5 Tips for the Last Minute Football Fan

How to score points at the party, even if you don’t know the difference between a down and a tackle.

Today is game day. You may have found yourself hosting the party and panic is setting in. You have no idea what is going on. Maybe baseball (or that other football) is more your thing, or you’ve avoided sports all together and prefer book club. If you don’t want to feel left out at the water cooler on Monday, we’re here to help. Aside from all the ways to stream the game, here’s what you need to know:

The lingo
Down? Blitz? What does it all mean? No sports fan likes being interrupted during the action to teach a vocabulary lesson. Here’s a few online resources to study before kickoff:

NFL.com — Beginners Guide to Football
The league breaks it down to basics, and they know best. Plus they’ll have all the info on the Falcons and Patriots to get you caught up on the season.

Football for Dummies — Cheat Sheet
The folks at Dummies know a thing or two about breaking things down into layman’s terms.

Sports Lingo Glossary
There’s a lot of terms, and these are sorted into alphabetical order. Pro-tip: keep this one pulled up on your phone for emergencies.

We all know why we really show up to the game-day party: the food. No one will question your sports aptitude if you distract them with spinach dip. Here’s a few options so you don’t show up empty handed.

Pinterest — Game day snacks
If you’re feeling ambitious, here’s all the recipes you could ever imagine to make your guests and share on Instagram.

Postmates Delivery
You’ve got a lot on your plate, there’s no shame in getting food delivered. Plus if it arrives before your guests, no one will know you didn’t cook it yourself (our little secret).

Chefs on Demand
If you really want to show off, bring in the professionals.

Commercials to watch for

Commercials are the perfect chance for the casual fan to get into the game. And these days you don’t even have to wait til the commercial break to watch. Know which ones to watch for (even if you don’t watch the game) so you can lead the live tweets.

The industry standard for all the best hot takes on advertisements, who made them, the budget, etc.

A go to resource for ranking all the commercials in real time.

There’s plenty of compilations already and more to come throughout the day, so you can watch all the commercials back-to-back, no game required.

Pre-game soundtrack

The best way to warm up a crowd is with perfect playlist. Get them ready before kickoff with these warmup jams.

Proper equipment

Every sport requires proper equipment, and the fans are no different. Turn the den into a fan cave and make sure your house is game day ready.

Pre-game soundtrack shouldn’t be limited to one room, nor should all the game calls.

June Oven
Now that you’ve got all your recipes, don’t fret if you didn’t have the proper equipment to prep. June’s got the oven for even the most amateur cook.

Smart TV
Don’t roll out some big old box in front of your guests. Make sure you have the latest 4K smart technology if you want them to know you’re a true gamer.

And we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the hail mary play to win your game day transformation, is WiFi that actually works. No guest wants to come over for the biggest event of the year only to have to use their data or wait for you to dig that post-it password out of a drawer. Make sure you’re covered with eero. Here’s a few fans of ours who agree:

Hope your party is a touchdown!