A Girl’s Guide to Enjoying the NFL Season

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That last little word in my blog tagline (go ahead, look to see what it is) is something that I don’t actually talk about that much here on my blog. Don’t get me wrong, I want to talk about it (pretty much ALL THE TIME, and I do in real life), but I think it might make you guys bored, so sometimes I shy away from it. But the first regular game of the NFL season is 6 weeks from today (!!), and I’m so excited, and full disclosure, I will talk about football more once the season starts. But not overkill, promise. And I’ll still post recipes (because football games need food, of course), and talk about girly things on the regular. Pinky promise, cross my heart, and hope to die.

Because the season is so close to gracing us with its sweet, sweet presence, I wanted to take some time today to walk you through the steps to for fully enjoying the NFL season. Basically, here’s everything you need to do to enjoy NFL Sundays (and Monday / Thursday nights). I’m sure some of you have no intention of watching football this fall, and that’s fine – you can keep reading to see tons of pictures of me in Steelers gear if you want, or maybe you’d rather check out a fun recipe instead – Homemade Swiss Cake Rolls?

If you are planning to watch football this year though, whether it’s to make the man in your life happy, or just because you love the sport as much as I do, please keep reading! I’ll even post the link to the Swiss cake rolls again at the end so you don’t get distracted now.

1. Pick your team: You might already have a team, if so, move right along to number 2. If you don’t, here are some tips for picking the team you’re going to root for:

  • Pick a team and fully commit to them forever – this is a bond that is just slightly less strong than a marriage. You can’t float around giving your loyalty from team to team – you just can’t.
  • Picking a team close to your hometown or where you currently live is a good reason for picking a team. So is picking a team that your significant other or family members like – this will make it more fun to watch with them anyway.
  • Picking a team based on how well (or poorly – maybe you like to root for an underdog!) they’ve done in the past is a good reason, because at least you’re doing some research.
  • Picking a team just because they have a good looking quarterback/wide receiver/running back is NOT a good reason. Try to pick your team based off at least a little substance please!
  • Picking the Steelers as your team is a good choice, because they are awesome, and they happen to have more Super Bowl wins than any other team. Just sayin!

2. Get the gear: There are tons of cute and affordable options to show your support for the team. I personally have two jerseys that I usually switch between – a fitted, black Roethlisberger one that I pair with jeans when we have to go out to watch the game, and a huge black Polamalu one (that I look like I’m swimming in) that I pair with leggings when the game is televised and we get to watch it from home. You can choose just about anything, as long as it’s not one of the pink and white jerseys, please. You can even just wear the team colors if you don’t feel like dropping cash on the actual NFL stuff. Also, picking up an iced mug for drinks wouldn’t kill you.

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3. Start some traditions (or superstitions as some call them): Now, this won’t come until a few games into the season, but when you do something different and your team wins DO IT FOREVER, because they’ll obviously never win again if you don’t. Some real life examples:

  • I wear the same black undershirt under my jersey every Sunday. Once I accidentally spazzed out because I couldn’t find it until minutes before the game started. Oops?
  • One time, back in the 2008 season, I drank a Coke out of my iced mug during the first half of the game. We weren’t doing great, and in the second half I happened to drink some orange juice out of my mug. We ended up winning the game with seconds to go, and we went on to win the Super Bowl that year. You better believe that I drink Coke in the first half and orange juice in the second half of EVERY game now. You’re welcome, Steelers, that Super Bowl win came from me.

4. Good Food: No day of football watching is complete without some good stuff to chow down on. I like to stick to finger foods that are easy for everyone to eat without losing focus on the game. Need some football food inspiration? I’ve definitely got you covered!

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And as promised, here’s a link to that Swiss Cake Roll recipe again.
Are you pumped now?!
  • Valerie
    July 26, 2013

    Love it! Of course, as an Ohioan, I can’t condone rooting for the Steelers. 😉 However, my husband loves the Lions, and my dad is a Browns fan, so when I want to root for a winning team I switch to college ball and watch OSU. I am, however, very excited for football season to start!

  • Mana
    July 26, 2013

    I’m not a football fan. I always feel like I should be because it’s such a fall activity, but I much prefer the ooky spooky (not the horror/slash/kill, just ghosts ghouls and goblins) side of fall. However your superstitions seem very fun and might explain why my uncle always cleans his fishing pole during the first game his favorite team plays (the bears)

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  • rhianna brooke
    July 26, 2013

    I love this post! I married a hardcore Steelers fan. I come from a purely basketball state so getting into football was a weird transition at first. I’m slowly learning to appreciate the game and I do love that Polamalu. 🙂

  • Kelli @She Crab Soup
    July 26, 2013

    I heart football and can’t wait for it to start! Is it wrong I want to eat all that food up there at 9:00 AM?

  • Kate Hall
    July 26, 2013

    I have to admit, game sports are not my thing. HOWEVER. The NFL definitely has the best clothing of them all 😉

  • Sami
    July 26, 2013

    Love this! Definitely talk more about football, I love it! I am a Denver Broncos fan through and through and it doesn’t hurt that Eric Decker is so sexy haha! I also am a big college football fan.. the Oklahoma State Cowboys to be exact 🙂

  • Janelle Vannice
    July 28, 2013

    Hi, I’m Janelle! I just found your blog from Mal’s post today that featured your blog, and I am excited to be your newest follower!

    I am so happy that I’m not the only girl who loves football season. It is seriously so much fun…. the games are GREAT, the food is good… the atmosphere? NOTHING BETTER. This post rocks! 🙂

    I would love if you would follow me back… 🙂

    Janelle @ WIld Blue Yonder janelle-and-dan.blogspot.com

    July 28, 2013

    found you thru mal smiles. I’m your newest follower. cant wait to read more and see more pics. 😀 Hope you’ll come check em out. 😀 pinkowl07.blogspot.com

  • Elizabeth Mayberry
    July 29, 2013

    mmmm! i love football but i am a Bronco Gal and you cannot break that bond!

  • M.A.
    July 29, 2013

    Love this! I am not a huge NFL fan but I do love college football. And while I’ve never been to a game– NFL nor college, the boyfriend promises this will be corrected this year! lol. I’m going to keep this post handy and try to impress him! 😀

  • Blaine Rogers
    July 31, 2013

    I love how passionate you are (well like you seem from your post), I’m not a huge football fan, but I have my team. But I am crazy about hockey! What I wear what kinds of team stuff I have around me at what time. Even sometimes down to my phone case! lol

  • Alexandra Marie
    August 12, 2013

    I love this post! I am so excited for football season, although I am living further from the midwest than before so I will probably have to venture out of my house to see the Packer games.

  • Nilda
    August 14, 2013

    Love this! I’m a huge Jaguars fan so I know all about staying loyal to your team no matter what! Those pictures of food look yummy and I will definitely be making your Swisss Cake rolls.
    Found you through Mal Smiles!

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