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Dizzy Bat Review

Posted by Dave On October - 23 - 2013Comments Off

Call it what you will. Dizzy Bat or the Lousiville Chugger, the act of chugging a beer out of a wiffle ball bat, spinning in cricles and then attempting to hit a crushed can thrown at you while out tailgating is gaining in popularity. We first discovered this game back in 2007 shortly after starting this tailgating blog and have posted numerous hilarious videos on the subject since. Now comes along a new tailgating product specifically designed for this activity and it is aptly named the Dizzy Bat.
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When we were first approached by the folks at Dizzy Bat who told us they had a great product for playing Dizzy Bat or the Louisville Chugger, we were a bit skeptical. After all, don’t you just need a wiffle ball bat you can buy for $2 at Target and a 12-pack of beer? What’s there to improve upon to make it better for tailgating? But that is why we thoroughly test out all the products we encounter. And seeing how we were provided a sample of the Dizzy Bat, we were shown that their product did improve upon the old school wiffle ball bat you probably lifted from your nephew’s toy box.

(Disclaimer: We did receive samples of the Dizzy Bat 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.)

Upon receiving the samples of the Dizzy Bat and removing them from the box, we noticed that these are specifically designed for use as a drinking game. The thickness of the plastic is noticeably stronger than that of your normal wiffle ball bat which tends to be rather thin. The rigidity and thickness let’s you know this bat is made to hit crushed beer cans and not a plastic baseball.

Dizzy Bat Details

The next aspect that makes this product unique is that the bottom of the bat is open and there is no need to make the hole larger in order to pour in the beer or to drink from it. There is also an air flow hole pre-drilled on the barrel of the bat, around the area where the sweet spot would be for a wooden bat. You will cover this hole with your finger the seal it off when filling the Dizzy Bat and release your finger when you chug the contents to ensure a smooth flow.

There is also an altered grip that ensures the bat will not slip out of your hands especially if your hands are wet or you have had a few cold ones already and your grip is not quite as firm as it would be if you were sober. And to top it all off, the Dizzy Bat comes in a variety of colors including black, blue, red, pink and clear.

We were sent samples of the blue and the clear versions of the Dizzy Bat. Of course we had to take them tailgating and the Dizzy Bats made an appearance prior to the Chargers vs Colts Monday Night Football game. Here’s a quick photo gallery of me testing the Dizzy Bat out.

Of course after demonstrating the Dizzy Bat, a few of our tailgating cohorts decided they wanted to give the Dizzy Bats a test drive for themselves. Thankfully these two attempts were captured on an iPhone video.

As you can see in the videos, the Dizzy Bats works flawlessly despite the techniques of those using them left a little to be desired. You can tell by the sturdy construction that these Dizzy Bats will hold up to the rigors of the tailgating parking lots for years. Another aspect we liked was the option of the clear bat so that you could see the level of beer that was in the bat.

After taking the Dizzy Bats out and testing them ourselves and even getting a little extra testing done by our tailgating friends, we are going to deem Dizzy Bats Tailgating Ideas “Tailgate Approved”.

You can buy the Dizzy Bat directly from their website, www.thedizzybat.com for $7.99 plus free shipping. If you like the familiarity of using Amazon.com, they are available there too for $9.95.

Backyard Butler

Posted by Chris On October - 21 - 2013Comments Off

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At initial glance, the idea may seem simplistic, however after trying out the Backyard Butler I was more inclined to say, “Why didn’t I think to produce this product?”.

I was given the opportunity to review the Dual Backyard Butler. To get the product specifics out of the way, the Backyard Butler is “PVC coated high carbon steel, welded 8” spike, has two back to back cup holders, stands 41 inches high, and has a round stable base”.

(Disclaimer: We did receive a sample of the Backyard Butler for free. The fact this sample 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.)

As one would probably expect from a product purposed to hold your drink, the Backyard Butler was easy to put together. It came in four pieces. There is the base, supporting pole in two pieces and the dual cup holder. The poles get screwed into the base and the cup holders get screwed into the pole. And when I say screw, it is nothing more than manual turning until fully tight and stable. In all, in took my non-handyman skills to assemble in about one to two minutes. Such ease meant that I quickly disassembled it for easier transporting to Sunday’s Eagles game.

Some of you are probably thinking why do I need a drink holder if I already have a pair of capable hands and a “camping” chair that has a cup holder in the armrest? I can’t argue with you here, but how many of us spend the whole tailgate just sitting in a chair? Not this guy. For us non-squatters, the Backyard Butler is a nice-have at the tailgate. Even better than a nice-have if you are as active as I am at the pre-game party.

