City police officers have found the key to a happy and successful tailgating party, perhaps the key to happy and successful life. "We keep the ladies happy," said Tom "Taco" Collins, who is a walking, talking billboard for Moisant Promotional Products in his "Team Taco" cap.
How do they do that? Jennifer Aleman, who according to her fellow tailgaters makes the best cheeseburgers the good Lord has had the good grace to share with one of his flock, said it's all about the bathroom. The gang from Belmar contract with the students who live in a house across Brooks Street to park and use the facilities. The group bounced around after parking passes became tough to come by before settling in their current location seven years ago. Taco does fajita wraps, but anywhere from 40 to 60 folks show up for Jennifer's burgers. "Those are good enough you'll slap your pappy for one," Collins said. Jennifer said the key is onion soup mix and Tony Chachere Cajun spice — and lots of it. "You can't be afraid to use some spice," she said. And she's not, the burger was juicy and packed with flavor. The only problem they had at their tailgate before the Florida State game was the guy with the satellite dish was late. But that certainly didn't shorten the line for burgers as they started coming off the portable grill. Collins said the tailgaters on the east side of the stadium show up on Friday, awaiting the noon storm siren. Collins, who said he's missed two home games since 1956, surmised a land run is only fitting. "We're Sooners, right?" It's in their blood.