Review: Best Gear for Your Homegate Party – Big is Better

Big is Better at the Homegate Party

The Homegate Party is catching on in many areas for a few reasons: weather, expense of reserving a parking space for the day, restrictions on what you can use and the limit on how much you can fit in your vehicle. While there’s nothing quite like actually being there for the tailgate party scene, if you have to homegate party, you can set it up so well that you can make it a memorable (read *fun*) day from start to finish.  Maybe by the pool … But mostly, this post is a general wrap about stuff that is way too big to be classed as portable.  We will add to it as we check out more and more useful products.  As well, we would love to hear about your experiences with the Homegate Party scene!

Weber Summit 7470001 by the pool for Homegating

Weber Summit 7470001 by the pool for Homegating

Essentially, the gear is similar.  However, you can be sure that nobody is going to stop you from setting up a smoker, a whizz-bang grill and pizza oven and blast the world with the loudest speakers money can buy.  After all, you’re in your own backyard or man cave. Scale is 9/10ths of the law – you can have Really Big Stuff at a homegate party.

Let’s start with the centerpiece of all tailgate parties or homegate parties – the grill.

As, for most homegating, the grill can be either built in, gargantuan and therefore, too big to take to parking lots, not portable or just dependent on charcoal or woodfire for fuel (which is banned in many lots), we are going straight to the grills that are the stuff dreams are made of.

The Weber Summit 7470001 670 Gas Grill for your homegate party

Even Weber calls this the ‘Jewel in the Crown’ and ‘The Top of the Line’. High praise and a lot of positive reviews on many sites.  I have not had the privilege of test-running one of these, but there’s always hope.  I have to be content with fondling them when spotted at Orchard, Lowe’s or Home Depot.

Weber Summit 747 closed

Weber Summit 747 pack shot !

Here is the grill I fantasize over.  It has a whopping 769 inch cooking surface. OMG, those steaks!

Summit with masses of homegating food

Summit with masses of homegate party food

This particular Weber BBQ grill has the number 747 in it – seems to be the jet class of BBQs in every way.  Note that the one pictured is a natural gas model requiring plumbing of a gas line to where you want to use it (by the pool man-cave or outdoor kitchen) but there are versions that run on propane.

It features

6 Snap-jet individual ignition controls – 6 large burners.

Sear Station

Side burner

A smoker burner and smoker box

Built in thermometer

Built in cart and a space for your tank if the propane model. Accessories shelf.

Rear mounted infra-red rotisserie burner

Cast aluminum construction of all cook boxes – this features cooking grates, burner tubes, Flavorizer Bars, and the grease management system. Angled just right, the Flavorizer bars catch drippings that smoke and sizzle, adding flavor to your food. Any drippings not vaporized by the Flavorizer bars follow the slope of their unique angle and are funneled away from the burner tubes, down into the grease management system. No more carcinogenic flare-ups that give the meat a smell of kerosene.

There are many design aspects of this amazing grill that are exclusive to the Weber company.  It will last a lifetime and create homegate party memories. Mostly, you in a Chef hat!

Weber Summit with Rotisserie

Weber Summit with Rotisserie

10 foot flexible hose included

Built in lighting illuminating the cooking surface.

Weber Summit with night lights

Weber Summit with night lights

It is worth reading the feedback on selling sites as it is so positive. People say this is the best investment they have ever made for outdoor cooking.  A Kegerator is the ideal companion.Read our article on Kegerators here.

Note that Made in America (Illinois) Weber Summit does require some assembly as it is only partially built in the box.  But it is easy stuff and you and your buds can knock the chore over in no time.  You have to factor in the extreme weight of the grill and all its components.  When you have it delivered, lay it all out on the floor of your garage and check that everything is in the box.  Try to put it in assembly order.  (This is an Ikea hint!)  And speaking of hints, Ms. Rawahide says ‘Just don’t break out the beer till it’s time to raise a celebratory brewski and christen the monster. Never drink and assemble.’

The Smoker

OK, so you CAN just use the Weber Summit for your smoking as well, but I believe it is sheer luxury to maintain a separate machine for each purpose.

The Bradley Smoker 33.5″ model

For starters, this is an electric smoker.  That’s different! But this is a large model.

Bradley Smoker 33.5

Bradley Electric Smoker 33.5″ gives you more time for drinking

 

You could also look at a wood-fired smoker but hear me out first … an electric smoker takes the chore out of feeding the moster with logs or charcoal.  That can easily consume the day and really, it’s all about the sport, the beer, the games, the beer, your friends, the beer and the food …and the beer.  Not the slaving over a hot smoker. The Bradley Original Smoker makes home smoking a doddle (as they say in the UK). With an automatic wood feeder system and consistent, accurate temperature control, you achieve the perfect smoke without the argument with the machine. The automatic wood bisquette feeder system enables clean, continuous smoke for up to eight hours without re-fueling.  That’s enough time to drain the kegerator, no?

The interior is easily cleaned stainless steel

Interior of the Bradley Smoker

Interior of the Bradley Smoker

The controls are at the side which makes them very accessible.  The Bradley site has lots of valuable hints and specifications.

We reviewed a full range of smokers and a few other accessories here.

There’s a lot of info and we do keep it updated as much as possible.  Let us know about any broken links or products that have had problems and we will follow it up straight away. Some suppliers remove products or have issues with supply and don’t let us know.

Games for The Homegate Party

Giant Yard Pong – a Massive version of Beer Pong

Giant Yard Pong for Homegating

Giant Yard Pong

Why settle for a normal sized Red Solo cup for a game of beer pong when you can have a set of these buckets? They are fun for the backyard game and wow, check out the expressions on the faces of your friends when you fill one with beer!  So you can get an idea of scale, here’s a photo of a whole set and how easy it is to transport it.

Yard Pong in carry bag

Yard Pong in carry bag

This is the classic game of beer pong only with a massive set up.  The buckets are sturdy and the balls float so it’s OK to take this to the beach or play around the pool.  Whether you drink that bucket of beer is up to you …

Giant Stacking Tower Drinking Game for Your Homegate Party

Giant Stacking Game with Drinking Instructions

Giant Stacking Game with Drinking Instructions

Here is that block stacking game with a twist.  Each of the 60 pieces of this stacking tower/tumbling game has a drinking instruction on it. It has a nifty carry bag so in theory, you CAN take this with you, but it is so large (up to 4 feet depending on whether you start it on an additional crate or not) that it really plays better at home.  Note that this is not Jenga nor affiliated in any way with that original game. But it is made of nice lumber and no splinters.

What do you like to do at your Homegate Party?  Let us know via the comments section and we will add them.  We will continue to update this article as we find specific products to recommend.

Happy Homegate Partying!

Rawhide.

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Best Tailgate Party Balls Reviewed

Wanna to make your tailgate party into not just a fun day but a workout at the same time?  Get your tailgate party kit some of the best tailgate party balls! We’ve awarded them all the title of ‘best’ as they all have their attributes depending on the game to be played. eg. This grippy ball that is just made for throwing and catching.

The Grip Zone ball

The Grip Zone ball – best tailgate party balls

 

After all, who doesn’t want to get into the spirit of the match by working off that huge beer-and-BBQ-gut with ball games, batting up a few hits or working your way around a car-park course of Disc Golf or Frisbeer?

Stickzee game for Frisbeer

Stickzee game for Frisbeer

 

Count me in.  In theory, I like to drink and exercise at the same time.  Or exercise and drink at the same time. Alternatively, I like to build an appetite with a tailgate party styled ball game or two while the ribs are smokin’ on the grill and the warm-ups are happening in the stadium.

There are so many great tailgate party ball games that I thought it was about time I sorted the wheat from the chaff and listed the a couple of fun activities worth shelling out for. Balls are compact, versatile and fun. #Igottheballs

The Game of 500 – the best tailgate party ball game evvahhhh!

How to play:

500 is the most widely played tailgate party ball game using a football.

Wilson Composite Football

Wilson Composite Football – best tailgate party balls for 500.

One player is designated thrower (quarterback) and the rest of the gang is made up of competitive and uncivilized receivers.  All you do is throw and catch.  Interference in the wackiest ways possible will only enhance the best ball game evvaaah.  Beer drinking will also enhance the game as it inspires creative interference.  The ball must be caught in the air for maximum scoring.  It’s a free-for-all battle and usually your neighbors end up joining the game.

Scoring

Ball caught in the air = 100 points.

Call caught on one bounce = 50 points.

First to 500 becomes the quarterback and throws for the next round.

The Best Balls For Tailgate Party Day

Jokes aside, you have to have the right balls for the game.

Wilson NFL Ultimate Composite Game Football (Official Size)

 

Tailgate Party Football Wilson

Best tailgate party ball – Wilson Tailgate Party Football

Clearly, you need a quality football.  It is important to choose a ball that is appropriate to your space and the size of the players.  If you are overwhelmed by little kids, maybe you should invest in a separate, more easily catchable ball for them and if surrounded by cars, trucks and glass, don’t use one that will be smashing any windows and windshields.

Guide to Tailgate Party Ball selection

Check out the range from the aspects of composition, shape, size, weight. I have have reviewed them for tailgate party use more so than for playing a full on game. ie. Limited space in many venues.

You can buy real leather, composite, plastic, NFL, Collegiate, Canadienne, Youth size and even Nerf.  Don’t be tempted to buy an Australian or Irish football.  These are not interchangeable – it’s actually a very different shape and the throwing (handball) technique is completely different.

Check your inflation once every few months and follow the direction on the pack for pressure.  You will need a pump with a ball inflating tip.

The Legendary Wilson Range is Great for Tailgate Parties

Wilson is the king of ball brands in sport, made legendary in the basketball version as Tom Hanks’ best friend in ‘Castaway’.  The Wilson official sized ball is game size and weight with deep pebble pattern on the skin and black laces and has been designed for an impressive flight characteristic suited for throwing and catching.  You can kick it, throw it, catch it or do spirals fast and slow.
Don’t over-inflate or it will be harder to catch.  It’s made of composite ‘leather’ and requires a wipe-down before use with a damp cloth.
Parking lot surfaces will naturally wear it out faster than grass will, but it’s not a high cost ball and will give good service for a few seasons.

Note that the composite balls are made in China and it is only the Wilson leather game balls that are USA made.  However, they are quality controlled and of a high standard and should give many seasons of playing regardless of surface played on.

Weight: 1.2 pounds.

Franklin Ball Maintenance Kit: Pump, Needles & Pressure Gauge

Franklin Ball Maintenance kit

For your best tailgate party balls -Franklin Ball Maintenance kit

Just for a few bucks, you can get this ball maintenance kit with the appropriate needles for inflation and a pressure gauge.  I recommend checking the rate at least every month to make sure that the ball is not over- inflated to make throwing and catching difficult.  No inflate-gate here! Compact 7.5 “ pump.  Proper air pressure will lengthen the life of balls.  Bring it to the tailgate party as part of your kit.

Wilson NFL Street Spiral Junior Football (Green & Black)

Best ball for tailgating parking lots

Best tailgate party ball for parking lots

Inspired by the street game, the Spiral is suited perfectly for tailgate parties as it is designed for recreational use rather than match use.  Celtics fans would love the green for the color alone.  Get one for St. Paddy’s day but put one or two in your tailgate party kit. They are very inexpensive. The Wilson football  a lot softer than pro balls but has a great grip and is high quality.

You can imagine it would look awesome during a spiral.

I would designate this as a perfect 500 ball as it will do less damage than others and is the ball you keep in the car for tailgating and any occasion when you are out and spot an empty park or recreation area where sporting missiles can be kicked or thrown.
Weight = 2 pounds so is not a total light-weight.

A Ball With Sound Effects

Nerf Aero Howler Orange

 

Nerf Howler is great for Tailgate Parties

Nerf Howler is a great ball for Tailgate Parties

Now for something really different. The Howler from Hasbro (Nerf) is a tailgate party staple and while designed over 20 years ago is still going strong.  It is one of the best balls for tailgate parties as it entertains. Even back then it could be thrown 100 yards.  But here is the 2013 version so I’m betting it goes even further.  It does no harm and is suitable for anyone over 5 which makes it an equally fabulous sport item for family tailgating or a mob of drunks.  The whistle tip makes a unique howling sound. Weighs just a few ounces and is available in many colors so you can match your team.

This is really made for competitive throwing so set up a measured course in the car park, invite your neighbors to play and tailgate party on!

