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Yankee_In_TX
09-13-2010, 01:47 PM
Let us say hypothetically after years of tailgating, you decide the best way to do your tailgate is everyone brings $7.

In return you get chips and some kind of dip, appetizer, lunch, some kind of booze and sometimes another thing here or there.

You also never are asked to chip in for forks, plates, etc.

And you honestly spend more than you collect, but you are happy to do it.

Primary reason? When you tell half a dozen folks to bring something it never goes right. One person forgets a vital ingredient. Or you ask for burger fixins and someone brings a whole tomato and whole head of lettuce (whereas you decide it is easier to do all the prep work at home the day before than bring extra knives, cutting boards, etc).

If you have tailgaters that ignore your request for $7 and keep bringing food (that honestly is not needed), how do you broach the topic without offending anyone?

SheTexan
09-13-2010, 02:31 PM
Been trying to understand this for eight years Ryan. Finally gave up and just decided to "go with the flow." Regardless of how many times I ask, "what is everyone bringing" or try to establish a "menu" it went over like a dead colt! lol Kimberly and I use to try to "organize" the Blue Crew, and finally figured out that it was NOT gonna happen. BUT, over all, it seems to be working out just the way it is. Our overall group is HUGE, and a lot of members don't frequent this board, so everyone doing their own "thang" and bringing a little extra for friends, just seems to work out. Maybe with the "ticket" sales we can eventually improve the LOOK of the area. Get rid of the green and white stripped tents, get some cool banners or flags, get David some help with his grill. I've been with the BC since the beginning, and I don't believe we have ever ask anyone for money.

Also, the Blue Crew has about 5-6 sub groups. Yours, Justins, Wills, Dean, Jeff, and Andy's group, Joe's, Bills, and sometimes the motorhome group. Some of us feel ok wandering from group to group and checking out what you have, but, others don't. Sometimes I wish we could all be just ONE big happy family and pool ALL our goodies, but, I know that's not gonna happen. Have all the food in the middle, and have all the sub areas for entertaining, visiting, playing games, a separate place to sit down and eat, etc. That would increase our "grill" space and get folks out of the "food" space and out and about the different areas. I know that's a pipe dream of mine, and I accept that.

To answer your question a little better, you're probably spinning your wheels. People don't like for fork over money, and are usually offened if you bug them to do things YOUR way. I learned that from experience. Just bring what you want, or what you assigned yourself to bring. If the rest of the group doesn't do their part, they can spend mega bucks inside the stadium to eat. Most of all, don't fret about it. HAVE fun, it always works out.

hobie
09-13-2010, 02:47 PM
That's been a "problem" for a few seasons... some people think that a bag of chips or cookies every week entitles them to unlimited food, drinks and snacks, not just for themself, but for the one or two extras they bring with them..
Now I call or email people who "used" to do that and tell them this is what is expected for them to bring this time.. believe it or not, I was expecting to get a little flak back from them, but it actually went over good, as they really never knew what they should have brought. This way they know that everyone else is dependant on them to bring whatever it is they were asked.
So if they do not, they are putting everyone else in a bad place by not having what was needed there..Sometimes knowing you will let down a lot of people in your group, friends, makes you not forget to bring things...
Money is never the right thing to do...as then they can say, I paid, I can have whatever is there...thus some people will take advantage..
Decide on the menu a few days out, get everyone on board, commit to who is bringing what, then just plan on it being taken care of.. You will know soon enough who is not reliable... then just make needed changes after..

BIG TORO
09-13-2010, 02:48 PM
I think that there is a tactfull way that you can get your point across to this person. Maybe having a discussion with the group as a whole and letting them know that in order to continue enjoying all the perks of your tailgating section a small fee will need to be collected from them. If that still does not work then you can go directly to that person, and make he or she aware that there food is really not needed and that coughing up that small fee would help alot more than bringing a tomato a head of lettuce.

7 dollars, if that is your fee is very cheap, I think everyone in blue crew could save alot of money if there was some kind of menu and there was some organization, But like Gma says it would be hard to get everyone to go in one direction.

Dread-Head
09-13-2010, 04:08 PM
I now feel bad for showing up, unhinging my jaw and swallowing that entire meatloaf while taking a bottle of wine as an IV.

Honoring Earl 34
09-13-2010, 04:44 PM
Let us say hypothetically after years of tailgating, you decide the best way to do your tailgate is everyone brings $7.

In return you get chips and some kind of dip, appetizer, lunch, some kind of booze and sometimes another thing here or there.

You also never are asked to chip in for forks, plates, etc.

And you honestly spend more than you collect, but you are happy to do it.

Primary reason? When you tell half a dozen folks to bring something it never goes right. One person forgets a vital ingredient. Or you ask for burger fixins and someone brings a whole tomato and whole head of lettuce (whereas you decide it is easier to do all the prep work at home the day before than bring extra knives, cutting boards, etc).

If you have tailgaters that ignore your request for $7 and keep bringing food (that honestly is not needed), how do you broach the topic without offending anyone?

Rule #1

Whenever you're in charge , it's gonna cost you .

Rule #2

The folks who ignore what you request or complain about what you request decline to take charge because they're busy .

thunderkyss
09-13-2010, 04:47 PM
If you have tailgaters that ignore your request for $7 and keep bringing food (that honestly is not needed), how do you broach the topic without offending anyone?

Tell me where you're at, & I'll bring $20. I'd love to get in on the tailgating thing, but I don't feel right just walking into someone's "house" & start eating.

Is there normally a tip jar or something?

Yankee_In_TX
09-13-2010, 04:52 PM
Rule #1

Whenever you're in charge , it's gonna cost you .

Rule #2

The folks who ignore what you request or complain about what you request decline to take charge because they're busy .

