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2.    Plan to stay the whole weekend…for the fashion shows, the parades, gospel brunches, concerts, etc.

3.    If you’re a guy, especially with daughters, you cannot stare at the majorettes and drill team members.

4.    It’s really about the halftime show.

5.    The odds are a team called the Tigers will be playing.  That’s because, Benedict College, Jackson State, Grambling, and Texas Southern, just to name a few, each have Tigers as their mascots.

As the HBCU teams are hitting the practice field the bands are tuning up for the half time shows, I can just hear them rehearsing “Blurred Lines,” The Wobble,” and “I Woke Up in a New Bugatti.”

There’s an HBCU Classic coming to a city near you this fall. I’ll be there and I hope you will too.  Share your “Classic” experience, especially if it involves bringing someone who thought it was going to be just another game and halftime show.

It never is!

8/31/13    Labor Day Classic    Texas Southern vs. Prairie View A&M    7 PM    Houston, TX

9/01/13    John Merritt Classic Tennessee State vs.Bethune-Cookman    7 PM    Nashville, TN

9/01/13    MEAC/SWAC Challenge Mississippi Valley State vs. Florida A&M    5 PM    Orlando, FL

9/07/13    Nations Classic Howard vs. Morehouse    3:30 PM    Washington, DC

9/07/13    Commemorative Classic Johnson C. Smith vs. Livingstone    4 PM    Charlotte, NC

9/07/13    Battle of the First    Lincoln (PA) vs. Cheyney    2 PM    Cheyney, PA

9/05/13    Labor Day Golden Classic    Miles vs. Univ. of North Alabama    6:30 PM    Florence, AL

9/07/13    Ohio Classic    Central State vs. Benedict    1:30 PM    Dayton, OH

9/07/13    WC Gordon Classic    Jackson State vs. Alabama State    7 PM    Jackson, MS

9/14/13    Southern Heritage Classic Tennessee State vs. Jackson State    6 PM    Memphis, TN

9/14/13    Eddie McGirt Classic    Johnson C. Smith vs. Bowie State    2 PM    Charlotte, NC

9/14/13    Inner City Classic    Albany State vs. Tuskegee    7 PM    Atlanta, GA

9/14/13    Two Rivers Classic    Fayetteville vs. UNC Pembroke    6 PM    Fayetteville, NC

9/21/13    Cleveland Classic    Winston-Salem State vs. Tuskegee    1 PM    Cleveland, OH

9/21/13    Palmetto Capital City Classic Benedict College vs. South Carolina State    4 PM    Columbia, SC

9/21/13    Cape Fear Classic Shaw University vs. UNC-Pembroke    1 PM    Wilimington, NC

9/21/13    Iris City Classic    Clark Atlanta vs. Fort Valley State    3 PM    Griffin, Ga

9/21/13    Fish Bowl Classic    Norfolk State vs. Charleston Southern    4 PM    Fort Valley, GA

9/28/13    Gateway Classic Central State vs. Tennessee State    2 PM    Saint Louis, MO

9/28/13    Down East Viking Classic    Elizabeth City State vs. Fayetteville State    4 PM    Rocky Mount, NC

9/28/13    Augusta City Classic    Benedict vs. Albany State    2 PM    Augusta, GA

10/05/13    Atlanta Football Classic NC A&T vs. South Carolina State    3:30 PM    Atlanta, GA

10/5/13    State Fair Classic    Prairie View A&M vs. Grambling State    6 PM    Dallas, TX

10/12/13    Tuskegee-Morehouse Classic    Tuskegee vs. Morehouse    3 PM    Columbus, GA

10/12/13    Circle City Classic Grambling State vs. Alcorn State    2:30 PM    Indianapolis, IN

10/19/13    Battle of the Bay    Hampton vs. Norfolk State    1 PM    Norfolk, VA

10/19/13    Biker Classic    Bethune-Cookman vs. Savannah State    4 PM    Daytona Beach, FL

10/26/13    Magic City Classic Alabama A&M vs. Alabama State    2:30 PM    Birmingham, AL

10/26/13    Shreveport Classic    Jackson State vs. Prairie View A&M    4 PM    Shreveport, La

11/09/13    Fountain City Classic    Fort Valley State vs. Albany State    2 PM    Columbus, GA

11/23/13    Florida Classic Florida A&M vs. Bethune-Cookman    2 PM    Orlando, FL

11/23/13    Battle of the Real H U    Hampton vs. Howard    1 PM    Hampton, VA

11/28/13    Turkey Day Classic    Alabama State vs. Stillman    3 PM    Montgomery, AL

11/30/13    Bayou Classic Southern A&M vs. Grambling State    1:30 PM    New Orleans, LA

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