Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 9/30/11

According to some brand of charcoal, it is “National Tailgating Week.” Not that we need an excuse to go all out for attending our favorite NFL and college football games.

Check out this link at Chicago Now’s Gladly Gluten Free to read the most cumulative guide to tailgating you’ll ever see. And the guide highlights a trip that will take place at Champaign for this weekend’s Homecoming tilt between the Illini and Northwestern. Yes, at the school that claims to have invented homecoming.

And as you’ll see the orange and blue Shwartz is very strong in my family.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Right Vehicle. This is totally subjective and highly variable. For a few college kids, this may mean no vehicle at all. Simply standing in a parking lot around a chilled case of beer (no chairs, no cooler) is highly portable and the entire experience only costs $12. For others, this may mean renting a $100,000 RV (a.k.a. “The Rizzle Vizzle”) for the weekend to accommodate afternoon naps, frequent trips to the restroom, and on-demand viewing of Spaceballs and Disney Princess DVDs. Whatever works to transport you, your guests, and your tailgating goods is fine.

Location, Location, Location. Where you set up camp matters a bit, but isn’t a critical factor to the success of a tailgate. Being closer to the stadium is a bit more “interesting”, in terms of people watching and a more festive atmosphere. More important is seeking out a location on grass vs. concrete. Standing on grass all afternoon is more comfortable than concrete, and allows you to throw the football around with the kids. Trust me. There will be some tackle plays and missed passes.

Entertainment. The football game should be the primary entertainment of the day, unless someone brings a box of wine a game of “Slap the Bag” breaks out. Given that this is a family friendly tailgate, we will save that for a different post. With several adults and 6 children aged 4 to almost 14, it is important to come prepared with some games to keep people occupied. Footballs, washers, and bags are all good choices. A deck of cards can keep younger ones entertained with games of Go Fish or Memory.  For our tailgate, a TV is also a must. My husband’s rationale is as follows:

  • It serves as a form of entertainment. During the tailgate, people can watch other football games taking place.
  • For those guests who either do not have a ticket or have consumed far too many beverages, they can watch the game without leaving the comfort of their folding chair.
  • It draws people to the tailgate. He referenced the girls’ volleyball team as an example. I am a little suspect of this line of reasoning.

Wherever you travel to and however you tailgate, just remember to kick back, enjoy the ride, and savor the experience. If you happen to be heading to Champaign this weekend, stop by the Rizzle Vizzle tailgate for a beverage, gluten free snack, or to watch a little bit of Spaceballs with the kids.

Oskeewowow and may the shwartz be with you.

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