09.09

4 Not-So-Common Must-Haves for Your Man Cave

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When you start furnishing your man cave or game room, there are a few standard items that every man cave will have in common, such as a big-screen TV, a pool table and some comfortable chairs. But when you’re really ready to take your man cave (man pad, manctuary, estrogen-free zone) to the next level, these are the must-have items you need to consider. And with winter just around the corner, you’ll want to be ready for the extra indoor time that you’ll gain by not having to mow the lawn every week.

Neon Lighting for Your Man Cave

Nothing says “man cave” better than neon. Whether you choose to honor your favorite sport team or promote your favorite game (as with this Texas Hold ‘Em sign), neon is a necessary addition to any man cave.

A Jaxx Lounger for Your Man Cave

This foam-filled bean bag lounger fits up to three people, but it’s the perfect spot for you and a special someone whether you’re watching the game together or enjoying a romantic night in. Every man cave should have one.

A Hot Dog Steamer for Your Man Cave

So that you never have to leave your man cave, you need food – easy food that is readily accessible – like this Paragon Dog Hut Hot Dog Steamer. Imagine how handy it will be to reach for a hot dog without missing even a moment of the big game.

A Popcorn Maker for Your Man Cave

The perfect accompaniment for beer, popcorn, is not only the perfect man cave snack but also a health food. The Paragon 1911 8 oz Popcorn Machine is the perfect way to make sure that you can survive extended stays in your man cave without losing the benefit of a healthy source of food.

What else would you add to your man cave? Let us know!

08.26

Creating the Perfect Man Cave in Time for the Holidays

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Christmas is – quite literally – just around the corner. And it’s time to update your wish list now with the things you would like to adorn your man cave with this holiday season. Here’s a primer to help get you started:

Every man cave should begin with a comfortable chair. This chair needs to be your friend, as you will likely spend a great deal of time watching games here and even dozing here. A Big Daddy leather recliner that sports your favorite NFL team, such as this Miami Dolphins recliner, is a great start to your man cave. Accompanied by a matching pub table, it’s all you need (besides a big-screen TV) to get your room off to a good start.

Now that you’ve covered your comfort needs, it’s time to get serious about fun. Your man cave is your escape – the perfect place to head during the crazy holiday shopping season. From poker to pool to shuffleboard, we have the high end game tables you need to furnish your room in style. The Playcraft Southport pool table is an ideal addition, as is the PlayCraft Venture Shuffleboard table with a customizable length.

 

And when you’re on your own and there’s no game on, your man cave would benefit greatly from a pinball machine like the AC/DC Pro to the space.

Finally, to add a finishing touch to your man cave and really create some style, add a lamp that shows off your favorite basketball team such as this New York Knicks shade bar lamp. And, because no man cave is complete without music, add a jukebox like the Nostalgic Bubbler to the room and create some atmosphere.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What would you add to create the perfect man cave?

08.19

Is Your Game Room Ready for Some Football?

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Baseball may be the “great American pastime,” but football reigns supreme in the world of sports. Worth more than $1 billion on the average, a National Football League team proves to be more profitable than a Major League Baseball team (over $700 million), a team in the National Basketball Association (over $500 million) or in the National Hockey League (just shy of $300 million). This profitability, in large part, is due to increased profits, and these profits are directly attributed to having more wins than losses, which then leads to increased sponsorship. Of the 32 NFL teams, the Dallas Cowboys is the most valuable.

“Show me the money!”

A hybrid of soccer and rugby, this lucrative sports juggernaut began building its reputation in 1892. On November 12th of that year, William (Pudge) Heffelfinger, a football player for the Allegheny Athletic Association, was paid $500 to play in a game versus the Pittsburgh Athletic Club. This was the first documented instance of a football player being paid for his services, and pro football was born. Up until that point, amateur players were “compensated” with trophies and watches. Oftentimes players’ expenses were paid at twice their value. Today the average salary for a football player exceeds $1 million for most positions.

But football is more than just about making money and being profitable. Vince Lombardi once said that “football is like life – it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.” Okay, so that may be why a person chooses to play football. What, then, accounts for our national obsession with the game? A Sports Business Journal writer revealed that residents of New York City opted to watch a New York Jets game one evening as opposed to a Yankee playoff game. What gives?

“It’s the hard-knock life!”

The game of football has certainly taken its fair share of lumps lately. Concerns regarding head injuries and players’ physical well-being in general, as well as reports of misconduct by players and coaching staff alike, may give football fans pause, but they have certainly not tarnished the popularity of the sport. Football is indeed physical, but it is also a game that compels people to work as a team and endeavor to attain a mutual goal. Football is also a mental game that requires classroom work and advanced preparation. And in the end, football brings us together with family and friends to celebrate a pastime that, while not wholly American, has certainly been adopted as one of America’s own.

Now is the time to prepare for the coming NFL season, by making sure that your game room reflects your football obsession and promotes your favorite team. And whether your favorite team is the Dallas Cowboys or the Jacksonville Jaguars, we have game tables and furniture to display your team spirit.

