From author Steve Koreivo comes a compilation of stories that any die hard college football fan would love to experience. A college football fan since boyhood, Koreivo describes in detail the first time he got the chance to see a D1 college football game played in person. Over the course of 36 years, Koreivo has attended 507 college football games (and still counting) – and managed to hold his marriage and career together while doing it. In fact, he credits much of his success with seeing many of those games in person to his wife, who he affectionately refers to as Saint Laurie (his friends and family all agree).
It was on an uncharacteristically warm December afternoon in 1972 that Koreivo would be introduced to the “big time” of college football. It was a game between two long, storied rivals – Army and Navy – at John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia, and it was the game that would mark the beginning of a journey to see every D1 college football team play in person at least once. Each chapter is dedicated to the first time he saw a team (or teams) play in person and includes plenty of personal anecdotes from the life of this epic college football fan. Koreivo uses his first hand experience from each game to immerse you in all the fun, excitement, and football loving adrenaline that he experienced living his stories first hand.
And then there’s the tailgating – the rituals filling the parking lots hours before and hours after a game is played. This is where the ultimate college football fan meets with fellow fans to gear up for the big game and break it down after. It’s where camaraderie lives and where some of the best stories about college football are born. Some tailgating parties are much more elaborate than others – and some would barely qualify as parties at all – but as you read Koreivo’s account of his time on the road and at various tailgate parties at different venues, you begin to realize that part of the fun of tailgating for the diehard college football fan is never knowing what to expect.
The more you read Koreivo’s book “Tales from the Tailgate”, the more you feel as if you were right there with him for all those years and all those games. Unlike many other college football fans, Koreivo has his two favorite teams, but he doesn’t hold anything against any of the other teams that he’s gone to see play. Well, there are a handful that he will always root against. He attends for the spirit, the traditions, atmosphere, experiences, and enjoyment of what he calls “this great game.” He’s no Monday morning quarterback and you won’t find any critiques about game play, the way he discusses the game is from the perspective of an observant and true fan of the sport of college football.
Available for digital download and purchase in paperback and hardback, Steve Koreivo’s “Tales from the Tailgate” can be purchased at Amazon.com. As new teams have been added to the FBS ranks since Koreivo has written this book, he’s seen all 129 teams at this level play along with many at the three lower levels of NCAA football. Since his passion for the game doesn’t end when the games are over, you can continue to keep up with Steve Koreivo and all of his football loving insight and history on his blog, CollegeFootballFan.com. On it you can also find a link to order “Tales from the Tailgate: From the Fan who’s seen ’em all!”
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