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Friday, September 26, 2008
Nothing like tailgating on the Bayou


Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

Tailgating in the SEC is like vacationing in Hawaii.

It simply doesn't get any better, and there's so much to choose from that you think every stop is the best one.

South Carolina has its Cockabooses. Tennessee has the Vol Navy, and I swear I could live in some of the plush Winnebagos that show up on Alabama's campus every Friday before a home game.

That said, LSU is my personal favorite. Maybe it's my penchant for the spicy stuff. But there's nothing like sampling a little gumbo, a little jambalaya and then diving face-first into a shrimp boil.

The aroma just walking through the parking lot to Tiger Stadium stays with you the whole day, and the LSU fans get there early and stay late.

The best tailgating scene in the SEC is the Grove at Ole Miss, which looks like something straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting with the majestic oak trees and sprawling lawn. The beverages are cold, too, and it's never dull no matter how well or how poorly the Rebels are playing that season.

Hotty Toddy, Gosh almighty!