Action Needed: The Criquet Tailgate Collection

Team – for the second year in a row, the good folks at Criquet Shirts are doing their Tailgate collection.  Here’s how it works:

Check out the collection here…there are some CHOICE color picks this year – even if you aren’t a fan of the team’s color scheme, here’s a great opportunity to own some ‘custom’ Player’s Shirts and a discounted price.

Go get’cha some…

In Other News: Southern Tide just sold to Tommy Bahama for How Much?

You won’t believe how much Oxford Industries, the parent company of Tommy Bahama just paid for Southern Tide.  See the article here.

Friday Jam: Prince – “Let’s Go Crazy” (Live – 1985)

Prince was an integral part of my music awakening in the 80’s.  The video for “When The Doves Cry” was so popular on MTV – it literally played every hour on the hour.  I had all the tapes – then CDs.  There was nothing like Prince, at that time, or now.  He is and will continue to be the true definition of an artist.

Dave Grohl was on Howard Stern yesterday, and this exchange sums it up:

Stern: “Was Prince a better musician than you?”

Grohl: “What are you talking about?  Hell, Prince was a better DRUMMER than me.”

To celebrate Prince’s life, here is one of my favorites:

2016 #GeorgiaBBQ Bracket Challenge: Sweet Sauce Final Four

Well, are neck deep into the second annual #GEORGIABBQ Bracket Challenge with our friends over at Peach State Pride.  To bring everyone up to speed, we have finished the White Sauce Bracket, with B’s Cracklin’ BBQ in Savannah claiming their spot in the overall Final Four, joining Hot Thomas BBQ in Watkinsville and Big Shanty BBQ in Kennesaw.  Now we’re on to the Final Four in the Sweet Sauce bracket, with some heavy hitters ready to do battle.

The winner gets a custom design from Classic Georgia and Peach State Pride.  We’re using last years’ winner’s design (Zeb’s) as the logo for this year’s challenge:

Here we go with the Sweet Sauce bracket.  We’ll run this Final Four through Friday at 10PM ET.  Tell your friends and get your votes in!  The more the merrier…

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April 18th, 1998: Panic in the Streets

It’s hard to believe that Panic in the Streets was 18 years ago Monday…  What a weekend.  I’ve probably seen over 30 Panic shows, but this one was special…it seemed that the world descended on Athens, Georgia for the weekend.  It is one of my fondest memories.

WSP has always had a special place in my heart.  I still listen to their first four albums quite a bit…‘Ain’t Life Grand’ always makes me think of Athens…drinking beer on some porch to be exact.  I don’t think they’ll ever get old.  The first show I saw was in 1996, and the most recent was in 2014.  They were as good then as they are now.  A little different (RIP Mikey), but they still tear the roof off.  The crowds have changed as well.  All of us that followed them back in the 90s have gotten a little older, and a little stiffer, but the music has stayed the same.

Back to the show…We pulled into town on Thursday night, as all the bars and venues had some incredible bands playing.  If memory serves, we saw Jupiter Coyote at a Fraternity house on Thursday night, and Allgood on Friday night somewhere in town.  It was essentially a 48-hour tailgate waiting for Saturday night.

Widespread Panic set up stage in SAE’s front yard, and all the fans loaded up on Washington Street for the show.  And what a setlist:

Set 1: Disco > Tall Boy > Love Tractor, Aunt Avis > Diner > Walkin’ (For Your Love), Henry Parsons Died, All Time Low, The Take Out > Porch Song > Blackout Blues

Set 2: One Arm Steve, Chilly Water, Greta > Christmas Katie > Radio Child, Arleen > Papa’s Home > Drums > Papa’s Home, Pilgrims, Fishwater

E: West Virginia > Space Wrangler, Ain’t Life Grand

Some local color:

 

It was one of the friendliest large groups of people I’ve ever been around. At that point in my life, the only thing comparable was Music Midtown in Atlanta, where most folks kept to themselves.  No one at Midtown was there to see the same band.  Music Midtown was great, but it didn’t have the communal feeling that Panic in the Streets did.  If memory serves, there weren’t that many arrests in Athens, but the town was essentially trashed.  Still – it was a GREAT time.