Best Balls for Tailgate Party Night

So often, sporting events take place on gloomy days. It’s nice to know that there are ways to brighten up your tailgate party, play games and get exercise all at the same time.

Here is a selection of glow-in-the-dark or light-up balls.

Magma Light Up Football

Magma Light Ball

Magma Light Ball

The Magma Light up Football contains rugged LED lights that are activated by the kick or punch and stay illuminated for 30 seconds. It can be seen from 100 yards away. This football is Youth size 6 but I am thinking that adults who have been imbibing would appreciate the break of smaller ball. It’s made of rubber and is sturdy, bounces well and has excellent grip. The batteries will last for 20 hours of play and that could last you the entire season. Three lithium batteries are included and are easily replaceable.   Replacement LED / Battery kits available on Amazon – and to avoid any tailgate party disappointment if the lights get damaged or the battery drains too fast, have a few backups on hand as they are cheap. Night time tailgate party games never looked so good!

Magma Replacement LED Light Kit – The replacement kit for the Magma light up balls is only around $5 and you can get at most hardware stores or order one when you order your ball. The up to date details will be in your product box.

Be prepared!

Junk Ball Classic lightup bat and ball

Junk Ball light up

Junk Ball light up

In winter, early spring and late fall when the sun is setting at around 4:30 pm, the odds of tailgate parties happening in the dark are high.  Or you want to play ball games with your mates or the kids, you’re going to need all the help (light-wise) that you can get.

Here’s a nifty idea for those of you who like to tailgate at MLB games by playing your own ball game.

Franklin Sports Glomax Bat and Ball, 33-Inch

Tailgate for MLB? Here’s an alternative  light-up bat and ball!

 

Light Up Glomex Bat for tailgating

Light Up Glomex Bat for tailgating


The bat and ball light up on impact.

It is motion activated (by the hitting impact) and will stay lit for around three minutes before fading giving you time to retrieve the ball each time.

Take them to your MLB or other tailgate party and set up a game of pitch and hit or wiffle ball before or after the meal.

Kids aren’t the only humans to love them!

Franklin Sports Night Lightning Basketball

Night Lightning Basketball

Night Lightning Basketball

Available in Intermediate or Official size, the Night Lightning is the perfect winter time tailgate party basketball.  There are so many ball games that can be played in a tailgating lot using this bright, easily seen basketball that you are going to want one. Homegating, too, of course. Official B7 size is 29.5″ circumference and that is suited to anyone over 13. It has a lot of positive features in addition to the glow green styling:

It has pro width channels around it for superior handling.

The composite rubber cover has been designed for maximum grip with a lightly dimpled surface.

Polyester wound lining provides superior shape retention and protection from damage or puncturing in play.

Black and super bright green that glows in the dark with its luminous surface.  My experience with these phosophorescent items is that you have to leave them in the sun for a few hours to kick start the process. If the ball goes dull, do it again to re-charge.

Pump it up well before use.  It is a very study, well-made ball.

The phosphorescent green part will scrape off if you play on a rough surface.  But for tailgate parties, this is one of the best ball games.

Light-up Soccer Ball – LED-lighted Glow in the Dark, Full Size

Light up soccer ball for your tailgate party games

Light up soccer ball for your tailgate party games

Here’s the best ball you need for impromptu soccer moves at a tailgate party!

It is identical to the Volley ball but is soccer shaped, a full-sized ball and is OK to take the kind of punishment footballers dish out though it has the LED lights inside and therefore, isn’t quite as sturdy as an empty ball.  Suits tailgate parties at soccer fields, tailgating at other games when you want to kick and dribble a ball with beer in hand.

Having the segments light up rather than coloring the whole ball makes it easy in the gloom for players to figure out the path of the play.
Batteries for the lights last for ages and are simple to replace!

HINT:  Give the ball a good wipe with a damp cloth before use to avoid the stickiness of the rubber.

Light-up Soccer Ball

Another soccer version.  It can be seen several hundred yards away. Soccer is great at tailgate parties and you can follow the rules for frisbee golf and kick this around the parking lot.

Glow City Lightup soccer ball

Glow City Lightup soccer ball

LED Lighted Full Size Glow in the Dark Light Up Volley-ball

Tailgate party game volley-ball - it lights up!

Tailgate party game volley-ball – it lights up!

Tailgate parties at Volley-Ball Matches?  Maybe …  but be careful about reading any restrictions regarding drinking and grilling in the area. More to the point  – you can play volley ball at any other sport’s tailgate parties.

Unlike the phosphorescent ball above, this one has LED lights inside it and they light up, glowing really brightly through the orange segments. The lights will last for hours – in fact, right through the tailgate party.

Note that while volley ball is a great tailgate party game due to its small footprint, this ball is quite heavy and players at full standard may experience soreness of wrists.

It is shipped with spare batteries and requires inflation when you receive it.  The batteries are easily replaceable.
Don’t use it as a soccer ball as the lights will die if you kick it.  There are alternatives for other ball handling techniques.

 

Not Balls But Tailgate Party Throwables

Nite Ize Flashflight LED Light Up Flying Disc

Lightup Flying Disc for Frisbeer

Lightup Flying Disc for Frisbeer

OK, so it’s not in the best ball for tailgating category but I wish I had stats on how many tailgate party dudes actually play with Flying Discs, Frisbees or whatever you like to call them.   The number would be high because you have the organized folk who play Disc Golf, the guys who do tricks and others who like to throw and catch.  Still more just play with their dogs.

This Illuminated flying disc was designed by a passionate player who didn’t stop playing after sundown.  It is aerodynamically well designed and made and lightweight considering the machinery in it.  There are grooves for the lights but these don’t interfere with play nor create a hazard.  Switch it on and 100,000 hour flashlight LED lights up along these patented fiber-optic lines from rim to rim.  (10.5” in diameter).

American designed and made, it is available in many colors.  Very popular and well manufactured in every way. It’s great for tailgate parties.

Battery change is simple – 2 x CR 2016 3V lithium batteries for maximum brightness.  The disc will go dim in the lead up to the need for battery change so you will have plenty of notice.  The batteries can be bought everywhere and it is handy to have some on hand, but don’t buy these too far ahead as they do go ‘stale’ if stored incorrectly.  Save on shipping by ordering a few backups with the disc.  Brighten up your tailgate parties!

More Tailgate Party fun with the Flash Flight Disc-O

Flash Flight Disc-O for brilliant tailgating

Flash Flight Disc-O for brilliant tailgating

Very solid state, this is a different version of an illuminated disc but from another manufacturer.  The main point of difference is that the Flash Flight does have a number of different colored lights (re, green, blue, orange and pink) and it scrolls through them in a sequence 3 seconds at a time.  The blue is a little dim, but the other colors are awesome.

Users love it but have commented that the on-off switch which is a push-button can be problematic and suggest that before you start using it, open the battery case, push the contacts down far then re-insert the batteries again.  You can also place a small tag of tough adhesive or Duct tape over the on-off switch.  It looks amazing in flight when some expert has been able to achieve a long throw.

Each primary color needs a different battery – the batteries mentioned above (Blue-green needs 2 x CR 2016 3 V or 2  DL 2016 3V and red needs 1 CR 2430 3 V.

Yes, you can play a casual, non-official game of Disc Golf using these illuminated flying discs but they are not acceptable in the ‘League’ but, hey, all we want is some fun at a tailgate party in the car park. No room to play at Met-Life Stadium L and be selective at the LA Coliseum where lots are small and expensive.

 

And a Bonus Round That While Not A Ball will Make You Jump For Joy!

Flybar Foam Master Pogo Stick

A pogo stick is awesome fun at tailgate parties.

A pogo stick is awesome fun at tailgate parties.

So it’s not a ball but this springy pogo stick can be great transport around the parking lot .  Buy a few and your guests can stage pogo races.  It has non-slip rubber on the tip and easy to grip handles.  The limit it will support is 80 to 160 pounds so bounce on this before the BBQ, ribs, corn-dogs and beer.  It has a one-year warranty.  Flybar is a well-known manufacturer of extreme toys like this and have created this from a tough as heck metal frame covered in precision-molded foam.  The foot pads can be replaced if they wear. You can actually play ball games on a pogo stick – try kicking the ball with your stick while landing or taking off.  Amazing fun.

NOTE:  Wear a bike helmet for safety.

If you like that, check out the awesome …

Flybar 800 Pogo Stick

Flybar pogo stick + Beer = tailgate party fun

Flybar pogo stick + Beer = tailgate party fun

Once you have mastered the Foam Master pogo stick, you will be ready to perform tricks on the Flybar 800 which is the one you would need if you were auditioning for ‘America’s Got Talent’ with Pogo Stick acrobatics.  This has the ability to jump 4 feet high and supports guys 80 – 180 pounds.  It has been reinvented for the 21st century and really is poles apart from the pogo sticks from days of yore.  SBI Enterprises has been manufacturing pogo sticks since 1918 and developed a reputation as the industry leader. In fact, the company is the original holder of the Hansburg Pogo patents. Although SBI experienced steady success over the years, Mr. Arginsky, the company president,  continually searched for an opportunity to develop a product that would bring the “excitement of elevation” to a new level.

A few of these at a tailgate party would be awesome fun and with the skill to do somersaults and complete flips, you’ll be able to double your enjoyment of your beers: once on the way down and again on the way up.  Yaaaaaaay!

Seriously though, it is so much fun and so well-designed that it even has a stowable adjustment tool so that you can adjust the pistons for the size of the jump.    The patent on these is for the fully adjustable elastometric spring system taking the old 1950s pogo stick to a futuristic fun machine.  The design minimizes impact on knees.

NOTE:  Please wear protective gear, especially a helmet.  Suited for all ages over 9 and males and females. And when the beer kicks in, maybe stick to the ball games!

The message is, whatever your taste, ball games are great fun, but there’s something inexpensive out there that can really jazz up your tailgate party games so try them out. I know you will love them as much as my buds do.

 

 

 

Sports Trivia Games – Best For Tailgating 2016-17

Playing sports trivia games at Tailgate parties is a tried and tested tradition.  It takes you gently through all kinds of weather and states of sobriety. No matter how many beers you have had, it’s always fun to display your knowledge, or not.  In fact, “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?’ would be great if they filled the Green Room with booze and the contestants had to be buzzed or above.  IMHO.

A lot of party animals make up their own questions and score in a random way but I have found some really great kits that do all this for you.  Check them out!

Ways to play are via phone, Kindle or computer or you can fall back on (and this is what we prefer) those packs of trivia cards for a specific sport or for all sports.  Let’s start with the apps.

BEST SPORTS TRIVIA GAMES – APPS FOR ANDROID

Android Smart Phone NFL NHL MLB NBA MLS Logo Quiz App – Free

Logo Quiz App for Android - free

Logo Quiz App for Android – free

FREE is good, right?  So here’s a range of free apps  for sports trivia games that are based on team logos and knowledge.  They appeal to all ages and are designed to run on Android phones.

There are 140 logos, 6 levels to conquer and 4 hints per logo.  Correct guesses give you additional hints. The app is updated and is a developing game so the numerous typos and spelling errors probably can be forgiven but it may frustrate those used to more precise quizzes.  For group play, Bluetooth it into your Smart TV and play in teams.

There’s no NHL on there.

Soccer levels are hard for non-fans.

New versions could be worth looking at and as it is free, hey, what’s the problem?

From Bubble Quiz Games

Android Smart Phone – All Star Sports Trivia Games

Best Sports Trivia - Mobi app for NFL

Best Sports Trivia – Mobi app for all sports

OK, so this paid-for sports trivia games app is a definite must for blue-toothing to your big screen, all gathering around it and taking turns in answering a set.  Speed and accuracy of picking the multiple choice answer is paramount and the questions range around all sports or you can pick a particular game that you’ve got some expertise in.

This is real Sports Bar stuff and the questions range from easy to darn hard.  Do some prep for your tailgate party quizzes by working through this large selection of questions.  Mobifusion, the makers are still working on it, fixing any glitches.  The display looks like ‘Millionaire’ and your sports trivia game results can be posted on Facebook. Compete against your buddies or against the computer.  It has bookmarks and is user-friendly intuitive interactive.  Hey, it even has car racing and don’t forget tailgating happens at rallies, F-1, stock-car, burn-out and other 4 wheeler events.

Trivia. No sport is off limits and questions- ranging from easy to hard- cover football, basketball, hockey, baseball, soccer, and more! Challenge a friend to the All-Star Sports Trivia game, save your score, and post your all time best record on Facebook. Invite your friends to play and impress your buddies with how much you know about the best sports teams and players of all time!

