Southern football fans are great. You've got people like my twin aunts, who are the loudest people on Earth, and who vocally support their team (DAWWWGSSSS) every chance they get, to the preppy soror girls who mostly go to the games to show off their new Game Day dresses, to the lil cutie pies who's parents dressed them up in a team cheerleading outfit (I believe I know 3 little girls who were once in this position), to the real backbone of football pride: boys out to have a good time drinking beer and cheering on their fav team. If you don't enjoy a good tailgate, topped off by a good game (whether your team wins or loses) then something's wrong with you...and you're definitely not Southern. ;)
Southern Living (my Bible) published "The 10 Commandments of College Football" in their October issue, and I just had to share. Hope you enjoy these as much as I did and GO DUKES (ugh, I know, I know)!!
1. Thou shalt wear team colors. But think twice before adorning yourself with body paint—you don’t want to be the Internet photo that goes viral.
2. Thou shalt know—and sing—your team’s fight song from beginning to end. Sure, you can “watermelon watermelon” your way through the alma mater, but not memorizing the fight song is a fan failure.
3. Thou shalt keep your language clean (unless, of course, the quarterback fumbles on fourth and goal).
4. Thou shalt support the coach. Even when his calls are questionable.
5. Thou shalt be respectful to visiting teams. Remember: Southern ladies and gentlemen never boo.
6. Thou shalt set up a tailgate no fewer than three hours before kickoff (six if it’s a night game). Table linens and matching huggers encouraged, but not required.
7. Thou shalt theme your tailgate food around the visiting rival. Gator bites, anyone?
8. Thou shalt stay through the fourth quarter—rain or shine. That’s what ponchos are for, y’all.
9. Thou shalt respect the solemnity of Game Day by planning weddings, births, and other life events around the football schedule.
10. Thou shalt not covet other teams’ bowl games, national championships, or Heisman Trophy wins. There’s always next year.
"The 10 Commandments" courtesy of Southern Living Magazine.