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How Tailgating Changed in 2020

Posted on April 15, 2021 by Martin Banks

For some folks, tailgating is akin to a religion. Fans show up in caravans and trailers the Friday night before the big game and make a weekend-long celebration — or used to do so.

Then, the novel coronavirus pandemic hit. Here’s how tailgating changed in 2020 and what new rituals you might consider keeping as things return to normal.

1. Elvis Has Left the Stadium

It was a sad year for sports stadiums. Instead of rows of roaring fans, they had silent cardboard cutouts standing watch while the real spectators tuned in from their living rooms.

Fortunately, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell expects full stadiums this year, with no reduced capacities or closures foreseen. However, that doesn’t mean that every parking lot will fill to the brim on opening day. They might — cabin fever is a potent motivator — but many people will hesitate to return to crowded venues.

Others merely find they prefer the comforts of home. Unless you pay a king’s ransom, you can’t see much from many seats anyway. On television, you have instant replay and zoom.

Plus, you have full access to your indoor and outdoor kitchens, eliminating many food safety concerns. You need to keep foods like potato salad and ribs either cold or hot, respectively, which can pose challenges during transport. If they enter the danger zone between 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit, bacteria can grow — and no one wants to get sick.

2. Changing Campus Rules

If college ball is more your game, you might discover that you can’t participate in traditional tailgating activities at all. Many colleges banned the practice outright in 2020, and the decrease in on-campus problems may convince some to keep restrictions in place even after vaccines produce herd immunity.

Other campuses may keep the celebrations but shorten the timeline. For example, in 2020, Clemson restricted tailgating to only those who had parking passes. Season ticket holders received individual game day passes instead of the traditional version to maintain crowd control. They also kept the lots closed until 8 a.m for an 8 p.m. game and required guests to leave instead of tailgating afterward.

3. Events Become More Formal

Other schools chose to limit tailgating by decreasing capacity in alignment with attendance restrictions. For example, LSU allowed a limited number of parking passes on campus for games and allowed attendees to loiter by their vehicles, sipping on food and drink. However, they couldn’t set up the tents and televisions that typify the school’s rich tailgating heritage.

Until all areas lift restrictions, you may encounter similar setups. If so, and you don’t get tickets, consider giving homegating a try. This trend offers considerable advantages over stadium tailgates:

  • It’s easier on the piggy bank: Game day tickets aren’t getting less expensive. Plus, you have to pay rising gas prices and parking fees, possibly road tolls.
  • It’s far less hassle and work: Tailgating requires you to pack everything up and unpack it. In addition to washing dishes, you have to schlep them back and forth from your car. If you have tons of gear, you could pull a muscle setting up a parking lot tailgate.
  • It’s more comfortable: No matter how comfortable your camp chairs are, they pale in comparison to your couch or lounger. Plus, you don’t have to worry about insects or sunburn if you have a screened-in patio for your game-watching pleasure.

4. Intimate Gatherings Get Cozier

One final advantage of moving the tailgate to your home court is cozier, more intimate gatherings. Yes, the party-like atmosphere on game day is a blast — but you also need to contend with intoxicated strangers causing drama at times. You control the guestlist for your castle.

You’ll probably find that folks naturally segregate when you homegate. You’ll have the diehard fans glued to the big screen, while those with less interest in the competition can socialize, play games and enjoy each other’s company in another room.

Tailgating Changed in 2020 — How Will You Adjust?

The great novel coronavirus pandemic changed the face of tailgating. As things gradually return to normal, which of the new traditions will you choose to keep?

The History of Sports Betting

Posted on April 14, 2021 by Martin Banks

The origin of the first bet is impossible to date. However, we do know that sports betting has been around for thousands of years. The earliest records of wagering on sporting events date back to the ancient Greeks and their famous Olympic games. 

Eventually, betting spread to Rome where people placed wagers on the outcome of circus events and chariot races. There, gambling became a legal form of entertainment and continued to gain popularity throughout Europe. 

