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Terrific tailgating

The Carolina Panthers open the 2008-'09 season with an exhibition game against the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday.

The game begins at 7:30 p.m. The tailgating? That'll start much earlier.

To help you score a hit with your spread, we consulted Joe Cahn. The self-proclaimed Commissioner of Tailgating – who runs www.tailgating.com – has been picnicking with fans at sporting events around the country since 1996. In May, he tailgated at Lowe's Motor Speedway before the NASCAR All-Star Challenge.

Cahn talked with us about the psychology of the pregame feeding frenzy and provided some of his favorite tailgating tips – including a can't-miss recipe.

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