The UK doesn’t have tailgates. For many reasons: there are laws about having open fires, parking anywhere near the stadium is atrociously expensive and limited, and, most importantly, many of us never drive to a game because getting blindly drunk during the event is the only culture that all Britons follow.
So, imagine my shock, amazement, and bewilderment at this video:
Now, I’m aware of what a tailgate is. I understand it’s as much a part of football as the game itself. I even get the whole table smashing bit. But what the hell happens at these things that a grown man feels the need to catapult himself into a fiery table. And then, go back for more???
More importantly, why do I want to try this so bad?
Seriously, after discovering this video, I went down the rabbit hole and found so much more. Obviously, these tailgates involved a lot of table smashing (with varying degrees of stupidity). There was some guy burning a Patriots jersey (again, this one I get). And, of course, Pinto Ron, doused in ketchup and mustard.
It looks amazingly fun.
The excitement and atmosphere that is built up here before kick-off is no small feat. Even more astounding is that this mood lasts well throughout the day. It’s no wonder that many fans are sometimes more excited for the tailgate rather than the game itself. And no one gets quite as crazy as Bills fans.
I can only imagine how the tailgates would’ve been last season. Surely they could have been one for the ages.
Attending a Bills Mafia tailgate is now officially on my bucket list. I will have my bowling ball shot.