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Tailgate Tags: Novelty License Plates

Posted by Dave On August - 4 - 2014

Texas Sucks Tailgate Tag
Have you ever tried to get one of those vanity license plates that show your team spirit or even better, trash you biggest rival? Chances are you may have, only to find out some other fan like yourself has already registered that license plate. No need to feel down that someone “stole” your idea…

We recently discovered Tailgate Tags from Lookin’ Sporty. Tailgate Tags are aluminum U.S. State background license plates that can be customized to reflect a slogan or message of your choice. They even have a variety of pre-made tailgate tags geared towards specific fan bases, i.e. Alabama license plates that say “Roll Tide” or a Louisiana plate that says “Who Dat?” for the New Orleans Saints fans. It probably won’t be long before the folks at Lookin’ Sporty start making Texas plates that say “Hook ‘Em” for Texas fans, “Gig ‘Em” for Texas A&M Fans or even “Guns Up” for the Texas Tech fans.

Upon learning about these Tailgate Tags, we also discovered that Lookin’ Sporty can also do customized license plates from all 50 states.

Lookin’ Sporty offers two styles of customizing your novelty license plate. They can customize your plate with vinyl lettering in the saying of your choice for $17.95 or with a process called sublimation for $19.95. With sublimation, they apply ink directly to the plate which is a permanent process. All novelty license plates are made of aluminum just like the real license plates the states officially issue.

After discovering these novelty car tags, we thought it would be fun to have a few made up custom to see how they turned out. The first one we requested, being an alumnus of the University of Oklahoma, was an Oklahoma license plate. Rather than doing something trite and expected like “Boomer” or “Sooners”, we went in a different direction. We decided to poke a little fun at the Oklahoma Sooners’ bitter rival… the University of Texas. And in keeping with the limitation of only six letters or numbers to make it look like an authentic license plate issued by the state of Oklahoma, we went with “TX SUX”. We chose to hang that one on the wall in the office next to some of our favorite Sports Illustrated covers from over the years..


The next novelty tag we had made is a little less “in your face” and takes some explaining if you are not a die-hard Cal State Fullerton baseball fan. We chose to go with the Nebraska license plate with the numbers “79 84 95 04″. Assuming you are not a Cal State Fullerton baseball fan and may not understand what that means, here is your explanation.

The College World Series is played every year in Omaha, Nebraska. The the eight most elite college baseball teams advance to Omaha, Nebraska to play for the National Championship. Cal State Fullerton has advanced to the College World Series 16 times and has won the College World Series four times. Can you guess which years they won those national championships? 1979, 1984, 1995 and 2004. Hence the Nebraska license plate with the numbers “79 84 95 04″ on it.

Titan Baseball swing arm tailgate tag

As you can see in the image above and below, we chose to place our customized license plate on the swing arm of our Cal State Fullerton tailgating grill.

Titan Baseball tailgating grill tailgate tag

These tags are so real and believable that we need to warn you that when using these tags, please do not replace your state issued tags with these. Hang your Tailgate Tags off your pop-up tent while tailgating or the front of your car if your state does not require a state issued tag to be visible from the front.

After thoroughly checking these customized novelty license plates out for ourselves, we are going to deem them “Tailgate Approved”. The limitations are only limited by your imagination. Choose a state, choose a slogan that would look good on a license plate and for around $20 or less, you can express yourself in a whole new way. Maybe even tie a string around the tailgate tag, hang it around your neck and try to get some TV time while inside the game.

Vinyl Customized Plates will run you $17.95 and Sublimated Customized Plates cost $19.95. All license plates are standard size 6″ x 12″ to accommodate any and all vehicles and to look absolutely realistic.

To check out the plate styles or order a custom one of your own, visit: lookinsporty.com


Posted by Dave On July - 23 - 2014

PLate-A-Cup Featured

It seems as though the market for one-handed eating has expanded to monstrous proportions as of late. A few years ago there were only a few products out there but it seems in just the past year we have reviewed and tried out a number of plates that hold your food and your drink all in one place allowing your free hand to eat, take a drink, shake a hand or give a high five all while standing up. The most recent one-handed plate we have discovered is called the Plate-A-Cup from Eco-Eats Partyware.

