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Tailgating Sunglasses: Brewsees

Posted by Dave On August - 29 - 2011

This time of year with football season so close you can taste it, the sun is still blazing hot and bright. So when it comes to your choice of the type and style of sunglasses to wear while tailgating, your favorite pair would do. We held that same opinion until we came across Brewsees. They are sunglasses that open beer bottles.

As you can see from the images, these tailgating sunglasses have a bottle opener on the end of each earpiece. The metal reinforced earpieces have “teeth” that can grab a hold of a bottle cap and take it off in no time. I was sent a sample pair of sunglasses to try out for myself and these babies worked like a dream. We even have a demo video of us testing out Brewsees.

Here are the specs on these tailgating sunglasses that open beer bottles:

  • Polarized Lenses
  • 100% UV Protection
  • Polycarbonate frame
  • 6061 Airplane grade Anodized Aluminum
  • Comes packaged with a free bottle koozie.

When testing out these tailgating sunglasses, I was at first a bit tentative to use it like a bottle opener at the bar. I first opened a bottle but placed my index finger on the top of the earpiece so as to not snap off the back end of these glasses. There was no bend using this technique and the bottle cap popped right off. The next beer I opened I was a bit more ambitious and held the glasses in the middle and let the teeth worry about if they were strong enough. Again, same result. Cap popped right off and the Brewsees were looking still brand new. Bottom line is that the earpieces on the Brewsees will handle all kinds of stubborn bottle caps without fear of breaking the glasses.

Brewsees definitely get not only a passing grade from us to make it “Tailgate Approved” but it these tailgating sunglasses are highly recommended. They are comfortable to wear, protected my eyes and when you whip off your glasses to open a beer bottle you will definitely be the hit of the tailgate.

Brewsees retail for $39.95 plus $5 flat rate priority mail shipping. If you want to get a pair of Brewsees for yourself, click HERE.

Video: Tailgating With A Flamethrower

Posted by Dave On August - 6 - 2011

I’m not sure this technically qualifies as tailgating but it is worth a look. Apparently you don’t need to roast a pig for 18 hours if you have a lot of tailgating guests. You just need a flamethrower.

Big 10 Tailgate Rankings

Posted by Peter On August - 2 - 2011

In an ongoing series that I have been releasing throughout the year, I am unveiling my rankings of the Big10 tailgates for this fall (Big East and ACC completed). As a disclaimer I have only seen one stadium personally and did the best job I could to gather data online to get a decent synopsis of each school. Hopefully this list can inspire fan bases to keep their high ranking or pick up the slack. One common denominator throughout my search was that the Big10 schools are big on tradition and that carries over into their tailgates.

Wisconsin: You get the feeling that when you’re tailgating for a Badger game your head is constantly spinning. The tailgates appear pretty wild, especially the student ones. A surplus of student housing surrounding the stadium makes for a rock concert type atmosphere. Brats, beer and buses seem to spill down streets filled with red. Wisconsin is ranked one of the top party schools in the country and that carries over into tailgates during the fall.

Ohio State: One of the biggest schools with a plethora of RVs and tailgating buses. Tailgating can be strict with police enforcement heavy at times. Fans are known to be pretty tough on the opposition but very passionate, dedicated and prideful of their Buckeyes. Having Buckeye Grove (a Buckeye tree planted for each OSU All-American) is a unique piece of Ohio State culture that adds to the pageantry on Saturdays.

Penn State: Paternoville is one of the most unique things about college football tailgating. If you don’t know about it, Google it and learn. Fans are known to be both friendly and mean, but that’s what you get when you have over 100,000 people around. RV’s camp out days before the game and there are a lot of traditional style tailgates going on. Unfortunately it’s another school where security is starting to crackdown on the students.

Michigan State: The Spartans are well known for solid tailgating, friendly fans (unless you’re a visiting Michigan fan) and an impressive downtown bar scene. The Spartans come close to tailgating utopia with the right combination of everything.

