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  • Game Time Week XIV

    Nov 27, 2014 CATEGORIES: Auburn v Georgia, Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, LSU Football, SEC Football


    We may have given you last week off, but we are hoping you still caught some of the Mizzou v Tennessee game and the Ole Miss v Arkansas upset. This weekend, you most certainly do not have a bye week. In fact, if there was ever a Saturday (and Friday and Thursday) to truly dedicate to the Gridiron,  this is the weekend.

    Rivalry weekend isn’t just another Saturday. In fact, it’s Friday and Thursday, too, making it that much more glorious. Triple the days, triple the excitement.  Clear your dishes in record time, do your Black Friday shopping early, pull out the left overs for game day snacks, and put on your most comfortable team-colored clothes. These 72 hours are a marathon of all things college football and you don’t want to miss a minute.

    Wishing you all a thank-full Thanksgiving!

    Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh

    Thursday, November 27

    7:30pm               LSU @ Texas A&M

    Friday, November 28

    2:30pm              Arkansas @ Missouri (No.17)

    Saturday, November 29

    12:00pm           Georgia Tech (No. 16) @ Georgia (No.9)

                                 South Carolina @ Clemson (No. 21)

                                 Kentucky @ Louisville (No. 22)

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

                                  Mississippi State (No. 4) @ ole Miss (No.19)

     4:00pm             Tennessee @ Vanderbilt

    7:45pm               Auburn (No.15)  @ Alabama (No. 1)


  • Order the 2nd Edition of Gridiron Belles

    Sep 4, 2013 CATEGORIES: Alabama SEC Football, Atlanta, Auburn v Georgia, BCS Championship Game, Football weddings, Georgia Football, Gridiron Belles Tour, Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, Heisman Trophy, Lilly Pulitzer and Gridiron Belles, LSU Football, LSU v ALABAMA football, Mississippi State, Ole Miss Football, SEC Football, SEC Stadium Tour, Southern Football, Southern Tailgating, Southern Women, Tailgating, Tennessee Football, Texas A&M and Mizzou SEC Football

    My dearest Gridiron Belle:

    Football season has arrived and with impeccable timing, we just launched our highly-anticipated campaign for the 2nd edition of Gridiron Belles! ( You can go ahead and back the project here.)

    With an overdue welcome to Mizzou and TX A&M to the SEC, I needed to add their chapters and some photos of their tailgates and traditions.  While I was at it––to keep it a second edition and  not an entirely new book–– I went ahead and added new belle photos, quotes, outfit suggestions and updated some unique tailgate ideas among other things. (It’s easy to pre-order, here, now)

    So here is how this works:  This kickstarter campaign is the only way for you to get a copy of the new book. If this isn’t a success, no one gets a copy, so be sure to spread the word.   We recommend telling all of your sorority sisters, bridesmaids, boyfriends, friends you tailgate with and gridiron-loving family members. Heck, go ahead and order a few for yourself so you have hostess gifts on stand-by.  Either way, y’all asked for more books, so here they are! You’ll be the first to have a copy of the fall’s must-reads and I guarantee you’ll understand the game of football when you’re finished reading! 

    Thanks in advance for your support; can’t wait to see you at the next tailgate!

    Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh

    Go ahead, order!





  • Another Title for the SEC

    Apr 12, 2012 CATEGORIES: Athens, Auburn, Auburn v Georgia, Georgia Football, Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, SEC Football, The Masters

    You made us Southerners proud, Bubba!

    Masters week is a special time in the South. It is a week where the rest of the nation can marvel at the beauty of Augusta National. It is also a time where the “frat boy” in all of us can come out. We watch the world’s best because it is the closest thing to a college game day that we have at this time of year. Some of us (me and my buddies) convince ourselves that we could be the world’s best and go hit the links with unreachable expectations.


    So, in the spirit of the Masters I decided to go play a round of golf yesterday. Unsurprisingly, I’m not nearly as good as I convince myself that I am. It’s easy to pump yourself up when you watch 25 pro golfers make it look easy every day, but that’s beside the point. I was an abysmal 15 shots over through seven holes, though I cleaned it up on the back 9. Oh well, I’ll get ‘em next time.

