Tailgaters Guide to SEC Football by Chris E. Warner, PH. D.
The definitive guide to the nation's toughest football conference. The Bible of SEC Football. “I call it the ‘Bible of SEC Football,’” said Warner, the “Professor of Tailgating,” and author of more than twenty tomes. “That’s because Southerner’s don’t think—they feel—and there’s nothing they feel more passionate about than SEC Football on Saturdays in the fall!”
“Tailgating and traveling the nation’s toughest conference supporting their team is the pinnacle of the fall cultural phenomenon for SEC football fans. And what exactly is tailgating?
It’s a confluence of the reunion of friendships and family, good food, and of course, football: In the South, tailgating, in terms of seeing and being seen—is the sizzle that sells the steak.”
Building on previous successful versions, and completely updated, this brand new book contains:
-A fascinating history of college football in the South, with links to the Civil War
-A history of the Southeastern Conference and its predecessors, the Southern Conference, SIAA
-Chapters on each member school (14) Western Division, Eastern Division:
c) great players and coaches
d) where to shop and golf
e) where to eat and drink so you can take over when you get there
f) famous/noteworthy alumni
g) acquisition of mascots, colors and nicknames
h) bail bondsmen and hospitals
-A history of the cultural phenomenon, tailgating
-14 Cajun tailgating recipes, including “Crimson Tide Seafood Gumbo,” “Jordan-Hare Shrimp and Okra Stew,” “Starkville Shrimp and Corn Soup,” and “Death Valley Crawfish Etouffee’…
Warner’s first version of the now, Volume 5, 320-page book ($15.95, paperback) landed him on the History Channel documentary, “Tailgating” with actors Tom Arnold and Jenny McCarthy, where he echoed the fascinating history of College Football in the South, its inextricable links to the Civil War and pontificated on the ever-growing, modern, cultural penchant: tailgating!
“This is the first book I wrote, back in 2000. It remains my most successful, to date as a practical guide to history, tradition, legacy and lore.” Warner said, having authored over 20 titles, including “The Wagon to Disaster,” the untold story of HealthSouth, (American Greed/Sixty Minutes) with the former CFO, Aaron Beam, and “Bushwhacked at the Flora-Bama” with the founder of the iconic beach haunt on the Alabama-Florida Line, Joe Gilchrist. The Professor of Tailgating has appeared on “CBS Sports Saturday,” “James Carville’s 60-20 with Luke Russert” and the “Paul Finebaum Radio Show.” A former radio and television host, high school teacher and college professor, Warner lives on the narrow, white sandy island strip known as Perdido Key, Florida.
REVIEW: *****FIVE STARS*****Highly Interesting & Informative, November 7, 2013 (Vol. IV)
By John Chancellor, "Mentor Coach" (Spring Hill, TN) (VINE VOICE) (TOP 500 AMAZON REVIEWER) (REAL NAME)
If you are a devoted fan of SEC Football, this book will be a wonderful addition to your collection of memorabilia. I think the title does not tell the full story of all that is in this book. Warner has done a marvelous job of collecting interesting facts about the history and traditions of tailgating and has provided some interesting recipes. If that were all there was to the book, it would be a very good book. But Mr. Warner has done much more than talk about the history of tailgating. It gives you a brief history of football, including the formation of the NCAA. I was extremely impressed with the amount of information about each school, the history of their football program and stories of their most notable players and coaches. There are even dining and night life recommendations as well as an accommodation guide for each university. The information about each school is extremely detailed, highly interesting and will save you a lot of research if you plan to visit the schools. It goes far beyond being a Tailgater's Guide.