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 rack, sears 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 Minnesota Golden Gophers logo or create a grilled-bratwurst collage for the living-room wall proudly displaying the signature W of the Wisconsin Badgers. The 1311 model, the smaller 550 model ($19.99), and the HD model ($17.99) 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 by flipping proteins with university-unique barbecue tools ($21.99/set).