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Freedom Grill making a come back?

Posted by Dave On March - 2 - 2015ADD COMMENTS

Freedom Grill FG-50 Tailgating Grill

If you are a regular or a casual reader of this tailgating blog, you probably have a grasp on how we have held the Freedom Grill in such high regard. What’s not to love about a bad ass grill you can put on the back of your car, take to the game, start grilling on a full-sized grill and then pack it away, lock it up and go inside the game without the grill leaking grease or dirt all over your truck or SUV?

Unfortunately because of a number of twists and turns in the economy among other exterior factors, the Freedom Grill is no longer in production. It went through some changes over the years and even went by a different name, the Margaritaville Tailgating Grill. The bottom line is you can no longer buy these tailgating grills and if you have one, consider yourself lucky. If you want the entire story in nauseating detail as to why the Freedom Grill and Margaritaville Grills are no longer in production, feel free to check out the Margaritaville Tailgating Grill Eulogy we published three years ago.

So why am I publishing a post about something that is extinct? Let’s just say I have been hearing things which opens up the door for a glimmer (emphasis on the term glimmer) of hope that Freedom Grill may be coming back.

Let’s be clear here – this is not any shred of an announcement that Freedom Grill is coming back and will start producing FG-50s any time soon. We are not saying that at all. What we are saying is the conversations are starting to pick up and the possibility of a Freedom Grill return is brighter than it has been in a number of years. And to be honest, the last three years the prospects for a return were pretty grim. So any conversation is better than none.

With that said, once we hear something that we can pass along, we will surely do that. But in the meantime, here are a few videos of the Freedom Grill to remind everyone how awesome it was.

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If you follow us on social media, especially Twitter and Instagram, you already knew that in the beginning of this year we visited Las Vegas and attended the World Series of Beer Pong.

We popped into the World Series of Beer Pong to see what all the hype was about. We checked out the scene and had a chance to get a few moments with Billy Gaines, the owner and founder of BPong and the World Series of Beer Pong. In this interview he discusses the explosive growth and popularity of beer pong, how the WSOBP has grown over the years and some of the greatest teams in the history of the tournament.

MLB Spring Training Dates

Posted by Dave On February - 2 - 2015Comments Off

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Football season is officially over. Not that you can tailgate at the Super Bowl anymore anyways, but the end of the Super Bowl is the symbolic closing of the book on football season and hence tailgating. But it doesn’t have to a tearful goodbye. Baseball season is right around the corner.

We’re less than a month away from the beginning of spring training, as the first pitchers and catchers report to camp on Feb. 18.

Here is a list of every major league team’s reporting dates for pitchers and catchers, as well as position players. Spring training games officially begin on March 3.

Cactus League Reporting Dates – Arizona
Team           Pitchers & Catchers            Position Players           First Game
Angels         Feb. 19                                   Feb. 24                          Mar. 5 vs. MIL
Athletics     Feb. 19                                   Feb. 24                          Mar. 3 vs. SF
Brewers      Feb. 20                                  Feb. 25                           Mar. 5 vs. LAA
Cubs            Feb. 19                                  Feb. 24                           Mar. 5 vs. OAK/SF (ss)
D-Backs      Feb. 19                                  Feb. 24                           Mar. 4 vs. COL
Dodgers      Feb. 19                                  Feb. 25                           Mar. 4 vs. CWS
Giants         Feb. 18                                  Feb. 23                           Mar. 3 vs. OAK
Indians       Feb. 18                                  Feb. 22                           Mar. 3 vs. CIN
Mariners    Feb. 20                                  Feb. 24                          Mar. 4 vs. SD
Padres         Feb. 19                                  Feb. 24                          Mar. 4 vs. SEA
Rangers      Feb. 20                                  Feb. 25                          Mar. 4 vs. KC
Reds            Feb. 18                                  Feb. 23                          Mar. 3 vs. CLE
Rockies       Feb. 20                                 Feb. 26                           Mar. 4 vs. ARI
Royals         Feb. 19                                 Feb. 24                           Mar. 4 vs. TEX
White Sox   Feb. 19                                Feb. 23                           Mar. 4 vs. LAD