One memory that sticks with me was trying to get beer.  By the end of the first set, everyone was dry.  “Tall Boy” really got everyone going, and “Walkin'” brought everyone to another level.  I went into Georgia Bar and finally made my way to the bar.  It was fire-hazzard packed.  I asked the bartender for six cold Budweisers.  Nope.  Miller Lites.  Nope.  Coors Lights.  Nope.

“Well, what do you have?”

“I’ve got a case of Miller High Life.  But they’re warm.”

“I’ll take six”.

…ahh…what a simpler time.  Stream the show here.

Were you there?

Baseball Style

Don’t kid yourself about the Braves sweeping the Marlins last weekend.  We are ‘rebuilding’.  Still, there isn’t much better than going down to see a baseball game.  It makes for a great date with wife/girlfriend, and there is a slight chance that the Braves could score more than two runs.  Maybe.  Style at a baseball game isn’t brain surgery, but there are a couple tricks that could make your trip more enjoyable.

For a weeknight/date, up your style a bit with a polo and a nice belt.  For the Sunday game with the guys, relax a little and pay homage to a retired great.  Either way, there’s always time for a tailgate before first pitch.  Here are some details on doing it right:

From Top Left:

1. Braves Stillwater Hat:  For me, hats are optional.  They aren’t as go-to as they used to be, especially if I’m wearing sunglasses.  In situations like a 3-4 hour baseball game, a hat is a must.  I like going with something vintage, like this early 80’s Braves model.  Extra points for a minor league hat.
2. Patagonia R1 Pullover:  Night game?  Got a date?  It’s not a bad idea to have a pullover handy.  Leave it in the car if the temperature doesn’t get below 70.
3. Ray Ban Wayfarer Sunglasses:  Whether you are going for the business look or the weekend look, you’ve got to have a good pair of shades for the game.  You can’t go wrong with Wayfarers.  Tortoise is where it’s at.
4. Vintage Dale Murphy T-shirt:  T-shirts are very prevalent at games these days, and while it’s not my first choice, I do approve of a  retired players’ number.  Show that you know what’s up.
5. Ball and Buck Hunter’s Polo:  At this point in my life, I rarely leave the house without a collar.  Polos are getting more and more play as a t-shirt replacement, and a game down at The Ted is ground zero.  I really dig these Hunter polos from Ball and Buck – the shoulder detailing is cool, and the logo is as good as it gets.
6. Ex Officio Bandana:  Fold this up and keep it in your back pocket.  There are NEVER enough napkins.
7. Onward Reserve Piedmont Shorts:  Appropriate inseam required.  Ketchup stains don’t show up as well on darker colors.
8. Smathers & Branson Belt:  While Smathers & Branson offer MLB belts, I’m not big on wearing them to the game.  It’s like wearing a shirt of the band you are going to see.  Instead, opt for a lifestyle belt or a belt from your golf club.
9. Polar Bear Soft 24-Pack Cooler:  Since a baseball tailgate doesn’t require keeping ice for a month (nor to 99% of other cooler-friendly events), opt for the Polar Bear soft cooler.  Yetis are great, but I’ve been using my Polar Bear for the past couple years and am extremely happy…not only for a day+ of cold drinks, but the relatively low hit on the wallet.
10. Southern Proper PC Shorts:  Back to the Sunday game.  Relax a little.
11. New Balance 990s:  If you have to walk a mile (or so), it might be a good idea to plan accordingly.
12. Koozies:  Camo + Nascar + Neoprene.  I shouldn’t have to justify this.
13. Hari Mari Scouts Flip Flops:  If you are a flip flop guy, do it right.  Don’t forget suntan lotion.

2016 #GeorgiaBBQ Bracket Challenge: Sweet Sauce Bracket

Well, we are half way through the of the second annual #GEORGIABBQ Bracket Challenge with our friends over at Peach State Pride.  To bring everyone up to speed, we just finished the White Sauce Bracket, with B’s Cracklin’ BBQ in Savannah claiming their spot in the overall Final Four, joining Hot Thomas BBQ in Watkinsville and Big Shanty BBQ in Kennesaw.  Now we’re on to the Sweet Sauce bracket, with some heavy hitters ready to do battle.

The winner gets a custom design from Classic Georgia and Peach State Pride.  We’re using last years’ winner’s design (Zeb’s) as the logo for this year’s challenge:

Here we go with the Sweet Sauce bracket.  We’ll run this great-8 through Wednesday at 10PM ET.  Tell your friends and get your votes in!  The more the merrier…

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