Backyard Butlers flat surface baseThe tailgate began with me grilling up some sausages and eggs. As the grill was heating up I quickly reassembled the Backyard Butler. Again, it was together in less than two minutes. I placed the Backyard Butler next to the grill and the height of the cup holder was mid-body. The cup holder held my travel coffee mug (of course spiked coffee!) without any problems. The design of the cup holder, with a built-in bottom, assured that the mug would not fall or spill, despite not having a snug fit.

The Backyard Butler is also very lightweight making carrying it to the cornhole game easy. Setting up next to the game allowed me to drink my beer with ease. There was no need to place the beer bottle on the parking lot ground, with the fear of the beer being knocked over by me or an errant toss of the cornhole bag. As with the coffee mug, the beer bottle rested firmly in the cup holder. Different beverage container, same result.

On a side note (and probably not the intention of the manufacturer), the dual cup colder also makes for good beer pong practice. The cup holder is about the same height as your average beer pong table and the holders hold the red solo cops nicely. Just fill up the cups, stand back and shoot. Author’s note: Despite the extra practice I was not victorious in the true game of beer pong. Even worse? I lost to a Cowboys fan!

As a stated before, the Backyard Butler is a nice have for the tailgate. The purpose is to make things easier for you and it does. The design of the product (not an eye sore) also allows you to use the product indoors (pending if your wife or girlfriend approves). If you are watching a game solo, and the coffee table is out of reach from the couch, just break out the Backyard Butler and you have yet another reason to not move your ass off the couch. If you have a buddy over, just put it between the furniture and now neither of you need to get up!

For further details on the Backyard Butler check out their website ouioutdoors.com/backyard-butlers. In addition to the one I reviewed, where the base/stand lays flat on the ground, there is a model that can be spiked into the ground.

Hi-Tops

Posted by Dave On October - 21 - 2013Comments Off

Hi-Tops FeaturedTailgating games and alcohol consumption. They go hand in hand. Beer pong is a no brainer because it has beer in the game’s name. Polish Horseshoes it is a requirement of the game to have a can or bottle in one hand while playing. Even other games like washers, ladder toss and cornhole most tailgaters integrate beverage consumption into game play because, well, it’s tailgating for crying out loud. We recently discovered a new tailgating game that not only encourages beverage consumption but it part of how the game is played. It is called Hi-Tops.

Hi-Tops is a new tailgating game that combines elements of other popular tailgating games like cornhole and beer pong but puts a new twist on it to make it a fun and unique tailgating game. Hi-Tops was invented by two recent University of Central Florida graduates. They came up with the concept of hi-Tops when they were on a road trip, talking about the tailgating and drinking games that are available on the market now. Both agreed there just wasn’t really anything that satisfied everything they would like to see in a game that was also easy and convenient to play while tailgating. Upon further discussion, a number of prototypes and now a final concept, they launched Hi-Tops two months ago. Take a look at their video of Hi-Tops being played.

Upon learning about Hi-Tops we knew we needed to be the first ones to test out this new game. We requested a sample from the folks at Hi-Tops and they were generous enough to send us a sample game set in time to take tailgating before the San Diego Chargers vs. Indianapolis Colts Monday Night Football game. (Disclaimer: We did receive a sample of Hi-Tops for free. The fact this sample 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.)

As you can see in the video and the photos, Hi-Tops consists of two towers spaced about 63 inches apart. There is a base to hold it steady and there is a top “table” that has a hole in the middle. Placed around the column is a tray that has seven holes to place plastic or paper cup shot glass sized cups. Hi-Tops also comes with two “footbags” that are thrown at the opposing column. (We used the term Footbag because we don’t want to get a nasty cease and desist letter from the attorneys representing the trademarked footbag that rhymes with “Jackey Back”.) Take a look at the official rule for a better understanding of how the game is played.

Hi-Tops Official Rules

After reading the rules you can see it integrates elements of cornhole by making the thrown object into the hole. The cool thing is that retrieval is easy because it drops all the way down to the opening in the column. The aspect of beer pong is that drinking is involved and there is the removal of cups. We would suggest filling the cups down below with beer and not liquor because the game does move quickly and if one team is doing six shots of liquor if they lose, that could make for a messy tailgate afterwards. (Click on images for larger view)

As you can see from the photos above, we took Hi-Tops tailgating with us before an NFL football game. We set it up on a hard surface and got to playing. The game does come with large spikes to anchor the base into a softer surface like grass. We couldn’t use the spikes in the Qualcomm Stadium parking lot so when the wind picked up, the towers would sway a little. Neither one of the towers ever fell over from the wind and we were getting gusts in the 15-20 MPH range. I would suggest if you plan on taking Hi-Tops tailgating on a hard surface to bring along some hand weights and place them on the bases. (Your wife is probably just letting those weights collect dust in the closet after attend just one Pilates class so you might as well put them to good use.)

