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Stump Kickstarter Campaign

Posted by Dave On August - 5 - 2013

I am sure you think you have seen every tailgating game there is out there in the parking lot. Most tailgating games are tossing games that require you to throw an object at some sort of a target that has different scoring areas. Cornhole, washers ladder toss and Polish Horseshoes all fit into the description. But have you ever played the tailgating game Stump?

We have seen this game played on numerous videos we have come across online and the game is pretty simple. Get a tree stump, get some nails and a hammer, gather some friends, everyone needs to have a beverage in one hand and you can start playing. Nails are placed around the stump and each player lays claim to the nail they want to be the “theirs”. The object is to pound everyone else’s nail flush into the stump while the nail that is the last to remain sticking out is the winner. The hammer is then tossed and caught and depending on the difficulty of the toss will determine how many hits that player gets in that round. Then the hammer is passed to the next person and the game goes until all nails except for the last one are completely hammered into the stump.

The tailgating game stump has not gained popularity and wide acceptance because of the logistical nightmare that the game can present. Finding a tree stump is one of them. The second is cutting the stump to a manageable size and also transporting it can be a hassle. Lastly, the sheer weight of a stump can make it impossible to transport.

We recently discovered two guys on Kickstarter that are trying to make the tailgating game stump more manageable and portable. Of course since it is a Kickstarter campaign they are going to need some pledge funding to get this portable version of stump off the ground. Take a look at their Kickstarter video.

If you think this would make a fun tailgating game for you and your crew, check out their Kickstarter project page and pledge some dough. Best of luck guys.

BagBowl

Posted by Dave On July - 24 - 2013

Plastic zipper bags are the preferred medium to transport lots of food items to a tailgate party. They are cheap, convenient and keep the food fresher because of the tight seal. What they aren’t very good at is standing up or keeping the top open once they are placed on a table. We had the opportunity to test out the BagBowl, which is a simple and affordable invention that allows you to take any size zipper bag and turn it into a bowl.
BagBowl Assorted Sizes and colors
Simply stated, the BagBowl gives structure to an otherwise limp and flaccid plastic bag so that it can stand up in the shape of a bowl. Invented by one brother (Kevin Fleming) but perfected by the other (Brian Fleming), the original idea for the BagBowl was made out of Popsicle sticks and gaffer tape. Originally it was used to carry water in a zipper bag to the dog park and when the dog needed a drink, the bag could be made into a water dish by placing it in the sticks held together by tape. Since the original intent was designed for pet owners, Brian Flemming saw the potential for other uses, most notably tailgating. Being a University of Missouri alumnus, he saw the ease of clean up after a tailgate if the bag bowl was expanded to be used with other zipper bag sizes.

Feeling they had caught lightning in a bottle, the brothers were recently on ABC’s Shark Tank and presented their invention to the “sharks” to see if they could get an investor. Lori Greiner known as the “warm blooded shark” liked their product enough to the point she invested in it and will be featuring it on her QVC show. You can tune in to see the launch of the BagBowl on Wednesday, July 24th at 11 AM EST on Lori Greiner’s Clever & Unique Creations show on QVC. The BagBowl will be offered at a low featured price during the show.

We were sent an Eight Piece BagBowl Starter Kit to test out and review. The BagBowl starter set sells for $8.99 and comes with eight bowls in four sizes — standard sandwich (2), quart (3), 1 gallon (2) and 2 gallon (1) — and folds down to thickness of about two stacked quarters for easy storage.

(Disclaimer: We did receive a sample of the BagBowl Starter Kit 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 tested three of the sizes of BagBowls thinking three would be enough to get a feel for how the product performs. We took some Kettle Corn and placed it a gallon zipper bag, some sourdough bread slices in a quart bag and some pretzel chips in a sandwich bag. We filled all of these bags with the snacks all the way to the top to the point we had to shake the bags to pack down the contents in order to zip the top closed. Why we have included this small detail will come later.

We placed the BagBowl over the closed bag to make it rigid and stand up on a flat surface. We used the granite counter top at home but a tailgating table out in the lot would work the same. Once placed on the bag, the BagBowl gave the zipper bag some rigidity and made it stand up whereas without it, the bag would flop over onto its side. We started with the gallon bag holding the kettle corn. As we opened the bag and turned the sides of it down to hold the bag onto the top of the BagBowl, we were losing some of the popcorn out onto the counter. We soon learned after trying out the other two sizes of BagBowls that by filling the bags all the way to the top, you will risk losing some contents during the folding process. If you are going to use the BagBowl while out tailgating, I would suggest filling your zipper bags 3/4 to 4/5ths full but still leave some room to fold down the sides.