I don't mind eating the extra cost, but, hypothetically - if the menu is steak then why do you insist on bringing more steak instead of giving me $7? If I didn't think it would just damage friendships I would say great, we said the menu is steak, you brought steak, don't touch all the extra stuff we brough until you pay me the $7 because more steak didn't benefit the group. /rant

I just don't get it. I guess I wrote this post to understand the psyche of the person wanting to bring something that doesn't really benefit the group/fit the menu so I can address the issue???

So if you're the guy who just wants to bring 'something' and refuses to chip in, please tell me why so I can understand and try to fix things :)

Yankee_In_TX
09-13-2010, 04:54 PM
Tell me where you're at, & I'll bring $20. I'd love to get in on the tailgating thing, but I don't feel right just walking into someone's "house" & start eating.

Is there normally a tip jar or something?

Come by Blue Crew any time. The group in general doesn't really ask for anything other than BYOB. There is always plenty of food.

I just plan a menu with my sub group of the Blue Crew and we all pitch $7 in.

Texan_Bill
09-13-2010, 04:54 PM
Ryan, are you talking about all of Blue Crew or wihin our own little tailgates in Blue Crew???

Yankee_In_TX
09-13-2010, 04:56 PM
Ryan, are you talking about all of Blue Crew or wihin our own little tailgates in Blue Crew???

That was my next post.

Getting the ENTIRE Blue Crew together plum doesn't make sense (see the demise of FILO).

I'm just referring to the people in my corner - we shoot around menu e-mails a few days prior to the game, Lindsay and I go buy all the food, supplies and booze (and prep everything) and we ask that people bring $7; not everyone plays that way apparently and I would to find a tactful way to do so.

hobie
09-13-2010, 04:56 PM
Ryan, are you talking about all of Blue Crew or wihin our own little tailgates in Blue Crew???

More so you TB... take this posting to heart !! :tiphat:

Honoring Earl 34
09-13-2010, 04:58 PM
Come by Blue Crew any time. The group in general doesn't really ask for anything other than BYOB. There is always plenty of food.

I just plan a menu with my sub group of the Blue Crew and we all pitch $7 in.

I ended up paying up and not eating much cause I was to busy horsing around and drinking ... do I get a refund .

Yankee_In_TX
09-13-2010, 04:59 PM
I ended up paying up and not eating much cause I was to busy horsing around and drinking ... do I get a refund .

LMAO - that would NOT be funny.

I'll write a waiver that it is your responsibility to eat :)

hobie
09-13-2010, 05:00 PM
That was my next post.

Getting the ENTIRE Blue Crew together plum doesn't make sense (see the demise of FILO).

I'm just referring to the people in my corner - we shoot around menu e-mails a few days prior to the game, Lindsay and I go buy all the food, supplies and booze (and prep everything) and we ask that people bring $7; not everyone plays that way apparently and I would to find a tactful way to do so.

Well speaking from the Orange Lot... there was a time when there was many sub groups like ya'll have, and one day it seemed as everyone got together, which wasn't bad, until someone decided that they were going to be the said group leader... bad idea.. well it lasted all of a year and everyone split up... was not a good thing... Things are better now, certain people are gone, but getting a bunch to "merge" when everyone has their own special thing about themself, only asking for problems !!
Good Luck on fixing your problem !!

hobie
09-13-2010, 05:03 PM
I ended up paying up and not eating much cause I was to busy horsing around and drinking ... do I get a refund .

Yeah, seems that we drop a lot of $ on stuff and just pick or whatever.. I cannot tell you the last time I had a plate of anything at our own tailgate.. Damn, Yankee, I am screwing myself !! 7 bucks, I am crashing yours weekly !!

Texan_Bill
09-13-2010, 05:11 PM
That was my next post.

Getting the ENTIRE Blue Crew together plum doesn't make sense (see the demise of FILO).

I'm just referring to the people in my corner - we shoot around menu e-mails a few days prior to the game, Lindsay and I go buy all the food, supplies and booze (and prep everything) and we ask that people bring $7; not everyone plays that way apparently and I would to find a tactful way to do so.

OKay cool. 'Cause my little tailgate handles our business very well. Gibbs goes shopping every Saturday (as do I). He tends to go in the morning and I go in the afternoon. RIght before I go in, I call him to see if he forgot anything that I can grab..

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BTW, TK, we accept no tips or money. We only wish people would bring what they want to drink, although there is usually plenty if someone needs something.

Texan_Bill
09-13-2010, 05:12 PM
More so you TB... take this posting to heart !! :tiphat:

:foottap:

Honoring Earl 34
09-13-2010, 05:12 PM
LMAO - that would NOT be funny.

I'll write a waiver that it is your responsibility to eat :)

When your wife brought that spiked sweet tea for MNF , I got more than my fair share .

Texanmike02
09-13-2010, 05:15 PM
I'm glad you brought this up. I'm coming to the cowboys game. Bringing me my brother and 2 friends. How much should I bring and who should I give my money to? I've always felt welcome when I've been in the past. (shetexan I hung around and waited to say hi, but I had a kid and a long road trip home and thanks for the food/candy/conversation Joe).

I really just look forward to hanging out with some of the people on the board but I feel awkward not giving someone something. I don't know the groups (hell I don't know anyone's real name other than Joe and Ted) well enough to know who is where but I'd love to avoid the confusion. Does bringing money to one group mean that I eat there or what? I don't wanna sound rude, but I'd rather sound rude here and get straightened out than saying nothing and having everyone think I'm rude in person.

Any advice would be welcome.

Mike

Texan_Bill
09-13-2010, 05:20 PM
I'm glad you brought this up. I'm coming to the cowboys game. Bringing me my brother and 2 friends. How much should I bring and who should I give my money to? I've always felt welcome when I've been in the past. (shetexan I hung around and waited to say hi, but I had a kid and a long road trip home and thanks for the food/candy/conversation Joe).

