Alabama Gameday Scavenger Hunt, 2011 Edition.

Rules:

1. If you’re attending an Alabama game this season, Grab a Camera. Photograph as many items listed as possible.  Post on your blog or Facebook – or don’t.  But if you do, leave a link in a comment.

2.  If you’re attending another team’s game, Grab a Camera.  Photograph as many of your own team’s oddities as possible.  Post on blog or Facebook – or don’t.  But if you do, leave a link in a comment.

(Here’s a printable version without the pictures)

3. If you’re not a fan of any kind and find The South an extraordinarily odd place, sit back and enjoy the following documentation of our obsessive bizarrities.

Reward:

The person who collects (and posts) the most items found from the Scavenger Hunt (or from your own team’s Scavenger Hunt) will win a special prize from me.  As for the rest of you, you will have the satisfaction of a hunt well hunted.

 

Alabama Gameday Scavenger Hunt, 2011 Edition*

* Although some essential items are the same as last year’s Scavenger Hunt, many huntable items are updated for this year’s sporting trends.

One of the most fascinating things about the “manly” sport of football is how it turns men into fashionistas, wearing prints and fabrics that they would never otherwise wear.  Along this vein, here are your first spotting assignments:

  • A man wearing embroidered animals on his backside.

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  • A man in seersucker. 100 bonus points if he appears to be under 30 years of age.

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  • 150 bonus points if you can spot a man in seersucker WITH an embroidered animal on his backside.

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  • A man (or more) in more than four yards of houndstooth, the larger the print the better.

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Although the men have rather impressive fashion statements, they are tame compared to the female population. 

  • Translucent houndstooth.

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  • Houndstooth Toms (I predict that within two years, these will completely replace the Essential Sorority Uniform Staple, Uggs.)

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  • A woman wearing team color camouflage.

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  • An Auburn Sorority Chick.  An extra 100 points if she’s carrying a Houndstooth-covered drink.

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  • A girl whose shoes quite obviously weigh more than her dress.

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  • A girl whose shoes leave you wondering if the Piperlime Accessory Wall aggressively attacked her.

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  • A girl whose shoes are causing her more bodily harm that if she were actually participating in the football game.

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  • “Custom” jeans.  50 Bonus Points for each additional person with said custom jeans.

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  • Gameday lingerie.  500 bonus points if seen in use, or under translucent houndstooth, creating a hypnotizingly dizzying effect.

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  • An entire sales booth devoted to women’s chic gameday fashion.
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  • A girl wearing a skirt shorter than her purse.

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  • Two different houndstooth prints on the same person, 25 bonus points for each additional size of houndstooth.

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Kids have gameday fashion, too.  Here are a few childish fashion statements to hunt:

  • Gameday smock.  Need I say more?

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  • A mother making her child dress in glitter and sparkles just like her.

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Oh hey…they look familiar.

  • A hat with it’s own hair.

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  • A hat with it’s own ‘hawk.

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  • A real ‘hawk.  On a child.  100 bonus points if it is also in bizarre colors.

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And then, of course, there are the accessories.

  • A fully decked-out gameday vehicle.

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  • 200 bonus points if said gameday vehicle can blare the fight song loud enough to make your children (and future children) deaf.

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  • An Alabama Tattoo. Bonus points for each consecutive Alabama tattoo on the same person.

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  • UmbrellaHeads.

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  • Husband/Wife coordinating headgear.

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  • Large groups of people drinking at unsafe heights.

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And then, there are the truly bizarre…

  • A male that looks totally unaware that they’re even at a football game of any sort.

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  • An opposing team’s fan that makes all Alabama fans look sane.

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  • Someone so bizarre that no one would believe you if you DIDN’T photograph it.

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    • A fan that seems to be simultaneously supporting the home team AND the opposing team… 100 extra bonus points if the opposing team isn’t a BCS-level team.

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May you discover The True Meaning of Football in your quest, and not get attacked by stiletto heels, aggressive tattoo artists, or Alabama Superheroes in the process.

Alabama Gameday Fashion Photo Scavenger Hunt.

We get to Tuscaloosa on Saturdays bright and early in the morning, regardless of game time. And so, on late gamedays like this coming up Saturday, I have plenty of time to photograph the oddities people watch.

And believe me, Gameday Fashion offers a LOT of people watching opportunities.

And since I love a good Scavenger Hunt, I decided to write one.

These are all things that you SHOULD be able to spot on a football Saturday in Tuscaloosa. And most of them you could probably still spot if you’re watching the game on TV.

If you’re going to be in Tuscaloosa Saturday (or any coming up Saturdays), I hereby challenge you to take my Photo Scavenger Hunt with you and see how many of these you can spot and photograph. If anyone actually takes my challenge, I promise to find a great prize to give out to at least one winner. And definitely feel free to pass this on to anyone you know that WILL be in Tuscaloosa.

And, if you’re not ever going to be in Tuscaloosa, that’s okay too. Just sit back and enjoy the craziness that ensues… because I’ve included a few example photos from my past photographical endeavors.

Alabama Gameday Fashion Photo Scavenger Hunt

  • A Houndstooth bow bigger than your head. These can usually be found on dresses, but you get an extra point if you spot one engulfing some poor child’s head.

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  • A kid in a cheerleading outfit that is WAY too old to be in a cheerleading outfit.

  • A girl trying to walk the whole campus in stiletto heels taller than Bear Bryant himself. One extra point if it’s a rainy or muddy day.
  • At least 5 sorority girls all together and ALL wearing UGG boots – not dependent on the weather.

