I think everyone deserves a chance to prove themselves.

New restrictions have been put in place for tailgaters at Texas Tech that involve distancing, the number of people allowed in an area, and so on. Let me start by saying that for some of us, tailgating is the best part of game day.

So, can the very social tailgating crowd keep to themselves? I just don't know the answer to that. I do believe they deserve a chance to try.

Tailgating for some folks is a giant roving party, and for other people, it's just a fun dinner with family and friends before the game. Both of these groups should be allowed an opportunity to do their thing, and officials can throw out the bad eggs if necessary.

There's nothing like a tailgate party before a game. Everyone is in a great mood, cooking up breakfast burritos or smoking meat for later in the day and everyone just seems to get along. This festive tradition can continue with families or small groups and hopefully not too many along the way will abuse these privileges.

I'll be honest: I don't expect 100 percent compliance, but I do believe everyone deserves a chance (and I think that goes for all events and businesses). I hope people will take this small window of opportunity, show some Raider Spirit and do right by their tailgating neighbors and the community of Lubbock at large and follow the guidelines set out by the university.

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