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  • SERIOUS FOOTBALL: Week II

    Sep 11, 2015 CATEGORIES: Georgia Football, Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, Mississippi State, Serious Football, Starkville, Tennessee Football, UGA, Vanderbilt

     

    All finally felt right in the world last Saturday as Week-1 of college football resumed. Traditionally, the first three weeks of football season are full of Power Team v Cupcake Team  match-ups and leave us viewers unimpressed and still longing for real football.  This season, the excitement is here on Week-2 and I don’t want anyone to miss it.

    Our favorites:

    Kentucky and head coach Mark Stoops head to South Carolina on Saturday. But that’s not the only Stoops brother who will be in the SEC this weekend.  Mark Stoop’s brother, Bob Stoops, who is the head coach of Oklahoma, is coming to Knoxville in an attempt to get an SEC win on his schedule. Both Stoops brothers are great guys and daggum good football coaches, but we only hope one of them wins.

    #14 LSU is making the trip to Starkville for their “first game of the season” to line up against #25 MS State. The cowbells will be ringing for this early season SEC West matchup.  Could we be more excited?

    #10 Georgia @ Vanderbilt is high on our interest list for two reasons:  1) Vandy always shocks someone each season and I’m wondering if it isn’t SEC-East-Predicted-Winner Georgia; 2) Gridiron Belles is heading to Nashville for the game to tailgate and to take Vandy and UGA photos for the next book.  Be sure to let me know where you’ll be tailgating so I can stop by!

    Any way you slice it, it’s Week-2.  Summer is over. It’s time to dedicate your Saturdays to the Gridiron.  Here is your schedule for Saturday.

    11:00 AM

    Auburn v Jacksonville State 

    2:30 PM

    Georgia #10 @ Vanderbilt

    Fresno State @  #17 Ole Miss

    3:00 PM

    Middle Tennessee @ #2 Alabama

    Toledo @ # 18 Arkansas

    5:00 PM

    #19 Oklahoma @ #23 Tennessee

    6:00 PM

    Ball State @ #16 Texas A&M

    #21 Missouri @ Arkansas State

    East Carolina @ Florida

    6:30 PM

    Kentucky @ South Carolina

    8:15 PM

    #14 LSU @ #25  MS STATE

    More articles

    ESPN Week Two Game Breakdown

    Auburn develops a way for players to stay cool

    Early Morning Kickoffs Call for This

  • Game Time Week 13

    Nov 21, 2014 CATEGORIES: Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, Mississippi State

    More cowbell, please!

    Tis the season… not only for Thanksgiving cooking and almost Christmas carols… but the season for  the SEC to take an easy week. 

    We hate to say it this late in the season when rankings are jumping and playoff predictions (almost) mean something, but it’s true.  This is week 13.  The week before THE BIG WEEKEND and everyone is resting up.  So go ahead, make plans on Saturday, catch the highlights. We aren’t judging if you aren’t glued to the TV for the entire day of mediocre match ups.  

    Happy Game Day Eve!

    Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh

    PS- Don’t forget to submit your tailgate photos like the belle above did!

     12:00pm               Charleston Southern @ Georgia (No.10)

                                      Eastern Kentucky @ Florida

                                      South Alabama @ South Carolina

    3:30pm                 Ole Miss (No.8) @ Arkansas

    4:00pm                 Western Carolina @ Alabama (No. 1)

    7:00pm                 Samford @ Auburn (No.14)

    7:30pm                 Vanderbilt @ Mississippi State (No. 4)

                                      Missouri (No. 20) @ Tennessee

     

  • Game Time Week 9

    Oct 24, 2014 CATEGORIES: Alabama SEC Football, Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, Kentucky Football, LSU Football, Mississippi State, Ole Miss Football, SEC, SEC Football, South Carolina, Tennessee Football

    Sneak peek of what’s to come at the Gridiron Belle tailgate this weekend!

    We want to encourage you to get set up for game day in time for the Arkansas kick off (no SEC game should be left unappreciated), but with a non-conference match up, we just can’t suggest full schedule clearing.  We’ll be pig-sooooooie-ing as we wrap up our errands and get ready for 3:30.

