If you would have asked me ten years ago if I would have ever said “Roll Tide Roll,” I might have laughed at you. I wasn’t super in to college football back then. I would watch a little here and there with my guy friends, but I just wasn’t passionate about the sport or a specific team. I would root for a Georgia team because that is where I lived or pull for Alabama because a friend of mine was a fan and he was alone among a bunch of Georgia or other opposing team people.
When you live in Alabama, one of the first things people will ask you is Alabama or Auburn. You think I am exaggerating but I assure you I am not. The love for college football and these two teams is so deeply rooted in this state that you can’t help but get caught up in it. I was literally asked Alabama or Auburn in a job interview once. Like the job was dependent on the correct answer. Thank goodness I was an Alabama fan! Chris and his entire family are Alabama fans so it was just a natural choice for me. That and have you seen the hideous Auburn colors? No thanks.
Every Saturday in the south revolves around football when in season. Don’t you dare plan a wedding or a baby shower or any other life event without planning on getting shit from at least half your guests. And to be honest, I kind of love it!When you are out in about, random people will say Roll Tide Roll or War Damn Eagle to you. In the drive thru at Starbucks, I once had a family buy my drink because they noticed my Alabama tag and told the barista to say Roll Tide to me.
During football season I wonder what the hell I did with my weekends when it wasn’t football season. I proudly wear crimson and houndstooth and side eye all my Auburn friends. We are loud and obnoxious while gorging on all the amazing foods during the game. We cuss at the ridiculous announcers and stand and hold our breath when we are up for a field goal. Even if you don’t like football, you could at least participate in the shenanigans for the food and entertainment value of the crazy fans!
I thought it would be fun to share a few of my favorite tailgate/football treats with you all today!
And some football funnies because it is Friday!
Linking up with Erin!!!!
Oh, I can relate to this post. Except, I was pretty much brainwashed as a child. My dad had season tickets since before I was born to Texas A&M football games. So many childhood memories with my dad are revolved around going to games. He’s a graduate. I’m a graduate. My brother and sister-in-law, both graduates. Their oldest child, my niece, is beginning her sophomore year. And, burnt orange (or Texas Longhorn colors) is even uglier than Auburn orange. haha
FUN story…I’m SO excited for football season (and maybe all the food and snack that come along with it) …as an alum though, I have to say….WE ARE! Go PSU 😉
I so know what you mean about there are two teams to root for – growing up in Florida I was always a Gators fan and went to college there – so I’ll be a gator for life!! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston
I can’t wait for football!!!! I am super excited and I was just telling my girls last night I can’t wait to have a game day party for the food!
God I love college football – Alabama especially! Our football team is such an embarrassment that we hardly watch. We had season tickets one year and didn’t go in one game! So we say Roll Tide in our house. And Nick Saban is so handsome. 🙂 This post really got me excited for it to start!
HAHA! Those funnies are amazing. Even though I’m an NFL girl at heart, I still love rooting on the Buckeyes come football season. We always photograph weddings on Saturday’s and the last couple years Caleb and I have gotten more into watching college football and we try to stay home as long as possible before leaving to work. I love that everyone in Alabama plans weddings/showers around the games. That’s true love! 😉
I feel like that’s how Texas is lol. You’re either a UT fan or an A&M fan. When I student taught there were a couple of teachers where the guy when to A&M and the girl went to UT, they would argue about it ALL. THE. TIME. lol
That’s how it is around here during basketball season -you are either a Wildcat (UK) fan or a Cardinal (UL) Fan… me? I’m the one who just likes to go to an empty grocery store during the games 🙂
I’m not going to comment on anything but the food!! And I want all of that! I LOOOOVE chips and dip — it’s probably my most favorite thing ever. Side-eyeing you, Bama fan. War Eagle!
haha love this! We are ACC football fans, Go Deacs! Which is slightly less serious than the SEC. Until basketball season starts! I love the NFL though and Sundays are a way bigger deal to us than Saturdays.
