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Posted by Dave On June - 9 - 2011

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It was back in 2007 that we started this tailgating blog and over the years we have received a ton of email. They say there are no dumb questions and that is true but there are a lot of frequently asked questions. Because we are in the age of the Internet and people want things fast, including answer to their questions, we decided to compile a list of questions and answers that are most recently asked of us. We call it the FAQ Page. (Yeah, we know. Not very original.)

There you will find answers to questions like:

  • Do you accept guest blog posts?
  • I’ve got the latest, greatest, super, fantastic, totally awesome tailgating gadget that you guys just have to know about. Can we send you a sample and you write a product review about it?
  • Because we send you a sample of our product does that mean you will give it a thumbs up and say it is as awesome and we think it is?
  • Have you ever considered charging a subscription fee and charging people to read it?
  • I think I am a good writer and I am knowledgeable about tailgating. How can I come on board and be a regular contributor to TailgatingIdeas.com?

There are other questions and answers in there as well. Give it a read and feel free to suggest other questions that you would like to know about TailgatingIdeas.com, the writing staff we have compiled or anything else you would like to know.

Tailgate Beer ‘Can Cancer’ Tailgate Photos

Posted by Dave On May - 10 - 2011

This past Sunday was not only Mother’s Day but was also the inaugural “Can Cancer” Tailgate Party hosted by the folks at Tailgate Beer. We were proud to be a part of this event because not only did it give us a great excuse to get out and tailgate but also to raise money for a great organization, The City of Hope. Here are a few of the photos we snapped while tailgating outside of Petco Park.

In those photos you can see the custom tailgating grill we did in San Diego Padres theme that was part of the raffle. Those buying raffle tickets could choose which prize they wanted to place their tickets in. Ticket purchasers could choose from free hotel stays, a four pack of Padres game tickets, a signed baseball from Chase Headley and, of course, the Padres Tailgating Grill. We are happy to report that the box for the grill received the largest amount of tickets and had almost double the amount of tickets compared to the four pack of Padres game tickets. The eventual winner of the grill was ecstatic and we were able to put it right on their car when the event was over.

I would estimate the attendance for the event to be about 150 although that was just me estimating it without getting a real head count. All in all I would say that it was a pretty good turn out seeing how it was a Sunday morning and it was Mother’s Day. The weather was not all that great either which may have kept a few more last minute people from coming.

Special thanks goes out to Ryan Morita who did a lot of the planning and coordinating for the event. Also, thanks to the brothers of the San Diego State University Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity who helped out with the cooking and the set up of the event. Mark Prior, the founder of Bag Toss, was also there running a Bag Toss/Cornhole tournament. Jay “the tailgate Guy” DiEugenio brought down his tailgating bus called “the Mullett” and provided a lot of the cooking expertise for the brunch. Lastly, Wesley Keegan, the founder of Tailgate Beer was the mastermind of the event and it was his mother’s own battle with breast cancer that was the inspiration for the whole event.

All around it was a successful tailgate and a lot of money was raised to cure cancer. Can’t wait to do it again.

CustomInk.com T-Shirt Winner – Moses Izeta

Posted by Foster On September - 26 - 2010

Congratulations to Moses Izeta from Lubbock, Texas for winning the T-Shirt Design Contest.  His winning design captures the spirit of tailgating as well as the quick wit of his tailgating crew.

Tailgating tshirt contest winner frontTailgating tshirt contest winner back

Moses is a big-time BBQ guy and takes his 500 lb pit to local parks or Texas Tech football games to grill. His specialty is chicken and his core tailgating team consists of Moses, his dad, his friend Michael and his girlfriend of two years.  10 to 15 other friends come and go depending upon whether the event is UFC, football or any other excuse for them to get together.

When asked about his design, Moses said, “I got the idea from a sticker I had when I was a teenager that was intended for car stereos in regard to ‘Bass Subwooffers’…but I always thought it would be a better fit for BBQ.”
Thanks to the fine people at CustomInk.com, Moses and his tailgating crew will now receive 15 custom t-shirts.  Moses plans to unveil his new t-shirts at the next Texas Tech home game in “Raider Alley” http://www.texastech.com/marketing/raider-alley.html — a great place to tailgate.
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Winegard Carryout GM-1518: Tailgate Approved

Posted by Foster On September - 21 - 2010

You know that moment when you feel like you forgot something, but can’t quite put your finger on it?

That’s exactly what happened to me right after we set up our first two tailgates of this season.  I didn’t forget anything though.  I was missing the anxiety before and the stress of setting up our satellite TV feed.

The battle of triangulating the trio of coordinates for Tailgating TV is officially gone thanks to the ridiculously effective Winegard Carryout.  Without hesitation the product is Tailgate Approved.

In my last post on the Winegard Carryout GM-1518 (click here for details) I mentioned that the unit takes about five minutes to set up and activate in a non-tailgating environment.

After real world tailgating experiences this product answered some questions that separate it from the traditional satellite dish set-up.  Here’s a modified FAQ on the real world Winegard Carryout GM-1518 satellite set-up for Tailgating.

So all you have to do is place the satellite within 5 degrees of level and it works.  Really?

Our Texas A&M Tailgating area is on a slightly sloping hill just outside of Reed Arena across the way from Kyle Field.

Our natural set-up for the Winegard was clearly not on level ground and probably not within 5 degrees of level.  So I eyeballed the unit, grabbed two napkins, stuffed the napkins under two of the three sides until it looked level and continued on to the next step of connecting wires.  That’s all it took.

It’s called a Portable Satellite Antenna, but can you move it?

During our first tailgate, right after the TV was up and running I was doing the proverbial celebratory victory lap in my mind and my wife shyly asked if we could move the Winegard.

