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WMITC Ultimate Tailgating Guide

By Dan

Eating and drinking before watching a football game. Sounds like a pretty simple concept. However, eating and drinking before a WVU football game is almost taken as seriously as the football game itself. Playboy and The Princeton Review have repeatedly named West Virginia University as a top party school for a reason. Not only do we party like champions on Friday night, but we are also undisputed kings of the parking lot on Saturday mornings. However, not all tailgating is created equal. The following information should help any WVU fan get the most out of their pre-gaming, whether they are a freshman, or a seasoned pro in the art of tailgating.

First off, you need to have the appropriate supplies. Sure, cold beer is enough for some people. But for those seeking greater things, it’s only the beginning.

* Alcohol – Without alcohol you might as well be tailgating at a BYU game. Always buy more than you think you need. Nobody likes a tailgate that runs out of beer. Wine coolers don’t count. Bring along a bottle of liquor with a mixer to change things up. If it’s an early game, think Bloody Marys. If it’s a late game, vodka and Redbull. Invest in a Jagermeister machine and watch the number of your friends grow!

* Grill – Tailgating could be done without a grill, but why? Having the ability to devour red meat should be available to all tailgaters. If you don’t have a grill, barter with your neighbor for a burger or hotdog. Then buy a cheap portable grill for the next game for God’s sake, you are embarrassing.

* Food – Rookies only bring chips. Try to bring at least one appetizer and main dish if possible. Buffalo wings are always a hit. Pepperoni rolls are a local fave. Chili is a must for those cold games in November. If you are too lazy to cook, bring ready-made sub sandwiches. Professionals tailor their food to the occasion and/or game. If you are playing Marshall, grill up some buffalo burgers. Playing Pitt? Go kill and skin a panther. It probably tastes like chicken.

* Cooler – Nobody likes warm beer. Bring tons of ice, a couple coolers-- the bigger the better. Make some room to throw in a couple bottles of water to hydrate yourself between cases of beer, jack and coke, moonshine, or whatever your poison of choice is for that month. There is always one person who overdoes it and is “that guy” passed out before 11AM. Don’t be him, but point and laugh as much as you want.

* Chairs – A common mistake at a tailgate is a lack of chairs. There doesn’t have to be many because people will always be moving around. But chairs are a welcome addition during long, hot tailgating afternoons. Large coolers will double as chairs.

* Music - Whether you get fired up from AC/DC, Jay-Z or Michael Bolton, it is essential to have some type of music at your tailgate. Turn on the pre-game show while setting up your tailgate or come back after the game and listen to the post game show. Regardless of what you listen to, always finish up your tailgate with Country Roads before walking to the stadium. Hardcore WVU fans have a mix CD of WVU related songs, play-by-play calls, and the Pride. If you don’t have one, get one.

* Games – When socializing isn’t getting it done, or your buddy has been nursing that Bud light for too long, it’s time to break out the games. It never hurts to have a deck or two of cards with you. Bring a beer pong table with ping pong balls and plastic cups. If you don’t have anything, make friends with somebody who does have one. Try your luck at Cornhole. If nothing else, bring along a football or frisbee. If you are in a crowded section, it may be wise to play with a Nerf football before Grandma gets an unsuspected shot in her kidneys.

* Spirit – Don’t forget to flaunt plenty of WVU paraphernalia. Hang up flags by your spot. Build an effigy of the opponent’s mascot to punish or hang by a noose.

Dos and Don’ts

DO: Make a checklist of what to bring to an event. There is nothing worse than unpacking at your spot and finding out you left the hamburger rolls, the bottle of rum or your little sister at home.

DO: Bring extra ice, napkins, water, and sunblock. It’s always better to have extra than none at all.

DO: Share with your tailgating neighbors. There are no strangers when you are tailgating at Mountaineer Field. You provide a couple beers, you receive a couple pepperoni rolls in return. I’m pretty sure that’s in the bible.

DON’T: Run out of food. Pretend you’ve invited 5 Ralph Friedgens to your tailgate. Remember, tailgating starts hours before the game and can last hours following the game. Make sure you prepare enough food for this reason and bring the leftovers home.

DON’T: Completely trash your tailgating spot. Bring a few trash bags to dispose of empty beer cans, chicken bones, plates, Rutgers fans, etc.

DON’T: Rush your tailgating experience. Arrive to the spot a few hours early to set up and slow-cook any food to be served later. Snacks, appetizers, and drinks should be available the entire time. The main entrees could be served 2-3 hours before kickoff.

Remember these things whether you are partying in “the Pit” – which used to resemble the moshpit during the Limp Bizkit set at Woodstock ‘99 – the Blue Lot, or on a cheap lot around the stadium. Parking around the stadium or Van Vooris Road usually costs $10-20 per car. If you didn’t bring any food, find a vendor around the bigger lots to buy your grub. Have an RV but no permit to park? Try calling the stadium event staff to check for cancellations (304-291-4650). Tailgating in Touchdown City should be an event to look forward to year round. So enjoy your cold beer, hot food and cheer as hard as you can for the Mountaineers. But once the game starts, don’t worry. You will be back out to do it all over again after singing Country Roads following the game. Then the real party starts.
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Posted: 8/7/2006 12:09 am  Updated: 8/7/2006 12:13 am
Joined: 2/9/2006
From: Houston, TX
Posts: 3727
 Other necessary items...
A digital camera is a must. Capturing the festivities for all who boldly go to the tailgate must be done. Also must capture "that guy" who passes out before 11 on digital media. Don't forget a Sharpie (unibrows are fun, as are Pancho Villa moustaches and permanent Flying WVs emblazoned on the face of "that guy.") If said person passes out with hands strategically placed, a leftover brat adds just that je ne sai quois to your tailgate photography.

Ditto the sentiment on the wine coolers...and if you bring Zima, you will be chased off in a hailstorm of bottles, cans, half-eaten burgers, garbage, and those erstwhile Rutgers fans.
Posted: 8/7/2006 12:18 am  Updated: 8/7/2006 12:18 am
Joined: 1/18/2006
Posts: 1507
 Re: Other necessary items...
DON’T: Completely trash your tailgating spot. Bring a few trash bags to dispose of empty beer cans, chicken bones, plates, Rutgers fans, etc.

Rutgers fans
Posted: 8/7/2006 12:50 am  Updated: 8/7/2006 12:50 am
Joined: 7/21/2006
From: Boone County, WV
Posts: 12965
 Re: Other necessary items...
Does Rutgers actually have fans? I've never seen one LOL.

I always thought they were imaginary along the same lines as Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny.
Posted: 8/7/2006 7:23 am  Updated: 8/7/2006 7:23 am
Joined: 1/20/2006
From: Eastern Panhandle, WV
Posts: 3915
 Re: Other necessary items...
Playing Pitt? Go kill and skin a panther. It probably tastes like chicken.



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