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Ringer Toss

Posted by Dave On December - 3 - 2013Comments Off

Tailgating games have come a long way and are the reasons we just don’t sit around getting sore butts sitting on a tailgate. After you have played all the mainstay tailgating games like cornhole, washers and ladder ball, it is time to look for something new. For those looking for something different to play while out in the tailgating parking lots, you may want to try Ringer Toss.

(Make sure to read all the way to the bottom for details on how you can win one of three Ringer Toss games.)

Ringer Toss Featured

As you can see in the photo, Ringer Toss is a game that uses wooden planks, sticks, plastic cups and flying discs for each team to throw. Combining the elements of good old fashioned ring toss from the carnival midway to Polish Horseshoes where you are knocking an object off to score points, Ringer Toss is a unique game we had never seen before.

Upon setting up the game, each team is given four flying discs that have large holes in the middle. This is by design because part of the game is to try and get your flying ring to catch onto one of the poles pointing up. The rules are pretty simple. Throw your flying rings at the scoring area and try to knock off the cups. Cups knocked off score one point and getting a ringer (your disc over a pole) scores three points. First player or team to score 21 wins. Take a look at this quick video of Ringer Toss being played.

Ringer Toss comes in it’s own carrying bag and is extremely environmentally friendly. This eco-friendly game is made in the USA with reclaimed lumber, recycled plastic rings and even the backpack fabric is made from recycled bottles. Even though the game is made mostly out of wood, it is light and portable. Everything fits into the small backpack and weighs less than seven pounds. Once you arrive at your tailgating spot, set up is easy with the unique interlocking design. You’ll have the game set up in under a minute without any fasteners or hardware. The game is just as easy to break down and pack away when it is time to head inside the game.

Upon receipt of Ringer Toss we were impressed at how the game set up. Since the game is not fastened together with screws or nails, there is some give and sway to it during game play. This is by design and is part of the game play. I had my kids try it and they enjoyed it too so it is game for all ages.

After thoroughly testing it, Ringer Toss gets the Tailgating Ideas “Tailgate Approved” stamp. We tested out the Original Ringer Toss which sells for $69.00. There is also a Ringer Toss Junior priced at $59.00 and the Ringer Toss Pro is priced at $149.00. For a limited time Ringer Toss is offering free shipping on any order placed. On top of that, exclusively for readers of Tailgating Ideas, Ringer Toss is offering $10 off any order by entering the coupon code ‘tailgating’ at checkout.

From today until Friday, you have a chance to win a Ringer Toss Original. There are three simple and free ways to enter for the chance to win a Ringer Toss Game. A total of three Ringer Toss Originals will be given away from the three different ways to enter. We will randomly select the three winners from the three different entry options below.

How to enter and win:

Option 1 – Follow us on Instagram (@tailgatingideas) and find the photo of Ringer Toss amongst our photos. Don’t worry you don’t have to search too far. Comment on the Ringer Toss on our Instagram to be entered. We will randomly draw a winner from those who comment on the Ringer Toss photo on Instagram.

Option 2 – Follow us on Twitter (@TailgatingIdeas) and send us a tweet saying why you want to win a Ringer Toss. Make sure to send the tweet to us, @TailgatingIdeas, and also use the hashtag #ringertoss.

Option 3 – Like us on Facebook first and foremost. After you have done that, comment on the wall post that promotes our review of Ringer Toss. Tell us why you want a free Ringer Toss game. Tell us where you would take it tailgating. Tell us the sob story of how all your other tailgating games were crushed and destroyed by rampaging dragons that escaped from the local junior college science lab. Just make a comment and you are entered.

You may enter three times on all three different social media platforms. Multiple tweets still count as a single entry although we appreciate the enthusiasm and publicity on Twitter. Deadline to tweet and comment is midnight pacific time, Friday, December 6, 2013. Good luck.

