Posted by Jeff on 8/21/2013
It's almost here - the annual return of the sweet tradition we know as football season. Get extra batteries for the remote, make sure to have a good sports bar or two lined up, check the beer supply, and get set for the action. Actually, it can take a bit more than that to get fully ready for the football season. Here are a few tips to ensure every fan is at the ready.
Get the Team Gear
If your rooting for the college team from your alma mater, the pro squad from where you grew up, or the team you adopted because you liked their jersey, you want to be dressed for the part. Call it camaraderie through the woven cloth. There's a certain bonding between a football squad and their fans when team colors are worn. If you are in the mood and have the cash, deck out from head to toe. If more subdued is your style, a team ball cap or jersey more than suffices.
Don't forget to stock up on tailgating equipment. Get the grill squared away, the cooler cleaned out, and the beer supply secured. Check the listings and make sure your cable or satellite package gets you all the action from your favorite teams. You don't want to invite friends over to catch a game and find out it's being shown on a network you don't have. Party snacks are a given, so go a step beyond and learn a recipe or two to proffer up as your own specialty. Making your own dip or finger snacks is easy, it just takes a little research to find the best dish to prepare.
Set your beer service apart from the ordinary with an attractive set of football tumblers
. Made in the shape of a football, the glasses even have a raised portion simulating the stitching on the pigskin. Hoisting your favorite brew feels like your are taking a hand-off or getting ready to drop back and throw. Just don't throw your drink! A good brew deserves a good vessel and these tumblers help set the perfect tone when it comes time to root for your team.
Do a Little Research
A real hardcore fan knows the team inside and out. Every position, player history, stats, and expectations. If you don't feel like going all-in with the team info, at least go over the basics. You don't want to show up at the sports bar and not know the name of the backup quarterback who got sent in midway through the first quarter. If you haven't spent much time learning about the team in the past, doing so this season will take you to another level.
Conventional wisdom says you can't have team loyalty to be successful at fantasy football. Why not buck convention and go with a fantasy team built around your real squad? You don't have to limit it to the current roster. If players around the league once took to the field for your team, use them. If they played for your favorite college, add them is as well. Putting together a fantasy team rooted in your area or tied to your team puts you outside the box and makes the fantasy experience more fun.