I get frustrated when people DON’T plan things around football season. JUST today I got an invite to a baby shower that’s going to take place during the Bengals home opener… I mean, what am I supposed to do!??! LOL! I watched the documentary/movie about The Alabama Auburn rivalry and it was CRAZY!
Haha! There’s quite a few other schools in Texas, but it almost gets that way between UT and A&M, or at least it did when we were both in the Big 12. It seriously blows my mind when people plan weddings during football weekends! I heard about somebody that planned their wedding when Alabama was playing us at Kyle Field (it was the year right after we beat y’all at home, which is the only year we’ve won, I know), and they said that if their friends weren’t there then they weren’t true friends. Um, last time I checked a true friend would never make somebody pick between football and a wedding! Rude! Football season is officially almost here, and I can’t wait! Have a great weekend!
Although I don’t give one lick about football, especially college football (sorry!!!), I find this to be hilarious! I would say that’s how NE Ohioans (maybe all Ohioans?) are about the Cavs. Five years ago I didn’t give a sh*t. Now we have every Cavs game on all season long in our house. Ridiculous, but true. Haha!
Those football funnies were hilarious! Love them!
I’m in a weird place with football right now. I’ve never liked football. My parents watched it when I was growing up, but I never paid any attention to it. I like other sports, but just couldn’t get into football. But several years ago we went to Tuscaloosa for A-Day and for the first time in my life, I got into football. It was such an incredible experience being there. Christopher jokes that we got “baptized” in the Tide and ever since then he has been a huge fan. We went because my sister & brother-in-law are huge fans and they asked us to come with them. So we did. And it was AWESOME! I remember every stranger we passed smiling at us and saying “Roll Tide!” It was such a fun experience. It felt like being with a huge, extended family.
The same sister and her husband live in Mobile (that’s where he’s from) and they are raising their kids to be the biggest Bama fans. It’s hilarious. Their son is especially obsessed. My extended family likes to pick on him because of it and one Thanksgiving they decorated the whole condo we were all staying in with Auburn stuff for the Auburn/Alabama game. None of them are Auburn fans at all, but they thought it would be funny to pick on my sister’s family. Well everyone took it in good fun except for my nephew. He literally cried. Oh my goodness, it was terrible and kind of funny all at the same time.
Aaaanyway, all that is to say… Christopher is definitely an Alabama fan. And I was for a couple of years after we went to Tuscaloosa. I’m not NOT a fan. I’m just not big into football. I told Christopher he needs to take me back to A-Day this next year so I can be into it again. 😉
I still remember back when ESPN did that whole “Roll Tide” commercial and people thought it was exaggerated… It’s SO not. That’s exactly what you can expect if you live in Alabama. It was hilarious last year before the Alabama/Auburn game when I was in Starbucks. About 10 different people had put “Roll Tide” or “War Eagle” on their cups, and every time a drink was ready the barista would yell either one, and the folks inside would yell it back. Good times!
This is all so true about the south . . . we have friends that went to Alabama and they are so die hard it’s fun to watch them! I just like to have football parties and feel the excitement – I generally don’t care who wins – such a girl, I know! Love some tailgating recipes though!
Football in the South is NO JOKE. We lived in the South for a few years and everything revolved around SEC football. I loved it, too. There’s nothing better than college football 🙂 We’re Notre Dame fans and I’ve already got a whole fun tailgate menu board on Pinterest of new recipes to try 🙂
I love this – it’s the same in KY with uofl vs uk, it sucks because KC and friends are uofl fans but I look better in blue than red lol hahaha but I’m like not a fan of either so no big deal. I just don’t tell people that because you’d think I shot their dog or something, they’d much rather get mad at me for being a ‘cards fan’ than not a fan at all haha
I literally know nothing about college football. But our new dog, coming from Alabama and being born on the 4th of July I thought he should have a historical name and so we came up with Rebel. Then we realized the Star Wars ties and YES!!!!!!!! So his full name will be Guardian’s Rebel Alliance.
I tell you that to tell you this: Our dogs name has absolutely nothing to do with Ol’ Miss. Which I realized could be an issue when I started googling “rebel dog collars” lmao!