The Beanbag Toss Guide

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Beanbag toss (also known as cornhole, corn toss, bags, baggo, and tailgate toss, to name a few) is a super popular tailgating staple that also shows up at picnics, backyard cookouts, and mainly anywhere people gather for a good time. It’s portable and easy to play – almost everyone can participate. For the truly dedicated and talented, there are even cornhole championships.

For the rest of us, here’s a look at the game, how it’s played, and where the heck it came from.

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Cornhole Origins

Beanbag toss is a game that has uncertain origins, but theories abound – and they are as colorful as you might imagine. One theory revolves around the Illinois-based Blackhawk tribe, who filled pig bladders with dry beans and would toss them around for fun. Another theory credits a German farmer, Matthias Kueperman, who reportedly saw some kids tossing heavy rocks into a hole. It looked entertaining enough but wasn’t exactly safe, so he sought to make a safer game. A last theory notes a Kentucky farmer came up with the idea in the early 1900s, but some say German immigrants were the ones responsible for bringing the game to the U.S.

Cornhole Equipment

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Cornhole equipment can be as casual as a board raised on one end with a hole cut into it (times two), but there are also regulations that you might want to adhere to if you’re making the equipment yourself. After all, you don’t want your cornhole gear to be laughed out of the parking lot.

Official cornhole boards should be constructed from wood that measures 48 inches by 24 inches with a 6-inch diameter hole centered 9 inches from the top of the board. The back edge of the board should rise off the ground by about a foot and, of course, the surface should be free of bumps or bends that could screw up your game.

Official cornhole bags should weigh around 15 ounces and should measure 6 inches by 6 inches. Two cups of dried corn kernels are the standard filling per bag, giving rise to the name of the game itself.

The cornhole field has certain requirements as well. Boards should be spaced 27 feet from end to end and should face one another. A pitcher’s box area extends 3 feet from either side of the board, and players cannot cross the foul line (which runs along and extends to the edge of the board facing your opponent) when tossing the bag.

Cornhole Scoring Rules

There are a variety of scoring rules that accompany the official play. However, if you’re just horsing around with your friends and family, you may choose to relax some of these. Here is probably the simplest way to keep score during a friendly game.

A bag that passes through a hole scores three points. It can be tossed directly through, it can slide on the board before passing through, or it can be knocked in by another bag.

A bag that lands on the board scores one point, as long as it didn’t touch the ground before coming to a rest on the board.

The first team to reach or exceed 21 points wins the game.

Get Your Cornhole Right Here

Fortunately, if you’re not handy with a saw and sewing machine, there are plenty of regulation-size cornhole sets at Fanatics that are emblazoned with your favorite teams and sports.

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NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest History

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This season will be the 33rd NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest. The first was held in Denver, Colorado, on Jan. 28, 1984. Larry Nance of the Phoenix Suns ultimately defeated Julius “Dr. J” Erving of the 76ers in the final round. In the beginning, the contest was held with eight competitors and five judges. Each player had three chances to dunk with only 24 seconds to make their shot. Each dunk was judged on a scale of one to 10. Only the four highest-scoring players moved on to the semifinals and, after three more dunks, the last two highest-scoring players faced off in the finals. After the final three dunks, the player who scored the highest out of a total 150 points was the winner.

This year, four players will get three chances to complete each of their two dunks. The five judges will score each dunk on a scale of six to 10, with the two highest-scoring players moving on to the final round. These two players will again have three chances to complete each of their two dunks and, at the end of the round, the highest-scoring player will be the champion.

In the past 30 years of All-Star Slam Dunk Contest history, fans and players have seen some of the most epic moments in the history of the NBA. In 2011, we saw Blake Griffin jump over the hood of a car to complete his dunk as a choir behind him sang R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly.” Griffin went on to win the competition. Although this was a feat, it doesn’t compare to 5-foot-7-inch Nate Robinson’s three wins in 2006, 2009, and 2010, making him the winningest All-Star Slam Dunk Contest participant. In 2009, he dunked over 6-foot-11-inch Dwight Howard, who had returned to defend his title from the previous year. Robinson was representing the Knicks with each of those wins, who are now tied with the Hawks for most wins at four each.

