Cold Weather Tailgating: Louisville VS. South Florida


Just prior to the kickoff of Saturday’s game, I noticed that on the South Florida sidelines, the players benches were no ordinary benches to rest at the coaches told the players of changes that needed to be made for the next series.  No, on this Saturday afternoon that never made it much warmer than 54 degrees, the South Florida players say on big, nice, warm, heated benches to stay warm.  Now, 54 degrees isn’t freezing by any means, but it was a little chilly compared to temps in Tampa Florida.

This, however, is football weather for Louisville fans!  As our schedule gets later in winter, some may find it best to stay at home in the warm temperatures….at least this is true in Lexington.   In Louisville, we learn to adapt to the elements.  There are many things that any tailgater can do to make the cool weather a non-factor.

No. 1 would be Bourbon.  No matter the brand, Jack Daniels, Jim Beam, or the ever so popular Makers Mark, some bourbon can always aid in keeping the body temperature a little warmer.  However, when the bourbon wears off after the game, you will still find your body shivering trying to warm back up.

No. 2, and a little more helpful, would have to be layers.  Layers of clothing is the only thing that will keep you warm the whole game.  Start with some wool socks, and a nice base layer under your nice heavy coat, and you should be set for the game.  Keep in mind that a pair of nice gloves with some hand warmers inside will be a big help too.

No. 3, would be a nice fire pit.  Now, this will do you of no help during the game, but to keep you and your friends warm at the tailgate, the fire pit will be perfect!  Now, some may use the big metal trash cans to hold the fire, some may bring a small fire pit from their back porch, there is one fire pit that I’ve found that would be the favorite among Cardinal fans.  Uniquesportsfan.com you can pick up your very own University of Louisville fire pit!  This is the perfect pit for tailgating at Cardinal games.  I could imagine any fire pit that could be better myself.

No matter what line of defense you take against the cool weather you and your tailgating group chooses, be sure to play it safe.  Remember that if your friend has decided to use the bourbon to keep warm, he or she is probably not the one you want running your fire pit!  Those two usually don’t mix!  The object of tailgating is to party with friends and family prior to the game, and not prior to the ER visit.

If this Saturdays game was a sneak preview of temperatures to come, think now of how to prepare for the upcoming games.  A good pot of Chili could be on future tailgating menus!

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