The Super Bowl is a time for everyone to gather with friends and family, eat chicken wings and nachos, drink beer, and watch the biggest game of the year. It is also that time of year when new football fans start to come out of the woodwork. Even if you have been a life long fan of the game, it is not always easy knowing how to handle these new fans. They are often annoying, but they are also useful because they bring snacks and beer to your party. Here are three things you should never say to a new football fan.
1. You do realize there are four quarters in football right?
New fans can be very excited about the game and sometimes they get a little confused about which quarter the game is in. I have seen many people get extremely frustrated with new fans for saying things like “this is the best third quarter ever!” Just remember that this person probably doesn’t know any better and that it’s only a game.
2. Oh you mean soccer?
Soccer has become an increasingly popular sport in recent years thanks to players like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. It can be frustrating for real football fans when new fans confuse American Football with soccer, but don’t let it get you down! There are
Football, or at least the NFL, is on a roll. Its ratings are up this year overall. The Super Bowl is still the most watched sporting event of the year. And it’s even started to attract new fans.
If you’re an experienced football fan who is going to the Super Bowl this year, all of this is great news. But there are risks and downsides as well: you’re going to meet some new fans in person, at the biggest game of the year. And if you’re not careful, you could end up having a lot less fun than you should.
Here’s what not to say when you meet a new football fan.
1. “Oh, so you just started watching this season?”
This may seem like an innocent question to ask, but trust me: no one wants to hear it when they come into a community that has been built and nurtured for years by people who have been around from the beginning. Many new fans joined during last year’s Super Bowl run, but plenty have just gotten into it this season. And even those who have been around for a couple years don’t want to be treated like they’re still newbies. (And for some people who are real diehards? This can be downright
Have you ever been to a Super Bowl party and felt like the only person who didn’t know what was happening? Sometimes it’s hard to follow along, especially if you’re not familiar with football. As a veteran football fan, here are three things never to say to someone who is new to the sport:
1) “It’s third down.”
Football has four downs or chances for the other team to get the ball. One of those downs is third down. Don’t worry about it. The important thing is that there are four downs in total.
2) “They’re going for it on fourth down.”
If you have four chances or downs to get the ball and one of them is third down, why would you need a fourth chance? Just wait until next year and try again.
3) “It’s just like soccer.”
You may be tempted to explain football by comparing it with soccer, but don’t do this! They are two very different sports. In football the players hold an oblong-shaped ball and wear helmets and pads, while in soccer the players kick around a sphere-like ball and run up and down a very large field.
For the past few days, people have been asking me a lot about the Super Bowl. Even though I am not a huge football fan, I can understand why people are so excited. The Super Bowl is one of those rare events that brings together all kinds of people, even those who aren’t into sports.
However, while the Super Bowl is a great experience for everyone, it can also be pretty annoying when you’re trying to catch up on your football knowledge and someone starts to give you advice or answer your questions. It’s also quite frustrating when you’re trying to explain what happened in the game and someone interrupts you with “Well actually…”
I’ve put together this blog post as a guide to handling new football fans at the Super Bowl.
1) Never tell someone “Football isn’t that hard to understand”
2) Never tell someone “Football isn’t that hard to understand”.
3) Never say “Football isn’t that hard to understand.”
You’re not a football fan. You’re just someone who wants to watch the Super Bowl this year. You don’t know a thing about football, and you may never pick up a football after the game is through. But you want to enjoy the Super Bowl.
But let’s be honest, you’re going to annoy some people. Football fans can be touchy about their sport and your lack of knowledge can rub them the wrong way. To help you out, here are three things you should never say on Super Bowl Sunday…
Can I call you for questions during the game?
Unless you know someone well, this question is going to come across as annoying. The person may be grilling some wings or enjoying a beer and doesn’t want to explain how offsides works for the millionth time that day.
Trust me, we all had to learn at some point. Even if we didn’t want to learn at first, we wanted to understand what was happening so we could enjoy the game better. Don’t suck the fun out of it for others by forcing them explain something they’ve heard a thousand times.
Just as annoying: “What’s happening?” every two minutes throughout the game!
If you know anything about football then you know that the Super Bowl is an event not to be missed. It’s the most celebrated sporting event of the year, and has become a cultural phenomenon that includes everything from food to fashion.
But that’s not why I watch it. I am a woman who loves football, and while I understand its appeal as an event, it’s the sport that draws me in. That’s why I was shocked by what happened when I recently invited my friend Michelle to watch with me this year.
Michelle has never seen a football game before, and was curious about what all the fuss is about. After our team won their way into the big game, I thought it would be fun to have her over so she could get a taste of it. But what I wasn’t prepared for was how misguided she would be about the game itself.
You see, season ticket holders like me have been watching these players since preseason, and can tell you anything you need to know about every player on the field (and some of those off). We know their stats, we know their strengths and weaknesses, we know their backstories…you name it, we’re on top of it. And when you see someone make a mistake (like my team did
Football fans are a special breed of sports fans. We love our teams, we embrace the tradition, and we’re passionate about our favorite sport. We love everything from throwing tailgate parties in parking lots on fall weekends to gathering around the TV for the Super Bowl.
So what is it that makes us such great fans? Here are three things that set us apart from other sports fans:
1. We know the rules inside and out
Every football fan knows the rules of the game inside and out. If you’re new to football, you can learn more about how to understand the game here.
2. We have a vast knowledge of player stats
We know which players are having exceptional seasons, which ones are on track for Hall of Fame careers, and even which ones are on their way out of town. Every football fan keeps up with their team’s roster moves and player statistics throughout the season. And when you’re playing fantasy football, your knowledge of player stats becomes even more important to your success in your league.
3. We can talk Xs and Os like nobody’s business
Not only do we know the players’ stats, but we also know all about play calling, defensive schemes, offensive formations, audibles at the line of scrimmage, and