Grapefruit League Reporting Dates – Florida
Team          Pitchers & Catchers           Position Players          First Game
Astros         Feb. 20                                Feb. 24                           Mar. 5 vs. PHI
Blue Jays   Feb. 22                                 Feb. 26                           Mar. 3 vs. PIT
Braves        Feb. 20                                 Feb. 25                           Mar. 4 vs. NYM
Cardinals   Feb. 19                                 Feb. 24                           Mar. 5 vs. MIA
Marlins       Feb. 20                                Feb. 24                           Mar. 5 vs. STL
Mets            Feb. 19                                Feb. 24                           Mar. 4 vs. ATL
Nationals   Feb. 19                                 Feb. 24                           Mar. 5 vs. NYM
Orioles        Feb. 19                                Feb. 24                            Mar. 3 vs. DET
Phillies        Feb. 18                               Feb. 23                            Mar. 3 vs. NYY
Pirates         Feb. 18                               Feb. 23                            Mar. 3 vs. TOR
Rays             Feb. 22                               Feb. 27                            Mar. 5 vs. BAL
Red Sox       Feb. 20                               Feb. 24                           Mar. 5 vs. MIN
Tigers           Feb. 19                               Feb. 23                            Mar. 3 vs. BAL
Twins           Feb. 22                               Feb. 27                            Mar. 5 vs. BOS
Yankees       Feb. 20                               Feb. 25                            Mar. 3 vs. PHI

The Big Game is coming up this weekend, and even though many of us will not be tailgating the event most of the world will be having some sort of party.  Some will have huge spreads featuring every variety of finger food known to man.  Others will have something a little more conservative.  If you’re still on the fence about what you’re going to do, and especially if you’re leaning towards a more low key evening I might have something that you’d be interested in.  31666_123177024370134_7227124_n-640x339

If you’ll think back to 2013 we reviewed Ball Park brand patties.  You can see that post here, but to save you time we liked them.  Well as luck would have it we were approached about trying one of their turkey patty offerings, specifically the Flame Grilled Turkey with Cheddar and Jalapeno Patties.  Since we like biting the bullet, or in this case burger, for our readers to let them know our take on products we were happy to do it.  One of the first things I did with these is to see what sort of difference nutritionally there is between the beef and turkey options.  As you might guess the turkey patties are lower in calories, and fat.  They do have a little more in the way of sodium, but that might be because my variety has cheese in the pattie.  So in other words it would appear that the turkey burgers are “better” for you.  That’s relative, but it’s still January and I pretend that things

Disclaimer: We receieved a package of Ball Park Flame Grilled Turkey with Cheddar and Jalapeno Patties free of charge.  This in no way affected our ability to review the product in a fair and objective manner.5450019316_BP_Turkey_CheddarJalapeno_Patty_3d

Now all of that doesn’t mean a thing if the taste isn’t there.  Now it’s important to remember that this isn’t a beef product, so you can’t go into it thinking of it as such.  In order to test the product without much in the way of alteration I just microwaved the product, one of the main reasons you’d buy something like this, and placed it on a standard hamburger bun. No condiments, no additional cheese, just the bun and the patty.  It was pretty darn tasty.  The jalapeno provided a nice little warmth, and the cheese was melty and creamy.  For what this product is, a frozen turkey burger, it is certainly good enough to keep around for something to eat in a hurry.  With the remaining product I made some burgers with some additional condiments and they became a wonderful shortcut to a decent weeknight burger.  All in all I would recommend the Ball Park Flame Grilled Turkey with Cheddar and Jalapeno Patties to anyone looking for a lower calorie, quick to make option.

If you’re still on the fence, or if you just want to try something for nothing we do have some coupons to giveaway.  Much like the last Ball Park giveaway to enter simply leave a comment on this post and I’ll randomly select 5 people.  When you comment please use an email address that you monitor as that’s the one I’ll contact you on.   If you’d like to enter leave your comment by no later than Friday 1/30/15 by 11:59 PST.  If you’re selected as a winner I will email you asking for your preferred physical mailing address, which I’ll pass along to the marketing firm that is handling promotion of this product, and they’ll mail the coupon to you.  If you’re wondering I’ve been assured that no information will be stored as a result of this, it simply saves on them mailing the coupons to me and then me to you.

Jerry King Tailgating Cartoon #193

Posted by Jerry On January - 11 - 2015Comments Off

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