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Since October 2007 we have been singing the praises of the Port-o-Pong inflatable beer pong table. Why else would we offer them for sale unless they were the perfect way to play beer pong while tailgating?

Now we are happy to announce that the design of the Port-o-Pong Beer Pong Tables has been changed for the better. The Port-o-Pong Pro design now includes a cup holder on both ends of the beer pong raft for a wash cup . Also, in addition to the classic blue color there is now the the option of your Port-o-Pong coming in the color Pink. Check out some of the photos to see the new design and the newest color option.

Interested in getting your own Port-o-Pong Inflatable Beer Pong Table? You can shop our online tailgating store, Shop.TailgatingIdeas.com and get your own. Buy a Port-o-Pong Inflatable Beer Pong Table by clicking HERE.

The Port-o-Pong is not intended as a flotation device and should not be used as a life saving device. Please know your limit and drink responsibly. Most importantly, please do not drink and drive.

A Beer and a Sheet of Paper

Posted by Chris On June - 3 - 2009

paper football up noseImage by prawnpie via Flickr

It was Friday night and to beat evening rush hour traffic we got down to the stadium a bit too early. In short we had too much free time, no “true” tailgating games, plenty of beer and food, and a sheet of paper.

Think way, way, way back to your school days.  Remember sitting in study hall, or at the lunch table, or maybe even sitting at your desk when there was a substitute teacher.

You reached for your three ring binder, ripped out a piece of paper, and then started your folding.  In less than a minute you were all set for a game of paper football.  First one to 42 wins…as long as no one first loses an eye on a botched FG attempt.

Oh to be a kid all over again.

Well Friday night my buddy and I were kids…drunk kids.  Two drunk guys playing paper football.  And since we are now out of school and of the legal drinking age the game of paper football became a lot more fun (from what we remember!).

We cleared off the table holding our grub and beers and started the folding.

Some of our rules (don’t hesitate to modify)

  • Football goes off the table, you drink.
  • Score a touchdown, your opponent drinks (amount of drinking depends on the score; 1st TD equals 7 seconds, 2nd TD equals 14 seconds, etc…).
  • Nail a FG that also happens to hit your opponent on the head, your opponent chugs an entire beer.
  • Hot lady walks by in your favorite players’ t-shirt jersey, you both drink (yeah, this is a random one)

True this may not sound like the best tailgating game…but we did draw a crowd to our game and actually got a mini- tournament going with some other tailgaters.

Sometimes you just gotta think outside the box for some extra tailgating fun.  And a piece of paper is a heck of a lot cheaper than some of the tailgating games currently on the market!

Avoid Hangovers With The Zaca Hangover Patch

Posted by Dave On June - 1 - 2009

A few weeks ago I get an email from a guy named Mark and he introduces me to this thing called the Zaca Organic Hangover Patch. The claim was that it is an adhesive patch you put on your body and wear much like those nicotine patches that help you stop smoking. Instead of preventing you from lighting up this Zaca Hangover Patch prevents you from having a hangover after a long day/night of consuming alcohol. You place the patch on your body when you take your first drink and leave it on for 24 hours. By simply doing that, it is supposed to prevent or or greatly reduce the effects of a traditional hangover symptoms.

I’ll admit it. I was skeptical. I even emailed Mark back telling him that if this patch is Medicine Show Snake Oil and does not prevent hangovers I will not hesitate to reveal that to my readers. He was pretty confident in his product’s claim and still offered to send me a sample. They arrived in the mail a few days later and now I was faced with having to get drunk on purpose to test these hangover patches out. (Tough job, I know.)

If you are pressed for time and do not have time to read the entire testing process I undertook with the Zaca Hangover Patch, I’ll cut to the chase: It worked. The first patch worked so well I decided to test it again, this time with more drinks than the original test. Same result. Little to no hangover at all.

My first test I decided to undergo was with vodka and watermelon. I had seen that my How To Spike a Watermelon post from back in July of last year was receiving quite a bit of traffic lately. (I guess with summer coming up people are looking to get loaded on fruit.) The power of suggestion is a powerful tool so I decided to cut up some watermelon, pour about 12 oz of vodka over the chunks and let it sit for an hour or two. I then ate the watermelon periodically throughout the night while working on this website. (Who said drinking and blogging don’t mix?) Once done with the watermelon chunks there was a fair amount of juice and vodka left over. I continued to drink the juice/vodka mixture periodically until it was all gone. By the way, if you were following me on Twitter you would have been able to catch some of my inane comments as I got more and more intoxicated. After consuming it all, I went to bed as one would normally do after a night of partying.

I got about five hours of sleep that night. (I have two small kids in the house and they get up between 6 am and 7 am every morning no matter what day of the week.) I felt a little groggy when I woke up but that was probably more from the lack of sleep than from the alcohol. I did not have any dry mouth symptoms nor did I have a headache. I figured after 12 shots of vodka I would have a bit of a hangover but apparently the Zaca Hangover Patch prevented those symptoms. Score = Zaca – 1; Hangover – 0.

After a few days I was still a little skeptical. One of the major causes of hangovers is the severe dehydration that comes with the excessive consumption of alcohol. I figured that since watermelon is full of water that the extra liquid prevented the severe dehydration that is a major contributor to hangovers. So instead of consuming alcohol in a nontraditional way, my second test would be of a more mainstream fashion. This next time I was going to do more than 12 shots of liquor and in a normal way one would drink at a bar or a tailgate party. Gin and tonics to the rescue.

