I’ll never be an expert, by any definition, of any sport, but I do have some expertise in pretending to care.
First, a little insight into my own level of knowledge of the game of football, and then a few tips for
getting through enjoying the game, or at least letting your friends think you do:
Some years ago,
I was late for my first date with a man who ended up being my boyfriend for an eternity. “I’m so sorry,” I said as I sidled up next to him at the bar (classy date, huh?). “I just had to watch the end of the football game. I know it’s only pre-season, but so-and-so is back from injuries and I wanted to see how he’d do.”
Condescending look. “That’s okay,” he said, “How did he do?”
I went into a two-minute recap of a game it turned out he’d watched in its entirety at that same bar. As I spoke, he had a look of increasing surprise, and when I finished he said, with a tone of incredulity, “You really do know football!”
So I know a little. However, I could have grasped only one fact about football — where the fifty-yard line is — and he would have been equally amazed. My point being, you’re probably not facing great expectations, and I can help you meet them.
Okay, that’s tip #1, illustrated. The fifty-yard line is smack-dab in the middle of the field going the long way. Once you’ve got that one down, here’s how to further pretend you love the game:
#2 Wear team colors
in some sort of tacky fashion. Mismatched socks will do. This will take a little pre-game research, but it’s important if for no other reason than you shouldn’t be wearing the other team’s colors.
#3 Bring a beastly yet delicious snack treat
and call it your “traditional football (name of food).” Don’t over-think this one. Remember, football fans love melted Velveeta cheese mixed with canned chili. The bar is not set high.
#4 Listen to the others gripe about the game,
and take your cues for shaking your head and saying, “you are SO right about THAT!” This tip is a little tricky since someone may ask a for a follow-up, so only do it if you dare.
#5 Every time you hear someone on TV say,
“it’s first and ten…” yell, “FIRST AND TEN! DO IT AGAIN!”
(If someone points out the other team has the ball, smile sheepishly and say, “just another chance for our guys to sack the quarterback.” What that answer lacks in logic it makes up for with perceived quick thinking and advanced beginner knowledge.)
#6 Forget it.
You’re not fooling anyone. Take out your cell phone and text all your real friends about how bored you are.
Image Credit: (football field, w/o writing) © gomolach — Fotolia