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    Sep 18, 2015 CATEGORIES: Alabama SEC Football, Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, Oh My!, Ole Miss Football, Outfits, SEC, SEC Football

    Not sure what to wear to the game of the week this week? We’re here to help!  Any variations of these outfits will do to keep you in GridironBelle fashion. Get creative, be comfortable and wear team colors!   Don’t forget to send us your game day photos to be used in the next edition of Gridiron Belles!

    Xs and Os

    Christie Leigh


    We’re grateful for the SEC for putting together our weekend schedule.  Go ahead and clear your calendar… you have no where else to be that’s as important as watching this week’s match-ups!

  • We’re baaaackkk!

    Aug 2, 2015 CATEGORIES: Belles in Biz, Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, Oh My!, SEC, SEC Football, Serious Football, Southern Belles, Southern Tailgating, Southern Women

    What an off-season!
    It’s been a tremendously action packed off-season full of travels, Triple Crown winners, coaches-musical-chairs, coordinator hires, and SEC-themed weddings. Alas, it’s time to re-submerge ourselves into the glory of the fall and the highly anticipated SEC football season.
    This year brings new things to Gridiron Belles and we couldn’t be more excited.  What you can expect on the blog this season:

    MONDAYS: Outfits, Recipes and Tailgates, Oh My!
    You can never plan your outfit or tailgate menu too early.  Mondays will give you ideas of outfit suggestions, our favorite recipes, interesting SEC sightings or recent photos of Gridiron Belles tailgating around the SEC. This gives you all week to wrangle what you need and to be inspired by what’s going on around you. 
    If you have a favorite game day recipe you want to share, by all means, send it in and we’ll test it out!

    WEDNESDAYS: Serious Football.  
    We’ll post the weekend’s match-ups, schedules and why in the world it’s important for you to watch, or not watch, the gridiron grit that weekend. 

    FRIDAYS: Belles in Biz.  
    We know that there is more to us Belles than being great on Saturdays. We are smart, motivated, talented and successful in a million ways outside of tailgating and being able to call plays for coaches.  Here at Gridiron Belles, we celebrate strong women and want to highlight the Gridiron Belles in Business around the south.  
    If you, or someone you know has started their own company, has made a difference in the community, or is otherwise pretty awesome, we want to hear about her!  Drop us a line about her and we’ll feature her success story.
    Note, you want to pay attention to Fridays, because sometimes these are going to be accompanied by product giveaways! See instructions on how to win on each individual post.

    As always, keep up with our whereabouts and going ons via Instagram: @GridironBelles, Twitter: @GridironBelles and Facebook:  Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie.
    We always look forward to hearing from you so don’t be a stranger, you hear?!
    Xs and Os,
    Christie Leigh
  • One Nation, One Flag

    Jul 31, 2015 CATEGORIES: Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, Ole Miss, Ole Miss Football, SEC, SEC Football, Southern Football


    *Photo Credit, CNN “Best College Football Stadiums”

    The South is feeling the heat right about now.  Not only because it averages a scalding 96 degree daily temperature– plus a heat index– but because of the recent violence and controversy surrounding  the Confederate Flag.  It’s a tough time to be a Southerner when one rotten apple has ruined the reputation of the whole bunch. 

    Alas, with a Southerner’s favorite season just around the corner, it’s time to show the country that the South is more—much much more—than a few rotten apples. It’s time to showcase that our goal as a region is to be hospitable, neighborly, respectful and part of our communities.  Let’s go into this highly anticipated football season showing our pride more than ever and to make the Southern connotation positive, once again.  This tailgate season let’s be more hospitable than ever; let’s be respectful to our rivals (doesn’t mean we can’t still hope they lose); let’s lookout for our neighbors; and let’s join in our communities of 14 proud universities of the SEC and show the country what we are really about.

    Happy season, y’all.

    Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh


    To read more:

    SEC Coaches Talk About the Confederate Flag At Media Days

    Coach Freeze Encourages Mississippi to Nix the Flag


  • 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:



    Texas A&M


  • 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

  • Week 5 Preview

    Sep 27, 2013 CATEGORIES: Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, SEC, SEC Football, Southern Belles, Southern Tailgating, Uncategorized

    Bye-Week: Auburn, Mississippi State

    (12) South Carolina vs. UCF

    The Basics: This is our pick for a team who should be on upset alert this week. UCF already shocked Big Ten opponent Penn State in their own house, meaning they won’t roll over for South Carolina. The Knights are 3-0 on the season while the Gamecocks head to Orlando at 2-1. A win against South Carolina is exactly what UCF needs to become a Top 25 team and they’ll give it all they’ve got.

    What to Watch For: South Carolina is coming off a bye-week. They should be refreshed and have hopefully fixed their early season problems. The Gamecocks will need to come out for the early morning game and play strong on offense and special teams the entire game. They’ve done a good job of pulling ahead but at the end, they’ve wound themselves in stressful, tight game situations. You can catch this game beginning at 12:00 PM ET on ABC.

    South Alabama vs. Tennessee

    The Basics: This is a MUST win for Tennessee. The Volunteers lost their previous two games to Top 20 teams and have three more ahead of them after this week. Not only is this game sandwiched between tough teams, but it is also the only remaining non-conference game on their schedule. A loss to South Alabama could leave the team out of a bowl game at the end of the season if they aren’t careful.

    What to Watch For: This should be a game for Tennessee to temporarily bounce back for. They’ll once again have their hands full in the weeks to come but this should provide an opportunity for the team to take a little bit of a breathier. They won’t be to overlook South Alabama but should be able to put up good numbers against them. This game is scheduled to kickoff at 12:21 PM ET on SEC TV.

    *(6) LSU vs. (9) Georgia

    The Basics: This is our pick for SEC game of the week. It’s a Top 10 match-up featuring two quarterbacks who have had strong performance so far this season. LSU’s perfect record of 4-0 is on the line after while Georgia is looking to continue it’s rebound after picking up a week one loss. Both teams also have 1-0 records in conference play.

    What to Watch For: Aaron Murray vs. Zach Mettenberger: the battle of two SEC quarterbacks trying to prove they deserve to be mentioned alongside AJ McCarron and Johnny Manziel. Aaron Murray has already proved he’s a good quarterback, but still hasn’t gotten a signature win in his career. Zach Mettenberger struggled last year but now in a new offense, he’s really starting to shine. This will be a huge test for him and he’ll have to prove he’s up for the challenge of the Bulldog defense. Coverage of this game can be seen at 3:30 PM ET on CBS. The ESPN College GameDay crew will be in Athens, Georgia this week with show kickoff scheduled for 9:00 AM ET on ESPN.

    (25) Ole Miss vs. (1) Alabama

    The Basics: Undefeated records are on the line, but one will come away with their first loss of the season. Both teams are 3-0 on the season and 1-0 in conference play. A win for Alabama keeps them on top for BCS standings while a win for Ole Miss could bring on the first major upset of the year.

    What to Watch For: What better way for Ole Miss to prove they are a true contender in the SEC West than beating No. 1 Alabama in their own house? It’s a likely possibility for the Rebels, who have climbed into the Top 25 rankings for the first time this year. Ole Miss will need Bo Wallace to step up and take chances against Alabama’s defense. The Crimson Tide’s offense will need to step it up again. They struggled early on last week against Colorado State but pulled it together in the second half. This game can be seen at 6:30 PM ET on ESPN.

    (10) Texas A&M vs. Arkansas

    The Basics: Both teams are searching for their first SEC win of the season. Texas A&M fell to 0-1 after the loss to Alabama while Arkansas has yet to play a conference game so far this year. This won’t be an easy win for either team as Arkansas has definitely improved since last season and Texas A&M has had some problems with players both on and off the field.

