This isn’t your typical music event review; in fact, the only musical connection is the fact that Sir Mix-a-Lot was part of the judging panel. Unfortunately, he didn’t break into any tunes, but he did have a Dick’s Deluxe. The inaugural Bing National Tailgating Championship kicked off last month in Houston, and on Saturday, the sixth and final regional event occurred in the north parking lot of Qwest Field. This competition is America’s first championship that invites tailgaters from all over the country to showcase their skills in a series of six regional competitions. Each regional winner goes on to compete at the Super Bowl. The competition consists of four co-ed teams of tailgaters that compete in stadium parking lots on Game Days. The judging criteria consists of four main categories including cooking, team spirit, parking lot agility, and sport team knowledge.
Hosting the event was Joe Cahn, the Commissioner of Tailgating and the only professional tailgater in the world. The judging panel consisted of local celebrities: chef Ethan Stowell, former Seahawks player Jacob Green, and emcee/producer Sir Mix-a-Lot. Throughout the two-hour event, the judges dined on tailgating cuisine which ranged from specialty ribs marinaded in secret sauce to Dick’s Deluxe hamburgers washed down with Jell-O shots. Meanwhile, the four competing teams kept up their lively team spirit while sending representatives to compete in the parking lot agility challenges of bean bag toss and football throw. All in all, Seattle reassured Cahn and the rest of the National Tailgating Championship reps that it has trounced this former report that ranked Seattle as the worst city for tailgating. Photos of the judges and crazy fans are below, with more on Flickr.
National Tailgating Championship 2010