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Hi-Tops

Posted by Dave On October - 21 - 2013

Hi-Tops FeaturedTailgating games and alcohol consumption. They go hand in hand. Beer pong is a no brainer because it has beer in the game’s name. Polish Horseshoes it is a requirement of the game to have a can or bottle in one hand while playing. Even other games like washers, ladder toss and cornhole most tailgaters integrate beverage consumption into game play because, well, it’s tailgating for crying out loud. We recently discovered a new tailgating game that not only encourages beverage consumption but it part of how the game is played. It is called Hi-Tops.

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 was invented by two recent University of Central Florida graduates. They came up with the concept of hi-Tops when they were on a road trip, talking about the tailgating and drinking games that are available on the market now. Both agreed there just wasn’t really anything that satisfied everything they would like to see in a game that was also easy and convenient to play while tailgating. Upon further discussion, a number of prototypes and now a final concept, they launched Hi-Tops two months ago. Take a look at their video of Hi-Tops being played.

Upon learning about Hi-Tops we knew we needed to be the first ones to test out this new game. We requested a sample from the folks at Hi-Tops and they were generous enough to send us a sample game set in time to take tailgating before the San Diego Chargers vs. Indianapolis Colts Monday Night Football game. (Disclaimer: We did receive a sample of Hi-Tops 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 video and the photos, Hi-Tops consists of two towers spaced about 63 inches apart. There is a base to hold it steady and there is a top “table” that has a hole in the middle. Placed around the column is a tray that has seven holes to place plastic or paper cup shot glass sized cups. Hi-Tops also comes with two “footbags” that are thrown at the opposing column. (We used the term Footbag because we don’t want to get a nasty cease and desist letter from the attorneys representing the trademarked footbag that rhymes with “Jackey Back”.) Take a look at the official rule for a better understanding of how the game is played.

Hi-Tops Official Rules

After reading the rules you can see it integrates elements of cornhole by making the thrown object into the hole. The cool thing is that retrieval is easy because it drops all the way down to the opening in the column. The aspect of beer pong is that drinking is involved and there is the removal of cups. We would suggest filling the cups down below with beer and not liquor because the game does move quickly and if one team is doing six shots of liquor if they lose, that could make for a messy tailgate afterwards. (Click on images for larger view)

As you can see from the photos above, we took Hi-Tops tailgating with us before an NFL football game. We set it up on a hard surface and got to playing. The game does come with large spikes to anchor the base into a softer surface like grass. We couldn’t use the spikes in the Qualcomm Stadium parking lot so when the wind picked up, the towers would sway a little. Neither one of the towers ever fell over from the wind and we were getting gusts in the 15-20 MPH range. I would suggest if you plan on taking Hi-Tops tailgating on a hard surface to bring along some hand weights and place them on the bases. (Your wife is probably just letting those weights collect dust in the closet after attend just one Pilates class so you might as well put them to good use.)

The set up of the Hi-Tops game towers took literally seconds and we were up and running and playing our first game in less than two minutes. It took us longer to read the rules than it did to set the game up which was a nice change because we tailgaters value our time in the parking lot. Break down before heading into the game was just as easy and everything fit nicely into the included carrying case.

Dropshot Carrying Bag

Hi-Tops Carrying Bag

The game was fun and exciting. Not too hard but not too easy either. Plus you have to drink as part of the game and who can argue with that? The fun and the fact that this is a brand new game and will help make your tailgate party stand out and be unique, Hi-Tops get the Tailgating Ideas “Tailgate Approved” stamp.

Hi-Tops comes in a multitude of color options including Black and Gold, Orange and Blue, Garnet and Gold, Black and Blue, Orange and Gold and Garnet and Blue. This way you can support your favorite team even with your game towers.

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 a very limited time, Hi-Tops is offering with the purchase of at least one game set a free carrying case which they say is a $15 value.

For more information or to buy a Hi-Tops game set of your own, visit: playhitops.com

Stump Kickstarter Campaign

Posted by Dave On August - 5 - 2013

I am sure you think you have seen every tailgating game there is out there in the parking lot. Most tailgating games are tossing games that require you to throw an object at some sort of a target that has different scoring areas. Cornhole, washers ladder toss and Polish Horseshoes all fit into the description. But have you ever played the tailgating game Stump?

We have seen this game played on numerous videos we have come across online and the game is pretty simple. Get a tree stump, get some nails and a hammer, gather some friends, everyone needs to have a beverage in one hand and you can start playing. Nails are placed around the stump and each player lays claim to the nail they want to be the “theirs”. The object is to pound everyone else’s nail flush into the stump while the nail that is the last to remain sticking out is the winner. The hammer is then tossed and caught and depending on the difficulty of the toss will determine how many hits that player gets in that round. Then the hammer is passed to the next person and the game goes until all nails except for the last one are completely hammered into the stump.