Plate-A-Cup PartyAs you can see, the Plate-A-Cup is a square, paper plate with a large area to place food and a cut-out round surface to place your can, bottle wine glass or plastic party cup. The Plate-A-Cup comes in two sizes, seven inch and nine inch depending on the appetites of your tailgate party guests.

Because these plates are made by an environmentally friendly company, you would expect them to be eco-friendly as well. The Plate-A-Cup plates will biodegrade in 30 days or less in a commercial composting facility and approximately 90 days or less in a home composting system. Compare that kind of carbon footprint with those plastic plates that don’t even have the durability and strength to hold up to the rigors of tailgate partying.

We were sent a sampling of the Plate-A-Cup plates and put them to the test. We thought the best place to try them out would be a day at the beach.

We did previously mention that these are paper plates but by no means are they flimsy and weak. These plates are strong and thick and can handle quite a bit of food and weight. No need to skip the heavier foods like ribs, a turkey leg or even a double cheese burger with everything. We found that by placing the drink portion in the palm of our hand and placing our fingers in the grooves between the plate, the Plate-A-Cup is very sturdy with no fears of dropping even a single chicken wing.

Another cool idea you could implement when using the Plate-A-Cup is you can personalize these plates. Throwing a tailgate party before watching your favorite team? Just use some labels you can buy at your local office or stationary store and personalize the drink portion of the Plate-A-Cup with a logo, slogan, your business name, etc. It might be fun to play a fun prank on an old friend and print labels with their face on it and make them feel like they are the guest of honor. In order to customize Plate-A-Cup plates, buy labels that are compliant with Avery 2 1/2″ round labels (#22830) and follow the instructions on the design template.

After testing the Plate-A-Cup while at the beach, this product will definitely feel at home at a tailgate party. That is why we are going to declare the Plate-A-Cup “Tailgate Approved”.

The Plate-A-Cup is priced at $4.50 for a 12-pack of seven inch plates and $7.35 for a 12-pack of nine inch plates. Eco-Eats also offers these plates in a 50-pack or even a case of 200 plates. For more information or to buy some Plate-A-Cups for your next tailgate party, visit: ecoeatspartyware.com/plate-a-cup

Team Cocktail Tailgating Shirts

Posted by Dave On July - 21 - 2014

Drinking Shirt

It’s that time of year again. Time for you to assess what tailgating gear needs to be purchased, what tailgating gear needs to replaced and what tailgating gear needs to be repaired. The same goes with your tailgating clothing.

We recently discovered Team Cocktail, an apparel company out of Lenexa, Kansas that offers a wide array of clothing that promotes drinking, partying and boozing that would fit in perfectly at any tailgate party.

Although the vast majority of their offerings are mainly T-shirts, Team Cocktail also offers hats, can and bottle koozies, drinking glasses, tote bags, flags, bottle openers and alcoholic themed candles. They offer their apparel in both men’s and women’s sizes (sorry, no kids sizes… duh!) and even offer events and travel packages so you can meet and mingle with other like-minded booze hounds.

As you can see from the sampling of shirts the folks at Team Cocktail provided us, their mind is right on the money when it comes to tailgating and the tailgate party lifestyle. They have plenty more to choose from that all promote tailgating and the unique way of looking upon the world only we tailgaters know how.

Most Team Cocktail shirts run between $20 and $25 but some have been drastically marked down to $9.99. They even offer shirts in 3XL size for those of us tailgaters who enjoy our BBQ ribs a little bit more than others. You’ll just have to visit their website to see which shirts come in the different sizes and variations.

They currently offer free shipping on orders over $75 and that equates to about three shirts in a single order.