In years past I would have lost my patience and the signal—possibly each for the rest of the day.  This time though, I shrugged my shoulders and said, “Why not? Let’s find out.”

She moved the Winegard about a foot.  It–of course–lost its signal.  The satellite antennae began to crank, whiz and whir its way back into place.  In less than a minute the Notre Dame vs. Purdue game was back on the air.  Really, pretty amazing.

Does the product need to be elevated to avoid signal interference from foot traffic?

From a common sense perspective I wasn’t willing to leave the unit on the ground to test the theory from the ground floor; however, we did elevate the unit 3 to 4 feet off the ground in that we placed the Winegard on a table next to the television.  Then we tested the reception at the higher level as we had several of our tailgaters walk right past the unit at a casual gait.Winegard Carryout Tailgate Texas A&M Tailgating

Our test and the rest of the foot traffic during the day didn’t interfere with the TV reception at all.

Come on . . . How long does it really, really take?

Total work time: 2 minutes.  Total time to enjoying college football games:  12-15 minutes.

It takes longer for the satellite to download the programming information from Dish Network than it does for the satellite to lock.

The work of connecting the coaxial cables and the RCA cables takes about two minutes.  It takes another 5 for the satellite to lock and then another 5 to 8 minutes for the programming information from Dish Network to download—depending on how long it’s been since you’ve last uploaded the programming.  All told 12 -15 minutes.  Keep in mind though you’re not doing anything during the last 10.

The set-up is so much faster and simpler than the traditional satellite dish, it’s hard to fathom.  Like the year that Kurt Warner took the Rams to the Super Bowl as a back-up. It’s almost too good to be true.

Winegard CarryoutCan you change the color of the dome?

Say what you will, but I believe that the white dome needs to have a little more of the Spirit of Aggieland in it. So, we have plans to paint the Winegard maroon before our next tailgate.

I’ve been told by company representatives that I will void the warranty when and if I paint the dome.

It’s the same thing I heard from Apple about jailbreaking the iPhone.  However, the people that I know that have unlocked their iPhones actually enjoy their product more.  The same thing will hold true with the Carryout in my estimation.

The game plan is to spray paint the dome with maroon, non-lead based paint and report back.

Final Thought

So Cheryl, my wife and I are looking around.  The TV is working.  The Tailgate is set.  Everything’s done.  We’ve got time on our hands.  The weather is beautiful.  Friends are all around.  Stress level is down.

“Hey,” she said.  “Put this in your blog. Winegard gave me my husband back.”

To read other blogs written by Foster “Jim” Flint click here.

Bye Week Tailgate Crashing

Posted by Foster On May - 8 - 2010

Just like any football season, every good tailgate needs a bye week.  Not only to help you recharge your batteries, but also to get a sampling of what goes on at the tailgates around your stadium.

When do you schedule a tailgating bye week?  Sometimes the schedule makes it all too obvious.

Three back-to-back-back’s is too much.  Texas A&M opens with three consecutive home games.  During the middle week we are going to check out the other tailgates in and around Kyle Field.

After determining your bye week, the movie Wedding Crashers can help to get a game plan together.  Here’s a list of five things to do to help enhance your tailgate crashing experience.

#5Bring your charisma and energy.  Wedding Crashers–as a movie–was okay, but Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson carried the show.  You and your team of tailgate crashers must bring your A-Game.

#4 Determine the size of the tailgate crashing crew.  Just two people?  Easy.  Bring four or more, then you better bring some great stories OR alternatively some cash.  More and more, I’ve noticed big groups that understand the importance of donations.  One of the best tailgates comes from the Aggie Spirit where you can donate to “Help Keep the Spirit Alive”.  Check out their website here — http://www.ag-spirit.com/.

# 3Determine the goal.  This keeps it interesting and gives you a reason to strike up the conversation.  I can’t tell you how many people have asked me about our TV and tailgate set-up.  Reverse the idea and you have the perfect segway into a conversation with anyone at another tailgate.  People take pride in what they do well and in a tailgating environment it’s easy to find out about their area of expertise:

  • What their favorite tailgating game is?
  • What type of BBQ they have?
  • Where they found that cool inflatable mascot or flag, etc, etc, etc.

#2Pick a side.  In Wedding Crashers you pick a side of the family to sit on.  In tailgate crashing you pick the color of your team.  If it’s your home school tailgate then don’t go AWOL on your guys—no matter how bad they may be.  Primarily, the pick a side rule of thumb, applies to out of town tailgate crashing when you don’t have a vested interest in who wins the game.  See this post for a list of the best out of town tailgates in the nation in 2010.

There’s a Warning with this rule in Baton Rouge though:  Wearing anything but purple or gold at an LSU game can be hazardous to your health.  Neutral colors mean you’ve insulted them.  Wearing the OTHER school’s colors means you’ve insulted their entire family.  Watch out and be sure to travel in packs.  Best bet is to Geaux Gold when in Baton Rouge.

Check out this video from an LSU tailgater in Knoxville.  He gives you an idea of how fine the line is.  One second he’s thinking about killing someone and the next he’s inviting you to his tailgate.  Seriously, it’s crazy.

#1 - Don’t stay in one place too long.  There are so many tailgates and so little time.  You will inevitably meet some very cool people and with the mix of good food, good drink and great times it’s easy to get caught up in one place.  Don’t do it though.

All season long you’re in one place.  On your bye week make sure you keep moving so you can bring the best tailgating ideas back to your tailgate in the future.  To make a smooth transition to your next destination, just invite the people from the spot you’re currently at over to your tailgate at the next home game and keep charging ahead.

Look ahead, plan your tailgating bye week now and you’ll be sure to make it a great one.

To read other posts by Foster “Jim” Flint click here.

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