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  • The 2012 Bold Tailgate Award Winners Are…

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    On Friday we revealed the 20 finalists for the 2012 Bold Tailgate Awards. The voting was fierce but the people have spoken. Here are the 2012 Bold Tailgate Award winners who will be walking away with the most epic trophy imaginable.  Grill Master – The Razorback Helmet Grill – Ced D.   Bold Superfan – Vickie T. of Florida State University Tailgate Techie – Keith Thompson’s FSU Tailgate Man Cave Tailgate Vehicle – Rutgers Jitney

  • 2012 Bold Tailgate Award Finalists

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    Submissions for the Bold Tailgate Awards have been steadily rolling in, and we also met plenty of great tailgaters at the Florida vs FSU game this past weekend. Now it’s time to reveal the top five finalists for each of the four categories. Voting will conclude at 11:59 pm on Sunday, December 9, 2012, so if you haven’t already be sure to vote for your favorites, and if you’re already a nominee take a second to rally your family and friends. Grill Master The Grill Master plans the tailgate menu for weeks and on game day arrives to the stadium with a chariot of BBQ fire. Why cook four burger patties on a mini camping grill when you could cook 20 hamburger patties at once with an overstated, fire breathing, Hummer-sized barbecue elegance? While bigger isn’t always better, in this category it definitely leaves a lasting impression. Grill Master Nominee #1 – NC State Monster Grill  – Cory S.  Grill Master Nominee #2 – Razorback Helmet Grill – Ced D. Grill Master Nominee #3 – U. of Illinois Illini Grill – Jordan M.  Grill Master Nominee #4 – Texas BBQ Beast – Chance W. Grill Master Nominee #5 – UNC Grill – Paul S. Bold Superfan The Bold Superfan thinks more »

  • 50 Football Tailgate Do’s And Don’ts

    The submissions for the Bold Tailgate Awards are rolling in and we’ve seen our fair share of winners and losers. No one likes a tailgate that turns into amateur hour, so act like you’ve been there before by following these tailgate commandments. Simple Do’s and Don’ts that will take any tailgate noob to all-star status before you even enter the parking lot.

    Tip: navigate using the ← left and right → arrow keys The submissions for the Bold Tailgate Awards are rolling in and we’ve seen our fair share of winners and losers. No one likes a tailgate that turns into amateur hour, so act like you’ve been there before by following these tailgate commandments. Simple Do’s and Don’ts that will take any tailgate noob to all-star status before you even enter the parking lot.

  • Introducing The Most Impressive Tailgate Man Cave In America

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    Meet Keith Thompson (below in the KCCO shirt). He is a diehard Florida State fan with one of the most impressive tailgate tech set-ups in America. At each home game Keith rolls his RV into the lot and invites dozens of friends over to enjoy his fire pit, full bar, flat screen TV’s with DirecTV, projector screen also with DirecTV and custom speaker system housed inside a 3 foot cooler amongst so much more. You can sit on his leather couch and watch every single game as if you we’re in the comfort of your own man cave. Keith is an official nominee for Tailgate Techie and it would shock us if he doesn’t walk away the winner.

  • University of Wyoming Cowboys’ Poke-mobile

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    University of Wyoming Cowboys’ Poke-mobile This 1988 Chevy features a barstools in the bed of the truck, saddles on receiver hitch, air brushed bucking horse logo on mirrors and hood of truck, yellow and brown leather upholstery, brown and yellow rhino lining, 30 ft flag pole in bed of truck. In addition to all this the truck tows a two horse trailer converted into a BBQ making it an easy front runner in this year’s Bold Tailgate Awards.