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  • Someone ELSE taking photos of all of the crazy fashion. Ten extra points if it’s me. :)

  • Houndstooth Rainboots. On a non-rainy day.
  • An Alabama Tattoo. Bonus points for each consecutive Alabama tattoo on the same person.
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  • A man wearing a Kilt (see above – 100 bonus points if you actually find THAT guy – he’s not hard to spot).
  • A girl wearing a skirt shorter than her purse.

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  • A fan wearing a random non-related-to-the-game-school shirt – extra points for the complete randomness of the school, such as the Maryland Terrapins.

  • Two different houndstooth prints on the same person.

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  • An Auburn fan.

  • A shirt that is about Alabama Football AND drinking.
  • Houndstooth pants. Full length. On a man. IMG_4617
  • An Outfit that makes you dizzy. Extra points if you’re still able to photograph it despite your dizzy state.

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  • A Wardrobe Malfunction.

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  • Someone that looks totally unaware that they’re even at a football game of any sort.

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  • An opposing team’s fan that makes all Alabama fans look sane. (These are most easily found when Alabama plays LSU.)

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  • A man’s khaki pants with some sort of embroidering on them. Elephants, Alabama A’s, etc. (Men + Pants + Embroidering = Only happens at football games. An ironic combination of the femininity of embroidering and the masculinity of football…one I’ll never understand.)

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  • Someone in a unrelated-to-football bizarre costume of some sort.

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  • A Houndstooth Print that is so large it looks like somebody put their dress in a copy machine and punched in “Enlarge 8000%”

  • Someone so bizarre that no one would believe you if you DIDN’T photograph it.

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May you not get beaten up by a cranky-yet-bizarre fan or hit over the head with a stiletto heel.

When Tailgations Collide.

The LSU / Alabama game is always a study in human nature worth experiencing. ESPECIALLY before the game (and, I daresay after the game may even be more so, but we’ve never stayed to risk it.)

LSU fans are hugely supportive and tailgate-esque, nearly as much so as Alabama. So when the two come together, Tuscaloosa becomes a whole seriously crazy place.

Due to the massive and quite passionate crowds, everyone makes sure to protect their territories a little more than usual. For instance, these signs were posted all over the grounds of the Religious Student Center at which we park:IMG_5153
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I never knew that God was so passionate about illegal tailgating.

At any rate, the party atmosphere is quite high when LSU comes to town, including sidewalks being completely impassable due to line-dancing crowds:IMG_5155
And, although there are always the troublemaking outliers, their shared obsession with tailgating seem to bring the two teams together, rather than create disturbances: IMG_5146
Now, I have a few friends from Louisiana, and they have told me many times that Louisianians are a very unique breed. And with that comes all sorts of fun tailgate toys that we don’t have. Like, for instance, whole pig roasters:IMG_5147(In fact, I was told there were actually TWO whole pigs underneath all of those smoldering coals.)

Kinda nasty, but I bet it’s tasty.

And, since LSU is SUCH a heavy tailgating team, the Alabama crazies step it up a notch to ensure their dominance.

Chris found these two fancy ladies…IMG_5148
But their Gentleman, uh, “Companion”, wasn’t too happy about sharing them:IMG_5149I guarantee you that somewhere in Alabama, there’s been a wedding occur in those outfits.

There were superheroes present for both teams:IMG_5150
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And, as usual, some interesting fashion statements:IMG_5171(I love how she took this fall’s hot plaid fashion trend and stepped it up a notch with the help of her bedazzler to come up with a feyancee Alabama shirt.)

And, LSU fans have some pants that rival the complete tackiness of some of Alabama’s menswear:IMG_5174
But, if you just don’t know what to wear, a Mario Jumpsuit works quite well:IMG_5175(For the record, he’s wearing an Arkansas Razorbacks hat. I think he may have gotten lost…)

But no matter how hard you work on your team-to-outfit coordination, it may not stop you from having a serious wardrobe malfunction:IMG_5176
Poor thing. But she never seemed to notice

I had asked Chris before the game if he was going to be moody and angry, seeing as how I knew it would be a close game. He defended himself and said that he was never moody and angry! Maybe stressed, but NOT moody and angry.

I chuckled.

Then we arrived at the stadium, and his nerves hit him.

Chris: “Can I pre-apologize for being moody and angry?”

Me: “Nope! That just proves that your moodiness and angriness was pre-meditated, which makes it less acceptable!”

Chris: “No, I am not premeditating being moody and angry, I just think I might be susceptible to the temptation to be moody or angry at some point during this game.”

Me: “Still no – being aware of that just means that you have the knowledge to make the decision to work extra hard not to be moody and angry.”

I must say, he did fairly well, especially considering the stress level of the game.

Not to say that he DIDN’T have to apologize, but still.

Other people found different ways of dealing with their stress in the stadium.

For instance, there was a couple two rows in front of us – let’s call them Gropey McGropey Pants and Gropey McGropey Dress – who found that they felt MUCH better if they stood up (especially at times when everyone behind them was sitting) and thoroughly groped each other’s backsides. Repeatedly. And for tortuously extended time periods.

Imagine about ten rows of muffled laughter behind them.

And then there are always those fans who feel much better if they invade the personal space of complete strangers. I had one guy clap me on the back HARD five times in a row – and I had never seen him before in my life.

And then – another girl ran up from nowhere and slapped me three times on the butt with her shaker.

Now that I think about it, I’m wondering if I had some sort of instructional sign on my back…

At any rate, we won, Chris left happy, and I was a good wife and showed how much I love and respect my husband by dressing Ali in this for Church yesterday morning:

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Of course, she was horribly embarrassed when she got to church and realized that half the congregation was wearing pretty much the same outfit.

Not that we take our football too seriously or anything down here.