As you can see in the above gallery, (click on images for larger view) the BagBowl made the zipper bags into a bowl. They stood up straight and their tops stayed open just as if you had emptied the contents into a plastic bowl. Once the contents of the bag were fully eaten, there was no need to wash out a plastic bowl. All we had to do was throw away the bag and fold up the BagBowl. And the BagBowl folds flat so it takes up very little room in your tailgating kit unlike plastic bowls. Also consider, if you are using disposable bowls, that is less space in a landfill which makes BagBowls “green” for the environment.

After thoroughly testing the BagBowl, we are going to say that they are “Tailgate Approved”.

Priced at under $10 for a complete set, they can be used and reused over and over and if they do get a spill on them, they are dishwasher safe. The BagBowl will definitely be a new addition to my regular tailgating kit. I am already planning on putting the chips in a gallon bag and the salsa in a quart bag for the upcoming San Diego Chargers vs Seattle Seahawks preseason game on August 8th. I will just place the BagBowls over the bags and have two bowls of chips and salsa at the ready and not have to worry about washing out any bowls when I get home. Without the BAgBowl, I would never think of putting salsa in a zipper bog and expect any of my tailgate party guests to dip their chips in it. Now that problem has been solved.

As mentioned before, the BagBowl starter kit costs less than $10 and if you tune into the QVC show, may be offered for even less. To learn more about the BagBowl or to buy a starter kit of your own, visit: buybagbowl.com

Sunscreen Flask

Posted by Dave On July - 22 - 2013

Sunscreen Flask

Last week we introduced you to Tampon Flasks, a sneaky and covert way for women to smuggle in booze disguised as tampons. Now we have yet another way for you to smuggle your booze into stadiums, arenas and even places like the beach disguised as a tube of sunscreen. It’s simply called the Sunscreen Flask.

The concept is simple yet genius. The Sunscreen Flask is a food grade plastic tube that holds 8 oz of liquid that looks exactly like a tube of sunscreen. Nowhere on the tube except in very fine print on the back does it reveal that it is not a legitimate tube of sunscreen. From a reasonable distance and at close examination it looks exactly like an SPF 30 sunscreen bottle.

Why a flask disguised as a sunscreen tube? Quite honestly because all events allow sunscreen in past security. Football games, baseball games, concerts, state fairs, outdoor festivals all have security staff checking bags and backpacks before entering the venue. All of these events allow sunscreen in past the gates and the Sunscreen Flask is so stealth, the security won’t think twice about checking it closely. Add to it that the NFL recently changed their bag policy for 2013 to require bags to be clear and transparent, these sunscreen flasks will breeze right through without a second glance.

Last week I took a vacation in Hawaii and stayed at one of the major hotels along Waikiki. Of course it had the requisite poolside bar that served mixed drinks but as you might expect, a hotel bar’s prices in Waikiki are not cheap. I decided to put the Sunscreen Flask to the test and thought this would be the perfect environment. (Click the images below for larger view of the Sunscreen Flask in action.)

As you can see, the hotel prominently placed a placard discouraging guests from bringing in their own beverages. When we sat down at our table, I took out the Sunscreen Flask and placed it on the table on it’s cap. The waitress came up and took our order of two Diet Cokes and did not even blink an eye at the Sunscreen Flask sitting prominently on the table in plain view. When our drinks arrived, I unscrewed the cap and poured some spiced rum into the two drinks seconds after they arrived. I just made sure the waitress had her back turned serving another table and then poured a healthy shot right into my drink. I then screwed the cap back on and placed the Sunscreen Flask back on the table ready for the next round. It could not have been easier or cheaper.

The bill for the two drinks was around $8. I checked the menu prices for mixed drinks and a rum and cola was around $14. For less than the price of one mixed drink we were able to booze at the poolside bar and I guarantee I poured a heavier shot than had we purchased drinks from bar.

Sunscreen FlaskJust to be sure and to test it out thoroughly, I took the Sunscreen Flask to another establishment when meeting a friend for lunch who happens to live in Hawaii. The location where we were meeting for lunch was about a 20 minute walk down Waikiki beach from my hotel. I grabbed the Sunscreen Flask and placed it in my back pocket and proceeded to make the walk and enjoy the weather. I passed by hundreds of people on that walk including numerous police officers. Not one person noticed it was a flask and questioned me carrying it. Everyone just assumed I was just another tourist with a tube of sunscreen in his back pocket.

