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  • It’s Game Time

    Aug 28, 2014 CATEGORIES: Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, SEC Football, Southern Football, Southern Tailgating

    Game week is here and your Thursday/Saturday schedule should follow accordingly…

    If you want to watch other conferences, you’ll have to go elsewhere for information. Below are all of the times for our beloved SEC kickoffs.  So wake up early for your workout, get ready while watching Game Day, make a tailgate snack and get comfy for a full day of gridiron glory.  It’s baaaaackkkk!

    Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh

    Thursday, August 28:

    6:00pm ET            Texas A&M (No.21) at South Carolina (No.9)

    8:00pm ET            Boise State v. Ole Miss (No. 18)

    9:15pm ET            Temple @ Vanderbilt

     

    Saturday, August 30:

    12:00pm ET            Tennessee-Martin @ Kentucky

    3:30pm ET            West Virginia v. Alabama (No.2)

    3:30pm ET            South Dakota State @ Missouri (No.24)

    4:00pm ET            Arkansas @ Auburn (No.6)

    5:30pm ET            Clemson (No. 16) @ Georgia (No. 12)

    7:00pm ET            Idaho @Florida

    7:30pm ET            Southern Miss @ Mississippi State

    9:00pm ET            Wisconsin (No. 14) v. LSU (No.13)

     

    Sunday, August 31:

    7:00pm ET            Utah State @ Tennessee

  • Football Season Wedding Planning

    Aug 27, 2014 CATEGORIES: Football weddings, Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, SEC Football, Southern Women

    Dress shopping on a NON-GAMEDAY is the only way to go! *This is my picture, but not my dress. Said dress will likely be found in Chicago while Muschamp battles it out against Saban. Sigh.

    There is an entire chapter in Gridiron Belles about why a Bride and Groom should pass on hosting a fall wedding.  There are also a few pages about how to pull off a fabulous fall wedding should the chosen date be during football season. 

    What was not anticipated or written about was how PLANNING your wedding should not take place during football season! 

    Being recently proposed to by and Alabama graduate and fan,  we immediately agreed that all fall dates were off limits for our nuptiuals.  A nice April date had been set leading me to believe I was in the clear with any of my wedding (or planning) interfering with the gridiron.  Ha.

    An excited mother of the bride wanted to take a trip to Chicago to dress shop . No (initial) problem there.  The flights were booked, the appointments were made when I was reminded by the aforementioned fiancé that that was the FL v BAMA game in Tuscaloosa. Which apparently we had decided to go to.  

    I immediately switched into event planner mode and looked at the second available date to switch everything. Miss the South Carolina at Kentucky game?  Beholdn in the Windy city was worth it…  What? That’s the same weekend that Alabama heads to Oxford for a battle of brawns versus beauties?  What had I done?!?!?  I was between a rock and a hard place and knew immediately that weddings AND planning must be scheduled around kickoffs.

    I’ve learned my lesson the hard way, but either way I slice it I’m missing a match up I’d rather not.  So, when the lovely mother of the bride asked for my entire Saturday this weekend to plan a day far off in April, I had to hold my ground (as I suggest all of you engaged Belles to do…). She can have all of Sunday, even Friday night… but the only time I’m giving up on the inaugural Saturday is  between 12-3pm… After College GameDay and before Alabama game kicks off an entire day of gridiron bliss!

    Plan accordingly, belles.  Happy Season!

    Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh

     

     

  • QB CRAM

    Aug 15, 2014 CATEGORIES: Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, SEC Football, Southern Tailgating, Uncategorized

     QB CRAM

    It’s time.  You aren’t even sad to say farewell to summer. You know kickoff is less than two weeks away (13 days to be exact) and you’ve got nothing but your team’s colors on your mind. And well, probably on your body.  (I’m currently in a navy dress with orange sandals…)  

    Not our photo, but we’re ready for the line of scrimmage!

