Two weeks ago I made a trek up to Camp Randall in Madison, WI to see my Arizona State Sun Devils take on the then-11th ranked Wisconsin Badgers. The day before my trip, I put this photo on Facebook of my gameday outfit.
Gold jersey? Check. (Yes, I know it is a baseball jersey. But it is the only gold thing I have.)
ASU beads? Check.
Maroon and gold devil horns? Check and check.
After I posted the photo, one of my friends was like “you’re not actually wearing that, are you?” I was confused at first. I mean, I knew she wasn’t a Wisconsin fan, so why was she so concerned with my ASU gear?
Then I remembered, she was from the South. And ladies in the south wouldn’t be caught DEAD wearing anything resembling a jersey, beads or horns to a college football game.
Last year I went to Athens to see ASU take on Georgia. This was my first exposure to SEC football. It was amazing and the tailgates and the atmosphere kicks ASU’s ass any day. But as we were walking to our tailgating tent, I asked my friend why all these girls were dressed up – dresses, heels and jewelry, oh my!
She said it was a tradition. It was one she never participated in, but a tradition nonetheless. Girls dress up for college football games.
My friend that commented on my photo on Facebook went to South Carolina, so she goes to games in black and red dresses. And she said when the weather gets cooler, it’s jeans, a nice top and heels. Girls in the south overdress for college football games:
Now, I am a Midwestern. I grew up in Chicago. We have one of the original NFL teams. We don’t have cheerleaders. We’re the Monsters of the Midway. To me, football is meant for jeans and sweatshirts, jerseys and tennis shoes. It’s an event that you tailgate for, literally eating and drinking out of the tailgate of your car. It’s a drink-beer-out-of-an-aluminum-can kind of event. It isn’t a wear your Sunday best and cheer on your team kind of event.
It isn’t that these people aren’t fans. My friend from South Carolina is the BIGGEST Gamecock fan I know. But it’s the South and there are traditions and this is one she follows. Where I don’t understand how you can be comfortable at a football game in a DRESS (especially in the winter, I mean, it just isn’t even possible in the Midwest past September), she doesn’t understand how I could go to a game and be so casual.
But I think I’m right. I mean, this is what people going to a football game should look like:
Am I right?