Iowa: Hawkeye fans are known for waking up before the rooster crows to start tailgating. Such dedication!  Yet another Big 10 school that had to crack down on the flow of alcohol at tailgates.  If you’ve made Playboys top 10 party school list within the past few years then odds are your tailgates are pretty wild. The one downside was the lack of unique tailgating that I am accustomed to seeing.

Michigan: Some tailgate on a golf course which is unique and strange at the same time. The marching band’s parade is apparently a nice tradition that Michigan almost uses as a calling towards the stadium.  Lots of RVs and converted vehicles add to the pageantry. You get a real traditional feel from their tailgating and it’s just a reflection of the program’s history.

Nebraska: Small patches of tailgating everywhere with people that really know their football. Alcohol is again policed very hard. Lots of people in crazy outfits and lots of corn based products in tailgate spreads (who would’ve thought?) The women of Nebraska might take the No. 1 spot and they’re not all the farmer’s daughter. The Cornhuskers pride themselves on their friendliness and knowledge of everything Nebraska.

Illinois:  Lots of friendly Illini fans fill the acres of tailgating lots surround the stadium. Illinois has their fair share of unique tailgate vehicles and has great campus bars and a fun but easy going environment. Nothing is spectacular but they have a consistent and respectable tailgating scene.

Purdue: Tailgating can be fun and enjoyable but the parking is very limited. Fans are known to jump on and off the bandwagon which can make for a tricky tailgate if you are the visitor. The big drum is a cool tradition inside of the stadium, but if they don’t already do it, I think it’d be neat to have that thing marched around the stadium prior to kickoff.

Northwestern: The most appealing thing about the campus tailgating is that it’s not far from Chicago. However I’m not sure how many people want to tailgate in the Windy City and then ride in a train over to the game. While there aren’t a ton of people that tailgate compared to other schools, the flip-side is that the people that do tailgate are very dedicated and very knowledgeable about Northwestern. It’s a great tailgating scene to bring a family to as well.

Minnesota:  The best bet for visitors is Dinkytown or Stadium Village. A lot of unfamiliarity with a new stadium made it hard to research tailgating. There is a strong presence of an older crowd at the games which is great for a young family but maybe not great for a college kid who wants something a little more rowdy. Winter comes early in Minnesota but that won’t stop the dedicated fans who just cook up some Gopher specialties to stay warm.

Indiana: Hoosier tailgating seems to be one of two extremes; either laid back or intense. Some of the tailgating got so crazy that the University had to hire a private security company to control the students. Lots of music, bodies and drinks make it look more like a concert than a tailgating venue. If you want something a little different the campus bars are said to be average so you should probably stick to crowd surfing.

I hope this list gives one a barometer of what to expect at various Midwestern tailgates in the fall. Good luck!

Braylon Bunch Group PhotoSo you are at the point where your tailgate has gotten big enough you need your own identity? You are struggling to come up with a name that embodies who you are, what you are about, possibly rhymes or has alliteration, is catchy and is short enough to fit on a t-shirt. After all, “The Dan, Bob, Steve, Joe, Rhonda and Becky Miami Dolphins Supporters and Tailgate Party Group” really doesn’t have a catchy ring to it.

You need to find a name that helps you stand out from the sea of mediocre tailgaters and gives you your own identity. But how do you come up with a good one if you don’t know the rules? Well, good thing you are here because we will provide you a few easy to follow guidelines on selecting a name for your tailgating crew. More importantly we will provide you with the invaluable information in knowing which types of names to avoid. We’ll start with the ones you’ll want to avoid and work our way towards the types you should consider.

The Ill-AdvisedIndoctrinating a Current Player’s Name into your Tailgating Crew’s Name.
How many times have you bought a jersey of that “can’t miss” rookie first round draft pick who ends up being a total bust? Hello? JaMarcus Russell? Ryan Leaf, anyone? More times than you care to remember I am guressing. Once they have achieved ultimate draft bust status, that jersey is going straight into the trash along with that guy’s career. So why would you entrust the name of your tailgating crew to include a player’s name that is currently on the roster?

