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MLB Spring Training Dates

Posted by Dave On February - 2 - 2015Comments Off on MLB Spring Training Dates

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Football season is officially over. Not that you can tailgate at the Super Bowl anymore anyways, but the end of the Super Bowl is the symbolic closing of the book on football season and hence tailgating. But it doesn’t have to a tearful goodbye. Baseball season is right around the corner.

We’re less than a month away from the beginning of spring training, as the first pitchers and catchers report to camp on Feb. 18.

Here is a list of every major league team’s reporting dates for pitchers and catchers, as well as position players. Spring training games officially begin on March 3.

Cactus League Reporting Dates – Arizona
Team           Pitchers & Catchers            Position Players           First Game
Angels         Feb. 19                                   Feb. 24                          Mar. 5 vs. MIL
Athletics     Feb. 19                                   Feb. 24                          Mar. 3 vs. SF
Brewers      Feb. 20                                  Feb. 25                           Mar. 5 vs. LAA
Cubs            Feb. 19                                  Feb. 24                           Mar. 5 vs. OAK/SF (ss)
D-Backs      Feb. 19                                  Feb. 24                           Mar. 4 vs. COL
Dodgers      Feb. 19                                  Feb. 25                           Mar. 4 vs. CWS
Giants         Feb. 18                                  Feb. 23                           Mar. 3 vs. OAK
Indians       Feb. 18                                  Feb. 22                           Mar. 3 vs. CIN
Mariners    Feb. 20                                  Feb. 24                          Mar. 4 vs. SD
Padres         Feb. 19                                  Feb. 24                          Mar. 4 vs. SEA
Rangers      Feb. 20                                  Feb. 25                          Mar. 4 vs. KC
Reds            Feb. 18                                  Feb. 23                          Mar. 3 vs. CLE
Rockies       Feb. 20                                 Feb. 26                           Mar. 4 vs. ARI
Royals         Feb. 19                                 Feb. 24                           Mar. 4 vs. TEX
White Sox   Feb. 19                                Feb. 23                           Mar. 4 vs. LAD

Grapefruit League Reporting Dates – Florida
Team          Pitchers & Catchers           Position Players          First Game
Astros         Feb. 20                                Feb. 24                           Mar. 5 vs. PHI
Blue Jays   Feb. 22                                 Feb. 26                           Mar. 3 vs. PIT
Braves        Feb. 20                                 Feb. 25                           Mar. 4 vs. NYM
Cardinals   Feb. 19                                 Feb. 24                           Mar. 5 vs. MIA
Marlins       Feb. 20                                Feb. 24                           Mar. 5 vs. STL
Mets            Feb. 19                                Feb. 24                           Mar. 4 vs. ATL
Nationals   Feb. 19                                 Feb. 24                           Mar. 5 vs. NYM
Orioles        Feb. 19                                Feb. 24                            Mar. 3 vs. DET
Phillies        Feb. 18                               Feb. 23                            Mar. 3 vs. NYY
Pirates         Feb. 18                               Feb. 23                            Mar. 3 vs. TOR
Rays             Feb. 22                               Feb. 27                            Mar. 5 vs. BAL
Red Sox       Feb. 20                               Feb. 24                           Mar. 5 vs. MIN
Tigers           Feb. 19                               Feb. 23                            Mar. 3 vs. BAL
Twins           Feb. 22                               Feb. 27                            Mar. 5 vs. BOS
Yankees       Feb. 20                               Feb. 25                            Mar. 3 vs. PHI

The Big Game is coming up this weekend, and even though many of us will not be tailgating the event most of the world will be having some sort of party.  Some will have huge spreads featuring every variety of finger food known to man.  Others will have something a little more conservative.  If you’re still on the fence about what you’re going to do, and especially if you’re leaning towards a more low key evening I might have something that you’d be interested in.  31666_123177024370134_7227124_n-640x339

If you’ll think back to 2013 we reviewed Ball Park brand patties.  You can see that post here, but to save you time we liked them.  Well as luck would have it we were approached about trying one of their turkey patty offerings, specifically the Flame Grilled Turkey with Cheddar and Jalapeno Patties.  Since we like biting the bullet, or in this case burger, for our readers to let them know our take on products we were happy to do it.  One of the first things I did with these is to see what sort of difference nutritionally there is between the beef and turkey options.  As you might guess the turkey patties are lower in calories, and fat.  They do have a little more in the way of sodium, but that might be because my variety has cheese in the pattie.  So in other words it would appear that the turkey burgers are “better” for you.  That’s relative, but it’s still January and I pretend that things

