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Regular old beer pong gotten boring? Are you a player that doesn’t take the game too seriously and wants to add a new wrinkle to the game of beer pong? If you answered yes, then you might be interested in this new way to play beer pong.

They are calling this new way to play beer pong the Tabletop Tailgate Beer Pong Card Game. Of course they are looking for funds via Kickstarter in order to get their cards mass produced and distributed. Take a look at their video.

If this looks like something you would like to be a part of and take to your next tailgate, check out the Tabletop Tailgate Beer Pong Cards Kickstarter page and drop them some funds.

Holiday Gift Guide for Tailgaters – 2013 Edition

Posted by Dave On December - 11 - 2013

Holiday Gift Guide 2013In two short weeks, just 14 days from today, it will be Christmas Day. You know what that means? It means you probably haven’t gotten any of your holiday shopping done. (like us)

Have no fear because Tailgating Ideas is here to save the day. As we have done in the past three years, we offer you a quick reference guide of the latest and greatest gear that any tailgater or sports fan on your shopping list would love. In case you missed the previous years’ gift guides, you can also reference those gift guides for tailgaters from 2010, 2011 and 2012. Without further delay and superfluous introduction, here is the Tailgating Ideas Holiday Gift Guide for Tailgaters – 2013 Edition.

Kamikaze

Charger Fan Doing Kamikaze ShotDon’t let the name fool you. This little party starter is not just for sharing kamikazes. It used to be called the Party Starter but has since been renamed to the Kamikaze. This versatile mixed drinks and shots dispenser is actually dual-chambered and the liquor and the mixers only come together when the trigger is pressed. Fill up the rear reservoir with the liquor of your choice, the front reservoir with the mixer, pressurize the chambers with the plunger and that is when the fun starts. There is an intensity dial on the Kamikaze that you can determine how strong or weak of a shot you want to give out… or serve to yourself. With measuring lines and drink recipe suggestions on the back, the Kamikaze is truly the one party tool your tailgater on your gift list would love to receive. Priced at $25, the Kamikaze can be found HERE.

Game Bibs

Iowa State Tailgaters Game BibsYou have a tailgater or a sports fan on your gift list that says they are a die hard fan and are not afraid to show it? Make them prove it by getting them a set of Game Bibs. These bib overalls come in a variety of colors to match any professional or college football team your fan can imagine. Not for the wallflower on your list because Game Bibs will definitely get your sports fan noticed. They’ll feel like an A-list celebrity while out tailgating because everyone will come up and want to take their picture with him/her. A wide variety of sizes for women, men, infants, toddlers and youths are available. Game Bibs cost about $50 per pair and they even offer cargo pants and shorts, sundresses and fitted skirts. Get your tailgater their own pair of Game Bibs HERE.

Tailgate Couch

Tailgate Couch camoThe reason why tailgating is called tailgating is because people used to unfold their pick-up truck tailgate and have a party in the parking lot. People still do that but the tailgate party has evolved. You no longer have to have a sore butt from sitting on that cold hard truck tailgate anymore. There is the Tailgate Couch that now makes tailgating a lot more comfortable. With a Tailgate Couch in the bed of the truck those old school folding chairs are now obsolete. The best part? The Tailgate Couch is a chick magnet. Seriously, if given the choice of sitting on a hard metal tailgate or on the soft comfort of the Tailgate Couch, I am betting all the women will opt for choice No. 2. I hate to stereotype but I am willing to bet on this. Priced at about $200, the Tailgate Couch comes in Camo and classic red colors. You can find the Tailgate Couch HERE.

Party Barge

Party Barge Social Floater FeaturedIt may be cold outside right now and the furthest thing you can think about is playing beer pong in the pool but Spring will be here before you can say “bringbacks”. (Hard core beer pong players will know what that means.) The main difference between the Pool Pong Party Barge from other floating beer pong tables is they essentially built the better mousetrap. There are the recessed cup holders on each end as with most inflatable beer pong tables but that is where the comparisons end. The Party Barge has additional cup holders around the sides and the real genius of this design is the sunken central cooler. The capacity on the central ice chest is 18 canned beverages plus ice. Now you never have to get out of the pool to refill the cups when it is time for the next game to begin. Priced at $55, the Pool Pong Party Barge can be found HERE.

Pro Football Cookbook

Pro Football Cookbook CoverBooks are always a popular holiday gift item but this is one book that the tailgater on your list will love this year. The Pro Football Cookbook is a compilation of 32 main dishes, 32 sides and 32 cocktail recipes all inspired by the 32 NFL franchises and the city from where they hail.

