The American Tailgating Party

As an American, I just don’t understand the frenzy that surrounds soccer around the world. Admittedly, I did get a bit into it when I lived in Switzerland—I loved the cars that drove throughout our village after a match, flags waving and victory cries filling the night air. The energy was fabulous, and I swore I’d follow the game even after I moved back to the U.S. But, I didn’t—in part because I don’t have cable TV, so I don’t have access to the games. What I don’t understand is all of the violence and gangs that go along with the teams.

The beatings, the deaths, and the vandalism is crazy. It makes me wonder why Americans don’t get all riled up when their version of football is such a violent game. Then, it hit me: the tailgating party.

Tailgating = Little Violence

What is a tailgating party? Before a football game, everyone shows up in the huge trucks to park outside of the stadium. Then, the party begins. The tailgates of the trucks are turned into a buffet. You have to have it all: food, drinks, grills. Some people even bring portable radios and tvs. This is a serious party of consumption and fun.

What is a tailgating party? Before a football game, everyone shows up in the huge trucks to park outside of the stadium. Then, the party begins. The tailgates of the trucks are turned into a buffet. You have to have it all: food, drinks, grills. Some people even bring portable radios and tvs. This is a serious party of consumption and fun.

The basic must-haves at every tailgating party are:

Meat: It isn’t a real, American tailgating party without hamburgers, hotdogs, sausages, and/or steaks. That’s right, some have it all. See? This isn’t some simple little get together. This is a full blown event.

Snacks: Chips and salsa. Chips and salsa. Chips and salsa. You cannot have a successful tailgate party without chips and salsa. Do you need me to say it again? Chips and salsa. Oh yeah, and baked beans, pasta salad, and chips and salsa. Don’t forget dessert by bringing a big bag of cookies.

Beer: You must have beer! Don’t forget soda and juice boxes for the kids. If it is super cold out, you might want to bring thermoses of coffee and hot chocolate.

Equipment: Don’t forget the grill! It is of upmost importance. You will also want to bring a cooler (ice chest), chairs, and paper plates. Don’t forget your team flags and decorations! Face painting in your football team’s colors is highly encourages.

Tailgate parties happen for all kinds of games: professional, college, and even high school games. It is a huge social event. You don’t have to get fancy about the food. It is more about quantity than quality. Basically, everyone gathers and gorges themselves. The energy and team spirit builds during the party. Then, the football game begins. Everyone lugs their full bellies into the stands. They cheer, boo, and roar. They jump up and down, wiggling around.

By the time the game is over, they are exhausted. Their bellies have been expanded to a ridiculous point. There is no way anyone can even manage to form a gang and attack the other team’s gang. It just isn’t going to happen.

The tailgate party keeps the violence away.

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it_is_not 7 years ago

sounds ridiculous. like animals starved off basic necessities. like under-evolvement of the human race.

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