Disclaimer: We receieved a package of Ball Park Flame Grilled Turkey with Cheddar and Jalapeno Patties free of charge.  This in no way affected our ability to review the product in a fair and objective manner.5450019316_BP_Turkey_CheddarJalapeno_Patty_3d

Now all of that doesn’t mean a thing if the taste isn’t there.  Now it’s important to remember that this isn’t a beef product, so you can’t go into it thinking of it as such.  In order to test the product without much in the way of alteration I just microwaved the product, one of the main reasons you’d buy something like this, and placed it on a standard hamburger bun. No condiments, no additional cheese, just the bun and the patty.  It was pretty darn tasty.  The jalapeno provided a nice little warmth, and the cheese was melty and creamy.  For what this product is, a frozen turkey burger, it is certainly good enough to keep around for something to eat in a hurry.  With the remaining product I made some burgers with some additional condiments and they became a wonderful shortcut to a decent weeknight burger.  All in all I would recommend the Ball Park Flame Grilled Turkey with Cheddar and Jalapeno Patties to anyone looking for a lower calorie, quick to make option.

If you’re still on the fence, or if you just want to try something for nothing we do have some coupons to giveaway.  Much like the last Ball Park giveaway to enter simply leave a comment on this post and I’ll randomly select 5 people.  When you comment please use an email address that you monitor as that’s the one I’ll contact you on.   If you’d like to enter leave your comment by no later than Friday 1/30/15 by 11:59 PST.  If you’re selected as a winner I will email you asking for your preferred physical mailing address, which I’ll pass along to the marketing firm that is handling promotion of this product, and they’ll mail the coupon to you.  If you’re wondering I’ve been assured that no information will be stored as a result of this, it simply saves on them mailing the coupons to me and then me to you.

Jerry King Tailgating Cartoon #193

Posted by Jerry On January - 11 - 2015Comments Off on Jerry King Tailgating Cartoon #193

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Top 10 posts of 2014

Posted by Dave On January - 7 - 2015Comments Off on Top 10 posts of 2014

Seven years. It’s been seven years since we started this tailgating lifestyle blog in August 2007. To predict that we would still be going strong after that amount of time was nearly impossible given the nature of blogging.

Who knew that you could blog about tailgating and the tailgate party lifestyle and not only have people read it but come back regularly to interact and engage in the conversation. We did and are happy to continue into 2015 and beyond to bring you the best in tailgating news, product reviews, tailgating game reviews and maybe a little humor along the way.

2014 was another great year for Tailgating Ideas in that we reviewed lots of products and provided tons of information for you enthusiasts out there in the parking lot. It wasn’t easy but our commitment to you the readers along with discovering new things to not only help you tailgate, but to tailgate better, has always been our goal.

Even though 2014 has come to a close and we are already a week into 2015, we wanted to take a look back and recap the year that was. Here is the list of the Top 10 most popular post on TailgatingIdeas.com in 2014. (Rankings based on web traffic analytics and number of page views for a particular post.)

Tailgate TV Stand Featured
10. Tailgate TV Stand – Who wouldn’t want to watch TV off the back of their car while tailgating? We reviewed the Tailgate TV Stand and found it to be “Tailgate Approved” based on it’s functionality and the ability to rotate your flat screen TV 360 degrees to keep it out of sun glare or to protect it from errant footballs in the parking lot.

KoolerCap Featured
9. KoolerCap – Keeping your ice from melting while tailgating has been a big problem since the dawn of tailgating. We reviewed the KoolerCap, which essentially is a blanket that covers the top of of the ice to prevent heat transfer every time you open the cooler to grab a cold one. Big money saver for those who tailgate for longer periods.

Fanatic Lights Featured
8. Fanatic Lights – Fanatic Lights are high-grade, custom, super bright, alternating (or single) colored, gumball shaped, LED bulb strands of lights. They are basically Christmas Lights for your pop-up tent in your team’s colors. Battery operated, you don’t have to drag out the generator to make these lights shine and show your team spirit.

