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Where I Come From: Tailgating Traditions

This is the third in a week-long series of posts sponsored by EA Sports NCAA Football 2011.

Every fan has their own routine before Badger games. Some people go to the same parking lot every week. Some head to the same bar on Regent Street. Others drive-in RVs and make a full weekend out of the game.

For me, my tailgating tradition started on Bowen Court, just one block south of Regent Street where I lived for two years in college. We usually had people over and I manned the grill. Brats, hot dogs, burgers and sometimes even steak were on the menu on a weekly basis.

I like to claim that I was one of the first to bring the game of "bags" to Madison. It's a Chicago game and down here we don't call it "cornhole". If you stopped by our house on Saturdays you could always find us playing bags on the sidewalk.

To be honest, our tailgating was pretty low key. We didn't have "octabongs" or anything like that (although the octabong was only a block away down Bowen when we were there).

We pretty much had just one rule: Get to the game on time. Unfortunately the rest of the students didn't follow that rule.

What are you tailgating traditions? Leave your stories below!