Finding the right spot to tailgate


Tailgaters generally park in the same spot, every game, next to the same people. They like it that way. Some universities, such as Penn State, encourage this by assigning every space a number so that strangers really don’t have a chance to park next to regular tailgaters.  Some colleges, like Northwestern and Indiana, have lots where they separate the louder student tailgate parties far away from other fans.  Even pro teams have private lots for big spenders.  This way the ambiance of any given tailgate lot should remain constant for its regulars with no big surprises.

Now imagine that a stranger shows up in your reserved parking lot with a huge, loud, industrial generator that has no muffler.  As this person sets up huge speakers and begins to raise the noise level by playing rock music, his entourage gathers and starts to consume large quantities of beer. This could change the mood of everyone in that lot who were used to quiet upscale tailgating.  This happened to us at a recent game.  It wasn’t appreciated. Several people complained to the police. Tempers were raised.  A word to the wise is to have consideration for others who are near you.  If you find yourself in an area where the tailgaters frown on your idea of a party, it might be good for you to move to a spot away from the crowd.

Here’s a recipe for a quiet adult tailgate party to start off your day of socializing.  It’s for a great salsa that is also heart healthy.  It’s called Kiwi Salsa.


2 Kiwis peeled and diced

1 small red onion chopped

1 chopped red bell pepper

1 clove of garlic (crushed)

1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

2 tablespoon lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes


Combine all ingredients in a bowl and serve on endive, baked chips or quartered pitas.

Serving = 2 Tablespoons

30 calories, Carbohydrates 7g, Protein 1g, Fat 0g, Fiber 2g.


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