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Power Prop Toss

Posted by Dave On July - 2 - 2013Comments Off

Although we just flipped the calendar to the month of July, football season and more importantly, tailgating, will be here before you know it. In the interest of testing out and reviewing new products and tailgating games prior to the 2013 football season we discovered another new game that is guaranteed to be something nobody has seen in the parking lot. It’s called Power Prop Toss and it combines elements of cornhole, washers and it’s own rules and game play.

Prop toss featured

At first glance Power Prop Toss looks a lot like washers except the playing surface is not the traditional wooden box. The Power Prop Toss playing surface is actually hard plastic and is actually two pieces that fit together. This makes it easy to transport to the tailgate party and the box it comes in includes a carrying handle to make it even easier. Game play is pretty easy and is well suited for tailgaters of differing ages.

Prop Toss Box openFirst set up the game base, sometimes called the Boat because of the pointed end on the front and the flat rear. The tossing line is 10 feet from the tip of the pointed end of the base. Each player chooses a set of colored discs called props. There are four props of each color and there are three props with three blades and one with four blades. The four bladed prop is called the “power prop”. Think of the power prop as the money ball in a three-point shooting competition in basketball where the points scored are doubled.

The object of the game is to score 31 points exactly without going over. You score points by tossing your props into the numbered holes and as mentioned previously, the power prop scores double. The first player throws all four of their props before the next player throws. The throwing player can throw their props in any combination they choose and can throw the power prop at any time during their turn. Leave the props where they landed until all players have thrown all their props. Props that are knocked into scoring holes by others players score the same had they landed there by the player tossing them.

If a player throws their prop into a hole and a following player throws their prop into the same hole, the points are canceled. The player that scores the most points in that round will throw first in the next round.

Prop Toss BoxTo win the game, a player must score 31 points exactly. A unique scoring aspect of Power Prop Toss is that if you do go over 31, the points you scored in that round will be subtracted from the score you started the round with. Example: Player A has 28 points to start the round and scores five points in that round. This would give Player A 33 points and thus sending them over 31 points. The five points are then subtracted from the score of 28 that they started the round with and they start the next round of tossing with 23 points.

Another unique scoring aspect is that you must score 31 points exactly with no props remaining. If player A needs to score two points to reach 31 and does in fact score two points on their first toss, Player A must hit or land their remaining props on the base or no points will be awarded in that round. Many times in cornhole when a team has reached 21 points and there is no chance the other team can overtake them, their remaining bags are thrown well short of the board to ensure victory. In Power Prop Toss, players must throw accurately enough to hit the base but not score any more points to avoid going over.

After playing with Power Prop Toss a few times we are going to deem it “Tailgate Approved”. The portability is a major factor in this being a great tailgating game. It breaks down easily and sets up quickly as well. I had it out of the box and put together and ready for game play in less than 30 seconds. I also liked the fact that it is a good game for all ages and each player can toss the props in their own unique way. The base is rugged and can withstand a number of seasons of tailgating and is weather resistant. Most wooden cornhole boards or washer toss games if it starts to rain or snow you need to get them out of the weather quickly so they will not warp. Power Prop Toss you can leave out in the rain shower and once it passes go back to playing.

Power Prop Toss is available on Amazon for $90 to $100 depending on which vendor you choose.

Jerry King Tailgating Cartoon #168

Posted by Jerry On June - 25 - 2013Comments Off

Crocodile Tailgater

NFL bag policy for 2013

Posted by Dave On June - 20 - 2013Comments Off

Jaguar fans with clear bags

Our frustration and disdain for the NFL and their ridiculous policies has been well documented on this tailgating blog for years. A policy change coming from the NFL regarding the size and opacity of bags fans can carry inside NFL stadiums is the most recent display of idiocy and invasion of privacy to date.

NFL.com: NFL’s new bag policy to improve public safety at games
Sportsrageous.com: Female fans enraged at NFL’s bag policy

The NFL in it’s infinite genius has decided to implement a ban on all purses, diaper bags and backpacks and also limits the size and type of bags that may be brought into stadiums. Citing the recent Boston Marathon bombings as a major catalyst to bringing this new policy to be, bags now must meet certain size requirements and bags on the high end of the approved size requirement must be clear plastic. Here are the parameters:

  • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12” x 6” x 12.”
  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar).
  • Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap can be taken into the stadium with one of the clear plastic bags.
  • An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at a gate designated for this purpose.

Here are examples of what types of bags and what sizes are now approved and allowed in past security check points.

Anyone else catch that the larger bags that must be clear, the NFL is trotting out their version of the bag that will conveniently have the NFL Shield on it? Of course, your favorite NFL franchise’s logo will also be available for purchase. And all for less than $12. Way to create a market for a brand new officially licensed NFL product.

