University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
In 1964, the coach of the AFL’s New York
Jets wanted the iconic University of Alabama
football coach Bear Bryant to put in a good word
with quarterback Joe Willie Namath prior to pro
signing day, so he sent Bryant a houndstooth hat
as a gesture of goodwill. Bryant wore the hat on
the sidelines at a subsequent game and today the
black and white checked pattern is omnipresent
at Alabama football games in Tuscaloosa, a
venerable college town just an hour southwest of
Tradition dictates that you try a Yellow Hammer
rum drink at Gallette’s, brunch at ;e Historic
Waysider, the BBQ at Dreamland, or tailgating at
;e Quad before the big game. ;is fall, Alabama
looks to reclaim the national championship it lost
to Clemson in 2016.
Atlanta, Starkville, and More
;ree-time national champion Georgia Tech is located in Atlanta, also home to the College Football Hall of Fame. ;e
Hall is ;anked by Centennial Olympic Park, ;e Georgia Aquarium, CNN, and the World of Coca-Cola museum…a great
A ;oating tailgate party on the Tennessee River at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville is later punctuated by 102,000
fans in the stadium singing Rocky Top in full throat. It’s the same with the singing of John Denver’s Take Me Home, Country
Roads at the University of West Virginia in Morgantown. And thousands of clanging cowbells pierce the night air in a
tradition that dates back to the 40s at Mississippi State University in Starkville.
For pure pageantry, witness “Chief Osceola” riding a white Appaloosa horse called Renegade and throwing down a
;aming spear to signal the start of a Florida State Seminoles home game in Tallahassee. And let’s not forget the annual
showdown in neutral site, Jacksonville, between Georgia and Florida, dubbed as the “World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail
Party”…sounds like good college fun!
Florida State University Seminoles football team tailgate party.