Once I arrived at the lunch location and met my friend, before sitting down I took out the Sunscreen Flask and placed it on the table. My friend and her husband didn’t think anything of it and though I just didn’t want to sit on my sunscreen. I ordered a pineapple juice and my companion ordered a lemon-lime soda knowing full well I was packing a flask full of gin. My friend whom we were meeting and her husband thought it strange I was order straight juice knowing my history and propensity for alcoholic beverage consumption. They were both drinking beers by the time we arrived so this made for a little bit of an uncomfortable situation. I relished the suspense knowing full well my secret would be revealed soon enough.

Once my juice and the lemon-lime soda arrived, I picked up the Sunscreen Flask and started to untwist the cap. My friend says, “I know the Hawaiian sun is a bit stronger than you are accustomed to, but you do realize you are inside?”. I just smirked and started to pour the gin into my pineapple juice and then poured some into my companion’s lemon-lime soda. This, as you may imagine, caused a ton of laughter and even produced a relieved sigh. My friend Barbara had thought I had found Jesus or had gone to AA because I had not ordered an alcoholic drink. She was relieved to not feel so guilty she was drinking and I was not and thought it was hilarious I had found a new way to not only booze, but do it on the cheap.

Although we did not test the Sunscreen Flask in a tailgating environment and sneak it into a sports stadium, we are going to 100% confidently say the Sunscreen Flask is “Tailgate Approved”.

The Sunscreen Flask comes one to a package and a single flask will hold 8 oz of liquid. Simple math states that if you buy three, that adds up to 24 oz of liquor which almost equals a 750 ml bottle of booze. The standard package costs $10 plus postage and packaging. The good news is that if you buy two or three packages on the same order, the price for postage stays the same.

With the high prices of tickets, parking and gasoline, we tailgaters need to save where we can. Paying $15 for a rum and cola inside of a concert is highway robbery. Some venues will not sell mixed drinks and only offer beer and wine. For those that prefer their drinks with a little more kick, this Sunscreen Flask will pay for itself the first time you use it.

Make sure to drink responsibly, know your limit and NEVER drink and drive.

To buy your own Sunscreen Flasks, click HERE.

Tampon Flasks

Posted by Dave On July - 9 - 2013

Over the years, we have tested, reviewed and given the “Tailgate Approved” stamp of approval to many contraptions and devices designed to help you smuggle your booze inside a stadium or event venue. Some of our favorites have included the Freedom Flask and the Booze Belly but we hear complaints all the time about the lack of covert and incognito ways for women tailgaters to sneak a little extra hooch inside the venue past the security guards.

Tampon Flasks

Ladies, your prayers have been heard and they have been answered. Introducing Tampon Flasks.

Tampon FlaskTampon Flasks are shaped and designed to look just like a real tampon when in the wrapper. You know that tampons are to guys like kryptonite is to Superman. We won’t even go down the feminine hygiene aisle at the drug store if we don’t have to. So imagine a male security guard looking in bags and backpacks and women’s purses at the gates of a football game or concert. As soon as the bag is opened up and he sees a few tampons still in the wrapper, he will think twice about putting his hand in there and digging around to look for other things. Tampon Flasks look so much like the real thing, you could place these right on top of all the contents in your purse and cruise through security undetected.

You may recall a few weeks ago we wrote about the NFL bag policy for 2013 that greatly reduces the size and types of bags that will be allowed inside NFL stadiums. In short, the new policy allows three types of bags:

  • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12” x 6” x 12.”
  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar).
  • Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap can be taken into the stadium with one of the clear plastic bags.

If you are a female NFL fan, these new rules prohibit you from bringing in your normal purse or backpack. And if you were a pro at hiding airplane sized liquor bottles at the bottom of your purse before this policy, the clear plastic bag mandate necessitates you change your game. Although having tampons visible to all in your clear plastic bag while in line may be a bit of an invasion of privacy, if you use Tampon Flasks, you know in your own mind what’s really in your bag.

