State Traditions has been kind enough to help The Trot Line provide our fans with an awesome giveaway! We think that it’s the perfect tailgating package for you to enjoy during baseball season and well on into football in the fall. We are proud to bring you the “Tailgating with State Traditions” giveaway. The tailgate package includes:
- T-shirt – State or school of choice
- Hat – State or school of choice
- A couple of Koozies – State or school of choice
There are only a few rules for you to follow.
Tailgating with State Traditions Contests Rules
1) “Like” The Trot Line and State Traditions on Facebook
2) Leave a comment [below] with your correct email and name telling us why you love your state or school in the South. Please, only one comment per name/email.
It’s that simple! Spread the word, because we will be closing the doors on this giveaway at 11:59pm of next Thursday (5/17/12). Be sure that all of your information is correct so that we can contact the potential recipient. You must be a resident of the United States, and 18 years old or over to win.
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Jonathan L Guidry says
I love Louisiana because of our laid back southern ways! I am Cajun and enjoy the great food, music and culture that can only be experienced in southeast Louisiana! Laissez les Bon Rouler!
Charles Boudreaux says
Someone else already said it best, “It is a pantheon of concrete & steel. It is a city that rises. Defiantly in the delta, alongside the father of waters. It is the humidity of autumn evenings that drapes stately oaks and broad magnolias. It is haunted and it is loud. It is Halloween night and cannon blasts. It is a Louisiana gumbo of humanity that cheers its Tigers to victory & destroys the dreams of invading foes. Chance of rain…never! It is a cathedral of college football…and worship happens here. When the sun finds its home in the western sky, it is a field of glory. For sure, but much more than that it is a sacred place and it’s Saturday night in Death Valley.” Geaux Tigers!
Pedro Aldevez says
I love Georgia for the good ole red clay, southern hospitality and of course the women! Nothing beats a night out with the friends, some good bar-b-q from GA and a couple of drinks. Theres just something different, and absolutely great about The Peach State.
Chris Bailey says
North Carolina will always be the state for me with its roots running deep in the good ole american way and true southern composure. We have the outer banks and the smokey mountains, what more can you ask for. The state has some of the best hunting and fishing spots around. Tobacco Road is home of some of the most exciting sport events and teams to watch shine.
Rachel Sullivan says
I love GA for these simple reasons: I can get to the beach or mountains in 3 hours or less- I can eat boiled peanuts year round- There is nothing better than teeing it up Between the Hedges and Yes Mam and No sir aren’t just nice, they are southern as it gets!
I love going to UGA and living in Georgia. Nothing beats southern hospitality, sweet tea, fresh peaches in peach cobbler, and the enticing smell of magnolias! I never want to leave this place, but of I do, I will always be a Georgia girl.
Zack Whitaker says
GEORGIA! Obviously the best state in the Union. From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the beaches of the low country, the hospitality and down home cooking in every house is what makes this state great. And one of the best things about living in Georgia is watching the Dawgs play!
Texas A&M University embodies all that is great about college football. Spirit. Camaraderie. Tailgating. Insanity. And oh yeah … we’re located in The Great State. Beat the hell.
The Bottle Wrench Bottle Opener says
Classic Georgia – we love it all from the peak of Stone Mountain, to the busy counters at the Varsity, to the slower pace of classic Savannah. Our home state has the best of everything the South has to offer.
I love Georgia the state and Georgia Southern University more than I love my home state of Florida. Georgia is the most perfect state in the Country, and more specifically, Statesboro, GA is the best little town in America. From Saturdays in the Fall to spring time on Sweetheart Circle, that city makes Georgia the best state. And obviously, Atlanta year round and Augusta for one week in the spring doesn’t hurt the cause either 🙂
Camille Breland says
Mississippi forever has my heart. Fishing for catfish, ridin’ four-wheelers, catching lighting bugs — memories of a Mississippi childhood cannot be topped. We’ve got stories to tell, and people to tell them (like Faulkner, Welty, Grisham, Morris, Hannah, and more). Mississippi also operates with an aura of mystery–and we like it that way. People may not understand our state, but the residents and Mississippians for coast to coast know the place they call home is one-of-a-kind.