I really just look forward to hanging out with some of the people on the board but I feel awkward not giving someone something. I don't know the groups (hell I don't know anyone's real name other than Joe and Ted) well enough to know who is where but I'd love to avoid the confusion. Does bringing money to one group mean that I eat there or what? I don't wanna sound rude, but I'd rather sound rude here and get straightened out than saying nothing and having everyone think I'm rude in person.

Any advice would be welcome.

Mike

If I understand Ryan correctly, (and is fairly typical of Blue Crew as a whole) I don't think he is asking for money from visitors, but those that actually share his spot.

Joe Texan
09-13-2010, 05:22 PM
We at the Blue Crew experienced one year a girl taking money from people walking up, I think she just pocketed the money when she and her hubby just walked up to boot. She was told to quit doing it, then she ended up in a hummer room at a Christmas Party one year and Went away for good. Between me and Billy we put in about a lot of dollars a game and happy to do it. If I aint got it I aint bringing it. We have never asked a person for donations in the blue crew and I do not believe we should. The blue Crew is about 69 cars strong and to get all these people to agree aint going to happen. We have now implemented the 50/50 so it is a way to get poeple to give money and they might win it back. It was successful yesterday and with time it will be very successful. Yankee you can tell your guys to pay you to subsidize your menu but that would be between yall. and that agreement should be between you and your friends as your hosting them. I also do not feel the need to have tip jars all over and the 50/50 takes care of that. We had a problem yesterday that the tickets were called and 3 people were not there. We just re called another number till we got a number that was correct. Somebody collected a substantial amount for tailgating

Yankee_In_TX
09-13-2010, 05:30 PM
I'm glad you brought this up. I'm coming to the cowboys game. Bringing me my brother and 2 friends. How much should I bring and who should I give my money to? I've always felt welcome when I've been in the past. (shetexan I hung around and waited to say hi, but I had a kid and a long road trip home and thanks for the food/candy/conversation Joe).

I really just look forward to hanging out with some of the people on the board but I feel awkward not giving someone something. I don't know the groups (hell I don't know anyone's real name other than Joe and Ted) well enough to know who is where but I'd love to avoid the confusion. Does bringing money to one group mean that I eat there or what? I don't wanna sound rude, but I'd rather sound rude here and get straightened out than saying nothing and having everyone think I'm rude in person.

Any advice would be welcome.

Mike

I can't speak for others, but I never feel visitors (visitor = a few games, not 10 games) need to pay or bring food.

I feel visitors are entitled to any extra food. My group usually has a little, but the Blue Crew main tent has TONS. I doubt anyone would ever tell you to bring money or food but it can't hurt to ask them. *edit* Joe just said above you are welcome to anything from Blue Crew, so no need to worry Mike!!

Yankee_In_TX
09-13-2010, 05:30 PM
If I understand Ryan correctly, (and is fairly typical of Blue Crew as a whole) I don't think he is asking for money from visitors, but those that actually share his spot.

Yup - if you don't receive an e-mail from me telling you to bring me $7 and giving you the menu, you're not the subject of my post :)

But I'm still open for advice as how not to piss my friends off!

My problem is not moochers but those not wanting to contribute in a way that maximizes our game day consumtption.

Texan_Bill
09-13-2010, 05:33 PM
Damn, you called my ticket?? :strangle:

As far as charging money? No, never. Heck I've been known to give an extra ticket away without charging for it. It ain't about that for us. I have my deal worked out with my peeps and that's as far as it goes.

Joe and I texted each other about the liquor for our Game Day shots and without a word I picked up what was needed from Specs. That's just how we roll!

JB
09-13-2010, 05:36 PM
Yup - if you don't receive an e-mail from me telling you to bring me $7 and giving you the menu, you're not the subject of my post :)

But I'm still open for advice as how not to piss my friends off!


When you send the e-mails asking for the $7, why don't you ask them if they are going to donate cash or bring food? If they want to bring food, get all that settled prior to your shopping. If they want to bring food, try to get dtails on what they are planning to bring. Re-inforce the idea that you are happy to do the shopping for all if they will just contribute to the cost.

Andrew6
09-13-2010, 05:36 PM
:thinking: as stated before a menu would be cool and then letting folks pick what to cook from that. Any thing that is not left can either be kicked into some kind of find IE... 50/50 fund or stuff for the tailgate fund. I'm always down for whatever. I tend to like to cook up some different things from time to time so I'll probably still bring some extra of something or another.

GlassHalfFull
09-13-2010, 05:40 PM
We were the lucky ones that benefited from the 50/50. But I am looking at mesh tarps and other things to buy with the proceeds to enhance the tailgate.

This probably needs to go in another thread, but we sent our generator with TedC and it has plenty of horsepower to handle more fans. If anyone has big fans, bring them next time.

hobie
09-13-2010, 05:40 PM
Yup - if you don't receive an e-mail from me telling you to bring me $7 and giving you the menu, you're not the subject of my post :)

But I'm still open for advice as how not to piss my friends off!

My problem is not moochers but those not wanting to contribute in a way that maximizes our game day consumtption.

Sometimes you just gotta grab the bull by the horns and tell them how it is.. a friend will understand and adapt.. if they have problems or take it personal, then ya know what, you know they are more about them then the group in general.. I wouldn't sweat just saying how it is, as that is the easiest and the best way to get it across...You want things to change, that will get it squared away.

Andrew6
09-13-2010, 05:42 PM
We were the lucky ones that benefited from the 50/50. But I am looking at mesh tarps and other things to buy with the proceeds to enhance the tailgate.

This probably needs to go in another thread, but we sent our generator with TedC and it has plenty of horsepower to handle more fans. If anyone has big fans, bring them next time.

