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Avid tailgaters will all agree that getting to the tailgate should be just as fun as tailgating itself. Sure window stickers and those small window flags show team spirit. You could even break out the shoe polish and mark up your windows with clever slogans like “Geaux Tigers” or “Hook ‘em Horns”. Then again, you’re not still in high school either. You need to show the world who your team is with a full sized flag flying proudly from the rear of your vehicle as you drive to the game. That’s why you need a SportMast, the only hitch mounted flag pole certified for full highway speeds.

Check out the video on how easy it is to attach a SportMast to your car. (watch it just for the hot girl in a bikini top and mini-skirt doing the demo.)

To use the SportMast, all you need is a truck or SUV with a 2″ tow hitch receiver and a sturdy flag with grommets. The SportMast stands 6′ tall above your trailer hitch and weighs 16 lbs. Bolt it securely to your trailer hitch with the pad-lockable hitch pin (included), attach your team’s 3′ x 5′ flag to the SportMast eye bolts with the snap-hooks (included) and and you are off. The welded eye bolts of the SportMast are made of powder coated stainless steel for tough durability. The SportMast is designed to handle highway speeds of 65 mph so you won’t have to drive like your grandpa to the tailgate.

I tested out my own SportMast (click photos below for larger images) and it works great. I took it out on the freeway and hit about 70 mph and the SportMast did not wobble or jiggle at that speed. I did get plenty of double takes and a few thumbs up from people as I passed. There is no doubt that when driving with a SportMast you will definitely draw attention to your vehicle.

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If you are going to use the SportMast I would suggest getting a high quality, heavy duty flag to put on it. A cheaply made flag will tear and tatter over time because of the high winds it will be enduring on the highway. Just make sure the flag you choose can handle high winds unless you plan on keeping it under 25 mph on your way to the tailgate party.The SportMast is manufactured in the United States and comes in a number of different colors. Color options include black, blue, chrome, green, orange, purple, red, white or yellow to match your car or your team’s colors.  SportMasts regularly sell for $149.99 (chrome option more expensive) but a recent sale has been extended and the price has come down to $119.99. The sale may not last long so make sure to take advantage of the price reduction before it goes back to regular price.

After testing it out myself, if you are a rabid fan of your team and want everyone on the road to know it, you have to get a SportMast.

The Original Telescoping Flagpole From Uncommon US


How To Properly Fly Flags While Tailgating

Posted by Dave On July - 5 - 2008

Flag of the United States in the Moon Light 月光...Image by Toby (Yang) Yu via FlickrYesterday was 4th of July. The day we told England to stick it and that the American Colonies were no longer part of the British Empire. You may have seen numerous American Flags flown all day yesterday whether it be at a parade, while tailgating or outside of your neighbors house. I was raised by my parents to always show respect towards the American Flag and to fly it properly with care and respect. It always bugs me when I see the American Flag, or any type of flag for that matter, displayed improperly.

The reason I bring this up is because this morning when I woke up it was still dark outside. (I have a 14 week old son in the house and you can imagine I get up when it is dark outside a lot.) I looked outside and many of my neighbors left their American Flags out all night from displaying them the previous day. Although I appreciate their patriotism for flying the flag on July 4th, this is a major violation of the Flag Code. This got me to thinking about tailgating and how it is quite popular for tailgaters to fly flags in the parking lots. Many times I see tailgaters flying flags improperly and many of them do not know the proper flag flying etiquette. Here is a quick “how to” guide regarding the proper display of flags with special attention paid to doing it while tailgating.

  • First and foremost,  treat all flags with respect and common sense. That means you, the rabid sports fan, should not stomp or drag or desecrate any flag even if it is the flag of your most hated rival. If you are feeling especially nasty and want to demonstrate your distaste for the opposing team, do it to their star player’s jersey; never a flag.
  • If you choose to fly another flag in conjunction with the American Flag, no flag should ever fly higher than the American Flag. When flying a state flag along with the American Flag on two separate staffs, the state flag may fly at the same height as the American Flag. (It is a misnomer that all state flags must fly lower than the American flag except the Texas State Flag. This is an urban legend. It is optional to fly a State Flag lower than the American Flag as a show of deference to the national flag.)
  • You may display another country’s flag, i.e the Flag of Ireland while tailgating before a Notre Dame football game, but you should fly that nation’s flag at the same height, it be the same size as the American Flag and on a separate flag staff. Flying the flags of two independent nations on the same flag pole is disrespectful to both countries. If it is not possible to display two or more national flags at the same height, it is not proper to display then together at all.
  • According to the Flag Code, it is not improper to display a state, city, county, team, organization, etc. flag by itself. It is preferable to display those flags along with the Stars and Stripes but the “lesser” flags may fly on their own.
  • It is permissible to display the American Flag on the same pole as another flag (but not another country’s flag); however the American Flag must ALWAYS be displayed above any other. (Many would argue this is disrespectful and that the American Flag should only share a flag pole with a State Flag and never a team or organizational flag. Let your good judgment be your guide in cases like this.)
  • Never display the flag after dark unless it is properly illuminated with a spotlight. In other words, if you are still tailgating and the sun has gone down, out of respect, please take a few minutes and take down your flags.
  • You may be tailgating on a day like Memorial Day when you would normally fly the American Flag at half mast in remembrance of those who died in military battle. The proper way to fly a flag at half mast is to first hoisted it to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The flag should be again raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.

The Original Telescoping Flagpole From Uncommon US


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