Hoping to win this for my husband – a huge Virginia Tech fan. He went to undergrad and grad school there and we may be heading back this summer so he can pursue a PhD. It’s such a wonderful campus…great environment…Hokie Pride!
I love Virginia because of the rolling blue ridge mountains, the state universities and of course my beloved UVA cavilers and football there of a great fall afternoon. Virginia will always be were my heart is especially the small towns that i have grown up in and live in. Love the south and especially Virginia my home.
Mississippi: Mullets, Mustangs, and Miller High Life… nothin better. I mean, hell… I’d say its the greatest state in the union. After all, 70% of our population can drive their house from county to county or state to state if they decide to do so. We also have more El Camino’s per capita than any state in the union… I’d say that entitles every damn citizen to one of these fine tshirts or ball hats…. I’d also like some of them there beer pants if you got any more. Sometimes my hand gets a little chilly holdin that luminum can.
And who decided to name this site “trotline”? You boys must be sissies… my site is called “handgrabbin.com” cause that is how a man catches his supper.
I love my home state of Georgia because it is everything I love about the south: boiled peanuts, old fashioned manners (ma’am, sir, please and thanks), porch sittin’, sweet tea in a mason jar, pig pickin’, and more. It is also the home of my Georgia Bulldogs and there is no better place to be on a fall Saturday than between the hedges! Life is just a little slower and a lot sweeter in the south!
Jesse O'Malley says
The great state of Alabama is the most iconic and grand state in the land, with the best college, the University of Alabama! Where else do you hear a great song by the legendary Lynard Skynard, have such a prestigious and traditionally phenomenal football club at the crimson tide? Only in my sweet home of Alabama! Rammer Jammer!
Where the south meets the southwest. Where cowboys and southern belles call home. High school football, Barbecue, Mexican food, Shiners and more football. Texas. Tejas meaning friendship. You will never know how friendly the state of Texas till you experience it for yourself. There is not a thing any other state in south can offer you that Texas cant. Georgia has peaches, our are sweeter. Memphis has music, Austin has better. We also have THE university of Texas (Texas A&M University, the first public school in the state of Texas Gig ’em.). Where the spirit of Texas is epitomized in the 12th man. BEAT THE HELL OUT OF t.u.. Sure, every state has a little pride, but nothing beats Texan pride. Yes, Georgia is amazing, California is beautiful and Florida has pristine beaches, but there’s something about Texas that just makes it better…
Hamilton Garner says
Well i go to school in New York City but im from Georgia and i love Georgia and the south because literally everything is better back home. Everyone back home in GEorgia is so much nicer than they are here, youll always here, “excuse me,” “sir,” ma’am,” how ya doin,” those simple phrase are lost up in my school and i miss it. The food is so much better down south. I havent had Chick-fil-a in like 6 months and im craving it. I need some sweet tea that my mom makes and i would kill for some fried catfish and greens right now, something people in NY know nothing about. I also love GA because of the weather. Being able to sit in the grass and just enjoy a beautiful day, something so simple gets lost in a city in the north. I love GA, its where my home is, its where all my family is, and its the place I always love to get to go back to. Nothing can beat Georgia.
Chris Williams says
I love Georgia because you can get the best of everything from the lovely beaches of St. Simons and Sea Island to the great nightlife in Athens, Georgia. There’s nothing else like hanging out with friends and family tailgating in Athens before a big game and then cheering on the Dawgs in Sanford. After the game everyone can celebrate the victory until the wee hours of the morning in the wonderful downtown Athens area. You can’t go wrong in the great state of Georgia it has something for everyone.
