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OYO Sportstoys

Posted by Dave On September - 20 - 2013

When it comes to tailgating table centerpieces or decorations, the old standby of a bouquet of flowers or some pom poms is trite and overdone. You still want to spruce up your tailgating table but don’t want something lame that everyone else might have. We recently discovered OYO Sportstoys which make a nice alternative to the same old table centerpieces you have seen everywhere.

OYO Sportstoys game

OYOs are licensed collectible minifigures that share the same individual likeness to professional sports players. These mini-figures feature rotating forearms, bending knees and the ability to hold a bat, glove, ball and even a water bottle. As you can see they look strikingly similar to those brand name building block toys that we can’t mention by name. And yes, they look strikingly similar to those brand name toys because they are also compatible with those brand name toys. Take a look at this video they put together in honor of the Broncos vs. the Ravens game that kicked off the 2013 NFL season.

OYO Sportstoys are all officially licensed by the NFL, Major League Baseball and select NCAA universities. They carry the official logos and with the professional leagues, carry the names and likeness of the star players. The folks at OYO contacted us and offered to send us samples of the San Diego Chargers Endzone Set along with a few Houston Texans figures for the Monday Night Football game that capped the first week of the 2013 NFL season.

(Disclaimer: We did receive samples of OYO Sportstoys for free. The fact these samples were provided to us free of charge in no way influenced our opinion of the product nor did it impact our ability to test and review the product fairly and objectively.)

We set up the OYOs on our GoPong 8′ Football Beer Pong Table and made it look like a game. The Chargers set included all the big names you would expect including Phillip Rivers, Ryan Mathews, Antonio Gates and Eric Weddle. The thing I liked the best was that each figure actually looked very similar to the actual players all the way down to the goatee that Eric Weddle has. The attention to detail was phenomenal and with the officially licensed logos on it, these mini-figures are the real deal.

While tailgating that Chargers/Texans Monday Night Football game, we had numerous guests and other folks passing by that commented on how cool and different it was to have building block toys as a centerpiece on our tailgating table. The fact that we had a set up of the two teams that were set to play later on that night made it even better.

After testing out the OYO Sportstoys I am going to definitely say they are “Tailgate Approved”. They are a unique and fun was to spice up your tailgating table and are a definite conversation piece. If you are seeking something that will stand out and is not the same old mason jar full of flowers, OYO Sportstoys are the way to go.

My 5 year old son played his first year of T-ball last spring and he loves baseball. I am definitely going to consider getting him the Los Angeles Angels Field Set for his Christmas gift.

If you want to learn more about OYO Sportstoys, visit: OYOsportstoys.com

Featured Gear Friday: Kamikaze

Posted by Dave On September - 20 - 2013

Since starting this tailgating blog back in 2007, we have tested, tried and demonstrated a lot of tailgating gear. That translates into a lot of tailgating product reviews. Some have been good and some have been bad. But because we are a blog, a great product we discovered two or three years ago may be lost in the tons of posts we have published after discovering it. Maybe you are a new reader and haven’t had the time to browse every single post we have done in the past seven years. In order to help out the tailgaters that might not have read about some of these cool tailgating products, we will be doing a feature on products we reviewed a while ago. We call it Featured Gear Friday and this week’s product is: The Kamikaze Liquor Shots Shooter

Charger Fan Doing Kamikaze Shot

As you can see in the above photo, The Kamikaze is a new and fun way to dispense liquor shots while out tailgating. We always take it tailgating with us to the San Diego Chargers games and it always gets a great response.

In short, the Kamikaze is a dual-chambered beverage dispenser that keeps liquor and mixers separate until they are mixed together and sprayed into an awaiting mouth. There are no batteries to load and the pressure to spray is created by just a few pumps of the plunger. The shot comes out of the sprayer in a direct stream and you can adjust the liquor to mixer ratio by turning the dial. Turning it to No. 1 and you will get a weaker shot with more mixer than liquor. Turning it all the way to the No. 4, you will get a lot more alcohol and very little mixer. Determine how strong or weak of a shot you and your tailgate party guests would like and serve up some shots in a fun and interactive way.

