When the Rod Allen Drinking Game was created some years ago, no one knew how big it would become. So when D4L and the boys from Walk Off Woodward updated the Game, it had officially became cemented as a drunken-staple in the Detroit sports community. And, to the detriment of our livers, the spirit of the Game continues to grow just as fast as Rod’s caricaturization of himself.
With all due respect to Jay Bilas, I think it’s about time we make a few addendums and start to do some drinking in the D.
DRINKING GAME v4.0
*If Rod is on national television, all drinks are doubled.
* Before the game, decide on one of these commercials (Belle Tire, Little Caesars, Bernstein's or Dr. Rahmani, ACE Hardware) and drink 3 each time the selected commercial comes on.
1 DRINK ——————————————————
When Rod says, “pahdnuh.”
When Rod says, the Tigers have the best fans in baseball everyone must raise their beverage and take one drink (drink double if the Tigers are on the road).
When Rod agrees with Mario and says, “you’ve got that right" or shortens it to just "that's right."
When Rod says, "without question."
When Rod says, "legit."
When Rod says, “oh, for sure”
When Rod calls a player “special.”
When Rod starts a sentence with “for whatever reason” or “make no mistake.”
When Rod says “big fella” (drink double if he is referring to someone other than Miguel Cabrera or Prince Fielder).
When Rod says “cheese” in reference to a pitch (drink double if Rod is actually talking about cheese).
When Rod responds to Mario by saying, "good point."
When Rod says “look no further.”
When Rod does the “Belle Tire Pitch-by-Pitch.”
When Rod mentions a sponsor.
When Mario ends the inning by saying “Tigers threaten but do not score”
When Rod says “He got all of that!”
When Rod says “out of the gate”
Whenever A Fox Sports Detroit girl is shown or mentioned.
3 DRINKS —————————————————
When Rod says, “I see you _____!”
When Rod awkwardly says “I see you.” in an ACE Hardware commercial.
When Rod is shown in the booth, all players must yell, “I see you, Rod!” and drink 3.
When a player shows bunt and Rod mentions this as being a “good idea.”
When Rod says that a player or coach can “flat out” do something.
When Rod starts a sentence with “them boys.”
When Rod comes up with a nickname for a recent call-up (drink double if the nickname is something other than a shortening of his name or initials, i.e. ‘A-Jax’ or ‘Q’).
When Rod classifies something as a “major league,” such as a hit or an at bat.
When Rod refers to an opposing player by a nickname (i.e. calls Felix Hernandez “King Felix”).
When Rod identifies a pitch as a “piece” (i.e. “change piece” or “slide piece”).
When Rod says that a hit was “majestic.”
When Rod wears hipster-chic black rimmed glasses.
When Rod refers to a players as “the absolute truth.”
When Rod and Mario are wearing their FSN Detroit polos.
When Rod says, “filthy” (drink double if he is referring to Justin Verlander).
When Rod incorrectly answers the trivia question.
When Rod says that a pitcher has “easy gas.”
When Rod talks about food (drink double if the Tigers are in Kansas City and Rod is talking about barbecue; finish your drink if Rod or Mario plug a specific local restaurant)
When Rod makes any kind of reference to a player or his ability being “special.”
When Rod starts a sentence with “for whatever reason.”
When Rod says the phrase “professional hitter” or “professional pitcher.”
When Rod says, "tremendous."
When Rod says, "big fella."
When Rod says, "cabby."
When Rod or Mario mention Brandon Inge or Jeremy Bonderman
When the 2006 team is mentioned (drink double if Magglio’s walk-off homer in the ALCS is specifically mentioned)
When Rod says, "cheese" (double if he is talking about sneaking cheese by a rat).
When Rod starts a sentence with, "make no mistake."
When Rod says, "look no further."
Whenever Rod reads the in game promo (double if it's Tigers fantasy camp).
Whenever MARIO ends an inning saying, “Tigers threaten, but do not score.”
Whenever Rod says, "April in the D." (triple if it is not April when said)
Whenever Rod appears in a non-Fox Sports Detroit related commercial.
When Rod mentions Miguel Carbera’s Triple Crown.
When Rod says “bullpen-by-committee.”
When Rod gushes over the Tigers 1 through 5 batting lineup (double if he says it’s the best in the AL).
When Rod plugs a ticket package or fan giveaway (drink double if it’s for the Red Wings, Lions, or Pistons)
When Rod calls Craig Monroe “C-Mo”
5 DRINKS ————————————————
Whenever Rod says he talked to someone before the game. (Double if this comes at "batting practice")
When showing the fans, you spot a Rod Allen poster (double if on the road).
When Rod says the phrase, “oh no he didn’t.”
Whenever Rod “feels sorry for the (opposing team/player)” after a pitchers stuff is especially “filthy” that day
When a Tigers player shows bunt and Rod does not mention it being a good idea.
When Rod says “stop it _____.” This usually comes when an opposing player is having a great game against the Tigers.
When Rod says that a player “better come correct.”