Talked to Amy's uncle who owns bullshirts and H&H tents. He said he's going to see what he can do about finding a sponser and maybe getting that tent for free and maybe even goods and such ;)

Texanmike02
09-13-2010, 05:42 PM
I know that there isn't the expectation that I bring something necessarily but I do want to contribute. I'm going to try to make 4 games this year cause who knows when I get moved away and can't make them anymore and I'd really like to contribute. The only problem is I travel with two dogs and at least 3 people so I'd love to bring food but it gets a little cramped. maybe I'll just start stuffing 1's in people's pockets. Um... er... do the cheerleaders have a tailgating crew? J/k.

In all seriousness. One of the guys coming with me next week is a pies fan... no way I expect him to be fed for free!!!!



Mike

Yankee_In_TX
09-13-2010, 05:44 PM
Talked to Amy's uncle who owns bullshirts and H&H tents. He said he's going to see what he can do about finding a sponser and maybe getting that tent for free and maybe even goods and such ;)

I've wanted Blue Crew koozies for years!!! :)

Texan_Bill
09-13-2010, 05:44 PM
We were the lucky ones that benefited from the 50/50. But I am looking at mesh tarps and other things to buy with the proceeds to enhance the tailgate.

This probably needs to go in another thread, but we sent our generator with TedC and it has plenty of horsepower to handle more fans. If anyone has big fans, bring them next time.

Now, that 50/50 is a very cool idea!! I love it!! The beautiful thing is that it will actually go towards group equipment (i.e. tents, signs/banners, etc.)

I know you know that Katie, but it was for the benefit of those that don't know what the 50/50 is for.

Yankee_In_TX
09-13-2010, 05:45 PM
I know that there isn't the expectation that I bring something necessarily but I do want to contribute.


Mike

So contribute to the conversation and support the Texans :fans:

Andrew6
09-13-2010, 05:47 PM
I've wanted Blue Crew koozies for years!!! :)

He's in New York and its a pain dealing with the people that work there so I'll see if I can't ride his butt and do what I can do.

Texanmike02
09-13-2010, 05:48 PM
So contribute to the conversation and support the Texans :fans:

There are plenty of people that hate when I contribute to the conversation!!! I'm better off sitting in the corner looking old!

BTW where is spec? I haven't seen him anywhere.

Mike

Honoring Earl 34
09-13-2010, 08:15 PM
Yup - if you don't receive an e-mail from me telling you to bring me $7 and giving you the menu, you're not the subject of my post :)

But I'm still open for advice as how not to piss my friends off!

My problem is not moochers but those not wanting to contribute in a way that maximizes our game day consumtption.

It's been my experience that the ones you are closest to will stiff you first . Why , I think it's human nature but you have to be upfront and say if you want to participate , here's what we do . They'll either like or not but they'll respect you .

Tedc
09-13-2010, 11:23 PM
The Blue Crew motto has been bring what you want and just a little more.

I kind of like the way we do it (unorganized) because you get to try someone's favorite dish. Last tailgate Big Toro brought some really great breakfast tacos, Dissacks does some great chicken, Joe does some great fajitas, don't get me started on Katie's Crack Weenies, and I can't wait to see what the next tailgate will bring.

To me organization is too hard and not quite as fun.

The 50/50 is just something we are doing for equipment and banners. It will not subsidize food or drink.

The first thing we are looking at is a big azz Blue Crew flag and flag pole.

Katie- I have two BIG fans.

Mike- Don't even try it. The last one who tried stuffing ones in my pocket married me. Just bring what you want to drink, if possible, and come out and have a great time.

JB
09-13-2010, 11:38 PM
The Blue Crew motto has been bring what you want and just a little more.

I kind of like the way we do it (unorganized) because you get to try someone's favorite dish. Last tailgate Big Toro brought some really great breakfast tacos, Dissacks does some great chicken, Joe does some great fajitas, don't get me started on Katie's Crack Weenies, and I can't wait to see what the next tailgate will bring.

To me organization is too hard and not quite as fun.

The 50/50 is just something we are doing for equipment and banners. It will not subsidize food or drink.

The first thing we are looking at is a big azz Blue Crew flag and flag pole.

Katie- I have two BIG fans.

Mike- Don't even try it. The last one who tried stuffing ones in my pocket married me. Just bring what you want to drink, if possible, and come out and have a great time.

And that's why Blue Crew is the best!

Pollardized
09-13-2010, 11:41 PM
Next time I am fortunate enough to get tickets to a game, I am bringing a couple of these fully cooked and ready to eat, for all the Blue Crew who made us feel welcome Sunday:

http://www.texanstalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=71001&highlight=brisket

eriadoc
09-13-2010, 11:47 PM
So if I want to show up and just mooch, I should find Ryan? :) (j/k. of course)

I'd like to come hang out for a game or two. It's looking like this might be my last football season in the States for a while.

JB
09-14-2010, 12:00 AM
Next time I am fortunate enough to get tickets to a game, I am bringing a couple of these fully cooked and ready to eat, for all the Blue Crew who made us feel welcome Sunday:

http://www.texanstalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=71001&highlight=brisket

That was an awesome thread! I strongly recommend Sweet Mom's BBQ rub for ya tho!

Pollardized
09-14-2010, 12:03 AM
That was an awesome thread! I strongly recommend Sweet Mom's BBQ rub for ya tho!

Where can I get that at? I'm thinking about a brisket this weekend.

JB
09-14-2010, 12:07 AM
Where can I get that at? I'm thinking about a brisket this weekend.

Check with Roc Hoover. Either check the website listed or send him a PM.

http://www.texanstalk.com/forums/showthread.php?p=1503114#post1503114

Texan_Bill
09-14-2010, 12:12 AM
The Blue Crew motto has been bring what you want and just a little more.

