Twenty years of tailgating

Zach Hake

Sports Blogger


From the moment the clock strikes 5 p.m. on Friday, people prepare for one of the most entertaining aspects of college football.

Tailgating at Oklahoma State is a campus-wide party. To some, it’s an opportunity to relax and enjoy the camaraderie. Others treat tailgating like an Olympic sport, from flat screen TVs to a full-fledged outdoor living room, these fans put their all into having the ultimate tailgating experience.

OSU fans Matt and Joy Robison have been tailgating for more than 20 years. (Zach Hake/O'Zone)
OSU fans Matt and Joy Robison have been tailgating for more than 20 years. (Zach Hake/O’Zone)

Meet Matt and Joy Robison.

The Robison’s have been tailgating at OSU for over twenty years.

Both of Matt’s parents attended OSU and his grandfather was a math professor at OSU for thirty years. The Robisons have two children, both with Master’s degrees from OSU. Joy married into the Cowboy family but said she wouldn’t want it any other way.

The Robison’s tailgating set up doesn’t have an 80-inch flat screen or a surround sound system, but it has something more fulfilling: family.

“The best part about tailgating for me is that no matter what happens in the stadium, we always have this,” Joy said.

They have been through some of the toughest losses together but their little slice of Stillwater on game day has always been a home away from home.

Tailgating with their closest friends and family makes the victories that much sweeter.

“Bedlam is always one of my favorite games to tailgate,” Matt said. “Even if we lose or don’t beat them by as much as I’d like, I still love it.”

Although Bedlam is in Norman this year, the Robisons will most definitely be in attendance. Come 2017, however, there is no doubt that they’ll have a memorable tailgate for the rivalry in Stillwater.

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