was amazed by some of our neighbors. For instance, did you know that in the SEC, women wear dresses, think cocktail dresses, to the games? I've also heard that the guys wear seersucker suits, but I didn't see any yesterday. Also, you would be amazed by some of the tailgating equipment we saw. Grills specially designed for truck-beds, full-sized satellite dishes attached to small trucks, and so many more "innovative" contraptions. There's also the matter of traffic. Apparently the entire city shuts down for games, and it's no small wonder since there is a steady stream of stand-still traffic, 3 lanes wide, going toward Williams-Brice stadium beginning about 3 hours before game-time. I guess the bottom line is that college football over here is just a completely different experience.
We'll be heading back on September 29 when the Cocks battle Mississippi State. We'll let you know how the whole T.V. thing turns out...