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We get it. Last time we did the Mid-Week Eye Candy Wrapper we featured Abigail Ratchford. Based upon the emails we got praising us for finding her photos and sharing them, we thought why not try and catch lightning in a bottle again? But this time we are trying to hone the power of the internet to encourage the Miami Heat to put up a better showing than they did in Game 3 vs San Antonio. We do not have a particular dog in the fight but who doesn’t love a seven game series going all the way to game seven? Links following the eye candy.

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Righteous Rig: Krewe of Monroeaux Tailgating Trailer

Posted by Dave On April - 24 - 2012

From time to time, we like to feature truly exceptional tailgating rigs that embody the passion and enthusiasm tailgaters bring to the table when it comes to living the tailgate party lifestyle. We call them Righteous Rigs. Previous tailgating rigs we have featured include the West Virginia Shaggin Wagon, The Toledo Jambulance and The Dawg.

Time to add another Righteous Rig to the list: The Krewe of Monroeaux Tailgating Trailer

Krewe of Monroeaux Tailgating Trailer

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Video: Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Beer Box Boxing

Posted by Dave On October - 19 - 2011

When tailgating in Baton Rouge, what do you do with your empty beer boxes? Recycle them? Throw them away? Nah, you let the kids wear them as helmets and gloves and have them play Rock ‘em Sock ‘em Robots, of course.

Video: Florida vs LSU Fan Pole Dance Off

Posted by Dave On October - 14 - 2011

Normally when you read that kind of a headline you would hope that it would be two hot college co-eds trying to outdo the other one. Unfortunately, today is not that day. But if have an extra 68 seconds in your day, you should watch this.

Good thing these two guys chose to pole dance on a street sign post. I was going over the specs on the Tow Hitch Stripper Pole and it says it is max rated to hold up to 200 pounds. I am thinking one of these guys was over the limit much less two of them combined.

Texas A&M SEC Tailgating Guide

Posted by Foster On August - 28 - 2011

Welcome to the new league Aggies and know that things are about to change on the tailgating landscape.  Let’s take a look at some of the key differences that will occur when Texas A&M joins the South Eastern Conference.

Texas A&M Tailgating

Tailgating Presence Will Increase Outside of the Stadium

The Aggies are preseason #8 for football this year.  With the new SEC excitement the tailgating intensity will only go up.  There will be more tailgating done outside the stadium once the Aggies join the SEC.

At Texas A&M there are those that tailgate outside the stadium during the game, but many times tailgaters are lucky enough to grab an extra seat for the SMU game, the Idaho game–even a conference game against Baylor game.

That scenario will change considerably when LSU, Alabama, and Ole Miss come to town.  In fact for the first couple of years even Vanderbilt and Kentucky will create enough intrigue that tickets will become even more precious.  As a result the tailgating outside of Kyle Field will grow and Texas A&M will start to show up more often on Top 10 Tailgating Lists.

More Opposing School Colors

School colors will be even more prevalent and prominent.  I predict that there will be LSU tailgaters at Kyle Field during the entire season once the SEC deal is inked.

This year, even though LSU and Mississippi State weren’t among the eight teams represented by those playing for the College World Series, their fans were there in full effect with full on tailgates running outside of the new TD Ameritrade stadium in Omaha.

As such, I fully expect some enterprising Tiger fans to have their gold and purple tents up and active for the entire season at Kyle Field.  The LSU fans just don’t care what anyone else thinks of them.  With their Cajun bloodlines and strong Houston presence they’ll rationalize that it’s just them getting ready for when the Aggies and Tigers play again.

Thank God for Starkville though.  At least at Mississippi State games the school colors will be the same and the in your face antics will be less likely.

Texas A&M tailgaters are a welcoming group.  SEC schools?  Not so much.

More Trash-Talking @ Tailgates Than Ever Before

Despite A&M’s good nature, I suspect there will be more conflict in the tailgating parking lots than ever before though.  In large part it will be due to A&M being the new kids on the SEC block and the fact that many of the current SEC schools aren’t afraid to get in each other’s face.  It almost seems to be a sign of caring in these parts.  SEC schools support each other when they are playing out of conference, but when it’s head-to-head—it’s game on!

At an LSU Florida game I attended, Tiger fans were in the face of anyone wearing Florida blue—yelling “Gator Bait”, walking around with a Florida player hanging in effigy.  The whole tradition of hanging the other teams mascot in effigy is a new play for the Aggies.  It’s something that we’ll have to get used to when we travel and something that we’ll have to bring to the table for future Texas A&M Tailgates.

A New Level of Intensity

In fact one of the biggest tailgating differences is that in many SEC towns like Oxford and Tuscaloosa, there aren’t any professional teams nearby.

The net effect?  Aggie passion and attendance are compromised considerably by tailgaters that spend their money and tailgating time about 90 miles south in Houston with the Texans.

When There is Less to Do, Football Matters More

Head Coach Dennis Franchione is a great example.  After a successful run at TCU, Coach Fran landed at Alabama for two years.  He left quickly.  Or was he run out of town? He landed at Texas A&M where he headed up the program for a very long four years.

Just like the scenario with Coach Fran, the Aggies are a patient bunch.  With Alabama and the SEC it’s more direct.  Roll Tide or Roll on out of here.

Longhorn Changes

The one down side to Texas A&M’s move to the SEC is the ending of an historic relationship with the Texas Longhorns.  When the Aggies join the SEC, a huge tradition with the Texas Longhorns will likely be over.

Truly, this will be the last year of the Longhorn-Aggie football game thanks to the first year of the Longhorn Network.

It’s going to take some getting used to.  In between every quarter of EVERY game, the Aggies sing the school’s fight song about the Longhorns.  It’s already interesting enough that this happens when Texas A&M plays other teams, but I can’t quite imagine what it will be like when the Aggies don’t play the Longhorns . . . at all.

This is video from a game last year where the Aggies beat Oklahoma, yet we still managed to saw varsity’s horns off.

From a tailgating perspective the absence of the Longhorns will take a little edge out of the Thanksgiving Tailgate experience and the rumors are already flying about possible replacements on both sides.  Some believe that Texas is working behind the scenes to schedule a Notre Dame night game on Thanksgiving day.

Who should the Aggies play?  Well Alabama has Auburn.  LSU plays Arkansas.  It would be great if the Aggies . . . the 13th SEC team played the 14th SEC team.  If that’s Florida State, then that would be great; however, games against Virginia Tech or North Carolina seem less appealing.  Either way that change will be a big one for many families across the state of Texas and the game day tailgating experience.

The series will surely end though.  If you’re Texas A&M, after playing an SEC schedule you certainly don’t need another tough game against Texas.  The reverse is also true for Texas in their scheduling efforts.  Moreover with upcoming non-conference, home and away games scheduled by the Aggies with USC and Oregon it’s unlikely that the Aggies would put the Longhorns on the schedule for at least a decade.

Although regular season games are unlikely, I can see a scenario where an SEC Aggie team play a Big XII Longhorn team in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas at some point down the line.

Even though the campuses are just over 100 miles apart, an Aggie move to the SEC will make the distance between Austin and College Station insurmountable.  Ultimately, this will lead to the biggest tailgating change of all in 2011 when both schools will say goodbye for the foreseeable future via one last Texas-sized tailgate on Thanksgiving Day.

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