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Monday, October 27, 2014

Double Down on College GameDay: A Tailgating Post presented by The Home Depot

Whole Hog inside of a roasting box, rotisserie chicken, and more delicious eats.
Whole Hog inside of a roasting box, rotisserie chicken, and more delicious eats.






This past Saturday began as a crisp, fall morning in Baton Rouge. Slightly dark at 6:30am, my Chief Confusion Coordinator, Blair Loup, and I loaded up the truck with all of our finds from The Home Depot the day before and various cooking apparatuses, we made our way to LSU's stately oaks. The streets of Baton Rouge were empty until arriving on campus. Tiger fans arrived early, gearing up for a beautiful day of tailgating.










Mike getting the crowd fired up bright and early  on the Home Depot College GameDay set.
Mike getting the crowd fired up bright and early
on the Home Depot College GameDay set.








Instead of the usual petri dish teeming with clusters of tailgates, the LSU Parade Ground seemed to concentrate its congregation to the bright orange ESPN College GameDay set sponsored by Home Depot. Blair hopped out to enjoy a whirlwind of a day consisting of Mike the Tiger encounters, special VIP treatment from The Home Depot team, and hanging out backstage with the likes of Lee Corso.








A beautiful day for The Home Depot and College GameDay to come to LSU!
A beautiful day for The Home Depot and College GameDay to come to LSU!



While she spent a day in Blair Instagram heaven, I set up camp at Ford Family Tailgating. With a Rougaroux Full Moon Rum Punch in hand, I got my Iverstine Family Farms hog roasting in the La Caja China. At the same time Blair toured the College GameDay production truck, I pulled a new pair of tongs from my Home Depot bucket to turn over some links of smoked sausage. Plenty of Ole Miss fans stopped by to take a look at a tailgating setup different than those in The Grove. Stunned by the whole hog roasting at the same time a chicken was turning over a fire and ribs were grilling on the coals, they had a couple of bites and moved on to the next tailgate party. After an eventful morning at College GameDay, Blair made her way over to our tailgate in time to stir the chili, baste some chicken wings, and yell at Ole Miss fans passing by before heading into what turned out to be a phenomenal night of football in Tiger Stadium. LSU pulled off the upset, and Team Bite and Booze pulled off another great day of tailgating.


Slap Ya Mama Cajun Seasoning goes into a large cast iron pot of Jay D's Louisiana Barbecue Sauce Pulled Pork Chili


I acknowledge that The Home Depot is partnering with me to participate in this coverage of College GameDay. As a part of the Program, I am receiving compensation in the form of products and services, for the purpose of promoting The Home Depot. All expressed opinions and experiences are my own words. My post complies with the Word Of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) Ethics Code and applicable Federal Trade Commission guidelines.