    At 3:30pm on Saturday, fans in the Bluegrass will hope to recover from the merciless stomping they took from LSU last weekend… too bad this year Mississippi State is not an easy game.  Nevertheless, Stoops’ Troops have gumption. Plus, we’ll be in town with an amazing pre-gridiron spread and our fingers crossed.

    The Bengal Tigers in Baton Rouge will be in full force… tailgating, cooking and trying their damndest to knock off Ole Miss. No man, woman or child, will be spared from the taunting sound of “Tiger Bait”.  This is one of the best rivals in college football— in the parking lot AND on the gridiron. 

    For as much disdain as there is between these two schools, the Alabama v. Tennessee match up hasn’t been very exciting in recent history.   We are hoping for a good game… mainly because kickoff is at 7:30 and it just feels like those Volunteers need some hope to get through the end of the season.

    In case the BAMA game becomes a red-zone game, there will be nothing short of a battle between South Carolina and Auburn on the other channel.  Auburn is ranked, unlike Old Ball Coach and his boys, but this has “closer than it should be” written all over it. At least for the first half.

    Here is your game day schedule, enjoy!

    Xs and Os

    Christie Leigh

     

    12:00pm          UAB @ Arkansas

    3:30pm            Mississippi State (No. 1) @ Kentucky

    4:00pm            Vanderbilt @ Missouri

    7:15pm             Ole Miss (No. 3) @ LSU (No. 24)

    7:30pm            Alabama (No. 4) @ Tennessee

                                 South Carolina @ Auburn (No. 5)

    Bye Weeks:

    Georgia

    Florida

    Texas A&M

     

  • 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.

    ENJOY!

    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

    Auburn

    MS. State

    Vanderbilt

  • 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!

     

     

     

     

  • Quarterback Cram

    Aug 29, 2012 CATEGORIES: Alabama SEC Football, Arkansas, Georgia Football, Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, Kentucky Football, LSU Football, Mississippi State, Ole Miss Football, SEC Football, Southern Football, Tennessee Football, Texas A&M and Mizzou SEC Football, Vanderbilt

    No, the quarterback cram isn’t a new play, although it could be, it’s just time to cram for our QB knowledge!

    As we went on with our lives once we calmed down after the first BCS National Championship between two SEC teams, the college football world stayed working.

    Coaches changed roles, players were recruited, and we took a little break to stock up on the necessary energy it takes to be an SEC fan. Not to mention, we needed some time to find the perfect game day outfits and tailgate accessories for the 2012 season.

    If you’re anything like me, you’re practically drooling over the upcoming season but have had too much going on to actually realize that there is a whole new lineup coming out for kickoff. Which is TOMORROW, so we need to cram!

    Part two of the pre-season primer is a study guide for you to learn about your team’s play-makers and the coaches.  Don’t stop at this information—there is a whole chapter about this in the book— but use this as a base for the entire season!

    Alabama:

    Coach: Nick Saban

    Quarterback: A.J. McCarron (JR)

    Arkansas:

    Coach: John L. Smith

    Quarterback: Tyler Wilson (SR)

    Auburn:

    Coach: Gene Chizik

    Quarterback: Kiehl Frazier (SO)

    Florida:

    Coach: Will Muschamp

    Quarterback: Jeff Driskel (SO) and Jacaoby Brissett (SO)

    Georgia:

    Coach: Mark Richt

    Quarterback: Aaron Murray (JR)

    Kentucky:

    Coach: Joker Phillips

    Quarterback: Maxwell Smith (SO)

    LSU:

    Coach: Les Miles

    Quarterback: Zach Mettenberger (JR)

    Mississippi State:

    Coach:  Dan Mullen

    Quarterback:  Tyler Russell (JR)

    Missouri:

    Coach: Gary Pinkel

    Quarterback: James Franklin (JR)

    Ole Miss:

    Coach: Hugh Freeze

    Quarterback: Barry Brunetti (JR) or Randall Mackey (SO)

    South Carolina:

    Coach: Steve Spurrier

    Quarterback: Connor Shaw (JR)

    Tennessee:

    Coach: Derek Dooley

    Quarterback:  Tyler Bray (JR)

    Texas A&M:

    Coach: Kevin Sumlin

    Quarterback: Johnny Manziel (FR)

    Vanderbilt:

    Coach: James Franklin

    Quarterback: Jordan Rodgers (SR)

    Happy Season!

    Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh

  • Times have changed. So have the rules.

    Aug 15, 2012 CATEGORIES: Alabama SEC Football, Georgia Football, Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, Kentucky Football, LSU Football, LSU v ALABAMA football, Mississippi State, Ole Miss Football, SEC Football, Southern Belles, Southern Football, Southern Gentlemen, Tennessee Football, Texas A&M and Mizzou SEC Football

    My dearest Gridiron Belles:

    My most sincere apologies for taking an unannounced break from the blog!  I assure you it was for good reason as I’m proud to announce, Gridiron Belles now has a sister publication, SouthernLeague Magazine.    You can imagine how my time has been eaten up!

    Alas, I would never leave you going into the anticipated season unprepared, so here is part one of the Gridiron Belles pre-season primer.

    Times have changed.  So have the rules.

    Many concerned onlookers, including retired NFL players, argue that the game of football is more dangerous than it’s ever been.   Bigger, faster, stronger players result in bigger, faster, and harder hits.

    In an attempt to protect our gridiron heroes, the NCAA has changed some rules, effective this season.

    Helmets:

    • If a player’s helmet gets knocked off, he will be treated as an injured player and the clock will be stopped.
    • If a player’s helmet comes off for reasons other than a penalty on the opposing team, the player will sit out the following play.

    Seems there is a new trend for players not to fasten both chin straps, resulting in loose helmets.  Helmets that are there to protect players’ heads… that encase their brains… which are important for life post-gridiron.

    Kickoff:

    • The kickoff will now be from the 35 yard-line. (It was the 30.) 
      • This is to increase the likelihood of the football going to the end zone, where receiving players cannot be flattened (or even touched) once they catch it.
      • Touchbacks will now come out to the 25 yard-line. (It was the 20.)
        • This is to encourage players to take a knee after receiving a kickoff—a touchback—instead of rushing into crowds of rushing, angry, bruise-inducing opponents.
        • The kickoff team must line up between the 30 and 35 yard-lines. (They used to be able to start farther back.)
          • This prevents a “running start” and thus hitting with less velocity.

    According to Greg Johnson of NCAA.com, “The recommended changes came from the Football Rules Committee after that group examined NCAA data showing that injuries during kickoffs occur more often than in any other phases of the game.”  What’s the NCAA rationale behind this decision? Fewer kickoff returns should lead to fewer injuries.

    ESPN commentator and Heisman Trophy winner, Desmond Howard, who incidentally served as a kickoff and punt returner in the NFL, points out that “coaches put players back there to run the ball out of the end zone, not to take a knee.”

    Whichever argument you use, the facts remain and the rules have changed.  Store these changes in your useful-football-knowledge file and get ready for an exciting season!

    Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh

     

  • 2012 Fall Intern Opportunity

    Aug 2, 2012 CATEGORIES: Alabama SEC Football, Arkansas, Athens, Auburn, Florida, Georgia Football, Gridiron Belles Internship, Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, Kentucky Football, LSU Football, Mississippi State, Ole Miss Football, SEC Football, SEC football writers, Southern Belles, Southern Football, Tennessee Football, Texas A&M and Mizzou SEC Football

    It’s that time again!  Gridiron Belles—the lifestyle guide to football in Dixie—is looking for fall 2012 interns to join our team.

    We are taking Gridiron Belles (and her sister magazine, SouthernLeague), to the bestseller list this year so we need the best team of brilliant Southerners that the SEC can provide!

    Qualifications: Gridiron Belles and SouthernLeague Magazine are seeking upperclassmen and graduate students at SEC universities, both male and female. Preference will be given to those majoring in: journalism, PR, sports marketing, fashion, photography, creative writing or English.  Interns must be self-starters. The ideal candidate is enthusiastic about life in the south, adept at writing short nonfiction pieces, and socially engaging.  Experience in publishing is preferred, but not required.

