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Captain of the Tailgate: The Best Weather

I'm going to forewarn everyone right now: due to a deadline crunch, we're going to be posting two or three of the Captain of the Tailgate posts today.  Anyways, as you know, in each post, we'll be bringing up a different "element" of the Tailgating experience, and asking you to give your best memory from it.

Today's Topic: The Best Weather.

I couldn't narrow down my best tailgating-weather experience down to one, so I went with two.  Of course, the most obvious, for me, was the Patriots-Raiders Snow Bowl in January 2002.  Nothing can trump the magic that went into that day for me.

However, another day that I will surely never forget was on December 7, 2003, against the Miami Dolphins.  As you may or may not remember, the 24 hours leading up to the game was one of the biggest blizzards in New England history.  Making the three-hour drive from Connecticut was not pretty.  Despite being told to turn around on the radio, we pressed on, eventually tailgating more than 2.5 miles from the stadium in an abandoned lot just outside of Foxboro.  Of course, when we got to the stadium, 15,000 seats were covered and we couldn't even sit in ours.  But a defensive shutout, Tedy Bruschi pick-six, and snowball celebration later, I think everyone was happy.

Feel free to share your own favorite weather-related tailgating experience!