Mississippi is my home. That’s why I love it. Anyone who has ever spent an afternoon in the Ole Miss Grove eating, drinking, Socializing, and screaming hotly toddy at the top of their lungs while standing under a tent with a chandelier will know they have found home. Or maybe that’s not for you maybe it’s the music. A state that gave birth to blues. It’s always an eerie feeling at midnight at the crossroads in clarksdale where they say Robert Johnson sold his soul to be the greatest blues man alive. or perhaps you prefer the snow white cotton fields of the delta or the expansive catfish ponds. Or he’ll maybe your like me and you just enjoy the catfish fried up at Taylor Grocery or a little place called Granny’s down in Laurel Mississippi. And while we are on food. With all due respect to those Cajun boys to the east.. Nothing beats that Sunday at mamaw’s house with the family. Watching the mississippi football greats of Manning, Rice, Peyton, and the like all while having some fresh fried chicken and mashed potatoes with fresh grown corn and a little bit of homemade ice cream on the side. And while we digest and the sun starts to fall we can relax in the company of our friends, family and neighbors. Because god knows in mississippi everyone is welcome. With hospitality abound, we know that this is what life is about. Sharing a great time with everyone from our very own home, Mississippi.
Bruce Stoy says
I love South Carolina because of the laid back way of life here. Every time I have to leave this beautiful state, I realize that no where else in the country even comes close to how relaxed things are here and just how beautiful everything is in good ole South Carolina! I would never choose to live anywhere else!!!
South Carolina. There’s something in these hills. Go tigers.
Nick Hencye says
I love Florida State University because of all the traditions that it holds from the war chant to the pre-game ceremonies to the tradition of winning. Also Doak Campbell is the biggest brick building in America and that is something that is beautiful.
Jared Darnell says
I live in Texas. Always have, always will. It doesn’t get any better than here. The lifestyle is laid back, the girls are beautiful, and the land is plentiful. We are the land of independents and the home of the “Lone Star.” I love Texas because there is simply no place better…except Heaven.
Ryan Lee Waldron says
I love Louisiana, and Louisiana State University, each so much that having to choose to explain one over the other becomes an exercise in futility. Luckily the two are so intertwined that separating them might not be the best course of action anyway. They are both very unique places that have more spirit and soul than any comparable state/institution. It is a lifestyle to be a Louisianian and to be a Tiger, and I would feel empty without them.
michele malone says
I like you both on facebook and I love Tennessee because it has beautiful mountains, plateaus, rolling hills, and is home of the Vols.
Georgia has the best of everything to offer from the North GA mountains, the beaches of the Atlantic, and all the lakes in between. Big city lights of ATL to the small farm towns in every corner of the state. Unique, unmatched cities such as Savannah. And of course the Classic City of Athens where any person from a Dawgs fan, music lover, or food junkie can have an unforgettable experience.
I love my home state of North Carolina. The people, places and food in NC are legendary. From the highest peak east of the Mississippi (Mount Mitchell) to the beautiful beaches there are endless opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. The birthplace of Krispy Kreme, Pepsi, Texas Pete, and of course Eastern North Carolina style Bar B Q. Beach music is a staple in our state and so are “Carolina Girls, best in the world.”
Darrell Propst says
Here’s to the land of the long leaf pine,
The summer land where the sun doth shine,
Where the weak grow strong and the strong grow great,
Here’s to “Down Home,” the Old North State!
Not a day goes by that I don’t miss my home state of North Carolina.
I love North Carolina for our trees, our traditions, and our people. We have the best barbecue in eastern NC and the oldest public university in the nation in Chapel Hill. I loved growing up in the city of oaks, going to college at UNC, and getting an excellent graduate education at East Carolina. The way people talk here just sounds like home.
Simply because its Alabama
Michael Lucero says
I love South Carolina, and particularly the Charleston area, because of its history, its natural beauty, and its friendly culture, a culture that is at once laid-back and formal. I love the way that the wide, open views of the lowcountry marshes seep into one’s spirit, into one’s very skin…I could stare out at the marshes for hours, especially if there’re trees with Spanish moss hanging overhead. I love how each and every corner of the city is filled with character and its own particular past. I love how the state is both worn-down and defeated, and yet still vibrant and alive.
