MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 01: A fan of Florida State Seminoles poses for a photo with a car door around his neck as he tailgates prior to the Seminoles playing against the Northern Illinois Huskies during the Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 1, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida.Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/Getty Images
You don’t have to be crazy to have a good time at a tailgate. But it sure does help… a lot. And no one’s going think any less of you for letting your freak flag fly in the parking lot on Sunday, or whenever the game happens to be. It’s all in the spirit of having fun and cheering on your team.
There are a lot of options out there for the crazy tailgater… so many that it can almost seem overwhelming. So your friends at Tailgate Fan have pulled together a few off-the-wall ideas as inspiration to get you started. Here we go.
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Palm Tree Inflatable Cooler ($16)
You know how a thirsty man longs for water at an oasis? Well this one will be filled with beer cans and bottles. The inflatable palm tree doesn’t offer much shade, but it does have plenty of room for ice to cool everything down. And think how inviting this oasis will look in the frozen parking lots outside Lambeau Field or Gillette Stadium in January.
This hard hat does a whole lot more than just protect your head (actually, we’re pretty sure it offers no protection at all). It funnels beer from two 12-ounce cans into your mouth. You can keep your hands free for food, a nerf football or, well, two more beer cans. Adjust the brim, grip that plastic straw between your teeth and let the beer flow.
Night games happen every week, and so too does night tailgating. How do you see the beer when it gets dark out? Answer: with more beer, of course. Hang these 10 full-sized beer can lights along your canopy to to light the way. They’re weather resistant for outdoor use. And you can string additional sets together so that no beer is left in the shadows.
A 12-foot-long flag will show the tailgating world the location of your tailgate. In fact, you’ll probably attract thirsty revelers for miles and miles around. But what good is a flag when it’s not windy outside? This flag stays open even when the wind dies. So run it up the aluminum pole (included), spike it into the ground and get the message out. The drinkers will come running.