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  • Game Time Week VIII

    Oct 16, 2014 CATEGORIES: Alabama SEC Football, Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, Kentucky Football, LSU Football, Mississippi State, Ole Miss Football, SEC Football, Tailgating, Uncategorized

    These Aggie Belles Are Ready for Tuscaloosa!

    If you ever imagined that the SEC would have half of the top ten teams for Week 8, you’re a pretty realistic fan.  If you had any suspicion that the number 1 team in the country would be a team that for so long went unnoticed, unappreciated and unsupported by almost everyone outside of Starkville…. Well, you should be applying for an analyst position at ESPN. 

    Here at Gridiron Belles we couldn’t be happier for Coach Mullen (and his Gridiron Belle of a wife, Meg) for all that the Bulldogs have built and accomplished. We are also extremely impressed by Ole Miss and their ability to translate their unmatched tailgating skills into unparalleled gridiron skills.  Wow, what a season for the state of Mississippi.  We’ve never been more eager for the Egg Bowl.

    As the battle for the top continues down in the Delta, the battle for the middle is still exciting and should not go unwatched. After all, this is just Week 8 and there is a lot of football left to be played!

    Here is your weekend schedule of sure to be thrilling match ups.  (Yes, even unranked match ups can be fun).   We are banking on The Ole Ball Coach to take his dropped ranking status out on Furman so you have until 3:30 before you need to glue yourself to the flat screen.   And glue you should, BAMA should have the Aggies in the bag, but the 12th Man is hard to stop; historically speaking, LSU beats Kentucky but there is something in the Bluegrass water that is making us think an upset is brewing for Baton Rouge.


    Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh

    12:00pm            Furman @ South Carolina

    3:30pm            Texas A&M (No.21) @ Alabama (No. 7)

    4:00pm            Georgia (No. 10) @ Arkansas

     7:00pm            Tennessee @ Ole Miss

                                  Missouri @ Florida

    7:30pm            Kentucky @ LSU


    Bye weeks


    MS. State


  • Game Time Week VI

    Oct 3, 2014 CATEGORIES: Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, SEC Football, Uncategorized

    If you have yet to dedicate a full Saturday to football, consider this weekend the best time to start.  With multiple Top 25 match-ups just in the SEC alone, Saturday’s gridiron line up is going to be exploding with excitement all day long.  Postpone your errands… and pretty much your life… these aren’t quite the playoffs, but it’s an SEC match day made in heaven!

    Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh


    12:00pm               Texas A&M (No.6) @Mississippi State (No.12)

                                    Florida @ Tennessee

    3:30pm                 Alabama (No.3) @ Ole Miss (No.11)

    4:00pm                 Vanderbilt @ Georgia (No.13)

    7:00pm                 LSU (No. 15) @ Auburn (No.5)

    7:30pm                 South Carolina @Kentucky

  • Tailgate Pictures Needed!

    Sep 16, 2014 CATEGORIES: Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, SEC Football, Tailgating

    Send in your game day photos to be used in the second edition of Gridiron Belles!

    Breaking news: The second edition of Gridiron Belles is just around the corner!

    The writing of Gridiron Belles, Second Down is nearly finished: the rules have been changed, the content updated and current and the wardrobe suggestions up to speed.  Still needed, however, is a fresh batch of photos. Which is where you come in!  Assuming you want to be in the second edition of the book…

    If you would like your game day traditions, tailgate, wardrobe or friends pictured in the second book, please send your *photos in to . The best ones will be featured online and in print so don’t forget to snap away this weekend!

    Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh


    *All photos should be sent to and are subject to being used in print or online for Gridiron Belles purposes of publication, promotion and website content. 

  • Game Time Week IV

    Sep 16, 2014 CATEGORIES: Uncategorized

    Alright Belles, it’s time for week four of SEC match-ups. We know last weekend was tough to stomach but that’s the beauty of the conference!   Your game day starts early this week so plan accordingly.  Don’t forget to send in your tailgate photos!

    Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh


    Thursday, September 18

    7:30pm            Auburn (No.5) @ Kansas State (No. 20)


    Saturday, September 20

    12:00pm            Troy @ Georgia (No. 13)

    3:30pm            Florida @ Alabama (No. 3)

                              Texas A&M (No. 6) @ SMU 

    4:00pm            Indiana @ Missouri (No. 18)

    7:00pm            Mississippi State @ LSU (No. 8)

                               Northern Illinois @ Arkansas

    7:30pm            South Carolina (No. 14) @ Vanderbilt

  • Game Time Week III

    Sep 12, 2014 CATEGORIES: Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, SEC Football

    There is nothing like a Friday morning drool session when you look at tomorrow’s match-ups…  Here it is, Belles.  The true season has begun with one of the biggest SEC battle’s we’ve seen this season— Coach Richt, Todd Gurley and the Georgia Bulldogs head to Columbia to see the Old Ball Coach in Williams-Brice Stadium.  There will be lots of combat on the gridiron come 3:30pm ET on Saturday so tune in early and don’t leave until the last second is played.  We are also clearing our schedule for the 7:30 match-up between Kentucky and Florida because something tells us to have a little faith in Coach Stoops this year!

    Happy Game Day!

    Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh


    Saturday, September 13

    12:00pm          UCF @ Missouri (No. 20)

                               Massachusetts @ Vanderbilt

    3:30pm            Georgia (No.6) @ South Carolina (No. 24)

                               Arkansas @Texas Tech

    4:00pm            Louisiana-Lafayette @ Ole Miss (No.14)

                                Mississippi State @ South Alabama

    6:00pm             Southern Miss at Alabama (No. 3)

    7:00pm            Louisiana-Monroe @ LSU (No.10)

    7:30pm            Kentucky at Florida

    8:00pm            Tennessee @ Oklahoma (No. 4)

    9:00pm            Rice @ Texas A&M


  • It’s Game Time Week II

    Sep 4, 2014 CATEGORIES: Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, SEC Football, Southern Belles

    Whew… the SEC had a remarkable week 1, congrats on making it through the off-season!

    Here is this weekend’s schedule of games that you need to be aware of.  This is one of your last “light weekends” of mostly non-conference match-ups and a few games that you can turn on at the second half.

    A Belle might not be always glued to the flat screen, but she is always acutely aware of who is on the field, who is winning and who is losing!  Keep up, Belles, the season has begun.

     Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh

    Saturday, September 6:


    12:00pm ET            Florida Atlantic @ Alabama (No.2)

                                           Missouri (No.24) @ Toledo

                                           Arkansas State @ Tennessee


    2:00pm ET              UAB @ Mississippi State           


    3:30pm ET            Ohio @ Kentucky


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


    4:00pm ET            Nicholls State @ Arkansas

                                         Eastern Michigan @ Florida


    4:30pm ET            Ole Miss (No.15) at Vanderbilt


    7:00pm ET            San Jose State @ Auburn (No. 5)

                                        East Carolina @ South Carolina (No. 21)


    7:30pm ET            Lamar @ Texas A&M (No.9)

                                        Sam Houston State @ LSU (No. 12)

  • 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




    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!


    Coach: Nick Saban

    QB: Jake Coker (JR)

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

    SEC Opener: Saturday, September 20, Florida


    Coach: Bret Bielema

    QB: Brandon Allen (JR)

    Season Opener: @ Auburn

    Date: Saturday, August 30, 4:00pm


    Coach: Gus Malzahn

    QB: Nick Marshall (SR)

    Season Opener: Arkansas

    Date: Saturday, August 30, 4pm


    Coach: Will Muschamp

    QB: Jeff Driskel (RJR)

    Season Opener: Idaho

    Date: Saturday, August 30, 7:00pm

    SEC Opener: Kentucky

    Date: September 13, 7:30pm


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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.

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