I had a wild time playing this sports trivia game with the computer but then some friends came over to visit.  After a few beers, we were shouting out answers and it really was fun.  Particularly useful in the car-park when you are restricted by small spaces or weather but always great for home-gating.

From Mobifusion.

Not free.

NCAA March Madness Basketball Trivia Game app.

 

NCAA March Madness Trivia

NCAA March Madness Trivia

The trivia in this app is pretty much off the wall stuff from the Collegiate league (unauthorized) and it is competing with the highly established ESPN game.  There are over 1000 questions but believe me, you will burn through those in no time.  Its saving grace is that it is from Mobifusion and they do other games as well and are upgrading apps continually and adding questions so it won’t get outdated if you continue to load the notified updates.

Challenge a friend to the game, save your score, and track your success statistics. Questions are timed and points are based on how fast an answer is supplied. If a player leaves a quiz and returns the game will pick up where it was left off. Players can e-mail or SMS their friends for help on a question by tapping the mail icon on the bottom menu bar.

Again, Bluetooth and a big TV will make this more fun, but you could make it a car for the journey to and from the tailgate party.

From Mobifusion.

Not free.

Android Smartphone Pocket Trivia: NFL Football

 

Best Sports Trivia - football

Best Sports Trivia – football

Based on American Football, it isn’t an authorized NFL app, but it has umpteen questions for sports trivia games based solely on that conference and its stars over many years.  It has a randomizer feature that ensures that games are not repeated verbatim over and over,  it’s good for tailgate parties and will initially provide a quiet respite from more boisterous games unless, of course, you are playing Extreme Trivia.  This requires that people who choose a wrong answer must Skøl a shot or a beer.  As an app it is timer based so it keeps the party moving right along.  Can become hilarious, and again, synch it up with your TV or big screen display so that everyone can see the questions and chime in with their answers.  Good for team playing as well as one-on-one or alone.  Or everyone except the driver can play on the way to the game.

Based on multiple choice questions.

Use it to train for ‘Jeopardy’ … go on and win the big prize and then you can say you ‘owe it all to tailgating’.

Not free, but not expensive either. From Trivia Labs

BEST SPORTS TRIVIA GAMES – CARD GAMES

New York Yankees All About Baseball  – sports trivia games – cards

Best Baseball Trivia Game

Best Sports Trivia Game – All About Baseball

Here’s a specialized Yankees baseball sports trivia games with 250 questions written by a sports expert on sets of cards.  250 questions is not too many and as a hostess gift at a tailgate party, stocking stuffer or any occasion present, this is a nice item for a Yankees fan.  It’s handy on a car or plane trip (though on a plane you might annoy the people around you) but I think as a component in your repertoire of drinking games this is worth its price.

How do you turn this into a drinking game?  Say, a chug for every wrong answer …

On the listing it does state that it is “recommended for ages 1” and yes, there are some hard-drinking, tailgating baby geniuses out there who just happen to root for the Yankees, but I am thinking it is probably a misprint.

Yankee fans any age would enjoy this and should take a pack in their pocket at all times.

BEST SPORTS TRIVIA GAMES – BOARD GAMES

NFL Gridiron Trivia Challenge

Best Sports Trivia - NFL Gridiron Trivia Challenge

Best Sports Trivia – NFL Gridiron Trivia Challenge

You can either read the cards to learn stuff about Gridiron and how it is played or actually play the game.

It is presented in a 10” square chunky box similar to other board games with cards and a board included.

To win, you’ll need more than football knowledge and luck on your side because strategy is what separates this unique trivia game from the pack. Every move must be calculated – offense or defense – just like the real thing. 5 categories of questions – Offense, Defense, Honors, Teams & Audibles – it can actually train players in the language and art of Football plays.

The object is to control a 25-box playing field by strategically picking questions (straight from the NFL Archives) and correctly answering them to win boxes and points while blocking your opponent from doing the same.. Ages 13+ and can be played by 2 players or teams

I like the idea of this game as it does contain that chess-like thinking process (as does the game of football).  Ideal for existing fans of the game, wanna be fans and foreigners who have no idea what the game is about.  They’ll learn, believe me.

In summary, this is a great game to pull out and play at tailgate parties because you can play as individuals or in teams.

Again, you can adapt this for drinking games by penalizing the losers or rewarding the winners.  My preference would be to do that on every play and use a shot glass, refilling it after every draining.

ESPN 21st Century Trivia – sports trivia games

Best Sports Trivia Games -ESPN 21st Century Trivia

Best Sports Trivia Games -ESPN 21st Century Trivia

This game has been around and popular for five years and even though it is dated, has the fundamentals down pretty well.

Say your tailgate party is rained out – you can’t play Disc Golf or other outdoorsy games.  What to do?  Well, this popular trivia game – ESPN 21st Century Trivia – is fun and has a number of features that set it apart from other board games.

Sports trivia questions and fast-action game play include Chalk Talk and Instant Replay which challenge you to get your head thinking and your heart pumping, everything being on a time limit. Beat the shot clock as you battle your opponents; race around the board and win the game.  There are 1,000 questions about your favorite sports like football; skateboarding; BMX racing; baseball; college and more! The “Chalk Talk” card feature requires that you sketch sports terms like “Kiss the glass”; “Snow cone” or “Half pipe”; the “Instant Replay” card requires you to act out a “Hail Mary”; “No look pass” or “SportsCenter”. It’s fun, and even better when beer is involved.

The Game box includes 1,000 trivia questions; 150 “Talk Chalk” and “Instant Replay” challenges; stopwatch; dice; game board and 4 sport-themed movers.

Recommended ages 8+ but there is a whole new level for adults playing this at a boozy tailgate party.  You can play in teams and watch the fun unwind.

ESPN All Sports Trivia Challenge Game – Tailgate Edition

Best Sports Trivia Games - ESPN All Sports Challenge

Best Sports Trivia Games – ESPN All Sports Challenge

This ESPN Trivia Game is similar to the one above, but built around the full range of sports and has half the questions so these people have the attention span of the tailgate partiers figured out nicely.  It’s the tailgate party edition.  You might want to buy some additional question packs from any of the trivia cards available.  Otherwise you will know this one off by heart in no time at all.  Then again, if you are using it as a drinking game, you won’t remember much at all.

ESPN has released many versions of the boxed game.  It is a quality item but I am for buying a few sets and combining them to make the game last longer for a morning-afternoon-night of chugging as the winner or loser.  More fun as a drinking game.

I like the idea of including all sports but if you prefer the more specialized games, then you have that choice in the kits above.

Pressman ESPN Jeopardy Game

Best Sports Trivia Games - Jeopardy

Best Sports Trivia Games – Jeopardy

Combining Pressman and ESPN to create a Jeopardy Sports Trivia game is a good idea.  It contains an electronic unit for buzzing in and each player has their own sports-themed sound effect. Final Jeopardy counts down with the ESPN Sports Center theme.

There are 1000 well-researched and verified questions as is expected with the Jeopardy team.

3-5 players – Age 12 to Adult.  Requires a certain stash of sporting trivia knowledge and is aimed at ESPN viewers which is why team playing may be more fun than solo.

Of course, you can convert this to a drinking game by penalizing wrong answers and rewarding right ones.  The urbane, smooth as silk Mr. Trebek, is not included with the game.

You need batteries for the unit.

Note that this game is now discontinued and discounted  and has been replaced by DVR based Jeopardy games but there are still some available.

Cardinal Industries Sports Illustrated Trivia Tin

Best Sports Trivia Game - Cardinal Industries Sports Illustrated Trivia Tin

Best Sports Trivia Game – Cardinal Industries Sports Illustrated Trivia Tin

Now ya talkin’!  This is the Sports Illustrated Trivia tin.  Contents are low tech, cards and a scoring pad. It’s really well packed in a collector tin which makes it so easy to bring to the tailgate party.

Inexpensive but contains 1000 questions on all sports and my advice is to immediately see this as the tailgate party drinking game to break the ice.  The questions are designed to inform players about a heap of sports.

And the ‘Sports Illustrated Cover Girl’ of 2017 will be ….

NHL All About Hockey Trivia

Best Sports Trivia Games - NHL

Best Sports Trivia Games – NHL

NHL has its own officially licensed hockey trivia game and an excellent range of easy to difficult questions spanning the history of the league from the beginning to 2008/09. Most trivia games are no fun because nobody can get any of the questions right, especially when there is beer involved which, even I must admit, there usually is at a tailgate party.  I like trivia games as an icebreaker and put people in teams.  When the question is answered correctly, everyone downs a shot or a beer.

It’s nice to find a boxed set like this that is based on that brave, northern sport where the yelling out of the word ‘Puck!” doesn’t raise an eyebrow.  Contains 1000 expertly written questions.

Love hockey? Well, here’s another great Hockey-themed game:

Spot it NHL

Best Sports Trivia Games - Spot It

Best Sports Trivia Games – Spot It

You can buy an NBL version too, but the hockey one is cute as it is packed in a puck.  The object of the game is to learn the teams by logo and kids love this as much as drinkers.

It’s a speed game, the players having to recognize the logos of the teams fast to keep things going sort of like a sophisticated version of ‘Snap’ but with a purpose.  Buy the kids their own set and keep one in the tailgate party kit.

The NBL version is:

Best Sports Trivia Games - Spot It NBL

Best Sports Trivia Games – Spot It NBL

Has similar features to the hockey version  but of course, is all about baseball.  I am hoping that all the other sports are released soon as this game is a lot of fun.

BEST SPORTS TRIVIA GAMES – OLDE WORLDE (80s!) GAME

FX-318 Fox Sports Baseball Trivia

Best Sports Trivia Games - Fox Baseball

Best Sports Trivia Games – Fox Baseball

Not sure what people who have trivia apps and smartphones would think of this very 1980s style trivia game, but it’s kinda cool in its own retro way.  Contains 1500 questions and tons  of sports info.  Based on baseball. Pardon the pun.  Features a stadium locator/ electronic game of which I am not sure of the currency – those stadiums change their sponsors a lot. Needs batteries and is supplied with the first set but all that buzzing and display will chew through them.  This game is getting hard to find so if you think your tailgate party kit could do with some inexpensive push button fun, then this may be for you so nab it fast.

I’ll add games to this list when I find good ones.  There are some pretty rank ones on the market (with just a few cards or only 50 questions) and they are not really worth buying unless they can be constantly updated and added to.

And if you find some you love and we haven’t listed, let us know!

Happy tailgate partying!

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Tailgate Party Games: Frisbeer

Who really knows what the origin of the popular tailgate party game Frisbeer is?  People love to claim it as their own invention.  One theory is that Beer Frisbee (Frisbeer) is Canadian. Players there were rumored to have used old, sawed off hockey sticks with pucks tapped to them to stand beer bottles on, but this seems like a load of hogwash to me. Since then, variations of the game and rules have emerged in every nation (well, maybe not North Korea or Iran) , wherever people tailgate, get together around a beer or go to have fun. Although Frisbeer has a strong following and is fast gaining popularity, it is still relatively new and is still being formalized with rules and standards. But in fact, it’s a simple process that is the best icebreaker at tailgating events.

Frisbeer is like tee ball with a Frisbee.

Matching cups or empty beer bottles (use the fake ones that don’t shatter) are balanced on top of tees or posts that are roughly 4 feet high (chest height) and hammered into the ground or mounted solidly in stands. By the end of the game, you too will be hammered.

The aim is to throw a Frisbee, one-handed, at the cups or posts from about 25 yards away (1 car space = 10 feet wide on average) . Players stand at the poles, opposite ends.

Each player must have a beer or full cup in the non-throwing hand on every play, thus you are throwing and catching one-handed. The goal is to catch the Frisbee before it touches the ground, or if it hits the post or cup to catch the cup without spillage before it hits the ground.

Players/teams alternate turns throwing one at a time and the non-throwers have to defend their poles by preventing the bottle from hitting the ground, catching the disc and not spilling their beer.  No striking the poles is allowed.

First to 21 hits wins and you get your points like this (or ad-lib your own rules)

Successful bottle hit = win point

Spilled drink = lose point

Successful disc catch = win point

Loser chugs his/her drink.

Winner get to drink his/her drink.

So you see, the point is to get inebriated.  But you’re getting exercise, right?

The Best Frisbeer Equipment

When you are buying Frisbeer equipment, check the following characteristics:

All equipment should be durable – Frisbees and posts get knocked around quite a bit.