  • 5 Better-For-You Tailgate Dishes

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    Fall is here, which means football fans across America run the risk of packing on the pounds during weekend eating binges. We’re all allowed to stuff our faces with delicious traditional tailgate food (it’s the American way) but why not make a few better-for-you tweaks? We’ve devised a way for you to have the food you love without having to experience the glutinous hangover guilt on Monday. Our goal is to put a better twist on traditional tailgate food without being too drastic or taking away the fun, so instead of loaded potato skins we’ll show you how to do it with sweet potatoes. A few added spices make up for using a zero calorie marinade on chicken skewers. How about a cheese dip that is lower in sodium? Yeah, we’ve got your attention now. College football fans take their tailgating seriously and for many, the events before college football games are just as important as the battle taking place on the field. Here at RSVLTS.com, we decided to harness the collective passion of this “United States of Tailgating” and we’ve teamed up with Wheat Thins to launch the 1st annual Bold Tailgate Awards. Tailgating pros all across America will be asked to visit more »

  • What It Takes To Become The Ultimate College Football Superfan [Infographic]

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    Around Labor Day, when summer is coming to a close and the leaves begin to change, College Football Superfans across the United States dust off their grills, give their team-inspired-custom-tailgate school bus a fresh wash and bring their Superfan gear out of the closets to gear up for another season of parking-lot tailgating. The true test of a Superfan is the time and dedication they devote to their team. These particular fanatics of the parking lot go above and beyond what typical people know about tailgating, all for the sake of their selective schools. We’ve compiled the best Superfans spanning the country. These aren’t you ordinary fans who  on some body paint and call it a day. These are the week in and week out bleacher warriors who hold attendance, dance, spirit and even tattoo tradition records. Today we salute football’s best Superfans. Click here to view full size infographic >>

  • 10 Tailgate Recipes You Need To Try

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    We had our Bold Tailgate Awards kick-off party this past weekend at Triona’s in New York City.  Sarah of @NYCFoodieFinder created 10 original Wheat Thins tailgate recipes and everyone enjoyed her culinary brilliance. If you have a tailgate party coming up check out the recipes below. They are easy to make and will win your crowd over. Buffalo Chicken Dip Make 160 1-tablespoon servings Ingredients 1 24 oz can of shredded chicken (drained well) 2 8 oz packages of cream cheese at room temperature 1 cup of hot sauce 1 cup of blue cheese dressing 2 cups of cheddar cheese Ranch Wheat Thins Instructions Pre-heat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, mix the blue cheese, cream cheese, half a cup of the cheddar, and the hot sauce. Mix in the shredded chicken and transfer to a 9”x11” baking dish or disposable aluminum baking tin. Top dip with the remaining cheddar cheese. Bake the mixture uncovered for 25-30 minutes until the mixture is bubbly, heated through and golden brown on top. Scoop with Ranch Wheat Thins and enjoy. Bacon Wrapped Ranch Chicken Bites with Cheddar Makes 46 bites Ingredients 4 chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch cubes 1 oz packet of powder more »

  • 38 Football Fans Who Will Make You Say “Whoa”

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    Tip: navigate using the ← left and right → arrow keys Football fans love to take it to a whole new level when supporting their team.  Whether it’s body paint or a crazy outfit,  is just a small sample of the most dedicated football fans in America. If you know a football superfan have them enter our Bold Tailgate Awards now!

  • How To Dress For A College Football Tailgate

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    Your attire for a football game is extremely important. Weather you are bundled up in the northeast during a snowstorm, or rocking shorts and Ray Bans out west, your clothes can make or break your time at a game. If you plan on attending a college football game this year and you would like to fit in rather than feel left out, we’ve got you covered. Over the last week, we’ve received great submissions for the 1st-annual Bold Tailgate Awards and using this information, along with data from your favorite social media sites, we’ve produced this infographic to school you on the styles of college football tailgates across America. From boardshorts in the southwest, to hoodies in the midwest, every region has its unique trends which help you stand out as you roll up to each game. College football trends are much different than pro football. Rocking a jersey to a college football game is a lot less common than you would think. Instead, custom T-Shirts, polos and button downs flood the tailgates from every angle. Most of the patrons ARE college students, after all. View the full infographic here…

  • The United Fans of NCAA® Football Tailgating (infographic)

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    Every year, fans across the nation gather for the finest tailgating in the country. NCAA® Football Fans across America have traits and styles that are specific to the regions where their schools are located. Some styles have become tradition and some, for better or worse, will pass within a year or two. Using the latest data available on the internet and fan submissions from RSVLTS.com, we’ve teamed up with Wheat Thins to launch the Bold Tailgate Awards. Our NCAA®  Football Fan analysts have dissected each region’s style to give you a detailed look at college football trends across America.

