The storms of last night are finished and for the most part forgotten.
The new day arrives with a hint of fall in the air. All in all, football weather. It is a day in which most fans anticipate a game in which ASU dominates Memphis as much as Oregon dominated the Red Wolves last week.
The first order of the day is tailgating, and this ritual serves a few purposes. First and formost, it allows like minded friends to gather and cook out. Basically a back yard barbque, except it is done in the parking areas for the football stadium. A big advantage of tailgating is that aside from spending the day with friends and aquaintances, you are at the game area and do not have to fight the pregame traffic jam in order to get to the stadium. You also tend to meet new friends and find out others views on all sorts of things.
Tailgating has gotten high tech in a lot of ways. Today there will be many portable generators and television sets with satalite dishes set up to watch the myriad of college games while waiting for the one that really matters. There is nothing better than to be able to watch what is going on in the college football world while also enjoying stories from the past with good friends.
There is an anticipation in the air that this game will be the start of something special. We are so ready to forget about Oregon, and get on with the business of taking the Red Wolves to a level where they will be the only ones to score so readily on other teams.
For those who have not tailgated before, a few simple rules should be remembered.
1: While many people will be willing to share their food, if you never bring food yourself, people will begin to resent you.
2: Your tailgate can be as simple or as elaborate as you choose to make it.
3: It is usually best to cooridinate with those with whom you tailgate to make sure that you don't bring ketchup for the steaks, or steak sauce for the hotdogs.
4: Have fun, but remember that there are several other parties going on around you, and your fun should not cause them to have ill feelings towards you.
After the game a unique to large gatherings thing will take place, and that is the after game traffic jam. Many people try to avoid this by leaving before the game is over. I say if you are not going to watch the end of the game, why did you buy a ticket and come in the first place? A better way is to continue your tailgate while those who believe that they MUST get home as quickly as possible after the game waste valuable gasoline sitting in stop and sometimes go traffic allowing their blood pressure to elevate, and their mood to degrade.
A much better solution is to continue the tailgate after the game while traffic clears. Two people who live next door to each other once walked out of the game at the end, and one left to get home as fast as possible, the other tailgated for an hour while traffic cleared. The one who stayed to tailgate and have a good time was home within ten minutes of the time the one who left as soon as the game was over got home. The moral of that story?
Stop and smell the roses, you will be happier, and you will not be significantly later than if you had stressed out in traffic in an attempt to beat the laws of physics.