Tampon FlaskThe nuts and bolts of these Tampon Flasks is really quite simple but genius all at the same time. These Tampon Flasks resemble test tubes with a resealable, leak proof cap. These “booze tubes” fit one shot of your choice. Once you have filled the tube, cap it off and place it in the tampon wrapper sleeve. Peel the adhesive strip and seal the wrapper around your booze tube. Place them in your purse (or clear plastic bag if going to an NFL game) and watch the security guard’s face grimace with disgust as he opens it up and finds out what is inside. It is pretty foolproof and could not be more simple.

After seeing the Tampon Flasks up close and in person, we knew we had to add these to our online tailgating gear store. With that said, you know that Tampon Flasks are definitely Tailgating Ideas “Tailgate Approved”.

Tampon FlaskTampon Flasks come in a package of five (5) reusable tubes and five (5) one use tampon wrappers. The standard package costs $10 plus postage and packaging. The good news is that if you buy two or three packages on the same order, the price for postage stays the same.

With the high prices of tickets, parking and gasoline, we tailgaters need to save where we can. Paying $15 for a rum and cola inside of a concert is highway robbery. Some venues will not sell mixed drinks and only offer beer and wine. For those that prefer their drinks with a little more kick, these Tampon Flasks will pay for themselves the first time you use them.

Make sure to drink responsibly, know your limit and NEVER drink and drive.

To buy your own set of Tampon Flasks, click HERE.

Power Prop Toss

Posted by Dave On July - 2 - 2013

Although we just flipped the calendar to the month of July, football season and more importantly, tailgating, will be here before you know it. In the interest of testing out and reviewing new products and tailgating games prior to the 2013 football season we discovered another new game that is guaranteed to be something nobody has seen in the parking lot. It’s called Power Prop Toss and it combines elements of cornhole, washers and it’s own rules and game play.

Prop toss featured

At first glance Power Prop Toss looks a lot like washers except the playing surface is not the traditional wooden box. The Power Prop Toss playing surface is actually hard plastic and is actually two pieces that fit together. This makes it easy to transport to the tailgate party and the box it comes in includes a carrying handle to make it even easier. Game play is pretty easy and is well suited for tailgaters of differing ages.

Prop Toss Box openFirst set up the game base, sometimes called the Boat because of the pointed end on the front and the flat rear. The tossing line is 10 feet from the tip of the pointed end of the base. Each player chooses a set of colored discs called props. There are four props of each color and there are three props with three blades and one with four blades. The four bladed prop is called the “power prop”. Think of the power prop as the money ball in a three-point shooting competition in basketball where the points scored are doubled.

The object of the game is to score 31 points exactly without going over. You score points by tossing your props into the numbered holes and as mentioned previously, the power prop scores double. The first player throws all four of their props before the next player throws. The throwing player can throw their props in any combination they choose and can throw the power prop at any time during their turn. Leave the props where they landed until all players have thrown all their props. Props that are knocked into scoring holes by others players score the same had they landed there by the player tossing them.

If a player throws their prop into a hole and a following player throws their prop into the same hole, the points are canceled. The player that scores the most points in that round will throw first in the next round.

Prop Toss BoxTo win the game, a player must score 31 points exactly. A unique scoring aspect of Power Prop Toss is that if you do go over 31, the points you scored in that round will be subtracted from the score you started the round with. Example: Player A has 28 points to start the round and scores five points in that round. This would give Player A 33 points and thus sending them over 31 points. The five points are then subtracted from the score of 28 that they started the round with and they start the next round of tossing with 23 points.

Another unique scoring aspect is that you must score 31 points exactly with no props remaining. If player A needs to score two points to reach 31 and does in fact score two points on their first toss, Player A must hit or land their remaining props on the base or no points will be awarded in that round. Many times in cornhole when a team has reached 21 points and there is no chance the other team can overtake them, their remaining bags are thrown well short of the board to ensure victory. In Power Prop Toss, players must throw accurately enough to hit the base but not score any more points to avoid going over.

After playing with Power Prop Toss a few times we are going to deem it “Tailgate Approved”. The portability is a major factor in this being a great tailgating game. It breaks down easily and sets up quickly as well. I had it out of the box and put together and ready for game play in less than 30 seconds. I also liked the fact that it is a good game for all ages and each player can toss the props in their own unique way. The base is rugged and can withstand a number of seasons of tailgating and is weather resistant. Most wooden cornhole boards or washer toss games if it starts to rain or snow you need to get them out of the weather quickly so they will not warp. Power Prop Toss you can leave out in the rain shower and once it passes go back to playing.

Power Prop Toss is available on Amazon for $90 to $100 depending on which vendor you choose.

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