  • Live From The Florida vs FSU Game In Tallahassee

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    We will be hanging up the gone fishing sign for the rest of the weekend because we’re in Tallahassee meeting potential Bold Tailgate Awards nominees at the Florida vs Florida State throwdown. 75 degrees and sunny with a chance to BBQ, tailgate games and some drinks. Ammmm I right? Over the next two days we’re going to be posting photos of all the action exclusively for our Instagram followers. Join the party and see all pictures by following us on Instagram @RSVLTS right now! Follow @RSVLTS On Instagram

  • BBQ and TV Combo [Bold Tailgate Award Nominee]

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    Name: Corbyn Paynes Team: Middle Tennessee State Nominee Category: Tailgate Techie College football fans take their tailgating seriously and for many, the events before college football games are just as important as the battle taking place on the field. Here at RSVLTS.com, we decided to harness the collective passion of this “United States of Tailgating” and we’ve teamed up with Wheat Thins to launch the 1st annual Bold Tailgate Awards. Tailgating pros all across America will be asked to visit the Tailgate Awards homepage and submit nominations. Nominate Your Tailgate!

  • Broncos Pom Pom’ers [Bold Tailgate Award Nominee]

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    Name: Broncos Pom Pom’ers Team: Denver Broncos Nominee Category: Bold Superfan College football fans take their tailgating seriously and for many, the events before college football games are just as important as the battle taking place on the field. Here at RSVLTS.com, we decided to harness the collective passion of this “United States of Tailgating” and we’ve teamed up with Wheat Thins to launch the 1st annual Bold Tailgate Awards. Tailgating pros all across America will be asked to visit the Tailgate Awards homepage and submit nominations. Nominate Your Tailgate!

  • Rutgers Body Paint [Bold Tailgate Award Nominee]

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    Name: Andre F Team: Rutgers University Nominee Category: Tailgate Techie College football fans take their tailgating seriously and for many, the events before college football games are just as important as the battle taking place on the field. Here at RSVLTS.com, we decided to harness the collective passion of this “United States of Tailgating” and we’ve teamed up with Wheat Thins to launch the 1st annual Bold Tailgate Awards. Tailgating pros all across America will be asked to visit the Tailgate Awards homepage and submit nominations. Nominate Your Tailgate!

  • Huskers Fanbulance [Bold Tailgate Award Nominee]

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    Name: Huskers Fanbulance Team: University of Nebraska Nominee Category: Bold Tailgate Vehicle College football fans take their tailgating seriously and for many, the events before college football games are just as important as the battle taking place on the field. Here at RSVLTS.com, we decided to harness the collective passion of this “United States of Tailgating” and we’ve teamed up with Wheat Thins to launch the 1st annual Bold Tailgate Awards. Tailgating pros all across America will be asked to visit the Tailgate Awards homepage and submit nominations. Nominate Your Tailgate!

  • 13 Favorite Football Tailgate Rituals

    Every college football team has its own unique tailgate traditions, as all true fans know; from The Ross Bus at University of Michigan, to Kegs and Eggs at Ohio State, to cooking BBQ on houseboats at Neyland Stadium. It is these rituals that make college football one of the best sports to watch in America.

    Tip: navigate using the ← left and right → arrow keys Every college football team has its own unique tailgate traditions, as all true fans know; from The Ross Bus at University of Michigan, to Kegs and Eggs at Ohio State, to cooking BBQ on houseboats at Neyland Stadium. It is these rituals that make college football one of the best sports to watch in America. What better way to learn about exciting and interesting college football tailgate rituals than from fans themselves? We’ve asked editors at 10 of your favorite websites to tell us about their favorite college football tailgate ritual. College football fans take their tailgating seriously and for many, the events before college football games are just as important as the battle taking place on the field. Here at RSVLTS.com, we decided to harness the collective passion of this “United States of Tailgating” and we’ve teamed up with Wheat Thins to launch the 1st annual Bold Tailgate Awards. Tailgating pros all across America will be asked to visit the Tailgate Awards homepage and submit nominations. Nominate Your Tailgate! Photo sources: Photo 1 – Photo 2 – Photo 3 – Photo 4 – Photo 5 – Photos 6 – Photo 7 – Photo 8 – Photo 9 more »