    What to Watch For: This will be the first road test of the year for Texas A&M and going into Razorback Stadium won’t be a cakewalk. The Aggies are hoping they can bring their road game dominance from last year with them. The team has yet to lose a road game under the direction of Coach Kevin Sumlin. The Arkansas defense showed early signs strength but struggled to contain Rutgers at the end of the game last week. They will need to be able to contain Johnny Manziel and the offense for all four quarters or the Aggies could pull away in a hurry. Coverage begins at 7:00 PM ET on ESPN2.

    (20) Florida vs. Kentucky

    The Basics: Kentucky opens up conference play at home but it comes against No. 20 ranked Florida. The Gators are 2-1 on the season while the Wildcats sit at 1-2. Both teams have something to prove with this game. Florida needs to beat Kentucky handily while upsetting Florida would be a great win for Mark Stoops’ team.

    What to Watch For: The Gators offense took a major hit last week with the loss of QB Jeff Driskel who suffered a broken ankle during the game but their defense has also recently taken a hit. Florida announced this week DT Dominique Easley will miss the rest of the season as well after tearing his ACL. Tyler Murphy took over last week and managed to get his team to the win. Even with the Gators taking hits on both sides of the ball, Kentucky will struggle against both sides as well. This game can be seen at 7:00 PM ET on ESPNU.

    UAB vs. Vanderbilt

    The Basics: Vanderbilt’s third non-conference game of the year couldn’t come at a better time. The Commodores have struggled this season with not being able to finish close game with a win. Their two losses have come to SEC opponents while their wins have been against non-conference teams that have only scored a combined 10-points.

    What to Watch For: Vanderbilt will use this game to fix things, such as their speed of the offense & defense. They will need to use this game as a tune up with a rising Missouri team up next, followed by the likes of Georgia, Texas A&M and Florida. Coverage of this game begins at 7:30 PM ET on FSN.

    Arkansas State vs. Missouri

    The Basics: This is the final non-conference game on the schedule for Missouri. Following this week, the Tigers will begin SEC play and only have conference opponents left to face. Mizzou lost its final non-conference game of the season last year, which ultimately shut them out of bowl game contention.

    What to Watch For: Senior quarterback James Franklin has really taken charge of the team. Despite throwing some early game interceptions last week against Indiana, he looked strong in both the passing and rushing aspects of the game. The team is starting to click on all cylinders so look for this game to be a tune up before SEC play begins. You can catch this game at 7:30 PM ET on CSS.

    Weekly Match-Up Previews are written by Gridiron Belles intern, Ashley Colley. She’s awesome. 

  • Week 3 Preview

    Sep 14, 2013 CATEGORIES: Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, SEC, SEC Football, Southern Belles, Southern Football, Uncategorized

    Week 3 has arrived with no lack of excitement or anticipation.  A full day of gridiron battles are lined up for Saturday, September 14, and here is what you need to watch for!

    Happy game day,

    Christie Leigh

    Bye-Week: (9) Georgia, (18) Florida, Missouri

    (7) Louisville vs. Kentucky

     The Basics: Another in-state non-conference rivalry game that is bound to cause problems for Kentucky.

    What to Watch For: If you haven’t heard the name Teddy Bridgewater yet this season, you must be sleeping. The Louisville quarterback is getting a ton of national media attention is a said to be one of the frontrunners to win the Heisman this year. In the first two games, Bridgewater has thrown for 752 yards. Even if Kentucky finds a way to stop Bridgewater, Louisville’s offense has numerous other weapons.

    It most likely going to get ugly in a hurry, especially with this rivalry. Kentucky fans are probably starting to wonder if basketball season is ever going to come.  You can watch this game at 12:00 PM ET on ESPN.

    Southern Miss vs. Arkansas

    The Basics: It’s another non-conference opponent for Arkansas but that doesn’t mean you can slack off. The Razorbacks need to use the game to help fine tune the team and get them off to a 3-0 start. They need to use this week to come out strong and finish stronger as conference play draws closer.

