Merry Christmas – Do You Have Faith?
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For a lot of people, the Christmas/New Year holiday is a time of reflection and giving thanks for all that they have been blessed with during the year.  It’s a time to pause, rest, hit the reset button, and get ready to do it all over again next year.  I don’t consider myself the sentimental type per se, but I do have several things to be thankful for.

One of them is having you, our subscriber, be a part of the greatest tailgating and backyard BBQ party community platform out there. For that I am truly grateful and just want to say thank you.

Each day, my wife – who does most of the behind-the-scenes work – and I try to provide the most unique consumer audience showcase about tailgating & backyard BBQ “homegate parties” available. As you know, we feature great food & drink recipes, entertainment ideas, sports stories and cool gear & products to make your next tailgate, or backyard BBQ party, the best ever! Hopefully you will continue to like what we do.

For those that know me, attending sports events and rock concerts is where my wife and I spend most of our disposable income.  I am an unabashed Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys fan.  Of course, I love my Texas A&M Aggies too. But that’s a whole other maddening story for about 76 million reasons.

So, another thing that I am thankful for this year is the fact that my Texas Rangers finally won the World Series.

I went to a game very early in their first season in Texas in 1972. I was at David Clyde’s first game the following year – hard to believe that was 50 years ago.  I saw most of Nolan Ryan’s home game starts and witnessed first-hand the greatness of Pudge Rodriguez.

I’ve been fortunate to have attended every single Rangers home playoff or World Series game – all 31 of them over the nine times they’ve qualified for the playoffs over the years.

In addition, I estimate attending a minimum of 500 other games in my lifetime. So, to finally win it all is such a good feeling after years of failures and disappointments.

Another thing that I’m thankful for is my undying, and in this case definitely sentimental, faith in the Dallas Cowboys.

If you had told me on January 28, 1996, after the Cowboys defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl 30 that not only would the Cowboys not play in another Super Bowl for the next 27 years and counting, but they wouldn’t even make a single conference championship game appearance in that timeframe, I would have asked you what you were smoking because that would have been an unbelievable pipe dream.

Afterall, the Cowboys played in eight of the first 30 Super Bowl games and could have played in 16 of the first 30 had they won every single NFL/NFC championship game in which they participated. Yet here we are.

Of course, my wife blames me for the Cowboys inability to perform to previous standards.  Why, may you ask? Because each year that they show even a hint of their former greatness I book a flight, get a hotel room, and reserve a rental car for whatever city is hosting the Super Bowl.  I then cancel everything when they collapse in the wildcard and/or divisional round which always seems to be the case now.

Maybe this year in Las Vegas will be the year that the Cowboys Super Bowl drought ends.  You’ve got to have faith, right? Afterall, that’s what Christmas is truly about.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

Craig & Janna Renfro