Charger Fan Doing Kamikaze ShotCharger Fan Doing Kamikaze Shot

The beauty of the Kamikaze (outside of the obvious ability to shoot liquor shots into people’s mouths) is the fact that it has two chambers. The liquor is in the rear reservoir while the mixer goers in the front reservoir. So if you make a bad batch of shots you don’t have to throw the whole thing away. Just open up the front reservoir and dump out the inexpensive mixer and the more expensive vodka, tequila, rum, etc. stays quarantined and safe. There are drink recipe suggestions on the back and it even has measuring lines so you can put in multiple mixers without having to dirty a measuring cup.

We have written a review on the Kamikaze, which conversely was originally called The Party Starter, and you can read all about the different features and even see a number of fun and interesting videos. We would suggest putting on your headphones because although the videos are not 100% NSFW they are a bit risque and have some salty language in them.

To get one of your own, you can buy the Kamikaze Liquor Shots Shooter in our online store, Shop.TailgatingIdeas.com.

Canopy Cooler

Posted by Dave On September - 17 - 2013

We’ve all heard the saying, “Kill two birds with one stone”. Basically it means to solve two problems at one time with a single action. Rarely do we see this phenomena when it comes to tailgating gear. Then again, it wasn’t until recently that we discovered the Canopy Cooler.

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The Canopy Cooler is made by the same guys that brought you the GoGalley which is a portable outdoor kitchen. The Canopy Cooler is named just as closely to it’s function as you can get. It is a dual-chambered cooler that attaches to the leg of your pop-up canopy. Obviously the two mainstays of any tailgate party include a canopy to protect you from the elements and a cooler to keep your beverages and food cold. The great part in combining this product is that it performs so many other functions than just keeping your drinks cold. The main benefit is you not only have a long lasting cooler but the cooler attaches to the canopy leg and acts as a weight to keep your tent grounded and stable in case of wind.

Interlocking Tables Canopy Cooler

Interlocking Tables of the Canopy Cooler

The first thing you will notice is that the cooler appears to be “floating” on the tent leg. I assure you that it is not a magic trick but rather held up by two “tables” or as I like to call them, “paddles”. The paddles interlock onto the tent leg and create a flat surface where you place the Canopy Cooler. I would suggest if the paddles are facing north/south you place your cooler on the leg facing east/west. This will help balance the Canopy Cooler and help it sit flatter.

The Canopy Cooler is dual chambered in that either side can hold drinks in one side and food in the other. This also solves the age old problem of having two coolers. (We blogged about the importance of food safety and having two coolers over at Tailgatebeer.com.) Both sides of the Canopy Cooler can hold quite a bit of food and drink. 48 can capacity to be exact. We loaded up ours with beer cans and bottles on one side and then sodas and water bottles on the other. That way we just had to remember which side to reach into depending on if we wanted a beer or something non-alcoholic.

Canopy Cooler access flapSpeaking of reaching into the Canopy Cooler, there is a quick access flap in the middle that is about as big as your hand. This allows for easy access inside to grab a fresh cold one without having to unzip the entire side. Quick in and out also helps keep the ice and contents colder longer which is always nice.

We briefly mentioned earlier about the fact the Canopy Cooler sits on your tent leg which in turn adds additional weight to keep your canopy anchored. This feature can not be stressed enough. Wind can be a huge nuisance while out tailgating and we tailgaters will go to great lengths to keep our tents anchored. Sand bags, old jugs filled with water, hand weights on bungee cords or coffee cans filled with cement have all been used to keep the tents from flying away. If you get a Canopy Cooler, those days of anchoring your tent the old fashioned way are over. Get two Canopy Coolers and place them on opposite legs diagonally from each other and your tent will be solidly on the ground. The peace of mind knowing you don’t have to fear wind gusts is worth the price of the product alone.

