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Clemson Tailgating Grill

Posted by Dave On January - 4 - 2012

With the new year comes a new example of how to get creative when it comes to customizing a Margaritaville Tailgating Grill. This one was completed actually last year as a Christmas gift for one lucky Clemson Tigers fan. As you can see by the photos it was completed after the sun had set so we apologize for the dark images. Despite being dark out you can see that we customized the swing arm to appear to look like a tiger’s tail.

If you haven’t been paying attention lately you should know that the availability of these Margaritaville Tailgating Grills is getting more and more scarce. It would appear that Margaritaville has no intention of manufacturing more so when the last of the grills are sold, they will be gone forever. We checked all the local Lowe’s Home Improvement Stores in our area to find they were all sold out. These grills were on clearance specials so it is no wonder they sold so quickly. So the long and the short of it is, if you have always wanted one of these grills for your tailgating set-up, you better act now before they are all gone and you have to pay a King’s ransom to get one.

If you would like to see more photos of other Custom Tailgating Grills, click HERE.

Boycott Concessions at ACC Championship Game

Posted by Dave On December - 4 - 2009

This Saturday is championship game week. All the major conferences who host a championship game, SEC, Big XII, ACC, all will have the game that determines which team will get that coveted BCS Bowl berth. Normally these games are played in larger, neutral sites yet still remain regional to handle the large crowd expected to be in attendance. That means fans of both teams can normally tailgate at the games without traveling a tremendous distance.  Unfortunately the ACC has chosen to play its championship game at Raymond James Stadium, a stadium notoriously known for its anti-tailgating policies. Because of Raymond James Stadium’s refusal to open up parking lot gates earlier than 4:30 pm for an 8 pm kick-off, fans from both Georgia Tech and Clemson are boycotting spending any money inside the stadium. I fully applaud this move and would encourage all to do the same.

You may recall an email I received from a reader, Chris, who tailgates before Atlanta Falcons and Georgia Tech games. He wrote in and although he personally has not been subject to tailgating restrictions, he believes tailgating has taken on a negative stigma in the media lately. In light of the upcoming ACC Championship Game limited tailgating times, he felt compelled to email again. This time he and other tailgaters are taking action.

I just wanted to send you a quick update that I now understand and feel the pain of tailgating restrictions. This Saturday, I will be traveling to Tampa for the ACC Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium. RJ has announced, even with hundreds of Georgia Tech and Clemson tailgaters calling to complain, that they will not open the parking lots until 4:30 pm for our 8 pm game.

We will be boycotting all purchases inside the stadium and have worked with a local business to allow us to use their parking lot. Further, we have asked on our forum boards that everyone stay on the coast or in St Pete and not [in] the city of Tampa. I just wanted to send my thoughts/suggestions. It may be difficult to implement, but boycotting and standing ground can be a simple way to show the size of our community.

I think Chris and other tailgaters are on the right track here. Calling and complaining will do no good unless there is action. We all have heard the cliche, “money talks”. Refusing to buy anything inside Raymond James Stadium will speak louder than any email or telephone campaign.

So if you like tailgating and want to send a message to other conferences and teams that you do not want your tailgating time reduced, please support this boycott. Please resist the urge to buy any souvenirs, nachos, beer, even a bottle of water. BUY NOTHING! If you are thirsty, find a drinking fountain. I am sure they have one or two inside Raymond James Stadium. Just imagine the piles of nachos going to waste and the cylinders of soda going flat because tailgaters refused to buy ANYTHING.

I will take it one step further and also encourage fans of Clemson and Georgia Tech to not spend one nickle inside the city limits of Tampa. Spend your money in St. Petersburg or other cities but not in Tampa. Fill up your gas tanks, eat in restaurants and stay in hotels all outside of Tampa. If the City of Tampa does not get that tax revenue that this game is expected to produce they may place pressure on Raymond James Stadium to be a bit more tailgate friendly.

This issue is larger and extends beyond the ACC Championship Game. You may not be a fan of Georgia Tech or Clemson and your favorite team might not even be in the ACC. This particular boycott may not directly affect you now but it may speak volumes down the road.

We as a tailgating community need to take this seriously and make sure to inform every person who possibly could attend this game to adhere to the boycott. Please pass this message on to anyone and everyone via email, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, message board forums, etc.

You may not care about this particular game on Saturday but you will care when some other team or conference starts taking away your own tailgating time.

Weekend Wrap #75: The Masses Have Spoken Edition

Posted by Dave On August - 9 - 2009

First things first… apologies for missing this week’s Mid-Week Eye Candy Wrapper. I was sick in the middle of the week and just could not make it happen. The good news is that last week’s Weekend Wrap included a poll asking you your preference as to what you wanted to see more off in the Weekend Wrap-up. I can’t say I was surprised when I saw the results. Apparently you guys enjoy attractive women. So in honor of that and since this country has not gone completely socialist (at least not yet) I am going to give you what you voted for, but with a twist.

The Mid-Week Eye Candy Wrapper will remain unchanged in substance and in format however the Weekend Wrap will include a selected video of some very nice eye candy. They’ll still be safe for work type videos so you won’t get fired but I wouldn’t invite your boss into your cube to view them unless he is really, really cool. So without further delay, here is the first of hopefully many videos for the Weekend Wrap. This one features the tryouts for the Miami Caliente of the Lingerie Football League.

Now on with this week’s links.

Mid-Week Eye Candy Wrapper #20: USC Song Girls Edition

Posted by Dave On October - 15 - 2008

Honestly, I am speechless. That’s a difficult feat for me to accomplish but this shot of the USC Song Girls (Photo courtesy of Busted Coverage) has me at a loss for words. All I can say is on with this week’s links.


Mid-Week Eye Candy Wrapper #2: Melissa Midwest Edition

Posted by Dave On June - 11 - 2008

Maybe you are not a college baseball fan. Maybe you have never been to Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Nebraska for the College World Series. (You really should because it is one tailgate party that needs to be on everyone’s Bucket List.) Whether you like baseball or not this week’s Mid-Week Eye Candy Wrapper, Melissa Midwest, will make a college baseball fan out of anyone.


(Photo of Melissa Midwest courtesy of Hottest Girls of MySpace.)

Now on with the links…





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