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Let’s get ready to homegate: The best snacks and football traditions out there

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The 2021 NFL regular season is finally upon us, and that means it’s time for fans, media and curious onlookers alike to enjoy their favorite pro and college football teams battling it out to see who will come out on top at the end of the year.

Of course, for the majority of sports watchers, their team will not be overly successful, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy yourself at home while watching your team punt for the 10th time in a row.

Throughout the history of sport-watching, fans have enjoyed a variety of snacks, food and traditions at home. The annual Super Bowl party is a tradition like no other that really deserves to be its own national holiday. While various fast-food restaurants run out of food throughout the day, fans consume plenty of food throughout the night.

In case you’re looking for some advice, you’ve come to the right place. While we enjoy breaking down the various happenings surrounding football, along with all other sports, we also happen to be experts in the ideal ways to enjoy games at home: Homegating, if you will.

This is especially true after fans all over the country were forced to spend much more time at home last season due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. So, let’s take a look at some of the different ways you can settle in and enjoy your sporting events this fall.

Snacks

Snacks are probably the most important aspect of enjoying a football game. While the sport itself is intriguing, nothing beats sitting down with a bunch of snacks while grown men battle it out like gladiators attempting to conquer the Roman Empire. Snacks are essential to human existence, especially when consuming content.

Here are some of the hallmarks:

  • Nachos
  • Sliders
  • Chips and dip (specifically spinach artichoke)
  • Pigs in a blanket (classic)
  • Potato skins
  • Chicken wings
  • Pretzels
  • Beer (or any adult beverage)

The list goes on and on, but if your party is lacking every item on that list then you’ve got an issue. It certainly would be worthy of throwing a red challenge flag at the party host. If you do have some of these staples, you’ll certainly enjoy your time at home and are guaranteed to not be as upset at your TV screen for a little while.

Traditions

Enjoying a football game at home is already a tradition like no other. But, even if you don’t have guests over to enjoy the event with you, there are still plenty of ways football fans like to get amped up to watch their favorite team.

Over the years, fantasy football has become one of the most sacred battlegrounds for enjoying football. So much so, that the NFL has even created a channel specifically tailored for those who want to catch nearly every game at the same time.

NFL RedZone displays every touchdown that occurs on Sundays, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a fantasy football expert without the channel on at least one of their televisions.

Sitting down on the couch while your favorite team plays, while simultaneously keeping an eye on the other screen to see how your fantasy football team is doing is a tradition like no other.

While the viewing experience is part of the Sunday football tradition, the outfit is just as important. Whether you wear your favorite team’s jersey or colors, football fans must be equipped with the proper attire in order for their team to achieve victory.

Sure, the Patriots still won’t beat the Giants no matter how many times you wear your Tom Brady jersey during the matchup, but that doesn’t mean you don’t do it week-in and week-out. Because, the moment you stop, that’s when it all goes downhill.

Finally, once the game begins, you’ll need to make sure everyone is in their seat. It’s all fun and games up until the opening kickoff, but once that occurs, there cannot be any more random talking throughout the room. If someone were to talk, it must be about the game at hand — those are the rules.

In the End

While we are certainly being serious, in the end all that matters is you have fun. Enjoying sporting events is a pastime that spreads throughout the world, not just in America, and not just with football. It’s a time where people can come together and enjoy something, no-nonsense.

Sure, there will be some arguments, but at the end of the day, all that matters is you’ve been able to sit down for three to 12 hours at a time and enjoy the thing you love. Being able to do that with plenty of fun at home is just a plus.