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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.

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.




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