The Cotton Bowl Tailgating Showdown

By Amanda Fitzpatrick
|  Friday, Jan 7, 2011  |  Updated 8:00 PM CDT
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Amanda Fitzpatrick, NBCDFW.com

The battle over who has the best tailgating skills went down in the parking lot outside Dallas Cowboys Stadium before the Cotton Bowl.

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Thousands of Tigers and Aggies battled it out on the tailgating field at Cowboys Stadium on Friday before the Cotton Bowl.

LSU and Texas A&M fans -- some arriving as early as 5 a.m. -- had a long day of fun with friends, cooking and trash-talking.

James Nugent, an LSU Tiger, said fans from Texas don't know how to cook.

"They're beginners," he said jokingly. "We know what seasoning is over here. They may like it bigger, but we like it seasoned. Everybody wants to eat the Cajun food."

But Aggie Matt Evers said Texas has the best seasoned food.

"Texas all the way," he said. "Texas is famous for barbecue. What is Louisiana famous for in regard to tailgating or cooking? They have a pot -- that's all they got."

Liz and Kyle Kray are learning to live with each other's football differences. Liz Kray, a die-hard A&M fan, and her husband, a die-hard LSU fan, have only been married for one year.

"For Christmas, we did a gingerbread house," she said. "We made it a Cotton Bowl gingerbread house -- half of it is A&M, and half of it is LSU."

Her husband said that if they can make it through the Cotton Bowl, they can make it through anything.

The Cotton Bowl and its 80,000 fans are estimated to bring in $30 million to the Metroplex economy. Arlington is estimated to get a $10 million boost.

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