Ready or not, another football season is upon us and the return of that uniquely American tradition...tailgating!
Or, may it's not just American. I don't know, maybe soccer fans in distant countries open up their trucks, spread the picnic basket contents out and enjoy a snack before the big match on the pitch.
But, the pre-game festivities in many areas have become almost as important if not more so than the contest itself. It seems like a strange tradition...standing in a parking lot eating and drinking for hours on end before (and after) a football game, but it's been elevated to an art form by many, many fans.
What may have started off as just a beer and a hot dog from the back of a pickup truck has evolved for some into tricked-out vehicles specifically designed for such events with fine wines, actual plates and silverware to serve up multi-course meals and desserts and even games to while away the time until kickoff.
And, the traditions of tailgating have led to long-time friendships among fans of football teams who share this experience with their next-door-neighbor tailgaters fall after fall after fall.
Enjoy your Football Fall in your favorite manner with your favorite fans this season!