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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.

Scheduled Maintenance For Sunday, August 25, 2013

Posted by Dave On August - 24 - 2013

frustrated manAlthough this may not be the most ideal time of the year to have our website go down, seeing how it is one week away from the start of the college football season and people are getting fired up for tailgating, TailgatingIdeas.com and Shop.TailgatingIdeas.com could be offline for an extended period on Sunday, August 25, 2013.

Our hosting company, Hard Hat Hosting, has informed us that they will be performing updates, rebooting and relocating each VPS Node to their new data center located in the same building. Due to the lengthy uptimes of all servers, the systems will check disk on reboot which this process can take up to an hour.

Translation: It means Tailgating Ideas.com and Shop.TailgatingIdeas.com could be offline for a little while.

Not to fear. This is only temporary and if you are able to read this it means our host servers have yet to be moved or the move was completed and we are back up and running. But if you visited and got an error message or come back and receive an error message, that is the reason.

Yes, we understand that it can be frustrating but you have to do what you have to do. We were informed that the moves and maintenance will take place between 12:00 pm central time and 6:00 pm central time. The total estimated downtime should last from 60 to 120 minutes.

Thanks for your patience and we will be back up and running soon bringing you great tailgating ideas, product reviews and recipes along with humor pieces and news that tailgaters and those who enjoy the tailgate party lifestyle would appreciate.

Dallas Cowboys money saving tailgate

(Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Amanda Green. Amanda is a freelance writer and Buffalo sports nut. She has been going to Bills, Sabres and Bandits games her whole life. Amanda has been writing online for a few years now but loves to write about things near and dear to her like the city of Buffalo. Amanda’s best sports memory was Matthew Barnaby’s playoff hat-trick against Montreal and her worst was the Monday Night Football loss to the Dallas Cowboys in Buffalo.)

You may be “the buzz” among your friends and around town for throwing awesome tailgate parties. While you may not be working with the ideal budget for a supreme tailgate party, you still don’t want to leave your friends disappointed when they show up on the day of the game.

So what do you do in such a situation? Ask for help? Cancel the party? Come up with an excuse? Luckily, you don’t have to do anything like that because the answer lies in generating ideas that are creative, inexpensive and original. This will allow you to save money and throw a good tailgate without overwhelming yourself. Here are some of the things you can consider:

1. Buy in advance and in bulk
Start shopping a month earlier than you initially plan to throw the party. Doing so can let you save a lot of money as there are promotions, discounts, specials and sales available on grills, bottle openers, etc. You can also benefit in an indirect way if you use a credit card for purchases.

If you don’t have a credit card, look at several options available to you. Some credit cards have reward programs like airlines reward frequent travelers. This means you earn rewards when you use the card, and later those rewards can be used while shopping to save money.

For having extra money to spend on tailgate parties and similar events, there are options available for you in which you can earn passively, so you have an overall higher amount at the end. Good savings accounts interest rates and current account benefits can be used for this purpose.

2. Don’t shy away from home cooking
While tailgating parties offer a chance to fire up the grill and cook away, it can be expensive to do so. There are a lot of things you have to buy, such as charcoal and other condiments.
A great way to cut on some of the expenses is to prepare some food at home. There are several tailgate recipe ideas available which will let you create popular dishes for the occasion. You can also watch videos for visual help with the instructions. You’ll also find specific recipes such as low-carb, high-protein and low fat. Such recipes will be handy if you’re currently on a diet or are looking to build some muscle.

3. Be aware of the venue and drive less (vehicles)
You may be partying at the home stadium for a long time now, but it can be expensive and inconvenient to find such spots. You have to wake up early morning and still sweat that there will be others who may get there before you. Furthermore, the parking fees at such locations are quite high and parking lot policies at most stadiums are not the easiest to adhere to. You may be able to save a good amount of money by choosing locations that are away from the home stadium (Hey, you’re on a budget, remember?).

When you’ve decided the venue, try to go in with as few vehicles as possible. One vehicle can be used by you and your friends and the party items can be kept in a separate one if there’s less space for everything to fit in a single car. This way, you and your folks will be able to save money on parking and gas as well as save time on trying to get spots around each other.

You’ve heard my top three tips on saving money while tailgating. Leave your own money saving ideas in the comments below.

NFL bag policy for 2013

Posted by Dave On June - 20 - 2013

Jaguar fans with clear bags

Our frustration and disdain for the NFL and their ridiculous policies has been well documented on this tailgating blog for years. A policy change coming from the NFL regarding the size and opacity of bags fans can carry inside NFL stadiums is the most recent display of idiocy and invasion of privacy to date.

NFL.com: NFL’s new bag policy to improve public safety at games
Sportsrageous.com: Female fans enraged at NFL’s bag policy

The NFL in it’s infinite genius has decided to implement a ban on all purses, diaper bags and backpacks and also limits the size and type of bags that may be brought into stadiums. Citing the recent Boston Marathon bombings as a major catalyst to bringing this new policy to be, bags now must meet certain size requirements and bags on the high end of the approved size requirement must be clear plastic. Here are the parameters:

  • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12” x 6” x 12.”
  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar).
  • Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap can be taken into the stadium with one of the clear plastic bags.
  • An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at a gate designated for this purpose.

Here are examples of what types of bags and what sizes are now approved and allowed in past security check points.

Anyone else catch that the larger bags that must be clear, the NFL is trotting out their version of the bag that will conveniently have the NFL Shield on it? Of course, your favorite NFL franchise’s logo will also be available for purchase. And all for less than $12. Way to create a market for a brand new officially licensed NFL product.

New NFL clear bags approved for entry for the 2013 NFL season

Aside from the blatantly obvious attempt to sell more licensed crap probably made in China, this new policy completely disregards and dismisses the growing and formidable female fan base. Veteran NFL fans can tell you, the majority of the people that bring in bags to an NFL game are women. And the majority of those bags are purses that contain God knows what. The point here is many of those purses contain private items that do not need to be displayed to the world. Most notably, tampons and and other feminine hygiene products. Honestly, it really is nobody’s business that it is your time of the month but the NFL is now making it everyone’s business within 100 feet.

Way to go NFL. Nothing like embarrassing your female fans and invading their privacy just because the game falls on that special week for her. And here is another potential problem that NFL may have overlooked. This bag ban by the NFL may very well increase the number of car burglaries in the parking lots.

With this new policy, the NFL is encouraging female fans to leave their purses at home.

Seriously? You think women will leave their purses at home? They very well may not take them into the stadium because of this new policy but they certainly will not leave their purses at home. They will just leave them in the car and hopefully lock it up in the trunk or hide it under the seat to decrease that crime of opportunity when an unscrupulous person walks by and sees a purse sitting on the floorboard in plain sight. But we all know after tailgating for a few hours and in the rush to make it inside before kick-off, some women will forget to hide their purse and thus they are welcoming a smash and grab robbery through a car window. So in order to solve one problem of “fan security”, the NFL just created another one, car burglaries.

Now that the NFL has changed the rules of bringing in outside items into the stadium, it is time for you the tailgater to adapt. Maybe you would bring in some alcohol in a backpack that had a compartment that security would overlook. It was last year that the NFL implemented the metal detector wands policy and moved away from a physical pat down by rented security personnel usually wearing yellow windbreakers. Because of this, this may be the perfect time to start bringing in those items on your person and not in exterior bags.

For the ladies and if it happens to be that time of the month and you don’t want to advertise to everyone, wear long pants and stuff some tampons in your socks while you go through security. If you want to smuggle your booze into the stadium, we have been touting for years the Freedom Flask and the Booze Belly as inexpensive and effective ways to get liquor into the stadium to avoid paying the high concession stand prices inside.

It’s doubtful that NFL fans and season ticket holders will revolt over this new bag policy and the refuse to go to the games in person. It’s doubtful the stadiums will be half empty and that games will be blacked out in local markets at a record rate. NFL fans will grin and bear it it seems and just go along with the policy. But just because this new policy is going into effect for 2013 doesn’t mean you can not take your own precautions. Now is the time to plan on how you will get items into the stadium that otherwise don’t need to be seen in an officially NFL licensed clear bag of approved size dimensions.

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