Ranking the Best Sports for Tailgating

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Ranking the Best Sports for Tailgating
Mike Roemer/Associated Press
These fans do it for the love of the tailgate.

Sports have the power to intoxicate fans, and die-hard supporters discover a seasonal joie de vivre only brought about by their home team.

For a variety of reasons, rooting on sports has become inextricably tied to the ability to show up to the event, flip down the tailgate on a pickup truck and start grilling a variety of meats over the coals. And if a designated driver has already been determined, a few or 10 adult beverages makes a fitting complement.

Aside from almost single-handedly propping up sales of those folding-chairs-in-a-bag, tailgating stands as one of the most hallowed traditions in sports fandom. Just remember to bring the cornhole board to the parking lot!

In fact, you don't even need an actual truck with a tailgate to take part. Indeed, relaxing amid a bombardment of food and beverage constitutes the spirit of the tailgate, and these are the best sports for eating and drinking while not being crammed into a row of cheap plastic seats.


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