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Video: Fred Smoot Tailgating MNF

Posted by Dave On September - 14 - 2013

As a former football player myself, I know how hard it was to want to tailgate before the game but not be able to tailgate. Now that the former Washington Redskins and Minnesota Vikings defensive back Fred Smoot is out of football, he has plenty of time to tailgate.

Redskins Grill

Posted by Dave On September - 15 - 2010

They always say better late than never. That is the case with this Washington Redskins custom tailgating grill. We customized this grill for a ‘Skins fan who lives in Maryland about two weeks ago and it has already been shipped and received by him. He tried it out a day or two prior to taking it to FedEx Field for the season opener. Shield your ears Cowboys fans but it might have been the good luck charm Redskins fans needed because the home team pulled off the victory. Take a look for yourself. (click images to see larger view)

If you want your own Margaritaville Tailgating Grill customized to your team’s colors and theme, visit our tailgating gear store, shop.tailgatingideas.com. To see other grills our readers and I have customized, visit the Custom Tailgating Grills page over there. If you’ve seen enough and just want to get a Margaritaville Tailgating Grill customized to your favorite team’s colors and logo, email us and ask for a quote.

So my wife kept a secret for past month but finally spilled the beans today. Cut to the chase, she informs me we are flying out to Tennessee a week from today. She also informs me that on Saturday, September 5th, we’ll be headed to Neyland Stadium to watch the Volunteers take on Western Kentucky in the season opener. Needless to say I was stunned and very excited. The only anxiety I had was tailgating in another location without all my tailgating gear and toys I have accumulated over the years. Since we are flying out and staying with friends who do not tailgate as frequently as we do, their tailgating gear is a bit lacking compared to my arsenal. I am sure we will manage just fine and I will be able to pack a few must have items into my checked luggage. Most notably is the Flabongo and The Party Starter. Do you think my Freedom Grill FG-50 will fit in my carry-on bag?

In honor of the upcoming trip. I give you a fine representation of what the Volunteer Nation has to offer. You Better believe I will be bringing my digital camera and my Flip Video camera. Links to follow:


Cover Your Bass

Mid-Week Eye Candy Wrapper #54: Farrah Fawcett Edition

Posted by Dave On June - 25 - 2009

Normally each week in this slot is a pic of a super hot girl (or not so hot depending on your tastes in women) providing a little eye-candy. Well normally I would not post images of women in their 60’s but I will make an exception this week. (After all, the photo is not of Farrah Fawcett when she was in 60’s.)

Earlier today, Farrah Fawcett passed away after a battle with a rare form of cancer. I recently turned 38 so Farrah Fawcett was the ultimate pin-up back in the day for me and my generation. I think you will agree that this photo is probably the lasting image you have in your head when you hear the name Farrah Fawcett.

So tonight, to honor Farrah Fawcett, tip a glass, pour one out or do whatever you do to remember someone after their passing. She was more than a hot lady in a bikini with feathered hair. Charlie get ready, because another angel is coming home.

Farrah Fawcett

Cover Your Bass

FedEx FieldImage by mtbrider21 via Flickr

You are probably reading that headline and thinking to yourself, “I am not a Redskins fan and don’t tailgate at FedEx Field. Why should I care?” You should care because you yourself are a tailgater and should be fearful your local stadium or team will start taking away your tailgating freedoms.

Washington Redskins fans are currently fighting a proposed parking policy that is supposed to go into effect for the 2009 NFL season.  The new FedEx Field parking policy suggests that parking attendants will direct individual tailgaters to the rear of the lot if they plan on tailgating and occupying more than one parking space. The extra space will eventually be requested back when all of the other locations are filled. Patrons that have a small tailgate that will not require more than their individual space will be directed to the front of the lot. Patrons that are not tailgating at all will also be directed to the front of the lot.

This directed parking policy sounds good on the surface to better organize the flow of traffic into the lots on game days. Unfortunately it is short sighted and it breaks up those tailgating groups that have quite a few people coming to the games. Multiple vehicles can get separated while driving to the game and not everyone is leaving for the game at the same time. Add in unforeseen traffic delays, last minute stops to pick up ice, etc. and long time tailgating friends will be forced into one of two choices. 1) Those arriving late will be directed to a different section of the parking lot and will be forced to remain there without meeting up with the main tailgating group. 2) Late arrivals will be forced to walk long distances, usually carrying heavy and hard-to-carry items, in order to join their normal tailgating group.

The main issue with this proposed policy is that it is completely unnecessary. FedEx Field already has a policy in place that explicitly states “THIS PARKING PASS IS VALID FOR ONE VEHICLE ONLY. NOT TAILGATE SPACE“. So if the parking officials would enforce the existing policy there would be no need to create this directed parking scenario.

Redskins fans have already started mobilizing to oppose this new parking policy. They have created an online petition, which at the time of this posting, had collected over 550 signatures. That is not enough and they need your help to make the Redskins and the FedEx Field administration reconsider this new parking policy. They have even created a special website, www.savetailgating.com, that goes directly to the petition.

And before you blow this off because you are not a Redskins tailgater, please read the following famous poem.

In Germany, they came first for the Communists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist;

And then they came for the trade unionists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist;

And then they came for the Jews, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew;

And then… they came for me… And by that time there was no one left to speak up.”

Pastor Martin Niemöller

Sign the Petition HERE and help save tailgating at FedEx Field.





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