    What to Watch For: The Razorback’s running game has seemed to work so far. The team currently leads the SEC an average of more than 300 yards per game thanks to running backs Jonathan Williams and Alex Collins. If these two can put up points in a hurry, they could then rest their legs and get a breather before the start of SEC play. Coverage of this game begins at 12:21 PM ET on SEC Network.

    *(1) Alabama vs. (6) Texas A&M

    The Basics: This is not only the game of the week, but could very well be the game of the year. It’s highly likely the winner of this game could find themselves in the SEC championship game come December. Alabama wants revenge while Texas A&M just wants to stop all the talk that Johnny Manziel’s antics are providing distractions. If we had to pick one word to describe this upcoming game, it would be EPIC.

    What to Watch For: Alabama’s offensive line is going to have to prove that their week one struggles were just that. They’ve only played one game so far this year but it wasn’t pretty for the Bama o-line against Virginia Tech. Texas A&M will need to do what they did last year which was capitalizing on hurry-up play and turnovers. They will need to attack Alabama hard and fast if they want to win two in a row against the Tide. The difference between this year and last year is that everyone expects Johnny Manziel to make big plays and beat Alabama yet again. You don’t want to miss this game. You can see it at 3:30 PM ET ON CBS but before that you can catch ESPN’s College GameDay Live from the Texas A&M campus beginning at 9:00 AM ET on ESPN.

    Tennessee vs. (2) Oregon

    The Basics: This one could get ugly in a hurry. Tennessee has put up 97 points against two struggling non-conference opponents. However, this non-conference opponent isn’t someone the Volunteers will be able to take advantage of. Oregon has scored 125 points and 17 touchdowns in the first two weeks.

    What to Watch For: Time of possession will be key. Tennessee will need to hold onto the ball as much as they can if they want to try to stop Oregon. The Ducks can score in a hurry and if they don’t have the ball, that makes that job more difficult. The Volunteers will also need to force turnovers and make sure that they capitalize on them. Tennessee DT Maurice Couch will miss the game on Saturday due to heat exhaustion. That announcement came several hours after Yahoo! Reported five SEC players, including Couch, had reportedly received extra benefits as a player. Coincidence? You be the judge. This game will air at 3:30 PM ET on ABC.

    Mississippi State vs. Auburn

    The Basics: It’s a must win for both teams. That’s because this game could easily be the only win either team gets for the year in the dominating West division. Gus Malzahn’s team has started out the season 2-0 in some time tight games while Dan Mullen’s team is looking to keep on rebounding. This is really anyone’s game.

    What to Watch For: Auburn is continuing to carry out its attack with heavy reliance on the running game. The Tigers are averaging close to 300 yards per game and running plays are getting called more than 70% of the time. Veteran quarterback Tyler Russell is expected to be back for Mississippi State as the starter. Russell and the offense struggled in week one before he had to leave the game due to a concussion. That injury forced Russell to miss week two. Dak Prescott did shine last week along with the offense. If Mississippi State struggles early, we could see Prescott come in. You can catch this game at 7:00 PM ET on ESPN2.

    Kent State vs. (8) LSU

    The Basics: Most likely another blowout win for LSU. Good news for LSU fans but not likely to be an exciting and nail-biting game. This game won’t earn the Tigers much respect by beating Kent State, but it will earn them a win. Les Miles will gladly take a 3-0 start to the season.

    What to Watch For: Zach Mettenberger is really starting to shine under the new offensive direction put in place by Cam Cameron. He’s finally living up to the hype that comes with being the starting quarterback for LSU. Even with these changes, a lot of people still seem to be underestimating the Tigers. This should be a dominating performance for LSU but look for Mettenberger to gain some more much needed confidence. You can see this game at 7:00 PM ET on ESPNU.