Look for a weather-proof set – bits and pieces are sure to be left in the elements if you play it in the yard, and you do need them to be UV resistant.

Discs should be light.  The heavier ones will hurt when they hit you and are much harder to catch one-handed.  The official Frisbee weight is 175 grams but some sets contain discs that are as light as 110grams.

As an option, see if you can track one down that matches your team colors and keep that theme happening.

Easy to set up and easy to store.

Check that poles can be mounted either in the turf, garden or on blacktop or concrete.  There should be an optional tripod system or stands for the poles.

Frisbeer combines elements of virtually all outdoor games and lawn sports. Throwing, catching, strategy, teamwork, offense, and defense are part of every toss in game play. The game can be played with 2 players or 2 teams and teams are way more fun – never thought I’d say this but one on one demands too much drinking even for me and watching some of the nerdy guys for college getting into it – priceless.

Portable Metal Disc Frisbee Golf Goal Set Comes with 6 Discs – By Trademark Innovations

Ideal for Frisbeer, frisbee golf game

Ideal for Frisbeer, frisbee golf game

The set includes 6 Frisbees, stakes for stability and an upper and lower basket.  Easy to transport and put together on site. Good for playing in small spaces.  Designed to play on turf or other soft surface and if you take this tailgating you will need to purchase some tripods for the poles separately.  It is easy to set up and take down.

Poleish Sports Standard Game Set with Soft Surface Spike

Poleish Sports Standard Game Set

Poleish Sports Standard Game Set

The game can be set up in less than a minute.

Suitable for 20, 30 or 40 foot long areas so is equally good for kids and adults.

Contents of the kit are 2 x non-breakable ‘bottles’, 2 x telescoping metal pols for use on sand or turf

Built in scoring system on the pole.

Holders for use on hard surfaces (pavement, gymnasium floor or blacktop).

Has a metal frame which is sturdier than many plastic versions.

The disc is quite hard plastic, however, it is weighted so that it will not fly away in the wind.

Accessories sold separately include a multi-surface base with built-in cup.  If you don’t want to buy that one, you can dummy up a couple of crossed planks and using a hole-cutter of the same size as the poles, make a stand.  But that seems too much work and the stand is not expensive.

Base for above system.

FYI, here’s the base that you can buy for the My Pole-ish game.  Seems pretty good and could be useful for other applications especially on windy days.  You can fill it with water or sand to make it super heavy duty.  Water is quite enough for most tailgate party situations as it would be a drag to be lugging sand to the game.  Just be sure to drain well before you put it back in the car and dry it before storing.  Note that the supplied game bag is big enough to contain 2 of these.  They are shipped free if you buy the game so that is a bonus!  Personally, I prefer to use these than the spikes as digging divots in lawns is just not friendly behavior.

Regent-Halex Tailgate Disc Stix Game

Regent-Halex Tailgate Disc Stix Game

Regent-Halex Tailgate Disc Stix Game

This is a nice idea for a game set, packaged well in its own carry bag, but appears to be way too flimsy to take a Frisbee being thrown at it over and over.  The poles are not sturdy and PVC will bend if too thin but it does come with its own built in stand.

The Best Frisbees / Discs For Throwing

Even just throwing a disc or Frisbee is great tailgate party fun as there are so many variations on ways to play.  Throw, catch, do spins, throw high or play in teams, play Ultimate or disc golf.

You need to check that the disc (Frisbee is a registered name and there are many knock-off versions) is heavy enough to fly but light enough to catch.  If you are swamped with ankle-biters, just get them their own size.  Adult Frisbees are often too rugged for little hands.

Discraft 175 gram Ultra Star Sport Disc (Many Colors) – official disc of the USA 1991

Discraft 175 gram Ultra Star Sport Disc

Discraft 175 gram Ultra Star Sport Disc

Listed among the 31 things all men should own by Esquire Magazine, this is the world standard for the sport of Ultimate.  The USA won the gold, Australia the silver and Canada the Bronze in the 2013 Ultimate Championships in Colombia.  Never heard of it?  What is Ultimate, do I hear?  It’s a game that requires a heck of a lot of space, is like a Frisbee version of soccer and combines fat passes/throws with a heap of running and catching.  At a tailgate party or home-gating, you can play a scaled down version quite successfully and why not go for the pro-discs as they cost less than $10 which makes them extremely affordable for you and your guests.  This model comes in a heap of designs and colors.  It’s 175 grams and the foil color on the discs vary so that you and your guests never need to be confused about which one is in play.  Everyone loves Frisbees, from Dad, Mom to the family dog.  Takes up no space at all, you can make up game rules on the run according to the location of the tailgate event.  Keep one in the car at all times in case you pass an empty football field.

Good for all weathers.

Ergonomcally well balanced and designed.

Simple fun for the tailgate party.

Made in the USA.

High quality.

 

Innova Blizzard Boss Disc Golf Driver (variable weights)

Best Frisbeer Gear - Innova Championship Disc

Best Frisbeer Gear – Innova Championship Disc

There’s a range of price points for the Innova Blizzard Boss and that’s because it is a high tech version for specific throwers. A super long range, super fast little disc for sidearm or backhand throwers in particularly.  It handles moderate headwinds well because of the design, will float, dependable stability.  Pro and advanced users say that it has a slight high speed turn which helps maximize distance with a predictable fade.

Comes in many colors.

Sturdy engineering and manufacturing makes this a popular item. Doesn’t shatter when you hit a tree or other obstacle.  Ideal for Disc Golf due to the potential precision of its turns and directions.
Weight is 130 grams.

This is also a good substitute disc for any of the frisbees that come as standard in boxed games of Frisbeer as it is lightweight.

Discraft Ultra-Star 175G Ultimate Disc – Eagle Full Color

Best Frisbeer Gear - Discraft Ultimate 175 g disc

Best Frisbeer Gear – Discraft Ultimate 175 g disc

Here’s the ultimate in patriotic discs and yes, it has the word ‘Ultimate’ in its name.  Emblazoned with a eagle, it would have to make you proud to take and use this at a tailgate party.  Good gift for our troops too.

Well manufactured and its graphic alone is worth the price even if you didn’t know that it is ‘official’ 175 grams and therefore, competition standard.  But hey, even though we only want to play at a tailgate party we want something that flies well, is easy to catch and manipulate and good looking and this ticks all those boxes.  Excellent for small spaces as well as on wide open courses and good for throw and catch as well as Frisbeer and Disc Golf.  A very versatile disc.

Enjoy the game and happy tailgating!

 

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33 of the Best Tailgate Party Games – A Monster List for 2017!

Best tailgate party games are those involving beer – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Despite what your mother says, beer pong is a sport – Abraham Lincoln

Ok – the source of those quotes might not be accurate but surely Lincoln had some knowledge of the best tailgate party games out there and Emerson had to drink something while pumping out his philosophy. And, so will you after reading this monster list of the 30 no make that 33 best tailgate party games for 2016 including the classics like cornhole, beer pong and ladder toss as well as games you might never have heard of like Barbuzzo, Ringstix and Rollors.

The Best Tailgate Party Games Bring out the Kid in You.

Beer Pong Champ trophy

Beer Pong Champ trophy

Beer Pong Champion award

Beer Pong Champion award

But you can still drink beer, right?  Of course, tailgate games aren’t just about laughs in the parking lot at tailgate parties.  Some are now becoming recognized as a Pro sport – The American Cornhole Organization offers $20k to the winner of The Cornhole Cup!  So don’t let your Mom tell you you’re wasting your time tailgating. Because you’re not. You’re in serious training mode and testing the capacity of your bladder is just part of the skill.

Here’s an ever growing and always updating list of almost all known tailgate games with links to the best products you can buy for the ultimate game-play experience. No more broken cornhole boards, bent dizzy bats or rickety toss boards though. Gaming these days is serious business at tailgate parties and the game sets themselves are made of high quality materials.

Winning this would be a life highlight.

Beer Pong Personalized trophy

Beer Pong Personalized trophy

They  include your team’s logo and come with all the accessories you’ll ever need.  Some are even made in the U.S.A. and not imported from you know where.

So grab a cold one, head out to the pre-game party site and get ready to play the best tailgate party games available!

Best tailgate party games:

Let’s start with the new kids on the block.  We were told about this game by one of our readers and followed it up.  Yes, it’s a pretty good game and gaining in popularity.

Pocket Passer Football – Throwing Backyard and Tailgate Party Kit

Pocket Passer Football boards

Pocket Passer Football boards

Pocket Passer Football in play

Pocket Passer – a new tailgate party game

Pocket Passer is a great game that combines cornhole, beer and footballs for the most fun you can have at a tailgate party.  It was created in Colorado where beer and games go together like love and marriage. Yep, a lot of fun and sometimes there’s shouting.

Anyway, the game was designed by a mechanical engineer who is a great sports fan and tailgater so of course,the game combines a lot of his interests.  Think cornhole but then imagine throwing a football and winning points according to the markings on the boards.  And there is drinking….

There’s no assembly required and everything you need is in the kit. Made in the USA and that’s a rare thing.

And here’s another one (prepare to see this one on one of those TV investment type shows – we think it will sell really well)

The QB54 Football Toss Game

QB54 combo chairs and football toss game

QB54 combo chairs and football toss game

 

What can I say?  It’s multi-purpose, folds into a small space so that’s great for transporting.  it can be played at a tailgate party, home-gating, back yard, beach, local park or anywhere.  It is not expensive as far as games go.   You get the whole kit which is 2 chairs, football, goal posts, carry bags and instructions.

I haven’t yet tracked one down to get my hands around and play but the maker is insistent that we will love it.  Plus it is the latest big fad.

Free shipping too!

If you buy it, please leave some feedback as until I see one in person, I’m just reviewing on the basis of loving the idea behind it.  I don’t know how many pounds the chairs hold etc. but I am sure someone out there will let us know!

 

Cornhole – tailgate party game perennial:

 

Cornhole is a perennial tailgate party game

Cornhole is a perennial tailgate party game

71kwScZlZrL._SL1500_The game is said to have been invented by Native Americans (or 14th century Germans, or Kentucky farmers depending on who you believe).  Cornhole is the staple game of any tailgate party so it deserves a permanent spot on our Best Tailgate Party Games list.  It’s probably the most popular, being super easy to learn and the most fun, with or without being liquored up.

Two raised rectangular boards, each with a hole on the far end (the ‘cornhole’), are placed 27 feet apart. Players take turns to toss bean bags (or other soft missiles) towards the opposing board, scoring 3 points if the bag lands in the hole and 1 point if the bag lands on the platform. The first to 21 points wins.

AKA: Tailgate Toss, Bean bag toss, corn toss, bag, bags.

Gear required: Two boards, 4 bags each team, Scoreboard, drinks holder. Beer.

A lot of people claim that this is the best game ever for tailgate parties with great prices at the moment.  You be the judge!

Ladder Toss (or Testicle Toss as it’s known as in some parts):

Ladder Toss Game for tailgate parties

Ladder Toss Game for tailgate parties

 

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Played by throwing two balls connected by a string (a ‘bola’) at a ladder with three rungs, Ladder Toss is an old, traditional favorite at tailgate parties. Each rung has a different point value (usually 1, 2 and 3 from top to bottom). The awesome thing about ladder toss is that you can play either offensively (by aiming to get the highest points in a round) or defensively (by knocking your opponent’s bolas off the ladder). The first to 21 points is the winner.

AKA: Ladder Ball, Football Toss, Balls Awesome, Hillbilly Golf, Testicle Toss, Ghetto Golf, Dog Balls, Lasso Golf, Dangle Ball, Sling Nuts, Ladder Golf (which is a patented version of the game).

Gear required: Two ladders, 6 bolas, scoreboard, drink holder. Beer.

Beer Pong for tailgate party games booziness:

OK, who doesn’t know this game?  (No hands went up …)

Beer Pong is an awesome sport because it has beer!

Beer Pong is an awesome sport because it has beer!

The core of the action involves copious drinking of beer. Nothing wrong with this so far. I look forward to many training sessions.

Beer Pong

This is also a game that you can play with up to 8 people (who all get to drink beer). So, after you’ve drunk some beers, fill up a few plastic cups (with beer) – it really doesn’t matter how many cups, as long as they are arranged in a triangle (usually five or six). Each player (or team) takes turns to shoot or bounce ping-pong balls into their opponent’s cup and then when the target has been achieved, the player then has to drink the cup’s contents. The empty cup then goes back into the triangle and if you land a ball into that empty cup, you must drink one of your own cups of beer. The first player (or team) to eliminate the other team’s cups wins.  That description made more sense before I started training.