 

08.12

Any Room can be Your Game Room

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The Man Caves television series has been broadcasting for several years, providing hope to many home owners who dream of a room that they can call their own and inspiration for a number of different game room modifications. However, the very notion of a man cave or game room demands, at the very least, extra space, either in a spare room, a basement or a garage. What do you do, though, when you can’t quite fit your huge dreams into your small home?

Many of us do not have the resources necessary to construct a game room in the style of Cameron and Siragusa, and many of us would not be able to do it ourselves, even if we had the resources. What you do have, however, is an imagination.

Imagine that your living or dining room doesn’t necessarily have to behave like a living or dining room. Many of us have been raised in environments where living rooms were quiet gathering places at the end of the day or shrines for knick-knacks and various antiques; dining rooms were for meal time only. Woe to the person who dared to touch or soil anything within these rooms! Many of these rooms still exist, but in many cases, these rooms are but a shadow of what they used to be, and they collect dust just the same. Consider the possibility that your living or dining room can be more than what it is, what it once was or what it should be.

If you and your family are not in the habit of using a dining table, would you be more apt to spend time in the room if the dining table was replaced with a convertible billiard table? You could use a convertible table top, should the need arise, to still serve a meal there. Would you be more apt to spend time in your living room if your stereo console was replaced with a touch-screen jukebox? How much more fun would you have with a foosball coffee table than with a stereotypical coffee table?

The rules of foosball and billiards may be the same as they were decades ago, but the rules of decorating are evolving. In virtually all cases, you can make your own rules. You can have your game room. By replacing some of your “priceless” knick-knacks and antiques with recreational furniture, you will enjoy something far more priceless: memories.

08.05

How Billiards Evolved into the “P” Word

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Oh we got trouble,
Right here in River City!
With a capital “T”
And that rhymes with “P”
And that stands for pool.

The message in “Ya Got Trouble,” a song from The Music Man, was critical of pool, denouncing the game as “the devil’s tool” and one capable of corrupting a person. However peculiar this may seem, the game of pool did become associated with billiards as a direct result of gambling.

Once a lawn game not unlike croquet, billiards evolved into an indoor game, played on a table covered with a green grass-like cloth. Today a number of games played on this table are collectively known as billiards. Native to Europe, billiards gained popularity in 19th-century England. English Billiards was the most popular game played at that time; however, snooker is nowadays played regularly and competitively.

Billiard games, including the pocket billiards game that we are familiar with today, became popular in America in the late 19th century. During that time period, a “pool” was a collective bet (as in poker), and a pool room was place where a person could place bets on horse races. As a means to fill time between horse races, pool room owners installed billiard tables. The public then began to associate betting or “pools” with billiard tables, and the negative connotation of pool rooms resulted from the gambling and not billiards.

Set in the early twentieth century, The Music Man recalls a time when pool rooms were a place that men assembled to hang out, play, bet and (sometimes) fight. With the success of the movies The Hustler and The Color of Money (in 1961 and 1986, respectively), however, pool – and billiards – has realized renewed popularity and substantial growth. Billiards is now considered to be a reputable sport and an acceptable pastime.

07.23

More Benefits of Table Tennis: It’s Good for Hand-Eye Coordination

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Hand-eye coordination is a skill that requires you to match the control of your eye movement with that of your hand movement, using visual input as a guide. Hand-eye coordination is a skill used in everyday life for everything from driving a vehicle to using the mouse on your computer, and it is a skill that can be developed and improved throughout life. That skill, however, tends to decline if we don’t use it regularly.

There are many sports and activities that can help you improve your hand-eye coordination. If you feel that your hand-eye coordination is not at its best, one of the best things you can do to improve that skill is to play table tennis. Because table tennis is a fairly rapid-paced game that requires you to use visual stimulus to respond quickly enough to hit the ball, it is a great way to improve that skill.

Other activities that can help you improve your hand-eye coordination include juggling, playing catch, tennis and racquetball (or even just hitting the ball against the wall). However, we think playing table tennis is one of the most enjoyable ways to improve the skill, improve your reaction times and increase your ability to concentrate.

If table tennis is the game you’d like to have around for hand-eye coordination (as well as tons of fun), we have a number of tables in stock, including a couple of tables designed to be used outside, such as the Butterfly Outdoor Playback Rollaway Table Tennis Table. These tables are weather proof and sturdy, offering you a great way to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather while also being active and social. And if you can’t find anyone to join you for a table tennis match, the JOOLA iPong Table Tennis Training Buddy can help you improve and maintain your hand-eye coordination.

07.16

Table Tennis – It’s more than Just a Basement Pastime

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Table tennis has been around for at least a couple of hundred years. The game was first played in England as a simply parlor gam in the late 1800s. Rumor has it that the game was actually invented by British officers stationed in India and was initially played using books as both racquets and nets. A golf ball was used for play.

What was once considered a parlor game is now a serious competitive sport requiring strategy and lightning-fast reflexes. The game can be played by two or four players who take turns volleying the ball back and forth. The ball can only bounce once on a player’s side before being returned. Professional and serious players are experts at putting “spin” on the ball so that it will be more difficult to predict where the ball will land.

