Recently, we got to speak to Bert Sperling, author of the Top 10 Tailgating Experience Index and spokesperson promoting McCormick, our favorite go-to steak seasoning.
Grab your Long Island grocery cart and head for the game. Here's what we learned (don't forget to check out the fire wing recipe below).
New York tailgate enthusiasts.... post your pictures and let's take these other cities down!
Q: Bert: using the Tailgating Experience Index, which focuses on stadium atmosphere and traditions, how do our teams (Jet’s and Giant’s) stadiums rank?
A: On a score of 1-10, the New York metro area teams both rank at just around 7.0. The Green Bay team is the #1 with a score of 9.6.
Q: We know there are rules and regulations. Can you recommend any one or two “make ahead” pointers for our hometown Jet and Giant games?
A: The New York metro teams allow the pregame activities to start five hours before game time, which is earlier than many major football venues.
Some of these local tailgate scenes seem to be particularly liberal in its policies, even allowing “turkey fryers” which are outlawed at most venues.
The New York teams have active organizations, so you’ll also find plenty of instant friends when you visit - everyone is welcome to celebrate! If you are really looking to make friends quickly, come armed with some McCormick Grill Mates Fiery Kick Off Wings, these bad boys will keep you and your friends nice and toasty for kick-off time.
Q: If you know anything about us, and you do because you, Bert Sperling, are the leader in the Best Places, then you know that New Yorker’s are competitive and we’re working to take those other cities down! Whether it’s our unmatched pizza, sausage and pepper, or Montreal Seasoned thick sliced juicy steaks, McCormick helps us bring top flavors to the tailgate. So Bert, are you ready to see what we’ve got?
A: Heck, yeah! I love to eat. I love and appreciate the classics (just had a cheese and pepper steak yesterday, but missed the Yuengling, which we can’t get here out West), and I love the new tastes people keep coming up with. So show me what you got, and tell me what I’m missing.