    Since Gridiron Belles prefer brains (knowing about your team and conference) AND beauty (looking classy on game day), we’ve given you the ol’ QB Cram below. 

    Here are the basics about each team in the SEC: current coaches, potential starting QBs, season opener times and SEC openers. We’ll keep prepping you as the season unfolds, for now, dive in, study up and clear your schedule for August 30! (QBs and game time subject to change).

    Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh

    Mizzou made a quick adjustment into the SEC. Ready to see them succeed again!

    Alabama

    Coach: Nick Saban

    QB: Jake Coker (JR)

    Season Opener: Saturday, August 30, West Virginia in Atlanta

    SEC Opener: Saturday, September 20, Florida

    Arkansas

    Coach: Bret Bielema

    QB: Brandon Allen (JR)

    Season Opener: @ Auburn

    Date: Saturday, August 30, 4:00pm

    Auburn

    Coach: Gus Malzahn

    QB: Nick Marshall (SR)

    Season Opener: Arkansas

    Date: Saturday, August 30, 4pm

    Florida

    Coach: Will Muschamp

    QB: Jeff Driskel (RJR)

    Season Opener: Idaho

    Date: Saturday, August 30, 7:00pm

    SEC Opener: Kentucky

    Date: September 13, 7:30pm

    Georgia

    Coach: Mark Richt

    QB: Hutson Mason (SR)

    Season Opener: Clemson

    Date: Saturday, August 30 5:30pm

    SEC Opener: South Carolina

    Date: September 13, 3:30pm

    Kentucky

    Coach: Mark Stoops

    QB: Patrick Towels (SO) or Drew Barker (FR)

    Season Opener: UT Martin

    Date: Saturday, August 30 12:00 pm

    SEC Opener: @ Florida

    Date: September 13

    LSU

    Coach: Les Miles

    QB: Anthony Jennings (SO) or Brandon Harris (True Freshman)

    Season Opener: Wisconsin

    Date: Saturday, August 30, 9:00pm

    SEC Opener: Mississippi State

    Date: September 20

    Mississippi

    Coach: Hugh Freeze

    QB: Bo Wallace (SR)

    Season Opener: Boise State

    Date: Satruday, August 30, 8:00pm

    SEC Opener: @Vanderbilt

    Date: September 6, 4:30pm

    Mississippi State

    Coach: Dan Mullen

    QB: Dak Prescott (JR)

    Season Opener: Southern Miss

    Date: Satruday, August 30, 7:30pm

    SEC Opener: @ LSU

    Date: September 20

    Missouri

    Coach: Gary Pinkle

    QB: Maty Mauk (Jr.)

    Season Opener: South Dakota State

    Date: Saturday, August 30

    SEC Opener: @South Carolina

    Date: September 27

    South Carolina

    Coach: Steve Spurrier

    QB: Dylan Thompson (5th year senior)

    Season Opener: TX A&M

    Date: Thursday, August 28, 6:00pm

    Tennessee

    Coach: Butch Jones

    QB: Justin Worley (SR)

    Season Opener: Utah State

    Date: Sunday, August 31, 7:00pm

    SEC Opener: @Georgia

    Date: September 27

    Texas A&M

    Coach: Kevin Sumlin

    QB: Kyle Allen (FR) or Kenny Hill (SO)

    Season Opener: @South Carolina

    Date: Thursday, August 28, 6:00pm

    Vanderbilt

    Coach: Derek Mason

    QB: Stephen Rivers (SR) or Johnny McCrary (FR)

    Season Opener: Temple

    Date: Thursday, August 28, 9:15pm

    SEC Opener: Ole Miss

    Date: September 6, 4:30pm

  • SUPER BOWL XLVIII

    Jan 31, 2014 CATEGORIES: Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, Super Bowl Dip Recipes, Super Bowl Rundown


    With only two days until kick-off, we know you’re planning your game time spread and studying up on what you should know about The Big Game. We are helping you out.

