It’s here again! Complete with four weeks of a preseason to the actual season of American Football! For all the pretty ladies out there that either look for their colored accessories to match their wrinkled jerseys or who bite their manicured hands in anxiety just because they know that Sunday is out of the question for any kind of social outing with your football aficionados, I give you the friendly guide to surviving Football madness. Get ready, because this season runs from September till Superbowl February. Don’t count the months if you are not a fan of the sport, you’ll just make it worse for yourself.
1. Understand the Sport
A long time ago, I, like many women out there had no desire to learn about football. I simply did not care. I knew that if you got the weirdly shaped ball into the general direction where a certain team was headed, it was a touchdown and touchdowns were good. They also seemed to get a lot of points on the scoreboard. This is not a sport where you can fake it to make it. There are too many rules and hand signals to simply spy on those around you and mimic the general atmosphere (although sometimes that is the best approach).
This is a great opportunity to either get closer to your significant other and have them teach you something you have no clue about or show them that you really do care. Guys get pretty excited when their girlfriends start showing some interest. Even if you don’t have a significant other for the moment, it’s entertaining to get a group of girls together who have no idea what is going on and have them sit there and try to figure it out. Chances are, someone knows all the rules and someone else can bring a six-pack and wings.
Also Football-for-Dummies can also turn into a great overnight instructor.
2. Watch a Game Live
NFL seats or college seats, it doesn’t matter. If you are still hesitant about learning what seems to be a very macho sport, attend a real live game. It might not be cost effective, depending on your ticket prices and what team you choose to watch, but there is nothing more valuable than starting off with the real experience. Strangers high-five you during plays. You can feel the energy reverberating like a bee flying circles around your head. There are beer and snacks and something called tailgating which usually revolves around finding free food and meeting new people.
3. Gear up!
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4. Sunday Football Parties
There was a time where I kept wondering why after not changing my exercise routine, my belly was growing and my jeans were becoming tighter. Once the season starts, you might be safe from Monday and Thursday Football, but Sunday is the holy grail. All-day, from 1 pm until 8pm, there will be four games and lots of pizza, wings, chips and salsa, barbecue, more chips and salsa. It’s a dangerous game if that’s repeated nine times in a row.
If you are still convinced that Football and all it’s grunting and tight leggings aren’t for you (I’m just saying that some of those camera angles show some serious muscle formation), then try hosting a party on Sunday. You can still be a part of it but not be engrossed in the game 100% but still show good spirit.
5. You Still Hate it
If it’s still too hard and you just can’t get into it, it’s ok. The season will end, you will get your boyfriend back and everything will be as it should be for about six months. Most importantly, remember that feeling you get when someone interrupts a very good episode of ‘Scandal’ or ‘Project Runway’, and you feel this immense hatred bubbling inside of you because they just won’t shut up! That’s kinda how guys feel when you interrupt their football viewing experience.
Try to be understanding and don’t take it personally. They still care for you and want to spend time with you just not during game time. If you feel left out every Sunday or abandoned, just let your friends know and your significant other that you’d like some time to spend doing other activities that don’t revolve around a TV screen.
At the end of the day, it’s about having fun and sharing good memories with your friends, loved ones and family. You’ll never know how good it is unless you try. And if you have tried and come out disliking it more, there are plenty out there who feel the same way.
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