The set up of the Hi-Tops game towers took literally seconds and we were up and running and playing our first game in less than two minutes. It took us longer to read the rules than it did to set the game up which was a nice change because we tailgaters value our time in the parking lot. Break down before heading into the game was just as easy and everything fit nicely into the included carrying case.

Dropshot Carrying Bag

Hi-Tops Carrying Bag

The game was fun and exciting. Not too hard but not too easy either. Plus you have to drink as part of the game and who can argue with that? The fun and the fact that this is a brand new game and will help make your tailgate party stand out and be unique, Hi-Tops get the Tailgating Ideas “Tailgate Approved” stamp.

Hi-Tops comes in a multitude of color options including Black and Gold, Orange and Blue, Garnet and Gold, Black and Blue, Orange and Gold and Garnet and Blue. This way you can support your favorite team even with your game towers.

Hi-Tops is priced at $129.99 and that includes two official Hi-Tops Towers, two official Hi-Tops Playing Balls (foot bags), six stakes and one package of Hi-Tops playing cups. For a very limited time, Hi-Tops is offering with the purchase of at least one game set a free carrying case which they say is a $15 value.

For more information or to buy a Hi-Tops game set of your own, visit: playhitops.com

Bojangles’ Tailgate Everything

Posted by Brandon On October - 15 - 2013Comments Off

As a longtime advocate for simple tailgates, it should come as no surprise that I don’t think cooking on site is essential for a good time. In fact I’ve had great times when we had pizza or sub sandwiches. Fried chicken is another great grab and go type food, and if you’re in the Southeast you’ve probably even seen the bright yellow box of Bojangles’ chicken in the parking lot at some point. If you have it’s probably because Bojangles’ has one of the most noticeable tailgating-centric marketing plans that I’ve seen thus far.

Probably the best thing about Bojangles’ offerings is that they have large order pricing listed for just about all of their menu items. While we’ve all seen the “Family Size” or other large order type of listing, Bojangles’ is the only one that I know of that labels these options with the word “Tailgate.” Even though you might think of your tailgating group as family, if you’re out with the bros you might find it more comfortable to order your grub by using slightly less affectionate terminology.

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Recently I received an email telling me that they upped their tailgate love by introducing the “Tailgate Everything” promotion. Among the things included on their site are some tailgating themed tips for managing your life, items for purchase, and some interesting recipes where you can turn their regular menu items into something different at your party. The section on tips for improving your tailgate really spoke to me, although I think given the current situation in Washington we might have a tough time booking the Blue Angels for a flyover, but fingers crossed nonetheless.skewersbiscuit

They were also kind enough to pass along some vouchers for samples so I decided to give a couple of these recipes, the Grilled Cheddar Bo Biscuits and the Roasted Chicken Bite Skewers a whirl. Both of which I’m pleased to say were easy to make, and quite tasty.

From Bojangles’/TailgateEverything.com
Grilled Cheddar Bo Biscuits
Ingredients

  • 1 Bojangles’ Biscuit
  • 2 slices of your favorite cheese, cheddar or smoked Gouda
  • liquid margarine
  • foil wrap

Directions

  1. Cut the Bojangles’ Biscuits in half
  2. Place the bottom half of the biscuit on a double layer of foil wrap 
  3. Place 2 slices of your favorite cheese on the bottom half of the biscuit
  4. Cover with the top of the biscuit and spray with liquid margarine
  5. Wrap in foil
  6. Place on a medium hot grill, cook 3 minutes on each side until cheese has melted
  7. Serve with grilled vegetables of your choice or grilled watermelon

From Bojangles’/TailgateEverything.com
Roasted Chicken Bite Skewers
Ingredients

  • 2 orders Bojangles’ Roasted Chicken Bites (freshly purchased)
  • 1 sweet red bell pepper
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 3 oz Italian salad dressing
  • 4 wooden skewers

Directions

  1. Soak wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes prior to using
  2. Cut peppers and onion into 8 pieces each
  3. String skewers alternating the already cooked chicken bites and fresh vegetables
  4. Place on medium grill and brush with Italian salad dressing, turn and continue to brush until the vegetables are cooked (to speed up the grilling process, wilt the vegetables in the microwave before assembling the skewers)

Even though we typically reserve the “Tailgate Approved” designation for product reviews, I think Bojangles’ is deserving of it here. They are making it easy for the fan on the run to swing by and grab some eats to enjoy before the game, and they’re even having some fun with it outside of the parking lot. You can see more  and enter to win some prizes at tailgateeverything.com and they’re on Twitter @Bojangles1977.

Jerry King Tailgating Cartoon #178

Posted by Jerry On October - 10 - 2013Comments Off

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