    Here at Gridiron Belles, we don’t claim to be gourmet chefs so we’ve collected three of our easiest game day snacks (mostly from Pinterest) to inspire you. We kept them simple because, well, we like simple recipes that make us look good and taste even better.  These are all self-explanatory– just make them look like a football!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    You also need to know the background on The Big Game to stay relevant in game time and post game day conversations about commercials, quarterbacks (and so much more).  We were going to tell you everything we know about football (which is a lot), but our friends at theSkimm, aren’t busy writing a second book like we are and they went ahead and provided a run down as well as any Gridiron Belle could.  So we are sharing that with YOU. (see below and link above) They really did a great job.

    Remember, know enough about the game to chat about it with all other guests– just not during the game– or, wait, yes, you’re better off chatting during the game on Sunday than the highly anticipated commercials.

    Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh

    theSkimm’s Guide to the Super Bowl

    THE STORY: Are you ready for some football?! Yes or no, Super Bowl XLVIII is here.

    HANG ON, DOING MATH. It’s number 48. There is one Manning, two teams, and lots of parties. And someone will get a ring at the end of the night. It’s still not you.

    WHEN IS IT? Sunday after brunch. 6:30 ET. Watch it on Fox. Or if you prefer your computer to a bar, it’s live streaming on Fox’s sports app.

    WHO’S GOING? The Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos. And Richard Sherman’s ego (see below). Yup, the only two states who have legalized recreational use of marijuana are in the Super Bowl.

    DOES THE WINNER GET SOMETHING GOOD? Rings and a parade. The MVP usually takes a trip to Disney World. So basically your eight-year-old self would be the happiest person ever. If the Broncos win, Mike Adams will walk to his hometown of Paterson, NJ, wearing his helmet and pads, because growing up people told him he’d never get out.

    WHERE IS IT? New York City — just kidding. Although Times Square did become Super Bowl Boulevard, the game is actually in East Rutherford, NJ. Nope, the Northeast still doesn’t get warm in February. And yes, it’s vortexing. But apparently there is such a thing as Football Gods, because the low is only expected to be a balmy 28 degrees.

    SOMEONE TOLD ME IT’S IN OMAHA? No. But you will hear that a lot because Peyton Manning likes to call it during games to keep the defense guessing. And us. Don’t ask questions.

    DO I KNOW ANYONE GOING? We just told you– a Manning. The Peytonone. He is the Broncos QB1 and coming off one of the best seasons in NFL history. He’s 37 which means he’s an elder in football years. And has had four neck surgeries. Ouch.

    WHO’S THE GUY EVERYONE KEEPS TALKING ABOUT? Richard Sherman. He made headlines two weeks ago for his post-game interview, during which he had a lot of things to say about opponent Michael Crabtree. Love him or hate him, he’s very impressive– he’s from Compton and made it to Stanford. Then was a 5th round NFL pick. Now, he’s the best cornerback in the league — just ask him… and Beats.

    IS IT HALF TIME YET? The Peyton Manning of opera– Renee Fleming– will perform the national anthem and bring some class to your nachos and beer. Bruno Mars, and not Bruce Springsteen, has the Pepsi Halftime Show honor. The Red Hot Chili Peppers will join him. We miss last year. #BringBackBey

    PROMISE NO MATH? Surprise. Four quarters. Touchdown: 6; Field goal: 3; Safety: 2; Extra point: come on…

    CAN WE TALK ABOUT THE ADS YET? Ad Bowl is backScarlett Johanssontook things too far for SodaStream by dissing Pepsi and Coke, so Fox reportedly banned her commercial. For that, and not the suggestive straw sucking. This year, Anna Kendrick is “beer girl hot.” Budweiser has one with a Clydesdale and a puppy because they know how to get to us. Chobani will debut its first ad run with the big boys. But Dannon may win Yogurt Bowl because they’re reuniting “Full House” — and Uncle Jesse already brought back his mullet.