When Rod asks, “are you serious?!”
When Rod starts a sentence with “call me crazy, but.”
When Rod praises Leyland for doing something unconventional. Such as hit and run on 0-2 count (double the drinks if the move backfires and Rod still praises the move).
When Rod describes someone as being “old school.”
When Rod says the phrase, “the unintentional, intentional walk.”
When Rod correctly answers the trivia question.
When Rod says something is a "remedy for success."
When Rod says, "big fly!"
Whenever Rod describes a pitch or a line drive as an "absolute seed."
Whenever Rod says, "cat."
Whenever Rod says a pitcher is throwing a "steady diet" of a certain pitch.
Whenever Rod asks, "are you kidding me?"
Whenever Rod sends out a tweet during the game.
Whenever Rod says a play got "into one's kitchen."
Whenever John Keating interrupts the game with highlights from around the MLB. (0 drinks if it is anyone else)
When Rod mentions Austin Jackson’s leg kick (double it it’s attributed to Lloyd McClendon).
When Rod mentions Nick Castellanos’ imminent call up (double if Avisail Garcia is on the 25-man roster).
When Rod says, "ribeyes" or "steaks" when talking about runs batted in.
7 DRINKS ————————————————
Whenever Rod intentionally spells something out incorrectly to make a point: (That boy is B-A-D-D, bad! or Don Kelly is getting B-I-Z-Z-Y, busy! Or Santiago is S-M-O-O-V-E, smooth!)
When Rod or Mario mentions Tim McCarver or Joe Morgan.
When Rod describes someone as being “country strong!” (triple if he is still talking about Marcus Thames)
When Rod says, "baseball's a great game."
If Rod or Mario make a reference to Jake Peavy yelling at himself on the mound
Whenever Rod says a player "looks good in his uniform." (double if he is talking about a coach)
When Rod says, "contact to damage ratio." (double if it is off the chain)
When Rod refers to Justin Verlander as “Gettin’ paid.”
When Rod refers to FOX as “Big FOX.”
When Rod says that a pitcher is throwing “itty bitty ones.”
When the footage of Justin Verlander and Trevor Thompson getting doused with Gatorade after Verlander’s second no-hitter is shown
Whenever Rod incorrectly uses the word "literally."
When Rod talks about how Torii Hunter is mentoring Austin Jackson. (H/T @mikegervais)
When Rod talks about how getting Victor Martinez back is like acquiring an All-Star. (H/T @mikegervais)
Whenever cotton candy is mentioned.
Whenever Rod describes his physique as being "puffy."
When Rod mentions trading for a closer at the deadline (double if he mentions the move after it’s been made). (H/T @MachineGunCory)
When Rod asks Mario if he got his workout in this morning (double if it's a home game). (H/T @bisonmessink)
8 DRINKS ————————————————
When Rod references his time with the 84 Tigers, take as many drinks as hits (8) that he had with the 84 Tigers.
Whenever Rod describes a player’s spin move as a “pirouette”
When showing the fans, you spot a Rod Allen poster where he is dressed up as Luigi. (double if on the road)
When Rod mentions Brennan Boesch’s numbers in New York (double if they are better than Torii Hunter’s).
Whenever Rod makes the statement “some kind of _____.” (IE: Some kind of smooth)
When Rod references Mario’s “fancy” education or large pay checks.
When Rod calls for the suicide squeeze.
When Rod says, "game within the game."
Whenever Rod references his playing time in Japan.
If Rod or Mario make a reference to Jim Leyland’s smoking habit (finish your drink if this leads to general silliness).
Anytime Rod offends a specific race of people. (H/T @andrewschreck)
10 DRINKS ———————————————
When Rod says that a broken bat “died a hero” on a hit.
When Rod openly questions a decision made by Leyland (finish your drink if Leyland has been ejected and Rod is questioning Lloyd McClendon).
When Rod says the Tigers are “beatin’ on the (opposing pitcher) like he stole something!”
When Rod says a player is "stylin' and profling."
When Rod says “get on with your bad self!”
Whenever a Tigers player gets a shaving cream pie to the face in a post-game interview.
12 DRINKS ——————————————
When Rod says “buggy whipped.”
When Armando Galarraga’s perfect game is mentioned.
If Rod references the Manti T’eo/Lennay Keku story when Matt Tuiasosopo’s name is mentioned.
When Rod mentions Beyonce (drink double if in reference to her show in Detroit this summer).
20 DRINKS ——————————————
When the footage of Rod charging the mound in Japan is shown.
When Rod mentions the "Rod Allen Drinking Game" on the air or on twitter.
THE GENERAL SILLINESS CLAUSE:
Two drinks may be had when Rod and/or Mario display general silliness. This rule can be applied in group or in individual play and can be declared before the game or invoked when the silliness occurs. General silliness can be loosely interpreted, as that’s why it’s not technically part of the rules. Experienced players will recognize this activity, which can include stepping over the play-by-play with yelps, screams or any array of noises, use of non-words, abundant laughing, or appearing overly giddy.