Our tailgaters of the Week have been all over the board during football season. We have honored those who have magnificent drinking skills, extraordinary grilling skills, undeniable organizational skills, and those who simply show up and party. I would love to be able to tell you that all of our honorees are equal and none of them are held in higher esteem than others, but that is certainly not true. I have never once claimed to be an unselfish rat and those who provide for me and my needs will always be treated differently. It is actually the best way to be recognized as tailgater of the Week. Come to think of it, it is the only way to be recognized as Tailgater of the Week. I make my decision on what people do for me, is that wrong? It’s my post, right? It’s my tailgate, right? It’s my world TGR and most of you are barely living in it.
This week’s recipient is the most deserving of our most prestigious honor. The tailgater I am going to introduce to you today is as dedicated to tailgating and Kentucky football as anyone I know. They do not have to be coerced into tailgating each week, they don’t have to be nudged along, and they don’t put up with anyone’s nonsense. They are loud and proud and are the first to tell our opponent’s fans they are nothing more than gravel under her shoe. Honestly, if that was the worst thing she had ever said to a fan, I would have not been nearly as embarrassed over the years. She is the life of the party and has never met a stranger, literally. She has been in the red lot with me in the rain, sleet, snow, cold, and extreme heat from 5 am to 2 am. I would love to say that she never whines and complains, but that would be a lie and affect who she is.
Madam speaker and TGR introverts, I present to you the reason this very site even exists. Without her, you would have never been blessed with such an entertaining presence as me. In fact, subtract all of the joy you currently have in your life… Done?… This is how things would be if this lady would have not given birth to me. Pretty miserable, huh? This week’s tailgater of the Week award goes to my mother, Ms. Jane Allen Pedigo!
Mom and I were going to share a rib eye at Clif Hagan’s steakhouse, but unfortunately it no longer exists. Instead, we got all liquored up and headed downtown Winchester to the Playhouse pool hall for a few games of billiards. After 39 shots of Jose, Mom answered the following questions for me…
Name? JANE ALLEN PEDIGO
Where are you from? PARIS, KENTUCKY
Where do you live now? WINCHESTER, KY
Do you have season tickets for UK football? YES I DO
How long have you been attending UK football games? THREE YEARS WITH SEASON TICKETS. OFF AND ON FOR 40 YEARS
Good or bad, what is your most memorable UK football moment? WHEN STEVIE JOHNSON MADE THE CATCH THAT BEAT LOUISVILLE
If you could choose Three UK related individuals to tailgate with, dead or alive, who would they be? MR.WILDCAT (BILL KEIGHTLEY)), COACH BROOKS, AND WESLEY WOODYARD
If you could choose three famous people not related to UK to tailgate with, dead or alive, who would they be? EMMITT SMITH, JOHN ELWAY, AND MY AUNT LUCY
Name one person that you would never want to show up at yore tailgate, dead or alive. RICK PITINO OR BILL CURRY
What game do you most look forward to tailgating for? TENNESSEE OR LSU
If you could tailgate at any other school in the country for one game, which school would you choose? LSU
How would you describe your tailgating “style”? LAID BACK AND VERY INTERESTING. I LOVE TO HEAR TAILGATERS TELL STORIES AND TALK ABOUT PAST PLAYERS AND PAST GAMES. ENJOY OLD FRIENDSHIPS AND MAKE NEW ONES. I AM FOOTBALL READY GO CATS!