The tailgating game stump has not gained popularity and wide acceptance because of the logistical nightmare that the game can present. Finding a tree stump is one of them. The second is cutting the stump to a manageable size and also transporting it can be a hassle. Lastly, the sheer weight of a stump can make it impossible to transport.

We recently discovered two guys on Kickstarter that are trying to make the tailgating game stump more manageable and portable. Of course since it is a Kickstarter campaign they are going to need some pledge funding to get this portable version of stump off the ground. Take a look at their Kickstarter video.

If you think this would make a fun tailgating game for you and your crew, check out their Kickstarter project page and pledge some dough. Best of luck guys.

Pong Islands

Posted by Dave On March - 26 - 2013

As the years go by, it seems as though the game of beer pong is evolving and is changing quite rapidly to meet the insatiable demand for new ways to play the game. Other tailgating games like cornhole and washers have remained pretty stagnant in developing new ways to play those games but beer pong is changing constantly. When we discovered Pong Islands we were intrigued and knew we needed to test them out for ourselves.

Pong Islands Featured

As you can see in the above photo, Pong Islands are free standing beer pong platforms that can be set up on any flat surface. You can also see in the photo that Pong Islands take up about 10% of the space a traditional 8′ x 2′ beer pong table requires. And as you can imagine, once Pong Islands are broken down, they take up 10% of the space in your tailgating vehicle on the way to the venue or after the tailgate is over. Take a look at the gallery below to see more examples of Pong Islands in use.

Pong Islands consist of two tripod stands and two bi-level trays. The bottom tray attaches to the clear acrylic using spacers, long screws and wingnuts. The trays are very easy to assemble and do not require any tools. You could use a phillips screwdriver to hold the screw steady while you hand tighten the wing nut but it is not necessary. The acrylic top has holes perfectly sized for beer pong cups and hold them in place and steady, avoiding the dreaded “sloppy rack”. Also by keeping the cups tightly racked and held tightly, this completely eliminates the tips, spills and sliding of cups that occurs on a traditional beer pong table that gets wet. A metal piece attaches to the underside of the bottom tray via those long screws and wingnuts to allow the fully assembled trays to screw onto the tops of the tripods stands. Also included are hooks with clips that clamp onto the rim of an extra party cup for the wash cup that hangs on one of the tightening screws of the stand.

The versatility of Pong Islands allows you to raise or lower the cups as high or low as you like. I would suggest raising the Pong Islands side by side to compare the level that all players can agree on. It is not imperative to have the height be the standard 27.5″ off the ground. If you are a stickler for playing on “official” playing dimensions, (27.5″ is the height the World Series of Beer Pong has agreed upon for their annual competition.) the first time you assemble Pong Islands, use a white or silver Sharpie or Magic marker to mark points on the black stands where the exact level is to achieve the desired height. That way you won’t have to measure each time you play.

Pong Islands Side by sideWhile testing and reviewing Pong islands, we fell in love with a few features right away. We loved how Pong Islands take up minimal space when set up and when packed away, take up even less space in your tailgating vehicle. We also loved the aspect of the tight rack and the elimination of tips and spills. Another feature we liked was the fact that the clear acrylic top that holds the cups allows for you to see the whole cup. For some players that is a huge deal and only seeing the top of the cup of the rim throws off their aim. A comparable product we reviewed back during football season, Point Pong, is similar but the cups are recessed and the shooter can not see the entire cup.

Some people may argue that the rigid racking system make it difficult for unique re-rack configuration, notably the straight line re-rack. If that is your preferred configuration, simply turn the Pong Island slightly until the cups line up in a straight line. Another argument against using Pong Islands is that you can not use other beer pong accessories like the N-Ice Rack to keep the cups cold or Spin Pong that rotates the cups to add an element of challenge to the game. The counter argument would be these are accessories and you could modify the Pong Islands by simply unscrewing the top tray and placing these accessories directly on the bottom tray.

We mentioned earlier how we reviewed Point Pong back in September 2012. It received a positive review from us but unfortunately the price of Point Pong was a bit higher than what some tailgaters were willing to pay. We liked the fact that Pong Islands are affordably priced at $80 for a set of two. That is cheaper than most standard, portable beer pong tables.

After thoroughly testing and reviewing Pong Islands, we are going to deem Pong Islands “Tailgate Approved”. It is lightweight yet sturdy enough to handle the rigors of a tailgating parking lot game of beer pong. The ability to transport it to the parking lot with minimal space required in your vehicle leaves room for a bigger cooler or more chairs. The space it requires when fully set up in your parking space is also minimal and you could even get a game of beer pong going between two parked cars. On top of all those attractive features, we liked the fact that it costs less than most beer pong tables.

In review, Pong Islands are lightweight yet sturdy and durable, take up less space during transport and require less space during game play, eliminates tips and spills and is highly affordable. Sounds like a winner to us.

As you can tell, we thought so highly of Pong Islands we believe it would be a great product to add to our online Tailgating Gear store. Pong Islands are priced at $80 for the set and can be purchased HERE.

