After traveling to SEC tailgates throughout the South all season, I expected Dave to ask me to go to Charlotte for the ACC championship game between Florida State and his alma mater, Duke. After all we did go to Charlotte last year for Duke’s first bowl game since the early nineties.
The Millers with The Millers
Duke had an historic 10 win season. Very few expected Duke to be in the ACC Championship Game. Not only in the game, but also playing the number 1 ranked Florida State Seminoles.
Wish I could say this picture was from the game in Charlotte with FSU friends Joanne and Rick. (Actually from the ACC Basketball Tournament) But you get the picture, friends and rivals.
We decided to stay home.
We also wanted to watch the SEC Championship game between Auburn and Missouri.
I did wear my Duke colors and of course Duke buttons.
Duke lost to a great FSU team, who will be making the trek to Pasadena for the National Championship Game.
Missouri lost to Auburn in an exciting, lots of offense game.
“Tailgating In The Zou” painting by Kathy Miller
“Tailgating At Toomer’s Corner” painting by Kathy Miller. Prints and cards are available at Southern Crossing in Opelika, Alabama.
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Ohio State lost to a Michigan State team who played great defense, resulting in Auburn moving up to number 2 and into the National Championship game.
I am looking forward to upcoming bowl games and of course the National Championship game between FSU and Auburn.
I always talk about a house divided. My friends, Joanne and Rick will definitely have their house divided.
As avid FSU alums and supporters they will travel to Pasadena. Their son, Eric and wife, Kari, both Auburn alums will travel with them and be rooting for Auburn.
There will be some other crazy FSU fans in California.
As for Dave and I, we will be traveling to Atlanta for the Duke/Texas A&M bowl game, joining Duke Delt friends.
I saw Johnny Manziel play in his first college football game at Texas A&M. Florida won.
“Tailgating In Aggieland” painting by Kathy Miller
And I will see Johnny Manziel finish his college career playing against Duke.
“Tailgating Through The South” has been such a rewarding project. What started as a vague idea about college football and tailgating became an all out passion. What began as tailgating in the SEC quickly spurred questions and comments about other great tailgating schools. I imagine I will continue to hear from fans requesting their schools be represented and I welcome those comments.
Come January when all the hoopla from this college football season has died down, I will begin painting other southern schools, beginning with FSU, Duke, Clemson, and North Carolina State.
Thank you for your enthusiasm and support and for all the fans who have purchased prints from your favorite schools.
Watch for upcoming stories from my tailgating travels. I welcome your comments, recipes and any inside information on your favorite tailgating spots.
Come celebrate with me. I’ll save you a seat at the table.