Stanford-Oregon Tailgate Madness!

A typical Stanford tailgate placesetting

People are streaming in for the big PAC-12 showdown, and the Stanford tailgate crowd is the weirdest I’ve ever seen.  I’ve seen nary a beer all day; there are wines, better wines and best wines — the kind where you want to write down the name for future reference.  There are no Ducks hung in effigy, but check out this clever use of a very expensive convertible:


To be fair, all Stanford fans don’t have precious bouquets of flowers on tailgate tables dripping ostentatious wealth.  This one has a candelabra and Chinese lanterns, for a funky ethnic touch:

Chinese lanterns and a candelabra

Mark Saltveit

Chinese lanterns and a candelabra

Luckily, there were a few Duck fans around, keeping it real.

"Yeah, FishDuck is awesome!"

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“Yeah, FishDuck is awesome!”

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Mark Saltveit's newest book is "Controlled Chaos: Chip Kelly's Football Revolution" (Diversion Books, NY) has been recently released. He is the author of "The Tao of Chip Kelly" (2013) and writes on science, religion, wordplay and political scandals. He is also a standup comedian and the world palindrome champion.

  • E Howard Butter

    Typical stereotyping of the Stanford fan base. Did FishDuck post another article about Duck fans taking over Stanford Stadium for 60 minutes? If so, it would be about as accurate as this one. The Oregon fans (friends, coworkers, roommates, etc) who visited our Stanford tailgate enjoyed pork ribs as well as three kinds of shoulders (pork, lamb and goat), all of it seasoned with homemade marinades/spice rubs (notice the complete absence of bird parts). Beer, Irish coffee, and fresh lime margaritas were the main beverages. The author says that Duck fans were “keeping it real” but gives no evidence other than a photo of fans dressed up like college kids and drinking light beer.