MIAMI BEACH, UNITED STATES: Patrons at Shula's sports bar watch television's tuned to college basketball games 15 March 2007 in Miami Lakes, Florida. "March Madness", the annual ritual when office workers, students and even politicians go haywire over US college basketball, has gripped America with fans betting millions of dollars on their favorite teams. Photo Credit: Robert Sullivan/AFP/Getty Images
The field is set for this season’s big tournament, and the action will tip off later this week. With overlapping games all day long and into the night, a college basketball fan has no choice but to binge-watch the action until your eyes fall out of your head. Okay, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration. But does any work actually get done during the opening rounds?
Spending that much time in front of a television requires certain accommodations. We all have couches (or bar stools) and televisions. We all have a stash of takeout menus and a store that sells beer nearby. But what else does the avid college basketball fan need to have on hand?
Tailgate Fan knows, because we always know. Having been through this before, let us recommend a few things you’re sure to need.
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Crystal Clear Shot Glass Basketball Bar Game Set ($30.00)
Experts recommend looking away from your computer monitor to reduce the strain on your eyes. The same goes for televisions. So make room on the coffee table for the shot glass basketball bar game. When there’s a lull, line up the six shots of your favorite beverage, form teams and continue the action. Those who drain a shot, get to, um, drain a shot. Those who miss… well, maybe they get to drink too. You make up the rules. Before you know it, the actual game will be back on.
Monopolizing the television can cause problems with anyone who may want to, I don’t know, watch it. How dare they interrupt hour eight of the basketball marathon to catch up on spring training or NFL free agency? Haven’t they heard of the internet? Use the Magic Wand Remote Control to keep others from messing around with YOUR TV. This gesture-activated wand can be programmed with 13 different infrared commands (change channel, adjust volume, etc.) But since you’re the tech wizard, no one else will know what they are. Continue to watch comfortably, knowing you have complete control of the TV.
People will come over to watch the game(s). They’ll inevitably want a beer or four. And they’ll probably want you to get it for them, with 30 seconds left and the score tied. The Koolatron Mini Beer Keg Cooler lets them serve it themselves. The beer comes in five-liter gravity dispensing and pressurized kegs from many a fine beer distributor. But for your purposes, it works like a keg, sitting there until someone pulls the tap. The key, of course, is that someone refers to someone else. Cross “playing host” off the list of annoying basketball-watching interruptions.
You probably watch college basketball like it’s your job. But most of us still have to get up tomorrow morning and go to work. This app stays awake for all the games, even when you don’t. (That’s its job.) And the next day, when you’re actually on the clock, enjoy scores, stats, news, tweets and push notifications, all personalized for the teams you’re keeping tabs on. Follow up to eight games at once with the “all sports” scoreboard. And watch live college basketball via a mobile device.