For more information or to get some shirts before football seaosn and the tailgating really cranks up, visit: TeamCocktail.com

Canopy Cooler Price Reduced

Posted by Dave On July - 19 - 2014

Canopy Cooler Featured

Do you remember last year when we introduced you to the Canopy Cooler? You probably thought it was an awesome way to weigh down your canopy on windy days and to also elevate your cooler off the ground. You probably didn’t buy it because you thought the price was a little high.

The good news is that the price has been lowered on the Canopy Cooler and is now available via our online tailgating gear store. Click HERE to purchase the Canopy Cooler now at it’s new lower price.

Dihydromyricetin – Another Hangover Cure?

Posted by Dave On June - 4 - 2014

dihydromyricetin molecule
Here at Tailgating Ideas, we have tested a few hangover cures and remedies. Some have been rather effective. Others have not and we chose to not publish the results of those hangover tests here. More importantly because we did not want to give said hangover cure a bad reputation but also because we were probably too hungover to get ourselves to the keyboard to blog about it.

We were approached a while back by the folks at dhmdepot.com to try their version of a hangover cure. We are always up for new things so we told them to send us a sample. (It’s a tough job getting drunk all in the name of working for you, the tailgating public, but someone has to do it.)

DHM Depot BottleWhile the bottle of DHM capsules were on their way, we decided to do a little research on what exactly is Dihydromyricetin (DHM) and how will it work on a hangover. Of course my research consisted of searching the internet for more information on DHM to see if this was something that was legit or was some Medicine Show Snake Oil. After some research it appeared that DHM had some validity to the claims it could knock out a hangover by testing it out on lab rats.

Dihydromyricetin (DHM) is a natural extract of the Oriental Raisin Tree. (Hovenia Dulcis) Apparently DHM has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine as a hangover cure and intoxication blocker. Initial studies concluded that DHM supplements greatly reduces hangover symptoms and negates many of the negative side effects commonly associated with intoxication such as slurred speech, loss of coordination and lowered reaction time without any adverse side effects. Sounds too good to be true, right?

Boozing – A science lesson

Your liver processes alcohol at a constant rate. When you consumer more alcohol than your liver can process, the alcohol is released into the bloodstream until your liver can get to it later. When alcohol reaches your brain, it affects two different neurotransmitters. Simply put, neurotransmitters are chemicals your brain cells use to control emotions, movement, behavior and thought processes. Two categories of neurotransmitters are inhibitory and exhibitory. Inhibitory neurotransmitters have a calming effect and “slow” things down. Exhibitory neurotransmitters increase energy levels and brain activity.

One neurotransmitter affected by alcohol is GABA. Alcohol binds to GABA receptors in your brain and amplifies its effect. As the brain receives a stronger message from GABA, you begin to feel calm, and your heart rate slows down. When you continue to drink, GABA signals are amplified further and further. Eventually, you experience loss of motor control, inhibitions are lowered and your speech begins to slur. You now have that feeling of being buzzed or even more, you feel drunk.

How DHM works – More science

Simply stated, Dihydromyricetin blocks alcohol from affecting GABA Receptors. Dihydromyricetin binds to GABA receptors in the brain and blocks the effect alcohol has on GABA receptors. Theoretically, this should reduce certain feelings related to intoxication as alcohol is only amplifying the exhibitory neurotransmitter Glutamate (another neurotransmitter affected by alcohol).

When Dihydromyricetin is taken before drinking, alcohol can’t amplify GABA and you don’t feel as intoxicated. When DHM is taken after drinking, it can accelerate the rate at which one sobers up. DHM also helps to speed up the liver’s ability to process alcohol.

Drunk rats can’t be wrong

Drunk ratPharmacologist Jing Liang of UCLA did a research project on DHM to test the effectiveness on rats. Liang first tested whether DHM blocks the clumsiness and loss of coordination caused by drinking too much. To do this, she measured how long it took for treated rats to right themselves after being laid on their backs in a V-shaped cradle.