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Top Dunkers

Last year’s champion, Glenn Robinson III, was the second Pacers champion in the history of the contest. His winning dunk earned him 50 points after he leaped over the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Paul George, Indiana Pacers Kayla Noel, and Pacers mascot Boomer to defeat Derrick Jones Jr. of the Phoenix Suns.

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This year’s participants include Victor Oladipo (Pacers), Larry Nance Jr. (Cavs), Dennis Smith Jr. (Mavericks), and Donovan Mitchell (Jazz).

Oladipo is ranked 13th in the NBA in scoring with a career-high 23.9 points per game. He previously made an appearance in the slam dunk contest in 2015 but fell short to Zach Lavine. Oladipo was voted fan-favorite Dunk of the Year for the 2016-17 season and will become the second consecutive champion from the Pacers if he wins this year’s contest.

Nance Jr. is the son of the All-Star Slam Dunk Contest’s original winner, Larry Nance. Representing the Cavaliers, he is posting career highs in scoring with 8.8 points per game.

Smith Jr. is a rookie in his first year with the Mavericks. With 14.8 points per game, he ranks fifth of all the rookies this season. In addition to the Slam Dunk Contest, fans can find Smith Jr. competing for the U.S. Team in Mtn Dew Kickstart Rising Stars during the NBA All-Star weekend beginning Feb. 16, 2018.

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Donovan Mitchell is also a rookie who will be joining the competition last minute after Aaron Gordon of the Orlando Magic was forced to withdraw due to injury. He’s leading all NBA rookies this season in scoring, with 19.7 points per game and will earn the Jazz their second win since 2012 if he comes in first.

Be a Part of the Action

The annual competition takes place each NBA All-Star weekend, with this year’s event to be held at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb.17, 2018, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles (it’s scheduled to air on TNT). Make sure you’re ready to cheer your favorite player on for the contest and the second half of the season by stopping by Fanatics today.

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Philadelphia Eagles Minute-by-Minute Sales Heat Map After Super Bowl LII

The Philadelphia Eagles are Super Bowl LII champions, and the millions of diehard Eagles faithful who celebrated the franchise’s first Super Bowl title wasted no time stocking up on Eagles Super Bowl Champs gear moments after the clock hit zero.

Tom Brady’s failed last-second heave gave the Eagles a 41-33 victory at 10:20 p.m. ET, and Eagles championship merchandise dropped on Fanatics within seconds as Philly players, coaches and fans were sent into euphoria. The entire east coast of the U.S. illuminated with Eagles sales on Fanatics’ minute-by-minute heat map by 10:30 p.m., with legions of Eagles enthusiasts across the nation also getting in on the action throughout midnight ET.

The Eagles’ Super Bowl 52 championship is expected to become the second-largest championship sales market in Fanatics history, behind the Chicago Cubs’ 2016 World Series. Fans of the Dirty Birds can scoop up officially licensed Eagles Super Bowl Champs gear at Fanatics, including Eagles championship t-shirts, hats and jerseys.

Visual History of NFL Champion Jerseys

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This year’s Big Game is slated to be an exciting one. With The New England Patriots making their tenth championship appearance (their third in four years) and the underdog Philadelphia Eagles playing with a chip on their shoulder, this year’s game will undoubtedly be one for the ages. Before heading to your watch party, check out this visual history of the NFL’s Championship match ups.

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Big Game Quick Facts

  • Teams wearing white jerseys have won 33 times, colored jerseys have won 18. Perhaps this bodes well for the Patriots?
  • This year’s game is a rematch of the 2004 season in which the Patriots defeated the Eagles 24-21 in Jacksonville.
  • With this matchup, the Patriots will have 10 championship appearances and the Eagles, three.

