Tailgating 48, Boulevarding 7

The athletic challenge is about to commence. Do you have any Grey Poupon?
The athletic challenge is about to commence. Do you have any Grey Poupon?

The athletic challenge is about to commence. Do you have any Grey Poupon?

Glorious afternoon last Saturday.

On my way to N9NE Steakhouse, Ghost Bar and the Fairmont hotel, I stopped by the Hilltop to see what the fuss was all about. What was this boulevarding that the Pony Up crowd speaks about so highly of?

And on a sun-splashed day I got my answer. For systemically strewn across the SMU campus before the game against TCU were, in no particular order:

Giant umbrellas. Porches. Candelabras. Kids in shorts. And long-sleeved shorts. And ties? A healthy police presence. This band playing on the steps of some building. Top-siders. Lots of them. And a couple of purple-clad TCU fans looking around like they’d landed on Neptune.

The atmosphere was serene and oh-so-civilized, more jazz festival than college football.

Funny, because their team has a similarly congenial disposition. Know what I mean? -- Richie Whitt


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