Best Tailgate Gear

Submitted by UAUM on April 26th, 2011 at 2:52 PM

I know it's a little early to start talking about this, but as newer season ticket holders, my best buddy and I are pretty much addicted to tailgaiting on the golf course.  After 2 years, we are still perfecting our tailgate.  He recently got one of those folding Coleman grills, I made some custom painted M cornhole boards, and I'm getting a Michigan beer pong table for my birthday.


So, I'd like to hear about/see the board's best tailgating gear.  Links or pictures would be much appreciated.




April 26th, 2011 at 3:00 PM ^

I always go with black socks, Burkenstocks, my "Michigan F.B.I Agent" half-shirt, and Maize Thong with the M right where it should be.

Give me a bit and I"ll find the picture and download it for all of you  (the picture is from the Northwestern game in 2008 - so don't judge)


April 26th, 2011 at 3:09 PM ^

was one of those big orange Coleman water coolers with the spigot at the bottom.  It was an impulse buy at Meijer for like $15 (on-sale), but having a bigass jug of water is helpful for washing hands, re-hydrating between high-gravity malted beverages, and so on. 

Plus if we get a huge win, there's the chance I could talk somebody into pouring it all over my head like I'm a head coach.


April 26th, 2011 at 3:19 PM ^

Bass Pro Shop tent- got it really cheap and can easily fit 6 peope with comfort. I use it and it seems like it lessens the chance of rain.

Zing Zang bloody mary mix, cheap vodka, 24 pack of bud light- this is good for me and 4 others...I am alway feeling good pre game, but as soon as kickoff I sober up real fast.


April 26th, 2011 at 3:22 PM ^

I am trying to find some UM themed nipple tassles for those chilly November games.  So, everyone keep an eye out for me and help prevent some seriously dangerous THO.  Me nipples thank you in advance. 


April 26th, 2011 at 3:26 PM ^

At the Big Chill we ruined our Dick's blue tailgate tent.  I am now in the market for a Michigan version of that tent.  Wondering where to find the best prices on this tent with a block M and/or Michigan on it?  Thanks.


April 26th, 2011 at 3:53 PM ^

I would love to tailgate every game but getting out of the golf course or pioneer lot sucks. What do u guys usually do? Do u stay until everybody is gone and then leave?

This is Michigan

April 26th, 2011 at 4:45 PM ^

I am in the process of making a giant Jenga game. It includes 69 2 x 4 blocks (10.5'' in length). I had the brilliant idea of painting all the blocks to represent 3 different schools, one of which is Michigan (Illinois and Illinois Chicago are the other two). I painted 22 blocks for UM, 11 blue and 11 maize. I painted the winged helmet and block M on the blue ones so far. I haven't figured out what I am putting on the maize blocks (so if you have any suggestions). The blue ones turned out pretty nice (maybe one day I will upload pics). I also made a case/box that is capable of holding all the blocks for easy carriage. I also painted the case and put a huge block M on one side.

So painting them turned out to be a bad idea for a couple of reasons. (A) really time consuming, especially since I did a design on each block. (B) after I painted them, I realized how sticky they become, so I will have to end up putting polyuerthane on them.

In actuallity though, making the Jenga set without the paint takes about 2 hours and wood is pretty cheap. It would be well worth the time and money to just make a raw set.

The only problem is that the set is very heavy and could cost you a lot of gas if you don't live close to Ann Arbor. Since I live in Chicago, I don't know if I will be bringing it up to Ann Arbor that much.

All in all, with the painting, it has been a fun little project.  



EDIT:  Another cool little thing I did with the set is I made a game within a game, so to speak. Are you are familiar with the drinking game Circle of Fire (or whatever people call it)? Each block has a rule or task written on the back, similar to how each playing card represents a rule. Once you pull of a block from the jenga stack, you have to do whatever it says. For instance, "Drink Two" or "Sing the Victors" etc.


April 26th, 2011 at 6:47 PM ^

Agreed, the HD DirectTV dish I bring, generator and flat screen HD TVS rock our tailgate. We also got christmas style while lights to hang down off the tent - makes the early mornings or post 330 games enough light to see. We've also started bringing kegs vs. beer cans - keeps the bums away.

Go Blue!


April 26th, 2011 at 5:37 PM ^

At the Big Chill, I decided a big pot of chili was in order. My buddy brought one of these along to heat it up, it worked great, and so I requested one of my own for Christmas.

Coleman 2-burner stove (available in a couple different fuel options..this one's propane)


April 27th, 2011 at 8:05 AM ^

My wife is from the south and outdoor cooking is a love of my in-laws.  I just purchased a Bayou Classic Outdoor Burner -- it's amazing.  I made some hot Captain w/cider before the Illinois game last year and would be prime for chili, also.