As a man who upon facing realty that Football wasnt really my thing and being forced to take the last three or four years off to go to some house and watch this game on a couch not my own and to watch “fans” make asses of themselves this is my first year of not taking off work…
For those that know me I am a passing Tenn Titans fan.. fan meaning that I know who the coach is and thats about it.. NOT Fanatic.. (see ravens) so since my “team” didnt make it I really couldnt care less about the BIG GAME.. other then seeing Bruce and the E street band try to perform at half time I would have been playing Call of Duty…
One of my co workers was having a house warming/Superbowl party in Bowie, mind you I would have went simply because i like a good housewarming party but sadly as I dont leave till 8pm thats a no go.
So I will spend the day fixing issues and helping agents and planing my vacation which has become the biggest travel production since Mohammad on them elephants… But with all the coverage it looks like Tampa is a nice area.. maybe???? Hmmm….
But anyway I found some tips at lifehacker.com for the non-football fans who are forced/dragged to this parties… Enjoy/ I will be playing COD -World at War…Team DeathMatch!
Don’t sweat your lacking knowledge: You might be worried that you don’t know don’t anything about football and that it will show. Remind yourself that most people are, at best, mostly knowledgeable about their own team, so unless you’re in either team’s home state, you’ll find lots of people at any party that aren’t particularly knowledgeable about the sport. Once you’ve assured yourself, it’s time to …
Blend in: Don’t make it a point to highlight that you’re not very into football or don’t care that you don’t know much about it. That’s poor etiquette all around—you may as well show up at an Oscars party and complain about how you never go to the movies because it rots your brain.
Game time is not class time: This isn’t the day start asking questions about the game. The people most likely to have knowledgeable answers are the people most likely to be watching every play and sitting on-edge, waiting for a miracle interception. Think of something you really enjoy watching, whether a brilliant symphony or Futurama. Now imagine someone who knows nothing about it asking you questions throughout your entire experience. Want to try a last-minute cramming session to garner some hopefully relevant stats to throw out? Try Webware’s guide to sports statistics sites.
Be helpful: If you’re not that into the game, it won’t hurt your social standing to be the one that grabs a few extra beers or makes sure the coffee table stays flush with snacks. It’ll be well appreciated, and it gives you an excuse to circulate around the party and talk to other people who might not be glued to the tube.
Find the safe zone – Almost every Super Bowl party will divide itself in some manner, creating havens for the hardcore fans and the casual party goers. The kitchen is the most common non-football zone at the party, and also the best place to load up on drinks and food while chatting non-game topics. If you feel guilty about seeming stand-off-ish, jump back to the big-screen TV when the fourth quarter rolls around.
Fans can be fanatic: Accept that people can get crazily worked up about football. Call it an annual test, a socially acceptable excuse to scream at a screen, whatever you want. People get out-of character and unusually emotional, and that’s part of their fun. If there are kids around, pre-arrange activities to keep them out of the screening room, especially just before halftime and the last few minutes of the game. And think about doing what most football stadiums too—curtail access to alcohol right around the third quarter. The super-fans might complain and offer to get more, but then they’ll miss a key play and, likely, sit right back down.
Between the million-dollar commercials, copious amounts of food and beer, and armed with the tips above, you might just forget you’re even at a party dedicated to football.