Sports betting in the U.S. has a comparatively short history. However, Americans have always had a voracious appetite for the sport, so it’s no surprise that practically everyone — including Congress — has had some part in its history. 

Betting In the 19th Century 

While men undoubtedly placed bets on everything from card games to fights before the 1800s, sports betting didn’t become common practice until organized horse racing took center stage in 1868. That year, the U.S. started the American Stud Book and gambling exploded. By 1890, there were 314 tracks operating across the country and racegoers had already made and lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in bets. 

Around the same time, professional baseball came to the forefront of American culture and people began making bets on who might win each game. Even coaches were making gambles on how well their team would do. Eventually, it came to light that the Louisville Grays were throwing games. However, the general attitude towards sports betting remained the same as most people viewed gambling and games as pure entertainment. 

Scandals of the 20th Century

It wasn’t until the 20th century that Americans began questioning the legality of sports betting. By then, horse racing was a largely fixed sport and antigambling coalitions were pushing through legislation in most parts of the country. These coalitions were so successful that, by 1908, that only 25 racetracks remained in operation.  

A decade later, throwing games had become a common occurrence in Major League Baseball as well. In 1919, a professional gambler paid eight Chicago White Sox players to throw the World Series. This scandal quickly made headlines and sullied baseball in the eyes of puritanical citizens and lawmakers alike. However, many people continued to bet on games, even though gambling was illegal and MLB repeatedly banned players, coaches, umpires and managers for placing wagers on teams. 

PASPA and the Turn of the 21st Century 

By the late 1900s, state and federal governments had voiced their concern for gambling addiction and a general lack of integrity in the sports world. In 1992, Congress even enacted the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, which banned stated and governmental entities from legalizing sports wagering. 


Around the same time, the advent of the internet made wagering much more accessible. However, Congress was quick to shut down online gambling with the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006. However, on May 14, 2018, the sports betting prohibition era came to an end when the Supreme Court struck down PASPA, leaving it up to states to decide whether to allow residents to bet on sports. 

Over the next six months, seven states legalized and initiated their own sports betting industries. Then, in the first half of 2019, more than two dozen other states introduced new sports betting bills, some of which passed later that year. However, only 27 states allow some form of sports betting today. 

The Future of Sports Betting

Sports betting has clearly experienced a major transformation over the past 200 years. However, more changes are on the horizon as online wagering gains momentum and mobile betting becomes legal in more states. While physical sports books will probably always remain, technology will inevitably become more popular and overtake the industry. In the future, you’re sure to see more offshore sportsbooks, free-to-play games, esports betting, hobby gamification and similar online gambling options for sports and video game lovers, alike. 

With the UIGEA still in effect, it’s unclear how much sports betting will develop organically within the U.S. and how much will come from overseas markets. However, sports fans can rest assured that there will be ample opportunity to place bets and earn big money in the future.

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Happy 85th Birthday John Madden

Posted on April 09, 2021 by Dean Hybl
John Madden led the Oakland Raiders to victory in Super Bowl XI.

Whether from his days as a coach, broadcaster or simply as the name on a video game, John Madden is a football legend known by fans of all generations.

It seems hard to believe that Madden will celebrate his 85th birthday on April 10th. Almost as surprising is that it has been more than a dozen years since Madden retired from broadcasting after three decades as the preeminent color commentator on television. But, of course, his influence lives on in the leading football video game known as Madden NFL.

The journey for Madden from a 21st round NFL Draft pick to the most recognized person in the NFL is truly a remarkable one.

A talented multi-sport athlete, Madden was a boyhood friend of John Robinson, who would go on to a successful career as head coach at the University of Southern California and with the Los Angeles Rams.

Madden played college football at the College of San Mateo for a year, earning a scholarship to the University of Oregon. However, an injury forced him to redshirt and he ultimately finished his college career playing two seasons as a two-way player at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. He was also a catcher on the Cal-Poly baseball team.

