How Civil War Battles & French Executions Created This Football Tradition: History of Tailgating

For many fans, the pre-game is more important than the actual game. Tailgating at football games — from high school to the NFL — is a pigskin tradition like no other. But did you know the American Tailgating Association (yes, that’s a real thing) claims the first tailgate happened at a Civil War battle? Or that others contend the pastime dates back to the French Revolution? In this episode, we’re diving shoulderpads deep into the long, booze-addled history of the tailgate. When did tailgating become so closely associated with American football? Were Green Bay Packers fans the first to officially coin the term “tailgate?” Which set of college football fans take their tailgates to the most extreme levels? (looking your way, “Nittanyville.”) Host Janae Price covers all this and more, in just under six minutes.

Did you know the history of the sex toy dates back millions of years? Or that McDonald’s McRib drew inspiration from the U.S. military? Or, that the modern tailgate might have been invented during a Civil War battle? In History of… Thrillist is taking you through a rapid-fire crash course on some of humankind’s greatest innovations in food, drink, travel, and fun. Hey, if you can keep up, you actually might learn something!


Senior Development Producer
Wil Fulton

Associate Producer
Mia Faske

Editorial Assistant/Voice Over
Janae Price

Motion Graphics & Animation
Danna Windsor
Magdalene Kennedy

Senior Designer
Maggie Rossetti

Zachary Lapierre

Production Coordinator
Charles Ross

Post Production Supervisor
Daniel Byrne

Director of Production
Anna Frangos

Senior Director –
Development & Production
Leo Fernandez

Creative Director
Audra V Pace

Head of Video
Jim D’Amico

Chief Content Officer
Meghan Kirsch

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