Monday, September 7

BBQ. . bourbon. . and OLE MISS football!!

Well... the day i've been waiting for all summer finally came! SEC Football Season Kick-off! Sunday morning, Chris and I dropped the kids off with Grams and headed out to the Ole Miss vs. Memphis game!! We have been anticipating this game for weeks! First stop.... Corky's for some OH SO YUMMY bbq pork nachos! Then it was off to the Liberty Bowl to meet up with friends to tailgate! Now, let me just tell you.. tailgating in Memphis is NOT FUN! It was about 90 degrees outside, no shade, direct sunlight and NOT surrounded by stately oaks.. oh no, i had lovely blacktop! Oh... how I miss the Grove!! Never the less, we greatly enjoyed ourselves and got to catch up with some wonderful friends! The best part... OLE MISS won!! 45-14! HOTTY TODDY!! We are definitely looking forward to driving down to Oxford for the Homecoming game again UAB.. the kid's will be joining us for that one! I can't wait to introduce them to the Grove! Here's a few pictures from Sunday's game! Just warning you.. i look TERRIBLE and Chris looks like he just stepped out of the shower! Goodness.. I just can't even describe how hot it was! :)

I had to come back later and add to this post! I found this online.... THIS is why I love Southern Football!!

Football Season in the South

Planning for the fall football season in the South is radically different than up North. For those who are planning a football trip South, here aresome helpful hints.

Women’s Accessories:
NORTH: Chap Stick in back pocket and a $20 bill in the front pocket.
SOUTH: Louis Vuitton duffel with two lipsticks, waterproof mascara, and afifth of bourbon. Money not necessary – that’s what dates are for.

Stadium Size:
NORTH: College football stadiums hold 20,000 people.
SOUTH: High school football stadiums hold 20,000 people.

NORTH: Expect their daughters to understand Sylvia Plath.
SOUTH: Expect their daughters to understand pass interference.

Campus Decor:
NORTH: Statues of founding fathers.
SOUTH: Statues of Heisman trophy winners.

Homecoming Queen:
NORTH: Also a physics major.
SOUTH: Also Miss America.

NORTH: Rudy Giuliani.
SOUTH: Herschel Walker & Peyton Manning.

Getting Tickets:
NORTH: 5 days before the game you walk into the ticket office on campus.
SOUTH: 5 months before the game you walk into the ticket office on campus,make a large financial contribution, and put name on a waiting list fortickets.

Friday Classes After a Thursday Night Game:
NORTH: Students and teachers not sure they’re going to the game, becausethey have classes on Friday.
SOUTH: Teachers cancel Friday classes because they don’t want to see the fewhung over students that might actually make it to class.

NORTH: An hour before game time, the University opens the campus for gameparking.
SOUTH: RVs sporting their school flags begin arriving on Wednesday for theweekend festivities. The really faithful arrive on Tuesday.

Game Day:
NORTH: A few students party in the dorm and watch ESPN on TV.
SOUTH: Every student wakes up, has a beer for breakfast, and rushes over towhere ESPN is broadcasting “Game Day Live” to get on camera and wave to theidiots up north who wonder why “Game Day Live” is never broadcast from theircampus.

NORTH: Raw meat on a grill, beer with lime in it, listening to local radiostation with truck tailgate down.
SOUTH: 30-foot custom pig-shaped smoker fires up at dawn. Cookingaccompanied by live performance from the Dave Matthews Band, who come overduring breaks and ask for a hit off bottle of bourbon.

Getting to the Stadium:
NORTH: You ask “Where’s the stadium?” When you find it, you walk right in.
SOUTH: When you’re near it, you’ll hear it. On game day it is the state’sthird largest city.

NORTH: Drinks served in a paper cup, filled to the top with soda.
SOUTH: Drinks served in a plastic cup, with the home team’s mascot on it,filled less than half way with soda, to ensure enough room for bourbon.

When National Anthem is Played:
NORTH: Stands are less than half full, and less than half of them stand up.
SOUTH: 100,000 fans, all standing, sing along in perfect four-part harmony.

The Smell in the Air After the First Score:
NORTH: Nothing changes.
SOUTH: Fireworks, with a touch of bourbon.

Commentary (Male):
NORTH: “Nice play.”
SOUTH: “Dammit, you slow sumbitch – tackle him and break his legs.”

Commentary (Female):
NORTH: “My, this certainly is a violent sport.”
SOUTH: “Dammit, you slow sumbitch – tackle him and break his legs.”

NORTH: Neutral and paid.
SOUTH: Announcer harmonizes with the crowd in the fight song, with a tear inhis eye because he is so proud of his team.

After the Game:
NORTH: The stadium is empty way before the game ends.
SOUTH: Another rack of ribs goes on the smoker, while somebody goes to thenearest package store for more bourbon, and planning begins for next week’s game.

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