For tailgaters stuck in a rut, this cookbook would be great for some new recipe ideas to make everyone in the parking lot stand up and take notice. The Pro Football Cookbook is a fantastic road map for tailgaters to have a built-in menu to reference for a meal theme based on that weekend’s opponent. Your team is playing the Washington Redskins? Make Hogs Sandwiches, Roasted Redskin Potatoes with Mustard and a Red Gin Rickey (pages 160 – 163) to wash it all down. When it comes time for your Super Bowl party, find the section of the two different teams playing and make those recipes for your guests and people will think you are a world traveling genius. Stadium Journey Pro Football Cookbook is available in hardcover from Amazon.com and would make a great gift for any tailgater this holiday season.

Spin Pong

Spin Pong BoxThe tailgater on your list says regular old beer pong has gotten a little dull lately? Maybe they have gotten so good at beer pong they need an added element of challenge? Or maybe they just want to stand out from the rest of the tailgate parties with a regular beer pong table and want look just a little bit different? No matter what they’re looking to do to spice up their beer pong game, Spin Pong has got you covered. Simply stated, Spin Pong is a battery operated beer pong rack that rotates the cups clockwise while you play. Just insert two AA batteries, load up your cups, fill your cups and let the balls fly. The level of difficulty increases while the fun level is raised as well. Spin Pong is priced at $17 for one rack or $30 for a set of two, one for each end of the beer pong table. Spin Pong can be found HERE.

Cocktail Gator

Cocktail Gator three modelsDo you know a tailgater that is not a beer drinker? If the tailgater on your list likes mixed drinks, the Cocktail Gator is the one gift you have to get him or her. Basically it is an insulated soft sided cooler that has compartments to hold a full liquor bar and ice on the go for your tailgate party. The CocktailGator comes in two different models: the Walkabout Cocktail Gator and the Mega Cocktail Gator which is larger and holds more. The Walkabout Cocktail Gator costs $85 and the Mega Cocktail Gator costs $159. You can purchase both models of the Cocktail Gator HERE.

Steemee Wonder

Steeme WonderFor some reason, hot dogs just taste better at the stadium. They don’t use magic hot dogs and buns made from an age old secret recipe. Stadiums use steam to prepare their hot dogs and it is the reason why you can’t duplicate the same taste at home or in the tailgate parking lot. That is until now. The Steemee Wonder is a stainless steel hot dog steaming system that can prepare six hot dogs and six buns in six minutes. They taste exactly like the hot dogs you have grown up eating inside the stadium but at a fraction of the price. The Steemee Wonder sells for under $35 on Amazon.com.

Bongzilla

Dolphin fans bongzillaBy nature, tailgating is a social activity. What could be more social than doing a beer bong with five additional friends all at the same time? That’s what the Bongzilla is all about. The Bongzilla is a pole mounted beer bong with six hoses coming off the bottom. The pole lowers and extends for ease of filling in the lower position and once filled, raise it up to the full height and bring in your friends. The pole extends and raises the funnel up to six feet in the air to allow gravity to do it’s thing. Did we mention that the Bongzilla funnel can hold 144 oz of liquid? That’s a whole 12-pack of beer for those of you math challenged. At the end of each drinking tube is an open/close valve so everyone can start drinking at the same time. Also, if you don’t have a total of six people wanting to drink, you can plug the tops of the hoses from inside the funnel to block any liquid going into the hoses that will not be used. The Bonzilla is priced at $55 and can be found HERE.

Ryobi RYI2200

Ryobi RYI2200 Generator

Ryobi RYI2200 Generator

It is no secret that Honda generators are the gold standard by which all generators are compared. Packing a max load of 2200 watts and extremely quiet, the Ryobi RYI2200 is the new kid on the black that may knock Honda off as king of generator mountain. The Ryobi is more than affordable priced under $550 and can be found at your local Home Depot.

MegaPongo

MegasPongoBefore we were introduced to BasketPong, beer pong was only played on a flat table. Now here comes MegaPongo and it turns the beer pong world on it’s ear. With backboards and a ball collection system, this is the new age of beer pong. Or if you are not a beer pong player, you can still play it by making up your own rules and standards for play. Numerous cup configurations are only limited by your imagination and it all packs up and is easily portable to any tailgating location. Priced at $135 for a complete set, you can buy MegaPongo HERE.