AKA: Beirut, Throw Pong

Gear required: 1 x Regulation size Beer Pong Table (8′ x 2′ x 27.5″); Six, ten (or more) 16-US-fluid-ounce (470ml) disposable plastic cups (eg. red Solo cups) – the best ones to use have ridges for precise measurement of beer – plus a cup per team (for rinsing the ball with water between plays); 38mm or 40mm ping pong balls and I recommend the hydrogen filled style; Paddles if you are playing the paddle version. Note that the table is available in team livery and you can pick up this table for a really good price right now!

Beer, beer and more beer (light beer is recommended if you are planning several games, dark beer for the nursing mothers (come on, I read somewhere it’s excellent for lactation) and normal brewski for the read of us, but I’ve heard that sometimes… *shudder*… root beer or coke is used…). Mucho cerveza makes the tailgate party games even more fun.

Pong on Fire 2.0

Best Games for Tailgate Parties - Pong on Fire

Best Games for Tailgate Parties – Pong on Fire

This exciting game combines ‘Capture the Flag’ and Beer Pong consists of a set of round cards that protect your beer from being polluted by ping pong balls.  Some of the cards also have the flag on them and three hits on three cards and that player wins.  The cards fit nicely into the standard Red Solo Cup and the cards are sturdy and well printed with fun stuff on them.  I think it is a great twist on an old game.  Beer, of course, is always the reward.

Washer Toss – an olde worlde tailgate party game:

This is very similar to Beer Pong but with some variation.

Washer Toss is a great tailgate party game

Washer Toss is a great tailgate party game

Washer Toss Game set

You can make your own washers or buy one of the smart, multi-colored sets available and supercheap in the leadup to tailgate party season.

Standing approximately 10 paces from the washer box (a 2′ x 2′ box with a 6-inch pipe in the middle) players pitch a washer, aiming to get it in the cup or at least 1-foot from the box. Scoring is 5 points for a washer that lands in the cup, 3 points inside the box, 2 points lying on the top edge of the box and 1 point if it lands within 1 foot of the box. First to 21 wins.

AKA: Washer Pitch, Holeyboard, Portuguese Horse-shoes, Washers, Washer Toss.

Gear required: 2 x Washer Boxes; Carpet; Pipe; 4 x Washes, scoreboard, drink holder, Beer.

Flip Cup – this tailgate party game is fun

All you need is a table and some cups.  Oh.  I forgot to mention. Beer. You can use your beer pong table which is a versatile piece of equipment.

Flip Cup or Beer Pong Table

Flip Cup or Beer Pong Table

Hilarious, challenging and perfect for a large group since each team must have at least three people lined up on each side of a table.

Each player holds a cup filled with their beverage of choice and the game works kind of like a relay except, rather than pass a baton, players skøl the drink, place it on the edge of the table and flick the cup from underneath so it lands mouth down and then it is the next player’s turn. The aim is to be the first team to finish. Fun times will be had by all.

FLIP CUP:

AKA: Taps, Flippy Cup, Tippy Cup, Boat Race, Beer On A Table Race

Gear required: Table (which can be used for other games and serving if you like), Plastic Cups, Beer

NFL Trivia – tailgate party game in a small box

NFL Gridiron Trivia Challenge

NFL Gridiron Trivia Challenge

Great game for a big group or just two people and even funnier after you’ve had a few drinks. One person calls out the name of an NFL player from any era and the other has to name the college that the player attended within 10 seconds. This game is always more fun when bluffs and outrageous insults and lies are involved but when that gets a little tedious try using the questions from board games like this one.

It has over 1500 NFL related questions on Offense, Defense, Honors, Teams & Audibles it’s definitely for die-hard fans.

AKA: Game-Day Trivia, Q & A

Gear required: List of questions and answers. Scorecard. Beer or shots to reward the winner after each round or after each question depending on your liquor tolerance.

500 – a throwing/catching tailgate party game

I don’t know if 500 is more fun before or after beer – maybe that’s a metaphor for life. Anyway, we all know this game since we’ve been playing it since pre-school. But just in case you’ve never heard of it, the idea behind 500 is for one player to throw the ball to a large group of people who battle it out to catch the ball in the air. Rules do not include ‘no interference’ so you can slap the arms of your opponents, knock them to the ground or just cuss them out etc.

Catching the ball in the air is worth 100 points, one bounce is 50 points. First to 500 wins and is quarterback for the next round.

What usually happens is that your sedate game of pitch and catch soon attracts every gamer in the parking lot and becomes a free-for-all as the players grapple for the ball. More fun that way but maybe only let people join your game if they bring a beer or two or you’ll be wishing you had invested in the large sized kegerator.

500 is similar to: Ultimate Frisbee; Kickball 300 (kicking is involved… of the ball).

Gear required: Ball, Frisbee, Beer as reward for winner, penalty for losers, you decide.

Tailgate 500 The Tabletop Game (not 500 the ball/Frisbee game or the card game).

Tailgate Party 500 Game

Tailgate Party 500 Game

This game was designed by tailgate party animals but they also made it kid friendly so you need to make a choice whether it is for the ankle-biters or for you.  A clue here is that the ‘course’ is made of vinyl resistant material to avoid spilled beer.  I have never played this game but if you are taking a table, it would be fun to set it up.  Everything is in the box.  I note that it is listed as unavailable on amazon.com but I am thinking that a few orders would make them ramp up their production again.

Gear required: Everything is included in the kit. Rules, chips, markers and course printed on heavy duty vinyl etc..

Frisbeer – frisbee meets beer for a tailgate party game:

Discraft 175 gram Disc

Tailgate Party Game: Frisbeer

Frisbeer frisbee

Frisbeer frisbee

The best rule in this game is that each player has to have a beer in hand on every play. It’s kind of like a hybrid of horse-shoe toss and flip-cup with two sets of goals at least 20 feet apart. The goals should be only slightly wider than the frisbee and with 4 solo cups placed upside-down on top. Usually I use the 12 oz cups but you could use the 18 oz cups for a quicker mellowing of your tailgate party guests.

Red Solo Cups Wholesale

Red Solo Cups Wholesale

Each player stands behind the goals and attempt to catch the frisbee before it hits the ground. 3 points for a clean pass through the goal, 1 point if you knock a cup onto the ground. A team loses 1 point if they fail to catch the frisbee before it hits the ground and there is a 3 point penalty to a player who drops their beer plus you must finish everyone’s beer before playing continues. First to 11 wins.

AKA: Beer Frisbee, Polish Horseshoes, Spanish Horseshoes, Frisbeer; French Darts; Beersbee; Poleish™

Poleish equipment for tailgate parties is essential and versatile

Poleish equipment for tailgate parties is essential and versatile

Equipment: Frisbee, 2x Goal Posts such as these Sea Turtle ones, Beer, Cups

Chandeliers – similar to the tailgate party game of beer pong:

Li'l Reds Mini Party Shot glasses

Li’l Reds Mini Party Shot glasses

This game will get you drunker faster than any other tailgate game in this list. A small shot glass of liquor is put in the center of the table and each player has a larger glass of beer arranged in a circle around the shot-glass. Players bounce quarters into the glasses and if the quarter lands in their glass, they have to drink. If it lands in another player’s glass then they have to drink. If the quarter lands in the center glass then every player chugs and the last one to put down their glass also has to empty the center shot-glass. You can also play this with plastic cups and a ping pong ball but playing with some unusual little shot glasses really adds to your personal tailgate party style.

AKA Quarters

Gear required: 1 Shot glass (or plastic cup), 1 x larger shot glass (or plastic cup) for each player, Quarters (or ping pong balls), Beer, Liquor, probably a bucket and a towel…

 

Ring Toss:

In other lands this is known as Quoits.

Ring toss set is easy to pack

Ring Toss Set is easy to pack

You don’t really see too many people playing this while tailgating unless they have free-standing stakes (you can’t hammer the stakes into the ground).  I’ve included it because without this simple version of the tossing game we might never have had those greater versions.  Plus I noticed that at this site the kit is really cheap at the moment and it is suited to all ages. Players toss plastic, rope, rubber or even braided fabric rings over five large pegs or stakes which are traditionally placed in the formation of an ‘X’ with one center peg and four marking each point. You can also use narrow beer bottles – which is where it becomes important for tailgating parties as the player gets to keep any of the bottles they toss a ring onto. 5 rings per round, 1 point for each ‘ringer’.  Kind of like a fairground game.  Winner takes all, each stake representing a drink or a can or a bottle, however you want to set it up.

AKA Horse Shoe, Ring-a-bottle (when you use bottles instead of pegs);

Gear required: 2 colored rope, rubber, fabric, plastic or other throwable rings each player. 5 stakes, bottles, cans.  You can improvise.  Beer as needed – for awards, for consoling losers. Whatever you decide.

Dizzy Bat – a tailgate party game that doubles the buzz

Dizzy Bat tailgating

He who drinks fastest plays longest

Dizzy Bat is a perfect drinking game as it neatly combines drinking with an acceptable physical activity.

The full description of the game plus instructions on how to play can be found here.

It can be played anywhere such as on the beach where bikinis are suitable attire.

Dizzy Bat on the beach

Dizzy Bat on the beach

But mostly, I like this game when tailgate partying because people actually expect noise there.

Gear required: The bat, a stopwatch if you want to be accurate. Some chanting.  Beer.

KanJam

Kan Jam is America's Tailgate Party Sport

Kan Jam is America’s Tailgate Party Sport

This is a highly accurate flying disc game suited to parking lot tailgate parties.  The player needs to aim the disc at a slot on specially manufactured cans and plunk it into the cans.  It is challenging, needs an accurate throw and great fun and the winners of each round really earn their beers.  This is available in a smart, easily transportable inexpensive kit but of course if you are a cheapskate, you can make your own white-trash version from a couple of Frisbees and a beer box with a wide slit cut in it with a box-cutter. Transfer the contents of the aforesaid box to a cooler and drink the contents as you play rewarding each successful throw with a bottle.

Gear required: 2 frisbees or other flying discs, 2 cans with slits and weighted at the base so that they don’t tip over.  Or you can just by the kit by clicking on the picture above.

Poleish

Poleish Bottle Bash game tailgating for Volley Ball

Poleish Bottle Bash game tailgating for Volley Ball

Poleish is really Ladder Toss by another name but it can be optimized for tailgate party games in the parking lot with the Poleish Sports Multi Surface Bases which let you play what many feel to be one of the best Tailgate Party games on hard surfaces like concrete or gyms.  Note that there is a trend now to tailgate at some volley ball matches and surf championships.  Be very aware of the local By-Laws on alcohol and at least carry yours in a respectable container.

This is the Glask.

Glask - glove-flask hybrid for, well, you know.

Glask – glove-flask hybrid for, well, you know.

 

 

Spikeball

Spikeball is an ideal tailgate party game

Spikeball is an ideal tailgate party game

Here’s a fast and furious game played 2 on 2 that is kind of a shrunken down volley-ball match.  Central to the game is a small hula hoop sized trampoline style net which is placed at ankle height between the players. You whack the palm-sized ball down on the net so that it ricochets up at your opponents. They have up to three hits between them (just like volleyball) to control it and bounce it back to you. When they miss, you score. First team to 21 wins. That magic number again.  21. Winning team gets to drink and play against the next 2 players and this could go on until the champs are frothing at the mouth.

Perfect for the parking lot at the tailgate party as it takes up so little space, transports easily. Also it is selling for quite a bit cheaper than the MSRP at the moment so maybe pick up a set.

Gear required: Springy net on its stand,  ball (3 are supplied), scoreboard, beer.

Speedminton S600 new version of old tailgate party game for 2016.

Updated Speedminton game for tailgate parties

Updated Speedminton game for tailgate parties

Depending on the location of your tailgate party, you may like to set this fast, heavy-bird version of badminton up.  You do require a bit of space but there is also an 8 player version that will allow you to include your neighbors.

A game is played to 16 points. Serve from the center of your playing field and players alternate service every three points. Play best-of-five to win a match.

You can insert a light into the base of each Speeder to allow for night playing or in dim to dark conditions.

It all comes packed in a neat carry bag which contains 2 Speedracquets, 3 Speeders, 4 Speedlights, wind-ring for all-weather play which makes the Speeder heavier and more controllable, 8 cones for court marking.  But freestyle playing (no court) has its own anarchical fun and a beer a point scored is protocol and fair.

