SEPTEMBER 24, 2010
To tailgate or to arrive late
Students arrive at games early getting pumped to cheer on fellow Rebels By Max Browning
Co Feature Editor
herever the varsity football team plays come Friday nights, the Rebel Tailgate’s many volunteers are always the first people on site to prepare for the night’s big event. This is the 10th season for the Rebel Tailgate, though student tailgating has always been popular. The Wadsworth family and Redline Graphics began the tailgating fever and are still the main operators of the bus where the tailgate takes place. However, numerous volunteers, like Robin Andrews, a long time volunteer, are still a key component to the bus’s success of pepping up many Roncalli fans. “I am a senior football mom for the last time so I wanted to help make it the best tailgate in the state again. The senior football parents are working hard to make the Rebel Tailgate a lot of fun for everyone this season,” said Andrews. In the 2002-04 seasons, the Rebel Tailgate was the best high school tailgate in the state according to local TV stations. Apple butter, fried biscuits and hamburgers are available at the bus weekly, but other sides and drinks are provided by the football players’ parents, making the menu different each week. To eat here is completely free, though donations are accepted and go towards the football program. Any food left at the end is given to the players after the game. Preparing for a tailgate sensation this large is a daylong affair. “We arrive at 4 p.m. whether it’s home or away to begin setting up and fire up the grill. We begin serving as early as 4:45. It just depends on when people start arriving for the game. As soon as we have the burgers and dogs ready, some side dishes and drinks, the festivities begin,” said Andrews. The traditions do not end with the conclusion of food, though. A new custom this year is that at 6:15 each week, everyone forms a circle to say a prayer of thanks.
Timeless Tailgate Traditions
Photo by Jessica Deak
TIME FOR TUNES: The band, Subtonic, which consists of four Roncalli juniors, (L to R) Adam Luebbehusen, Zach Ford, Ryan Van Abeele and Sam Madden, at the tailgating events.
“It gives you something to do while waiting,” said junior Sarah Groves.
“People can get pumped for the games,”said sophomore Matthew Seaman.
“Everyone needs to get pumped for the game,” said senior Alee Bush.
“You are grilling out and having fun,” said junior Matt Connors.
“It’s the ultimate entertainment,” said senior Jacob McElroy.
Even though, corn hole is one of football’s favorite traditions, other Rebels settle with just talking with friends and eating great food.
Students can even hear their very own classmates play music. The Roncalli group, Subtonic, plays songs at some of the Roncalli tailgating events.
This high energy is necessary to create a positive, excited crowd for the game. When there is high energy, it can easily flow to even the least energetic people.
Food is definitely a staple for RHS tailgating events. One of the most popular food styles is grilling out. Hamburgers are one of the favorite foods.
Since only four people can play corn hole, and many materials are required, Frisbee is a fun, simple alternative.
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