'The Official Tailgating Book of the American Tailgaters Association' Releases, Accompanied by National Contests

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'The Ultimate Tailgater's Handbook' is 'The Official Tailgating Book of the American Tailgaters Association'. This is the ultimate "how-to" for the tailgater who wants to do it all, have it all and host the best party in the parking lot. Complete with recipes, etiquette, proper tailgating gear, appropriate attire, and the all important do's and don'ts this will quickly become the one-stop resource and go-to gift for everyone who entertains from the back of their Suburban. National contests include 'Win a Bowl Game Weekend' and 'Are you America's Ultimate Tailgater'.

Tailgating is not a spectator’s sport. And don’t you dare call it a picnic. It’s a roll-up-your-sleeves, pre-game right-of-passage for sports fans across America. But what makes tailgating unique?

For Stephen Linn, author of The Ultimate Tailgater’s Handbook (Rutledge Hill Press, August 2005, ISBN: 1-4016-0224-X, Price: $14.99), tailgating combines athletic competition with the All-U-Can Eat Buffet in a way that no other pastime does. Linn’s fascination with this pastime led to a surprisingly practical book that offers a sweeping exploration of tailgating. In the book, Linn speculates on everything from the history of tailgating (the Battle of Manassas in 1861 might have been the first tailgate) to why tailgaters should view their charcoal grills as a link to “the dim and distant past.”

Other topics covered in The Ultimate Tailgater’s Handbook include:

  • How “theme tailgates” can spice up any pre-game meal (e.g., “Fiesta Tailgates”)
  • Charcoal versus gas grills: The benefits and drawbacks of each
  • Important grill and drink accessories
  • Proper attire for the casual, formal, and “extreme fan” tailgater (with seasonal variations)
  • Food and beverage recipes
  • Ways to set up a tailgate, complete with sketches
  • Tailgating information for all thirty-two NFL stadiums, thirty-two NASCAR tracks, and over 100 Division 1-A college football teams

With sketches and quirky observations, The Ultimate Tailgater’s Handbook is written for any fan of sports and food who has dared to combine the two. And as Linn writes, anyone who reads the book is sure to be the envy of family, friends, and "most importantly, everyone in the parking lot."

Stephen Linn is the founder and president of 4964 Productions and its publishing division, Interactive Blvd, which create and produce television shows and books. A former award-winning television news anchor and reporter, he also owns a marketing company in Nashville, where he lives with his wife and twin daughters.

Stephen Linn is available for media interviews on the topic of tailgating and his new book The Ultimate Tailgater’s Handbook. To request a review copy or to schedule an interview, please contact Shanon Underwood at shanon@psmediarelations.com or 615.498.2189.


The Ultimate Tailgater’s Handbook Contests:

Win a Bowl Game Weekend

including a trip to the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl Presented By Bridgestone

The Ultimate Tailgater’s Handbook has also teamed up with the American Tailgaters Association to offer readers the opportunity to win a trip to the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl Presented By Bridgestone. The Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl Presented By Bridgestone will be held in Nashville on December 30, 2005, pitting a team from the Big Ten against a team from the SEC. Readers can register for the trip—which features round-trip airfare to Nashville, two nights at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center and tickets to a number of events surrounding the bowl including sideline passes—by logging onto http://www.theultimatetailgater.com. The Ultimate Tailgater’s Handbook is the Official Tailgating Book of the American Tailgaters Association.

Are YOU America’s Ultimate Tailgater?

We are searching for America’s Ultimate Tailgater. Beginning in September, tailgaters can visit http://www.theultimatetailgater.com and submit pictures and descriptions for why they should be named America’s Ultimate Tailgater. The winner will receive an "ultimate tailgater" prize pack and more. Enter to win through November. For more information, please visit http://www.theultimatetailgater.com.

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