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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

Not Mugger Tailgater

Mid-Week Eye Candy Wrapper #129 – Sandra Kubicka Edition

Posted by Dave On October - 9 - 2013Comments Off

If you are an NFL tailgater or just a fan that watches on TV, you probably noticed the color pink on the players uniforms this past week. Even the referees had turned in their traditional yellow penalty flags for pink flags this past weekend. (Although the pink penalty flags are only a one week thing because the flags and pink towels that fell off of players were too confusing.) The reason for all this pink is because October is breast cancer awareness month. And because we want to get in on the act, we thought what better way to raise awareness (and a few other things while we are at it…) than to choose Polish model Sandra Kubicka decked out in pink NFL gear as our eye candy. You’re welcome and links follow the eye candy…

Sandra Kubicka

Sandra Kubicka

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FanMug

Posted by Dave On October - 8 - 2013Comments Off

FanMugs threeWe tailgaters love to show our support and spirit for our favorite teams outside the stadium in the parking lot just as much as we show it inside the stadium. Seeing how a fair share of beverage consumption occurs outside the stadium in the parking lots, you want to set yourself apart from your run of the mill tailgaters. Now you don’t have to be painted into a corner with showing your love of your team with just a regular old can koozie. Try on a FanMug for size.

FanMug Oklahoma Sooners

As you can see by the photos above, the FanMug is an authentic, miniature replica of your favorite football team’s helmet. The facemask is the handle and the 13.5 oz removable cup is dishwasher safe and BPA-free. You can place your can or bottle in the removable cup to use it as a koozie, or you can pour your cold or hot drink directly into the cup for use as an insulated mug.

The FanMug comes in a number of NFL and NCAA licensed teams. The NFL teams currently available are: Bears, Browns, Colts, Cowboys, Eagles, Giants, Jets, Lions, Packers, Patriots, Raiders, Ravens, Saints, Steelers and Texans. Take a look at some of the NCAA licensed FanMugs being used by real tailgaters. (Click images for larger, more detailed view)

The above gallery is just a few select NCAA teams available for your FanMug. All teams currently available are: Alabama Crimson Tide, Arkansas Razorbacks, Auburn Tigers, Florida Gators, Florida State Seminoles, Georgia Bulldogs, Kentucky Wildcats, LSU Tigers, Miami Hurricanes, Michigan State Spartans, North Carolina Tar Heels, Ohio State Buckeyes, Oklahoma Sooners, Penn State Nittany Lions, South Carolina Gamecocks, Texas A&M Aggies, Texas Longhorns, Virginia Tech Hokies and West Virginia Mountaineers.

We were sent samples of three FanMugs. We received an Oklahoma Sooners, Oakland Raiders and a Spielman Gridiron Classic pink FanMug. The purpose of testing out the FanMug was to see how well it insulated and kept beverages cold, which type of beverages would fit in, the overall quality and craftsmanship and also how comfortable it was to hold in your hand.

(Disclaimer: We did receive a sample of the FanMug 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.)
NFL Raiders detail
The first aspect we really liked was the attention to detail of the FanMug. As you can see in the close-up photo of the Oakland Raiders FanMug, the facemask clips and the screws are authentic and just smaller than those you would find on an authentic NFL or NCAA helmet. You can tell the creator of this product was a stickler for details and was a perfectionist.

We also tested how long it would keep a beverage cold. Without boring you with laborious details the bottom line is the FanMug keeps beverages colder longer than if you just were holding it in your hand. The fact that your hand is removed from the can and prevents that body heat transfer makes it a tremendous insulator.

The types of beverages it can hold varies from cans to bottles. Standard 12 oz. cans like a Bud Light or a Coca Cola fit well and slide in and out of the inner cup easily but do not rattle around. Taller and thinner cans like Coors Light cans do have a bit of wiggle room in the inner cup but I found a way to prevent that. Simply place one of those neoprene can koozies around the thinner can and the extra girth make for a nice snug fit into the FanMug. You can pour your can or bottle into the inner cup of the FanMug or even use it for some Irish coffee or a rum and Coke. When not tailgating you can use it for your morning coffee or on your desk as a pencil holder.

UNC FanMug holding handThe last test we conducted was how to comfortably hold it in your hand. Because we have a bigger hand than most people, the comfortable way for me to hold the FanMug was to place two fingers above the cross bar of the facemask on the top portion and my ring finger below. The FanMug sat comfortably in my hand and even with a full beverage in the inner cup did not weigh too much and felt natural sitting in my hand. The key is to make sure you hold the FanMug by the facemask as that portion of the product is designed to look authentic but is also meant to be used as the handle.

The FanMug comes all in one piece but can be separated into two pieces. The inner cup comes out and can be washed in the top rack of the dishwasher. It is also BPA free and is food grade plastic so you don’t have to worry about that if you choose to pour your drink into it and drink directly from the FanMug. The inner cup is also microwave safe so if your coffee gets cold at home or at the office, pop out the inner cup and zap it to warm it up and place it back in the helmet.

After thorough testing and based on functionality and the fact this is a unique way to support your team while tailgating, the FanMug is definitely “Tailgate Approved”.

FanMugs are priced $11.99 for an individual piece but if you buy a set of four, run $39.99. Shipping is reasonably priced too and if you go with the four pack, the shipping is very affordable. For more information or to buy your own, visit: FanMug.com.

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