Most are avid football crazies, but some of them come just for the food. In the wacky, way-out world of football fandom, tailgaters have become more than just a bunch of football lovers grabbing pre-game grub. They’ve evolved their food fetishes into a pure art form. Here are some tailgating food faves by horoscope sign:
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Hot-blooded Aries will want to get fully hyped before every game. People born under this fierce sign really believe the sound of folks screaming “DEE-FENCE” at the top of their lungs is the force that drives their team to victory. Certainly, such an onerous responsibility requires fortification! They’ll go for the most radically spiced chili available, washed down with inhuman amounts of black coffee -- and maybe a bit of beer to cool it down.
Taurus (April 20 to May 20)
The very fact that the people born as bulls stubbornly refuse to cheer for anyone but their favorite team will dictate their pre-game behavior. Taurus is a closet worrier, and there will be no consoling them if their team should do anything but trounce the opposition. Something almost bite-sized, yet substantial, is going to do the trick here. They’re thinking steak-stuffed potato skins and a bottle or two of their favorite brew to keep things mellow.
Gemini (May 21 to June 20)
Gemini likes football for two basic reasons: the strategy is mentally stimulating, and it’s a social event that provides numerous networking opportunities. Look for people born under the sign of the Twins to be loitering around the finger food and dips. They don’t want to make a big commitment, should a fellow fan begin to get boring over steaks or burgers. They won’t want to pick a team, either, in case they offend someone influential. Sounds like chicken wings are perfect, with lots of hot and greasy dipping sauce and a little lager.
Cancer (June 21 to July 22)
To say Cancer puts a lot of time and thought into what to bring to the tailgate party is a gross understatement. SUVs and campers equipped with fold-down mini-kitchens and kettle grills belong to people born under the sign of the Crab. Their food of choice, though, is simple. Homey stick-to-the-ribs comfort food feels best, and every Cancer knows that. Hot dogs and baked beans (weenies and beanies) will taste awfully good when Cancer cooks them, and will probably include at least a splash of beer.
Leo (July 23 to Aug. 22)
You might expect the Leos in the crowd to prepare something regal, say a soufflé or a caviar-laced quiche. In reality, Leo can definitely get down and dirty when they’re getting the gridiron ready. Some things never change, though, and Leo will want to attract LOTS of attention. Hot or cold, golden-battered fried chicken might do it. If people don’t want to be so bold as to mooch some, they’re sure to gather just to watch the dramatic presentation. Leo might put on a show with a team-themed tablecloth, or a DVD of last year’s biggest plays running on the laptop ... right next to the cooler filled with cold ones.
Virgo (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22)
Virgo cringes their way through a morning of watching the calorie count mount, but are too intent on pleasing people to think of not joining the party. What does this health-conscious creature do, then? There’s plenty of advice to be given out, such as how fruit and mineral water would make a much better breakfast than ribs and French fries; but sometimes the statement gets made louder when it’s delivered without a word. People won’t know they’re eating healthy when Virgo plops down spinach dip in a sourdough bread bowl. Besides, there might be a dab of sour cream in there -- just for flavor -- and a little bit of suds on the side.
Libra (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22)
There’s just no telling a Libra that they have to get ugly with the rest of us, even when it comes to the gritty sport of football. Oh, the “Lovely One” will partake in messy meatballs and nasty nachos -- but bring such dishes to a party? Never. Not only does goopy food look unappealing while it’s waiting to be served, it could spill and spoil “The Outfit!” There’s going to be something neat and pretty coming out of Libra’s matching Tupperware set. Look for home-made Madeleines. Buttery -- but itty-bitty enough to be bitten without creating crumbly messes -- these sweet treats, along with imported beer, embody the touch of class Libra takes everywhere.
Scorpio (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21)
Scorpio tries to hide the part of them that gets great joy out of dealing with the murky parts of the earth. But, at a place like a tailgate party, it’s going to be painfully obvious. Scorpio loves football because it’s a spectacle of athletic excellence. Running, jumping and shows of brute strength (plus the stealthy strategy) give Scorpio plenty to critique and admire. But deep in the Scorpion’s heart is a wish to be immersed in the dirt and muck, and roll around in it with the players. Maybe some chocolaty Mississippi Mud Pies -- and a couple of mugs full of pilsner -- would be the way to do it while feeling no pain.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21)
People born under this sign get so excited about football that they lose track of what they’re doing! What Sag won’t tell you is they might not even really know the ins and outs of the game -- they just like it. Sadly, there’s little time to do anything too elaborate while preparing food when you’re studying up on the stats, picking your third-string fantasy team, and painting signs with all your favorite players’ names. Sagittarius will think outside of the box and serve up some gooey macaroni and cheese, and a bit of British bitter brew, too.
Capricorn (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19)
Have you ever watched a coach pace the sidelines during a tense moment in the 4th quarter? Capricorn has the exact same mindset. To this executive type, it is NOT just a game. All this food and stuff that people fuss about out in the parking lot is nothing but a lot of hooey. Wait, does the noble goat smell steak kabob? Portable, nutritious and unpretentious, that could be the perfect food to carry Capricorn through ‘til half time. Aha ... serious nourishment starts to make sense! Add a little ale, and Capricorn’s ready to seal the deal.
Aquarius (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18)
This free spirit goes out of the way to stick out in the crowd, yet yearns to be a part of it, too. These are the people who buy team jerseys in funky colors such as pink, powder blue, florescent orange or chartreuse. They might not match, but hey -- they've got that team spirit! Aquarius also likes to inspire others, to give them something memorable that they can think about while the referees are reviewing a coach’s penalty challenge. Certainly, the taste of stuffed jalapeno peppers washed down with something tapped from the keg could do the trick.
Pisces (Feb. 19 to March 20)
Leave it to dreamy Pisces to bring the liquid refreshments. This sensitive type will think about the few football fans out there who, for some strange reason, don’t like beer. What can one do, when the rest of the gang wants to toast a touchdown and the substance in your glass makes you want to wretch? Enter Pisces, pouring a bunch of Sangria into the tailgate party mix! Who knows? After a few glasses, Pisces might come up with a recipe for next week that features fresh fruits soaked in ... beer!
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