Sunscreen Flask by the pool
7. Sunscreen Flasks now available in a 2-pack – The original Sunscreen Flask came packaged by itself. The folks over at GoPong came up with their own version and rolled them out as a 2-Pack. One flask was designed to look like a SPF 15 tube of sunscreen while the other was disguised as a tube of SPF 30. That way you can smuggle two different flavors of alcohol into events and have double the fun. With good news like that, no wonder this post came in ranked No. 7.

6. Shotgun chug a beer challenge to strike out PMS – You remember this past summer when it seemed like everyone was doing the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness for ALS. We decided we wanted to have a little fun with it and parody that craze with a challenge to strike out an even more annoying affliction… PMS.

The Tailgating Kit- Standard box unloaded
5. The Tailgating Kit – This post was propelled to the top five by the power of social media. Apparently people enjoy it so much that they chose to share with with their friends on Facebook over 700 times and on Twitter over 20 times. Not bad for a post that reviewed an all-inclusive tailgating kit that includes plates, cups, utensils, napkins, etc. all in one box.

50 Caliber Bullet Bottle Opner Featured
4. Stocking Stuffer Guide 2014 – Whereas the last top post was driven by social media traffic, this post was vaulted into the top five by appearing in the December 11th edition of Sports Illustrated’s Hot Clicks. With all kinds of cool things to put in the stocking of your favorite tailgater on your shopping list, why wouldn’t this post be one of the more popular in all of 2014?

Lotion Flasks Combo
3. Lotion Flasks – You saw earlier how popular the Sunscreen Flasks post was so it stands to reason a post about smuggling your booze using a flask that looks like a tube of hand lotion would break the top three. A genius way to save money on attending events by skipping the expensive drinks and mixing your own while inside. And what security guard is going to question a woman with three different types of hand lotion in her purse?

Anti 7 Layer Dip
2. 70 Layer Dip Recipe – Last year’s Super Bowl included the Broncos and the Seahawks. The two states these two teams hail from are the only two states in the union to have passed laws that legalize the recreational use of marijuana. In honor of that we thought instead of sharing a recipe for a regular, old 7-layer dip…. why not a 70-layer dip consisting of drunken and stoner munchies foods. Some of the combinations might surprise you. The sheer shock value of this post along with social media sharing propelled it to the runner-up spot for most popular post in 2014.

NY Jets Tailgaters

NY Jets Tailgaters

1. $500 AT&T Gift Card #Techgating Finalists – Social Media and reader involvement pushed this post to the top of the heap for 2014. Whenever you offer up $500 for free, you are going to get a response and boy, did we ever. Not only was this post shared on regular social media like Facebook and Twitter by the teams vying for the most polling votes, but was also shared on message boards and forums across the internet. Never underestimate the power of grassroots sharing on the internet when it comes to reeling in internet traffic.

Thanks for a great 2014 and we are looking forward to an even bigger, better and stronger 2015. August will complete our eighth year blogging about tailgating and we hope to keep it up for many years to come. Happy New Year to everyone and please come back often for more great content about tailgating and the tailgate party lifestyle.

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Two Beers in Two Seconds With The Bierstick

Posted by Dave On December - 26 - 20144 COMMENTS

bierstick_girls.jpgYou’ve seen the 12 Man Beer Bong and even the Flabongo. Now comes The Bierstick. At first glance it looks a lot like an over-sized syringe (Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens eat your heart out) and holds 24 ounces of beer. The concept is simple. Fill up the The Bierstick with two beers. Replace the mouthpiece and push out excess air. Place the plunger end against a solid surface. (like a girl only wearing a bra as the picture to the right suggests) Press down and consume at your own pace. Don’t have a hot girl wearing just a bra and panties at your disposal? I am sure a car door in the neighboring tailgating space will suffice.

In case you are more of a visual learner or just like stick figure drawings, check out the tutorial below.



The best part about The Bierstick is that you can control the speed in which you consume your beer. Beer bongs use good old gravity to send the beer down to your open gullet. With The Bierstick you control the flow depending on how fast you push on the plunger. Yet another clever way to get beer in you faster than normal.

We sampled the Bierstick and did this demonstration video:

After thoroughly testing the Bierstick, we are going to deem it, “Tailgate Approved”.

The Bierstick will run you less than $30 plus shipping and handling.





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