Here we are, at the midway point of the football season. The Jets are 7-2 and look more like 4-5. Games against Denver, Detroit, and recently Cleveland have not had the Jets looking like Super Bowl contenders. More like playoff hopefuls. They have to perform more convincingly if they want to get further than the first round of the playoffs, if they make it there. They definitely give their fans not just sometime to cheer for, but heart attacks as well. I needed a defibrillator the past two weeks from the way they had been playing. Ken Pikowski asked me at the last jets home game if I wanted to go out to the Cleveland game with him and some friends. They were riding out in this tractor trailer sized camper and offered me a ride. Would have loved to have gone, but work duties kept me here at home.
The football season is too short. There have been four home games and only four left. Not enough time to tailgate for a football season. I do not count the preseason in there. If the Jets have a home playoff game then that is a bonus. Fans will not only celebrate a home playoff game, but party like hell in the lots and tailgate even harder. Seems when a team is doing great or making a great playoff run, the tailgating gets more serious. The groups are crazier, chants are louder, but the food is always delicious.
This coming Sunday at the Houston Texans game, I will be trying a once in a lifetime tailgate food. The L7 Tailgate crew who came together on Twitter has a food they call the “Rex Ryan”. A hot dog, wrapped in a cheeseburger, wrapped in bacon. I will have a Lipitor and a Vytorin on me just in case.
I will also be covering the Bing.com National Tailgating Competition. It is being held at 10:30 AM before the Jets take on the Texans outside the Pepsi Gate. Tailgating, for most football fans, is way beyond just cooking a few hot dogs in the parking lot before the game. This is certainly the case in Houston, Denver, New York, Phoenix, New Orleans, Seattle, and Dallas/Fort Worth, the seven cities Bing.com will be visiting with this competition.
Because of this passion and the social nature of tailgating Joe Cahn, the Commissioner of Tailgating, and Bing, the decision engine from Microsoft, have teamed up to host the first Bing National Tailgating Championship. Houston will serve as the official kick-off with a regional competition taking place at Reliant Stadium before the Texans/Chargers game. With the Bing National Tailgating Championship, tailgaters from around the country will have the opportunity to compete for the first-ever title of “America’s #1 Tailgater.” In addition, this competition gives fans the chance to prove that Houston is worthy of being titled one of the country’s “tailgating capitals.”
Starting at 10:30 a.m. anyone can come by the Pepsi Gate to watch the region’s best tailgate teams compete for a shot at the national title. The visitors will receive prizes and a chance to see four tailgating teams compete in four categories including:
1) Cooking: Originality, presentation, regional flair and taste
2) Tailgate Spirit and Environment: Includes tailgating set-up and team flair
3) Parking Lot Agility: bean bag and football toss
4) Team/Sport Knowledge: Trivia challenge
Local judges will be on hand to determine the winning team including football legend Wesley Walker. And of course, Joe Cahn, the Commissioner of Tailgating will be on hand to officiate the competition.
For tailgating teams that would like to throw their BBQ tongs in the ring for a chance to be crowned the nation’s best, please visit: www.tailgatinginstitute.com/bing. So come on out to see the best Jets tailgating and how Bing can help fans make your game day decisions.
Tailgating has become more than just arriving before a game to eat and have fun in the parking lot. It is a time to share memories with friends. To make that game day experience one step better. When I walk around the lots, I see more people than ever taking pictures. There was a time you could not get too many pictures inside the stadium. With the advent of camera phones though it makes it easier to snap off a few pics and capture some shots. My friend Jason must have a new picture up on Facebook after ever Yankees game he goes to. My point is people want to capture more about what goes on outside the stadium as well as inside it. Tailgating is not an important part of that game day experience.
Everyone has a memory they will always remember. Many will remember the Monday Night Miracle, Dan Marino’s fake spike, Dennis Byrd getting hurt and many other on field moments. Others will have countless memories off the field. Ones that happen in the lot during tailgating. A place where birthdays are celebrated, anniversaries, and other events where friends and family can celebrate. I interviewed one couple who met at a Jets game while tailgating. They were also married on a Monday. Right after their wedding they attended a Monday night Jets game. You can not make a better game day memory than that.