Culture – Football Season in the South

Sep 23 2015

by Whitney Long

Football season has officially begun and there is definitely excitement in the crisp fall air! With a couple of games under our belts, fans are finding out just what their favorite team is made of this season. Whether you are pulling for your local high school team, college alma mater, home state pride & joy or NFL favorite, pigskin pride is abundant.

This time of the year makes me think of what I refer to as the F’s of football – food, fashion, and fun! No wonder we look forward to this time of the year, right?

FASHION: As far as my three sons, Southern Proper comes to mind as the uniform for the Southern gentleman. If you have been to a college football game in the last decade, odds are you have seen this polished, preppy line being sported at campuses across the South and far beyond.  Style, tradition and authenticity are the pillars that inspired the creation of Southern Proper. From double-digits up, these are the comfy and quality threads young men want to wear.

SP2 SP21

   SP22 SP25

SP1 SP13

SP10 SP5


SP24 SP7


FOOD: Tailgate food has entered a whole new realm! Almost as intense and sometimes as competitive as the football game itself, it’s the pre-show in the parking lot. What used to be simply sandwiches, chips and dip, and some beers thrown in a cooler has now evolved into a full-blown production. Some of our favorite recipes come from TSC contributors and members:


Football Sugar Cookies


Mint Lemonade


Mississippi Hot Delta Tamales


Bourbon and Spicy Ginger Soda


Sweet & Savory Bacon Jam


Hot Bacon Pimento Cheese Bliss Dip


Southern Gazpacho


Marinated Mozzarella Bites


Peanut Butter Slaw


BBQ Shrimp


Cheerwine Cupcakes

For more game-day inspiration, check out our “Time To Tailgate” Pinterest board for yummy and creative, yet easy, recipes.

FUN:  While other conferences do tailgate, no one knows how to do it better than the fevered fans of the SEC! Whether you (or your team) don red and white, purple and yellow, maroon and white or whether you shout Roll Tide, War Eagle or sing Rocky Top at the top of your lungs, the common denominator is that we love to eat, entertain, and look good while socializing. Put these elements together and you have the formula for a fun tailgating experience.



Tailgating Tips



Football Party and Tailgate Ideas

Finally, to get you in the mood, listen to Lee Brice’s hit song, “Parking Lot Party” – he captures the spirit of a fall Saturday perfectly.  Bet you will be singing this all day!


Goodness, I’m ready for Saturday! How about you?


Whitney Long View More Blog Posts from this Author

Whitney Long is co-founder of The Southern C and The Southern C Summit. Mama x 4, wife x 1. Entrepreneur, thinker, doer, writer, researcher, believer. Enjoys working alongside creative entrepreneurs to build community while supporting established and upcoming brands. Hobbies include travel, reading, bike rides and clever craft cocktails.

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