Table tennis rules and regulations are governed by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), which has existed since the early 1900s and now has more than 200 member associations. Table tennis has been an Olympic sport since the 1980s, with men’s, women’s and team events. China has dominated Olympic table tennis competition since its inclusion, with the exception of an Olympic gold-medal win by Sweden’s Jan-Ove Waldner in 1992 and a silver-medal win in 2000.

Playing table tennis is a fun way to get active, whether or not you’re trying to make the Olympic team. The next summer Olympics, in 2016, will be held in Rio, so it might be worth brushing up on your skills. JOOLA is the official table sponsor of the ITTF, and we have a competition grade JOOLA Duomat table in stock and ready for you to polish your spin.

 

 

 

07.11

A Recipe for Backyard Party Success

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It is the height of summer, and one of the best things about the warm weather is the ability to play and relax outside until late into the evening, sharing time with your friends and family. If you’re planning a get-together this summer, whether it’s a family reunion or a simple gathering of your favorite people, we have the recipe for your backyard party success.

Start with Great Food

Keep it simple with burgers and hot dogs. And you can make room on the grill for more burgers by investing in this Paragon Dog Hut hot dog steamer. You can load your hot dog steamer with a variety of hot dogs or sausages – up to 200 of them! That should keep your family and guests satisfied for the duration of your event.

Burn off the Burgers

Do you think that billiards and table tennis are just indoor sports? Think again! We have outdoor tables for pool, table tennis and foosball that will have everyone on their feet, burning calories and having fun. These tables are designed to withstand weather and provide you with years of backyard fun. Whether you host a table tennis tournament or just play a casual game under the stars, you can turn your back yard into an extended game room.

End the Night on a Sweet Note

As the sun sets, light the fire pit and serve toasted marshmallows and s’mores for dessert. With the stars overhead, the crackle of the fire and contentment all around, your backyard party will be the hit of the neighborhood. At eFamilyFun, we believe disconnecting from our digital world and spending time with friends and family is critically important, and a backyard party is a great way to reconnect with those people most important to you.

07.02

Banish Summer Boredom

Posted by Administrator at 12:17 pm

Your kids are out of school and have been enjoying summer break for a few weeks. While they would never admit that they miss school, they are definitely feeling squirrely these days. If you don’t want your kids to spend all day turning their minds to mush watching TV and playing video games, you can suggest some fresh air fun and movement with some of these great finds:

Outdoor Billiards

If you love shooting pool but don’t want to be locked away in your man cave or game room, the Playcraft Extera is an outdoor table, with a weatherproof play field and a UV-resistant billiard cloth. It comes with cues, billiard balls, a plastic triangle, cue chalk and a PVC cover – everything you need to enjoy one of your favorite indoor games outside.

Outdoor Table Tennis

The Killerspin MyT5 is especially constructed for outdoor table tennis play. Table tennis is great fun for the whole family and a perfect way to tempt your kids out of the house and get them moving. Whether you’re having a back yard barbecue or the kids just need something to do besides sit in front of the TV, this is a great option. Host a back yard table tennis tournament and serve snow cones to make it even more fun!

Outdoor Foosball

The Garlando G500 outdoor foosball table is a perfect choice for your backyard but also for neighborhood parks, campgrounds and other outdoor gathering areas. Since it’s constructed of waterproof materials, it can be used in any kind of weather. You’ll have to beg your kids to come inside!

And if you’re looking for old-school fun for your family, we have a variety of lawn games, including shuffleboard, Pillo Polo, and croquet. There is definitely something for everyone at eFamilyFun to keep you and your family off the couch and on your feet, while you are enjoying the summer sun!

06.24

How to Play Shuffleboard

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The game of shuffleboard has been enjoyed for over five centuries, in one form or another. Once outlawed by King Henry VIII, the game is now played by many people, royalty and commoners alike. The basic rules of the game are simple.

Before you begin playing the game, you may want to apply shuffleboard dust to the table surface to cover dry spots and allow the weights to easily slide down the table. Under tournament rules, you must keep one foot behind the board surface, and shaking or hitting the table is prohibited.

Coin flips determine at which end of the board play begins and which player shoots last (often thought to be an advantage and called the “hammer” ), the player shooting first having the choice of weight color. Once play begins, players take turns shooting until they have used all four of their weights.

To score, determine which player has a weight closest to the end of the board. That player then adds together the scores for all of their weights that are ahead of their opponent’s weights (or closest to the end of the board). A weight landing between the short foul line and the “2” line counts 1 point; a weight landing between the “2” line and the “3” line counts 2 points; a weight landing across the “3” line counts 3 points. A “hanger” – a weight that hangs over the end of the board – counts 4 points. Only one player can score in a given round.

After points are counted, play resumes on the opposite end of the table, with the player scoring points on the previous round shooting first. If no one scores points, the person shooting last in the previous round shoots first. Play continues in this fashion until a player reaches 15 points.

There are a number of variations to standard shuffleboard play. Once you have become comfortable playing the game, you may choose to play Crazy Eight or Horse Collar, to name only two alternatives. Shuffleboard is becoming a very popular addition to clubs and bars around the country, as well as a perfect addition to your game room at home. We recommend the Playcraft Telluride Shuffleboard Table.