  • Popular American Tailgate Foods By Region

    If you’re headed to a college football game and want to look like a seasoned veteran at the tailgate, we’ve got a list of foods that you should consider making. These are pregame favorites, easy to make and will give you a good taste of the regional traditions. Ohio/Michigan – Kegs n’ Eggs This tradition takes place every year when Michigan squares off to face Ohio State University. Mini propane stoves are fired up all over campus and students start the day right with a steak and egg sandwich. Steak and eggs have always been a great one-two punch, but at Ohio/Michigan, it’s simple tradition that has kept people’s bellies full for decades. Louisiana/Mississippi – Cajun Gumbo If you ever visit Death Valley, plan on eating plenty of alligator gumbo. It’s made at nearly every tailgate spot in massive 15-gallon pots. Even if you don’t have the energy to make gumbo, the people are beyond friendly and will share their bowl of gumbo, no problem. If alligator isn’t your thing, people also make chicken and sausage gumbo, which is equally delicious. Texas/Oklahoma – BBQ This might be the most obvious recipe of them all. The South is dominated by fantastic BBQ and its more »

  • How To Throw A Football With A Perfect Spiral [Infographic]

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    Don’t settle for just “not embarrassing yourslf” at the next football tailgate and torpedo that pigskin to Uncle Chuck with these tips from 4-time Superbowl champion Joe Montana compile into infographic form by Primer.com. Once you’re done dominating the pick-up football game at your tailgate head on over to the Bold Tailgate Awards and nominate yourself.

  • 10 Impressive Football Tailgate Vehicles [Photos]

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    Anyone can go rent an RV for the weekend. What you can’t do is rent a retired school bus with a custom paint job and more team flair than Chotchkies in Office Space. The following ten vehicle owners have an obsessive love for their team and the way to express this love is to have the most outrageous car in the lot. The Master Gator University of Florida The Master Gator is converted a 1992 Ford B700 school bus with a custom orange paint job and the back blowtorched off to create an epic porch, perfect for the Gainesville game day party scene. The man behind the “Master Gator” is Keith Moody, and he spared no expense when it came to frills and attention to detail. The bus features two sinks, an exterior shower, two 1000 watt Cadence amps, ten inch 1000 watt subwoofer, four Cadence coax speakers on the bottom of the benches, and two 22” LCD TV’s on-board.   The Ross Bus University of Michigan The Ross Bus is tradition with students from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Before every home football game, The Ross Bus parks a few blocks from the stadium at more »

  • Illini Grill [Bold Tailgate Award Nominee]

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    Name: Jordan Moye School: University of Illinois Nominee Category: Grill Master College football fans take their tailgating seriously and for many, the events before college football games are just as important as the battle taking place on the field. Here at RSVLTS.com, we decided to harness the collective passion of this “United States of Tailgating” and we’ve teamed up with Wheat Thins to launch the 1st annual Bold Tailgate Awards. Tailgating pros all across America will be asked to visit the Tailgate Awards homepage and submit nominations. Nominate Your Tailgate!

  • Boise State Superfan Van [Bold Tailgate Award Nominee]

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    Name: Boise State Superfan Van School: Boise State Nominee Category: Bold Tailgate Vehicle College football fans take their tailgating seriously and for many, the events before college football games are just as important as the battle taking place on the field. Here at RSVLTS.com, we decided to harness the collective passion of this “United States of Tailgating” and we’ve teamed up with Wheat Thins to launch the 1st annual Bold Tailgate Awards. Tailgating pros all across America will be asked to visit the Tailgate Awards homepage and submit nominations. Nominate Your Tailgate!

