Thursday, October 5, 2006
Good Saturday for tailgating
Three college football games in one season in person are sort of rare for me.
I love the game. But I usually grab the remote and watch several games at one time on a Saturday.
Good family friend Jesse Phillips called early last week and offered us four tickets to the Ole Miss versus Georgia game.
It didn’t take long for me to say “yes.” Son Andy, the Ole Miss fan in the family, was anxious all week long.
We were all looking forward to possibly seeing Holly Springs’ own Seth Adams get some playing time at quarterback.
The Marshall Academy graduate got his first game action of the season in the second half the week before against Wake Forest. He was 8 of 11 of passing for 84 yards, his longest completion for 19 yards.
I also knew fellow newspaper folks and friends John and J.J. Carney from Monticello were driving to Oxford in their motor home for the weekend.
We usually only get to see them once or twice a year at Mississippi Press Association functions. This was an opportunity to relax with some friends, do some tailgating and see a big Southeastern Conference football matchup.
We left early, first going by the Phillips residence for the tickets and visiting with Jesse and his wife Jeanette.
We got to the Ole Miss campus and RV parking section in time to turn the TV to the Alabama-Florida game for the kickoff and start enjoying some good food.
The weather was wonderful.
Emma and Andy headed off to The Grove to visit the Holly Springs tent.
Pam and I caught up on “the news” with John and J.J. and started munching on chips and dip, chicken strips, boiled peanuts and more. Pam carried our favorite dip, “Mississippi Caviar,” plus one of our favorite desserts, caramel streusel brownies.
John’s specialty on the tailgating scene is boiled peanuts, but we later found that his grilled chicken wings are equally as good.
We didn’t go hungry; that’s for sure. We ate and ate and then ate some more before walking over to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium for the big game.
I’ve told Pam for years that once we retire we’re renting a house or apartment somewhere, maybe the beach or maybe the mountains, and traveling most of the time in an RV.
Saturday didn’t change my mind. It made me look a bit forward to retirement, which most likely won’t come for another 20 or 25 years.
We toured a brand new motor home parked across from John’s. We walked in, and Andy said, “Mom, this kitchen is bigger than our’s at home.”
We all laughed.
Alabama lost the TV game of the day. Ole Miss later lost the “in person” game of the day.
The Rebels played much better than in previous weeks. The defense improved tremendously. They had their chances to pull out a victory. Now they look to homecoming this Saturday afternoon versus Vanderbilt.
We were disappointed we didn’t get to see Seth play, but maybe next time.
The seats in the Rebel Club are the best. The food is good, too, as if we needed anything else to eat after the afternoon of tailgating.
The game started at 8:10 p.m. and wasn’t over until about 11:30 p.m.
We got home about 12:45 a.m.
It was a great Saturday, filled with good friends, good food and good fellowship.
College football in the South is much more than a game.
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