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Video: Penn State tailgating grandma tries a beer bong

Posted by Dave On November - 16 - 2013Comments Off

Just another day at Penn State while out tailgating.

Ball Park Brand Burgers and Giveaway

Posted by Brandon On November - 13 - 20131 COMMENT

While we all love our weekends spent in the parking lot eating and drinking, the sad reality is that most of us have somewhere to be on Monday.  As we pine for the next opportunity to see our teams play we usually have the entire week to get through before we can load up the car again to tailgate.  Since my wife works at a job that requires her to work several evenings a week I’m usually on the hook for a few solo meals a week, in fact that was the situation I am facing tonight.   On occasion I will fire up the grill and cook a meal for one, but most of the time I fry up some eggs and leave it at that.  Well that can get old quick and sometimes you gotta come up with a different solution.31666_123177024370134_7227124_n (640x339)

I’ve been a fan of Ball Park hotdogs for years, and unbeknownst to me they also make a burger patty product.  In fact a few weeks ago I received an email asking if I would like give them a try, which I was more than willing to.  A few days later I had a few coupons in my mailbox.  Not long after that I was off to the store to grab a pack.

(Disclaimer: We did receive a sample of the Ball Park Burgers 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.)
If you’re not familiar with the product already, they’ve been on the shelves for some time now, I’ll give a brief description of them.  They are precooked frozen beef patties that you simply have to reheat to eat.  What the manufacturer claims is that you get that grilled burger taste, without necessarily having to fire up the grill.   The test for these was pretty simple in my eyes, all I had to do was eat one to see if it tasted like a grilled burger.  I decided to do this by using the least grill like cooking method listed on the bag, which was the microwave.  Fast forward a couple minutes and I had a hot burger ready for taste testing.
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I have to say that I was surprised with the product, I actually liked it a lot.  In fact I would say that it was the best frozen burger product I have had.  Was it just like a fresh handmade burger off the grill?  No, but I honestly don’t believe that you can ever find something that is on par with that in the freezer section.  My wife actually had one after she got home from a late shift and she said it reminded her of a fast food burger.  I think she was right on with that statement.    Where a product like this would excel is the guy who is stuck at home on game day and wants something super quick to scarf during half time, between innings, or during intermission.  It would seem logical to mention that there are several flavors available.  I sampled the plain beef patty variety but, as you can see in the picture, beef and cheese and beef and onion are also available.
As part of our deal to review the product we received some extra coupons to giveaway to our readers.  Each coupon is good for any ONE Ball Park Item priced $9.99 or lower and doesn’t expire until the middle of 2014.  You have four ways to enter, and on 11/20/13 I’ll randomly draw one winner from each entry method so it’s possible you could win more than one coupon!  Details on entering are below:
  • Instagram: Head over to my personal Instagram page and look for the Ball Park Coupon photo.  To enter you must “like” and leave a comment on that photo.
  • Twitter:  I’m going to tweet a link to this contest on my personal twitter page, and in the tweet I’ll state that you can enter by replying.  To enter you have to reply to that specific tweet with a reply tweet including the hashtag “#bringonthebeef”
  • Facebook:  Head over to the Official Tailgating Ideas Facebook page and look for the post concerning this contest.  To enter you must leave a comment.
  • This Post:  The easiest way to enter is simply leave a comment on this post!

Multiple entries via the same method, e.g. leaving four comments on the Instagram or Facebook post, will not count.

Tailgating Fantasy

Posted by Dave On November - 12 - 2013Comments Off

Man dreaming about tailgatingYou 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. Now of course some aspects of my fantasy are impossible (unless someone knows how to make clouds rain bacon…) it is my football fantasy and I will be as unrealistic I want. After all, this is a fantasy, right?

5:30 AM – Alarm. The sweet sound of John Facenda, legendary announcer from NFL Films awakens me.

5:35 AM – Shower

5:50 AM – Get dressed in shorts, throw back jersey and Flip Flops

6:00 AM – Huge “Madden Cruiser” style party bus pulls up with 30 of my closest friends and family.

6:01 AM – Step onto the bus, immediately handed a Bacon Bloody Mary.

6:02 AM – Bus departs for Stadium for tailgating prior to the game.

6:05 AM – Bus merges onto the freeway. Entertainment in the cabin is a running loop of old school NFL Films Crunch Course videos.

7:00 AM – Enter San Diego County and immediately joined by a 12 car police escort complete with lights a sirens. Presidential motorcades don’t get this much respect.

moses parting red sea7:55 AM – Arrive at Gate 1 for some Qualcomm Stadium tailgating five minutes before the gates are supposed to open. We arrive. Gates open. Mental image – Moses parting the Red Sea.