Canopy Cooler OrangeThe last feature we really liked about the Canopy Cooler is the fact the cooler is elevated and there is no more bending down to get a beverage out of the cooler. The paddles where the cooler sits are completely adjustable. Depending on how tall you and your tailgate party guests are, place the cooler exactly where it is easiest for everyone to get in and about of. If you tailgate with kids, place one Canopy Cooler on one leg lower so they can get their bottles of water or juice boxes easily and then place the other Canopy Cooler a little higher so the little ones can’t accidentally get into your hooch.

Let’s review the benefits of using the Canopy Cooler at your next tailgate party.

• 2 coolers in 1 + canopy weight keeps food and beverage contents safely separated in two insulated compartments
• “Patent Pending” cooler tables mount at any height on canopy pole(s) up to 1 1/16” square
• Anchors canopy in seconds on any surface (hard or soft) without the hassle of sandbags, canopy weights, blocks, tie-downs
• Convenient access to cooler contents without bending over
• Cooler contents are off the ground and safe from the elements
• “Quick Access” flaps makes reaching cooler contents even easier and keeps ice longer
• Carry Handles and convenient storage compartment for cooler tables makes transporting a breeze
• On hot days, use to get cold groceries home from store; so more time to run other errands instead of rushing home
• Collapses flat for easy storage

Canopy Cooler colorsFeatures & Specs

• 48 can capacity soft-sided cooler; 600Denier
• (2) separate insulated cooler compartments for cold, hot or dry contents – 2 coolers in 1
• (2) “Quick Access” flaps on cooler top makes for easy access to contents and keeps contents hot or cold
• (2) Side Slip Storage Pockets
• (2) cooler tables with adjustable shelves (4” W x 12” L) – “patent pending”
• Center and outer edge Velcro straps provide extra “grip” to secure on canopy pole
• Size: 18” W x 18” L x 14”H
• 1 Year Warranty

The Canopy Cooler comes in numerous colors including red, black, blue, purple, orange, green, gold and yellow. No matter what team you support, more than likely one of those colors will show your team spirit and which team you are rooting for.

After testing out the Canopy Cooler numerous times both at a music festival and at two San Diego Chargers tailgate parties, we are going to deem the Canopy Cooler “Tailgate Approved”. The features and the benefits make it already tailgate approved by the affordability makes it a home run. Priced at $59.95 the Canopy Cooler is right on the money when it comes to price and value.

To see more of the Canopy Cooler or to buy one or two of your own, visit: shop.tailgatingideas.com/canopy-cooler

The Whizdom

Posted by Dave On September - 17 - 2013

Whizdom Logo

How does the old saying go? “When you gotta go, you gotta go.” That applies to tailgating more than anything.

Unfortunately, tailgating takes place in an environment where there isn’t an abundance of restroom options. There always seems to be a line for the portable toilets and even if there isn’t a line to get in one, once you get in there it usually is a pretty disgusting experience. With that said, rather than wait in line for the port-a-potty, most of us just tough it out and wait until we get inside the stadium. What if there was a way to not have to wait in line, be able to relieve yourself discreetly and privately and still continue tailgating? You guessed it. There is a tailgating product for that and it is called The Whizdom. Check out the video from Adam, the inventor of the Whizdom to explain how it works.

As you saw in the instructional video, the Whizdom is a personal urinary device that basically extends the end of your penis to the ground in a self-contained tube so you can urinate without having to go to the port-a-potty. (Sorry ladies. This is one product not designed for the female tailgaters in the group.)

You may have the same reaction I did at first that it is kind of gross just peeing on the ground through a tube that runs down your pant leg. Then after thinking about it for half a minute I figured it wasn’t all that bad. I wouldn’t be just standing in the middle of the parking lot, grilling up some brats and letting go right there in my tailgating space. I could use it by casually walking over to some vegetation area and letting it go there. Guys, how many times have we peed on a tree while out camping? Same concept here but you would be doing it more discreetly and in more of a public setting. Just make sure the cops aren’t looking and follow you to the area where you have targeted as your “relief zone”.