I kind of like the way we do it (unorganized) because you get to try someone's favorite dish. Last tailgate Big Toro brought some really great breakfast tacos, Dissacks does some great chicken, Joe does some great fajitas, don't get me started on Katie's Crack Weenies, and I can't wait to see what the next tailgate will bring.

To me organization is too hard and not quite as fun.

The 50/50 is just something we are doing for equipment and banners. It will not subsidize food or drink.

The first thing we are looking at is a big azz Blue Crew flag and flag pole.

Katie- I have two BIG fans.

Mike- Don't even try it. The last one who tried stuffing ones in my pocket married me. Just bring what you want to drink, if possible, and come out and have a great time.

Ted, I would also like to mention Andrew's pulled pork... That was pretty money this past weekend....

That said, thank you for pointing out the general point of "Blue Crew"!!!!

THAT IS WHAT WE ARE ALL ABOUT!!!!

texansdrummer
09-14-2010, 12:16 AM
That was my next post.

Getting the ENTIRE Blue Crew together plum doesn't make sense (see the demise of FILO).

I'm just referring to the people in my corner - we shoot around menu e-mails a few days prior to the game, Lindsay and I go buy all the food, supplies and booze (and prep everything) and we ask that people bring $7; not everyone plays that way apparently and I would to find a tactful way to do so.

Not that I'm a regular these days......but, I'll mention that JT hooked me up with the serious guys @ Oakland. With them, they just ask for $20. You get a wristband, and you're good to go. I thought it was extremely fair, and it seems to allow them to do some really special things. Had an awesome time with them and will hopefully see them again this season....with equal results for tailgating but much better results for our Texans.

Looks like I'll be back for MNF @ Houston. I'll be happy to contribute to the festivities.

Texan_Bill
09-14-2010, 12:45 AM
So if I want to show up and just mooch, I should find Ryan? :) (j/k. of course)

I'd like to come hang out for a game or two. It's looking like this might be my last football season in the States for a while.

NO!!! You come find Ted, Joe or Bill............ Afterall, Ryan is a yankee! :)

SheTexan
09-14-2010, 01:12 AM
It has ALWAYS been an honor to take care of those who spend hours on the road just to get to a game!! The Blue Crew has NEVER and will never ask you for money! We take care of opposing teams fans also, even "pie" and "meatball" fans!! That's just what good fans do for each other. What we do WORKS, and I'm ok with it, esp since we have gotten so large. I think most of us bring extra drinks for those who come and don't want to drag along a cooler. Heck, I brought 24 cans of beer to the Colts game and I don't drink!! I brought home 20 cans!! It's in my refrig and will return to the "pies" game!! Don't hesitate to ask for one!!!:drunk: Always extra soda's, water, gatoraide, etc.

We've been doing this since day one, and the Blue Crew has just gotten larger and larger. One of the reasons is because of our laid back, feel at home, type atmosphere. If you're hungry or thirsty and didn't bring anything for that day, it's not a problem, just dig in and ask someone for a drink, we'll find you one.

One suggestion for you Ryan, if you want your group to contribute money, is to ask for it ahead of time. Send them all an e-mail and tell them you will be collecting money for the Giant's tailgate at the Cowboys tailgate. Then you and Linds can be prepared to do what you want. If that doesn't work, then I'm not sure anything will. Maybe one Sunday you should just tell them all you are joining the big group and bring your stuff over to the middle. See how they like that. lol All of you are welcome anyway!!

Joe Texan
09-14-2010, 02:28 AM
We have made some adjustments at my truck with the tables and we will make others to accomodate what we need to to let the Blue Crew Grow. I keep my grill at the back of my truck cause I usuall have to cook horse or cat or porpous and best of all Cowboy this next tailgate. overall we have become great friends who enjoy football and fellowship while doing what we do. We have a special situation being that we average 50 to 100 people during the shots and that should grow with the team winning.

Yankee you should talk to your people and just tell them that every week it is tight and that they might try to help because they are there every week. If you want me to tell them I will do it for yall. They should help you out but they do not need to specifically help the Blue Crew we are self sufficient.

This thread and this board is a huge help in resolving these issues maybe you should have your friends read this thread, I cannot wait for the Cowboy Game so we can do it again.

Tedc
09-14-2010, 06:50 AM
Yankee you should talk to your people and just tell them that every week it is tight and that they might try to help because they are there every week. If you want me to tell them I will do it for yall. They should help you out but they do not need to specifically help the Blue Crew we are self sufficient.


I don't think this is a plea for money. If I am reading correctly, it seems to be more about having a sensible menu and one that works well together. When you tailgate is small group:fans:, you need to be concerned with that. If everyone brings a salad, you ain't cookin nuttin!

Yankee_In_TX
09-14-2010, 11:37 AM
I don't think this is a plea for money. If I am reading correctly, it seems to be more about having a sensible menu and one that works well together. When you tailgate is small group:fans:, you need to be concerned with that. If everyone brings a salad, you ain't cookin nuttin!

LOL, exactly. Or when the salad shows up but the steak bringer forgot the steak. That's why this year we decided it's easier for us just to get everything and everyone chips in.




BTW, EVERYONE is welcome to come sample our foods - as small as our corner is we always have left overs!

Yankee_In_TX
09-14-2010, 11:38 AM
NO!!! You come find Ted, Joe or Bill............ Afterall, Ryan is a yankee! :)

Doesn't he live in Ohio now?

disaacks3
09-15-2010, 01:55 PM
Tell me where you're at, & I'll bring $20. I'd love to get in on the tailgating thing, but I don't feel right just walking into someone's "house" & start eating.

Is there normally a tip jar or something? Feed you?? Have you guys SEEN how big TK is? j/k - We'd be happy to have you in the Blue Crew and we'll figure out some way to feed ya! :texflag:

I'm glad you brought this up. I'm coming to the cowboys game. Bringing me my brother and 2 friends. How much should I bring and who should I give my money to? I've always felt welcome when I've been in the past. (shetexan I hung around and waited to say hi, but I had a kid and a long road trip home and thanks for the food/candy/conversation Joe).
Mike don't worry Mike, we usually end up feeding anywhere from 2-50 walkups every game.

Talked to Amy's uncle who owns bullshirts and H&H tents. He said he's going to see what he can do about finding a sponser and maybe getting that tent for free and maybe even goods and such ;) Now THAT rocks!!

So if I want to show up and just mooch, I should find Ryan? :) (j/k. of course)

I'd like to come hang out for a game or two. It's looking like this might be my last football season in the States for a while. Yep, find Ryan and mooch from his group (they're getting harder to find....hiding behind a wall and such). Feel free to come and visit everyone in the corner.

LOL, exactly. Or when the salad shows up but the steak bringer forgot the steak. That's why this year we decided it's easier for us just to get everything and everyone chips in.

BTW, EVERYONE is welcome to come sample our foods - as small as our corner is we always have left overs! With my luck, I'll come by the week there's no steak! :brando:

OrangeLotPole8
09-15-2010, 01:57 PM
:logo:In the Orange Lot at Pole 8 we started with 4 guys in 2002. We now have about 35-45 people on a weekly basis. The original 4 plan the menu, do the shopping, the prep, and the cooking on game day. The others chip in anywhere from $3-$10 depending on what we are having. Its an honor system and so far we have had great people that don't "mooch". We dont "ask" for money, but people will ask, "How much do I owe for today?" and then we tell them. We have a lady that brings 24 breakfast tacos every game (so shes free) LOL! This past weekend we had bacon cheese burgers, hot dogs, french fries, and baked beans as the main menu. We had a queso dip with taco meat, tamales, bacon wrapped jalapenos stuffed with shrimp and cream cheese, and ham/turkey/cheese/cracker tray to snack on till the food was ready. We ask that each person brings there own beer (often people will call and ask me to pick them up a case or 12 pack of something, I do, have on ice for them when they get to the tailgate, they pay me, no problem):texflag:. We do have a margarita machine at our tailgate and people are more than welcome to use it as they wish. The 4 of us still never "break even", but the small contributions from each person helps when we do this over the course of 8 games (can't stand preseason). Yankee, we got our own KOOZIES for the first time this year. There is a guy on the board named John that did them for us. He did a great job and were very reasonably priced. You can PM me if you want his number.

NitroGSXR
09-15-2010, 02:45 PM
I'll be honest. I don't come as often as I would like to. You see... Nobody wants to be that guy. I've been constantly invited yet my desire to contribute gets turned away. I don't want to be a walk up and I certainly don't want to mooch off anybody. So I figure it's best to stop in then move on to a place to pay for ourselves which is usually by our lonesome selves buying stadium food. I thought the 50/50 thing was wonderful. I gave a girl a couple bucks for raffle tickets. I didn't know exactly what was being raffled off until after the fact and we were not able to stay for the drawing. Great idea guys. I'll buy more now that I know what it is for. The idea of a cover charge for regulars isn't necessarily taking money from people. It's to ensure that everybody gets a chance to enjoy the best tailgate out there. Blue Crew is a family and I envy that so I want in. But I won't be that guy. I came excited about the crack weenies but learned that they were offered by the tailgate across. I was told to go raid it but I didn't know anybody over there so I didn't. Nobody wants to be a crasher.

Yankee_In_TX
09-15-2010, 02:49 PM
I'll be honest. I don't come as often as I would like to. You see... Nobody wants to be that guy. I've been constantly invited yet my desire to contribute gets turned away. I don't want to be a walk up and I certainly don't want to mooch off anybody. So I figure it's best to stop in then move on to a place to pay for ourselves which is usually by our lonesome selves buying stadium food. I thought the 50/50 thing was wonderful. I gave a girl a couple bucks for raffle tickets. I didn't know exactly what was being raffled off until after the fact and we were not able to stay for the drawing. Great idea guys. I'll buy more now that I know what it is for. The idea of a cover charge for regulars isn't necessarily taking money from people. It's to ensure that everybody gets a chance to enjoy the best tailgate out there. Blue Crew is a family and I envy that so I want in. But I won't be that guy. I came excited about the crack weenies but learned that they were offered by the tailgate across. I was told to go raid it but I didn't know anybody over there so I didn't. Nobody wants to be a crasher.

Again - I don't mean to imply that the blue crew has suddenly become inhospitable!!

EVERYONE is welcome and should try anything from any of our tents. I threw away a bunch of sausage and about half a dozen stuffed jalepenos last game.

This is just the going ons of those in my immediate group.

GlassHalfFull
09-15-2010, 02:50 PM
I'll be honest. I don't come as often as I would like to. You see... Nobody wants to be that guy. I've been constantly invited yet my desire to contribute gets turned away. I don't want to be a walk up and I certainly don't want to mooch off anybody. So I figure it's best to stop in then move on to a place to pay for ourselves which is usually by our lonesome selves buying stadium food. I thought the 50/50 thing was wonderful. I gave a girl a couple bucks for raffle tickets. I didn't know exactly what was being raffled off until after the fact and we were not able to stay for the drawing. Great idea guys. I'll buy more now that I know what it is for. The idea of a cover charge for regulars isn't necessarily taking money from people. It's to ensure that everybody gets a chance to enjoy the best tailgate out there. Blue Crew is a family and I envy that so I want in. But I won't be that guy. I came excited about the crack weenies but learned that they were offered by the tailgate across. I was told to go raid it but I didn't know anybody over there so I didn't. Nobody wants to be a crasher.

Nitro, we were that guy for a while and then turned ourselves into regulars. Just throw a couple of packages of sausage in a grocery sack along with a bag of chips, and all of the sudden you are a regular. One thing I like about the main tent area of the blue crew is that you can just bring your own food/beverages as a way of contributing. Think of it as a really big pot luck dinner.

NitroGSXR
09-15-2010, 03:27 PM
Again - I don't mean to imply that the blue crew has suddenly become inhospitable!!

EVERYONE is welcome and should try anything from any of our tents. I threw away a bunch of sausage and about half a dozen stuffed jalepenos last game.

This is just the going ons of those in my immediate group.

The Ohio State flag alone makes me unwelcome. Hook 'em. :lol: no, you and Lindsay always talk to us. Y'all are tops in the welcome wagon. As a rational human being, I understand that food is money and money has a way of turning people into strange critters.

NitroGSXR
09-15-2010, 03:37 PM
Nitro, we were that guy for a while and then turned ourselves into regulars. Just throw a couple of packages of sausage in a grocery sack along with a bag of chips, and all of the sudden you are a regular. One thing I like about the main tent area of the blue crew is that you can just bring your own food/beverages as a way of contributing. Think of it as a really big pot luck dinner.
We actually worked out something with Amy on Sunday. We were going to bake a whole bunch of her famous cookiecakes but now that Ryan opened his sweet piehole...

:spit:

SheTexan
09-15-2010, 04:21 PM
I've never known the Blue Crew to expect travelers to bring food. That's much to difficult, esp when some come to spend Sat night and have no place to store perishables. Even it you leave in the middle of the night in order to get to the tailgate bright and early, noone wants to stop by and waste travel time shopping at Walmart, or having to look up where some 24 hr supermarket is located. It's also very TIRING to drag a cooler all the way over from yellow, purple, red, or the far corners of orange, or any of the lots really. Man, that's a long haul and personally, I would not do it. That's why all of us bring enough for our families, and extra for anyone else. We've NEVER, not once that I remember, ran out of food.

I apologize to anyone who has felt uncomfortable coming to our tailgate to eat. I guess I've become so laid back, and the BC has so much of that family type atmosphere, that I just expect all our Texan family to do like my kids do at home. They just come in and get after it, no questions ask!! If you do feel uncomfortable, just find someone you know and we'll take care of the rest. If it makes you feel better to bring something then that's ok too. We'll find ya a spot at one of the grills and you can just go to town cooking. Heck, we might recruit ya!! :chef:Just come to have fun and enjoy the tailgating atmosphere. That's what's important.

As for the "sub" groups, they are part of the Blue Crew also, and I've never known any of them not to share. NITRO! Next time find me and I'll introduce you to Katie, aka jjizebell (sp) on this board, and if she's got "crack" she'll take care of ya! lol Her "crack weiners" are AWESOME!! In fact, I think you've already met her.

Katie (glasshalffull) hit the nail on the head. Our tailgate is like one HUGE pot luck dinner. Just bring what ya want and put it on the table. Trust me, it will be eaten!!

ubecool454
09-15-2010, 05:37 PM
Let us say hypothetically after years of tailgating, you decide the best way to do your tailgate is everyone brings $7.

In return you get chips and some kind of dip, appetizer, lunch, some kind of booze and sometimes another thing here or there.

You also never are asked to chip in for forks, plates, etc.

And you honestly spend more than you collect, but you are happy to do it.

Primary reason? When you tell half a dozen folks to bring something it never goes right. One person forgets a vital ingredient. Or you ask for burger fixins and someone brings a whole tomato and whole head of lettuce (whereas you decide it is easier to do all the prep work at home the day before than bring extra knives, cutting boards, etc).

If you have tailgaters that ignore your request for $7 and keep bringing food (that honestly is not needed), how do you broach the topic without offending anyone?

Just say it and don't worry about it. Wouldn't you rather they be pissed off than you because for you to bring it up its bothering you. Just say whats on your mind.

Rey
09-15-2010, 05:53 PM
It has ALWAYS been an honor to take care of those who spend hours on the road just to get to a game!! The Blue Crew has NEVER and will never ask you for money! We take care of opposing teams fans also, even "pie" and "meatball" fans!! That's just what good fans do for each other. What we do WORKS, and I'm ok with it, esp since we have gotten so large. I think most of us bring extra drinks for those who come and don't want to drag along a cooler. Heck, I brought 24 cans of beer to the Colts game and I don't drink!! I brought home 20 cans!! It's in my refrig and will return to the "pies" game!! Don't hesitate to ask for one!!!:drunk: Always extra soda's, water, gatoraide, etc.

We've been doing this since day one, and the Blue Crew has just gotten larger and larger. One of the reasons is because of our laid back, feel at home, type atmosphere. If you're hungry or thirsty and didn't bring anything for that day, it's not a problem, just dig in and ask someone for a drink, we'll find you one.

One suggestion for you Ryan, if you want your group to contribute money, is to ask for it ahead of time. Send them all an e-mail and tell them you will be collecting money for the Giant's tailgate at the Cowboys tailgate. Then you and Linds can be prepared to do what you want. If that doesn't work, then I'm not sure anything will. Maybe one Sunday you should just tell them all you are joining the big group and bring your stuff over to the middle. See how they like that. lol All of you are welcome anyway!!

That's very cool of you guys...

When I make it out to a game this season I will be sure to find you guys, but I wouldn't feel right without chipping in some way...

awtysst
09-15-2010, 07:36 PM
That was my next post.

Getting the ENTIRE Blue Crew together plum doesn't make sense (see the demise of FILO).

I'm just referring to the people in my corner - we shoot around menu e-mails a few days prior to the game, Lindsay and I go buy all the food, supplies and booze (and prep everything) and we ask that people bring $7; not everyone plays that way apparently and I would to find a tactful way to do so.

Please clue me in as I have no idea what happened.

Andrew6
09-15-2010, 07:47 PM
Again - I don't mean to imply that the blue crew has suddenly become inhospitable!!

