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Fan’s analysis: Top 10 best college traditions that a great football game can’t go without
The atmosphere of a college football game is like no other. That is because of the prolific traditions that fans carry out season after season in support of their favorite team.
Here are the top 10 best college traditions that a great football game can't go without:
Tailgate: When else will you encounter people who drive hundreds of miles to sit in a parking lot just to listen to the radio or watch the game on a portable television or even just overhear the announcer at the adjacent stadium? And yet, some might argue that tailgaters are the biggest fans out there.
Pre-game Food: Whether it is hamburgers and hot dogs, chicken wings or barbecue pizza, the tailgate environment isn't complete without its signature grub. One of the biggest college football traditions is the best recognized by the savory aroma that so many RV campers emanate as fans crowd into the football arena.
Corn Hole: For those of you who don't know what this is, don't worry. I admit that I didn't associate the name with the game until I came to college (Up until that point, I considered it to be nothing more than some highly specialized version of beanbag toss.). But if you are coming to a college football game, you need to have your own corn hole set for you and your friends to play while waiting for kickoff or at halftime.
Body Paint: Whether it's a tiny rendering of your school's mascot on your cheek or you are painted head-to-toe one outrageous shade of blue, body paint is an essential component of football season. Particularly when the regular season is winding down and cooler weather settles in, those fanatics show off their painted, shirtless physiques to anyone willing to look, suggesting that their body art somehow helps their team to succeed.
Team Cheers: Follow the cheerleader's lead, or create your own cheers. Having rhythm helps and tradition proves the best cheers endure the test of time. Of course, when in doubt, there's always the classic "Go team!"
Fight Song: For those who favor a more melodic method of sharing their team support, the fight song is the way to go. Everyone knows it, everyone loves it.
Signs: So a major television network is carrying your team's game on it, and you—decked out in full fan attire—would like to make an appearance. The best way to become a camera target is to make a sign that expresses your fanaticism. Be creative, be TV-friendly, but most of all, be legible.
Team Attire: Imitation is the highest form of flattery—or so they say. Wear your favorite player's jersey, and everyone will be sure to know who you are rooting for.
Halftime Show: OK, so college football halftime shows don't hold a flame to those of professional league, but that doesn't mean that they aren't tradition. Stop by just about any halftime show at the college near you, and you'd be surprised what play list the marching band is performing, the
difficulty in choreography the school's dance team is executing and what local or regional celebrity has stopped by to say hello.
Rush the Field: Your team just won, what are you going to do now? Well, going to Disney World could be in your near future, but while you have that winner's high, rushing the field seems like the most logical (or illogical, considering all that barbecue sauce is going to your head at right about that point) thing to do.
I graduated from the University of Kentucky in May 2011.
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