    Job Description: Each intern must commit 5-10 hours per week, beginning August 27, 2012 and ending in January 2013. This is an unpaid internship with an opportunity for employment based on growth of the company. Duties will include:

    • Creating and executing social media strategies
    • Writing and managing weekly updates for online publications, including interviews and photographs
    • Creating organized Excel sheets of research
    • Vendor relations- following up with inventory of stores and potential ad sales
    • Planning, organizing and promoting PR events, book signings and tailgates on your campus

    How to Apply: Complete the attached application and submit to ChristieLeigh@SouthernLeagueMagazine.com by 9 A.M. CT on Monday, August 20 2012.

    Looking forward to hearing from y’all soon!

    Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh

  • One Conference, One Nation.

    Sep 12, 2011 CATEGORIES: Auburn, Mississippi State, SEC, SEC Football, Starkville

    A perfectly clear morning for showcasing Auburn's campus

    Without a cloud in the sky, the crisp 78 degree morning was perfect for Tiger fans setting up a pre-game breakfast tailgate before the Auburn v MsState game.  In true Auburn fashion of well-mannered and tastefully dressed belles, Auburn fans were seen tailgating with State fans over large cups of coffee and stiff bloody Mary’s before kickoff.

    The mood in the stadium was calm and eerily quiet.  Maybe coffee should have been served in the concession stand, but even that would not have calmed the nerves that fans in blue and orange were experiencing.  The Tiger’s first game of the season had ended in victory like so many did last year… in the last few minutes and by margins of 4 points or less.

    The Plainsmen and women were well aware that Coach Mullen of Miss. State was going to bring some fired up bulldogs and a lot more cowbell.

    Fast forward past 3 personal fouls in the form of excessive celebration in the first 6 minutes of the game, answered touch downs and last minute scores and Auburn fans have a 41-34 reason to roll Toomer’s corner.  And I have a chance to show my mama, a first time roller, a two-ply covered intersection.

    Sweet Mama at Toomers... she felt bad making a mess so she didn't throw any, but she loved the sight!

    But more than the game was the win all fans in Jordan-Hare shared before kickoff.

    A presentation of  the Color Guard, a salute to Auburn veterans,  an award-winning choir joining the marching band to perform God Bless America and the National Anthem.  In a stadium full of 87,000 fans, there was a reverent period of silence, the most harmonious rendition of our National Anthem and not a single dry eye in a ten-mile radius.

    There is nothing more American than the National Anthem at a football game...

    This may have been a rival game full of division ranking implications, but for the 10 minutes before kickoff, we were one nation, one conference, under God, indivisible, for liberty and justice for all.

    Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh

     

  • Three Belles walked into a bar…

    Aug 23, 2011 CATEGORIES: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky Football, Mississippi State, SEC, SEC Football, South Carolina

    Because sometimes it’s just plain funny to laugh at the other team’s expense!

    What does the average Alabama player get on his SATs?
    ………Drool.

    What do you get when you put 32 Arkansas cheerleaders in one room?
    ………A full set of teeth.

    How do you get a South Carolina cheerleader into your dorm room?
    ………Grease her hips and push.

    How do you get a Georgia graduate off your porch?
    ………Pay him for the pizza.

    How do you know if a Mississippi State football player has a girlfriend?
    ……..There is tobacco spit on both sides of his pickup

    Why is the Kentucky football team like a possum?
    ………Because they play dead at home and get killed on the road.

    What are the longest three years of an Auburn football player’s life?
    ………His freshman year.

    How many Florida freshmen does it take to change a light bulb?
    ………None. That’s a sophomore course.

    Feel free to change any of these teams around–these are just for fun and are not intended to hurt anyone’s feelings.  But, to be honest, if these G-rated jokes hurt your feelings, you may want to reconsider changing conferences and never step foot at a tailgate where the jokes are a tad bit–to a lotta bit– more insulting!

    Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh

     

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