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Freedom Grill making a come back?

Posted by Dave On March - 2 - 2015

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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LSU kids playing beer pong

Posted by Dave On October - 21 - 2014

LSU kids playing a game of "beer pong" while tailgating

Little LSU fans playing what appears to be a game of beer pong while tailgating in Baton Rouge. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Crisp Twitter @elizabethcrisp


We know that in the SEC, or all over the college football landscape, indoctrinating the next generation into the traditions and the culture of your favorite college football team is the main reason for having kids. So why would it be any surprise that this group of young tailgaters appear to be playing a game of beer pong at an LSU tailgate? Maybe because the oldest one in the photo looks to be about 11 years old.

After a closer look, it appears that the two bottles of water and the Sprite are the ones being used for the refills. But at first glance, it looks to be a bit jarring. But that’s how they do it down in Baton Rouge.

Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) assists on LSU keg stand

Posted by Dave On September - 21 - 2014
Mary Landrieu spotted at an LSU tailgate assisting a Tiger fan with a keg stand

Mary Landrieu spotted at an LSU tailgate assisting a Tiger fan with a keg stand. Photo courtesy of Ellen L. Carmichael Twitter @ellencarmichael

Mid-term elections are about six weeks away and it is a full court press for Congressional members and Senators to go out and campaign as if they are “one of the people”. Apparently that included Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) hitting Baton Rouge on Saturday visiting tailgate parties prior to LSU hosting Mississippi State. Although not dressed like an LSU fan (her shirt looks more like a blue cheetah pattern) she demonstrates that when in Rome, do as Romans do… which includes assisting in pulling off a successful keg stand.

The reaction via Twitter was, as you might expect, pretty funny filled with cheers from supporters and jeers from opponents. Comments like, “That’s what I call a Beer Summit” (referencing the Henry Louis Gates arrest controversy in which President Obama hosted a “Beer Summit” in 2009 at the White House) and “(Keg) Stand with Mary”, were all over Twitter after the photo was tweeted and retweeted.

Just in case you didn’t get enough of the first photo, here is another angle.

Alternative angle of Mary_Landrieu assisting with a keg stand while at LSU tailgate party.

Alternative angle of Mary Landrieu assisting with a keg stand while at an LSU tailgate party. Photo courtesy of Brad Dayspring Twitter ‏@BDayspring

Fan pleads guilty in stadium bottle attack

Posted by Dave On March - 7 - 2014

Back in October of last year we posted a video and wrote a commentary, Video: Tailgaters, This Is Why The NFL Hates You Part 2. In a nutshell, it was a bunch of idiots getting into a fight in the parking lot of Qualcomm Stadium and one guy decided to break a glass bottle over one of the other combatants heads. Here is the video.
(Warning: The video does contain swear words, blood and violence. NOT safe for work and best not shown with kids in the room.)

UPDATE: The guy who smashed the beer bottle pleaded guilty Tuesday to a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon. He is scheduled to be sentenced May 9 in San Diego Superior Court.

For the full story from the San Diego Union-Tribune, read: Fan pleads guilty in stadium bottle attack

Video: Tailgaters, This Is Why The NFL Hates You Part 2

Posted by Dave On October - 1 - 2013

A few years ago, October 12, 2009 to be exact, we posted a video of a drunk Cleveland Browns tailgater on top of a port-a-potty dancing and stripping off his clothes and throwing them down on the other tailgaters. We titled it: Video: Tailgaters, This Is Why The NFL Hates You.

Now comes this past weekend where some San Diego Chargers and Dallas Cowboys fans got into it in the parking lot complete with glass bottles broken upside the combatants’ heads. Take a look:

(Warning: The video does contain swear words, blood and violence. NOT safe for work and best not shown with kids in the room.)

The Qualcomm Stadium parking lot has a strict rule against glass bottles or any glass containers of any sort in the parking lot. Even a glass jar of salsa if left out in the open will get a tailgater a ticket by the San Diego Police patrolling the Qualcomm Stadium parking lot. People ask, “why is there such a stupid rule?”. The above video is the great example of why that rule exists.

The above video is also a glaring example of why the NFL and it’s member teams want to curtail tailgating time in the parking lots. The NFL believes that the more time parking lots are open and allow tailgating, the more time tailgaters will take that opportunity to drink and become violent.

It’s up to you tailgaters. If you want your time in the parking lot to get shortened to the point you can only park and head into the game, then keep allowing this boorish behavior to continue in the tailgating parking lots.

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