MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 05: Fans of the Iowa Hawkeyes play a bean bag toss game in the parking lot while tailgating prior to the FedEx Orange Bowl against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Land Shark Stadium on January 5, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Photo Credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images
One of the best things about a tailgate party is that everyone is together. Being social via computer or smartphone isn’t the same thing as hanging out. You just can’t tailgate remotely.
With all your friends there, stuffed with barbeque, it’s time to play a few games. Here are some tailgating classics to keep you busy between beers.
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Fun Gripper Ball ($27)
Tackle football in a parking lot is no fun, so we play touch football. And the first thing you need for touch football, of course, is a ball. Rather than a regulation pigskin, which will get scuffed up on the pavement, go with a Fun Gripper ball. The day-glo colors allows for easy visibility, and an outer webbing makes it easy to grip or catch. And the soft construction won’t send anyone to the hospital if they get hit on the head with it.
Flag football is a good alternative to touch football. And now that we have the ball, we need the flags so we can choose up sides. The SKLZ Flag Football set allows for a rousing game of five on five. Two flags attach with Velcro to the nylon webbed belts worn by each player, and cones mark the goal lines. The set even comes with a rulebook, in case anyone forgets how to play football. Game on.
The best part about beer pong is the competitiveness… the camaraderie. Okay, we all know it’s the beer. With this portable Sistine Beer Pong Table, luck will definitely be on your side. The table unfolds from a 2′ x 2′ briefcase to become a regulation-sized eight feet long. The surface is waterproof and scratch resistant for those who get drunk or don’t know any better. A ball rack and a set of six balls are included gratis, as is that most useful accessory of all — the bottle opener.
Hand/eye coordination is what it’s all about when you’ve got to get that beanbag into the hole on that inclined board. Football fans can set up the legs on the wooden “football field” and make every play count, using bean bags to score a “touchdown.” Alternatively, you can turn it over to play conventional tossing. Those true competitors can keep score and use the smaller drink holder to keep a brew handy.
But for the cornhole purist, pull out the legs and set up the Tailgate Toss XL. Its heavy-duty wooden frame is regulation size (four feet long, two feet wide) and free of any distracting graphics. Each 16-ounce beanbag (eight included) is six inches square and filled with both poly resin and crushed river rock inside to make for a good heft.