#MyFootballFantasy Turkey Bowl

Posted by Dave On November - 26 - 2013Comments Off

You may recall that last year I worked in conjunction with Visa to help promote their #MakeItEpic campaign in advance of the Super Bowl. I am glad to announce that Visa has again tabbed TailgatingIdeas.com as an influential blog to help promote their #MyFootballFantasy Contest which will fulfill the fantasies of select football fans. I am blogging on behalf of the Visa #MyFootballFantasy Campaign and receive compensation for my time, but the thoughts, opinions, words and promotions are all mine and not that of Visa.

Because Visa will be selecting those fantasies of football fans and making them a reality, I thought it would be fun to submit my own. You can read my first fantasy, which was more of a Tailgating Fantasy, but still had lots of football included. Because that fantasy had some pretty unrealistic things included in it like making it rain bacon, I doubt Visa will be able to make that one come true. So that got me to thinking… “What would be #myfootballfantasy that if chosen by the folks at Visa, could actually be granted?”. Here is what I came up with… And just in time for Thanksgiving too.

Muddy Turkey Bowl

In my younger years, on Thanksgiving morning, a group of my friends and I would get together at a local school yard and play a game of football. This tradition is quite popular around the country and there are numerous “Turkey Bowls” played on Thanksgiving mornings. In my younger years our Turkey Bowl was a game of tackle without any pads but now that I am in my 40′s, I am thinking a game of two-hand touch or flag would be better for everyone involved. Being older and wiser means we would want to avoid a trip to the ER or being too sore to go to work on Monday. That being said, here is my football fantasy.

Get the old group of guys together but introduce two new additions. My football fantasy would be to have Drew Brees be the quarterback on my team for the Turkey Bowl and Jim Harbaugh calling the plays. With that kind of firepower on my Turkey Bowl team, there is no way we can lose. And once the game was over, invite both the coach, the QB and everyone who played in the game to the parking lot for a spectacular post-game tailgate complete with a fried turkey and all the Thanksgiving Day trimmings.

Now that you have read #MyFootballFantasy, how about yours? You can submit yours to Visa HERE and if they find yours to be the most fun and creative, you could have your football fantasy fulfilled.

Key entry details: Enter at vi.sa/ENTER_INF05, follow Visa on Twitter or Instagram, submit your fantasy (up to value of $100K) and #MyFootballFantasy @Visa. Use Visa to enter OR mail-in with No Purchase Required – 18+ US resident. Judged on creativity, Visa’s & NFL’s brand image, match-to-theme & ability to fulfill. Thru 2/2/14 at 12am. 1 entry per person. http://vi.sa/RULES_0908t1

So what are you waiting for? Do you think you can come up with something better than having Drew Brees and Jim Harbaugh at your Turkey Bowl? If so, submit it to Visa HERE and possibly your football fantasy can come true.

Mid-Week Eye Candy Wrapper #131 – Ashley Flores Edition

Posted by Dave On November - 20 - 2013Comments Off

It’s been a while since we checked in with our friends over at Tempe 12. This week’s edition of the Mid-Week Eye Candy Wrapper features Ashley Flores who is not from Arizona but rather from Maryland. With the temperatures getting colder in other places around the country, hopefully this gal will bring a little heat to wherever you are. Links follow the eye candy.

Ashley Flores

Ashley Fores appears courtesy of Tempe12.com

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Posted by Jerry On November - 20 - 2013Comments Off

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Book Review: Pro Football Cookbook

Posted by Dave On November - 18 - 2013Comments Off

Pro Football Cookbook CoverTailgating is all about friends, family, good music, good company and of course good food and drink. Most tailgaters break out the standard hot dogs and hamburgers because they are easy and have wide appeal. After all, who doesn’t eat hamburgers and hot dogs? If you are one of those tailgaters, not that there is anything wrong with burger and dogs, but if you are, you may need a little help to spice things up a bit.

Paul Swaney is the primary author of Stadium Journey and he has joined forces with chefs from around the country and have compiled 96 recipes – an appetizer, entree and cocktail, inspired by every NFL team and their respective home region.

