Saturday marked the first home game for the JSU Tigers this football season. So of course, my little family and I got our tickets and prepared to partake in all of the joy that I believe can only be found at a HBCU tailgate/football game.
Smoochy, as always, got all the provisions and headed to the stadium early, early, early to help the other dudes set up and
get their drink on start cooking. LG and I don’t usually arrive until about 2 hours before the game, but since we were playing Southern and I wanted to park in the stadium, we got there around 12:30.
LG and I begin the short trek into the tailgating area. “Hey lady. Looking good. Can I have 30 seconds of your time?” “Thank you, and no, but you enjoy the game.” “But I’m a Christian. My daddy’s a deacon. I’m a good man.” iHollered! I hope he’s able to take a nice girl home to meet his deacon daddy real soon!
Anywhoo, we ate and visited and napped until around 3 when we all headed in the stadium. I tell you what – the fashions y’all, the fashions! I saw everything from butt cheeks hanging out of cut off shorts to suede boots to everything in between! I was most taken aback by the groups – yes, plural – of men dressed as dancers. These dudes were up in the stands in leotards, crop tops, shimmy shirts and short shorts doing dance routines. Between by bad vision and my disbelief, I never would’ve known they were male had it not been for everyone around me shouting “Yes, Nerd Girl, those are dudes. For real!” Alright, alright, no need to holler…
There were also all manner of tattoos. From the ladies with their names tatted in script across their chests (why?!?!?!?!??) to this lady who was sitting across the aisle with this on her thigh:
After the game we went back to the tailgate. I was sitting around trying not to fall asleep (the heat was brutal! I was drained) when I looked up and who did I see but my high school prom date strolling through the parking lot selling incense! He went to Southern, majored in history, and refuses to work for “the man” so he makes his living as a vendor. He’s a really nice dude and I was thrilled to see him and catch up! Not very often I see someone I knew from waaaay back in the day. And when I say “not very often” I mean never. I stay slightly envious of those of you who see people who you grew up with on an even semi-regular basis. I’ll try to remember to post our prom pic tomorrow. Oh, and if you think Smoochy didn’t clown me for “almost marrying” incense man, you’d be wrong. Sir, one date does not an almost-husband make!!
Anyhoo, we had a great time. We were all exhausted and drained – it was hotter out there than anyone expected. We spent all day Sunday laying around, listening to Bill Withers and Aretha Franklin, and flipping through the latest InStyle magazine. Wait. That was probably just me. Smoochy and LG were left to their own devices.
What’d you do this weekend? Are you a football fan? Who are your teams? Are you as shocked as the Cowboys are that they won????