I woke up early Saturday, went for a run, and got ready for a day of tailgating. Of course, you, as a true sports fan, are already aware that I intended not to follow cars too closely around I94 all day, but to join fellow fans in enjoying food, drinks, good company, and…well, good drinks prior to the Brewers/Astros game. It was the big day – the day of Timo’s Tailgate Extravaganza – an event I have heard much about over the past few years, but had not yet had the pleasure of attending. I’m here to report that the event lived up to the hype, and I even learned a few things about the tried and true tradition of the Wisconsin tailgate.
Lesson #1: You don’t (necessarily) need to bring a chair to a tailgate.
I was more than halfway out to my cousin’s house when I realized I forgot to bring a chair, so I called him to see if he had an extra. He seemed confused. “What for?” he asked. “For the tailgate,” I replied. “Oh, you don’t need it. Tim rents all that.” Well then, I thought, this is quite the production. As it turned out, Tim rented a tent, tables, chairs, and had the whole thing catered. And remember, this wasn’t a corporate picnic; this was Timo’s Tailgate Extravaganza. Just in case you forgot, you could refer to the big banner he had made or to your very own “TTE 2011” t-shirt. So, I guess the real lesson is that you don’t need to bring a chair, a grill, or even a shirt to Tim’s tailgate. Oh, and if you were thinking about bringing a headband, you needn’t – he’s got you covered there too.
Lesson #2: The party must move into Miller Park by the third inning.
Yup. This is true. By police orders. Now, I myself was not aware of this. I’m always in my seat for the first pitch – just as I’m in my seat until the end of the ballgame (I’m nerdy like that). The parking lot sweep seemed like pretty common knowledge amongst the crowd however, and sure enough, we pushed the time limits of the tailgate and made our way into the park sometime during the fourth. (Of course, I kept up with the game action using my ScoreCenter app. in the meantime.)
Lesson #3: An extravaganza of such magnitude takes a lot of planning – and, apparently, a clipboard and color-coded roster to keep track of your guests.
As far as I know, the tailgate went off without a hitch. And that’s pretty darn impressive for a 75-person tailgate that involved a lot of booze. I give Tim a lot of credit. As I mentioned, a clipboard seems necessary, as does a color-coded roster – no word on whether the use of Brewers colors for said roster help the organizational process. But, even given all the tips and secrets of Tim’s party planning madness, I’m not up for such responsibility. Heck, I was stressed out just trying to organize a group of friends to run the Bastille Day’s 5K a few weeks ago. I can’t imagine taking on this kind of thing. So hats off to Tim – or, perhaps more appropriate in this case, headbands off to Tim! You’ve taken tailgating to a whole new level.