BrookeClay

Hi.

This blog and I have been through a lot together: graduate school, first jobs, second jobs, cross-country moves, third jobs, fourth jobs, funerals, an engagement, a marriage ... and a divorce. 

We've learned a lot, grown even more and we're still adventuring. 

Let's adventure together.

The view from Death Valley.

Clemson_Georgia

If you haven’t figured it out by now the guy I’m attempting to lock it up with is a sportswriter: a handsome, southern sportswriter. Read as: he travels frequently. Football coincides with harvest so it’s not like a whole lot is changing in life. [rural vs urban – par.] A few weekends a year I’m the Robin to his Batman and tag along for Gameday. Sort of.

For a few weeks, T has been preparing me for my first southern game. Obviously, my knee-jerk reaction was, “I gave up season tickets for you, man. I get it.”

Wrong.

We rolled into Clemson (s, not z) Friday night. A land grant university sporting a dimmer shade of orange greeted us with grain silos, pickup trucks and excessive amount of camo. My heart reassures me we do not condone such atrocities in Stillwater, but I’m quite certain it’s wrong. I felt at home.

Tailgating combines everything I enjoy about life: camaraderie, barbecue, loud noises and old-fashioned fun. It’s astonishing to most that I cannot recite college football stats. It’s just, well, I enjoy the tailgating, folks. I enjoy “Here Comes Bullet,” Clowney hits and an occasional round of flip cup.

Here’s the deal. My tailgating escapades outside of Boone Pickens are limited to College Station, Lubbock, The Fiesta Bowl, The Cotton Bowl and Norman – and, you win, Clemson.

The sheer number of tailgaters who brought their A-game for such an exciting matchup was impressive. For comparison, Pokes, triple Bedlam and we might have a chance.

Death Valley is amazing. My seat in the west end zone gave me quite the view. Pre-game Opening ceremonies were impressive. [Watch: ESPN video - Clemson's Dramatic Stadium Entrance Will Give You CHILLS] The Hill, fireworks, band balloons. Initially, I assumed this was just for a big game. According to my source, this is just a typical pre-game.

ESPN's video didn't capture the Georgia flags. What's pomp and circumstance without a little flavor from the opposition?

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This is my last sidekick game until November, folks. Anyone need a +1?

Now, if you'll excuse me I'm in dire need of a hot yoga class and a nap.

Mumford & Sons.

A few national sportswriters walk into a barbecue venue in South Carolina.