It’s Time for Tailgatin’

Thursday, September 20, 2018

It’s Time for Tailgatin’

It is a bit of an understatement to say TET members and fans alike were disappointed and frustrated with the on-field results last Saturday. Some posters and commenters were more vocal – or “keyboardal” (it is a real word now; I just invented it, I think) – than others, but no one was pleased with the manner in which Auburn played that game. Yes, we could wax poetic about the officiating but good teams find a way to overcome that barrier. Auburn did not.

The pic noted does not do justice to our normal game day but it is what I had available so please forgive that part.

This week brings another SEC opponent into Jordan Hare Stadium. Auburn Head Coach Gus Malzahn and Arkansas Head Coach Chad Morris will be facing each other for the first time as collegiate head coaches. I have to hope beyond hope that Auburn, being the overwhelming Vegas favorite, has a much better time of things this week over last. Let’s get the “Gus Bus” back on track and that starts with tailgating! A little more after the break if you’re interested…


Instead of continuing to harp over things that are now in the past, I thought I would provide a wee bit of insight into what, exactly, we do on an Auburn Football Saturday on the Plains. I am sure there are way more elaborate tailgates around campus on any given Saturday but this is what we do and is what makes us happy. We are not in any type of competition and don’t care to be. The Tigers and Razorbacks will be playing under the lights so, for us, it will be a really long, glorious day of tailgating where we have the time to set up and fully enjoy our complete tailgating ensemble.

I’m fortunate that my job allows me to work from home daily with only an extremely rare trip into the office being necessary. My immediate boss is based in Arklow, Ireland but he already knows that not a lot of work is accomplished by me on a Friday prior to an Auburn home game. On those Fridays it’s time to pack that Durango and get ready to head to the Plains!

Our tailgate, while lacking anything remotely close to resembling a “formal” name, is basically owned by myself and a friend of mine from Pike Road outside Montgomery along with a doctor from Birmingham. All of us have tailgated for over 30 years but this year will mark only the 6thyear we have had our combined tailgate. We have other couples and families that join us on a regular basis and they bring whatever else is needed.

Being a late game means our better half’s “allow” us to put up 6 tents instead of the normal 4 because, you know, why not? If 4 tents is good then 6 has to be better, right?

We arrive in our parking lot at 8:00 AM or a little before and start unloading our respective vehicles. Like a well-oiled machine the contents of our vehicles are unloaded and placed into a staging area prior to actually putting up a tent or anything else.

In our vehicle, we will have 2 tents, 4 tables, 6 chairs, flat-screen TV, satellite dish and receiver, generator, extra gasoline for generator, cooler with copious amounts of ice, and more extension cords and power strips than will ever be needed, and Auburn-themed Welcome mats.

Our true tailgate guru, Mike, will bring 4 tents, 6 tables, 8 chairs, all of the necessary sides for the tents, 2 coolers with copious amounts of ice, fans, overhead lights and I don’t even know what else. The overhead lights are present as it is a night game and we always have friends, new and old, without a ticket, who want to stay with the setup and watch it on TV.

Ben, our doc, will also bring a generator and extra gas in addition to tables, extension cords, a cooler with copious amounts of ice and will have a full complement of accessories should the need arise.

Our Brides, by far, take care of most the food setup. I will, generally, have something that I smoked on Thursday night into Friday morning but that is usually my only contribution into the food arena for tailgating. But the girls work in harmony and communicate during the week so nothing is missed. If we need one of the other couples/families to bring additional gear or food then our Brides have it handled. As an example, for the Alabama State game which was another late afternoon/evening game where we pitched 6 tents, we had four Crock Pots with chicken wings, pork butt, beef sloppy joes, and baked beans. Too many sides and desserts to mention.

When all is completed, we can be sitting and watching TV before 9:30. Now, I don’t know how many times we have visited Haley Center, J&M, Tiger Rags, Toomer’s, and the campus overall but, it’s a football Saturday, and why not? There is, after all, that one particular shirt or ball cap I meant to buy last week that just cannot wait any longer!

Since we usually stay overnight in Auburn, breaking down the setup after the game works fine for us as it allows traffic to be at a tolerable level. It only takes about 1/3 to 1/2 the time to break everything down. And, that’s pretty much it. Except, of course, heading back to Atlanta early on Sunday morning.

So, Parking Lot X – corner of War Eagle Way and Village Lane – please feel free to come visit and stay awhile. You will see our American, Auburn, and Tigers Unlimited flags.

Remember to wear BLUE for this game… Everyone here is more than welcome to visit and the only admission requirement is a healthy…


(And I’m sorry, if you do not stand for OUR National Anthem well, then…)

War Damn Eagle and you get what’s coming to ya…



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