Here we go again! Another season. Another championship on the line. But there’s more to being a football fan than sitting around on Sundays (or Thursdays or Saturdays) in an oversized jersey, watching your favorite team play.
Get more out of this season with these 5 fun and easy tips:
- Cut the couch potato routine. Shut off the television and attend a live game. Get out, where you can smell the turf, taste the food, feel the fresh air, and yell until your throat hurts. If you’re a hardcore fan, commit to completing the Grid Iron Triumvirate this season: a high school game, a college game, and a professional game. Chances are you can find all three within driving distance if you’re not picky about who’s playing.
- Join a fantasy league. It’s fun. Really. And you don’t have to be cutthroat to get something out of it. I was once in a league comprised of all romance authors. Seriously. If you can’t find a league to join, email friends and family who might be interested, and then use Yahoo.com or NFL.com to start your own league. Much of the operation is automated, leaving you with more time for fun.
- Be the hostess with the “mostest.” Hold a Sunday Football Viewing Party (or Saturday, if College Game Day is more your speed). Better yet, get a few friends on board and alternate houses throughout the season.
- Go long. Pick the perfect afternoon and head to an open field or your own backyard. If there’s only two of you, play catch; learn to throw the perfect spiral. (Google for specific tips.) If you can summon enough people for a legitimate game of touch football, even better! And if playing isn’t your thing but you have kids, consider having a friendly game of touch football between the kids while the parents watch and serve a picnic-style lunch following the game.
- Enlist social media. Follow your favorite players on Twitter and Instagram. You’re bound to get some entertaining posts and pics. (My personal favorite: JJ Watt’s Instagram—justinjames99. You won’t be sorry—even if you aren’t a Houston Texans’ fan.)
Elley Arden is the author of the ground-breaking Cleveland Clash sports romance series that focuses on female professional football players and the men who love them. Heroes and Heartbreakers called Running Interference “thrilling” and “one to root for.” The first book in Elley’s newest sports romance series, The Change Up: Arlington Aces 1 (baseball), is available now.
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