Football season is finally upon us! Forget Christmas, this is the most wonderful time of the year. Millions of people across the world will start tuning in on Saturdays and Sundays to watch their favorite college and pro teams battle it out on the gridiron.
Many of us find that watching the game with friends is the best way to cheer on your team. You fire up the grill, your buddies bring some tailgate food, you all crack open the drinks and pig out while huddled around a TV to watch larger than life men smash into each other at high speed. What could be better?
Unfortunately, there always seems to be somebody there to rain on your parade. You know, that guy (or girl!).
That one person who tries their best to ruin the game for everyone else. They talk too loud about random topics, complain about everything, and try their best to make sure you can’t enjoy the game. You know, that guy everyone wants to kick out… yeah that guy! The truth is nobody wants to be that person, so here are a few tips to avoid annoying the shit out of your friends on game day.
1. Pick a Team!
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Even if you aren’t a die-hard who follows everything the team does on and off the field, at least support something or someone! If you have decided by your own free will to watch a sports event then there is a good chance you have some interest deep down inside. Pick a side so that if someone asks who you’re rooting for you don’t have to give them the deer-in-the-headlights look and have to explain why you don’t care. Having trouble deciding who to support? It’s easy!
Most people root for a team their parents supported, they grew up liking, or is located near their hometown or state. If none of this narrows it down for you then it’s time to go back to basics: Best colors, mascot, best looking players (or cheerleaders), etc.
2. But don’t be a bandwagon fan!
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Ahh, the bandwagoners. The fans that nobody is proud of. This applies to anyone who had no interest in their “favorite” team until they started winning. Bandwagon fans were nowhere to be seen until their team found some success.
Bandwagoners can be summarized as having no knowledge of the players or the history of the team. They constantly wear apparel from different teams mainly because it looks cool. They switch allegiances when their favorite player signs with a new team. Or they are nowhere to be seen until the playoffs start. These are the people leaving the game early when their team is losing, and on the way out they claim “they always sucked anyway!”.
Look, not everyone is a lifelong fan of a certain team. There comes a time when we all have to decide who to root for. But supporting a team because it wins all the time is as bad as, well, doing anything just because it is cool at the moment. If you hop on the wagon when the just as the road becomes nice and smooth, don’t expect the true fans to welcome you with open arms.
To put it bluntly, true fans notice that you wore a different team's jersey last season and they hate you.
3. Be respectful!
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This is a basic life lesson, but it seems some fans have forgotten basic social skills, such as playing nice with others. If you get invited over to someone’s place to watch the game, then it’s safe to assume that they are prepared to deal with guests. The sweet combo of friends, food, and football is what makes the season so great!
But that doesn’t excuse you from being disrespectful and leaving trash all over the place. Or eating more than your fair share, especially if you didn’t bring any food!
And this extends beyond eating etiquette. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but that doesn’t excuse you from being an asshole. Don’t expect everyone to be okay with you bashing the home team every chance you get. If you think you can come over and complain about the game, the food, the seating or the TV, there’s a really good chance you’ll probably never be invited over again.
We have all encountered that guy or girl at one point in our lives. If you haven't yet, well hate to break it to you but you are probably that person. Just kidding. Kinda. Hope you enjoyed the read and maybe we can catch the game sometime (unless you are the person described above)!
Got some more tips on how to be a totally awesome sports fan? Have a horror story about how someone ruined game day for you? Drop a comment in the box below so we can all avoid that and make sure we enjoy another magical football season. Until then, I’ll be enjoying my popcorn!
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