Friday, August 17, 2012 , Updated 9:00 a.m., October 1, 2012
Are SMU’s tailgates the “most stylish” in the U.S.?
Forgive us for calling it tailgating. We meant Boulevarding.
DALLAS If tailgating were a sport – and for many, it is – the pre-game party is often just as important as the football game. Only the most serious of football fans powwow around the keg and the grill 10 hours before a game, beer-drinking and brisket-eating while college athletes prep in an entirely different way.
Southern Living is looking for the best tailgate in the South, and they’ve chosen SMU as one of five “style setters,” defined as schools that show “true splendor in the grass.” By choosing SMU, what they really mean is that SMU tailgaters created a word – Boulevarding, and hey, that’s unique – because these classy folks do not stand in the grass behind a pick-up truck. Given the style of other Southern schools like Ole Miss and Georgia, in which most women don pearls and heels for a game of football, SMU students can certainly compete for style points, too.
But when we think of “best tailgates,” there are clear winners – and it ain’t SMU. SEC fans immediately think of LSU or Bama, likely Ole Miss. The folks to our east were practically born tailgating, learning the art of a spirited pre-party long before drinking age.
Whoever you think has the best tailgate – and the magazine breaks it into the categories of The Powerhouse, The Most Spirited, The Traditionalists, and The Style Setters – fans have until October 1 to vote. The nation’s best tailgate schools are typically fanatics about giving their team a good name, which means come October 1, the best tailgate will win.
Note that voting also automatically enters you into a sweepstakes to win $2,500.
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