Preparing for the season in verse

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By Joe Drozda and Bob Bley

This football season, we’ve decided to “kick-up” our menus by seeking the help of some famous chefs and restaurateurs. In the next 12 columns, we will discuss new tailgate ideas like pizzas baked in the parking lot. We’ll also show how to cook breakfast with beer and how to grill Middle Eastern skewered kabobs. We will even write about making a cheeseburger that is so famous it has its own Wikipedia listing; It’s called the Jucy Lucy. Join us this season for some new, tasty game-day food ideas.

For more than two decades, we’ve started each tailgate season with a column about being prepared. So, what’s new? Déjà vu, right? The somewhat overused quote “It’s déjà vu again” first appeared in a humorous love poem by Jim Prior circa 1962. So, this year, we are going to start with our own love poem about having to repeat things changing Prior’s words here to apply to the great social event of tailgating.

It’s Déjà vu again

Tailgating renewed again

Team colors and flags again

Bright skies of blue

It’s making a list again

Fixing mistakes again

Serving the best again

Excitement renewed

Here’s some annual advice to prepare you for the football tailgate season:

  • Meet with your tailgating crew to discuss last year’s negatives and positives so you can plan to fix the negatives and amplify the positives.
  • Check out all your equipment for serviceability by having a dry run at home in your driveway prior to game day.
  • Make a wish list of necessary, new and replacement equipment.
  • Obtain some new, tasty game-day food ideas.
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