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  • 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!

     

     

     

     

  • Sweet Home Alabama

    Jan 9, 2012 CATEGORIES: Alabama, Alabama SEC Football, BCS Championship Game, Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, LSU v ALABAMA football, SEC Football, Southern Football, Uncategorized

    The Tide Sisters

    SEC fans are the most loyal and energetic in the nation.  I’m convinced, however, that Alabama fans are what most people mean when they use the term “Fanatical.” It’s expected of BAMA fans to be fanatical—it’s part of the oath they take as new borns: Wear Crimson, despise Auburn, name a child (or at least a dog, boat, or RV ) “Bear” and above all, be the most fanatical football fan you can imagine day in and day out.  This is one vow that is unforgivable to break. And I love it.

    Mr. C and Ms. Tide, two of the greatest BAMA fans I know!

    On a level understood only in the SEC—perhaps only in Alabama– eating, breathing and decorating your home in the only logical theme of Crimson Tide, team dedication has reached a new level in Tuscaloosa.

    Look closely and count how many places you find houndstooth!

    My trip across the South has introduced me to more than my fair share of Tide fans.  I stayed with one of the sweetest Bama Belles at her Bay house outside of Mobile and was welcomed into her home with open arms… just as soon as I changed out of navy and orange… in the driveway.

    All fans who enter, MUST match the decor!

    The Bama fan of the season, however, required a family.  The “Tide Family” (I’ve kept their name to myself as to not have them inundated with calls and e-mails asking for ideas of how to be a better BAMA fan once this is released) has set a new bar for BAMA fans . They are as kind as they are loyal. They are as generous as they are dedicated.

    Yes, a larger than life replica of The Bear's hat serving as window treatments in the bathroom!

    Decorated by the eldest daughter of the “Tide Family,” this second home, located a first down away from the entrance to Bryant-Denny Stadium, epitomizes the phrase “Sweet Home Alabama.”

    Lucky monogram she has, isn't it?! This is the beautiful creative brain behind the "wow."

    I’d likely get some of the details mixed up if I tried to tell you how long the “Tide Family” has been a part of the BAMA community.  I’d tell you that there are 12 grandchildren who went to, or are currently enrolled at, the University of Alabama  when really there are something like 26.  And I’d tell you that it was MR. Tide that spearheads the “fanaticism” and game day excursions on their party buses and boats when really it’s MRS. Tide.  So I’m going to keep the details to myself and just let pictures speak 13 words.  Because, 13, is exactly how many national championships this Tide Family has been around to celebrate the Crimson spirit.

    These curtains speak from themself

    No detail, large or small, went un-dedicated to Alabama.  I was in awe. I was impressed beyond words and knew immediately that there may be a lot of families that are Tide fans, but there is only ONE “Tide Family.”

    Meet the lovely Tide Family

    Thanks for the hospitality Mr. and Mrs. Tide!  And good luck getting your 14th national championship tonight!

    Xs and Os,

     

    Christie Leigh

     

  • It’s going to take TWO Honey Badgers for an LSU win

    Jan 6, 2012 CATEGORIES: BCS Championship Game, Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, Honey Badger, LSU, LSU Fans, LSU Football, LSU v ALABAMA football, Ole Miss Football, SEC Football, Southern Football

    Gods gift to the LSU defense. And offense come to think about his returns...

    HBII. You'll be introduced to him momentarily. Don't you see the resemblance?

    It’s been over a month since I’ve last seen LSU play football in person.  Which is a long time… considering I managed to see the Fighting Tigers play five times this season alone.

     

    No, LSU is not “my team,” but my purple dress sure did get a lot of Ware (see what I did there?) this season as I was lucky enough to be a distant part of the Tiger’s perfect season and impressive display of gridiron talent.