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NBA City Edition Jerseys: Northwest Division

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Nearly midway through the 2017-18 season, the Northwest Division is red hot. The Minnesota Timberwolves, Oklahoma City Thunder, Portland Trail Blazers, and Denver Nuggets each hold a top 8 seed in the conference, while the Utah Jazz remain competitive for a playoff spot as well. Let’s take a look at the region-specific cultures Nike’s City Edition jerseys celebrate within this thriving group of teams.

Mile High Jerseys

 

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These special Denver jerseys are not drastically different from the team’s other jersey choices. The Nuggets already have jerseys that are primarily navy with accents of gold and blue, but these jerseys replace the Nuggets’ team name across the chest with a mountain and two crossed axes. These images symbolize Denver’s nickname, Mile High City, which was given due to the city’s altitude of roughly a mile above sea level.

Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing

 

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Nike chose to go with gray for these Minnesota jerseys to mimic the shade of fur on a real-life wolf. Fans may hope Karl Anthony-Towns and the Timberwolves’ game mirrors the ferociousness of these animals on the court as well.

Thunder and Lightning

 

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The Portland Trail Blazers’ City Edition jerseys are jam-packed with local sports history. The plaid pattern was selected to honor the late Blazers coach Dr. Jack Ramsay, who was known for his signature plaid suits. The torso proudly displays a “rip city” logo, which is now the mantra of Portland sports team. This phrase originated in the Blazers’ 1970-71 inaugural season, as the then play-by-play announcer, Bill Schonely, excitedly yelled the phrase during a live game broadcast.

Jazzy Jersey

 

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Utah’s city jerseys feature strips of warm colors, slowly darkening from the top down. Nike chose such a distinct pattern to represent the breathtaking red rock formations and canyons within the state.

Best of the West

The teams of the Northwestern Division have played a stellar first half of the 2017-18 season. Even if a couple of these squads tail off toward the end of the season, these jerseys will be going strong for years to come. Join the players in celebrating Northwestern pride and get your official Nike City Edition jerseys from Fanatics.

 

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The Evolution of the Jacksonville Jaguars

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The Jacksonville Jaguars are one of the youngest NFL teams — they, along with the Carolina Panthers, first took the field in 1995. The expansion team was established two years earlier, when the NFL awarded J. Wayne Weaver and the City of Jacksonville the league’s 30th franchise. The city, who was granted a team over other, larger metropolitan areas such as St. Louis and Baltimore, was excited to see how they would grow the new franchise.

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Building the Jags

Weaver hired Tom Coughlin for the squad’s first head coach in 1994, who got busy building an NFL team from scratch through the NFL Draft and trades (notably, the Jags acquired quarterback Mark Brunell from the Packers, and drafted offensive tackle Tony Boselli No. 2 overall).

Jacksonville didn’t get a strong start out of the gate and didn’t notch their first win until the 5th week of the 1995 season (against the Houston Oilers). The following year was far better — the 1996 Jags team not only made the playoffs that year after a 9 and 7 season, but won two playoff games (both on the road at Buffalo and Denver) before ultimately falling to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game.

Jacksonville went to the postseason three consecutive seasons after that, returning to the AFC Championship Game in 1999 (after a 14 and 2 season), where they were defeated by the Tennessee Titans.

Since that early successful run, the Jaguars reached the postseason twice (2005 and 2007), but since then, and fans have suffered through nine seasons (and a revolving door for head coaches) before finally returning to January play in 2017.

Home Sweet Home

The Jaguars currently play in EverBank Field, which is the only stadium they’ve called home. Built prior to their first home preseason game in 1995, the stadium has since undergone significant upgrades.

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The current stadium moniker was announced just prior to the 2010 training camp when EverBank Financial Corp., along with the Jaguars, introduced EverBank Field for the first time. The stadium is located in downtown Jacksonville alongside St. Johns River with easy interstate access.

Though the Jags don’t have the long history some of the older teams do (we’re only talking a couple decades here), that doesn’t mean there haven’t been some uniform changes since their early mid-’90s inception.

