Editor’s note: Every year, my wife writes a story for The Hazean. She is not much of a fantasy footballer — though she has subbed admirably as a replacement drafter in the past — but loves football. And more than that, she loves playing games. So I thought to myself, what would be a good story idea for her this year? A story about football AND games.
We all know the common tailgating games that you see every where: cornhole, ladder ball, washers, and drinking games. But it is time to introduce your tailgate to a few new games this year.
Here are the top five unique tailgating games for the 2011 football season:
No. 5 – Box Hockey
If you love street hockey, but have limited space for tailgating, check out this game. Box hockey takes the game of hockey and confines it to a 6’X3’ box. Check out the rules and how to create your own box hockey here: http://www.outdoorgameplayers.com/outdoor-games-list/box-hockey/
No. 4 – Bocce Ball and Square Ball
Bocce’s making a comeback! This simple yard game includes two teams competing by throwing different color balls towards a smaller ball. This game can have various adaptations to increase the fun. Make it more challenging by creating obstacles, set a course in which the ball has to travel, or simply make the throwing distance longer. Another adaption for this game is square ball. You can find all the rules for square ball at this site: http://www.outdoorgameplayers.com/outdoor-games-list/squareball/
No. 3 – Holey Board
Many people have played some sort washers game, but Holey Board has it’s own unique style. In Holey board, there are 3 holes in a rectangular box each with a different point value. Players stand on the other box, and try to get their washers in to a score of 21. For full rules and how to make your own Holey Board set, I recommend this site: http://www.goodsams-florida.org/HoleyBoard.html
No. 2 – Molkky
This Finnish game will be sweeping America by the end of this tailgating season. This version of lawn bowling could bring up some friendly competitions out at your tailgate. For rules, set-up and how to make your own Molkky set check out this site: http://molkkyusa.com/
No. 1 – Kubb
This is my personal favorite. My friend introduced it to me last year, and I was hooked! This is the perfect game of skill and strategy for the serious gamers out at the tailgating scene. This Swedish game is played by knocking down your opponent’s Kubb blocks and being the first to be able to shoot for the king. Check out the Kubb wiki page for rules, set up and how to make your own: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kubb
Spice up your tailgate season with these five skillful and strategic games to build up a little friendly competition before the big game.
Here are today’s great reads:
- Just drafted for my keeper league last weekend and I could have used this story beforehand: Some thoughts on keeper league strategies. Always a good read. [Fantasy Douche]
- Felix Jones may be a post-hype player at this point, but he appears to be a break-out candidate across the internet. The opportunity is there for him in Dallas. He just needs to stay healthy, really. [RazzBall]
- I thought Sam Bradford had a really nice rookie season. Maybe I was drinking the Kool-Aid, because here is the most anti-Bradford story I have read since he joined the NFL. [ProFootballReference]
- In my opinion, wide receiver is the hardest position to predict in fantasy football. So many variables, so much reliance on outside stimuli (quarterback play, defenders, running game, situations, etc.). But if you are going to make judgements on wide receivers, it might be best to base your rankings on those with good yardage numbers. [SI.com]
- AJ Green may have been the first wide receiver off the board in the NFL Draft, but Julio Jones is looking like he should be the first receiver off the board in fantasy drafts. The quarterback situation in Atlanta (Matt Ryan) is much better than the one in Cincinnati (Andy Daulton? Bruce Gradkowski?). Advantage, Jones. [Roto Arcade]
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