We knew the category would be contentious. College football is one of those few topics that can make any reasonable Southerner abandon decorum, even civility, but we underestimated to just what degree your spirit would show in our poll for the South’s Best Tailgate.
After a year of upsets in the national press, the results of our contest proved similar, so much so that we couldn’t mathematically pick a winner (which was a difficult feat for an office with quite a few Alabama fans). Instead the Crimson Tide and the Ole Miss Rebels square off again, and while the pairing isn’t unfamiliar, the stakes are high in a way unprecedented in our publication’s history.
Yes, before we’ve held friendly little online contests complete with a recipe for a sheet cake iced to show off your favorite team. We’ve awarded Clemson the title for best tailgate a time or two. But this year’s competition has brought in more votes and more ire and passion in our 51-year history than any other tailgating tango we’ve initiated. While this might be a sore spot for Auburn (sorry y’all), a bitter pill for Tennessee (we’ve already had to counsel our Editor-in-Chief), and just downright bull for our Texas fans (sometimes you just can't grab life by the horns), we heard our readers loud and clear.
Remember that fabled football phrase, there’s always next year!