Hi-Tops

Hi-Tops FeaturedTossing games are a main staple in the tailgating parking lots but the same ones you have seen are getting about as fresh as a Billy Idol concert. Hi-Tops is a new tailgating game that combines elements of other popular tailgating games like cornhole and beer pong but puts a new twist on it to make it a fun and unique tailgating game. Hi-Tops is priced at $129.99 and that includes two official Hi-Tops Towers, two official Hi-Tops Playing Balls (foot bags), six stakes and one package of Hi-Tops playing cups. For more information or to buy a Hi-Tops game set for someone on your list, visit: playhitops.com

Mini Beer Pong

Mini Beer Pong FeaturedSome say “Bigger is Better”. And in most cases they are right. But when it comes to tailgating, smaller is normally better because of size constraints placed on getting everything you need into your tailgating vehicle. Sometimes not only smaller, but something that is mini, may be the best choice for tailgating. Mini Beer Pong is a smaller wooden game that is roughly 24 inches long. A “regulation” beer pong table is 2′ wide, 8′ long and 27 1/2″ high. Mini Beer Pong is four times smaller than a standard beer pong table making it more portable and can fit into the tightest spaces within your tailgating vehicle. If the tailgater on your list is looking for something different that nobody else has, Mini Beer Pong is the gift for them. Mini Beer Pong is priced at $60 and can be found HERE.

Make sure to come back early next week when we publish another edition of our Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Tailgaters. In the meantime, you can also check out the Stocking Stuffer Guides from years past including last year, 2011 and 2010.

Mini Beer Pong

Posted by Dave On December - 9 - 2013

Mini Beer Pong Featured

Some say “Bigger is Better”. And in most cases they are right. But when it comes to tailgating, smaller is normally better because of size constraints placed on getting everything you need into your tailgating vehicle. Sometimes not only smaller, but something that is mini, may be the best choice for tailgating.

Recently we had the chance to test and review Mini Beer Pong.

(Disclaimer: We did receive a sample of Mini Beer Pong for free. The fact this sample was provided to us free of charge in no way influenced our opinion of the product nor did it impact our ability to test and review the product fairly and objectively.)

As you can see in the above photo, Mini Beer Pong is a smaller wooden game that is roughly 24 inches long. A “regulation” beer pong table is 2′ wide, 8′ long and 27 1/2″ high. Mini Beer Pong is four times smaller than a standard beer pong table making it more portable and can fit into the tightest spaces within your tailgating vehicle. (Click images for larger view)

Mini Beer Pong comes with plastic mini cups and the wooden balls are launched using spring loaded launchers. The wooden balls are tethered to the center of the board via a magnet to avoid chasing after misfired balls. The cups can be configured for a complete game of 10 or can be scaled down to 6 and the recessed holders keep the cups steady even with the most direct of a direct hit. Re-racking is simple and easy and the configuration allows for any number of popular re-rack configurations including straight line re-racks, “Gentlemen’s” or “the Flower”.

The three holes in the back behind the cup racks are the launcher positions. Looking a little like a catapult, the launchers have strong springs to launch the wooden balls at your opponent’s cups rack and can be moved to one of three positions and can pivot within each location.

Upon receiving the sample, I first noticed the quality craftsmanship of the game. The wood is beautifully milled and professionally handcrafted and stained. Take a look at their video of how Mini Beer Pong units are made.

As you can see in the photo galleries, we chose to fill the one oz. cups with beer, splitting a 12 oz. can between all 20 cups. Each cup holds about an ounce of liquid and if you are feeling bold, you could substitute liquor for beer.

(I would highly suggest using smaller levels of liquor if you so choose based on 1 oz. of liquor in a short amount of time could at the very least contribute to a large level of intoxication and could result in alcohol poising. I don’t need to tell you that is not good so make sure to use moderation as your guide if using liquor in your Mini Beer Pong.)

Take a look at the detail and the craftsmanship of Mini Beer Pong.

After testing out the Deluxe Mini Beer Pong Kit, we are going to label Mini Beer Pong “Tailgate Approved”. It is light and highly portable and has the overall “wow factor” of playing beer pong on a playing surface that is one-quarter the size of a regular beer pong table.

Mini Beer Pong comes in a variety of sizes and prices. The Deluxe Mini Beer Pong Kit is priced at $60. The Premium Mini Beer Pong Kit is more of a self-contained unit where the balls and launchers are stored in an underneath compartment and folds up for easy carrying. The most affordable Mini Beer Pong is the Classic Mini Beer Pong Kit costing $25.

If you would like more information or to buy a Mini Beer Pong for yourself or possibly someone on your holiday gift giving list, visit: playmbp.com.

Ringer Toss

Posted by Dave On December - 3 - 2013

Tailgating games have come a long way and are the reasons we just don’t sit around getting sore butts sitting on a tailgate. After you have played all the mainstay tailgating games like cornhole, washers and ladder ball, it is time to look for something new. For those looking for something different to play while out in the tailgating parking lots, you may want to try Ringer Toss.

(Make sure to read all the way to the bottom for details on how you can win one of three Ringer Toss games.)

Ringer Toss Featured

As you can see in the photo, Ringer Toss is a game that uses wooden planks, sticks, plastic cups and flying discs for each team to throw. Combining the elements of good old fashioned ring toss from the carnival midway to Polish Horseshoes where you are knocking an object off to score points, Ringer Toss is a unique game we had never seen before.

Upon setting up the game, each team is given four flying discs that have large holes in the middle. This is by design because part of the game is to try and get your flying ring to catch onto one of the poles pointing up. The rules are pretty simple. Throw your flying rings at the scoring area and try to knock off the cups. Cups knocked off score one point and getting a ringer (your disc over a pole) scores three points. First player or team to score 21 wins. Take a look at this quick video of Ringer Toss being played.

Ringer Toss comes in it’s own carrying bag and is extremely environmentally friendly. This eco-friendly game is made in the USA with reclaimed lumber, recycled plastic rings and even the backpack fabric is made from recycled bottles. Even though the game is made mostly out of wood, it is light and portable. Everything fits into the small backpack and weighs less than seven pounds. Once you arrive at your tailgating spot, set up is easy with the unique interlocking design. You’ll have the game set up in under a minute without any fasteners or hardware. The game is just as easy to break down and pack away when it is time to head inside the game.

Upon receipt of Ringer Toss we were impressed at how the game set up. Since the game is not fastened together with screws or nails, there is some give and sway to it during game play. This is by design and is part of the game play. I had my kids try it and they enjoyed it too so it is game for all ages.

After thoroughly testing it, Ringer Toss gets the Tailgating Ideas “Tailgate Approved” stamp. We tested out the Original Ringer Toss which sells for $69.00. There is also a Ringer Toss Junior priced at $59.00 and the Ringer Toss Pro is priced at $149.00. For a limited time Ringer Toss is offering free shipping on any order placed. On top of that, exclusively for readers of Tailgating Ideas, Ringer Toss is offering $10 off any order by entering the coupon code ‘tailgating’ at checkout.

From today until Friday, you have a chance to win a Ringer Toss Original. There are three simple and free ways to enter for the chance to win a Ringer Toss Game. A total of three Ringer Toss Originals will be given away from the three different ways to enter. We will randomly select the three winners from the three different entry options below.

How to enter and win:

Option 1 – Follow us on Instagram (@tailgatingideas) and find the photo of Ringer Toss amongst our photos. Don’t worry you don’t have to search too far. Comment on the Ringer Toss on our Instagram to be entered. We will randomly draw a winner from those who comment on the Ringer Toss photo on Instagram.

Option 2 – Follow us on Twitter (@TailgatingIdeas) and send us a tweet saying why you want to win a Ringer Toss. Make sure to send the tweet to us, @TailgatingIdeas, and also use the hashtag #ringertoss.

Option 3 – Like us on Facebook first and foremost. After you have done that, comment on the wall post that promotes our review of Ringer Toss. Tell us why you want a free Ringer Toss game. Tell us where you would take it tailgating. Tell us the sob story of how all your other tailgating games were crushed and destroyed by rampaging dragons that escaped from the local junior college science lab. Just make a comment and you are entered.

You may enter three times on all three different social media platforms. Multiple tweets still count as a single entry although we appreciate the enthusiasm and publicity on Twitter. Deadline to tweet and comment is midnight pacific time, Friday, December 6, 2013. Good luck.

WindBall

Posted by Dave On October - 24 - 2013

WindBall  Featured

Now that the leaves are starting to change and the weather can get somewhat inclement, the added wind gusts can play havoc on your beer pong game. The same folks that thought up MegaPongo have introduced the Windball, designed specifically for beer pong played outdoors.

The WindBall is a 40mm soft PVC ball that is nearly four times heavier than a standard ping-pong ball. The WindBall also features little to no bounce that translates into less chasing after bouncing balls from errant and missed shots.

Keep in mind, the WindBall is not designed for all types of beer pong games. Because the ball is nearly four times heavier than a regular ping pong ball, you should not use the WindBall on a flat regulation beer pong table. Because the WindBall is so much heavier compared to a regular ping pong ball, if used on a standard beer pong table it would wipe out the cups. The WindBall should only be used in conjunction with beer pong games where the cups are recessed like with MegaPongo, Point Pong and Pong Islands.

If you play beer pong while tailgating and are tired of the wind ruining your game, you would be a prime candidate to try out the WindBall. The Windball costs $12 for a 6-pack. Since Windballs are made by the same folks who make MegaPongo, they are sold as an add-on to the MegaPongo game set.

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