    I would like to point out that Auburn native Jason Dufner was 11th through Saturday at -2. Unfortunately, the back greens got the best of him, as he finished +1 for the tournament. War Eagle anyway.

    My favorite golfer, Phil Mickelson, has a scorching round Saturday, but finished tied for third at -8. Before any of you Phil haters start, I’d like to go ahead and counter you by saying that Tiger Woods finished at +5 and he probably has shown the least amount of class I’ve seen out of a professional golfer in a long time. It’s one thing to know you’ve hit a bad shot, but it’s completely different to kick your own golf club at Agusta! Not exactly a Southern gentleman’s way of handling the situation.  

    The Masters never fails to live up to my expectations, and this year was no exception. The playoff between Georgia graduate Bubba Watson and South African national Louis Oosthuizen was magnificent. Bubba ended up winning due to a marvelous recovery shot from the pine straw. I was very glad that the SEC could bring home another trophy, but the most important thing is that the USA is back on top of golf.

    And the green jacket fits!

    “Go DAWGS” or “S-E-C”— either way, it was a heck of a final.


    This blog post was written by Gridiron Belles Intern, John Burns, from Auburn University


  • Georgia Football-A Southern Experience

    Nov 15, 2011 CATEGORIES: Auburn v Georgia, GA, Georgia Football, Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, Southern Football, Southern Women, UGA, Uncategorized

    Here is what I found as tailgating must haves during my second trip to Athens:

    Russ the bulldog and Ms. Seiler in the "Uga Suite"

    A bulldog. If tents are a tailgate staple at every other SEC tailgate, bulldogs are the staple at a University of Georgia tailgate.  “Russ” is the interim bulldog mascot and nearly every tailgate on campus had a cousin, friend, or distant relative of “Russ” or “Uga” to help entertain fans before the game.  (A Full story about “Uga’s Suite” will be out Thursday)

    I'm more of a yellow lab lover, but this Russ was pretty darn irresistible!

    Chick-Fil-A. Why make fried chicken from scratch when the delicious Chick-fil-a is a hometown staple? UGA fans need not worry that they can’t order a chicken biscuit on Sunday, they’ve had more than their fill from tailgating in Athens on Saturday.

    The ever so hospitable UGA coeds

    Black and red wardrobe. I haven’t decided which team has the best team colors for successful fashionable game day outfits, but black and red is certainly at the top of the list. The belles and gents in Athens are something to write home about. Or at least a reason for me to consider going to grad school with gentlemen DAWGS fans and for Georgia belles to contend for The Belles of the SEC.

    Talented leaders of spirit: After chatting with the Mama’s club of the cheerleading teams and some of the Dawgettes, I realized that leading the school and UGA fans in spirit is a full time job! Between appearances, game performances and in general looking like the perfect UGA ambassador, these students earn my respect of loving the game and their school!

    Goooo DAWGS! Sic'em!

    Ambitious KD ladies: If I had half of the gumption in college that the UGA KDs do, I would be running the White House right now!  I was so impressed by Christie E., a journalism major, who works for the local UGA news channel and is giving up her Christmas break to get more time in a studio in Tampa. She interviewed me Friday and then brought a camera crew to follow me around on Saturday.  Additionally, Ashlee Nicole, the VP of Operations, who so generously invited to attend the game with her family, knows every bit of UGA history from being an Admissions Office Orientation Leader and is a biological science major.  To top it off, there was a line of brilliant women waiting to talk to me at the house on Monday—all motivated, all dedicated to their dreams, all big fans of their DAWGS!

    Christie was all business as she captured the UGA game day traditions and happenings pre and post kickoff!

    Battle Hymn of the Republic. Perhaps the biggest pre-game concern for a Georgia fan is making it into Sanford stadium in time to hear the lone trumpeter play the opening notes of the Battle Hymn of the Republic. Of course, the hedges add a generous dose of Southern nostalgia, but  there is no feeling more bone chilling and pride filling than the sound of that trumpeter on Saturdays in Dixie. 

    The perfect bark. I would be remiss if I directed you toward Athens for a football game and forgot to instruct you to practice your bark! Georgia fans’ barks are much bigger than their bites—but with 90, 000 plus barking at once, it’s enough to scare a tiger!

    Thank you for your hospitality, Athens!

    Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh