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2015 Schedule


Date Opponent Time/Result
09/05 Alabama A&M 7pm ESPN3
09/12 Temple 8pm ESPNews
09/19 @ Miami (OH) 3:30pm ESPN3
09/24 @ Memphis 7:30pm ESPN
10/01 Miami (FL) 7:30pm ESPN
10/10 bye  
10/16 @ BYU 8pm ESPN
10/24 UConn TBA
10/31 UCF TBA
11/07 @ Houston TBA
11/14 Tulsa TBA
11/20 @ USF 8pm CBSSN
11/28 @ ECU TBA
12/05 AAC Championship 12pm ABC/ESPN


* All times EST

Since our last post, just over a month ago, we've made a lot of progress on the trailer and should just about be ready to give it the green light for some tailgate trial runs (who wants to drink some beers with us before September 5?).


While the voting results for the graphics were very close between #2 & #3, we ultimately opted for #2, which more effectively provides visibility when the TV window is up - it will be very difficult to not know who we are when the trailer is in use.





Additionally, the passenger side features the City of Cincinnati flag, along with some additional graphics on the front and back.







 With the exterior near complete, it was time to get to construction on the interior features.  For year 1, we're simply focusing on having an HDTV mounted, along with interior storage - in the future, we may add features such as draft beer, upgraded audio, and/or an RV restroom.


So far, we have built the TV mount, added some rubber tile flooring, built a tongue mounted flag pole holder, and installed various mounting points in the interior so that we can strap our gear down during transit.  After a little painting later this week, we'll be able to mount the TV.





Update 08/17/15:


 The following list of to-do tasks have been completed!

  • Painted TV backing (black) and mount TV
  • Finalized TV source - we currently have an over the air HD antenna & wifi option for ESPN, will need real world testing in coming weeks
  • 4000W generator
  • Painted wheelsand cleaned up other details
  • Loaded up with our canopies, chairs, grill, coolers, etc.








Also, last but not least, VERY special thanks to Scott Rankin for all of the help thus far with the trailer build.  Pictured above (#BeatMiami), he has been a huge asset in the planning and actual construction, and there's no way that this project would've gotten this far without his help.  When you see this guy at the trailer this fall, please make sure that he has a cold beer in his hand!


Go Bearcats!





After several years of discussion, we've finally pulled the trigger on upgrading our tailgate!  On Monday, July 6, 2015, we picked up the our 6x12 concession trailer and will begin our build out ASAP.


We plan to detail the build on our site and will update regularly.


In the meantime, we need your help!  We're planning our graphics package and need to decide on one of the following.  Please vote using the poll below:











Trailer wrap

#1 - 10.5%
#2 - 45.6%
#3 - 43.9%

Total votes: 57
The voting for this poll has ended on: 07 Aug 2015 - 21:05

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(photo courtesy of @UC1200club)



We're officially 100 days from the 2015 Cincinnati Bearcats football season and the return to Nippert Stadium!  The new season brings big changes to the Republic of Cincinnati as well...


For starters, we're moving our HOME tailgates to The Grid.  Our friends in the UC athletic department have been working hard over the past few years to improve the on campus tailgating atmosphere, so it's only natural that we join in on the fun and do our best to contribute to the best season of football in Clifton (ever?)!  More details soon, but we've secured a prominent spot and will be very easy to find several hours before kickoff.


Also, after several years of planning, we've upgraded our tailgate with our own 12 foot tailgating trailer.  We take delivery mid-June, so we'll definitely be posting updates of the build as it progresses.  This new trailer will not only give us more of a physical presence (trust us, you won't be able to miss us in a crowd), but will also help keep us organized for our move to The Grid and for road games.  


Additionally, in an effort to continue to spread the Republic of Cincinnati message, our friends at QCStees.com are now selling Republic of Cincinnati logo stickers (a portion of the proceeds will help us upgrade and maintain our new tailgating trailer!).  You can buy yours now via:





Stay tuned...we'll have more in the coming weeks!

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With the 2015 schedule finally out, we can begin making some road trip plans.  For now, a brief breakdown:


Saturday, September 5 - Alabama A&M - Nippert Stadium reopens, should be an incredible atmosphere and a lopsided victory


Saturday, September 12 - Temple - the Bearcats host the Owls early to kick off AAC conference play.  


