I don’t know if you’re anything like me, but whenever I think of tailgating, I think of three things—great food, large crowds of happy people, and cornhole.
What would a day of tailgating be without thousands of people tossing beanbags at slanted boards, cold beer in hand, killing time while waiting for the game to start?
No doubt, cornhole is a fun, semi-competitive way to enjoy time together with family and friends.
The perfect game for backyard barbecues, pool parties, and, of course, tailgates.
Until recently, however, cornhole was just a diversion, something to pass the time while waiting for something else more important or exciting.
However, it was only a matter of time before cornhole—if it were a person and not a game—felt a little unappreciated and decided to leave the band to go solo.
In the eternal words of Judas Priest, “Out there is a fortune waiting to be had / If you think I’ll let you go you’re mad / You’ve got another thing comin’.” Over the last couple of years, cornhole has hit the big-time, with tournaments springing up all over the country paying hefty prize money for victors.
With money at stake, this simple game of beanbag toss has, at times, turned otherwise mature adults into uber-competitive douchebags.
For instance, in May, a brawl broke out during a charity cornhole tournament sponsored by the Douglas County Chamber of Commerce in suburban Atlanta.
According to a news item on CBS Sports, the brawl broke out during a dispute over scoring.
The prize up for grabs was a grand total of $500, with proceeds benefitting high school students in the area, making the riot that much more ridiculous (although, the video of the fight is one of the funniest things currently on the Internet).
The next step, logically, is professional cornhole.