Players get traded, get injured, suspended for using steroids, get arrested for domestic violence, get picked up on DUIs or the best case scenario, eventually retire. No matter how great you think the player is or will be, no player plays forever.

Take the Braylon Bunch for example. Named after wide receiver Braylon Edwards while he was playing for the Cleveland Browns, this tailgating crew must have thought they hit the jackpot when they chose this name. In 2008, Edwards led the NFL in dropped passes and was promptly traded to the New York Jets prior to the 2009 season. So much for Braylon Edwards still making an impact in Cleveland and so much for the Braylon Bunch having a cool and catchy name anymore. All of those t-shirts you see in the above photo have probably all been placed in a landfill somewhere outside of Cleveland. So unless you are 100%, guaranteed that the player you choose will never get traded and will have a Hall of Fame caliber type career, stay away from names that include a player on the current roster. You would hate to be a San Francisco based tailgating crew and be saddled with the name “Druckenmiller’s Drinking Crew” for the next few eons.

OJ SimpsonThe BadIncorporating Extraordinary Former Players or Popular Former Coaches Into The Crew’s Name
Many tailgaters would think naming their tailgating crew after a popular coach or a Hall of Fame player might be a good choice. Then again, even though those players and coaches may have an unblemished reputation in your particular locale, unless they are deceased, they can still tarnish their good name and reputation. Imagine if you were a Buffalo Bills tailgating group and named your crew after O.J. Simpson. What if you were a part of a New York Giants group that named themselves after Lawrence Taylor? Both of those players had Hall of Fame careers but the life choices after their football careers were completed ruined their respect and good name forever.

Same thought process applies to coaches. I know Jim Tressel at Ohio State was beloved in Columbus but his recent involvement in an improper benefits scandal forced him to resign recently. If there was a tailgating group out there that chose to name themselves “Tressel’s Troopers” or “Sweater Vest Drinkers”, they are probably scrambling right now to come up with a new name.

The only exception that should be made are for those players and coaches who have passed on. There is no shame in a Chicago Bears group naming their crew “Walter Payton’s Posse” or Dallas Cowboys tailgaters calling themselves “Landry’s Lads”. Just make sure to do some research on the player or coach to ensure they were as squeaky clean as you remember them.

Florida State Tailgaters

The GoodIncluding The Team City/University, Mascot or Colors Into The Group Name
Rarely does a a team change cities, mascots or colors. One rare case was when St. John’s University changed their mascot from the Redmen to the Red Storm. Until 1994, the St. John’s mascot was the Redmen, which referenced the red uniforms worn by the university in competition. However, the name was interpreted as a Native American slur in the 1960s, and was changed to the Red Storm after mounting pressure on colleges and universities to adopt names more sensitive to Native American culture. St. John’s tailgaters that adopted a group name that included Redmen might consider changing the name but the occurrence of a school changing its mascot is very rare. In light of the today’s politically correct culture and the mounting pressure by the NCAA for schools to abandon Native American mascots, those tailgaters may want to steer clear of incorporating Seminoles, Sioux or Redskins into their name just as a precaution.

Examples of good tailgating crew names that heed this advice are groups like Club 49 (a San Francisco 49ers tailgating group), Big Blue Tailgate Crew (A New York Giants tailgating group) or the Bengal Bomb Squad (a Cincinnati Bengals tailgating group).

Unsupervised BusThe BestBuild Your Team Name From Your Own Blend of Personalities or Unique Meeting Spot
Enlisting this naming criteria takes some creativity and thought and is not just a cookie cutter way of creating a tailgating crew’s name. Consider naming your group based on where you park and tailgate. A group of girls who park near us in the Qualcomm Stadium parking lot for Chargers games are known as the “B3 Girls”. That’s because they always park under, you guessed it, the B3 light pole in the parking lot. Even fans inside known them as the B3 Girls and not by their individual names.

