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Mailbag: Got a Set of Rerack Cups The Other Day

Posted by Dave On October - 9 - 2008

rerack-dimensions.jpgI wanted to mention that the other day I found a package sitting on my front step that the UPS man had dropped off. Much to my surprise I found a complete set of ReRack Cups inside the box. Big thanks goes out to Erik and the rest of the crew at ReRack Cups for sending me my own set. (Check out their website. It has undergone a redesign since the last time we told you about them in June.)

I plan on using them this weekend while tailgating prior to the Chargers/Patriots game. That is if the reduced tailgating time at Qualcomm Stadium does not prohibit us from getting a game in. I’ll be bringing my Port-o-Pong Inflatable Beer Pong Table so hopefully set up will be quick and easy. Hopefully even with the limited tailgating time we can play a game or two. Either that or a few games of flip cup using my new ReRack Cups if we are really pressed for time.

Thanks again for the ReRack Cups. We’ll put them to good use all season long.


Weekend Wrap #30: Three Day Weekend Edition

Posted by Dave On September - 20 - 2008

news_wrap.jpgThree day weekend. Huh? Is there a holiday on Monday I should know about? No, you didn’t miss a memo. The three day weekend I am referring to is my own personal three day weekend. I will be taking the entire day off on Monday to go tailgating, of course. With the reduced tailgating times now enforced at Qualcomm Stadium I am taking every precaution necessary to be there right as the gates open to maximize my tailgating time. That means I have to take the entire day off on Monday to dedicate to loading up, driving, parking and tailgating prior to the Monday Night Football game. I look at is as time well wasted. Now on with the links.

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Weekend Wrap #29: Hurricane Ike Edition

Posted by Dave On September - 13 - 2008

news_wrap.jpgHurricane Ike is a killer. A tailgate killer that is. Not only did Hurricane Ike go Ike Turner on Reliant Stadium but the fallout means the game between the Texans and the Raves will be postponed. That means the Houston area tailgaters looking for a ray of sunshine in the form of tailgating will have to wait another week. Then again, those without power and gas will be pseudo-tailgating after all. The bummer part is that they do not have to pack up and head into the game after it is all said and done. In all seriousness, we hope everyone affected by Hurricane Ike comes away unharmed. Now on to the links…

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In the wake of shortened tailgating times now in place at Qualcomm Stadium, Giants Stadium and now Candlestick Park in San Francisco, fans in Chicago are complaining they can’t tailgate after the game starts. Bears fans have not had their tailgating time cut before the games but there is an ordinance in place that tailgaters lingering in the parking lots around Soldier Field will be asked to go inside the game or vacate the parking lot.

Garrard McClendon, a host on the Chicago based CLTV station, recently devoted his entire show to taking the Bears management to task on this policy. It has surfaced on YouTube in three segments. Sit back and see what they are mad about out in the Windy City. Do they have a legitimate complaint in the wake of all of the reductions in tailgating time before the game at other stadiums?

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Less Tailgating Time For Giants and Jets Fans

Posted by Dave On August - 13 - 2008

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 01:  (FILE PHOTO...Credit: Getty Images This big news coming out of the new Jersey Meadowlands is the cut back on tailgating times at Giants Stadium this season. Instead of the parking lots opening seven hours before kick-off, gates will now open five hours prior.

Associated Press: Less tailgaiting time for Giants, Jets fans
Crain’s New York Business: Stadium cracks down on rowdy fans
NJ.com: Sports Authority to impose stricter rules for New York Jets, Giants fans
Bloomberg.com: Giants’, Jets’ New Jersey Stadium Landlord Cuts Party Hours
International Herlad Tribune: Less tailgating time for Giants, Jets fans
Bucks County Courier Times: Going to Meadowlands? Take less beer

As you can see, the news is sending shock waves through the local and national media.

I am seeing a very disturbing trend developing here and I can say I do not like it. It has been well documented that I have been opposed to the parking fee increase and subsequent less hour of tailgating at Qualcomm Stadium. This is not an isolated phenomenon in San Diego and New York. This seems to be a trend that is not going to go away any time soon.

You may be an NFL tailgater in Kansas City or Denver or Houston and think “Who cares about the San Diego and New York tailgaters. They haven’t changed the tailgating times at my stadium.”.

Don’t be so sure. Lest I remind you of the Pastor Martin Niemöller poem, First They Came…

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out –
because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out –
because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out –
because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak for me.

This week it is San Diego and New York. Next week it could be Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Baltimore or Green Bay.

It’s up to you tailgating nation whether you will just roll over and continue to pay higher parking fees for less tailgating time. Take responsibility for your actions and please police your own tailgating parking lot. These rules and reduced tailgating times are a direct response to drunken, obnoxious behavior by irresponsible fans. They’ve already banned tailgating at the Super Bowl, why not extend it to the regular season and cut out the nuisance once and for all?

If we as tailgaters do not get our fellow tailgaters under control, the NFL and the local teams will have no choice than to further reduce the amount of time you can tailgate. Don’t let them take away your tailgating by being an irresponsible tailgater yourself. Also, if you have a few tailgating regulars that tend to drink too much and get too rowdy, don’t invite them to your tailgate party anymore. Getting our tailgating times increased is up to you and your behavior.

The choice is yours. Now all you need to do is make sure you follow through on it.

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