In memory of James Dungy
January 6, 1987 -
December 22, 2005
The Colts Influence
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Jon T. Anderson
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The Colts Influence
to be a Colts Tailgater
people just can't get enough of the great outdoors. They enjoy eating
outside, no matter what the season. They find ways to overcome the
cold, the wind and other atmospheric disturbances. In fact, they like
it so much that they bring equipment worthy of a home or patio
kitchen on their outings.
course, what were describing is a tailgating party.
tailgaters work to establish the most elaborate setting for their
party. Tables, chairs, carpets and grills - all the comforts of home
- are taken along for the party. Tailgaters are very serious about
their food, often preparing days before the event.
What a Tailgater Needs
1. Dress in Blue & White - hint the team colors!!!
Wear a team jersey or sweatshirt! You are the 12th man on the team .
Show your team spirit. Tailgaters are the best fans!!!!!
to be a Colts Fan
2. Plan your menu and do prep work a day or two before
the game. Keep the menu simple (here
are some sample recipes) and pack prepared food in
Recipes for Tailgating
3. Pack the night before or
earlier if you desire.
Best to be ready than running late
and forget something . . .
like maybe Game Day tickets!
a Tailgating Tote
a list of the items you want to take along. Check off items as
you pack. Pack paper products (plates, napkins, towels, forks,
spoons, etc.) the night before. Remember such items as a small
first aid kid, trashbags, water, and damp towels in ziplocks to clean
hands and face.
4. Get there early. You'll want to
arrive 3-5 hours before game time to beat the crowd and claim your
turf. And, plan to stay late so as to not miss a moment of the
5. Find a
good spot to park. Not all parking spaces are created equal! Park
next to a grassy area or at the end of the parking row--this gives
you more room for serious tailgating!
a flag on a very high pole so friends can find you.
7. Decorate your tailgate site
with team pennants and other team stuff.
8. Meet your tailgate neighbors,
throw the football with friends, read the Sunday paper and have a
Note: If attending a Thursday
or Saturday game, substitute appropriate newspaper.
9. Food should be ready 1 and 1/2
hours before the game starts. This is plenty of time for those going
to the game to eat, clean up and extinguish fires. (Those not
going to the game can pull out the generator and TV.)
10. Leave area clean
If you brought it in, TAKE IT OUT!.
Large tailgates require
a lot of additional help. Have a meeting with tailgating constituents (at
a local bar) to plan and distribute responsibilities; write down
One person can not do it all!
When the schedule comes
out in February, pick a game. Couple months before game day send out
a Tailgating Invitation to everyone on your list. For those Veterans
who always go and for any rookies, collect $5 - $20 a person. As the
person running it, go ahead and plan the menu and allocate your
budget for tent and grill rental, personalized cups, and everything
from the Fruit marinated in Finlandia to the KaKabob Contest, chili
and hot dog Buffet.
What To Take
When it comes to
tailgating, you can never take too much -- whether it be food, drink,
or gadgets. Here's a tailgater's
make your tailgate party the best.
(You don't want to be
viewed as a "rookie" now, do you?...)
Food & Recipes
Everyone knows that
grilling dogs, burgers, and brats along with downing a few brews is
an important part of the tailgating experience. That, and the aroma
of bar-b-que permeating the air. Here are some food
prep tips and menu ideas for
your tailgate party.
As far as liquid
refreshments go, here are the facts about beer.
If you want to be king
(or queen) of the parking lot this year, then make sure you have the
latest tailgating accessories available for your vehicle. And, with
these great tailgating products,
game day will never be the same!
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