    Take for instance, Honey Badger.   This highly inappropriate, and not Gridiron Belles endorsed, video shows you how Tyrann Mathieu, the mind-blowing-five-foot-nine-almost-the-Heisman-winner-who-leads-the-world-in-tackles-as-the-most-intimidating-cornerback-in-college-football, easily personifies a honey badger found in the wild.

    It’s safe to say that, yes, Honey Badger takes what he wants.  Did I mention that Honey Badger, the player, ranks No.1 Nationally in fumble recoveries and No. 1 in the SEC for forced fumbles?   He does.

    So let’s call a spade a spade.  If you’re an LSU fan, having a honey badger on your team  (among many other talented players) going into the greatest game of college football  history, is a good thing.  Going into the most anticipated National Championship ever played with TWO honey badgers is even better. Allow me to introduce you to “Honey Badger II.”

    THE Honey Badger II

    What I’ve learned from 5 games with the purple and gold is the importance of having a Honey Badger in the stands.   Having a tiger’s eye at midfield in Death Valley is all fine and good. What’s more intimidating is forcing the other team to actually look into the eyes of Mike the Tiger as they tip toe into Tiger stadium. The same goes with Honey Badger Number Two (HBII).  It’s great to have Honey Badger on the field, but HBII really shows his teeth and tenacity to opposing fans at the tailgates and in the stands.

    It's all fun and games until HBII shows up in the Grove

    There is no record of existence of this honey badger prior to his 2011 debut season.  There is no explanation of how HBII and the Honey Badger on the field are able to coordinate their gameday outfits so well.  The only obvious connection is the mutual respect and obsession with winning. And, of course having their pictures taken by fans across the land and, taking with they want.

     

    Honey Badger II is true to his cause even during away games

    HBII unites two fan bases in the Grove

    An early start to his Heisman campaign

    LSU fans smile much bigger when HBII is among them in the stands

    I think that's HBII and Coach Les...

    I'm not sure who is happier

    One last photo-op before HBII took what he wanted and hopped the fence. Who was going to stop the Honey Badger? Exactly...

    All smiles after a perfect season.

    Thanks for all of your hard work this season, Honey Badger (II). What a fan!

     

    Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh

     

    p.s.– Bama fans, don’t worry, your super fan is coming on Monday!

  • Now it means something

    Oct 17, 2011 CATEGORIES: BCS Championship Game, LSU, SEC Football, Southern Belles, Uncategorized

    The Sugar Bowl would be old hat for the Mad Hatter

    Of course every game played before yesterday was an important game.  But now, with the first week of the BCS rankings disclosed, it all finally means something.

     

    In case you missed the breaking BCS poll news last night, LSU, #1 team in the country. Alabama is #.2

    Christmas is coming early, Belles!  LSU and Alabama match up on November 5th in Tuscaloosa. Enter where I start praying to the football gods that somehow both teams could play for the real National Championship on January 9.

    There is an entire chapter in my book dedicated to explaining the BCS.  If you still aren’t sure what the BCS means or the implications it has on your season, go ahead and pick up a copy of Gridiron Belles.  Or, just send me your questions and I’ll make sure you understand faster than Jeff Demps.

    Tidbits for BCS conversation:

    -BCS= Bowl Championship Series.  Basically, there are a handful of post season games that are considered BCS bowl games.  The aforementioned rankings (among other things) determine which team will play in which bowl.

    -  The National Championship this year (Sugar Bowl) is in New Orleans.  The last two times the National Championship has been the Sugar Bowl, LSU has not only been a competitor in the game, but has been crowned the victor of said game.  (2003, 2007)

    -  LSU and Alabama play each other on November 5th in Tuscaloosa.  Since the #1 and #2 ranked teams in the BCS are who play in the BCS National Championship, it seems that the title game is going to be played about two months early.  ( Go ahead and cancel all plans you may have on that day.)

    Love it or hate it, it’s time to understand the BCS, where your team stands this season and why moving forward, BCS rankings are the only ones you need to worry about!  I promise you, this ranking means something.

    Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh