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Tailgaters Training Day

Posted by Foster On March - 9 - 2010

Since tailgating is in “off-season”, it’s all about next year and what you can do to take your tailgating and your team to the next level. A few thought starters . . . to get the juices flowing.

Look at the NFL calendar—did you notice that Halloween is on Sunday this year? HUGE for NFL home games that day.

Check out the college calendar too for the Saturday college scene. Find out when the night games are at LSU and make the trip — you won’t be disappointed — and you don’t need tickets to the game to have a great time. Also, Halloween weekend will be HUGE on the college scene, too. The inside track on the best place to be? Try the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party in Jacksonville, Fla. for the Florida/Georgia game. Plan B? Our tailgate for Texas A&M vs. Texas Tech in College Station, Texas. If you’re interested send me an e-mail (address below) and I’ll send you a map of where we’ll be on campus when we get closer to the game.

Look at the schedule. For NFL fans, the schedule doesn’t come out until mid-April. For college fans, the kick-off time is always up in the air, but plan the big games in advance and let people on the fence know which games you want them to attend.

Get your equipment right. If you haven’t done so already, put your generator on ice and do all the required maintenance. Don’t leave gasoline in the generator all Winter, Spring and Summer and expect your unit to work like a charm in the Fall. Toss in a packet of fuel stabilizer and you should be good to go.

Upgrade your equipment. A generator is the single biggest difference maker in taking your tailgating to the next level. The first three years we didn’t have one and we were limited. Now with just 2,000 watts, we have so many options that it’s ridiculous.

If you already have a generator, don’t be the guy with one of the industrial generators that makes the kind of noise typically reserved for a construction site. Do everyone a favor and purchase a new generator this year if you are “that guy”. You know the kind, just downwind, with the generator that puts out 10,000 watts and kicks off just about as many decibels, plus the gas fumes. Unbearable for everyone.

If you have anything but a Honda generator, think about buying one. After exhaustive research the A2000 is the best of the bunch for price, reliability, noise and performance.

Watch “The Training Day” with an Academy Award winning performance from Denzel Washington. Then go to Alumni get-togethers and speak with recent graduates about catching up with you and your crew at the tailgate. Potential protégé’s will bring lots of energy and fun to the table. Tell them though, that before they can attend a tailgate that they have to watch the movie too. After watching if they get “it”, you’ve got the right people coming to your tailgate. If they don’t get “it”, don’t try to explain. It’s already too late. Part of the deal is recognizing that tailgating, while certainly a performance sport, is a marathon and not a sprint. With that knowledge alone they will be well served; if not their first couple of trips will make for interesting times at your tailgate. “Too much, too soon” can be all too entertaining . . . as unfortunate as it may be for the person that’s on The Training Day.

Plan a Real Training Day. A good tailgate doesn’t come off cleanly without some good teamwork. Set up a weekend in late August where all the players get together to dust off and test out all the equipment. Make sure the TV’s work and that the beer pong table isn’t on its last leg. There’s nothing worse than getting to the first tailgate and finding out that you only have three chairs that work, a remote control that doesn’t have batteries and an empty fuel tank for the grill.

Stretch the thinking. I always bring up a few outlandish ideas that aren’t likely to be achieved during the off-season. Whether the item can’t be achieved for financial or practical reasons doesn’t matter. What does matter is that it helps make the more reasonable requests seem to be just that, more reasonable. So while you may not get the Jacuzzi you want for the tailgate, you will be able to get buy-in on the Hi-Def satellite TV package you’re looking to land.

My lead item this year is a big yellow school bus for tailgate transport. The buses run $3k to $7k and while the likelihood for this is slim to none, it helps to keep the other, more reasonable dreams alive.

Do you have other ideas? Let me know or post your comments here. (foster.flint [at] gmail dot com)

Weekend Wrap-Up #95: New Look Design Edition

Posted by Dave On March - 7 - 2010

If you are reading this in your RSS reader or received this in an email via RSS, you’ll probably be a bit confused. If you are reading this while visiting the website but are not a regular reader or visitor, you’ll probably be confused as well. Cut to the chase, we have undergone another design change and hopefully this one will stick around for quite a while.

Long story short, the last theme we were using was broken and was not compatible with our newest upgraded software. The images in the flash presentation were not rendering properly and was making the home page look like a real mess. We even tried uninstalling the new software and going back to the older version and that was even more disastrous. So here we are with a new site design that hopefully will be easier to read and navigate and all in all, make your visit a more enjoyable one. But because we have had a number of different designs in the last 12 months, I thought it would be fun to have a poll to see which one was your favorite. I am including screenshots of the last three designs to jog your memory as to which designs are included in the poll. (I intentionally left out the current design because you can clearly see that one if you are visiting the site.)

Old School design for Tailgating Ideas

Yellow and Black design for Tailgating Ideas

Most recent design

Now you can vote and let us know which one you liked. If the response is overwhelmingly in favor of an older design, we may just go ahead and switch it back. But no promises. Links follow the poll.

• Follow Tailgating Ideas on Twitter
• Enough with the “Man” words already!
• Tailgating with a twist focuses on gambling, not sports
• Waterproofing Your Shoes – A Man’s Guide to Weather Resistant Footwear
Baseball Tailgating Recipes
• 25 Uses For Old Beer Cans
• Tailgating at the Supreme Court
Beer Pong’s Ultimate Fan
• Cara and I love tailgating. Nuff said.
• Shopping For Barbeque Grills For Tailgate Parties
• The Beer Bike – A Tailgating Recipe for fun
• Another Freedom Grill tailgate vehicle could be yours!
• 2nd Annual “Tailgating for the Fight Against Breast Cancer”

Weekend Wrap-Up #94 : Drill Blender Edition

Posted by Dave On February - 28 - 2010

This has got to be one of the worst “commercials” for a great tailgating product. It’s like watching a train wreck but you can’t look away. I have a Boat Blender myself and will admit that before I got my ETQ 1800i portable generator I used it to make blender drinks in the parking lot all the time. Links follow the video.

• Follow Tailgating Ideas on Twitter
• Las Vegas NASCAR fans know how to tailgate in style
• Elene Gedevanishvili Is The Olympics Figure Skater With A Bikini-Worthy Body
• Become a Tailgating King
• 8 Desserts for the Grill
More Tailgating, Less Curating
• Audrina Patridge Bikini Shoot
• CBS 58 reports on the Brewers Arctic Tailgate Party
• 8 Interesting (And Insane) Male Rites of Passages From Around the World
• Virginia Tech Hokie Tailgating: Critical Success Factors When Planning
• You Better Be Tailgating The Right Way In Your New Or Used Car!
Promotional Tailgate Party Giveaways
• Budget Friendly Nascar Tailgating Used Bus
Ultimate Tailgating Food
• ESPN Gameday Gourmet: More Than 80 All-American Tailgate Recipes …
Rodeo Tailgating

50% Off Omaha Steaks Until March 4th

Posted by Dave On February - 28 - 2010

OmahaSteaks.com, Inc.Because we as tailgaters like to grill, I get tons of press releases in regards to grilling accessories, tools, sauces, etc. Normally I discard them because I know all they are trying to do is a get a little free pub. Also, if I don’t know the product and the manufacturer is unwilling to send me a sample to test out, I am unwilling to offer an endorsement. we would lose lots of a credibility with you the tailgating public if we just cut and pasted every press release that comes down the email pike. However, I do pass this type of promotional information along when I believe that you as a tailgater could benefit from the information.

So that is why I am sharing this little tid bit. I know, and hopefully you do too, that Omaha Steaks are some of the highest quality meats you can buy online. That’s why I am passing along to you that Omaha Steaks is offering up its entire online inventory at 50% Off the regular price. The only catch is this 50% off sale at OmahaSteaks.com expires after March 4, 2010.

I checked out the sale and they are offering up some really good deals. They are offering The American Collection package at just $59.99 when it regularly sells for $180. The American Collection includes:
4 (5 oz.) Top Sirloins
4 (4 oz.) Boneless Pork Chops
4 (4 oz. approx.) Boneless Chicken Breasts
2 (4.5 oz.) Stuffed Sole with Scallops and Crab
4 (4 oz.) Omaha Steaks Burgers
8 (3 oz.) Gourmet Franks
8 Potatoes au Gratin

Other deals include:
12 (6 oz.) Bacon-Wrapped Filets regularly priced at $179.00 now selling for $79.99
12 (5 oz.) Filet Mignons regularly priced at $160.00 now selling for $69.99
2 (6 oz.) Warm Water Lobster Tails regularly priced at $84.99 now selling for $29.99
6 (8 oz.) Top Sirloins regularly priced at $87.99 now selling for $34.99

You get the idea. The list is pretty extensive and includes everything they offer on their website. Football season may be over but it doesn’t mean you’ll have to wait months to start grilling some great steaks. Keep in mind the sale only lasts through March 4, 2010 so you don’t have a lot of time to procrastinate.

Mid-Week Eye Candy Wrapper #81: Snow Bunny Edition

Posted by Dave On February - 24 - 2010

It’s inescapable. I’m talking about the Winter Olympics in Vancouver going on right now. Whether it is highlights on your local news channel, your favorite NBC sit-com being bumped for that awful tape delayed coverage or that annoying dude at work that wants to talk to you about it, the Olympics are everywhere right now. So if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em I say. It’s too bad this little snow bunny isn’t competing in Vancouver this week. Lindsey Vonn is cute and all but this gal takes the gold medal in hotness. Links following the eye candy…


• Follow Tailgating Ideas on Twitter
Buckeye fan to turn fire truck into tailgating dream machine
• There’s no arguing: Ole Miss is The Grove and The Grove is Ole Miss
• Ohio State asks tailgaters to fork over donations
• Central Florida Student Government against tailgating changes, but respects final decision
• A Photo gallery of Jimmy Buffett tailgaters
• Racing Fans “Clean Up” When It Comes To Tailgating
• Canadians Prefer Bacon to Sex
• Penn State Nittany Lion Tailgating: Keys to Success
• 15 Things You Should Know About Breasts
Tailgating Done Right?
• Stephen Colbert Plays “Fondue Pong” at The Winter Olympics
Tailgating at 9am
• Your Olympic thong of the day
• Tailgating, a Great Way to Have Fun With Your Family and Friends
• Don Chavez has compiled 9 Of The Greatest Atomic Sit-Ups You’ll Ever See
Parrotheads flock to Colonial Life Arena
• 15 Genius Ways Apple Should Advertise To Men





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