Renowned and notorious Washington Redskins tailgaters the Dead Tree Crew or DTC for short, garnered their name because they would park in a section of the parking lot where a dead tree had yet to be removed. The Unsupervised tailgating group got its name from an epic road trip while many of its members were in the middle of their college days at LSU. Several future members headed out of town for a drinking weekend without their “significant others” – they were truly UNSUPERVISED for the weekend, and a tailgating group with a mission was born.

Another aspect of your tailgating group name might be a specialty dish you are well known for or is always served at every tailgate party. Maybe you always have some sort of obscene amount of meat cooking and might call yourselves the “The Blue Lot Carnivores”. Maybe you serve a specialty drink in the lots that sets you apart? The rule here is to be creative while staying true to yourself and expressing your tailgate crew’s uniqueness.

Conclusion – Of course you can name your tailgating crew whatever you want. After all, this is still America and you can do as you like. But take it from a guy who has seen and heard about a lot of different tailgating groups. If you want to avoid the hassle of having to change your tailgating crew’s name, give this post a second read. If you are planning on spending the money to print up T-shirts or even more drastic, get a tattoo of your tailgating crew’s name, read this post a third time.

Park It Here

Posted by Chris On July - 2 - 2011

It seems so obvious, but it just dawned on this tailgater last week.  The outcome of your tailgate or how much fun you are going to have is most likely determined before you even break out your food, adult beverages, and gear.  Yep, all of your tailgating preparation could be all for naught if you park your vehicle in the wrong parking spot.

The moment right after you hand over your cash to the parking lot attendant is so pressure filled.  I am talking Billy Joel pressure my friends.  Sure you probably don’t feel the butterflies but they should be there.  In the matter of seconds you are going to make the ultimate decision which will go a long way in determining the success of your tailgate.  The parking spot.

I am sure each tailgater is unique in locating his / her prime spot.  Some will focus on the tailgaters around them.  Other will focus on how many surrounding empty parking spots there are.  If you park in one spot and the spots to your left and right are empty well that means more room to spread out your gear or make the upcoming game of corn hole more challenging.

The goal of this tailgater is to find a spot that gives easy access out of the parking lot following the game.  Yep, this guy will sacrifice space or access to eye candy for an open spot next to the entrance / exit of the lot.

I am a fan that almost always stays until the last pitch or snap so not getting stuck in the post-game traffic is of highest importance.  The value of such a spot takes on even greater importance on Sunday and Monday night NFL games when the job is waiting for you in a few short hours.  In short, I am of the belief that a kick-ass tailgate or nail bitter game (where the home team wins of course) can all be ruined (well almost) by having to sit in post-game traffic out of the parking lot.  Throw in a bunch of drunks who probably shouldn’t be driving and hello STRESS.

[Off topic…I have always heard, and not sure if it is true, that the police tend to write out more tickets at the end of month to meet a pre-defined quota.  If this is true I have always wondered why they just don’t station themselves outside the parking lot of a completed sporting event.  Hello ticket jackpot!  I am glad that they don’t but this is truly something that I have been wondering since I was a tailgating virgin.]

OK, back to the point of this post which is more of an open question to you readers…how do you select your tailgating parking spot?

Do you have a standard (or even lucky) location?  Do you park near bathroom access (despite the stench and lines)?  Or are you super social and look for the ultimate tailgate, where you can mingle and join in on the fun of the tailgates around you?

Oddly enough I found out last Friday that for my entire Philadelphia tailgating life I have been lying to myself.  I always thought that I knew the prime real estate for the easiest exit after the game.  I went to the game with some new friends last week and found an even better spot to beat the traffic!

Let the comments (PLEASE) begin…

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