  • The 1st Annual Bold Tailgate Award Trophy Revealed

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      We’re one day into the 1st-annual Bold Tailgate Awards and the nominations are rolling in. Now it’s time to see what you die-hard tailgate heroes are submitting to win. Obviously the year supply of Wheat Thins is on the line but the real icing on the tailgate cake is the 1st annual Bold Tailgate Awards trophy. Completely custom. Only four have ever been made. The base is 5-inches of cherry hardwood all the way through with an elegant finish. On the front is a name plate specific to the Tailgate Award category. The name of the winner will be engraved for all eternity. The jewel piece of the trophy is a full-sized football helmet so chromed out your girlfriend can do her makeup in the reflection before you go out for a celebratory steak dinner. On both sides is the official Tailgate Awards decal. Full, bold colors. This will catch your friends eyes from at least 15 parking spots away. And on the back are custom stickers to mark your achievement in the specific category. So there you have it. No joke, next to the Stanley Cup and Lombardi Trophy, this just might be the sweetest trophy in America. more »

  • Captain Greenbeard [Bold Tailgate Award Nominee]

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    Name: Captain Greenbeard School: University of Oregon Nominee Category: Bold Superfan Note: Actually has a neon green beard in real life and tries to attend as many road games as possible. College football fans take their tailgating seriously and for many, the events before college football games are just as important as the battle taking place on the field. Here at RSVLTS.com, we decided to harness the collective passion of this “United States of Tailgating” and we’ve teamed up with Wheat Thins to launch the 1st annual Bold Tailgate Awards. Tailgating pros all across America will be asked to visit the Tailgate Awards homepage and submit nominations. Nominate Your Tailgate!

  • Nominate Your Bold Tailgate Now!

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    We decided to harness the collective passion of this “United States of Tailgating” and we’ve teamed up with Wheat Thins to launch the 1st annual Bold Tailgate Awards. Nominate Your Bold Tailgate Now!

  • Wheat Thins® and RSVLTS.com Partner To Find The Best College Football Tailgaters In America

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    College football fans take their tailgating seriously. From custom school buses at Ohio State, to grown men with green beards in Oregon…for many, the events before college football games are just as important as the battle taking place on the field. So here at RSVLTS.com, we decided to harness the collective passion of this “United States of Tailgating” and we’ve teamed up with Wheat Thins to launch the 1st annual Bold Tailgate Awards. Tailgating pros all across America will be asked to visit the Tailgate Awards homepage and submit nominations for one of the following four categories: Grill Master The Grill Master plans the tailgate menu for weeks and on game day arrives to the stadium with a chariot of BBQ fire. Why cook four burger patties on a mini camping grill when you could cook 20 hamburger patties at once with an overstated, fire breathing, Hummer-sized barbecue elegance? While bigger isn’t always better, in this category it definitely leaves a lasting impression. Bold Superfan The Bold Superfan thinks fans who only paint their faces are amateurs. In the world of the Bold Superfan, face paint makes up only 1/20th of the game day tailgate uniform. A Bold Superfan gets stopped more »

  • Tailgate Techie

    Do you want to watch 15 games simultaneously while eating Wheat Thins snacks with the Grill Master at the stadium? Absolutely, the Tailgate Techie has you covered. With a portable DirecTV satellite playing 15 games simultaneously – and a mega surround sound system to boot – the Tailgate Techie can even easily help you forget not scoring those last minute tickets. If you or a friend fit one of these categories, now is the time to get recognition for your team spirit and overall love for tailgating. Head on over to RSVLTS.com/TailgateAwards and enter now! Nominate Your Bold Tailgate Now!

  • Ultimate Tailgate Buckeye Bus [Bold Tailgate Award Nominee]

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    Name: Ultimate Tailgate Buckeye Bus Owner: Creative Mobile Interiors School: The Ohio State University Nominee Category: Bold Vehicle Note: This 35-foot school bus was converted into an amazing 18-seat custom tailgater – packed with OSU pride. College football fans take their tailgating seriously and for many, the events before college football games are just as important as the battle taking place on the field. Here at RSVLTS.com, we decided to harness the collective passion of this “United States of Tailgating” and we’ve teamed up with Wheat Thins to launch the 1st annual Bold Tailgate Awards. Tailgating pros all across America will be asked to visit the Tailgate Awards homepage and submit nominations. Nominate Your Tailgate!

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