The advantage of buying the kit is that it is neat and compact.

What you get in the basic Speedminton kit

What you get in the basic Speedminton kit

Gear required: The kit. You can extend the game by buying multiple kits. Click on the picture for details of where to purchase.  Beer.

Basketpong – variation on an old tailgate party game

BasketPong for tailgate party fun

BasketPong for tailgate party fun

Basketpong is what you do if you don’t have space for, or don’t own a Beer pong table.  It’s loads of fun and there is also a half court version (one stand).  Quite solidly made, it has the fun capacity and compactness you need for transporting to the parking lot tailgate party.  Durable and cleverly designed. The manufacturer says that  ‘Xtreme Pong Sports’ Portable BasketPong Game is a revolutionary and portable tailgating game with a compact setup and vertical backboard. The backboard has 8 slots to insert rims in 1 of 3 skill level patterns – Pro, All-Star or Xtreme. BasketPong is designed for 1-on-1 competition or for teams of 2 with a shooting distance of 8 feet and playing height of 6 feet. This product contains 2 games for full court play. Each unit is designed for portability and breaks down to it’s own self-contained carrying case (28″ W x 22″ L x 4″ D) that weighs approximately 12 pounds per game. Backboard color may vary ( blue/ red). ‘

Looks great and I am looking forward to trying it out (which I have yet to do).  Check out the picture as it is quite clear how the game is played.  I am leaning towards this as an alternative to the tabletop version as I like the idea that it packs into a suitcase really compactly, the base of which becomes a splashboard for your booze.

BasketPong packs compactly for tailgate party fun

BasketPong packs compactly for tailgate party fun

Gear required: Kit, cups, a ton of ping pong balls, Beer.

Barbuzzo – Spin the Shot

Barbuzzo Spin the Shot

Barbuzzo Spin the Shot

This is self-explanatory and graces the bar.  Anyone sitting around the table or bar can have a spin and whoever the red pointer lands on must skøl the shot.

Drink that Shot! Drink that Shot!

Drink that Shot! Drink that Shot!

Gear required:  This little gadget, a bottle of Don Julio or Patron’s finest or just play it with beer.  You do need a stable surface to stand it on or it won’t swivel effectively.  Did I say it is an ideal inexpensive gift for Dad, Bro or Man Crush?  Well, it is.

RingStix

Ringstix in action for the tailgate party

Ringstix in action for the tailgate party

Ringstix

This is a totally new type of game, winner of some toy awards, inexpensive and challenging, as the missile launcher swords require some skill and practice to be able to project the rings a long way. Manufacturers claim that the rings can fly up to 50 yards and as the game has caught on, players are building in some tricky moves.  Seems like a fun idea once you get used to the twist of the launcher. Otherwise it is a game of catch with that high tech variation.  Fun in the parking lot at your tailgate party as there is a glow in the dark ring which will take you through dusk.  (Charge it up by leaving it in the sun to attract the rays during the day or under a light at night).

You can play in teams each team member taking it in turns.  Winning teams gets – you guessed it – beer.

Gear required: Launchers and plastic hoops/rings. Beer as prizes.

Sports Catchers

Louisville Slugger Canvas Sports Catcher

Louisville Slugger Canvas Sports Catcher

When you are in the parking lot, it is a great idea to have something that stops your ball from flying clear across the lot.

You and your friends can pitch or throw to your hearts content without the fear of pitching into someone’s car or into outer space.

We suggest that the beer should be given to anyone who hits 5 targets in a row.

The catcher can be assembled at your tailgate party and is a smart looking and good value, sturdy accessory for your games.  A nice windbreak too. Frame size: 75″H x 48″W.

Gear required: Catcher, balls, beer.

Anywhere Table Tennis

Wild Sports Anywhere Table Tennis Set

Wild Sports Anywhere Table Tennis Set

This little table tennis set can be erected anywhere even on your Beer Pong table.  It contains the net, stands, balls and paddles all packed in a mesh bag.  You just provide your scoreboard.  Of course it’s not regulation but then awarding a shot a game isn’t either.  To ramp it up, I like to impose a time limit on the game.

Gear required: Kit from Wild Sports, Scoreboard, Table with an edge for the net to clamp to as it is spring loaded.  Perhaps bring a couple of heavy duty clamps as a backup if you are using the beer pong table. Beer.

Drunken Ships

Drunken Ships - battleships with booze

Drunken Ships – battleships with booze

We used to play Battleships in class but Drunken Ships would have been so much more interesting, especially in Mr. Kelly’s math lessons.  It has been called the Drinking game of the year.   Play one on one or in teams on the familiar grid, but shots are key to how the game operates. It’s easy to transport to the parking lot.  All you do is provide the beverage (often vodka or tequila) and bring a couple of whiteboard markers to spare.

OK, the object of the game (instead of guessing where the ships are located) is to guess the opponent’s drink location and if you guess right, they have to slam it down.  Mark your guesses on the erasable grid with the marker.  Easy. Last player standing wins.

Gear required: Drunken Ships Kit. A couple of spare whiteboard markers (erasable). A couple of spare shot glasses in case of breakage. A table to sit at. Booze.

Cross Boccia Urban Bocce – fabric balls play anywhere

Cross Boccia Bocce game

Cross Boccia Bocce game

Bocce is a great game but often at the parking lot, there’s really nowhere to play.  Cross Boccia rip-stop fabric ball bocce balls are the answer, being perfect for playing anywhere there is no special gravel playing surface.  The balls are constructed of durable rip-stop material that will play on any surface – lawn, blacktop, concrete, carpet – and are double-stitched for long-lasting play. The set includes 6 player balls with scoring marks and one target ball in a bright white color for easy score-keeping. Game rules and instructions are included and it’s all packed in a mesh bag.  Winning teams get beer to celebrate. Losing teams get beer to drown their sorrows.  You could, of course, play ‘a Shot for a shot’.  It’s up to you.

Gear required: Kit. Chalk to mark out your course.  Scoreboard. Beer.

Maranda Enterprises Rollors Game Kit

Rollors is one of the best games for 2016

Rollors Game kit is solidly made and suits all ages

Rollors Game Kit 2

This combines the fun of horseshoes, bocce ball and bowling with a goodly amount of liquid refreshment.  That is, if you add the rule that losing players must quaff a shot or a draft.

This was invented by a US Airforce Airman as he was flying 35,000 feet over Afghanistan so kudos to him and may he prosper.  Designed in great-looking wood, it has a set of discs that you need to roll on edge as close to the pyramid shaped goals without the discs falling over on their flat sides.  The rollors are not super heavy so it can be played by any age yet it combines the skills you have picked up from cornhole and ring toss and maybe bocce. The game is picking up in popularity and is comparatively new and average affordable price point but a few are popping up in parking lots at tailgate parties as the differences in the courses you set up just add to the fun.  Winners get beer.  Losers get … beer.

Gear required: The kit. A small measuring ruler such as a bowls measure to determine winners in close calls or otherwise you will end up duking it out. Beer.

Tackle Buddy

Inflatable Tackle Buddy NY Giants

Inflatable Tackle Buddy NY Giants

I’ve included this as it’s not just a cute item for kids, but could become the target of a pitching or disc throwing game.  Or you can stand it on your car roof so that your friends can find you in the parking lot so they know where your tailgate fun is going to be.

It’s an inflatable, team-themed critter that you can punch, tackle or throw stuff at to knock it over and it will get right on back up.  It’s pretty cheap and a fun novelty, probably won’t last for years, more like a season but that’s OK at this price.  You can play knock-em-down with the bocce balls listed above too.  This one is NY Giants but of course, you can get them for most teams and conferences.  Very cheap at the moment.

Gear required: Maybe a pool toy puncture kit in case you wreck it on the first day. Beer.  No particular tie up to drinking and this toy is really just for a bit of added fun.

Franklin Sports Fold N Go Shooters Tailgate Game

Franklin Fold-n-go shooters tailgate game

Franklin Fold-n-go shooters tailgate game

Franklin Fold-n-go shooters tailgate game2 Franklin Fold-n-go shooters tailgate game3

Portable cornhole kits are easy to find but this one is highly recommended, folds neatly, compact (25 x 10 inches and 5 inches high) and contains instructions, rules, balls and everything you need for a game.  All packed neatly in its own bag which is what you want for transporting to the tailgate party in the parking lot.

Supply your own…you guessed it ….beer.

•••The update on this is that availability is tough at the moment.  Send them a message, say you are putting in an order and a few orders may generate a reprint/re-cut of the boards.  It is a great products.

Mölkky

Mölky Scatter Outdoor Game for tailgate parties

Mölkky Scatter Outdoor Game for tailgate parties

Scatter Outdoor game

Mölkky is a skittles/scatter game from Finland and has gained in popularity all around the world with its neat, wooden kit.  The object of the game is to knock down numbered skittles and first to 50 wins.  Winner gets a beer unless they are under 21, or 4 in Europe.  The set is beautifully crafted, sturdy and is packed in its own box which is compact to pack when you are tailgating.  Does not require a heap of space so is ideal for the parking lot.  You can also play indoors.  Suits anyone over 4 years old and is fun at any age.

Gear required: Kit. Plus beer, wine for the 4 year old Europeans and Solo cups.

Kubb

 

Kubb Game - What Vikings do at a tailgate party

Kubb Game – What Vikings do at a tailgate party

What Vikings do at a Tailgate Party

As we are in the Scandinavian region where nights are white and long, let’s look at another of their fun pastimes.  Kubb.  It’s another game for the whole family, compact, beautifully made and fun to play.  The Original Kubb Game Red Crown is made of sustainable, plantation grown, 100% hardwood. Europeans play this well known game on the lawn, party, beach, camp game and carpet. The box contains 1 pc King w/ Red Crown, 6 pcs Throwing Sticks, 10 pcs Knights, 4 pcs Area markers, 1 pc Carrying Bag Rule book, Full Color Recyclable Carton which you can store the pieces in.  Suited to all ages and inexpensive considering the craftsmanship.  Winners get beer.

Gear required: The kit.  Solo cups. Beer to award to winners.

H-Box Pro Hockey Box Game with Aluminum Sticks

Box hockey game for tailgate parties

Box hockey game for tailgate parties

Box hockey would be perfect to take to the parking lot for NHL games and your tailgate party would be the envy of all.  This skill-building set comes in an easily erected kit featuring aluminum hockey sticks with nylon tips.  The course has a specific surface that ensures high speed playing. Takes a lot of energy, but sit down between games and have a beer.  The game is set up the same as a real hockey game but in miniature.  You can play with 20 people tournament style, fast and furious, using all the same muscles and stick play as in hockey.  It’s a bit spendy but will last for years and is also suitable for kids (sans beer).   Pro hockey players sometimes use this as a warm-up game!  So in actual fact, you can turn your tailgate party into a fitness regime.

Gear required: Kit. Scoreboard. Beers.

Tejo Tailgate Party Game

Tejo Tailgate Party Game

Tejo Tailgate Party Game

 

This is the Tejo Pro kit and really the only one I would consider as it will last for years.  Made in the USA and packed in a great backpack, its pieces are smooth and easy to play with.  Best played on sand and lawn (and the pucks are guaranteed for life in that case) you can adapt this to the parking lot tailgate party and that also can motivate you to find the space nearest to a stretch of nice green grass.  The game is similar to horse-shoes but you don’t need any strength to throw these little beasties.  The container is quite compact and we just leave ours in the trunk of the car and play when we are out anywhere.  Quite an addictive game!

Gear required:  Tejo Kit.  Beer.

Point Pong Beer Pong Set

Point Pong - the kit at a tailgate party

Point Pong – the kit at a tailgate party

Point Pong at a tailgate Party Game tourney

Even though for the purposes of the tailgate party this is no selling point, the makers want you to know that Point Pong is ‘taking the beer out of beer pong’ and it can be a family point game. This could be played in the backyard, pool, tailgate, house party or in the Man Cave. It would be great competition for intramural teams or individual games. With Point Pong, the cups do not need any liquid as they are recessed in the table. I like that idea except for the fatal flaw.  What does the winner (or loser depending on your rules) get to drink? Fill up those cups anyway! It comes complete with 2 tables, 22 cups and 6 balls in a light weight carry bag. It also floats in the pool. Point Pong won the “Best non licensed Tailgate Product Award” at the 2015 Sports License & Tailgate Show the “Best Tailgate Game” award by Tailgater Monthly magazine in 2012. Very portable game – at 13 lbs, Point Pong, is 1/2 the weight of regular pong tables. Point Pong has just been awarded a US Patent. Buy local !