Saturday, September 19 - @ Miami (OH) - back to Oxford to take over Yager Stadium.   Hoping for a day game so that we can smoke the turkeys and get back in time for Oktoberfest Zinzinnati.  We will definitely be at this game.


Thursday, September 24 - @ Memphis - coming off a short week, this will likely be the Bearcats first primetime game of the season.  An ideal opportunity to avenge the loss in 2014 that cost UC an outright championship.  Weeknight timing makes it less than ideal (as with 2013), but Beale Street is definitely worth the trip - unfortunately, we'll be missing this one.


Thursday, October 1 - Miami (FL) - Nippert's (likely) first time to shine in front of a national audience!  


Saturday, October 17 Friday, October 16 - @ BYU - this has been circled as our big road trip for 2015 and we'll be working to finalize plans in the coming months.  UPDATE:  Unfortunately, due to this game being moved to Friday, we'll no longer be attending due to travel logistics.


Saturday, October 24 - UConn - guessing that this game will be designated as Homecoming. 


Saturday, October 31 - UCF - Halloween and we finally get to welcome UCF to the league, in their 3rd year.  Finally, AAC officials got them on our schedule!


Saturday, November 7 - @ Houston - we won't be making this trip, but will do our best to help coordinate, as we did in 2013.  This will be the Bearcats first trip to TDECU Stadium, after playing in a swampy soccer field in 2013.


Saturday, November 14 - Tulsa - Senior Day - we'll have a good group to send out, so this should be a big game.  With a relatively favorable schedule, the Bearcats could be looking good in the final few weeks to make a run for another AAC championship!


Friday, November 20 - @ USF - late November + Florida = we'll be there!  Since it's a Friday game, we'll be making a long weekend of it.  Look for details later. We will definitely be at this game.


Saturday, November 28 - @ ECU - last game of the season and it'll, no doubt, be meaningful.  While we've heard that Greenville is a fun college town, we'll be passing on this one - hopefully the Bearcats won't need a last second FG to secure the win this year (even though, we'll take a W any way we can get one!).


Saturday, December 5 - TBA - 2015 will be the first year that the AAC hosts a football championship game, with the #1 team hosting the game.  Unlike ever before, regular season support will be crucial to help our team make it through the season with as many wins as possible to secure one last home game!  


A few takeaways:

  • While Temple has potential to be a test, the Bearcats should roll into Memphis with a 3-0 record.  There will be no doubt that Tubs will have the team ready for their first big test of the season.


  • The Miami (FL) game on 10/1 will probably be the biggest home game since Louisville 2013 - Nippert will be rocking!  With Miami switching over the Adidas and the Bearcats moving to Under Armour for 2015, it's a safe bet that the competing companies will want to show off some cool new gear under the lights.  Should be an electric crowd and an opportunity for the Bearcats to get a "signature win" on a big stage.


  • It'll be nice to have a bye after a big emotional game and before making the trip to BYU.


  • Safe bet that 10/31 vs UCF will be a blackout - Halloween, Nippert, Michael Myers


  • Sure would be nice to get home game #7 on December 5 - if you're reading this, start making plans to do your part this season by providing an amazing home field advantage to our team and taking the show on the road with us throughout the US!




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While we all patiently wait for the American Conference to release the 2015 schedules, we can start making some initial plans for 2015 road trips.


Here's what we do know:


  • The Bearcats will travel to Oxford, OH on Saturday, September 19.  Although this is considered a "road game", there's zero doubt that Bearcats fans will once again take over the West Millet Lot next to Yager Stadium.  We will definitely be at this game.


  • The Bearcats face Brigham Young University on Saturday, October 17 in Provo, UT.  Since this might be a once in a lifetime excuse to go to Utah, we'll definitely be making this trip.  While more plans will certainly develop in the coming months, we do know the following:


    • We will fly into Salt Lake City on Friday, 10/16 and home on Monday, 10/19.


    • Provo is about a 45 minute drive south from SLC, so rental cars will be necessary


    • The Hampton Inn Provo is about 3 miles from the stadium and has AAA rates at less than $100/night for a king room - we've already booked ours!


Additionally, the Bearcats will face ECU, Houston, Memphis, and USF on the road this season.  Pending final scheduling, we hope to attend another 1-2 games, with ECU and Memphis at the top of the list.  


Keep your fingers crossed for a prompt, and favorable (how about no more weeknight games?), schedule release!


Offseason updates coming as soon as we know more.