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Bar Games Tue Apr 08 2008

Makeshift Games for Tailgating

I hold the distinction of missing each day of grade school when teachers explained the fundamentals of preparation. As a result of my non-existent planning skills, I regularly attend pool parties sans bathing suit and have even traveled to Greenland with only thin cotton tank tops! A frustrating life, but I manage to survive.

Naturally, my lack of preparation also hinders the tailgating experience. Depression usually kicks in after my six pack and Frisbee are upstaged by a collection of grills, patio furniture, bean-bag toss, and mobile entertainment systems. How can I compete without the ability to plan ahead? I want to join the fun as well! For others with similar problems, I want to share my plan for not planning at tailgates this summer. The following games should provide the impromptu fun every planning inept individual craves.

Activity #1: Bag Biting
BagBiting.jpgThis game is a perfect combination of balance and portability. All you need are paper bags of varying sizes, a group of friends, and some low-quality alcohol. Begin by placing the largest bag in the center of participants. The initial player will attempt to bite the bag while standing on one foot. Common strategies include bending and dipping, but anything is allowed as long as the participant remains on one foot and does not use other structures for support. If the player cannot secure the bag in his/her bite, a penalization of one drink is leveled. Insert a smaller bag to increase the difficulty. Surprise lesson: Balance does not improve with drinking.

Activity #2: Thunderstruck
Another beloved game with minimal equipment requirements! Similar to bag biting, this game requires both a group of people and easy-to-consume beer. Paper bags, however, are replaced with a copy of AC/DC's annoying anthem "Thunderstruck." With beer in hand, start the song. The first participant is required to drink until the word "thunder" is uttered, signaling a pass to the next participant for more of the same. Don't get caught drinking during one of the guitar solos! View the lyrics here to count the number of times "Thunder" appears. Surprise lesson: AC/DC does not improve with drinking.

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