“What the Buc” Opening Day Tailgate Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Carolina Panthers.

OK me hearties another season has arrived. It is now time to alert you people to our upcoming infamous tailgate. For our regulars you know all about it, but for those new to our tailgate you have never experienced anything like it.

The first opening tailgate be held on the 9th of September in the year 2012. Our beloved Buccaneers will be hosting the much hated Carolina Panthers, kickoff around 4:20 pm. The 4 pm games are normally the best next to the prime time night games as of course it gives us more time to tailgate. 🙂 Also the games are not so hot.

We have forgotten all about last season as we’ve put that behind us. This is a new season with a renewed excitement with a new regime at the helm and with some exciting new players. No matter how the games turnout the tailgates are always a winner.

Even if you’re not going to the game many people come out for the tailgates alone as trust me they are that good and there’s a big screen out there for those who do not go into the games.

You say how can a tailgate be so good? It takes a lot of effort from everyone involved as it’s our passion and we all work hard at that passion. What can I tell you about our very own “Chef Red” ? His food is always off the chain and the best around as he never ceases to amaze with his food. He pours his heart and soul into his food and it shows. It’s the best tailgating food you will come across with the use of his incredible “Grillzilla” an 8′ x 15′ monster of a smoker/ grill.

The open bar is always a favorite and you’re always welcome to bring a gift to add to it. 😉 One of our 3 corporate sponsors “Turbo Chill” has an incredible device for our kegs of beer that keep the beer as cold as any around and all ours are perfect with very little head. I know all the jokes that can come out of that! 😉

I also try to add something new every year and this year is no exception for sure! I have hired a live band this year to play throughout the tailgate. I have thought about it for years and i finally did it. They’re a great local band called “Jaded” who play some classic and current rock from Van Halen, Zepplin to Nickelback and others. It’s your donations that make things like this happen. 🙂

Our tailgates are a mixture of family and friends and you’re more than welcome to join our group as my motto has always been the more the merrier and that’s how this small little tailgate has grown to the monster tailgate it has over the years. I started out in 1997 with a little grill, a flag and a canopy with a boom box now we have as many as 300 people at a time. Of course my merger with “What the Buc” 5 years ago made the whole thing explode.

Derek “Old School” Fournier is of course the owner and CEO of “What the Buc” a growing online web site with Buccaneers reports as Derek has been a guest radio personality on many area sports talk shows like Hooters nation, the new 98.7 The Fan, 1010 am CBS sports radio among many more. He keeps us all in line and drums up our sponsors. Myself Cap’t Rino I am the tailgate czar who is the leader of the tailgates, but of course I cannot do it on my own as it’s taken on a life of it’s on, so the wonderful Cheryl “Spent” Stewart is an incredible help as she’s good at telling how things should be done. 🙂 and she works hard at helping to put things together.

Cap’t. Bones helps tremendously in his PR work drumming up local celebrities who have joined our tailgates over the years and he works hard with his impeccable organization of things at the tailgate. Buc Krazie is also a tremendous help who helps us organize everything. Jerry “BUCamaniac” Jordan is a tremendous help in his own right helping Chef red with the food as he is a great Chef in his own right with the food preparation and Chef Red’s right hand man.

Curt “The Radio personality” Creel is an area DJ in his own right over in O-town and he is the newest addition as of last year to our group, but has been a tremendous help as he helps with the PR and the kegs of beer of course being a beer expert. 😉 Matt “BucNutz” Algeri is part of the “Bucs WildBoyz” along with “Cap’t. Bones” and “Buc Krazie” who helps out also and the “Bucs WildBoyz” are a tremendous PR group for our tailgates. I know I am probably leaving out some as I always do, but I have already mentioned “Chef Red” who you never can forget.

I mentioned the family atmosphere earlier? This is why we will never charge an entrance fee to our tailgates. I have been asked by many people over the years why don’t you charge for your tailgates as I know there are plenty around who do, but we want it to stay as a casual family type atmosphere. Of course we stick out a treasure chest out front for anyone who wishes to donate whatever as we have people who are always generous in appreciation of what we offer. You can show your appreciation in monetary donations into the chest or many other ways like bringing your own side dishes and desserts as they’re always welcome and needed or bringing something to add to the bar like I mentioned earlier.

Also chairs are always at a premium. I have about 30 chairs myself I keep stored on site, but that’s never enough so you my want to bring your own to the tailgates. I have a Shed on site for storage, so some bring chairs to leave there and i store them so you’re welcome to do that too. No fee! 😉 Like I said this event has grown and grown and is now an incredible event as we have a house out there with full power, full men’s and women’s bathrooms, a captains wooden deck out back, big screen TV’s and we have plenty to drink and great food. Oh Yea? We also have some great games out there as we have some serious “Cornhole” tourneys out there, which is run by “The Commish” or Rick Conchiglia.

Parking is at a premium. My buddy Brian who owns the house has a huge piece of property which probably holds 100 cars, but they do go quick and they are $15 per car, which is the cheapest around Ray Jay as most of the others are $25. We are also adjacent to Lot 14 along Ohio Avenue so you can park in Lot 14 for $25 and walk over. The address to the site is 3316 West Ohio Avenue, Tampa, FL. 33607. The house is about 800 feet down Ohio Ave. off of Himes Ave. Maps will be included. Here are some pics of the tailgate and there are maps within:


I hope to see everyone there. 🙂 All Pirates and Wenches are welcome! 🙂 GO BUC’s!!

Cap’t. Rino

Capt. Rino

I guess Cap't. Rino's motto would be the more the merrier and just loving to see so many passionate Buc's fans having a great time as it's in me blood! Cap't. Rino

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