    Vanderbilt vs. (13) South Carolina

    The Basics: Could this be the week that James Franklin gets his first win at Vanderbilt against a ranked opponent? Maybe, but it won’t be easy especially with the Commodores on the road. Both teams are 0-1 in conference play. A South Carolina loss could seriously hurt their chances at winning the SEC East.

    What to Watch For: Jadeveon Clowney hasn’t quiet lived up to all the off-season hype he’s received. All of South Carolina’s opponents know he’s out there and are using their game plans to eliminate his opportunities. Clowney says he wants to be used differently to avoid this. However, South Carolina could very easily play into the fact that it’s taking two guys to stop him and build their defense around it. The Gamecocks will need their defense to step up if they want to shut down the Vanderbilt offense’s passing game and the arm of Austyn Carta-Samuels. You can watch this game 7:00 PM ET on ESPNU. 

    (25) Ole Miss vs. Texas

    The Basics: It’s a road game for Ole Miss and it will come in a tough atmosphere. Texas has seen some early season struggles but are looking to rebound by upsetting a Top 25 team. Hugh Freeze has turned the program around but is still searching for a big signature win to add to his resume. A win against Texas could do just that for him and quarterback Bo Wallace.

    What to Watch For: The Longhorns will be most likely be without two key players: Starting quarterback David Ash is not expected to play after dealing with injuries to his head and shoulder, running back/wide receiver Daje Johnson has a left ankle injury. If that’s not enough, Texas is also dealing with coaching changes just two weeks into the season. Defensive coordinator Manny Diaz was let go following the 40-21loss last Saturday. Revamping the defense is a week won’t be an easy task but it could cause some problems for Ole Miss who might not expect some of the changes coming their way. However, the Rebels are averaging close to 240 yards per game. Look for them to attack early, especially against the struggling Longhorn defense. This game can be seen at 8:00 PM ET on Longhorn Network

    Weekly Previews are written by Ashley Colley, a true Gridiron Belle

  • Season is upon us. Finally.

    Aug 14, 2013 CATEGORIES: Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, SEC, SEC Football, Southern Belles, Southern Football, Southern Tailgating, Swoozies, Tailgating

    It’s time.

    Season is upon us. Finally.  If you haven’t started stocking up on your game day needs, there is no time like the present.

    SEC tailgates are not just thrown together at the last minute.  Southern tailgates practically gave Pinterest their beginning material and have been providing quality content ever since.

    Depending on the day, we can DIY with the best of them.  But we also understand that knowing where to purchase the best pre-made/assembled items is an equally valuable skill to have.  So … we are breaking down your tailgate in a series of must-have options. Some will be for purchase, some will be for creating. A true Gridiron Belle is skilled at both.

    We’ve started here with napkins, towels, and cups to add some flare to your table. Thankfully, there is a store called Swoozies that has mastered the art of tailgating décor, so most of our favorites for this week have come from their tailgate section. We think you’ll like them as much as we do!

    We think football interrupts just about every relationship… details about these gems of napkins here!

    Everyone’s emerald city is different.  Click your ruby red slippers, pick up these napkins and follow your yellow brick road to the next tailgate!

    For the more environmentally friendly fan, try these recycled cocktail napkins in your team’s logo for a rustic-chic look. 

    Decorate the bar or just put this hand towel out for show.  This keeps your team spirit classy and functional.

    Option number two for functional class. Can’t go wrong with a football-clad tea towel!


    If you’re trying to elevate the elegance of your plastic cups, just add a stem! Be sure to order enough for all of your guests!

    You’re easy to please, football, TV, and beer. Is there anything better on Saturdays in the fall? Nope. 

    Happy Tailgate Prepping!

    “Xs and Os,”

    Christie Leigh

  • Why I can only date SEC fans…

    Apr 17, 2012 CATEGORIES: Football weddings, Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, SEC, SEC Football, Southern Belles, Southern Football, Southern Gentlemen, Uncategorized

    The dating world can be challenging, but not if you know what you want. And through trial and many errors, I know what I want. An SEC fan. No questions asked..