FINALLY THE ALL IMPORTANT GAME CHANT!

You can write your own chants at the tailgate party and shout them loudly when games are in progress.  You have to make your presence felt in the parking lot and it really adds to the atmosphere.

Here are some I collected and you can adapt these to you teams, games and group and while you are partying in the lot, you can practice the team chants as well:

1. Two bits, four bits, six bits, a dollar,

All for the (team name), stand up and holler!

2. We don’t wear tights and skirts,
we only wear our drinking shirts!
GO (player name here)!

3. Vic-tor-y, vic-tor-y
How do you spell vic–
Split that V, dot that i,

Curl that C-T-O-R-Y!”

“Let’s go, Let’s go
L-e-t-s g-o
Let’s go!”

4. Pump, pump, pump it up, pump that (PLAYER) spirit up!

5. (Player name) fans, in the stands, yell go, go!
(Player name) fans, in the stands, yell fight, fight!

6. Move it, move it, move that ball!
Down, Down, down the field
Up, Up, Up the score
Down the field
Up the score
We want more!

7. Berries, berries,
berries ‘n cream,
what’s the matter with the other team?
Nothing, nothing, nothing at all,
They just can’t play ball!

8. What time is it?
Game time!
What time is it?
Game time!
Any dogs in the house?
Roof, roof, roof!
Any dogs in the house?
Roof,roof,roof!
9. Gold and Green

Gold and green

go Packers go!

10. We are (clap clap) Sea-Hawks! (clap clap) We are (clap clap) Sea-Hawks! (clap clap)

11. Maori Haka:

Ka mate, ka mate! Ka ora! ka ora!
Ka mate! Ka mate! Ka ora! Ka ora!
Tenei te tangata puhuruhuru
Nana nei i tiki mai whakawhiti te ra
A upa … ne! ka upa … ne!
A upane kaupane whiti te ra!

12. OLAYYY OLAY OLAY OLAYYYY

13. (Flip Cup) Down, Up, Down, Drink!

 

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The Best Ring Toss Sets For The Tailgate Party

Ring toss games or horseshoe games are almost the most fun at a tailgate party.  Everyone knows how the game is played – it’s in the national consciousness.  The echoing ker-clunk of metal ring on stake is almost deafening in parking lots and a sweet, sweet sound that says ‘fun’ with every contact.  Judging by the number of successful throws, beer-drinking is no impediment to the game. There are a lot of sets out there. But if you want to know where to find the best ring toss sets then read on!

Did you know that there is a National Horseshoe Pitchers Association of America?  Yes, that is what ‘NHPA’ stands for.  It’s official, the art of Ring Toss  (interchangeable with the game of horseshoe pitching) is a serious sport, not just something played by drunks in a parking lots at tailgate parties.

That being said, some of my favorite throwing games have been played with a bunch of inebriated, liquored-up buddies and Ring Toss is one of the best.  You need some equipment of course, so I thought I would take a look around at the choices and see which ones measure up.

There are many kits on the market from Target, K-Mart and other chains but those put together by specialist suppliers seem to stand up to all the stuff you can throw at it way better.  Choosing an NHPA approved set designed by the pro-players is vital.  This will ensure high quality and balanced playing parts without defects so you have more control over your game. High quality materials and finish will prevent chipping, abrasion, corrosion and weathering. Of course, if it’s ‘Made in USA’ there’s a guarantee of quality and you’re creating some job opportunities for the locals. It’s worth the investment to buy a good set that will last for years.  Let’s start with the best, the highly rated Pro brands.

St. Pierre American Professional Horseshoe Set

St. Pierre American Professional Horseshoe Set

St. Pierre American Professional Horseshoe Set

This Professional American horseshoe pitching set is designed by a former world champion.  It’s approved by the NHPA for professional and tournament play. The shoes are engineered to ring the stake with a dead fall, and more weight is forged into the toe calks (tips) for better balance in the turn and its longer tips grab the stakes for more ringers. Ideal for leagues, clubs and serious players. This set includes 4 American horseshoes, 2 solid steel 24″ long stakes, the official rulebook according to the pro leagues, and court layout instructions. St. Pierre shoes are drop forged of solid steel and then given exclusive smooth, electrostatically applied baked-on powder coating, a finish that’s more resistant to chipping, abrasion, corrosion and weathering than ordinary paint. You can’t beat powder coating for durability and lack of rusting though they can chip during normal wear.  The finger positioner lets you play like a pro and the raised thumb grip allows for flipping. Only St. Pierre offers this durable, attractive finish. The weight is distributed for maximum balance and control, and each component meets the official size and weight requirements of the National Horseshoe Pitchers’ Association. Made in the U.S.A.

HINT: The powder coating may chip and if you need to repaint, don’t throw the item away.  It is easily fixed by sanding off rough edges and loose paint, use some spray metal primer, dry that coat and then recoat with the matching spray metal paint.  Keep some on hand and touch up your gear and you will prolong the life of your set.

Some people like to set the stakes in concrete stands which they then transport to the parking lot.  This stops them from loosening during the game.  They need to protrude 15” out of the ground.

This set is shipped in a plastic container but I would invest in a better carry bag to keep it in so that you don’t lose the parts.

St. Pierre Presidential Edition Horseshoe Set

St. Pierre Presidential Edition Horseshoe Set

St. Pierre Presidential Edition Horseshoe Set

The St. Pierre Presidential Edition Horseshoe Set lets you enjoy the unique design and quality of a professional set along with an eye-catching durable wood storage case.   Each horseshoe has a specially created tip that will circle the stake with a better balance and a heavier fall and this allows more ringers to be thrown. Those who enjoy a friendly competition or love the game of horseshoes will surely enjoy the top quality of this set. Set of four professional-quality horseshoes 2 silver and 2 gold. Professional-quality steel horseshoes. Durable wood storage/carrying case included. Tip is created for better balance and heavier fall. Includes 2 x 24-inch stakes which can be mounted into a concrete block when you are in the parking lot.

High quality rig and this version has a great carry case.  The shoes are silver and gold, but many users like to spray paint to their team colors which is obviously great and the added bonus is that the rings are easier to see when they fall.

Gordon Professional Pitching Horseshoes

Gordon Professional Pitching Horseshoes

Gordon Professional Pitching Horseshoes

Fills the bill for size and quality as they are NHPA Sanctioned for Tournament Play.

Tough as nails as they are made blacksmith style, with drop-forged construction and they are made from carbon steel.

The finish is a high quality electrostatic black surface, rust proof as long as you care for it as you would a seasoned iron pan. (oil it)

Guaranteed for a year against breakage.

They weight more than a kilo or 2 pounds 8 oz which is classed as ‘medium weight’ for competition.  (Your package will be around 5 pounds).

Note that there are no stakes with this pair of shoes; you need to supply your own.

Many World Champs swear by this brand for its choice in colors, durability and finish and its forged shape is very player-friendly for all levels of the game, pitching styles and skill levels.  Note that some people who buy the colored, powder-coated ones leave the tips colored and sand-blast the rest of the paint off.   Your choice!

They are made in China but to the USA Gordon company specifications.

Tejo (alternative for those without the strength for Horseshoes)

Tejo Pro Game Set

Tejo Pro Game Set

Tejo is a new addition to the tailgate party game scene, patent pending with its proprietary material disks and target.  Most people are addicted after the first game. Anyone can play – kids of all ages and adults.  It’s very lightweight.  Strength does not determine playing ability. It won’t weigh your tailgate party games kit down and very easy to transport in its own carry-bag.  It’s sort of like a combination of horseshoes and bocce or petanque and special site or equipment are not required.

Rules and how to play are included and the set is almost indestructible.

Made in the USA which these days is really unusual!

Cactus Ring Toss

Cactus Beverage Cooler Ring Toss Game

Cactus Beverage Cooler Ring Toss Game


Here’s a combo of a game and a drinks cooler.  More of a toy than a sports set, it can be taken to the tailgate party site, inflated at your party, filled with ice around the base to keep it stable.  There’s a set of light-weight rings to toss over the arms of the cactus.

Nice little novelty item, but for hard-core players and drinkers, it probably wouldn’t last very long.  Great for kids’ parties though.

Vinyl Inflatable Alligator Ring Toss Game

Inflatable Alligator Ring Toss Game

Inflatable Alligator Ring Toss Game

OK, so you root for the Florida Gators NCAA football team?  Then this (also inflatable) cute ring-toss game might just be for your tailgate party.  Another inflatable, it’s a ‘gator indeed.  Has a perky tail and head over which you, drunk or sober can pitch lightweight rings and keep score.

You might think this is a little below you beefy pro horseshoe toss champs but it is cheap and a lot of fun, not just for kids’ parties but for parking lots where the more injurious games are prohibited.  And hey, the whole family can play this.

HINT:  if you find the ‘gator deflates, put a square of duct tape over the mouthpiece after you blow it up.

Front Porch Classics Tailgaters Ring Toss

Front Porch Classics - Tailgaters Ring Toss

Front Porch Classics – Tailgaters Ring Toss

A classic approach to the ring-toss game is this very inexpensive one from Front Porch. It is packed in a traditional wooden crate and contains everything you need, 6 rope rings, 6 bottles, 2 elevation game blocks and 2 wooden scoring gadgets.  The crate is excellent for transporting it and basically, the game is as olde-worlde as you can get, similar to that old game of quoits.  Easy to take to the parking lot and suits any age.  It just doesn’t have that exciting clang of the metal horseshoe toss kits,

Champion Sports Rubber Horseshoe Set

Champion Sports Rubber Horseshoe Set

Champion Sports Rubber Horseshoe Set

While this set is somewhat of a toy, its benefit is that it is perfect for indoor-outdoor tailgate party games. I mean, you are not going to want to be throwing your forged iron rings around inside the man-cave, are you?  This set fills that indoor need as it  has rubber mats that hold the stakes up so you don’t need to dig holes for erecting the targets.  Come to think of it, that’s OK for the parking lot as well as you don’t want to hammer spikes into the blacktop.  The kit is completely self-contained, made of durable, multicolored plastic and rubber, and will withstand quite a bit of punishment, travel to the parking lot for the tailgate party, heavy play and throwing in the back of the truck to take home. Made in China.

More St Pierre sets

This is where to find the the legendary St. Pierre sets including many of their other games.  If you are the kind of person who likes to buy quality and own if for a long time, then their games are for you.  Most times it is far more economical to lay out the money for a superior set as it will last for many years and many games, whereas the cheap stuff generally needs to be replaced after a season.

Tailgate Party Games: Dizzy Bat

All these years I had  been whittling the top off a wiffle ball bat and using that for this game and now there is a superbly designed bat with the holes in the right place and the ability to hold (and that means ‘chug’) not one, not two but three 12 oz beers.

Dizzy Bat, (also known as Louisville slugger, D-bat, and The Spins) is a tailgate party game par excellence. It’s a fun drinking game for tailgate parties in car-parks as it combines drinking with dizziness and chugging.

Tailgate Party Game - Dizzy Bat

Dizzy Bat

How To Play Dizzy Bat Version 1

You need a bat, some cans of beer, a stopwatch for timing, some good repertoire of drinking chants to encourage the players.

Pour some beers into the hollow bat (you can use a wiffle ball bat and cut the top off but the one above works perfectly).  Keep the empty cans as they will be used in the game.

Players take turns. This is an individual game.

Player in play must chug the contents of the bat while the audience chants.  Someone times the turn.

Working at speed the player then must to 5 spins with his/her head on the top of the bat, and the hand on the ground.  At all times Player must be in contact via his/her head with the bat and the bat must also be on the ground.  (The audience counts down the spins the louder the better – ‘5-4-3-2-1!’.)

At the end of the 5 spins, the ‘pitcher’ takes an empty beer can and crunches it and pitches it to Player.

The Player must hit it with the bat.

If Player misses the pitch, he/she must refill the bat, chug, do the 5 spins and try again.  Any collapsing during the game means instant disqualification.

Dizzy Bat Spin

Dizzy Bat Spinning

The time is recorded and at the end of the round, one person is crowned Dizzy Bat champ.

Dizzy bat is a registered trademark of the company producing bats for the drinking game it got its name from.

How To Play Dizzy Bat Version 2

The Player chugs a full beer out of the holding end of a wiffle ball bat.

