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Granny Flabongo

Posted by Dave On August - 4 - 2011

We came across this photo while checking out the Flabongo Facebook Fan Page and found it to be pretty awesome. Not only does it look as though this senior citizen is tailgating a Jimmy Buffet concert but is also enjoying a Flabongo before heading inside. Just goes to prove, you are never too old to tailgate. Enjoy your weekend everyone!

Granny Flabongo

Tailgating Training Camp

Posted by Chris On July - 24 - 2011

So I hear football is back or at least it will be by week’s end.  Nothing is final until the fat, shirtless guy in Row 1 sings, but I am confident.

The teams and players have their to do list.  Since tailgaters are part of the team we need a to-do list as well…a.k.a. another top 10 list:

  1. Check to see if Brett Farve is coming to your city.  Oddly, enough he might actually be coming to my city.
  2. Open your closet.  Does your jersey still fit?  Is that player even still on the team?
  3. On Monday morning submit your updated time off request form to your boss.  (Remember, a 1pm kick-off means that you should be OK for work on Monday.  A 4pm kick-off means that you are going to require Monday off.  A 8pm kick-off means that you are going to require Monday and Tuesday off.)
  4. Check the available line of credit on your credit card.  Time to pay off the remaining portion of your season ticket invoice.
  5. Beginning today replace your Sunday morning coffee with a Sunday morning beer.  Look at it as training camp for those 1 pm kick-off tailgates.
  6. Immediately start decreasing productivity at home.  Your To-do list will soon only have one weekend day to complete.  Never too early to set your wife’s expectations really low.
  7. Time to reactive the insurance policy on the Eagles green school bus.  Might also want to check if the thing still starts too.
  8. Team up with the most productive guy / gal at work because your time is now devoted to thinking up the name of this year’s fantasy football team.
  9. Start your daily breathing exercises.  Less than two months until you start sucking in the beer gut to impress the parking lot eye candy.
  10. Get ready to increase your visits to tailgatingideas.com by at least double.

Football is back!  Football tailgating is back!!

Video: Hitler Reacts to OSU Tailgating Rumor

Posted by Dave On July - 21 - 2011

Unless this is your first time on the internet in about 2 years, you have probably seen those “Hitler Reacts to” internet meme videos. Well you knew it was just a matter of time before one popped up regarding tailgating.

This one apparently was inspired by this Oklahoma State forum thread discussing the possibility of banning tailgating on grassy areas around the Stillwater campus.

(Warning: The subtitles contain some foul language. If you are at work, make sure your boss isn’t looking over your shoulder.)

Bring On The Promotion

Posted by Chris On July - 13 - 2011

We (or at least I do) are always complaining about our jobs.  To me the complaining is warranted otherwise they wouldn’t call work, work.

So you are probably thinking to yourself, yeah, yeah, works sucks but what does it have to do with tailgating.  Well…did you ever stop and think about how tailgating and your job mix?  And not only mix, but mix in perfect harmony to the level of tailgating leading to a promotion at work?

Yep, I am thinking a top 10 list…

How Tailgating Can Get You Promoted:

  1. Searching the web for new grilling recipes and your boss can’t see your computer screen.  Your intense, dedicated look gives the impression that you are seriously in to your work.
  2. Timelines apply to the work project and to the grill.  If you can nail the timing to cook the perfect steak you can easily conquer any project timeline that work throws at you.
  3. A project budget at work is a joke compared to effort that is required to score lower level seats with an empty wallet.  But come game day you are right there, lower level.
  4. You wanna catch the eye of that eye candy at the neighboring tailgate?  Well you better have your A+ talking and social skills.  The effort to get those digits makes breaking bad news to that pain-in-the-ass Client a joke.
  5. Getting rejected by the eye candy makes it cake to take that awful job appraisal in stride.
  6. Your piece of junk ride is well a piece of junk.  Covering your ride in your home team’s colors and mascots makes your ride the envy of the lot.  Put those same skills to work on the work assignment you half-assed at the last minute and we are talking promotion.
  7. You took all your cash and bet the underdog.  No surprise, the underdog lost.  Hello overtime at work.  Hello giving others the impression that you are dedicated and love your job.
  8. You suck at corn hole, but when you buddy isn’t looking you add some extra points to your score.  I hear there is an opening in the accounting department for people like you.
  9. You wondered how you were going to look busy at work this afternoon.  You then remembered that you write for a tailgating site.
  10. You are a tailgater.  You are now the Boss…have someone else write point #10!

NFL Lockout Tailgating Alternatives

Posted by Dave On June - 12 - 2011

With the conclusion of each NFL season comes the same cold splash of disappointment, false hope for next year and the empty feeling one has while putting away the tailgating gear for another year. With Memorial Day on the horizon and the summer months ahead, this normally is the time tailgaters start getting fired up for the approaching season. Thanks to the current NFL Lockout, the prospectus of having a season and the subsequent tailgating that precedes each game is up in the air for the first time in over 20 years.

This predicament got us to thinking as to what we, tailgating nation, should do if the NFL Lockout lasts into the fall and games are canceled. Although tailgating prior to a football game would be ideal, the fact that billionaires are fighting with millionaires should not put the kibosh on our fun. So if there is an NFL Lockout that lasts into the regular season, please consider these non-traditional tailgating venues as a viable alternative.

