Joe Drozda and Bob Bley are writing the third edition of The Tailgater’s Handbook which will be published in 2014. Drozda is considered the “Father of American Tailgating” by many including The Wall Street Journal. Drozda and Bley both grew up in NW Indiana and attended Indiana University together.
Having tailgated over many years and in dozens of stadium parking lots, we have begun to expect some unexpected occurrences – things are not always as they appear. As we said in "The Tailgater’s Handbook", a tailgate party – like a ship - has only one captain, the person in charge and the final decision maker. Observe the activity at most tailgate gatherings, and you will see one person (typically a male) supervising the unloading and setting-up, grilling red meats on the barbecue, and mixing drinks. You'd expect this person who seems to be “running the show” to be the captain - right? Wrong!
Look more closely, and you will see a woman’s touch in the many details of tailgating. Notice the decorative tablecloths and matching napkins. Look for flowers and other amenities that make everything more attractive, and enjoyable. Such amenities aren’t even imagined by us men but make tailgating a little more civilized.
As the end of October approaches, a Halloween Party is a perfect theme for a tailgate gathering. In the spirit of the holiday, you’ll see decorations and menus that reflect this fun occasion. People will have pumpkins carved, sometimes even with their team’s logo; there will be bowls of candy bars, just like for trick or treat. Of course there’ll be themed napkins and table cloths and maybe even a zombie in a chair. Why not? After all, a tailgate party is for fun and socializing. You can ask each participating family to contribute a decoration, or even have a contest for the best-carved pumpkin?
Also in the Halloween theme, here is a great recipe for orange and black jello shots.