Power Hour Album by Ali Spagnola

Posted by Dave On October - 7 - 2011

Ali Spagnola Power Hour AlbumToday is Friday. (Not that I needed to tell you that because you probably already figured that out on your own.) The reason why I mention what day of the week it is is because across this great nation of ours on numerous college campuses, college students will probably be playing the drinking game “Power Hour” this evening. Some may even be so brave as to take the “Power Hour” outdoors and play it while tailgating on Saturday. For those that didn’t go to college or are unfamiliar with the game, here is how it works.

  • Grab a 6-pack of beer
  • Get a shot glass
  • Drink a shot of beer every minute
  • Lather, rinse repeat for an hour

If you are using 1 oz. shot glasses, that works out to be 60 oz of beer in an hour or the equivalent of a 6-pack. If you chose to use a 1.5 oz shot glass, it works out to be seven and a half beers in an hour. Either way, rather than just shotgunning six beers within an hour, the Power Hour makes it a little more fun and social. However there are some inherent pitfalls to playing the game (outside of the obvious binge drinking aspect) most notably someone has to keep track of the time. The most common way is to designate someone to be the time keeper and they have to keep an eye on the clock and alert everyone playing that another minute is upon them and to do a shot.

I have personally seen this done by a person blowing a whistle or trying to shout above the noise of the crowd. By the end of the hour, the time keeper’s voice is hoarse or completely gone or you are tired of hearing the whistle blow you are getting flashbacks to running grass drills in Pop Warner football. Thankfully there is a better way for those of you playing Power Hour to not only get everyone involved but eliminates the need to designate someone the time keeper and provides a soundtrack for your game. It is Ali Spagnola’s Power Hour Album. Take a look at this 30 second promo.

Ali Spagnola’s Power Hour Album is 60 songs and all are 60 seconds long. So when playing Power Hour, just hit play on the album and when the music changes, you take your shot. No more watching the clock. No more blowing whistles or noise makers. And no more yelling and screaming to alert everyone to take another shot.

The song you heard in that short promo is actually the first song that starts off the album and it really sets the tone for the remaining hour. There are a number of ways to get a hold of the Power Hour Album but probably the best and easiest way is to get the Shot Glass USB combo. What it is is a plastic shot glass attached to a lanyard that has a 1 GB USB flash drive on the bottom. The entire 60 song playlist is preloaded on the USB stick and comes along with other goodies like a bonus track, a promotional poster and in addition to MP3s, the USB comes loaded with AAC versions of all the songs as well. The USB stick is 1 GB of memory so you’ll also have about 600 MB of memory space unused that you can save photos or even your term papers on there. Simply remove the USB drive and insert it into your computer and the playlist should start playing automatically depending o your computer’s settings. If you want to play Power Hour while tailgating, all the songs are in an easily downloadable format that you can pull into your iTunes library or transfer over to your MP3 player.

Ali Spagnola Power Hour Shot Glass USB

(Disclaimer: We did receive a sample Power Hour Album Shot Glass USB for free. The fact this sample was provided to us in no way influenced our opinion of the product nor did it impact our ability to test and review the product fairly and objectively.)

We popped the USB into our computer and let it play for the entire hour. Although we do no claim to be music critics we liked the nice mix of musical tastes and genres as it shifted from song to song, minute by minute. Some of the songs’ lyrics are outright hilarious and I found myself listening to “It Sounds Like a Good Idea (But it’s not)” a few times. I also enjoyed “Drinking with a Helmet”, “Text Someone That’s Not Here” and “If You’re Wasted and You Know It” quite a bit. After all, the songs are short, upbeat and all are about drinking. You can see and hear all 60 songs in one easy to navigate menu HERE.

After listening to the Power Hour Album by Ali Spagnola we can say with confidence that is it “Tailgate Approved”. Just take the USB stick and drag the entire album into your iPod and create a Power Hour playlist and you are done. Bring your iPod tailgating and you can let everyone play Power Hour without having to designate or draw straws for who will be the dreaded time keeper.

There are a number of ways to get The Power Hour Album including but limited to the Shot Glass USB, on CD and via digital download on Amazon, Rhapsody and Napster.

For more information on Ali Spagnola please visit alispagnola.com. You can also connect with Ali Spagnola via Twitter (@alispagnola) and on Facebook. If you want to hear all the songs on the Power Hour Album or to hear other music by Ali Spagnola, visit her YouTube Channel as well.

Videos: Louisville Chugger Amateur & Bikini Girl

Posted by Dave On December - 8 - 2009

Don’t quote me on this but I think the Louisville Chugger game originated in Cincinnati. Naturally a few videos of this game would surface shot at a Bengals tailgate party. All I have to say is although it is a good idea to wear a helmet while doing the Louisville Chugger, the first guy’s lack of experience, the bewildered look on his face combined with the bike helmet makes him look like a window licking short bus rider. Just saying…

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