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The 2017 Jaguars have returned to the postseason. Not only did they win in the Wild-card round, they defeated the heavily-favored Pittsburgh Steelers in the Divisional Round to return to the AFC Championship for the third time in their short history. One more win (over the also-favored New England Patriots) will lead the Jacksonville Jaguars to their first shot in the Big Game.

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If you’ve been a Jags fan since 1995, or are a little newer to the fandom, have we got some good news for you. Fanatics has a ton of awesome, authentic Jags gear so you can root your boys on to victory.

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Most Followed Players: Atlanta Falcons

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After reflecting on the epic meltdown that took place during the 2017 Super Bowl, the Atlanta Falcons are ready to focus on the new season and another chance to win the Vince Lombardi Trophy. While they’ll have to compete on the field against a tough NFC South featuring the Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, there’s also some off-field competition to solve among the Dirty Birds: Which Falcons player is the most followed on social media?

Cultivating an identity across Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter can be a second job for many players, especially as they work with brands and companies to promote products and services. Which Falcons player would even have the influence to do that? Does quarterback Matt Ryan have the most social media followers? Or is there a defender commanding eyeballs with his digital presence? Continue reading to see the Falcons player who has truly figured out social media.

Flying High

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The 1.9 million Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter followers for wide receiver Julio Jones have landed him in the top spot. The six-year veteran and four-time Pro Bowler has led the league in average receiving yards per game the past two seasons – 116 yards per game during the 2015-16 season and 100 yards per game in the 2016-17 season. In addition to sharing some of his favorite music of the moment via Instagram, Jones also shares his summer vacation pictures, which involve feeding pigs carrots on a beach.

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Even though he’s the quarterback and usually the most important player on the field, Matt Ryan can’t compete with Jones’ following. In fact, he had fewer total followers than the number of followers Jones had on Instagram alone as of September 2017. Ryan is a brand ambassador for Banana Republic and commands a large audience of over 776,000 users across all of his social media channels.He’ll face the tough assignment this year, his 10th season of helping to bring the Falcons back into the playoffs and maintaining his regular season MVP stats.

With a little over half the following of Matt Ryan, running back Devonta Freeman placed third among his Falcons teammates for the largest social media following. With a combined presence just over 300,000 across all three networks, it’s almost all about Instagram for the former Florida State player – over 200,000 of his social media followers keep up with Freeman’s life via the picture- and video-sharing service. While there are pictures of Freeman wearing fancy clothes at red carpet events, he’s also posted plenty of Instagram pictures related to the work he does for young people via his Devonta Freeman Foundation.

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Rise Up

As their follower counts continue to rise, it’s time for all Atlanta Falcons fans – not just Jones, Ryan, or Freeman followers – to rise up! Support your team by picking up the best officially licensed Falcons merchandise and apparel from Fanatics.com.

Methodology

For this project, we scraped the social metrics from each player’s respective Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. All measures (including likes and followers) were collected and verified on Sept. 6, 2017.

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CFB AP Poll

College football season has certainly had its ups and downs, and in the weeks leading up to the end of the season, the AP poll rankings also had a bit of a rollercoaster ride as well – with a few exceptions. While Alabama spent most of the season at No. 1 (until the last two weeks), other teams weren’t quite as consistent. Let’s take a look.

Ranking ‘Em High

The Alabama Crimson Tide, as mentioned, spent the overwhelming majority of the season at the top of the AP poll standings, only dropping out of the No. 1 spot in week 14 (to No. 5) and gaining a spot in week 15 (to No. 4). The other three teams in this year’s college playoff haven’t been quite as consistent all season long, at least according to the AP Poll.

Let’s take a look at the team that nabbed the final No. 2 spot – the University of Oklahoma. Oklahoma was in the top four over the last month of the season, but before that, they spent some time a little farther south. Week 7, for example, found the Sooners ranked No. 12, followed by No. 9, No. 10, and then No. 8. The last four weeks, however, saw them sitting pretty at No. 3 for two weeks, before finally moving into the No. 2 spot on the final week of the season.