Finally! Someone who loves and understands South Carolina like I do! 🙂
Nate Gilbert says
I love my former school, Auburn, because it is a beautiful college town with great traditions. War Eagle!
Andrew Madden says
I love Georgia College because of the history of the town, the great academics, the night life, and of course, Bobcat athletics. I met my wife and many close friends there. And, the fact that GC is located in the heart of the greatest state in the South- Georgia- doesn’t hurt!
Lindsay C. says
I love Auburn, AL because…well, it’s Auburn. It’s Toomer’s Drugstore. It’s the War Eagle Supper Club. It’s orange and blue and white. It’s two mascots that have NOTHING to do with each other. It’s oak trees we’re trying so desperately hard to save. It’s Pat and Cam and Bo (who knows, BTW.) It’s sweet lemonade and sweeter women. It’s Auburn. It’s War Damn Eagle.
Gary C. says
It’s wonderful that everyone loves their part of the South. It’s wonderful that you guys are highlighting the best of a great culture that we are lucky enough to be born into.
Keep up the good writing and enjoy your research. I think it’s time for me to do some TrotLine research too.
It’s all good – from high heels and sun dresses aerating the Grove to State college football fans that never went to the university yelling woof, roll tide, or war damn eagle … the South is a great place to experience.
Casey P. says
Born, raised, and still a part of the great state of Tennessee. Toss in two degrees from The University of Tennessee and I’m certified to bleed orange and red, white, and blue too. It goes without saying that everything is better in the South. If you haven’t guessed by now, if I’m chosen I will snag some swanky Tennessee gear.
Thanks for the contest guys/gals!
Dave W says
Until you go to a football game in Gainesville, FL you won’t get what I’m about to write. On the surface it sounds like a day filled with jort drenching sweat and dehydration, but at the core, Saturdays in The Swamp are more of a reunion than anything else. I feel privileged to have gone to a school that allows me to get together with my college friends for a few weekends a year to reminisce (read: shotgun beers) about our days in school when we used to rule the campus (read: get shot down by droves of sorority girls). Whether you set up a card table with nothing but orange and blue Publix cookies or go the whole nine yards with a smoker and tents, tailgating at Florida is all about getting together with old friends and having some good fun…and at times pretending like you’re 21 again.
Jonathon Davis says
Why do I love my state and my school? Because the beer flows like wine and beautiful women instinctively flock like the salmon of Capistrano. Game days can’t be beat, and the the parties are as epic as you want to make them. I love my school because I received a damn good education and had a great time doing it. #HailState
Some say that on the eighth day, God created Texas. We say that God Blessed Texas with His own hands. Why Texas is both Southern and Southwestern, our values and cultures are that of the same. We hold our family and faith to the highest values in our life with barbeque, college football and sweet tea coming afterwards. Home to some of the friendliest people, the most amazing food while also also having an unparalleled history, Texas surpasses all other states when it comes to everything that it has to offer. The Hill Country, the Gulf Coast, the Piney Woods, the Panhandle, Brush Country, everywhere you go, you’re offered a new and exciting part of this Great State we call home. Whether you’re in Anchorage, AK or in Calcutta, the pride of a Texan runs as deep and as far as the west Texas sky. Additionally, Texas is home to The University of Texas. Not the Ag college that was referred to in an earlier post, but The University of Texas. The state required a “university of the first class.” Earlier colleges were the rough draft, The University of Texas is the final product. Us Longhorns are passionate about our school and our team. This is why on every Saturday in the fall, over 150K fans fill the streets of Austin, Texas rooting for the ‘Horns. This place is special; it’s unlike any other. This is Texas, my home.
I love Georgia because the boys and tea are sweeter. I am never far away from the mountains or the beach. I can go pick strawberries and peaches in the country and a few hours later be eating at an innovative restaurant in Midtown Atlanta. During football season, it seems like the state rearranges its schedule around Saturday games. I am a born and raised Georgia Peach and nothing could be better.
