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10/21/06

Tailgating with the Tigers

Food is a big part of the party. Food is a big part of the party.

It's homecoming weekend for Savannah State University and when it comes to festivities, tailgating may be the biggest and most popular event of all. The fun kicked off in grand style on Saturday, just hours before the SSU Tigers and the Winston Salem State Rams took to the gridiron.

There's nothing like good music, good people, and good times and those seem to be the key ingredients for making Savannah State's tailgating on homecoming day such a major attraction.

"Oh, it's just family oriented," explained SSU alumnus Hope Johnson. "It's like a big family reunion that you just enjoy coming to and you look forward to coming to it."

Hundreds of current students, alumni, and friends gathered around Wright Stadium, set up their tents and mobile homes, and simply looked forward to getting reacquainted with each other yet again. That's what Savannah State alum Robert Porter looks forward to every year.

"The camaraderie, the friends that I've made in the years past and the people who are here that have gone away and come back," said Porter.

But seeing those friends would not be as fun without lots of good food, and when you are tailgating at Savannah State's homecoming, food is not hard to find.

"Macaroni and cheese, rice, chicken tenders, chicken drummettes, green beans, baked beans," said Johnson, naming off a few of their tailgating staples.

And the list goes on. But besides the food, fun, and fellowship, these folks come together for one goal.

"We're out here to have a good time and hope Savannah State can pull off another victory," explained alumnus Larry McPherson.

Reported by: Karla Redditte, kredditte@wtoc.com

 

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