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Spin Chill Kickstarter Campaign

Posted by Dave On September - 26 - 2013Comments Off

Chill Bit in Ice chest
Nowadays if you want your small business to get off the ground, forging a Kickstarter campaign is the preferred method to get some much needed funding. It seems as though going to the bank and asking for a business loan is passe compared to crowd sourcing and using the power of social media. Small companies that have a product that would be great for tailgating are no different.

Last month we reviewed a tailgating gadget called the Chill Bit made by a company called Spin Chill. If you didn’t read the review, it is an attachment that fits one end onto the top of a can or a bottle, the other end into your cordless drill chuck and spins it in ice for about a minute to get it ice cold. We liked it so much that we decided to offer the Chill Bit in our online tailgating gear store.

Now comes the next innovation from Spin Chill called the Beerouette. The Beerouette is the same concept of the Chill Bit but automates the process into a handy little tool that can fit into your pocket. Check out their Kickstarter campaign video below for more info.

Spin Chill is looking for an investment of $10,000 to get their company and products off the ground and it looks like they will get there. As of this evening, Spin Chill had 266 backers who have pledged $8,586 of the $10,000 goal. There are still 20 days to go before this campaign ends so if you want to be in on the ground floor, now is the time to get involved before it gets fully funded.

The Spin Chill Kickstarter campaign can be found here.

Tailgating 601 for Post Graduates

Posted by Dave On September - 26 - 2013Comments Off

Last year around this time we put together a helpful guide called Tailgating 101 for college freshmen. It was our way of helping those incoming Freshman that had been prepping all summer for college football tailgating but may have needed need a few pointers. In the interest of fairness we have decided to put together a helpful guide for those recently graduated tailgaters that have been tailgating at the their alma mater for a few years. The recently graduated college student who still comes back to their old college town on football Saturdays needs a few pointers too on how to tailgate properly. You’d be surprised how tailgating after you have graduated will change compared to when you were an undergrad.

You may ask, “Why does a recent Post-Grad need tailgating tips? They have been tailgating college football for at least four years.” The simple answer is once you have moved out of the fraternity or sorority house, the way you tailgate needs to change too. Even though you may think being removed from living on campus by two or three years affords you the opportunity to still tailgate like an undergrad, you are mistaken. Follow these simple guidelines so you can avoid the embarrassment of the Post-Graduate tailgating faux pas.

Undergrads tailgating

Don’t Dress Like an Undergrad – I don’t care what the tradition was for game day on your campus. Dressing as though you are going to be wedged into the student section doesn’t cut it anymore. Wearing that cape or the mismatched socks or the bow tie complete with sports jacket in 90 degree heat may have worked when you were a freshman or a sophomore but now, not so much. Plus, you think dressing like all the undergrads will help you stand out and separate yourself from the crowd? Jeans and your school’s logo polo shirt will be just fine and you won’t look like Wooderson from the movie Dazed and Confused trying to scam on girls who were Homecoming court runners up in high school this time last year.

Keg Stand while tailgating

Resist the Rituals – No matter what your undergrad traditions were, you may have to back away slowly and find some new ones. Keg stands when you are 21 are not only acceptable behavior but expected. Keg stands when you are 28 and have an entry level job you need to make it into on time on Monday? Not so much. Look on the bright side. New rituals and traditions can be more fun to start. We’re not saying you have to abandon playing beer pong while tailgating. You might have to retire the old table you have that was made out of 2x4s and plywood for a more portable and lightweight version. Fitting that heavy and bulky thing into a two door sedan is probably getting old.

Old guy returns to frat house

Avoid Lingering at the old Haunts – We get it that every time you step foot in the old fraternity house you are greeted with cheers and chants and immediate requests to recount numerous stories. Everyone needs a little ego boost every now and then but it is time to stop relying on the old stories and memories to carry you through. Pop into your old frat house to say hi, or make a donation to the chapter fund but don’t make it an all day affair. Make an appearance but go grab your parking space on south campus and set up your own tailgate party.

College fake ID

Don’t sit in the Student Section – You may still look young enough to be a college student but that doesn’t mean you have to still sit in the student section. Don’t turn the ticket taker at the gate of the student section into one of those state fair carnies that has to guess your age. Your male pattern baldness and hint of crow’s feet are a dead give away you are trying to pull one over. Just be thankful the student ID photo you took seven years ago worked as long as it did.

Beer Box Helmet Guy

Don’t be “That Guy” – We get it that you were the one to always scream “War Eagle” or “Roll Tide” or start the UCLA eight clap when it was time to get everyone fired up to head into the game. Try not to be that guy that screams these same cheers while everyone is filing out of the stadium and making their way across the parking lots either. Most people upon leaving the game are hot, sweaty, dehydrated and a touch hungover and your incessant yelling is not helping the situation. It might actually get your ass kicked because most tailgaters will blow off an undergrad doing it, upon graduation it just makes you look like a douche canoe.

Indiana football tailgating

Post-Game Tailgate like a real Post-Grad – One of the best parts about tailgating is the post-game tailgate. After the game is over you don’t want to sit in hours of traffic waiting for the two main roads leading into the dinky college town siphons out over 100,000 people. Fire up the grill and cook those hamburgers or brats that you have kept cold in your cooler while you were inside for the game. You are in no rush to get anywhere. The college kids still in school are in a panic to figure out what bar they want to hit before it gets too crowded with post-game revelers. Let them have that headache. You brought your own gear and can break out the folding chairs and relax and waive to all the other fans that are sitting in traffic pulling their hair out because they have moved 20 feet in the past half hour.