8:00 AM – Bus parks within 12 parking spaces that have been coned off and reserved just for us.

8:01 AM – A racing pit crew comes out of nowhere and immediately unpacks the bus. The grill, beer pong tables, cornhole boards, tables, chairs and even the hi-def satellite signal is locked in in less than a minute.

8:02 AM – Step off the bus to a throng of cheers that would rival the original Beatles in 1964.

8:05 AM – Surveying the grilling area of the tailgate, notice that Bobby Flay and Emeril Lagasse are nearly in a fist fight over who will be cooking. Flay wins by pulling rank with experience with grilling. Lagasse gets in a few good body shots but has to settle for cooking for someone else.

8:10 AM – Stop by one of the fully loaded bars. Get served by Ted Lang who played Isaac the Bartender from the Love Boat TV show. Hands me another Bacon Bloody Mary and of course the double finger point. Informs me that when he is on break, Sam Malone, Coach and Woody from Cheers will be taking care of us.

8:15 AM – A Las Vegas mobile sports book betting kiosk magically appears taking all kinds of action. Drop $10,000 on the Over.

8:30 AM – The Swedish Bikini Team pulls up in their own van and will be our waitresses for the day.

8:35 AM – Eggs Benedict, bacon, hash browns and orange juice for breakfast.

9:00 AM – Good friend points out the homeless bag lady rummaging through the dumpster scavenging for aluminum cans. Upon closer look I recognize it is the snobby, Homecoming Queen that turned down my feeble attempts to ask her out back in high school. Laugh uncontrollably.

9:15 AM – Play all the traditional tailgating games; cornhole, ladder ball, washers, polish horseshoes and dominate them all.

10:00 AM – First set of all the early NFL games are projected onto an 18-Wheeler sized flatbed screen. Picture if the Sports Book at Ceasar’s Palace was moved outdoors… but bigger.

10:45 AM – Play four games of beer pong simultaneously. Go undefeated.

11:15 AM – Gatorade shower dumped over my head in celebration of my dominating performance. Immediately picked up and crowd surf the tailgate party.

11:45 AM – Fans of the opposing team stop by the tailgating area. Immediately take off their jerseys and hats, place them in a pile at my feet. They douse the clothing with lighter fluid but I get to drop the match.

12:00 PM – Lunch consists of Surf and Turf, and Baked Alaska for desert.

Raining bacon12:15 PM – Tailgate is slightly interrupted by a short thunderstorm. Instead of water, it’s raining bacon strips.

12:30 PM – Tailgating gear gets packed up by someone who is not me.

12:35 PM – Helicopter lands in the parking stall adjacent to ours. Picks me up to take me to MCAS Miramar. Hop into an F/A-18 Hornet to pilot the lead jet for the pre-game fly over.

1:00 PM – Low level fly over the stadium breaking the sound barrier while passing over the 50 yard line.

1:05 PM – Land jet and chopper back to stadium. Upon arrival back, a rickshaw pulled by a bikini clad Jaime Edmondson is waiting to take me to my seat.

1:15 PM – Kick off is immediately returned for a touchdown. My team leads 7-0 with 14:43 to go in the 1st quarter.

4:35 PM – My team caps off a great seesaw battle with a 60 yard Hail Mary that is caught for a touchdown as time expires in overtime. My team not only wins but earns home field advantage throughout the playoffs. Teams combined for 63 points. Hello Vegas Over!

4:45 PM – Back in the parking lot and the post-game tailgate is already underway. Despite having a police escort at our disposal, we opt for the post-game tailgate just because we can.

6:00 PM – Police escort out of the stadium while watching the Sunday Night Football game. Neck and shoulder massage by a bikini clad Kate Upton.

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

Yeti Tundra 65

Posted by Dave On November - 7 - 2013Comments Off

Yeti Tundra 65

Although it is November and the temperature outside is starting to dip colder and colder, you still need a good tailgating cooler no matter what season you choose to hit the parking lots. It was years ago (2009 to be exact) when we discovered Yeti Coolers from a series of online videos demonstrating their quality craftsmanship and durability. Despite having a strict policy of only endorsing products we have personally tested in a real tailgating environment, we shared the videos adding the caveat that we personally had not tested the product. We recently had the opportunity to test out a Yeti Cooler and not to give anything away too soon, we came away quite impressed.

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Video: Kid beer bongs juice while tailgating

Posted by Dave On November - 5 - 2013Comments Off

Check out this young Miami Hurricanes fan doing a beer bong with Capri Sun and water. You need to teach them while they are young or they will never learn to tailgate properly. This kid is clearly ready for college already.

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