While the person is chugging, the surrounding audience counts off in seconds how long it takes for the person to finish the full beer.

The audience cannot stop shouting numbers until the batter turns the bat upside down to prove that every last drop has been consumed.

Then the Player must lean over and spin around forehead placed on the end of the bat for however long it took to finish chugging (in seconds). This could be a very long time!  Or not!

Once the Player has finished spinning, a person designated the pitcher throws the empty beer can and the Player must hit the can with the wiffle ball bat.

If the Player misses the can, they must spin an additional three times and try again to hit it again.

Dizzy Bat Chug

Dizzy Bat Chug

How To Play Dizzy Bat Version 3

“Team Dizzy Bat” requires two even teams with two bats competing against each other in a relay race, with the bats acting as the baton.

Each team splits into two even groups facing each other about fifteen yards apart with both bats starting on the same side.

Instead of the players drinking a full beer from the inside of the wiffle ball bat, they must drink a full beer (can, cup, or bottle) then spin around ten times and run over to their other group passing the bat to next player. Whichever team finishes first is the games winner.

This Dizzy Bat is made with high durable plastic, an easy grip handle and custom air hole for easy venting and fast drinking. It’s excellent for tailgating, and clearly this Dizzy Bat will become a staple game at your parties once you discover this bat.

Note that the longer you take to chug your booze, the more spins you will need to do so speed is important in the game as well as accuracy in the hitting.

The instructions on the package are:

To play fill the Dizzy Bat with the desired amount of liquid (make sure to plug the venting hole). Tip the bat back to your mouth, uncover the venting hole and chug away! Then the game gets fun. The number of seconds it takes you to drink the liquid equals the numbers of spins you need to do so make it quick. Put your forehead to the bat and start spinning (face down)! Once you’ve spun around the required amount of times, try to hit an incoming ball or can thrown by one of your buddies! Pass the bat to the next participant and keep the party going. Dizzy Bat is an awesome way to get everyone involved to have a good time. Dizzy Bat is intended for those of a legal drinking age. Have a good time with Dizzy Bat –  drink responsibly. Don’t drink and drive.

Homemade Dizzy Bat

Here’s the home-made game version.  Participants in the game of Dizzy Bat use any number of plastic, hollowed bats. Players can create their own bat using a standard Wiffle Ball Bat by removing the handle end to create an opening and punching a hole on the bat end to create air flow. Alternatively, players can purchase one of the commercially available bats, such as “The Dizzy Bat”.

32" Wiffle Bat

32″ Wiffle Bat

Nowhere does anyone mention that the bats are food-grade plastic so be aware and don’t chew on the bat just in case.

One day it will be an Olympic sport, mark my words, as you need some pretty awesome hand-to-eye coordination, speed and accuracy, not to mention bladder control to win this game.

Tailgate Party Games: Chandeliers

There is no more iconic Tailgate Party Game than Chandeliers, that ice-breaking combo of beer pong, flip cup and chugging.

Chandeliers can be played with any glasses or containers as long as they are all the same in the outer circle and a large one in the center. However, the Red Solo cup is King.

OK, so for those of you who have been walled up in a convent for the last few years and are out of touch with the rules of Chandeliers, here’s how you play.

What you need:

1 small red cup per person (a cup set in front of each player).  I like the shot sized ones because the game can continue longer but any size is fine, even the 12 oz but don’t fill it. Leave room for the ball or quarter.

Lil' Reds Mini Solo Cup Shot Glasses

Lil’ Reds Mini Solo Cup Shot Glasses

1 x 18 oz Center Cup filled to the brim for chugging.

1 ping pong ball (plus a few spares).  Wash’em if you don’t believe that beer cures all ills.  Some people use quarters but you never quite know where they’ve been.  If you decide to use quarters, then soak them in bourbon to kill the germs.

Stiga 3-Star Orange Table Tennis Balls, 6-Pack

Stiga Orange Table Tennis Balls

Table – a round one is best.   In any case, sit or stand in a circle around it.  OK – realistically, you will start off standing, slip into a chair after a few rounds and end the game on the ground.

 NFL Rally Towel

NFL Rally Towel

A bar towel or two to soak up spills.

Fill a cup with a drink of the party’s choice (say, the signature beer, cocktail, shot or wine) to the brim and place it in the middle of a table.

Players sit/stand (or lean) in a circle.

Each player has a filled cup (for a Solo cup pour to the top line, not the brim – leave room for the ball) in front of him/her.  Player cups surround the center cup in a circle.   Note that this works best with beer as many drinks go down the hatch in the course of the game.

Players take turn bouncing a ping pong ball into the cups from the edge of the table, and whichever cup it lands in the person who owns the cup must drink the contents and then refill it.  If using a quarter, just throw it.

If the ball lands in the bouncer’s cup, then the bouncer has to drink everything in his/her cup as well as the center cup.

If the ball lands in the center cup, then everyone has to drink everything in his/her cup, flip it on the table edge and the last person to set his or her cup down has to chug the center cup as well.

If the bouncer misses all cups, he/she passes the ball to the person on the left.

Whenever a cup is emptied in the course of the game, it is to be refilled.

The game continues till everyone is too wasted to continue.  A curve ball can be thrown into the mix by targeting a specific person’s cup.

VARIATION: While it’s really not fair to mix containers sizes and shapes, you may draw for cups and then each player has an advantage depending on what they choose for their cup.  And also, that system will allow for individual tastes.  So if you are a beer drinker and the missus is a tequila drinker, you can choose your red cups or glasses accordingly putting your signature cocktail in the center or a massive beer.  Trawl through our reviews of glasses and Solo cups for some inspiration here.

 

 

Tailgate Party Games – Best Scoreboards To Take To The Party Site

OK, so let me make myself clear, here.  I am not talking about a scoreboard where you can see a gi-normous shot of yourself on the Kiss-cam.  These are compact models for the serious tallying of scores in drinking games, tailgate party games and other pursuits that need honesty and accountability to avoid a car-park punch-up.  Hmmm. TMI there perhaps.  Anyhow, I have chosen them on the criteria of their simplicity to use, sturdiness and price plus ease of putting together and ability to transport and appropriateness for cornhole, washer toss, bocce and other simple games that go from scores of 0 to 21.

Here’s what I found.

ScoreTower Combo Set

Score Tower Combo Set

Score Tower Combo Set

This combines two excellent pursuits: playing games at tailgate parties, and drinking.  You can see why the scoreboard is necessary when you try to keep score by memory after playing games involving drinking shots.

Perfect for Cornhole so that you don’t need to keep the scores in your head.

The clips that hold it together are not super-strong, but the supplying company will replace them free if there is a problem.  Maybe they should ship the item with two sets of clips!

The main board is 58” tall and the smaller one is a backup with a drink stand and small board that you can write on with whiteboard markers.

Drink holder will take a bottle or can with a koozie easily.

Note that it is mounted on a spike which you need to drive into the ground.  If you are tailgating in a car-park, allow for this.  In similar situations, we use a beach umbrella base and stand it in that, shoving something (a soft rubber wedge) in the tube to stabilize it.  In a patio/garden situation, it is perfect – just poke it into your lawn.

Terrific tailgate party host gift or holiday gift for avid tailgaters.

Not 100% weather proof so don’t leave it out in the elements.  Once assembled, it’s a good idea to trek down to Home Depot and find a plastic storage box for all your cornhole gear/party games and keep them together neatly.

Made from laminated cardboard and powder-coated black steel.

Double sided.

Weighs four pounds and ships in a box disassembled and costs arounf $4 for shipping.

JDT Kaddy Elevated Drink Holders (Set of Two)

JDT Kaddy Elevated Drink Holders

JDT Kaddy Elevated Drink Holders

Here is a free standing scoring device designed around a drinks holder.  There are two in the set which has a tripod effect on the base so that you can set it up anywhere good games are played.  No need to shove that spike in the newly concreted car park.  The tripod stands easily on hard or soft surfaces.

Tailgate parties traditionally combine games and drinking and having a foolproof way of remembering who scores is essential. Score is kept on a molded ring by way of small pegs that keep tally from 1 to 21 points.  Easy and no need for a marker. A benefit is that it comes with its own nylon carry bag. But again, as it is plastic, store in a box with your game equipment so that it doesn’t get broken.

There’s a neat pocket on the caddy to hold your keys, wallet or other bits and pieces you may lose at the party. The drink holder is flexible and will hold bottles, cans with or without the koozie.

Orange and black in color. Indoor or outdoor use.

Excellent gift for avid tailgate party attendees or homegaters or just people who like to play cornhole games.

Tall Boy Scoreboard

Tall Boy Scoreboard and Drink Holder

Tall Boy Scoreboard and Drink Holder

The ‘Tall Boy’ is an American crafted powder-coated scoreboard that is universally praised for its sturdiness.  It’s only drawback as far as I can see is that it is only suitable for soft soil surfaces as it needs to be poked into the ground to stand up.  Unless you purchase a tripod.  You can’t easily jam it into an umbrella holder as it has a two pronged steady stand.  However, this is such a well-made item, it is worth looking for a tripod to anchor it onto any concrete/black top surface.

It has space for two cans/bottles with or without koozies. Weather resistant and pre-assembled.

Corn Hole Game Bag Toss Decal Overlay Magnetic Scoreboard Black on White

Corn Hole Game Bag Toss Decal Overlay Magnetic Scoreboard

Overlay Magnetic Scoreboard


Here’s an idea so simple that I can’t imagine I didn’t think of it myself. Instead of buying a complex scoreboard/drink holder, just put one of these decals over your cornhole target board.  Made of powder coated metal, it attaches simply and stays on your board in view at the end.  The scoring devices are magnetic and are shaped like chess pawns in a travel set and you move them along to the appropriate score.

Nothing extra to store.  There’s even a space to store your ‘pawns’ by attaching them (magnets) to a supplied metal washer beneath the board.

It’s not complex at all and if you lose the magnets, just replace them with cheap ones from the craft or hardware store. Follow the links to order other colors (you’ll want to match your team colors).

Scorzie – The only koozie that keeps score

Scorzie - The only koozie that keeps score

Scorzie – The only koozie that keeps score

This is a brilliant idea and, given how when you are tailgating away from home, space in the vehicle is of the utmost importance.

It’s a koozie (drink cooler) that has score rings around it that click in to place for keeping score from 0 to 21.  There are blue and red rings representing two teams.

The inside is lined with high quality foam, the base has non slip foam to prevent rings and slipping and the exterior is clad in shiny, classy brushed stainless steel. It’s a great looking item and essential in the tailgate party box to have a couple of these.  Actually, every tailgater should have one of his/her own!

Then when the urge to drink and play games hits you, or you want to keep track of any scores, you will be ready to roll.

HINT: If the rings at any time fail to turn, give them a spray with WD-40 and they will work well.

Portable Bocce Scoreboard Combo with Drink Holders and Tailgate Stands

Portable Bocce Scoreboard Combo with Drink Holders and Tailgate Stands

Portable Bocce Scoreboard Combo

This scoreboard combines with 2 drink holders, each with tailgate stand options.  It’s designed as a double-sided free-standing scorekeeper for Bocce and other outdoor games played at tailgate parties and the manufacturers have ensured that it easily pushes into the ground the display being at a convenient viewing height for all players.

The step-stake is made from heavy gauge steel with black powder coat paint for weather=proofing and toughness. The scoreboard itself is made from all-weather plastics designed to stand up to transport and all-weather use. A tailgate stand is included so that it can be used on concrete or blacktop, when it needs to be supported on a non-diggable surface.

It’s 58″tall and the graphics are double-sided with 2-column scoring and 2 Tailgate stands are included.

NOTE: It is designated for bocce but you could easily use it for cornhole or washer toss or any other tailgate party games.

Tailgate party on!

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This Beer Pong Poster Will Brighten Up Your Tailgate Party!

This poster brings new meaning to the phrase “The Art of Beer Pong”. Tailgate Party fans will want to get their hands on one of these!

It’s a parody of Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam” –  after God created Adam, he created beer pong!  Imagine that laminated, framed or mounted on MDF and behind your bar in your man cave or clamped to your canopy in the car-park.

Are you more  of a home-gater than a tail-gater?  Do you have a man-cave? Or do you like to take your style to the car park?

No matter what, you have to agree that this is a fabulous piece of art!  It’s called

‘The Creation of Beer Pong’ and is a Poster available in many sizes and prices.

Perfect gift for that tailgate party animal and beer pong champ in your life.

60” x 20”

$40.75