Not all new things are bad. But with new things, like your school playing a season-opening game in Ireland, comes new ways to "celebrate". When I say "celebrate," I mean "get overly excited about a game you can't control." Simply put, I mean obnoxious tailgating.
We've all seen it: that one tailgater who has had so many that he begins to say "Ko Gnights" instead of "Go Knights" or someone walking around on Memory Mall screaming "Let's Go UCF" and stumbling like they're trying to balance on a brick road.
I'm sure some of the Croke Park Classic watch parties got a little out of hand, too. Giving college students a reason to get excited and drink as the sun rises can easily be a recipe for disaster — but you don't have to be that person.
You might be surprised at how many lives you can make a little happier, how many people could enjoy their pre-game experience a little more, the number of eardrums that can be saved and how many eyes wouldn't have to be rolled by actually putting down the drinks at your alcohol-intake limit.
When you think about it, if you ask a student or fan why they're getting wasted before a football game, what do you think they would say? I'd argue that "because it's going to help the Knights win" wouldn't be an immediate response.
Moral of the story: There's no need to be an annoying tailgater. You're doing no one a service.