There were features to which I could completely relate (the 10 Commandments of College Football Fandom, for example), and others that, perhaps because I'm not a true Southerner or because they were a bit unexpected, I didn't quite "get".
For instance, the segment on "showing your school pride while looking chic" was a bit of a stretch for me. The piece suggested I wear a light-weight pencil skirt, ruffle blouse, blazer, strappy heels, and bangles - all in school colors, of course - for game day tailgates. As a back-up ensemble, the piece suggested I dress up my khaki, navy, or black tailgating dress with a patent leather belt, rouched touch gloves, or a clutch in my school's colors. Really?! Though I usually tailgate wearing a school t-shirt or sweatshirt, jeans, and flip flops (this ensemble is ideal for mustard bowling, beer pong, and overindulging on hamburgers, chicken wings, and beer), I love a cute tailgating sun dress as much as the next fan and may even someday purchase and wear one. But if you ever see me tailgating in a pencil skirt, blazer, and strappy heels I'd like you forcably remove me from the premises for embarrassing myself and my husband.
I got a kick out the magazine's interview with ESPN College GameDay reporter Erin Andrews. When asked, "What is the biggest misconception about the South?", Erin answered, "That every guy here has a Justin Bieber haircut." I've never heard of this Southern misconception, but I suppose it's possible I'm just out of the loop and all you Midwesterners are up there thinking that life in the South is like living in a Justin Bieber hall of mirrors. Let me set the record straight, people - I can't recall seeing even a single Justin Bieber haircut on a boy/man of any age since we've lived here. In fact, I wish there was a little more Bieber goin' on up in here.
Yeah, my kids like the Biebs.
I won't, however, be shopping for a new tailgating ensemble - jeans and a t-shirt suit this Midwesterner just fine.
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