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Official Panthers/49ers Tailgate Thread

06 January 2014 - 10:46 PM

After what seems like too many years we finally have another home playoff game.  Time to roll out for another Huddle Tailgate and for this one we're breaking out the good china.  Starting out with a few generous sponsors (thank you AviationMX, Madhatter, and smittycam) were able to get gas money together for Ranucci to show up with his big rig cooker loaded with all kinds of goodies for anybody who shows up. 


Ranucci (www.ranuccis.com) has been doing tailgates for the Huddle ever since he bought his first cooker.  The story goes that after buying that first cooker, he contacted the Huddle about trying out a tailgate for free.  Since it was the first one he had ever done and was doing it for free, then we had nothing to lose.  If he screwed it up we couldn't complain.  It was a huge success.


Since that time he has operated a restaurant and earned a full wall of trophies including two top 10 Memphis nationals finishes.  Just recently at the Blues, Brews, and BBQ festival here in Charlotte he won a few trophies as well.  So with that said this Sunday we'll be tailgating and it's open to anyone as long as you bring some cash to donate for his services and competition quality BBQ. 


Here's the rest of the details:


Time?  We will start this tailgate at 6am.  There will be Bojangles biscuits available til they're done.  Food will be done about noon as people will be filing into the stadium shortly after that. 


What food?  On the menu this week is Ranuccis award winning competition quality BBQ, Ribs, smoked wings, buffalo turds, boiled peanuts, baked beans, slaw, and chips.  A myriad of non alcoholic sodas and waters will be available as well.  IF YOU DRINK ALCOHOL YOU HAVE TO BRING YOUR OWN. 


Where?  Tailgating lot is in a large open lot that borders Church, 3rd, and Tryon streets.  We'll have a big cooker on the premises.


What do I bring?  Since we have everything covered, we really just need CASH.  It costs a lot to get this put together with parking spots, food, gas, supplies, etc.  You're getting competition quality BBQ, and ribs so please don't show up with $1 bills.


Who?  Probably 50 people or so, most on the website but some who aren't but are associated with us.


Any other questions this is the thread to ask.







Huddle History

05 January 2014 - 10:34 PM

True Stats of Huddle History:


I was registered user 812 back in 2004.


Most nights back then there were only 3 registered users online after 2am.


In 2007 a French jagoff hacked the website, took it over for awhile, causing Zod to lose a nights sleep and subsequently ban everyone from France from new membership...a ban that lasts to this day. 


In 2006 Sports Illustrated named The Huddle the #1 Panthers fan website.


Zod printed up a few thousand business cards and we used to hand them out to people on the streets in 2004 and in the stadium to get the name out and build up business. 


At the end of the day, this website was simply a small business endeavor that panned out. 


Zod has been basically a small independent man starting up a website that got me into OTA's and 6 weeks of training camp being able to get the same interviews as other major media sites.


Within 3 years of starting the website, I interviewed players and asked them if they had heard of the huddle and most said they were familiar with it. 


At one point that media relationship cracked and I got thrown out of a Panthers practice.  The Panthers were very nice and professional about how I got kicked out as well. 


Several marriages have happened as a result of this website, and yes, hot chicks do post on message boards.


Many guys have scored with women on this website.


This website gets more website traffic than any other single radio or tv station's website in this market. 


Every single year this website keeps growing.  This website has constantly had to upgrade capacity. 


Jerry Richardson once called Zod asking exactly where the Huddle Tailgate was so he could come out and sign autographs. 


Huddle members have given over $20,000 and hundreds of bikes to Panthers toys for tots drive.


Saints fan has shipped hundreds of dollars of fresh seafood to Huddle tailgate before.


At the end of the day, most posters on here are good people and many people here have either been entertained, met good friends, or had good times on this website.  Now there are radio ads, TV ads, etc for the site and it was all started just by a small business minded guy who really started it all just as a way to keep up with people from his house.


maybe some others can add things to this history that they can remember. 









Playoff Huddle Tailgate

30 December 2013 - 04:20 PM

If there were enough interested people to commit with cash, we could do another tailgate of old....Ranucci has already committed with the date if there is enough interest. 


I figure we'll need about $500 to do it right, getting all the parking spaces and everything else needed.  Turds would definitely be on the menu. 


I'll put in the first $100.  Who else would come?

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