Drunk guys passed out and shamed on couch

Avoid crashing on someone’s couch – We know it is tempting to hit the bars after the game and party like you just got your first fake ID. We get it. Seeing how we understand it is from a position of experience. You may think you can party and stay out all night until last call but that means you will be needing a place to crash because you will be in no condition to drive home. That usually translates into the bad decision of crashing on someone’s couch or even worse, the couch in the front room of the frat house. It’s a given, at the very least, you will become the world’s largest canvas for Sharpies and Magic Markers. Unless you enjoy waking up to find you will be going to work on Monday with phallic symbols on your forehead and one eyebrow shaved off, resist this temptation. The big difference is that when we learned this valuable lesson it was in the days before camera phones and the ability to post to Instagram and Facebook within seconds. It’s 2013, You are not so lucky and the Internet isn’t going away anytime soon.

Mid-Week Eye Candy Wrapper #128: Leanna Decker Edition

Posted by Dave On September - 25 - 2013Comments Off

Three weeks of NFL football is already in the books and hopefully all of you tailgaters have been making up for the lost time during the summer when you weren’t tailgating. In this week’s edition of the Mid-Week Eye Candy Wrapper we wanted to feature Leanna Decker. Leanna Decker is a bikini and lingerie model and also is Playboy’s Cyber Girl of the Year 2012. She posed for a number of photos wearing NFL gear but the reason why we chose this particular one was to give a shout out to our two writers who are Philly tailgaters. Hats off to you Rob and Chris and all the other great staff writers we have here at TailgatingIdeas.com. Links follow the eye candy…

Leanna Decker Eagles Shirt

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Posted by Dave On September - 24 - 2013Comments Off

Kwickan Featured
The very nature of tailgating will produce a lot of refuse. Temporary containers such as plastic bags, paper plates, plastic cups and plastic forks, spoons and knives all need to be thrown away during the party once they are no longer needed. Most tailgaters will tie a plastic trash bag to their bumper or even just have the bag lay on the ground while out tailgating. Unfortunately those old techniques aren’t conducive to easily throwing items away. We were recently contacted by the folks at Kwickan who claim they have a solution for those trash bags laying on the ground while tailgating. Take a look at their video.

If you watched the video you saw the Kwickan has a number of uses not only around the house but while out tailgating. We were sent samples of the original Kwickan along with the smaller Kwickan II.

(Disclaimer: We did receive samples of the Kwickan 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.)

The easiest way to describe the Kwickan is that it is a lightweight, portable and reusable bag holder. The Kwickan stores flat and will hold open most 33 to 55 gallon plastic trash bags. The Kwickan II is designed for smaller 13 gallon trash bags typically the size used in kitchen trash containers. It is made from Virgin and Recycled Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) plastic and is rigid enough to store flat but pliable enough to bend and be inserted into a trash can to hold it open. (Click images for larger more detailed view)

As you can see in the gallery, we took the Kwickan and the smaller Kwickan II with us while tailgating the San Diego Chargers vs Houston Texans Monday Night Football game. Setting up the Kwickan and inserting it into the trash bag took literally less than 10 seconds. Once set up we had a larger trash can that was available for refuse like paper plates, plastic cups and utensils. We used the smaller Kwickan II to bag recyclables and placed crushed aluminum cans in it. Once the time came to pack up and head inside the game, we simply removed the Kwickan from the bags and grabbed the ties and tied up the bags. The trash bag was ready to go to the dumpster on our walk into the game and the recyclables were placed inside our tailgating vehicle to be taken home and recycled during the week.

The time saving aspect was huge in that set up and removal was quick and easy. The obvious benefit was that the Kwickan held open both of our plastic bags and made it easy to place refuse and recyclables without having to secure the bag to a tent pole or a bumper or just letting it lay on the ground. No more bending over to find the opening of the bag while it lays on the ground.

One aspect of the Kwickan you may have noticed is that the plastic Kwickan goes on the inside of the trash bag and can be subject to getting dirty from trash placed in the bag. Tailgating is notorious for messy and sticky foods stuck on paper plates like baked beans, BBQ sauce and condiments like ketchup and mustard could get stuck on the side of the Kwickan when throwing those items away. One way to prevent the sticky foods from sticking to the Kwickan is to use two trash bags.

Insert the Kwickcan into the first trash bag much like you see in the photos and the video. Once inserted, place the Kwickan upright and then insert another trash bag on the inside of the Kwickan and tuck the top edges of the inner bag in between the outter trash bag and the Kwickan. This now essentially double bags your trash receptacle and prevents food from smearing on the plastic of the Kwickan.

Another aspect that the Kwickan is great for is using two of them as a portable keg cooler. In the above video around the 1:35 mark, you see a demonstration of how you can use two Kwickans to create a temporary keg cooler that can hold a full size keg plus bags of ice. Not too bad considering a regular plastic trash can or a tub can be expensive and takes up a lot of room to store when not in use. The Kwickan can hang flat on the wall in your garage by hanging it off of a nail or hook.

After thoroughly testing and reviewing the Kwickan, we are going to say it is definitely “Tailgate Approved”.

The Kwickan is priced at under $20 and the Kwickan II designed for smaller bags sells for less than $15. You can find the Kwickan at your local Home Depot or if you prefer to purchase online, is available through Amazon.com. For more information, visit: kwickan.com

Video: Single Player Flip Cup

Posted by Dave On September - 23 - 2013Comments Off

Normally a game of flip cup you have teams of four on each side of the table. Check out these Miami Dolphin tailgaters who decided to go head-to-head with a little one-on-one and four cups in a game of flip cup.




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