Parent Teach Conference

Parent/Teacher conference – Without a doubt this event would be a great deal more interesting after a couple of beers. They really should serve beer at these things to increase attendance. The looks you may get from some of the mothers walking in could be less than approving though. Don’t be surprised if the fathers in attendance seem to display a look that can only be described as a hybrid of, “Honey can I join him?” and “Why didn’t I think of that?”. Just be sure to give a heads up to the head janitor that you plan on tailgating. After all, if 80’s teen movies have taught us anything, it is that the janitor is omnipotent of all things happening on campus. Tossing him a few cold ones as he cruises by on his flatbed golf cart can ensure you won’t be told to go inside before your tri-tip is done.  Just try not to get grill grease on the honor roll bumper stickers and stick figure family window decals affixed to the cars next to yours.

Rusty Tools

Vasectomy – No matter how much better this procedure has become over the years, anytime a sharp object intentionally comes near your groin area, you better be in a good mood. What’s a better mood enhancer than tailgating with brats given a proper Viking funeral? With that said, you’ll be surprised as to how many of your friends will want to attend. Even more of a shock will be the wives’ encouragement for them to attend in hopes the doctor may throw in a group rate. Seeing how the parking lot of a urologist’s office is not a normal place to find a pop-up tent and a grill, you can count on the police or at the very least some rent-a-cop showing up and asking questions. Honesty is always the best policy and if the cop is a guy, no self-respecting man would cancel this going out party. Just make sure to keep the beers in red plastic party cups and the cops should take pity on you. The vasectomy tailgate is a must. Not only does it take the sting off of getting clipped but it provides you with the much needed driver home at the end. Items to bring include a bag of frozen peas for the boys post-op and one of those plastic dog head cones to be worn after.

couples shower

Couples Wedding Shower – Rule No. 1. No self-respecting man should ever be caught dead at one of these unless there is tailgating in the couple’s driveway. Men in attendance at these things are merely window dressing for the women to show off to the other women. Men could care less about a Vera Wang table setting or seeing the future bride open up another envelope containing a Crate & Barrel gift card. Men should be out in the driveway grilling and having beers and the married ones should be trying their hardest to convince the groom to glimpse his future of Saturday’s spent at the Home Depot or Bed Bath & Beyond.

Ballet Receital

Daughter’s Ballet Recital – This one is a no brainer. Anyone who has ever had to sit through one of these knows exactly how excruciating they can be. Do not be surprised if the mothers who frown upon your behavior here give you the same reaction you received prior to the parent/teacher conference. In fact, depending on the proximity of the dance studio and your kid’s school, you may get a few repeat customers! If you catch too much flack for tailgating a ballet recital, fire back claiming to be a caring father who is supportive of all your daughter’s activities with the same passion you bring to your son’s little league games. You may have some other fathers asking you during intermission what they can bring for the next one.

Traffic School

Traffic School – This one may not go as planned but it’s worth a shot. Bring along some friends in case you want to have some beers so you have a sober ride home. Or since you are the one going to traffic school, you should probably opt to be the designated driver and choose sodas and water. Traffic School would make for a nice alternative tailgating spot seeing how it is assured to have a good sized parking lot and restrooms with running water. Plus you may not be so bored once you go in knowing your pals are still grilling outside. Sure beats those “comedy traffic schools” where the comedian is never funny and your chances of learning anything are zilch.

Jury Duty

Jury Duty – Some people view jury duty as a civic responsibility and is a small price to pay for living in a country as great as the United States. Most view jury duty as a monumental waste of time that is boring and forces people to take time off from work. No matter what side of the fence you sit, we can all agree that sitting in a room with hundreds of strangers for an entire day could use some livening up. by tailgating jury duty you’ll already have your grill and cooler there so you won’t be forced to eat horrible courthouse cafeteria food on you 90 lunch break. If you are trying your hardest to not get selected onto a jury, showing up for jury selection with BBQ sauce on your chin and your breath smelling of Pabst Blue Ribbon is probably an automatic disqualification.


DMV – The trip to the DMV is one of the most dreaded and hated experiences that many of us face. The long lines, the grouchy customer service people and the overall confusion as to which is the correct window to visit can drive you crazy. So instead of making it a day of frustration, make it a day of fun. Get there early and start grilling and wait for the line to die down. You have already told your boss you have to go to the DMV so it is not like he or she is expecting you back until late or maybe even not at all. The DMV is a fail-safe excuse for wasting an entire day so you might as well mix in some tailgating while you have the time.

Strip Club

Strip Club – Some may say the nudie bar doesn’t really need improving and the experience is pretty stellar on its own merits. We would argue that football games are pretty spectacular on their own too but its unconscionable to think of going to a football game without tailgating first. This same attitude should be adopted when attending the strip club. Consider this, having a few beers in the parking lot will give you a “head start” and you won’t fall victim to buying more than the overpriced two drink minimum. Saving money on beer in the parking lot means more tip money for the surgically enhanced single mothers with low self-esteem. Another benefit of tailgating the nudie bar is if you get there early enough, you may be able to catch a glimpse of the girls as they show up for work. By doing this you’ll be able to preview which girls are actually decent looking prior to the pounds of make-up, glitter, clear heels, smoke machines and black light distorting your perceptive abilities.





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