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October 12, 2012

Tennessee Titans: Tailgating Is All We Have This Season—Barring Another Miracle

If you don't want to go all out for tailgating, position yourself next to someone who does.

Guest blogger Stacey Bright had higher hopes for her Tennessee Titans this year. But she’s taking solace in tailgating—and she hasn’t given up on another Music City Miracle.

Last we talked, I was optimistic about my Tennessee Titans and sitting on cloud nine with my second pick of the fantasy draft in Tom Brady.

Well, the Titans and my fantasy team have one thing in common—we are both 1-4.

So the “game-day experience” train has come off the tracks, and now it’s time to concentrate on how to just get through the rest of the season with as little emotional turmoil as possible.

I’ve lived through the 4-12 season, the 59-0 beatdown by the Patriots in the snow, so I can live through this.

Now it’s all about the tailgate. Contrary to popular belief, you can still have fun when your team just flat-out sucks. Good friends, good food and flowing libations are the key. Our group has been tailgating together since the first game when it was Adelphia Coliseum.

We’ve gone through a stadium with no name for a few years, to a name I can’t even remember, to, presently, LP Field. (Side note: I realize LP sells building products, but when I see their facades around the field I can’t help thinking of Opryland Theme Park in general, and the Angle Inn in particular. Only old school Nashvillians will understand this reference).

Now there are those that go all out for tailgating, but to me that is just too much work. It’s more about the “fellowship” than the Titans tablecloths, flowers and your best china. We have seen people bring their smokers and spend hours preparing brisket, steak and the like, to people like us who do well to grill pre-patted hamburgers and serve chips.

College kids are good tailgating friends to make because they may let you in on their games.

For some people it is more about the tailgate than the game. And those good folks have hit the mother lode, because the tailgate is all we have this year.

One key strategy I’ve learned over the years is to align yourself NEXT to the guy with the smoker (possible free food), the college kids with the cornhole game (possible entertainment) and the party people offering Jell-O shots (free…well who knows?).

Tailgating is like a family reunion, but the difference is you only have this family for five months out of the year.

Football families unite wearing their team’s jersey and razzing the opposing team’s fans as they make their walk into the stadium.

It’s not mean. It’s expected. It’s football. I’ve had to make that walk at 12 other stadiums, and it is no different at any of them than it is in Nashville. Although, it is much more fun doing it when you have a winning team.

As for this year, who knows? Miracles have happened in this stadium before….



About the Author

Stacey Bright
Stacey Bright
Stacey was born in Huntsville, AL., grew up in Nashville, TN, and received her informal football education at The University of Alabama. After graduating in 1992, she moved back to Nashville where she is a VP of Marketing, a wife, a mother of two dogs, and a passionate football fan. She loves the Tide, but most of all she loves the team right outside her back door, the Tennessee Titans.




  • Anonymous

    Another great piece, Stacey. Does last night qualify as a miracle? I would have never picked the Titans over the Steelers. Maybe Hasselbeck still has it in him!