The Best Times are Tailgating Times

Around here, we are big ND fans.  Just in case that wasn’t obvious.  So it just naturally makes sense that we drive down to ND for tailgates and the occasional game (but mostly for the tailgate).

The first couple of tailgates after graduation consisted of mediocre beer, a couple of old coolers, some sort of chip, and one or two chairs.  But we’ve since improved.

First we got new coolers with wheels, then added more chairs and two tables.  My Dad upped the ante by getting Keith a tent.  Then I bested him by getting Keith a full-size grill for the tailgate of the car (which may not have been the best idea, because it was to heavy for our small SUV and we now have to always borrow my Grandpa’s truck (Thanks Grandpa!) when we want to take the grill).

This year, I wanted to add a television and generator but that might be slightly impractical (translation, I don’t know anything about generators and determined I was not undertaking this particular project).

What this means is that we have obviously become tailgating experts so it only makes sense that I share this knowledge with you.

The first thing you need is family and friends to participate in the tailgate.

It’s totally OK to tailgate as a couple, Keith and I have totally done that, but it’s more fun when you have a group of friends.  And the more, the better!

Then you need a tent to keep the sun off of the fairer skinned individuals .

You also need music.  Live if you can arrange it.

But if live music is out of the question, then you have to create a mix where every tenth song or so is the fight song – just to keep the crowd fired up.

You need something to cook food.  Although, it’s understandable if you don’t go for the full size grill.

The first thing Keith cooked on this grill was bacon wrapped filets.  At a tailgate.  But we’ve made brats and burgers and grilled cheese sandwiches.  And bacon.  This year, we are also going to try chili, macaroni and cheese, and personal pizzas.

And it’s important to have lots of snacks.

We prefer to tailgate with homemade guacamole, beer dip, carrots (for the more healthy-minded or to take some of the guilt away from the amount of crappy food you just consumed), chips, pretzels, and crackers.

You also need dessert.  This time we had brownies, chocolate chip cookies, and sugar cookies.  In the past, we’ve even had the family birthday specialty – ice cream pie.

You need entertainment.  Ours usually comes in the form of the people who attend.

But for the more traditional minded, we recommend beer pong, bags, football toss, and even bocce ball.

Finally, you need beverages.  It’s important to stock the essentials – water and soda.  And we recommend good beer.  Not Coors and Bud.  Although, those are important to have while walking on campus and for quick drinking before leaving.

While we are on the top of beverages, I want you all to know that I really recommend Angry Orchard Crisp Apple cider.  I like cider and this is one of the best ones I’ve ever had!!

Anyway, it is important that you include the entire family.  But if a certain someone starts to misbehave, it’s fine to put them in time-out.

Then, when it is time for the game, you put it all away and those with tickets head towards the stadium.  But if you are one of the lucky ones, you don’t have to go to the game and can instead go home and take a nap.

Enjoy the rest of football season!

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