The Georgia Bulldogs are another team that didn’t spend a lot of time near the top until they started to heat up just as the season winded down. They started off week 1 at No. 15 and slowly but surely navigated their way near the top of the pack. They first reached No. 3 in week 8, and while they bounced around a bit after that (reaching No. 2 in weeks 10 and 11 before dropping down to No. 7 in weeks 12 and 13), they found their way back to the No. 3 spot by week 15.

The Clemson Tigers nabbed the No.1 ranking at the end of the season, but they too spent some time bouncing around the rankings as the season progressed. They were ranked No. 5 at the beginning of the season (week 1) and slowly crept up into the top three, where they remained until week 7. They then fell to No. 7, but didn’t stay there long (nor did they fall below that point during the season). In week 11, they were ranked No. 4, and in week 14, they landed in the No. 1 spot, which is where they remained until the season was over.  

Make It Rain … With Total Points

When we look at a season-long accumulation of points, it’s immediately apparent why Alabama spent most of the season atop the poll – they amassed over 22,200 points, and over 2,000 more than Clemson, who followed right behind them in overall points.

Points are awarded weekly by the AP poll voters (a panel of 61 sportswriters from around the country who vote in the poll every week). Teams receive 25 points for each first-place vote, then 24 for the second, and 23 for the third, all the way down to 1 point for teams who get a 25th place vote. Alabama, then, got the most first-place votes all season long but ended the season ranked No. 4.

Oklahoma received the third most points of the season, racking up over 19,100 points. Georgia was fourth in this category, with over 17,600 points, followed by Penn State (17,559 points), Wisconsin (17,318 points), Ohio State (16,934 points), and Washington (14,542 points).

Seeking a Championship Victory

The College Football Playoff began Jan. 1, 2017 with a couple of semifinal bowl games. The Allstate Sugar Bowl saw the Alabama Crimson Tide (No. 4) take out the Clemson Tigers (No. 1), while the Georgia Bulldogs (No. 3) defeated the Oklahoma Sooners (No. 2) in the Rose Bowl.

The College Football Playoff National Championship takes place on Jan. 8 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, where the Georgia Bulldogs and Alabama Crimson Tide will compete to win the national title.

This format is relatively new in college football. This will only be the fourth national championship game. Interestingly, Alabama and Clemson have both played in the championship twice, when they faced each other at the end of the 2015 and 2016 seasons – Alabama won the first meeting, and Clemson the second. While this year won’t see another rematch based on the seeding, it’ll be a rousing match between two SEC powerhouses.  

Get Your Gear

Are you ready to watch your favorite college team take on the College Football Playoff National Championship? Whether you’re heading to Atlanta, hitting up a local venue to watch the game with fellow fans, or are hosting a watch party at home, make sure you’re properly attired with sweet threads from Fanatics.com.

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Best Places to Watch The Rose Bowl

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This year’s Rose Bowl will ring in the new year with a contest between the No. 2 Oklahoma Sooners and the No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs. Fans of Oklahoma (Big 12 champs) and Georgia (SEC champs) have a lot to be excited about (this is the first time the teams have met in the Rose Bowl), but traveling to Pasadena may not be in the cards for most fans. Where, then, can they take in the game with like-minded souls as they cheer on their favorite college football team?

Good news. Fans of either team don’t have to stray too far from campus to take in the game with their fellow students, alumni, and fans.

Oklahoma Sooners

The Mont

The Mont is a Norman institution and is located just a few blocks away from OU. Reviewers say the atmosphere is phenomenal, as is the food, but many start game day with an Original Sooner Swirl in hand.

The Garage Burgers and Beer

The Garage in Norman, Oklahoma, is a hot spot for burgers and game-watchin’. They offer traditional burgers alongside a plethora of specialities such as the Sticky Finger, which features peanut butter and jalapeno relish on a bacon cheeseburger (reviewers insist it’s amazing, even though it sounds a bit odd). Add in a fab game-watching atmosphere and terrific locale, and it may be just where you head on New Year’s Day.

