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Tailgating for the Truly Discerning

Listen up, sports fans. Here are accessories sure to make your pre- or post-game festivities the talk of the stadium lot.

It's that time of year: The kids are back in school and you've traded your swimsuit for a suit and tie. But autumn doesn't mean all work and no play. It means football -- and football means tailgating.

We realize tailgating is more than just a pre-game party in a parking lot. For many fans, it's serious business -- often it's the sole reason for showing up at all. (Cleveland Browns fans, you know what we mean.)

So to help make this a truly epic tailgating season, we shopped for tailgating equipment that would add to your comfort, convenience and fun on the big day. Take a look at our best-value choices in our slide show.

Our choices for fine tailgating? Well, there's an infrared grill that any charred-meat carnivore would kill for. We've even got a grill that you can hitch to the back of your car or truck. Of course, one needs a place to relax before the big game -- all that cheering and booing takes a lot of energy. That's where the Wilderness Recliner comes into play. It's the perfect accessory for behind the bumper of a parked SUV.


For tailgate gourmets, there are mouth-watering, mail-order steaks and a monster cooler that will chill nearly all the wine in Napa.

And if you're one of those fans who just can't get enough of tailgating, head to the Web site of the American Tailgaters Association. And if that's still not enough, stop by and see what Joe Cahn, the self-proclaimed Commissioner of Tailgating, has to say about the upcoming season. You'll find plenty of tips that will help make your next journey to the Big Game a memorable one.

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