New NFL clear bags approved for entry for the 2013 NFL season

Aside from the blatantly obvious attempt to sell more licensed crap probably made in China, this new policy completely disregards and dismisses the growing and formidable female fan base. Veteran NFL fans can tell you, the majority of the people that bring in bags to an NFL game are women. And the majority of those bags are purses that contain God knows what. The point here is many of those purses contain private items that do not need to be displayed to the world. Most notably, tampons and and other feminine hygiene products. Honestly, it really is nobody’s business that it is your time of the month but the NFL is now making it everyone’s business within 100 feet.

Way to go NFL. Nothing like embarrassing your female fans and invading their privacy just because the game falls on that special week for her. And here is another potential problem that NFL may have overlooked. This bag ban by the NFL may very well increase the number of car burglaries in the parking lots.

With this new policy, the NFL is encouraging female fans to leave their purses at home.

Seriously? You think women will leave their purses at home? They very well may not take them into the stadium because of this new policy but they certainly will not leave their purses at home. They will just leave them in the car and hopefully lock it up in the trunk or hide it under the seat to decrease that crime of opportunity when an unscrupulous person walks by and sees a purse sitting on the floorboard in plain sight. But we all know after tailgating for a few hours and in the rush to make it inside before kick-off, some women will forget to hide their purse and thus they are welcoming a smash and grab robbery through a car window. So in order to solve one problem of “fan security”, the NFL just created another one, car burglaries.

Now that the NFL has changed the rules of bringing in outside items into the stadium, it is time for you the tailgater to adapt. Maybe you would bring in some alcohol in a backpack that had a compartment that security would overlook. It was last year that the NFL implemented the metal detector wands policy and moved away from a physical pat down by rented security personnel usually wearing yellow windbreakers. Because of this, this may be the perfect time to start bringing in those items on your person and not in exterior bags.

For the ladies and if it happens to be that time of the month and you don’t want to advertise to everyone, wear long pants and stuff some tampons in your socks while you go through security. If you want to smuggle your booze into the stadium, we have been touting for years the Freedom Flask and the Booze Belly as inexpensive and effective ways to get liquor into the stadium to avoid paying the high concession stand prices inside.

It’s doubtful that NFL fans and season ticket holders will revolt over this new bag policy and the refuse to go to the games in person. It’s doubtful the stadiums will be half empty and that games will be blacked out in local markets at a record rate. NFL fans will grin and bear it it seems and just go along with the policy. But just because this new policy is going into effect for 2013 doesn’t mean you can not take your own precautions. Now is the time to plan on how you will get items into the stadium that otherwise don’t need to be seen in an officially NFL licensed clear bag of approved size dimensions.

Smoking at a tailgate party: Yes or No?

Posted by Guest On June - 19 - 20131 COMMENT

Smoker tailgate Party
(Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Amanda Green. Amanda is a freelance writer and Buffalo sports nut. She has been going to Bills, Sabres and Bandits games her whole life. Amanda has been writing online for a few years now but loves to write about things near and dear to her like the city of Buffalo. Amanda’s best sports memory was Matthew Barnaby’s playoff hat-trick against Montreal and her worst was the Monday Night Football loss to the Dallas Cowboys in Buffalo.)

Tailgating parties are a great way to hang out with friends, family, and connect with fellow fans before any sporting event or concert. While tailgating events are usually held outdoors, it’s not always convenient to leave the party for a smoke break. We all have experienced that one friend who has burned a hole through our favorite tailgating chair, apologizing continuously as they whip out the duck tape and chuck their cigarette. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way you could both enjoy the tailgate, without either of you being inconvenienced?

Option A

You could step away from the party to smoke, but you run the risk of missing all the fun. What if a sudden five on five pick-up game ensues with the opposing team’s fans parked next to you? They’ve been eyeballing your party all day, envious of your cornhole set-up and ladder ball skills. Once you leave, they’ll see it as the perfect opportunity to takeover your tailgate. Plus, nowadays, it’s difficult to smoke in some public parking lots. Instead of a casual two minute walk away from the crowd, you might as well lace up your running shoes and head due east towards the outer perimeter of the grounds before you are allowed to light up.

Option B

You could ignore the wishes of your fellow tailgaters and whip out a cigarette right in front of them. After all, you are braving the elements with your fellow fans and what’s one cigarette? If they are your true buddies they won’t care about the coughing attacks they’ll get while you’re blowing fumes their way, right? But, what about the food? Tailgating food has a trademark of tasting delicious. Wouldn’t it be nice to finally enjoy a juicy burger without cigarette embers? Or bite into a dripping Sloppy Joe sandwich and actually taste the spices instead of ash? However, cigarette ash versus Sloppy Joe sounds more like a personal preference.