Louie’s Grill and Bar

There are tons of Louie’s scattered around the OKC metro area, but for those who are on or near campus, there is one located right on the edge of the university (in fact, its location is termed “Campus Corner”). Reviewers say this is a great place to take in a game, as there are multiple TVs scattered throughout.

Georgia Bulldogs

Blind Pig Tavern

Bulldogs fans that love fried pickles – we’ve got your game day locale scouted out for some quality Rose Bowl watching. Blind Pig Tavern will definitely have the game on while you look over the menu (which includes other awesomeness aside from fried pickles – don’t worry). There are three locations to choose from, all right there in Athens.

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s is known for a variety of kick-ass food, including burgers, wings, and dogs. Reviewers rave about the excellent food and great service, and they’re totally all about the Bulldogs (and other Georgia teams, of course). This may be your only stop on Rose Bowl day for food, drinks, and the game.

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Bar South

Plenty of TVs make Bar South a go-to spot for the Rose Bowl. It doesn’t hurt that it has an amazing beer selection and super good food, too. They usually run specials on big game days, so belly up to the table and get well-fed while getting your Bulldogs fix as they take on the Sooners.

Food, Drinks, and Large TVs

If you’re lucky enough to be traveling to California for the Rose Bowl, or if you have other plans like checking out one of these amazing pubs (or really, hanging out at home with your best buds), be sure to check out the vast selection of Sooners and Bulldogs gear at Fanatics.

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Best Places to Watch The Sugar Bowl

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While it may be a tad difficult to secure tickets to see No. 1 Clemson take on No. 4 Alabama in this year’s Sugar Bowl in person, thankfully you have other options. The Sugar Bowl traditionally takes place on (or near) New Year’s Day, which makes it a fun way to ring in the new year. If you’re lacking somewhere local to go, don’t worry – we’ve gathered a few places you can check out if you’re staying near campus when the new year rolls in.

Clemson Tigers

The Esso Club

The Esso Club is a Clemson landmark and popular destination on Tigers game days, which makes it an obvious choice for those looking for a Sugar Bowl viewing spot. According to ESPN, the place rocks on game day, and despite its humble beginnings (it got its start as a gas station) remains legendary among students, alumni, and fans.

Sloan Street Tap Room

Sloan Street Tap Room is another locale perfect for checking out the Sugar Bowl. Reviewers tout the excellent selection of beer and the homey, comfortable atmosphere, especially if you’re trying to get away from the crowds.

Tiger Town Tavern

Another Clemson staple is Tiger Town Tavern, which is a solid pub perfect for Tigers fans. Reviewers note the “divey” charm and varied seating areas and amenities, such as pool tables, big TVs, and “gigantic” chicken wings.

Alabama Crimson Tide

The Houndstooth Sports Bar

The Houndstooth Sports Bar has a ton of TVs, great food, and a superb atmosphere – the perfect recipe for some Sugar Bowl action. Don’t worry, you’ll be surrounded by fellow Crimson Tide fans as you root for a Bama victory.

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Mugshots Grill & Bar

Mugshots has a bevy of locations in the South, but we want to direct you to their Tuscaloosa locale for game day. They get high marks from prior customers for a stellar menu (traditional pub fare like burgers and nachos, plus more unique items like Thai shrimp) and a rousing college atmosphere.

Wheelhouse Sports Pub

If you’re looking for a sweet sports bar that also features a vintage-feel “barcade,” then the Wheelhouse may be up your alley. Visitors say the food is great, the games are awesome, and it’s a great place to take in a game. Join your Bama brethren and saddle up to the bar to cheer on the Crimson Tide.

Get Your Game On

No matter which team you’re cheering on and no matter where you’re doing it, remember that Fanatics has the best selection of college athletic gear – so you can support your team in the freshest threads around.

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