It all started in the early 1980's when Scott "Sparky" Sparks started tailgating with his dad, Cliff Sparks, up in Baton Rouge. "Only at Tiger Stadium" he would say, could you find a party like this. Family and friends, food, fun and football (the five f's) is what fuels the soul of a hardcore tailgater. Watching his dad and his friends cook up Cajun delights like boudin, jambalaya, fried shrimp, oysters and fish, just to go along with the BBQ, it was amazing. But it was the way that they shared their passion for Tiger Football and the party that goes with it that made it so special. Tiger fan or not, everyone was welcome to come and have a taste. Being a "good sport" was always part of the tradition.
Sparky's dad passed away in 2002 and it wasn't until 2004 when Sparky started getting together with his new tailgating buddies Charlie Fontenelle, Reggie Davis, Greg Thompson and J.R. "Podnah" Vendetto. Everyone knows the reputation of the quality tailgate going on in Baton Rouge, but unknown to Sparky, he was about to hook up with one of the top tailgating groups on campus…and possibly the whole nation...the LSU Rugby team and its brotherhood of former athletes from several generations.
Sparky was also a diehard Saints Fan. He had tailgated at Saints games before, but it was nothing like Tigertown. With the post Katrina excitement building and with the signing of Drew Brees and drafting Reggie Bush, could he pull off a tailgate in New Orleans that could rival one from Tigertown? First of all it would take a prime spot right next to the Dome and a group of fans whose passion for tailgating was as strong as their passion for the game. He knew he could count on Charlie, Reggie and Greg to help him out, so the search was on.
Well, he has found it all on the corner of Clara and Poydras streets...a group of guys and gals that were actually friends of his dad....imagine that...."The Korner Krewe” is what they're called. This wild and crazy gang of Who Dats, who unite together week in and week out, committed to the passion and desire to be the best fans and best tailgaters in the NFL. Since joining the “KK” in 2006, Sparky and his buddies have raised the bar and now the level of tailgate quality is second to none.
So with a world championship and a super season in 2009, Sparky put the "Skins on the Wall" by being rated New Orleans' #1 Tailgater by Jay "The Tailgate Guy" DiEugenio. Then in 2010 Sparky shows up with the "Who Dat Nation Transportation" bus, and parlays that into an appearence as "Team Tailg8n" on The Food Network's "Tailgate Warriors" hosted by Guy Fieri.
Again in 2010 Sparky and his buddies were chosen to compete for the title of New Orleans' Top Tailgaters, in Bing's "National Tailgating Championship" hosted by "The Commish" himself, Joe Cahn. The team falls short to Drago's Restuarant, but Sparky gets tagged with the title "New Orleans King of Tailgating".
So as a card holding member of the "Who Dat Nation" and a member of PFUFA, Sparky and his "Krewe" continue to "hook up & throw down" with all the best tailgaters across this great land. Always spreading a "Little Love from the Big Easy", Sparky believes in the "Brotherhood of Tailgaters"..... Tailgaters embracing Tailgaters... home team or not... Always being a good sport!