Of course, we here at Tailgating Ideas had to have some samples sent to us so we could test it out for ourselves. The main questions we had were how easy was it to put on and just how long could you wear it before it got uncomfortable. (Disclaimer: We did receive samples of the Whizdom for free. The fact these samples was provided to us free of charge in no way influenced our opinion of the product nor did it impact our ability to test and review the product fairly and objectively.)

Whizdom Packaging

Upon arrival and taking it out of the packaging, we unfolded the Whizdom. It is made out of latex so if you have a latex allergy you can not use the Whizdom. At first look, it appears to look like an uninflated bike tire that was cut and straightened out. The first thing we thought was we needed to wear dark shoes or even black shoes so the black Whizdom would blend well when poking out of the bottom of the pant leg. Now comes the personal part of the review…

When putting on the Whizdom, we followed the instructions from the video to the letter of the law. I won’t give you a blow by blow account of me applying it to myself but I will say it was a bit easier than I expected. I tried it a few times and with each time it seemed to get easier. I would suggest putting it on and taking it off a few times at home before taking it tailgating.

Whizdom on black shoeAfter putting it on, naturally it felt a bit weird but I toughed it out because I wanted to do a thorough test and review of the product. I was skeptical of the claim in the video that after about five minutes you wouldn’t even notice you are wearing it. Yet again, my assumptions were wrong and I completely forgot I was wearing it until I needed to go to the bathroom. It was when I got in there and unzipped that I was reminded I was wearing it. So, naturally I went outside and found a patch of grass and let ‘er rip.

The Whizdom worked perfectly and I was able to relieve myself in plain sight of anyone that walked by. Nobody even thought I was doing what I was doing and didn’t give me a second look. I took out my iPhone and sent a text message while urinating so as to not look like some weirdo just standing on a patch of grass staring up into the sky. In today’s day and age of people being glued to their mobile devices, pretending to be on your phone while using the Whizdom is the perfect cover. Check out these tailgaters outside Gillette Stadium in Foxboro using the Whizdom.

After using the Whizdom I would highly recommend it and it definitely gets the Tailgating Ideas “Tailgate Approved” stamp of approval.

If you have more questions about the Whizdom, I would suggest reading their FAQ page. Not only is it informative but you will enjoy the humor they put into it including why this is a “one size fits most” product.

I will put out this disclaimer in that, just because with the Whizdom you can pee anywhere does not mean you should pee anywhere. You are responsible for knowing what the laws are where you are using it. We recommend that if you are unsure about the laws, be discreet and respectful of others around you and nobody will know. Please know that urinating in public is still a crime so make sure you know that before using this product.

The Whizdom is priced at $5 per device and shipping is very reasonable. For more information or to order the Whizdom, please visit: thewhizdom.com.

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The Kegster Review

Posted by Dave On September - 13 - 2013
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Kegster College Themes

Keg parties are awesome. Although we are partial to a keg planted in a parking lot outside of a stadium during football season, drinking keg beer doesn’t get any better. You know what does suck? Warm beer out of a keg. That’s why in order to have a fun keg party you had to not only get the keg but figure out a way to keep it ice cold just like the moment the guy at the liquor store wheeled it out from the back cooler and loaded it into your tailgating vehicle.

Keeping a keg ice cold involved a plastic tub or a (hopefully clean) trash can and copious amounts of ice to keep it cold. Of course the added expense of the tub and ice was factored into the price of getting a keg but the mess was not. The ice normally melts and has to be disposed of somewhere and the condensation on the outside of the tub or trashcan leaks all over. This is not that big of a deal when you are out tailgating but house parties or backyard parties where the keg is parked on a wooden deck, that water can leave some nasty stains and rings.

There has to be a better way of keeping your keg ice cold for long periods of time without having to resort to the old way of a tub and ice. We recently discovered the Kegster made by X-Treme Keg Wear. Simply put, the Kegster is the first and only, full-branded keg insulating device that keeps beer cold until the kegs run dry. Read the rest of this entry »





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