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Posted by Dave On December - 27 - 20131 COMMENT

The very nature of tailgating being a temporary party in the parking lot, the speed and convenience of using many disposable items like paper plates, napkins and zipper storage bags produces a lot of refuse. Trash disposal while tailgating is as big of an issue as making sure your cooler has enough ice or you have have found the perfect spot to park. We recently had the opportunity to test out the Trash-Ease: A portable, reusable and adjustable trash bag holder.

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The Trash-Ease is a one-piece wire system that is powder coated to prevent rust and the ends are rubber coated to protect surfaces from scratching. You simply attach the Trash-Ease to the edge of your tailgating table and then hang a 13-galloon drawstring bag off of it. The trash bag is held open and is off the ground. Also, the trash bag is easy to find and people can toss their rubbish in the bag easily without having to bend over and pick up the top opening of the bag that is laying on the ground. Once the tailgate party is over, simply take the bag off of the wires, cinch up the drawstring and carry the bag to the nearest dumpster on your way to the entrance gates. Just as recently as last night we used the Trash-Ease on our GoPong 8′ Football Beer Pong Table while tailgating before the San Diego Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego.

We tested the Trash-Ease on the side of our beer pong table but it also works on those folding utility tables that almost every tailgater seems to have. Before we took it tailgating, we tested it on the counters in our kitchen at home and even on the side of our dinette table at home as well. The Trash-Ease held strong on all different types of ledges and the bag was easy to put on and take off each and every time.

In the interest of fairness, we have tested a number of trash receptacles that were designed for tailgating. The first was the Bag-Caddy which we tested out in 2009. The Bag-Caddy is a stand alone trash bag holder but the one thing we found that was a flaw was that unless it was immediately filled with trash, it tended to tip over in the wind. After adding a few cans and bottles and other trash items that added some weight to the bottom, the Bag-Caddy would not tip if there was a gust of wind.

The other trash receptacle that we most recently tested was the Kwickan. The Kwickan was very similar to the Bag-Caddy and had the same flaw in that it tipped in the wind if it was not weighted down with trash. An additional flaw was the Kwickan went inside the trash bag so sticky and messy garbage could potentially get on the holder and would be a messy clean up in order to get it back in your car.

After thoroughly testing the Trash-Ease and comparing it to the other tailgating trash collection devices, we are going to declare Trash-Ease the winner. Of course that means that Trash-Ease is Tailgating Ideas “Tailgate Approved”.

Of course we tested the trash-Ease in regards to how well it performs while out tailgating. It is small and compact enough to fit into your tailgating kit and you can even use it at home when you are not tailgating. Put it on the side of your coffee table when watching your team play on the road. Throw your peanut shells or my favorite, pistachio shells in there and save yourself the hassle of having to wash a bowl. You can even use it for scrap booking or even for food prep for throwing away the stems and ends of fruits and vegetables. If you have a table or a ledge where trash will be thrown away, Trash-Ease has you covered.

Trash-Ease’s slim, one piece construction allows it to be stored easily away or hung without fear of losing pieces. When you want to use it, it does not require any tools. It just hangs on the underside of your table and you are good to go. The best part? Trash-Ease is 100% Made in the USA.

Trash-Ease is available for purchase online at Camping World and also on Amazon. Camping World is currently running a special on the Trash-Ease, pricing them at $12.99 while Amazon lists them for under $20.

To learn more about Trash-Ease, visit: trashease.com

Jerry King Tailgating Cartoon #184

Posted by Jerry On December - 20 - 2013Comments Off

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#MyFootballFantasy Ultimate Tailgate Edition

Posted by Dave On December - 19 - 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. Right before Thanksgiving I also submitted #MyFootballFantasy Turkey Bowl where I thought it would be awesome to have a couple of ringers, namely Drew Brees play quarterback and Jim Harbaugh call the plays, on my team. Imagine the look on my friends’ faces when we roll up with these guys to play on Thanksgiving day.

I came up with another football fantasy that I would like to submit to Visa. #MyFootballFantasy I would like to see come to life would be to host Julio Jones at my own tailgate party.

Think about it. Back in October, the Atlanta Falcons placed Julio Jones on injured reserve after suffering a foot injury that would require season-ending surgery. You know Julio has been bored out of his mind since the surgery not being able to play football. After all, how many games of Madden can the guy play? Also, since Julio Jones was a star player from the day he stepped foot on campus at college, he probably has never experienced a really stellar tailgate party. College and NFL coaches tend to frown on their players showing up to pre-game introductions with BBQ sauce spilled on their jersey from attending a pregame tailgate. Due to that, I think it would be nice to show a star NFL player how to enjoy a real tailgate. And since Julio Jones is on the injured reserve for the rest of the season, he won’t get in trouble for tailgating before the game.

Make it happen Visa. If not this year, maybe next year.

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 hosting Julio Jones at your own NFL tailgate party? If so, submit it to Visa HERE and possibly your football fantasy can come true.

Video: The In-Car Super Bowl Tailgate

Posted by Dave On December - 18 - 2013Comments Off

There has been so much news surrounding this year’s Super Bowl Tailgating Ban that quite honestly, we have not even touched the issue. We tackled this issue back in 2008 but apparently the “mainstream” media are just now picking up on this and are now outraged. Maybe it is because the Super Bowl is in the New York media market and all the journalists there are now first learning of this long standing ban.

NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee CEO Al Kelly was chastized for saying there will be no tailgating at the Super Bowl. He later walked that comment back by saying there is a loophole: “You will be allowed to have food in your car and have drink in your car,” Kelly said. “And provided you’re in the boundaries of a single parking space, you’ll be able to eat or drink right next to your car. However, you’re not going to be able to take out a lounge chair, you’re not going to be able to take out a grill, and you’re not going to be able to take up more than one parking space. And it’ll all be watched very carefully.”

Pia Catton, Jim Chairusmi and Geoff Foster of the Wall Street Journal treked out to MetLife Stadium on a recent afternoon to see if tailgating inside one’s car was a possible alternative. This is their video:

Stocking Stuffer Ideas 2013

Posted by Dave On December - 17 - 2013Comments Off

Some say that stocking stuffer ideas are the hardest to find and come up with. Not only do they need to be the perfect gift for that special someone on your list, but stocking stuffers by nature need to be small and compact enough to fit in a stocking. TailgatingIdeas.com to the rescue. Over the course of this past year we have tested and reviewed a ton of tailgating products that would make great gifts. (Make sure to check out our Holiday Gift Guide for Tailgaters – 2013 Edition if you still need some gift ideas.) Without further delay or unneccesary introduction, here are the Tailgating Ideas Stocking Stuffer Ideas for 2013.


Beerouette in ice

Beerouette in ice

Remember a while back when we told you about the guys from Spin Chill that successfully surpassed their goal of $10,000 and raised over $40,000 on Kickstarter to develop their Beerouette? Well, it finally made it into mass production and would make a perfect stocking stuffer. It runs on three AA batteries and fits nicely into your pocket and of course slides easily into a stocking. It spins a canned beverage or even a bottled beverage in ice and turns a warm drink to ice cold in under two minutes. Price: $35 plus $6 postage and packaging. Buy two Beerouettes, one for you and one for a friend, and they ship in the same box for $9. Get the Beerouette HERE. Read the rest of this entry »




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