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Creative Tailgating Ideas

Any Crafty Tailgaters Out There? If you are creative there are hundreds of ways to spruce up your tailgating party.  There are all types of team logo fabrics available now, for the NCAA, NFL, and NBA, etc…  You can make fantastic table cloths, aprons, decorations, stadium blankets, and much more.  Hancock Fabrics has a great selection […]

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Dr. Naismith You Look Good

Art Meets Basketball One day while reading facebook posts I ran across a post about Dr. James Naismith the inventor of basketball. One of my high school classmates, Melissa Rau, wrote a post about creating a Naismith sculpture. Dr. Naismith was being inducted into the Kansas Hall of Fame and Melissa was chosen to design […]

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“Tailgate” Officially Makes It

In 1962 the folks at Merriam Webster decided that tailgating was so popular that they needed to add the sports related definition to their dictionary: Tailgate, adjective.  Definition: relating to or being a picnic set up on the tailgate especially of a pick-up.  Merriam Webster 1962 It was official and there was no turning back.  […]

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The Original Tailgaters

How did tailgating begin?  The most popular theory seems to be that the first actual tailgating before a football game happened in 1869 before the Princeton and Rutgers game.   Fans traveled by horse-drawn carriage and grilled sausages before the game.   Another theory was that Yale alums were the first to start tailgating.  The story is […]

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Who coined the term “tailgating?”

It seems the Green Bay Packers fans may have come up with the term “tailgating.”  During Green Bay’s first season in 1919 the fans would back their pick-up trucks around the field and sit on their tailgates to eat before and after the game. I bet they had no idea what they were starting. Thanks […]

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The Earliest Sports Fans

Imagine it’s oh, 75 BC or so, and you’ve got nothing to do on a Saturday, so you wander over to  the Coliseum to check out what is going on.  They’re having a chariot race so you and your friends stay and watch.  Then afterward Caesar decides to open up the Coliseum and invite everyone […]

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History of the Foam Finger

The idea for the foam finger came from Geral Fauss, a high school industrial arts teacher who also loved sports. Geral taught at Cypress Fairbanks High School in Cypress, Texas. In 1978 the high school football team made it to the state finals and Geral wanted to find a way to support the team and […]

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Prelude to Madness

March Madness is just around the corner and leading up to it are all of the conference tournaments.  If you can’t make it to one of the NCAA tournament games a conference game is a chance see some great college action post-season.  In some cases it may be a chance to play in the big dance […]

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How to Avoid Getting Scammed When Buying Tickets

Due to the internet there are now hundreds of ways to buy sporting event tickets. Here’s what you need to know. There are two main markets for tickets: primary and secondary. Primary Market  The primary market distributor is the entity that initially prints and distributes tickets for an event. The team, venue, or box office […]

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5 Tips for a Great Game Day Party

If you are hosting a game day party and want to make it memorable here are 5 super tips: Invitations Send out evites or invitations by mail. Be sure to tell your guests to RSVP and whether or not they should bring any type of food or drink. Introductions If you have people who don’t […]

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