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A Bunch of Tailgating Randomness

Posted by Chris On July - 11 - 2009

Tailgate Party!Image by DrewOtt via Flickr

It could be that I am still recovering from a Friday night tailgate or more likely the beautiful summer weather has this fan too lazy to put together full paragraphs for this post.

Following the theme of laziness, let’s go with some random tailgating thoughts this Saturday, bullet point style:

- After writing the 12 Written Rules I thought my rule book was complete.  Turns out I forget the ultimate annoyance of a tailgate…the Woo Girls.  If you don’t know what a woo girl is check out this clip.  In short, it’s a bunch of girls who feel the need to scream and cheer for everything loudly and annoyingly.  Unlucky me was parked a few cars down from this group last night.  For two hours straight it was nothing but screaming and cheering at everything.  But since life tends to have a sense of humor two of the girls were puking before even heading into the stadium!

- One of the great hidden benefits of watching a game live at the stadium is not being forced to watch or listen to endless commercials about erectile dysfunction.  Avoiding these commercials is worth the price of admission alone.  And as a free bonus you also get to avoid all of those idiotic local car ads.

- A great simple, summer BBQ recipe: Go to the store and get peel and eat shrimp.  Get a large Ziplock bag.  Put the shrimp into the bag along with Old Bay seasoning and olive oil.  Shake the bag.  Stick the bag in your cooler.  When you arrive at the stadium place aluminium foil on the grill.  Place the shrimp on the grill for about 5 minutes.  Open up a Land Shark Beer.  Insert a lime wedge into the beer bottle.  Eat, drink, and be merry.

- One HUGE upside of a baseball tailgate over a a football tailgate is the urge not to rush.  It could be just me but I feel no regrets if I miss the start of a regular season baseball game to finish up a tailgate.  Miss the kick-off of a football…no doubt a felony in all 50 states.

- No matter what leftovers remain from the pre-game tailgate, the best part of the after game tailgate remains those faces of frustration on the faces of fans as they wait in traffic to exit the parking lot.  Relax people.  What’s the rush, wait an hour, and then go home.

- But if you are stuck in traffic a great suggestion to pass the time is to call the local sports talk radio station and share your thoughts on the day’s game.

- Not sure if every baseball team does it but fireworks at the ball park are a must for every baseball fan.  Last night’s Phillies game was Fireworks night.  What a truly perfect day my Friday was (well minus the woo girls)…a day off from work, a pre-game tailgate, a Phillies victory, fireworks in the stadium, a post game tailgate, and being on the radio.

- Does anyone else have a t-shirt drawer filled with nothing but shirts purchased in the parking lot?  This fan does…damn life is good!

Happy Weekend After the 4th!

Video: Phillies Fans Shotgunning Beers

Posted by Dave On July - 1 - 2009

Philly fans, you should be embarrassed. This has to be one of the weakest demonstrations of shotgunning beers while tailgating. Although the burp at the 20 second mark and the higher than average amounts of cleavage help to salvage this one.

 

Weekend Wrap #70: Tailgate Practice Edition

Posted by Dave On June - 28 - 2009

news_wrap.jpgIt is the end of June but football season will be here before you know it. And despite the efforts of many of us in the tailgating world to encourage many of you to tailgate more often, football season is still viewed as prime “tailgating season”. Then again, football season, college or pro, goes hand in hand with tailgating. So because tailgating season is coming in August, I decided to get my gear in order in preparation of it.

For baseball season, I removed the San Diego Chargers canopy that was on my pop-up tent and replaced it with my old generic green one. There is nothing more lame than tailgating with gear that supports one team yet you are tailgating at another event. Kind of like wearing your Barry Sanders throw back jersey to the Detroit Tigers baseball game. I also broke out the tailgating games and dusted them off to make sure I was not missing any parts or game pieces. This will ensure that once I am ready to gear up and load up for the first pre-season game of the NFL season, there will be no surprises and disappointments in the parking lot. There is nothing worse than breaking out your tailgating grill only to find that the ignitor is malfunctioning or that your chairs are missing a leg. So take the next few weekends and go through your normal tailgating gear and test things out. A little time spent in the summer will save you some stress come football season.

Now on with this week’s links.

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Video: Boob Beer Bong At Brewers Tailgate

Posted by Dave On June - 20 - 2009

When it comes to tailgating, I take a pretty loose laissez-faire attitude. Even when it comes to beer bonging in the parking lot I believe as long as you have a sober driver and don’t turn into an alcohol soaked, obnoxious jackass, have at it.

But then I see this video and on the eve of Father’s Day make me take pause. Anyone consider the fascination the 8 year-olds in the background had while this whole thing was going down? Also, very classy move by the long haired fat guy to do an extra pinch after he was done. Stay classy Milwaukee.


Weekend Wrap #68: Tailgate Envy Edition

Posted by Dave On June - 14 - 2009

news_wrap.jpgMost people in the general public have heard of the famous Austrian psychiatrist Sigmund Freud. You know the guy as the man who developed such psychoanalysis like the Oedipus complex and penis envy. Well, I will have to admit, but I suffer from a different yet similar psychosis. I call it Tailgate Envy.

Tailgate Envy can be a debilitating and crippling psychotic phenomenon where one desires to be tailgating all the time and envies those that are tailgating when you can not. My most chronic case of Tailgate Envy occurs right around this time of year during the College World Series. I was fortunate to have attended the 2007 College World Series in Omaha so when I am not there I know exactly, first hand, what I am missing. It was such a great time I even made it a must stop location on my Bucket List For Tailgaters. We were told by the locals and the those that have attended numerous College World Series that when either LSU or Texas makes it to Omaha, the parking lot tailgate is covered in plumes of BBQ smoke. We were told the smells of grilled and smoked meats and the other foods prepared in the Rosenblatt Stadium parking lot are unmatched. So this year I am not in Omaha and of course it is the year that both LSU and Texas are at the College World Series.

So how does this help my severe case of Tailgate Envy? It doesn’t help it. It worsens it. And with each game I watch on ESPN I am hoping for a glimpse of the tailgating action going on outside the stadium. I am like a geeky, lovestruck pre-teen that has a crush on the most popular girl in the school yet i know she will never go out with me. Peeking around the corner down the hall from her locker hoping to catch a glimpse of her before she heads off to Social Studies class. The geek knows he can not have her but can’t help get a daily dose of starring at her. That is me with the College World Series this year. So if anyone from ESPN is reading this, please, I am begging you. More shots of people tailgating at the College World Series.

Now on with this week’s links.

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