Upon receiving a sample copy of the Pro Football Cookbook, I figured it would be filled with run of the mill recipes stolen off of the internet that are the stereotypical tailgating foods you would expect to see in the local parking lots. You’ve seen them before; Philly Cheese Steaks for the Philadelphia Eagles. Clam Chowder recipe for the New England Patriots. Even the cliche shrimp gumbo for the New Orleans Saints. But just like a good offensive coordinator in the NFL, the Pro Football Cookbook calls an audible every now and then and mixes it up for a surprise play that results in a touchdown.

(Disclaimer: We did receive a complimentary copy of the Pro Football Cookbook. The fact this sample copy was provided to us free of charge in no way influenced our opinion of the book nor did it impact our ability to review it fairly and objectively.)

As you might expect, some of the classic recipes reflecting the culture and tradition of a number of NFL franchises are included in this book. Classics like the BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich (page 89) for the Kansas City Chiefs is a can’t miss. Paying homage to the Baltimore Ravens, the recipe for Maryland Crab Cakes can be found on page 21 because, if we learned anything from the movie Wedding Crashers, Crab Cakes and Football – That’s what Maryland does.

Garlic clovesIn addition to those recipes you would come to expect to represent a certain team or region of the country, to use a baseball term, you get thrown a curve ball every now and then. The entree recipe for Indianapolis is the Turducken Cordon Blue Burger. (page 77) You have to try the 49 Clove Garlic Chicken recipe (page 139) which not only pays homage to the San Francisco 49ers but pays respects to the Bay Area’s close proximity to Gilroy, Calif. which hosts the largest Garlic Festival.

I’ve only highlighted a few of the entrees but there are a total of 32 of those, 32 side dishes that accompany the entree and a cocktail that is either indigenous to the team’s region or uses a local ingredient that region is famous for. A classic example would be the Shiner Margarita (page 55) which uses Shiner Bock beer for the Dallas Cowboys drink recipe suggestion. Another would be Fried Pickles with Remoulade Sauce (page 107) for the side dish for the New Orleans Saints. (Fried Pickles are a New Orleans staple and no trip is complete without scarfing a dozen of these little babies.)

In all, food writers from 12 different states contributed to create this unique NFL themed cookbook. Other contributors to the cookbook include:

  • Baron Von Gottsacker, CEO and “Flavor Junkie” of Bent Spoon Gelato in Sheboygan, Wisconsin
  • Christopher Crump, Owner/Operator of Nomad Catering in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Joshua Guiher, Owner/Operator of the Frasier Street Deli in State College, Pennsylvania
  • John Dawson, Food Blogger for Patio Daddio BBQ in Boise, Idaho

Of course I was not able to cook and grill all 64 entrees and side dishes. I surely was not able to make and drink all 32 pro football inspired cocktails. But I know a good recipe when I see one and I will definitely be making some of these for the remainder of the football season and into the playoffs.

Dave Lamm with Pro Football Cookbook in front of stadiumFor tailgaters stuck in a rut, this cookbook would be great for some new recipe ideas to make everyone in the parking lot stand up and take notice. The Pro Football Cookbook is a fantastic road map for tailgaters to have a built-in menu to reference for a meal theme based on that weekend’s opponent. Your team is playing the Washington Redskins? Make Hogs Sandwiches, Roasted Redskin Potatoes with Mustard and a Red Gin Rickey (pages 160 – 163) to wash it all down. When it comes time for your Super Bowl party, find the section of the two different teams playing and make those recipes for your guests and people will think you are a world traveling genius.

After looking over all 96 entrees, sides and drink recipes included in the Pro Football Cookbook, we are going to give it the Tailgating Ideas “Tailgate Approved” stamp of approval. Some recipes may be better prepared at home on a griddle or in your oven but true tailgaters know that a few gadgets like the Sizzle-Q and the Tailgate HotBag can make all the difference.

Stadium Journey Pro Football Cookbook is available in hardcover from Amazon.com for $17.70 and would make a great gift for any tailgater this holiday season.

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