I set out to really put the Zaca Hangover Patch to the test. Heading into the second test the only goals I had was to drink at least 13 or more gin and tonics (a 1 oz shot of gin and 8 oz of tonic consisted of one drink) and to not drink any additional water before going to bed. I ended up drinking around 16 to 18 gin and tonics and was definitely feeling the effects of drinking that much. Now 16-18 shots of gin for a normal person might sound like way too much. Keep in mind, I am 6’5″ and close to 300 pounds. Still that amount of alcohol had me rather drunk to the point where I did brush into walls on my way for a refill. I was definitely intoxicated enough that I was confident I would have a hangover the next day. I was updating my progress on Twitter and it is probably the best testimonial I can provide here. Here are the first two Twitter posts I did upon waking up after the gin and tonic night.

Just woke up 15 mins ago. Very little hangover.(See tweets from last night.) should have a huge hangover for what I drank last night.

Pounded a big cup of water & two bowls of cereal with a banana and I am feeling 100%. Color me impressed.

After two tests, the latest one I really pushed the limits, I found the Zaca Hangover Patch to deliver on all of its promises. I am not sure how it works or if it was a placebo effect or not, but I was expecting to be way more hungover than I was. Keep in mind that the Zaca Hangover Patch is not designed to prevent intoxication. They are designed to prevent the classic symptoms of hangovers. Do not be fooled into thinking you have super-human drinking powers because you have this patch on.

For those tailgaters that tend to over-consume while tailgating you’ll need to two things. A designated driver and a Zaca Hangover Patch. Zaca Hangover Patches come in a pack of six and cost $19.99 (normally $23.99). To get your own, visit www.zacalife.com. Also, check out the Zaca Life Blog for more interesting tips and facts about drinking and hangovers.


Father’s Day $100 Home Depot Gift Card Giveaway

Posted by Dave On May - 29 - 2009

Last month, we gave away a $50 Home Depot Gift Card. With Father’s Day rapidly approaching (it’s June 21st this year), The Home Depot has upped the ante to you tailgaters and is now offering up a FREE $100 Home Depot Gift Card to the readers of TailgatingIdeas.com.

The Home Depot knows dads can be hard to shop for. So why not give him a specially designed Home Depot Gift Card for Father’s Day and let him choose his own gift? All you need to do is pop into your local Home Depot and you’ll find three new gift card styles. They even have a gift card that looks and feels like duct tape and a gift card that comes with a free 3/8′ drill bit. If you are the online shopping type, go straight to the Home Depot Gift Cards section on the web have a gift card delivered directly to your dad. Gift Cards delivered in the continuous 48 states qualify for free ground shipping.

So how do you win a $100 Home Depot Gift Card for yourself from TailgatingIdeas.com? It’s pretty simple. Leave a comment below and that earns you one entry. (You can earn multiple entries like last time but with a few twists this time around.) In order to be entered into the drawing: Read the rest of this entry »

Tailgating Gear Review: The Bag-Caddy

Posted by Dave On May - 25 - 2009

Bag-Caddy with linerTailgating can be messy and creates a lot of trash. Keeping a neat and tidy tailgating space is always a great idea and appreciated by those around you. Most tailgaters I see will tie a trash bag to their bumper, hang it from a table leg or use one of those collapsible trash cans that are spring loaded. They really don’t get the job done because the loose bag tends to be a hassle if it does not stay open by itself. I was looking for a better way to have the convenience of a sturdy trash can without hauling a hard sided plastic trash can to the tailgate parking lot. I was looking for something that would be lightweight, fold or roll up easily but still have the rigidity of a plastic or metal trash can. Those soft-sided Collapsible Trash Cans fold down and are a disc shape when not in use and take up too much space in your car. Also they are pretty flimsy when they are in use and do not hold trash bags open very well. I recently discovered The Bag-Caddy and it really is exactly the type of trash receptacle I was looking for.

The Bag-Caddy is made of flexible yet sturdy plastic that rolls up and holds itself together when not in use or during transit to your tailgate. It takes less than 30 seconds to unroll it, lock the unit together into a circle and  less than 30 seconds to lock and load a trash bag into it. In less than a minute your trash can is up and ready for use leaving you more time for tailgating. Check out the video demonstration below that walks you through the process of setting up the Bag-Caddy.

There are a number of features I liked the most about The Bag-Caddy. The biggest benefit of the Bag-Caddy was the four die-cuts at the top that hold the bag in place. Having the ease and convenience of a bag that will not slip down into the cylinder is always one less thing you have to hassle with while you are tailgating. Another bonus is the fact that you lift the Bag-Caddy up and off your bag when it is time to clean up and toss the bag into the dumpster. Most other tailgating trash cans you need to lift the bag along with its heavy contents out of the cylinder rather than lifting the cylinder off of the bag. (Tailgaters with back problems will appreciate that feature more than you can imagine.) Lastly, the sturdy plastic design that rolls up and takes up very little space in your vehicle is another great feature. I have a Bag-Caddy of my own and it works great. Check out the photos and click each one for an enlarged view.

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I found the Bag-Caddy to be quite versatile and not just useful for tailgating. The Bag-Caddy is also great for usage around the house when you are not tailgating. If you have ever raked a pile of leaves and struggled with keeping the bag open to put the leaves in, you know how useful it is to have a can that holds the bag open. Instead of dragging a heavy and rigid trash can all over the yard, the Bag-Caddy can be easily lifted over the filled bag and placed in a new area of the yard. I am planning on using mine in the garage when I am not tailgating and using it for holding aluminum cans to be recycled.

The Bag-Caddy currently comes in three different styles. The plain, Bag-Caddy style as you can see in the above photos along with Kansas State and University of Kansas styles are also available. All three styles of Bag-Caddy are $19.99. Custom designs are available but you’ll need to contact the folks at Bag-Caddy directly to discuss design specs and quantities. For more information or to get your own Bag-Caddy, visit Bag-Caddy.com.




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