EVERYONE is welcome and should try anything from any of our tents. I threw away a bunch of sausage and about half a dozen stuffed jalepenos last game.

This is just the going ons of those in my immediate group.

shoulda told amy about the stuffed jalapenoes. I know they would have gotten eaten.

JB
09-15-2010, 08:04 PM
shoulda told amy about the stuffed jalapenoes. I know they would have gotten eaten.

I didn't get to try any because I was too busy drinking, but my wife said your pulled pork was Awesome!!!

Tedc
09-15-2010, 08:07 PM
That's very cool of you guys...

When I make it out to a game this season I will be sure to find you guys, but I wouldn't feel right without chipping in some way...

Well, you could start chipping in by coming by, grabbing a plate of food, sitting down in a chair and telling us who you are.

I always bring extra for people we are meeting for the first time.

Joe Texan
09-16-2010, 01:21 AM
I have always well since 2002 when we were created liked the concept of the blue crew. We do not ask for anything from anybody that walks up but we offer everything we have to all who show up. We are a special group and we love the fact that opposing fans feel comfortable in our tailgate.

Nitro you are Blue Crew Material so just join in and participate and do not worry bout nothing. If you want to cook something then do it we got the grills, if you got a special drink then bring it we might want to taste it too.

We are the most family friendly Tailgate on Reliant Stadium Grounds. And I say that proudly. Bring the Family and have fun.

thunderkyss
09-16-2010, 01:15 PM
Feed you?? Have you guys SEEN how big TK is? j/k - We'd be happy to have you in the Blue Crew and we'll figure out some way to feed ya! :texflag:

:foottap:

Texan_Bill
09-16-2010, 01:22 PM
If you stop by Blue Crew and leave hungry......... you're wrong!!!

hobie
09-16-2010, 02:10 PM
If you stop by Blue Crew and leave hungry......... you're wrong!!!

How so..with all you drinkers there, finding food might be damn near impossible !!

JB
09-16-2010, 02:16 PM
How so..with all you drinkers there, finding food might be damn near impossible !!

Lots of food 'cause they're all busy drinking... :barman:

Tedc
09-17-2010, 08:05 AM
I am so ready for the next tailgate. :tedc::tedc::tedc:

Texan_Bill
09-17-2010, 08:33 AM
How so..with all you drinkers there, finding food might be damn near impossible !!

How would you know? You only come by merely to leech tickets!!! ;)

:worldpeace:

Tailgate.Kidz
09-17-2010, 04:48 PM
from what ive read, theirs a big mix of how groups do their tailgating. i will be taking some of these ideas with me. thank you to those for sharing.

jjjezebel
09-19-2010, 08:04 AM
Nitro, we were that guy for a while and then turned ourselves into regulars. Just throw a couple of packages of sausage in a grocery sack along with a bag of chips, and all of the sudden you are a regular. One thing I like about the main tent area of the blue crew is that you can just bring your own food/beverages as a way of contributing. Think of it as a really big pot luck dinner.

Like Grandma said, you're also more than welcome to stop by the little satellite groups that are across from the big tent area. We're just as friendly, but there's only so much room in the middle area after all. :)

We always have plenty of food...and usually get stuck with lots of leftovers...would love to have more folks pop by, introduce themselves, and help themselves to a bite to eat.

Yankee_In_TX
09-19-2010, 03:16 PM
How would you know? You only come by merely to leech tickets!!! ;)

:worldpeace:

Is that why I saw him for 1/2 a second last game?

Texan_Bill
09-19-2010, 03:26 PM
Is that why I saw him for 1/2 a second last game?

YUP!! He swung by to leech a ticket!! :mcnugget:

stevn8r
09-22-2010, 04:59 PM
I have always felt welcomed by you guys, and you have always refused my contributions...Except the Chili cook off (I'll win it this year!:evil:) We went thru a LOT of chili!
I drive in from Austin and sometimes I can make it and hang out and grab a slider or breakfast taco or a chip and dip (crack wieners are awesome BTW!)
So I just started to consider myself a left over preventer on the Games I make it! I bring my 2 beers for tailgating and I drink 3-4 beers inside and drive home after the game
So, thank you to Joe, Billy, Gma, Ryan, Lindsey, Dave, Ted and all that I am forgetting to mention:heart::clap: Y'all have made me feel like family!
Maybe I'll just shove 20 bucks down Joe's shorts and see how far that gets me.

hobie
09-22-2010, 05:04 PM
how would you know? You only come by merely to leech tickets!!! ;)

:worldpeace:

damn bro........

hobie
09-22-2010, 05:06 PM
Is that why I saw him for 1/2 a second last game?

Damn.. you guys are brutal

hobie
09-22-2010, 05:09 PM
yup!! He swung by to leech a ticket!! :mcnugget:

ok ok ok !!!

Yankee_In_TX
09-22-2010, 05:17 PM
Maybe I'll just shove 20 bucks down Joe's shorts and see how far that gets me.

I may be taking this out of context, but.....

Yankee_In_TX
09-22-2010, 05:19 PM
ok ok ok !!!

Only because we love you like a brother!

Kimmy
09-25-2010, 06:35 PM
Just be honest with them! Telling the truth and making someone cry is better than telling a lie and making someone smile :)

GlassHalfFull
09-25-2010, 06:59 PM
Is that why I saw him for 1/2 a second last game?

1/2 a second is all it takes for Hobie when there is sausage involved.

:hides:

Yankee_In_TX
10-02-2010, 12:29 PM
Just be honest with them! Telling the truth and making someone cry is better than telling a lie and making someone smile :)

LOL, it worked out fine.

I sent out an e-mail saying WHY we feel it is easier for everyone to just chip in, but if you would really rather bring a dish feel free to contact me and we'll work it out.

Everyone chipped in and we had some great kabobs!