Tailgating isn’t a word that I grew up familiar with. See, I grew up in Canada where football is a bit of a different game than it is here in the United States. The field is bigger, the end zones deeper and we only get 3 downs. There are more differences of course, but I’d say the biggest is that high school and college football = not a big deal (gasp, I know!!). Tailgating…pretty much non-existent. I mean really think of the logistics in a place where there is generally a first snow fall by Halloween. It’s too cold to tailgate in Canada in October (well I’m kind of exaggerating…maybe…)
We got up to speed with American football when we moved to South Dakota. But ‘homegating’ is far more popular there because in this case ‘south’ does not equate to warm weather.
And then we moved to Texas and let me just sum it up in the words of Sheldon Cooper from the Big Bang Theory:
Football is ubiquitous in Texas. Pro football, college football, high school football, Pee-Wee football; in fact, every form of football except the original: European football
Celebrating football traditions is big here in Texas. Dare I even say: BIGGER…because it is Texas. And darn it – our family needed to start some of our own!
This is our daughter’s first year of college and she’s going to a UT school. So we’re proudly wearing the burnt orange and yelling Hook ‘Em Horns! Our Texas Football Tradition started with a massive tailgate in early October on Family Day on the college campus.
There’s nothing better than cheering on your team with hundreds of other people, even if you don’t know them.
And then there’s the food! Burritos, Chips and Salsa and bottles of cold Ozarka® Natural Spring Water, a brand rooted in Texas for 100 years.
Who wouldn’t want to play a game of giant Jenga during half-time?
I can’t wait to do it again next year, and the next, and the next… While we’re just starting our football traditions, there are so many celebrated traditions that fans around the state of Texas hold dear in their hearts.
This year Ozarka® will be the official bottled water of the Southlake Carroll High School football program and Dragon Stadium.
Here’s a video to give you an idea of what Texas traditions look like for the Carroll Dragons.
Ozarka® is calling on Texans to share their favorite football traditions with #TexasTradition and #H2Ozarka online or at the Ozarka® activation booths at home games. Throughout the season they will focus on three main traditions: tailgating, pride, and victory celebrations. <– And we all know Texans are pretty good at all three of those, don’t we?! 🙂
It’s natural for Ozarka® to focus on these traditions as you can only get Ozarka water in Texas. It comes from carefully selected Texas springs including Piney Woods Spring in Wood County, Moffit Spring in Walker County, and Roher Spring in Henderson.
I have a giveaway for Texas residents to win a year supply of Ozarka Waters!