The first party stores foolishly attempted to sell the actual experience of partying, complete with shouted karaoke, inappropriate heart-to-heart conversations, and complaints from neighbors. Stock up on real party essentials with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of grilling equipment branded with one of 44 NCAA-team logos from TheGrillTopper.com.
TheGrillTopper.com outfits tailgaters and culinary-inclined sports fans with a range of accessories to enhance grilling sessions, protect torsos and appendages, and showcase unwavering school pride. The site's signature item, the Grill Topper forged metal grilling racks, sear university logos and slogans from 44 NCAA teams onto the chef's food of choice. The 1311 model ($49.99) emblazons foodstuffs with one large logo and four smaller images, allowing one to brand steaks with the Iowa Hawkeyes logo, char burger patties with the signature I of the Iowa State Cyclones, or create a grilled-bratwurst collage for the living-room wall proudly displaying the Northern Iowa Panther. The 1311, smaller 550 ($19.99), and HD ($17.99) racks all nestle comfortably on the heated bed of most gas-grill racks, large-size charcoal-grill racks, and all backyard-lava-pit ovens.
Fire-cooking gourmands can also boast of their alma mater by donning the site's bold, school-logoed Grill Topper gloves ($18.99) and aprons ($34.99), or flipping proteins with university-unique barbecue tools ($21.99/set).