I love Texas because it’s such a huge state with a different array of people, yet anyone can find their niche. There’s the coast, the hill country and it’s got all around great outdoor experiences to offer. Southern hospitality is huge and everyone is as friendly as can be. The energy and excitement one feels in during any football game, or any sports game for that matter, at any Texas school, goes unrivaled. Texas has the greatest fans and the biggest heart.
I was raised in Arkansas by my Mississippi mother and I married a girl from Tennessee. Now I gladly call Tennessee home. It doesn’t get much better than this.
Joseph Guercio says
Louisiana born and raised, growing up on the saltwater shores of the Gulf of Mexico. Louisiana is by far the best state due to its heritage and it’s hospitality. It is also home to LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Go Tigers!
I love Louisiana b/c of the crawfish, food, Abita Beer, and LSU football.
North Carolina has everything from the outer banks to the mountains. We are home to the wonderful krispy kreme and the red bright leaf hot dogs. What more could you ask for? 🙂
Growing up in Virginia was one of a kind. From the east coast living on the bay to two hours away having the mountains of the blue ridge can’t be beat. We might not have the football tradition like some of ya’ll further south but nothing can beat a great tailgate on the lawn in Charlottesville on a Saturday in the fall. Guys in ties and girls in pearls!
Virginia is for Lovers! What could be better?
Mary-Catherine Ciuba says
I love Georgia because it’s where I call home! There’s nothing like the weight of good ole GA pressing down on you while walking out of the Atlanta Airport after a long vacation. I don’t plan on leaving anytime soon, that’s for sure!!
I am born and raised in Arkansas. I live living here because we close to everything you would need. Great BBQ is close by and if you want the best seafood you just travel a fee hours south. We are The Natural State it is pure God-made beauty here!!
Although North Carolina will always be home sweet home to me, I am going to go with Tennessee! I married an SEC lovin’ man, GO VOLS!, and come football season, it’s about all the Volunteers and SEC. What isn’t to love about those rolling TN hills?
I moved to north Florida for school in 2002. Southern hospitality and football saturdays in Tallahassee made me fall in love. I now live in North Carolina and am grateful to experience all there is here in the Triangle. Both states have welcomed me with open arms and I couldn’t be happier to have spent some of my most important yearsbthus far in these beautiful places.
I love my sunny state of Florida because we get to enjoy the gorgeous beaches, springs and rivers and there is always a place for us to fish with family and friends and enjoy the wonderful year-round weather and of course my Florida Gators!
Jonathan N. Snyder says
I love Georgia and love pretty much everything about this great state. This state has it all: Beaches and mountains, big cities and farms. Nothing is finer then a school pride filled Fall afternoon tailgating with good friends, a cool breeze, and a cold drink! I consider Georgia to be God’s country and there is no where else I would rather live!
I’d have to go with Tennessee. It isn’t where I’m from but it’s what I call home now. The landscape and scenery are some of most surreal things I’ve seen. The weather is amazing and depending on where you live you’re able to experience many different activities and what not. The food down here is great and the people are some of the friendliest I’ve ever come across, credit that’s how most of the South is.
Wm Lamb & Son says
Must say its the entire South that holds up the traditions that we love …… and the fact that everyone is so passionate about hospitality and tradition and calling it home….
I’ve been across the country and nothing compares to summer nights in North Carolina. Whether you’re at the mountains or on the Outer Banks, a Carolina sunset is the most beautiful thing you’ll ever see! We have the best barbeque (and also the barbeque capital of the US!), the sweetest tea and the most hospitable people. North Carolina has produced some of the greatest from Eric Church to Andy Griffith to Michael Jordan, along with some of the tastiest treats – Krispy Kreme, Pepsi and Texas Pete. Not to mention, we’re the first in flight! But the best thing about Carolina is the way of life – slow but sweet, enjoying every minute of everyday. An evening on the lake, catching lighting bugs in a mason jar, a Nascar race or a country concert under the stars, once you’re here, you’ll never want to leave!