After she injected rats’ abdomens with a dose of alcohol proportionate to the amount a human would get from downing 15 to 20 beers in two hours by a human, they took about 70 minutes, on average, to right themselves. However, when an injection of the same amount of booze included a milligram of DHM per kilogram of rat body weight, the animals recovered their composure within just five minutes.

Liang also discovered that DHM stopped rats in a maze from behaving in ways resembling anxiety and hangovers. Rats given heavy doses of alcohol cowered away in corners of the maze, whereas those given the extract with their alcohol behaved normally and were as inquisitive as rats given no alcohol at all, exploring the more open corridors of the maze.

Drunken rats can’t be wrong, can they? Based on my online research I decided to be my own lab rat and test out DHM for myself. I guess I was going to have to get really drunk and see what happened.

Test 1 – Operation Tailgating HAMMERED

The first time I tested DHM was back on April 26th. Cal State Fullerton’s baseball team was playing the University of Hawaii and it was a night game. That translated into the beauty and the glory of the three meal tailgate; breakfast, lunch and dinner all consumed in Lot G outside Goodwin Field. Being a Saturday night game this also meant no work the next day so I could really test drive the DHM to see if it really works.

Cut to the chase. I got REALLY hammered. I was doing a 92 proof spice rum mixed with cola and by the end of the tailgate I had consumed roughly 25 ounces of spiced rum during the course of the day. Needless to say I was ready to see if the DHM had any sobering affects on me as I went into the game. I took two capsules as directed on the bottle and headed into the game (with some assistance…). After 15 minutes, I didn’t feel any sobering effects. By the time the game was over, I was still quite drunk. Of course I had a sober driver to take me home but she did find it amusing when we got home my expression of intense love for my Yeti Cooler. Of course she snapped a photo and shared it on Instagram.

I love my Yeti Cooler

Suffice to say, the DHM had no affect on me. In order to combat the hangover I was assured was to come, I drank a Mercy Hangover Remedy drink and went to bed. I contacted the folks at DHMDepot and asked them what happened. I told them my height and weight and how much alcohol I consumed. This was their response:

Hi Dave,

Wow you can really put em back! 24 oz of 92 proof rum is equivalent to roughly 18 standard drinks of alcohol. Based on what we’ve found an effective dose for that amount would be 6 capsules, so that’s most likely why the results were so underwhelming.

If you decide to try it out again, I’d definitely recommend upping the dose.


Uh-oh! Challenge accepted.

Test 2 – Operation Memorial Day Weekend Outdoor Boozing

Next opportunity for me to really road test these capsules was over Memorial Day Weekend. We targeted the Vista Strawberry Festival as our location to really get after it. Knowing there would be plenty of opportunity for some outdoor boozing, we packed some Sunscreen Flasks in order to get past the rent-a-cop security bag checkers and set out for a day of boozing in the sunshine. Over the course of the day I consumed 24 ounces of the same 92 proof spiced rum (three Sunscreen Flasks all to myself) and as you might imagine, was pretty hammered. We were smart and reserved a hotel room weeks before the festival and before going to bed, I popped six or eight of the DHM capsules. To be honest I don’t remember exactly but I do remember it was more than just two.

The next morning I woke up to no hangover. Let me repeat, NO Hangover. I was truly amazed too. The aches and pains, the sensitivity to light, the upset stomach, the throbbing headache… all non-existent. I was astounded after the first test of only taking two capsules had failed. I was fine for the rest of the day and felt like I had not had any alcohol nor any trace of being really drunk the previous day.

After thoroughly testing out Dihydromyricetin, and using the proper dosage for my height, weight and amount of alcohol consumed, I am going to give DHM the Tailgating Ideas “Tailgate Approved” stamp of approval.

You can buy DHM from Amazon for a 20 capsule bottle for $34.99. You can also buy direct from the dhmdepot.com website for the same price.

If you hate hangovers and you know that 4th of July weekend is approaching, you may want to look into DHM. You might be the only one on July 5th that is feeling normal.




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