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Lambeau Rescue

Check out this nicely done ambulance conversion by Gary and Ginger Kerkhoff.  Here's what they had to say:
Who are the primary people that created the rig?
The primary people that created Lambeau Rescue were my wife Ginger and myself with the help of Lambeau crew members Jill & Jerry Burgbacher, Matt Fritsch (grill design) Matt Rathsack owner of Xplosive Audio N'Graphix, Dan Appleton & Ron Machlan.

When did you get the rig?
I purchased it on a auction site in Wisconsin in January 2012.

What was it used for before you got it?
It was used as a rescue vehicle in Door County,Wisconsin.

How long did the restoration take?
Restoration took 7 Months.

How many people do you have tailgate with you?
The number of people that tailgate with us average from 6 to 20 depending on the weather (some wusses can't take the cold)!

What are the cool features?
Some of the cool features are:
  • Green & Gold tile floor (which came from Viking country)
  • Full size hitch mounted Weber grill
  • Also have a full size reverse flow offset trailer mounted smoker that we bring sometimes instead of the grill
  • Packer themed 12 speaker sound system
  • 32" led TV
  • Microwave
  • Small fridge
  • All the lights and noise (Sirens , Green & Gold lights)

What is your favorite feature?
My favorite feature is the sound system, the wife likes the title floor.

What kind of plans do you have for the future?
Future plans will be to change the TV from the 32" to a 55" pull down ceiling mounted,
after that it will be a Wisconsin Badger themed rescue vehicle.

How long have you been tailgating?
Been a Green Bay Packer season ticket holder and tailgating for 13 years also shareholder.

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Monday Morning Wakeup Call: Seattle Seahawks

Well, I don't think many people saw that coming.  Domination!


Redscue Unit Squad: Arizona Cardinals Ambulance

The Redscue Unit Squad is a group of Arizona Cardinals tailgaters that have been regularly attending games since 1988, with fulltime season tickets first being purchased in 1991 by two cousins and a friend.  As the years have progressed and the tailgate group has grown, the need arose to either bring more vehicles to each game, or purchase a larger vehicle that can accommodate not only people, but also all the tailgating gear involved (tables, ice chests, chairs, canopies, tv, grill etc.).

The group of three has now grown to include some of our kids that attend games with us.  But one thing has been a constant from the very beginning and the very reason this tailgate vehicle was born:  THIS GROUP OF TAILGATERS WOULD NEVER BE DRIVEN HOME BY AN INTOXICATED DRIVER!!


Original tailgate vehicles included regular passenger vehicles, than progressed to our current Chevy Tahoe’s, Ford F-350’s and other select trucks/SUV’s.  But with additional members, as well as more equipment, we needed to convert to the next step…..


This is where the Redscue Unit was born…….We realize we’re just reinventing the "ambulance tailgate vehicle" wheel that has been done throughout the United States for quite some time.  But this is a wheel we really wanted to reinvent. 

After a nationwide search of possible ambulance vehicles, one fell directly into our lap right here in Tempe, Arizona.  The Founders took immediate delivery and began the brainstorming.  Some items came immediately to the forefront, while others took some back and forth bantering if we should include it or not.


The vehicle was wrapped with a design that includes the following features:

  • REDSCUE UNIT name.  This was a play on words of fire terminology (rescue) and the addition of one of the prime colors (red) of the Arizona Cardinals.
  • Fire type logo on door.  TIME TO SEE RED was a slogan that was used many years ago by the Arizona Cardinals. 
  • EST 1920.  The year the Football Club was established into what is now the National Football League (NFL).
  • R88. Another play on words. As all fire stations are numbered, our “station” is “R” (for REDSCUE) and the “88” is for the year the Arizona Cardinals came to Arizona.
  • The large Cardinal bird head on the rear top.  The image that this entire truck revolves around.
  • Ghost image of the State of Arizona flag on both sides.  Must be seen (purposely) at the right angle or in good sunlight.
  • Large Cardinal bird eyes staring towards the front.
  • NEVER FORGET 40.  A respectful tribute to Pat Tillman, longtime Arizona Cardinals and Arizona State player/student that made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
  • SPECIAL THANKS TO THE WIVES quote. Giving thanks to all their support.
  • Full size ghost image large Cardinal bird head on the back.
  • Ghost image field hash marks and field numbers on bottom of both sides.


Other features include:

  • Rockford Fosgate sponsored state of the art sound system.  This includes (4) 12” subwoofers with boxes, (4) interior marine speakers, (2) exterior marine speakers, and (3) premier amplifiers.
  • Big screen TV with DirecTV and hook ups.  Includes NFL Sunday Ticket.
  • "Gurney Grill".  A large 8 burner bbq grill.
  • Customized interior upholstery in red/black color combination. Seats include custom “Cardinal” bird logo.
  • Herculiner floor.
  • Customized kegerator with taps inside and outside for both beer and soda.
  • Custom bar area inside.