The Philadelphia Eagles selected Madden in the 21st round (244th overall pick) of the 1958 NFL Draft. However, a knee injury suffered in training camp ended his dream of playing in the NFL.

After completing his degree, Madden became an assistant coach at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, California. He was promoted to head coach in 1962.

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The Best Vaping Liquidizer Can Be Found Online

Posted on March 30, 2021 by Enna Mortin

A Vaporizer is a great tool to make your own e-juice. Many people like to do this as a craft project, getting the ingredients together and putting in the vaporizer. It does not have the same quality as what you would buy at a store. With the vaporizer, you have the ability to create your own juice. It is quite simple to do.

Using The Juice Extractor

The first thing you want to do is fill up your Vaporizer with the Juice Extractor. When you do that, it will pop up and fill up. Make sure that you get all the ingredients into the container that is labeled. You are going to have to put some liquid into the bottom of the bottle and then put your fruits and vegetables into the other bottles.

Put the cap back on the bottle and let it stand for a bit. The juice will start to taste better as it starts to ferment. If you do not like the taste, you can try to siphon the juice off of the top. You will want to make sure that the fruits and veg stay intact and that the liquid does not spill out of the bottle. If you do not remove it correctly, you might end up with unwanted pulp.

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4 Fascinating Benefits of Online Football Betting You Need to Know

Posted on March 29, 2021 by Cathy Carter

Embracing online football betting is one of the best decisions you can ever make for your betting adventure. This is because it has a lot of benefits such as providing you with a live betting option as you can bet on a match as it is taking place.

You are provided with lots of betting options on your different leagues and tournaments. So with online football betting, your opportunities are endless. Following are the fascinating benefits of online football betting you need to know:

1. It’s Convenient

Online football betting is more convenient as you don’t have to move to the betting station as you can access the betting site from wherever you are. You can access it on your mobile phone or laptop as long as you have internet access.

All you need to do is visit the betting site using your chosen browser and place your bet on your desired football match in no time. Best of all you are provided with lots of payment options. You need to choose your most convenient method and deposit your bet at your comfort.

2. Simple and Quick Registration

Most betting sites like ufa have simple and quick registration processes so you don’t have to waste a lot of time creating your betting account. Well, you have to fill in your required details like email address, banking details, names among others and you are good to go. It will only take a few minutes of your time. 

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5 Amazing Online Slots Tips You Need to Know

Posted on March 29, 2021 by Cathy Carter

There are many slot games in various online casinos however, to earn the most out of your gaming adventure: you need to know the right slots to play. This helps you to maximize your entertainment as well as winning chances on the various slot games.

So, you must be in a position to choose the best slot games among the many provided by the various online casinos. Following are the amazing online slot tips you need to know:

1. Consider the Games Developers

Before going for a particular slot game, you should first consider the supplier because this determines the quality of the game. The top suppliers in the online gaming industry provide top-notch slot games with high-quality graphics. This boosts your experience as you enjoy the games.

Moreover, slot games from top suppliers also have favorable return to player percentages that boost your winning chances on your chosen game.

2. Embrace the Free Games

Many online casinos like pussy888 provide free games to their players on the various slots. This is given in their various promotions to attract more players to the casino because the industry is highly competitive. For example, many online casinos provide free spins to new players as a welcome bonus plus great match-up offers.

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  • Vintage Athlete of the Month

    • Luis “El Tiante” Tiant
      April 6, 2021 | 1:52 pm
      Luis Tiant

      The Sports Then and Now Vintage Athlete of the Month was the ace of the Boston Red Sox staff when they reached the 1975 World Series and is considered by many to be someone worthy of induction in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

      Luis Tiant, known as “El Tiante”, spent 19 years in the majors between 1964 and 1982.

      Though he was 75-64 with a 2.84 ERA in six seasons with the Cleveland Indians and then helped the Minnesota Twins reach the playoffs in 1970, it appeared that Tiant’s career might be over following the 1970 season.

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