And I haven’t even gotten into the fact that North Carolina hosts the BEST university in the South – UNC. Go heels!
Love y’all’s stuff! Keep up the great work!
Matt Hartman says
I love both the University of Georgia and the Great State of Georgia because both run deep with tradition. Whether that’s going to The Ted to watch the South’s baseball team in the summer time or getting chills between the Hedges when the Battle Hymn of the Republic is played before games, I can’t think of any tradition greater. As long as I have anything to do with it, I plan on staying in this state for the rest of my life, because it truly is great.
Alabama has to be my favorite cause that’s where I am from. However, Georgia has made a recent surge. My wife is from there and its hard to beat places like St. Simon’s Island in the summer and Athens on a Saturday.
Katee Thomas says
ALA-BAMA…Need I say more!? 😉 <3
I dearly love the state of Georgia as well as the University of Georgia. The southern heritage is very deep in the state. I love the fact that in GA you can spend the day on the beach then travel through some of the truest farm country in the south visit the Georgia National Fair in Perry then swing by Atlanta and see any professional sports team; visits one of the largest aquariums in the world; or visit the World of Coke and then take a short trip and be in the start of the Appalachian Trail. Being in Athens on game day it a feeling like no other when you watch the game day video with the voice over of our beloved late announcer Larry Mason it brings cold chill down your back.
Georgia is always on my mind.
Jacob Qualls says
Kentucky is undoubtedly the greatest state to grace this sweet region. SEC football? Check. We’ve got it, and even though our team hasn’t been traditionally great, we dress up in our Sunday’s best and support our cats. Horse racing? Check. Churchhill Downs, located in Kentucky’s largest city of Louisville, has several meets a year…and also is home to something you may have heard of…the Kentucky Derby. That’s right, the greatest two minutes in all of sport takes place in early may. Seersucker, bowties and celebrities alike appear in droves to witness a time-honored tradition. In addition, Keeneland, full of rolling green hills and beautiful historic scenery is the talk of the town on a handful of of weeks in both the fall and spring meets. Located just a short distance from the beautiful University of Kentucky, old and young alike take time out to soak in the races, bowties, and bourbon. And speaking of bourbon, that’s a tradition in itself. Kentucky is known for its beautiful women, fast horses, and bourbon…the greatest place in not only the south, but the world.
Robbie Paul says
I love Georgia because you can be in the mountains or the beach in less than 3-4 hours. Country cooking, fresh seafood and boiled peanuts are some of my favorites. UGA football in the fall, Braves baseball in the Spring and Summer!
Katie Bush says
Alabama is the best state in the South. We have amazing gulf seafood, white sand beaches and mountains too! I love the University of Alabama and I’m a proud recent alum. I also love all of state traditions products! You can show state pride instead of just school pride! Roll Tide
I may have not been born in South Carolina but that doesn’t make me any less of a lover of this wonderful state! My family moved here when I was two so I was definitely raised here. There is so much history in this state you could never take it all in in a lifetime. There is something great about every part of our state! We have the gorgeous coastal region with the beaches and the Low Country (by far my farvorite!) In the middle of the state is Columbia where the capital is! In the Upstate we have the great city of Greenville and the beautiful mountains! I never want to leave this state! I am not lucky to live here, I’M BLESSED!
“Nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina! “
TENNESSEE: The Bristol Motor Speedway, The Great Smoky Mountains, The Opry and Beale Street. Davy Crockett, Andrew Jackson, Alvin York, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presly, Tina Turner and Aretha Franklin just to name a few hail from my state . We provided more soldiers for the Confederate Army than any other state, and more soldiers for the Union Army than any other Southern state. In that spirit, we nicknamed our University the Volunteers, clad them in orange and send them out to play a little football in a stadium seating 102k wonderful folk. It’s a pretty dang good place to call home and if you don’t believe me, well come on up and let me pass you a mason jar and a paper plate.