    My prince charming doesn’t have to cheer for my team, but he wont be MY prince charming if he doesn’t at least cheer for the Southeastern Conference.

    Let’s dissect:

    Sweatshirts and “going out tees.” Sweatshirts are reserved for the coldest of nights at home on the couch or for me to borrow during the dreaded drive home on Sundays.  Going-out-tees are only for those dwelling on the Jersey Shore, not a Saturday in Dixie.  As a Southern Belle I am innately attracted to men in shorter shorts, pastels, boat shoes and/or loafers, bow ties, rolled sleeves, and croakies… among other things


    The accent. There is something infinitely sexy about a southern drawl.  A man without a hint of one, just it’s going to work.  With A&M now a part of us, accents have gotten even thicker and my ears are ever so appreciative!

    Understanding rivals. Please don’t judge me on being selfish, but how could I care about other so-called rivalries when the SEC is overflowing with them?  I would have a hard time investing four hours on a Saturday to watch Oregon v Oregon State.  Alabama v LSU is a rivalry.  Florida v Tennessee is a rivalry.  Auburn v Georgia is a rivalry.  Ole Miss v MS State is a rivalry.  Arkansas v LSU is a rivalry.  And I’m sure Mizzou v Texas A&M is going to be a heated addition to our list. How could I date someone that doesn’t appreciate this?

    Dedication: Dedication to one team shows how much dedication the gent is capable of expressing toward me. Dedication, however, should stop short of tattoos—of his team and my name on his bicep—but not a sticker on his car or a team logo washed out on his favorite hat.  An old faded Gamecock hat is much more appealing than a straight-brimmed The Ohio State hat.  Wouldn’t you agree?

    My Stubborn Flat Screen. Despite the Geek Squad’s best efforts, my flat screen is conveniently incapable of letting a Little 12, Pac 10, or Big East game dominate the airwaves while an SEC game is on.  If my gent requests the UCLA v Cal game over the Georgia v Tennessee game, we would have more than probable cause for spending game day in two different locations.

    The Language Barrier: Perhaps I could get over this if it was really love, but why would I want to date someone who doesn’t speak the same language? 

    • “Yes ma’am”
    • “No sir”
    • “Third Saturday in October”
    • “Y’all”
    • “d’geatyet?”
    • “That’s just not right.”
    • “How’s your mama?”
    • “Third Saturday in September”
    • “Frat Beach”
    • “I loved your thank you note”

    All SEC faithful know what these mean, why waste time translating? If my beau were to ever use words like, “wicked,” “you all,”  “Go Utes,” or need to read the lyrics in order to sing the National Anthem, we’d be walking down Irreconcilable Differences Lane.

    Manners. Being chivalrous and mannerly is in a gents DNA down here. An SEC gent is considerate of the Belle he calls his—and all of her friends—as well as a stranger on the street. Even if they are displaced in New York City, a southern gent’s manners shine through.  How could I settle for anything else?  (this is not to say that I’ve never met perfect gentlemen that cheer for non-SEC teams…)

    Let’s be clear.  I don’t say this to be hurtful to all of the wonderful gents out there that may have been raised to cheer for another conference.  (My mama is likely going to find a way to black out this little post as she’ll think I’m eliminating 75% of my potential dating pool….) And I don’t say this because I think I’m some catch that all male fans are lining up to date.  I just think this is something that most Gridiron Belles can relate to. We like to share our favorite fall pastime with our gents. And our favorite fall pastime happens to revolve around Saturdays in Dixie.

    In an effort of full disclosure, I’ve tried dating Big 12 fans in particular.  It works in the spring and summer, but come the fall—we are in different worlds.  This fall, I will be practicing counting to 7 for championships and he will be practicing counting to 7 for the number of teams left in his conference.   Wouldn’t it be more fun if we were both celebrating number 7 in Miami this year?Of course, I’ll never say never, but I’m going to say that a non-SEC gent has a better chance of winning the Heisman than getting me to share the remote with him during the fall!

    Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh


  • God Bless the Palmetto State

    Oct 6, 2011 CATEGORIES: Gridiron Belles Tour, SEC, SEC Football, South Carolina, Southern Women, Uncategorized

    South Carolina v Auburn in Columbia, SC

    1) The Gamecock’s AP and Coache’s Poll ranking may have gone down, but they sky rocketed in the Gridiron Belles Poll

    2) South Carolinians use the Palmetto symbol more than Texans use the lone star.

    3) Prayer trumps all stereotypes within the stadium. And at the post office.

    I arrived in Columbia, SC on Wednesday before the Auburn game to give a brief talk to the South Carolina Kappa Deltas about business etiquette and SEC football. I was told that it would be a small crowd of about 50 girls because there was a bible study at the same time that most members attended.

    Thursday, I spent a substantial amount of time at the local post office where I was told to “have a blessed day” by workers and patrons alike… for no other reason than maybe my hands looked full and I could have been glistening.

    Friday, at LaRoque clothing store, the owner and her friend Elizabeth (GIB Tailgater of the Game) told me they met at church.

    Garnet perfected at LaRoque

    The next day at the game, while I stood and placed my hand on my heart for my favorite part of the game, the National Anthem, I was surprised when the “voice of god” no pun intended, asked the entire stadium to bow our heads in prayer.

    Let’s be clear.This wasn’t a quick, generic prayer that you’ve heard 100 times before. This was someone down on the field, in synch with the Divine, talking to the Divine and asking the Divine to bless the players, coaches, fans, opponents, and the Palmetto state. True story. The prayer went on for at least 4 minutes. You can imagine all of the things blessed in that amount of time.

    I felt like I was responding to the prayer/petitions of the people at church on Sundays. Just about everywhere I turned, it seemed like the Gamecocks and Tigers needed a prayer refill…

    South Carolina fans commenting on the improvement of the marching band as more significant than the football players indicates a long game ahead. Pray for us.

    Auburn’s Michael Dyer carries the ball down the field 1000 times. He then gets walked off the field by trainers. Pray for us.

    South Carolina’s Garcia can’t seem to connect with one receiver. Someone in the stands suggests adding liquor to Garcia’s Gatorade. Pray for us.

    Displaced Auburn fan disguised in garnet and black is spotted. Pray for us.

    Auburn’s quarterback Trotter took the snap. The ball is in his hands. Please pray for us.

    One extra second left on the game clock didn’t get played. Whoops. Pray for us.

    South Carolina fan immediately sells his season tickets to the lowest bidder. Pray for us.

    Sloppiest game I’ve seen in a long time. Pray for us.

    Aforementioned disguised Auburn fan didn’t brag or partake in trash talking after a win. Pray for us.

    Aside from all the praying and the need for all of the praying on the field, I must say, South Carolina Belles, Gents, tailgaters and fans deserve some credit for being wonderful. Four and a half days in Columbia and I not only figured out how to correctly say “Gervais Street” and “Huger Road” but I have a whole new group of friends, I felt a part of the community and I feel more than comfortable launching USC near the top of the Gridiron Belles poll.

    Morgan and George and gang, thanks for a great tailgate!

    Allison and Joel... the most patient USC fans I know. They sat next to an Auburn fan for four hrs. And gave her a ride home.

    Thank you to my wonderful hosts, Reeve and Scott Ballew. My new favorite place to shop in Columbia, La Roque. My new favorite USC tailgaters, Elizabeth and Wesley Donehue, Allison and Joel Hughes and Morgan and George Crouch. My new media friends, 107.5 The Game, 97.5 WOC and Chloe from The Gamecock. The Columbia parking enforcement team…. You got me this time… twice… but I’ll be back!

    I may never look at a crescent moon the same way again… but then again, Saturday is three days away so I’m likely to be swooned all over again.  Yep, go a head, Pray for us.

    Xs and Os, Christie Leigh

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