The Kenny Chesney Tailgate Dos and Don'ts: Photo Essay

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Kenny Chesney's No Shoes Nation tour came to Cowboys Stadium, bringing the DFW Chapter of said Nation to Arlington for a day of drinking, flag waving and camaraderie. Massive country tours don't get any better than this in 2013 -- Kenny's undercard includes unlikely superstar/brilliantly odd songwriter Eric Church, the Denton-bred Eli Young Band and Kacey Musgraves, the pot-smoking singer you can expect to find on year-end best-of lists of all stripes come December.

So there was plenty of cause for celebration, and celebrate the No Shoes Nation did. Let them show you how it's done:

Do: Start the day with tall boys. It's about efficiency, people.

Don't: Put yourself at an unfair cornholing disadvantage by standing too far back. Your foot can go up to the front of the board. Observe:

Do: Pick a theme. This is a good one -- it's festive, it's east to execute, fashion-wise and it maybe keeps your car five or six degrees cooler.

Don't: Bring a small flag. Think how silly the guy one truck over with the three-foot American flag looks. If it's not at least as long as your vehicle, just leave it at home.

Do: Seek elevation. Remember: If you're just setting a blanket in the grass, you're at a picnic, not a tailgate. See how much fun they're having? It's because their feet are not touching the ground.

Do: The buddy system, always. It's the difference between laughing about it later and not laughing about it later.

Do: This. Do everything about this.

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