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Introducing Tailgate32 B-Sides

And we’re off! It’s been three days since we left Chicago and began a life on the road. And we’ve already got something that we’re super excited to tell you about.

Let me introduce you to Tailgate32 B-Sides. While on the road we’re going to shoot quite a lot of footage that won’t make it into one of our 32 city episodes. B-Sides are quick hit shapshots of our lives on the road–interesting sights, unexpected challenges, or simply our crew horsing around. We think you’ll enjoy these sneak peeks into our journey behind the scenes.

Check out our latest B-Side called On The Road below to get a taste of our first two days on the road.

If you haven’t already done so, subscribe to our official Tailgate32 YouTube channel now so that you won’t miss any episodes or B-Sides.

We Need A Preseason Too

NFL teams need training camps and a preseason slate of games to prepare for the upcoming season–we need our own preseason too.  With 8 games in the first 19 days of the season, we don’t have the luxury of learning on the go.

Tailgate32 at WorkJust as a team needs a playbook, so do we.

Teams need contingency plans to deal with injuries.  We need to be prepared to handle a flat tire or a sick crew member.

A coach needs to establish a weekly routine–days off, regular unit meetings, team dinners.  We need a weekly routine too–consistent production and release of videos, established driving shifts, media interviews.

A coach prepares game plans, sometimes scripting the first couple of drives.  We’ll need a regular game-day schedule too– arrival at the stadium, tailgate setup, cooking the food and, most importantly, when and how long to interview the fans and record B-roll.

Teams need to be cohesive and there must be familiarity and trust among all members.  Just the same we need to be confident in our crew and everyone needs to understand their roles and trust each other.

Just like a football player, I’d rather make a mistake in the preseason than when it counts.  So, let’s take a look at what’s on our preseason schedule.

  • Friday, August 3 - Family Fest at Soldier Field
  • Saturday, August 4 – Colts City at Anderson University
  • Sunday, August 5 – Hall of Fame Game in Canton, OH
  • Tuesday, August 7 – The UPMC Steeler Experience at Saint Vincent College
  • Wednesday, August 8 – Family Night at Cleveland Browns Stadium

I invite you to come on out and meet the Tailgate32 crew at any of these events.

Kickstarter success! Shirts still available!

Tailgate32 ShirtsWe had a flurry of activity in the last day of our successful Kickstarter campaign (a HUGE thanks to everyone who helped out!)–but we’ve heard from some people that they just missed the deadline to pick up a shirt and support the project.  SO…. in response to continued demand, we’ve launched the Tailgate32 store!  Men’s and women’s shirts in every team’s colors will continue to be available in the store through late July.  You’ll look great in one!

Women’s Shirts Now Available

Many of you have been asking about women’s cuts for shirts.  Well, you’ve asked, and we’re coming through for you!  We’ve confirmed that we’ll be able to offer the shirts in both women’s and men’s cuts.  They’re Softstyle cotton shirts–which have that vintage-y feel to them.  With only 7 days left in our Kickstarter campaign we’re very much in the home stretch.  Now’s the time to pick up a shirt!