GAMES FOR THE ATHLETIC FRIENDS WHO CAN’T SIT STILL DURING THE GAME:
After watching Tom Brady throw 40-yard darts all afternoon, it's only natural that your more athletically inclined friends are going to want to test out their arms in a little friendly competition. Setup a target -- a clean trash can is a favorite since there's nothing more satisfying than the hollow thud of a ball hitting the bottom of a barrel -- and assemble the competitors 20 yards away. (Make sure to grab someone to stand near the target to wrangle errant throws.) Everyone gets 10 tosses; winner gets to pick who's responsible for post-party cleanup.
This game is an underrated classic: grab a few friends, a frisbee, some Bud Light, and a pair of posts on which you can balance a can. Head to the backyard, hammer the posts into the ground, and top each one with a full beer. Each team of two throws the frisbee back and forth trying to either hit the post -- worth 1 point -- or knock the can clean off for 3 points. You’re just like your favorite quarterback, only instead of running to the sideline for some water, you get to grab a sip of beer between throws.
The Backyard Triathlon
You know all the classic yard games: KanJam, Baggo, Spike Ball, Washers, Ladder Ball. But what if you combined them into one epic competition? Pick three of your favorite games, then split your party into two teams. Each squad will play each game one time through. (It’s going to be house rules for all competitions, so make sure you’re clear on tiebreakers and winning scores.) The only concrete rule: every team member has to participate in at least one game. The winning team gets the ultimate trilogy of prizes: bragging rights, first pick of seating for the game, and a case of Bud Light to split.