    WHAT’S IN THIS FOR ME? Food. And potentially cash money. The simplest way is to bet on the “money line” — AKA who wins or loses. Or you can bet on what the spread will be (see below). If you want to get fancy, there are LOTS of other things you can bet on. These are called “prop bets.” Skimm HQ is betting taking out the trash on how many times the word ‘legacy’ will be said about Peyton.

    WHAT’S THE SPREAD? No, not talking about your crudite. It refers to the expected spread between the team’s final scores. Vegas favors the Broncos by 3.

  • The BIG Game

    Jan 30, 2014 CATEGORIES: Uncategorized

    Generally speaking, Gridiron Belles like to plan. Plan their outfits, their dates and their recipes.  While we can’t exactly help you with your date for watching the BIG game on Sunday, we can help you look good and bring an award-worthy gameday snack.   

    Today, we are focusing on your wardrobe.  It’s the game of all games for the season, look your best!

    Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh

    Good thing neon is a popular trend right now… When you’re the 12 man (or woman) you better be dressed for it!

     

    Bundle up! The polar vortex isn’t stopping for anyone… not even Big Brother Peyton.

     

    If you can’t bring yourself to cheer for an NFL team, throw on some Tennessee orange and support Mr. Manning for being quite the SEC star! Good, ol’ Rocky Top…

  • Gridiron Belles Gift Guide

    Dec 17, 2013 CATEGORIES: Gridiron Belles Gift Guide, Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie

  • SEC Championship Wardrobes

    Dec 7, 2013 CATEGORIES: Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, SEC Championship, SEC Football

    We tried to cover every team this year in the wardrobe department.  Today, it comes down what you are wearing to support Auburn and Mizzou in the Georgia Dome to decide the new SEC Championships.

    We apologize for the repeats, but we’re pretty proud of both 11-1 schedules so we’ll make the exceptions!

    MIZ-ZOU and War Eagle!

    Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh

     

     

  • THE Big Rival of the Week

    Nov 27, 2013 CATEGORIES: Alabama SEC Football, Auburn, Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, Nick Saban, SEC Football

    Never have the stakes been this big in the Iron Bowl. No.1 Alabama at No.4 Auburn….

    If Auburn knocks off Alabama, the tigers will be heading to Atlanta for the SEC Championship game which is not one anyone predicted in August.  Yes, we realize that there are countless other rivalry games this weekend, but none carry the weight of the Iron Bowl.  Either way, if you are going to your team’s game or watching at home while eating leftovers, we have some Rivalry Week wardrobe suggestions for home or away! 

    Good luck!

    Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh

     

  • Geaux Aggies!

    Nov 22, 2013 CATEGORIES: Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, LSU Football, SEC Football, Tailgating

    The “Chance of rain, never!” saying in Baton Rouge may prove inaccurate this weekend for the TX A&M v LSU match-up.  No fear, we have outfit ideas to keep you warm and dry while visiting Tiger Stadium.  In addition to a rain coat and cute wellie rain boots, be sure to stash a poncho and extra garbage bag in your touchdown purse!  Don’t forget a good attitude; if they guys are playing in the rain, the least you can do is cheer for them in the rain!

    Happy tailgating,

    Christie Leigh

  • Pig Sooie Casual Meets Ole Miss Dress

    Nov 7, 2013 CATEGORIES: Arkansas, Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, Ole Miss Football, Oxford, SEC, SEC Football

    The book, Gridiron Belles, states that Arkansas may have a little bit of a comfortable casual side to their flare. And, Ole Miss, we know, is the reigning royalty of game day runway-ready outfits.  Which is why Saturday’s (pre-game)match-up in the Grove is going to be the true battle of the day.  I have a feeling both fan bases will be envious of the other– Razorback fans wishing for access to Rebel closets and Rebel belles wishing they were privy to even a smidge of the comfort Arkansas fans brought from Fayetteville. 

    Whichever your game day style, just enjoy the tailgate!

    Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh

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