When did you get the rig?
Four of us - three brothers (Manny, Jaime, Sergio Figueroa) and a friend (Victor Romo) purchased this 1989 Ford Ambulance at the end of the 2011 Cardinals season.  After months of searching for the perfect tailgate vehicle in several states, we stumbled upon this one on Craigslist, just down the street, in the City of Tempe, AZ.



What was it used for before you got it?
This vehicle was a former volunteer ambulance for a small town in Colorado.  The previous owner (Tempe) bought it in Colorado and was going to use it for a business venture in Arizona, but decided to sell it. 


How long did the restoration take?
The REDSCUE UNIT process was started immediately after purchasing the vehicle.  It only took approx 9 months to complete the vehicle to its current phase (the upholstery was installed the Sat night just before the 2012 Season Opener!).  There are still things that are being tweaked and added as time and money permits. 



How many people tailgate with you?
The REDSCUE UNIT Squad consists of approx 15-20 regulars that tailgate every single game and assist with all game day tailgate purchases.  In addition to these regulars, we also have a host of different folks that may tailgate select games throughout the season.  We have had tailgate groups as large as 40-70.   Our main sponsors (George Cairo Engineering, Demers Glass, Rockford Fosgate) also tailgate with us as our Special Guests - some come every game, some periodically.


What are your favorite features?
Pulling into the stadium, the entire parking lot knows when we arrive, as the stereo system, including speakers installed on the outside, is booming throughout.  We also like to use the vehicle wrap canvas as a conversation piece to showcase what every little detail stands for.  And of course, nothing beats having a brand new 8 burner grill we lovingly call the “Gurney Grill” (sold the old grill – too small for the amount of food we need to cook).   Other cool features, away from the ambo, is we have our very own personalized logo t-shirts, hoodies and hats, as well as our very own facebook page (REDSCUE UNIT).  Last, but not least, is tailgating with family and friends and knowing that this vehicle is ALWAYS driven by a designated driver.



What kind of plans do you have for the future?
First and foremost, we’re trying to secure more sponsors that may be able to assist us financially to complete the vehicle and help with expensive maintenance needs. A complete Air Conditioning overhaul is first in the works this off-season. We are currently working to add a bar/grill sponsorship that could be used as our tailgate headquarters during away games and the off-season.   Also, a re-wrap may take place that will more boldly showcase the current details and brighten & enhance the red color palette to give it more “pop”.  The rewrap will also include enlarging our sponsor logos.  We also plan on upgrading to a much larger television and also modifying our battery power sources for our stereo system.  Lastly, we would like to add a new siren and new emergency light bar.



How long have you been tailgating?
Generally between 17-22 years.  Some are more recent additions, but most of us have been tenured for approx two decades. LASTLY, we want to give a BIG THANKS to ALL those involved in our build process including Dominic Dominguez (upholstery), Ricky Figueroa (stereo installation), Phil Moreno (truck caricature logo design), Ralph Vasquez (financial support).  And especially a VERY SPECIAL THANKS to our MAIN SPONSORS (George Cairo Engineering, Demers Glass, Rockford Fosgate) that have supported us on our build from the very very beginning!  


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Tailgating BANNED at Super Bowl

SECAUCUS, N.J. -- Forget about setting up those kegs or buffet tables in the parking lot before this season's Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium. There will be no tailgating, according to the game's committee CEO, Al Kelly.

"You will be allowed to have food in your car and have drink in your car," Kelly said. "And provided you're in the boundaries of a single parking space, you'll be able to eat or drink right next to your car. However, you're not going to be able to take out a lounge chair, you're not going to be able to take out a grill, and you're not going to be able to take up more than one parking space. And it'll all be watched very carefully."

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What Would NFL Logos Look Like Fat?

Ever imagine what the NFL logos would look like if they were fat?  Kissing Suzy Kolber ( feature some great work by David Rappoccio ( showing just that.  Check it out:

San Francisco 49ers

Chicago Bears

Cincinnati Bengals

New York Jets

Cleveland Browns

Tampa Bay Bucs

Buffalo Bills

Arizona Cardinals

Kansas City Chiefs

Indianapolis Colts

Miami Dolphins

Philidelphia Eagles

Atlanta Falcons

Dallas Cowboys

Denver Broncos

St Louis Rams

Jacksonville Jags

New York Giants

San Diego Chargers

Detroit Lions

Green Bay Packers

Carolina Panthers

Oakland Raiders

New England Patriots

Baltimore Ravens

Washington Redskins

New Orleans Saints

Seattle Seahawks

Pittsburgh Steelers

Houston Texans

Tennessee Titans

Minnesota Vikings


Da Fanbulance! Chicago Bears Done Right

Take a look at Da Fanbulance.  This is a nice ambulance owned by Chris Brynolf, Dan Brynolf, Zack Brynolf and the late Bob Brynolf.

This crew picked up Da Fanbulance in the fall of 2008 on Ebay from a small fire department / EMS team in Covington, Ohio.  It is a 1989 Ford E350 with about 44,000 original miles on the clock.


