The 2013 season of the NFL kicks off today starting with the Baltimore Ravens versus Denver Broncos in High Mile at 5:30pm PST/8:30pm ET.
Are you a fan?
I don’t know about ya’ll but I’m a football fan. I root for the Chargers (San Diego born and raised) and now the 49ers (because of my husband), and I’ve grown to love watching the sport as a whole. The NFL season takes over my life every Thursday night, all-day Sunday, and Monday night from Kickoff to Superbowl Sunday (I try not to pay too much attention during the four weeks of Pre-Season). That’s nearly five months!
How do you watch?
My preference for watching the games is at home on my couch where a bathroom, food, and nap are very accessible. I tend to throw things when my team is sucking (which happens often nowadays) so safety for all is another reason I prefer to watch in the comforts of my home. Sometimes we’ll invite friends over. I’ll purchase or prepare wings, pizza, spaghetti, or our favorite Trader Joe’s orange chicken and Costco’s Ling Ling’s.
How do you engage?
Are you in the stands showing team spirit and leading the cheers? Do you keep up with stats for your fantasy team(s)? One thing my family and friends do when we get together to watch the game is take shots when our team scores. For example:
- A field goal = down half a can/bottle of beer
- An offensive touchdown = 1 shot
- A Pick 6 = 2 shots
- A Safety = 3 shots
If it’s a low-scoring game, they’ll make up more rules aka more opportunities to drink as they go along. Similarly (or not), my husband and I made up a Football Sunday Workout a couple seasons ago:
- A field goal = 25 jumping jacks
- A touchdown = 10 pushups
- An interception = 20 lunges
- A safety = 20 squats
If you’re not a fan but your significant other is, here’s some sound advice:
- Try to enjoy the game(s) with him/her
- Prepare to sacrifice doing some things on your own if you choose not to participate
- Be appreciative if/when he/she sacrifices game time to spend it with you
- Be sensitive and never say things like “it’s just a game” when his/her team loses
- Compromise and spend some QT on non-football days (usually Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays)
Any other advice? Who are you rooting for? Please no hating (and I promise I’ll try not to cringe if you shout out teams I’m against).