The Southern Living Tailgate Creed

September 20, 2013 | By | Comments (29)

The 2013 college football season is well underway. That means you can’t walk through the halls of Southern Living without hearing a series of battle cries between colleagues: War Eagle! Roll Tide! Go Vols! Anchor Down! Go Dawgs! And on and on. To say we’re a staff divided is putting it mildly. But there’s one thing we at SL all agree on: there’s nothing like a Southern tailgate. So, in the spirit of the season, we give you the Southern Living Tailgate Creed.

SL Tailgating Creed

Now it’s your turn! Add a line to our Tailgate Creed for a chance to win this week’s $250 Publix gift card. Official rules here.


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  3. Jennifer Essad

    we believe in the tried and true-the ups and the downs-the wins and the loses…

    September 26, 2013 at 12:47 am
  4. Jordan Kelly

    We believe the prettier it looks, the better it tastes!!

    September 24, 2013 at 10:53 pm
  5. S. leighton

    We believe that if you pass by our tailgate y’all should introduce yourself, have some food ’cause the more the merrier!

    September 24, 2013 at 2:24 pm
  6. laynah

    We believe that you must yell so loud for your team that the neighbors down the way call the police to report a disturbance next door.

    September 24, 2013 at 1:42 pm
  7. robin a.

    We believe that there’s no distance too far to drive to tailgate on game day.

    September 24, 2013 at 12:59 pm
  8. Sammie Warwick

    We believe the more the merrier… more people, more food, more drinks.

    September 24, 2013 at 12:03 pm
  9. Cindy W.

    We believe there ain’t no shame in losing, as long as it’s the other side that has!

    September 24, 2013 at 11:41 am
  10. Robin Ennis

    A family’s tailgate spot is as sacred as their family plat the cemetery. They’ve probably been there for 50 years. And you best honor it.

    September 24, 2013 at 11:31 am
  11. sharon

    We believe in our team, drinking beer and a wonderful game day.

    September 24, 2013 at 11:23 am
  12. Kristen

    We believe your bourbon selection should be as varied and as refined as your game day outfit selection.

    September 24, 2013 at 8:49 am
  13. Erin

    We believe in using Southern hospitality and treating everyone like family… As long as they’re wearing our team’s colors.

    September 24, 2013 at 8:15 am
  14. Mike Cass

    We believe game day is the most important day of the week and one should prepare accordingly…ice,grill,condiments,sweat towel and of course plenty of beer!

    September 24, 2013 at 8:05 am
  15. Sharon C.

    We believe it’s never too early to start on game day so bring plenty of comfortable lawn chairs and of course some SOLO cups!

    September 24, 2013 at 7:58 am
  16. Christina

    We believe if you don’t bleed Orange and Blue, then don’t expect an invite 😉

    September 24, 2013 at 7:35 am
  17. Bettina Gibbs

    We believe that doesn’t start ’til the eagle flies high in the sky above the Plains and it doesn’t end ’til Rammer Jammer’s been sung loud across T-town. ( I mean, they are the only teams that matter, right?)

    September 24, 2013 at 7:30 am
  18. kim landers

    Down here we believe that College Football on Saturday is a must. And for me and mine, we bleed Red… Crimson Red that is! Roll Tide!

    September 24, 2013 at 7:24 am
  19. Nita Risher McGlawn

    We have the X-factor, xenodochy, even if you wear the opposing colors. “Hi y’all” and a big smile are as much of the wardrobe as houndstooth in Tuscaloosa.

    September 24, 2013 at 7:19 am
  20. Stafford

    We believe styrofoam cups are crystal…we drink everything out of a styro! Can’t tailgate without them!

    September 24, 2013 at 7:08 am
  21. Camels & Chocolate

    We believe when all else fails…drink bourbon.

    September 23, 2013 at 9:40 pm
  22. Maria

    We believe Fashion Week begins when we don our team’s colors for the first game of the season.

    September 22, 2013 at 3:13 pm
  23. Wahoo gal

    i have a tailgating closet where i keep baskets, plates, napkins, tablecloth, decorations, coozies, school flags, etc. so i’m ready for a tailgate at all times and everything is there (except refrigerated stuff)….Go Wahoos!

    September 22, 2013 at 7:02 am
  24. Beth Falkner

    Always be sure to tailgate at least 5 hours before the game, otherwise it’s not worth the setup effort.

    September 21, 2013 at 7:16 am
  25. Cristina White

    Planning on a leisurely trip to Virginia Beach and surrounding must sees

    September 20, 2013 at 11:17 pm
  26. Kathy jo tesini

    A trip into Savannah Georgia to the lady and sons resturant

    September 20, 2013 at 11:04 pm
  27. Patti McDavid

    I would be taking Florence with me and my husband to Gatlinburg Tennesse ! Florence will hold sandwiches for picnicking while leaf peeping…or possibly marshmallows, Graham crackers and chocolate bars while enjoying a wood burning fireplace or fire pit ! A fall must !

    September 20, 2013 at 10:28 pm
  28. Gloria Morris

    Planning a trip to Chattanooga and Tellico Plains to meet some friends coming from Wisconsin that my husband hasn’t seen for a long time. We also plan to enjoy the fall season and some very good southern food. G. Morris

    September 20, 2013 at 9:18 pm
  29. nancy owens

    To the Outer Banks

    September 20, 2013 at 6:31 pm

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