Option C

The smokeless cigarette, or better known as e-cigarettes. With these handily available, you don’t have to miss out on the next game of flip-cup because you were off having a smoke break. E-cigarettes give both smokers and non-smokers the best of both worlds. Not only do they appear much more polite but they are healthier because there is no actual smoke. Regardless of your personal preference you should consider the alternative. Your non-smoking friends will thank you too.

Next time you are headed to a tailgate, just keep your smoke in mind and ideally your smokes in your pocket. Regardless of whether or not you are outside finding alternatives to spewing smoke on your friends and food will be appreciated.

Lite Cylinders Recalled

Posted by Dave On June - 18 - 2013Comments Off

Lite Cylinder Recall

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), a sub-division of the United States Department of Transportation (DOT), has issued an emergency order mandating a recall of cylinders manufactured by The Lite Cylinder Company, Inc. (Lite Cylinder). PHMSA also terminated the company’s authority to re-qualify and manufacture DOT cylinders.

U.S. Department of Transportation: PHMSA Orders Recall of Cylinders Manufactured by The Lite Cylinder Company

Lite Cylinder manufactures a number of composite fiberglass fuel tanks designed for the transportation of liquid propane gas (LPG). One of the main advantages that composite fiberglass LPG cylinders have over old fashioned steel tanks is the ability to see the level of propane inside through the translucent sides of the tank. Other advantages include they are lighter to carry and will not rust or corrode like steel tanks.

The emergency order was issued after a PHMSA investigation of Lite Cylinder of Franklin, Tennessee, revealed unsafe conditions and practices. The emergency order mandated more than 55,000 two-piece fully wrapped fiber composite cylinders be removed from service. If you own an LPG cylinder manufactured by Lite Cylinder, you may have already been contacted by the company alerting you to the recall. Lite Cylinder must immediately contact all cylinder owners and provide instructions about how to safely discharge, purge and remove the valve from the cylinder and how to safely return those cylinders to Lite Cylinder.

Cylinders manufactured by Lite Cylinder with any of the following markings are subject to this recall:

  • DOT-SP 14562
  • DOT-SP-13957
  • DOT-SP 13105 (Only if manufactured by The Lite Cylinder Company. Cylinders manufactured by Composite Scandinavia [M0408] and marked with this number are not subject to the recall)
  • Any cylinder requalified under requalification approval H706
  • Any cylinder manufactured under M5729

Even though you may have a Lite Cylinder LPG tank that seems to be working fine, this is still a serious matter. Emergency orders are issued when PHMSA determines that the continued use of such an item would constitute an imminent hazard. Removal and recall of these composite cylinders is a serious safety matter that should be promptly addressed by cylinder owners, gas fillers, shippers and carriers of hazardous materials. And because we are dealing with a highly flammable and explosive liquid, this matter should be taken very seriously.

Although we here at Tailgating Idea have never used, tested or reviewed an LPG cylinder manufactured by the Lite Cylinder Company, we do know there are tailgaters out there that do use these types of propane tanks. We do have extensive experience with composite fiberglass tanks only our experience is with the Clear View Propane Tanks distributed by the Ragasco USA company.

We contacted the folks at Ragasco USA to ask about the recall of the Lite Cylinder tanks and to see if this would affect the manufacture and the distribution of Clear View Propane Tanks in the future. This was their response back to us:

There are a lot of questions surrounding the recent recall of Lite Cylinder LP tanks. Clear View LPG Tank Tilted

We are spreading the word about Clear View cylinders to RV and Marine Newsletters and through other avenues like TailgatingIdeas.com to help clear up the confusion that this issue with the Lite Cylinder recall has created for some people.

As you may have assumed, Ragasco cylinders have nothing to do with any recalled cylinders. If you read the DOT recall statement it goes into great detail about the reason for the recall. It was unfortunate that Lite did not react promptly and purposefully to correct the issues of concern to the DOT.

The Clear View LP cylinder by Ragasco marketed by RagascoUSA under DOT SP 12706 has an unblemished safety record and is a worthy replacement for the Lite Cylinder LP tank.

RagascoUSA, at this time offers a 17 lb cylinder that is 12″ in diameter and is 18″ tall and are now out of stock on the 11 lb cylinder. We do not expect to have the smaller size back in stock until towards the end of this year. We also have the 31lb Fork Lift cylinder available in stock.

The recall of Lite Cylinders does not affect any metal LP cylinders or composite cylinders manufactured by Ragasco and sold by RagascoUSA.

If you have an LPG cylinder manufactured by the Lite Cylinder Company, more than likely, yours is part of this massive recall. PHMSA’s Hazardous Materials Information Center is available to assist anyone who has questions. The Info Center can be reached toll free at 800-467-4922.

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