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Patriots Tailgating Grill

Posted by Dave On September - 13 - 2011

New England Patriots Tailgating GrillFrom time to time readers will email us and submit photos of their own tailgating grill that originally started off as a Margaritaville Tailgating Grill and they have converted it to their own team colors and logo. We received an email today from Gregg in Groveland, Massachusetts who submitted a few photos of his New England Patriots Tailgating Grill. His email follows:

Love the website, you do an awesome job, I visit it daily. Keep up the good work.

I saw your both the Chargers grills you customized and was blown away. I realized I had to do the same. Still can’t stop singing that Chargers theme song. I think I watched that video you did a few too many times :) Just cant beat that song.

I tried to do something a little different with mine, as far as painting the head shield 2 colors. I thought the red, white and blue with front handle looked like a good combination.

I tried getting all the colors of the Patriots logo represented in the grill. It was a lot of work, but I am happy with the results. Just finished it over the weekend, and the kids and I had a ball doing a “test run” in the driveway grilling some hot dogs before the Monday night game. I am looking forward to its debut at Gillette Stadium this Sunday for the home opener against your Chargers! Should be a great game, can’t wait!

As you can see I painted my [propane] tanks as well. I have a special 5 lb tank that I use for tailgating. It’s very convenient. I bust out it’s “big brother” just for my space heater for the cold weather games, to keep the tent nice and warm.

One little trick I did, was I wanted to put that decal you see on the bottom pipe of the hitch mount, but the design of the plate brackets caused the license plate to hang halfway in front of the bottom pipe. I wanted that decal to be visible so, I made a $2 modification using two metal T shaped brackets I got at the hardware store. I just broke off a piece of them, and used them to extend the height of the license plate brackets.

I hope you like the grill and it is a worthy of addition to your gallery :)

Thanks, and best of luck to your Chargers this year (except this Sunday) :)

Now take a look at his New England Patriots Tailgating Grill. (Click the images for a larger view)

Pointing out a few things in the photos, you’ll notice that Gregg is also using a Tanksetter to widen the base on his “big brother” tank. Looks like he customized that and painted it red to match the Patriots color scheme. You can also see that he used some silver heat resistant paint for the grill lid. And on a side note, the idea to extend the license plate brackets so as to display his Patriots decal on the bottom tube of the swing arm was brilliant.

If you want to customize your own tailgating grill, you should check out the DIY post we did back in 2009. There you will see the step-by-step instructional video along with written instructions on how to customize your tailgating grill. Some questions that may not be answered in the video are answered at our DIY Grill FAQ section. In there we answer questions about where to find the the replacement caps, what type of paint to use and even includes a coupon code to use when buying the center logo for the grill lid handle.

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


Video: Gate Crashing With Fitzy At The Pats/Ravens Game

Posted by Dave On October - 25 - 2010

Paul “Fitzy” Fitzgerald is a die hard Boston sports fan that also writes TownieNews.com. Here is his experience crashing tailgate parties before the Patriots took on the Baltimore Ravens. (Warning: Video is NSFW with a number of swear words. Headphones are a good call if you are at work.)

Mid-Week Eye Candy Wrapper #68: Vanessa Marrero Edition

Posted by Dave On October - 22 - 2009

You can call it sucking up, kissing butt or just flat out appreciation for a man’s work, but I have to give up some respect to Jimmy Traina of Sports Illustrated. Jimmy runs Hot Clicks that runs weekdays on the SI.com Extra Mustard section. Hot Clicks is a round-up of the day’s best posts the blogosphere has to offer that day. Whether it be funny lists, the latest pop culture nugget or even some good old fashioned sports trivia, Jimmy finds the good stuff and links out to it. It’s kind of like this segment but much better with a lot less stuff about tailgating. (Recently Jimmy was kind enough to find our Top 15 Most Quotable Movies list worthy of a link and we enjoyed quite a large traffic day on Tuesday.) He also is a big fan of attractive women and posts a photo of some eye-candy at the top of each edition of Hot Clicks. Last Friday he introduced us all to Vanessa Marrero, a senior advertising major at Florida International University who was also named Sports Illustrated’s Cheerleader of the Week. So hats off to Jimmy for all he does and if you are on Twitter, you should follow him. Links follow the eye-candy…

Florida International University Cheerleader Vanessa Marrero

Photo of Florida International University Cheerleader Vanessa Marrero courtesy of Sports Illustrated

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Weekend Wrap #73: NFL Training Camps Open Edition

Posted by Dave On July - 26 - 2009

news_wrap.jpgLet’s all face the facts here. Tailgating for baseball and summer concerts is fun but when you think of “tailgating” in the traditional sense of the word, what sport comes to mind? Football. Now I know there is a great debate on whether college or pro football tailgaters do it better than the other guys but for today, let’s call it a draw. The Buffalo Bills were the first ones to open up training camp in 2009 and the Houston Texans, New England Patriots, San Diego Chargers and Philadelphia Eagles all opened up their respective camps today. The New York Giants will be the last team to open camp, choosing August 3rd as the date rookies and veterans report. No matter who your team is, you can’t deny that when training camp opens around the NFL, the tailgating season is officially here. Anyone planning on attending these camps and tailgating before the practices? Let’s all welcome back football and the return of tailgating season to those that know and love it. Now on with this week’s links.

Can I just go on record and personally thank Catherine Bach for introducing the world to the “Daisy Dukes” cut-off shorts look? Before Dukes of Hazzard girls who wore cut-off jeans were just poor white trash. Now, even 30 years later, it is fashionable and downright sessy. And further proof is this week’s Eye Candy, Marisa Miller. Enjoy and links following the Marisa Miller photo.

Marisa Miler in Daisy Duke shorts

(Photo of Marisa Miller courtesy of The Beer Goggler)

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