2016 #GeorgiaBBQ Bracket Challenge: Sweet Sauce Finals

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 Finals 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.  Lane’s vs. Sweet Auburn.  We’ll run the Finals through Sunday at 10PM ET.  Tell your friends and get your votes in!  The more the merrier…

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Terry Wright - April 24, 2016 - 3:36 PM

Lanes Sweet sauce is wonderful. Our family love it!

Joey - April 24, 2016 - 6:12 PM

Grammar

Richard - April 24, 2016 - 6:49 PM

The voting is broken, I voted multiple times for lanes.

Richard - April 24, 2016 - 6:55 PM

Obviously somethings wrong with the voting here.

Dick - April 24, 2016 - 6:56 PM

Obviously something is wrong with the voting here.

CHRIS - April 24, 2016 - 8:47 PM

well, I voted multiple times for sweet auburn, I think, so… pretty sure the voting isn’t that far off to incorrectly decide the winner. both these sauces are quite good. Lane’s “sorta white” is outstanding, but their sweet is just a touch too sweet for me. the sweet auburn is a little more balanced. both great sauces though.

Cathy - April 24, 2016 - 8:52 PM

Lane’s BBQ all the way!

Jason - April 24, 2016 - 8:53 PM

Lane’s BBQ gets my vote! The best!

Ma G - April 25, 2016 - 12:31 PM

Best ever is lanes hits all tastebuds

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.

Jerry Garcia - April 22, 2016 - 9:39 AM

Interesting stuff. If I had to guess it traded for at least 10-12x, tough to see it being bought for under ~$70M before even factoring synergies into purchase price multiples.

What I find more remarkable is that Southern Tide is probably one of the larger / well known players in the preppy clothing world — gives you some perspective for how small many of the brands we love (and those featured on your site) are. Good for the little guy

Cory - April 22, 2016 - 9:44 AM

RCS, forgive my ignorance but what does this mean for the brand in terms of merchandising and their future outlook as a brand?

jay - April 22, 2016 - 9:51 AM

I think he sold low although I’d always err on the side of “take the money”. You’ve got a more broad customer base and I would say more brand recognition than most of these small tech companies that are trading at insane multiples with completely theoretical growth. I would say there are huge growth opportunities in the vein of Vineyard Vines that this brand hasn’t tapped into yet. Outside of pharmaceuticals and energy, the market is prime for picking. But again, take the money.

Jerry Garcia - April 22, 2016 - 9:59 AM

Just re-read article and totally skipped over the actual purchase price before writing my initial post. Woof – at least the weekend is near

kevin - April 22, 2016 - 10:03 AM

Yea, pretty sure some one at Oxford Industires just won the deal of the decade. While having not done a financial statement review, the numbers quoted make the bid price look like finding Masters memorabilia at Goodwill. My guess is this will be a great thing for the brand, a Tommy Bahama & Southern Tide brick and mortar on 30A or in Charleston would be a license to print money and they would definitely get their fair share of mine.

kevin - April 22, 2016 - 10:06 AM

Correction, the deal of the decade was the guy at Under Armour that signed unknown golfer Jordan Speith. This is now #2.

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…

Submit
Allen combs - April 21, 2016 - 12:52 PM

1st lanes Bbq
2nd sweet auburn Bbq

Jeremy Curtis - April 21, 2016 - 2:39 PM

1st
Lanes BBQ
2nd
Sweet BBQ

Scott - April 22, 2016 - 4:52 AM

So good

Mary Ferraro - April 22, 2016 - 12:05 PM

#1 SWEET AUBURN BBQ – HANDS DOWN!!!

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?

Christopher Johnson - April 20, 2016 - 9:35 AM

Love the Panic Stream link. Gets me through a lot of days at work.

Madison Roberts - April 25, 2016 - 4:58 PM

Such a cool memory.

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.

Jeff - April 19, 2016 - 9:27 AM

You can find any MiLB hat you could want here. There are some great mascots and terrific looking hats. Hartford Yard Goats, Hillsboro Hops, Daytona Tortugas, and Myrtle Beach Pelicans all have some great hats. Careful though, you can lose a lot of time perusing that website. http://www.milbstore.com/store.cfm?store_id=1

Thomas - April 19, 2016 - 10:21 AM

Date night at the country club suggestion?

Tom - April 19, 2016 - 11:02 AM

I love these!