We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
As a southerna' I can verify that the above is true (as far as the South goes- I wouldn't know how the Yankees really think about Football). I also wouldn't know about the Bourbon.
Best selling jewelry items at some local stores this time of year? - Jewelry and collectables with Team Logos on them. Who's buying them? The ladies...for themselves.
Actually, JC-At least in Ohio, WVa, (Western) Pa, (Western) Va (around Blacksburg) and in Wisc., it's pretty much the same as described for the "South". Especially for tickets!The writer evidently identifies "North" as "East Coast North"
Another point to note is the confluence of hunting season and football season. That's why the South tends to have early games on weekday nights. Over the weekends, everyone (and the cheerleaders) are out hunting! They switch to more weekend football after hunting season closes.
I first discovered this when I took up my post as pastor of a church in the Deep South, after arriving in this country. It was the first Sunday in October, and virtually every male in my congregation arrived wearing camouflage, toting shotguns in their pickup trucks. I wondered for a moment whether this was a precaution against a poor sermon, but it turned out to be the opening day of squirrel season. Their wives might make them come to church, but by Gawd, they were gonna hit them trees runnin' when service let out!
"SOUTH: 30-foot custom pig-shaped smoker fires up at dawn. Cooking accompanied by live performance from the Dave Matthews Band, who come over during breaks and ask for a hit off bottle of bourbon."
This is very true. I’m an alumnus of Auburn University, and our last home game is either Georgia or Alabama every season. Those games are so big that we would have the pledges use their cars to block off a huge area near the eagle’s cage on campus in a way that resembled Conestoga wagons circling for defense. This was done a week before the game, or two weeks out if we had a home games before hosting UGA. We had a couple of giant, custom grills and smokers , and we’d have a band play if the game was at night. We usually had one of two bands play during the afternoon, either Passing Through and Rollin’ in the Hay. The lead singer from Passing Through was that Taylor Hicks guy that won the Idol show.
People of all walks of life would gather around, family-style, and enjoy the food and music. Of course, there were always a handful of people who partied a little too hard all day and didn’t make it to the game, but their slumbering bodies were strategically placed around the tailgate area so as to deter people from stealing food and beer during the game. Such is the tradition of Southern football Saturdays.
Granddaddy Long Legs
"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 for tickets."
And if you think we take football seriously, you should see our waiting list for basketball tickets...