How long did the restoration take?

We were fortunate that this ambulance had blue interior and blue striping on the outside.   We took the ambulance to one of the last games in 2008 to make sure we could get into our tailgate lot with it.   The following summer we added the decals, grill and other bears décor.   The following year we added the TV and generator.  The grill is from   The decals were purchased custom made on Ebay.


How many people do you have tailgate with you?

There is always four of us who go but legally we can take 7 (seatbelts for 7).   2 up front and 5 in the back.   However we always have friends and friends of friends stop by to tailgate.


What are the features of the rig?

The best part about the ambulance other than being a fun conversational piece, is all the storage room and room inside to sit.  Obviously the TV comes in handy for the afternoon and evening games so we can watch the other games while tailgating.   Always the center of attention then.   All the sirens and lights work. 


What is your favorite feature?

The trailer hitch grill.


What kind of plans do you have for the future?

Would like to put in a good sound system for external music.

How long have you been tailgating?

We have had season tickets for the Chicago Bears since 2004.

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Real Steel Tailgaters

Real Steel Tailgaters was officially born on January 3, 2012 to a spirited group of dedicated football fans! We had tailgated together for years at different spots and finally decided to start our own, showing off our true Texans’ spirit. Combining our love of a good time with a wide range of individual strengths provided us with a strong, united group. We all have the same vision in mind: keep it ‘REAL’ by providing a fun, exciting atmosphere that supports our Texans.

We all pulled our money together and bought "The Beast" as we lovingly call her off ebay, and then she was on her way to Texas. She was originally a police SWAT truck from Lancaster County, PA, which tied in perfectly to our slogan; "Stop Working And Tailgate".  We decided on the name ‘Real Steel Tailgaters’ as it represented the vehicle, the strength behind our tailgate and our team heritage of Deep Steel Blue.

Complete restoration took about five months start to finish.  Everyone on the team pitched in somehow whether it was building the keg boxes or giving her a good bath. We had no "off season" that year as each day brought about a new idea or plan.  We all had small heart attacks the night before her "debut" when she wouldn't start, but being the "beast" that she is, she pulled through!




We made sure all her "bells and whistles" still worked, maintaining the integrity of her roots and are activated after each Texans score. 


Each week our core group of ten members prepares appetizers, sides, sweets and a main meal that goes along with the visiting team theme for over 100 guests. We serve up all the deliciousness in the Yellow Lot of Reliant Stadium. Our themes have included Shrimp Boils for Dolphins, Brats for Packers and Buffalo Wings for well, Buffalo! We would write Barbecue for Kansas City, but this is Texas and we believe OURS is the best.  One of our favorite meal to prepare is clearly Thanksgiving.  We fry up and bake about ten turkeys and serve them with all the traditional Thanksgiving trimmings, it is delicious!


 Our favorite features involve beer, of course!  We have two taps that are plumbed into The Beast herself, you can walk right up and tap yourself a cold one.  The taps are sustained in a keg box that doesn’t require direct ice but pours a perfectly cold brew.  We also have a "Quad Bong"; a four spout beer bong that brings a lot of attention whenever a race begins. Real Steel also sports a specially made beer bong/flip cup table and custom washer set.



Along with beer, Real Steel also provides a "Battle Red Bloody Mary" bar served with the world famous Benny's Bloody Mary Beef Straw in the mornings, over 500 "Jell-O Swat Shots" and delicious sangria for the afternoons.



A built in Generator powers two 55" TV's, one that pulls out of a side compartment and another that free stands for folks who'd rather tailgate outside and still see the game and they can under tents with shade, plenty of shade and general party atmosphere.


Our first season was a huge success and Real Steel immediately became one of the premier places to come hang out, meet new people and enjoy the game day experience. The crowds that come are also extremely generous helping us to give back to the community.  Last year during our rookie season, we held a food drive for the Houston Food Bank  during Thanksgiving and then a Toy Drive  during Christmas for Toys for Tots.  Our Season of Giving carried over to begin  the 2013 year with a "Pencils and Play-Books" Back to School Supply Drive. We will also be hosting a benefit this year during the NFL's "Salute to Service" dedicated to the four Houston Firefighters that were tragically killed in the line of duty and the thirteen others that were injured.

Our ultimate future goal would be to tailgate at a Superbowl that the Texans are WINNING! Hey, you gotta believe in your team, right?  

Core Members: left to right Kimmy & Larry Uren, Mike & Sheri Maston, Anthony Alexander, Brandon Vorse, Jana & Wade Richards, Ashley & Denise Ashna


Everyone is welcome to stop by Real Steel and support our Houston Texans, we hope to see you soon!

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Monday Morning Wakeup Call: NFL

Hope you have a great week.  This should help it start out okay:


Sunday Fun: Field Rushers

Rushing the field has become a new art form. Check out 17 of some of the best field rushers in the business.


Monday Morning Wake Up Call: Miami

Miami Dolphins Cheerleader

Monday Night Football in Miami! Nothing to complain about there.

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