One Diehard Football Fans Ritual As The Season Begins

A Diehard Football Fan's Ritual

9/3/13 in NFL   |   nyjets891   |   36 respect

Saturday night comes and it is all "man ... I can't sleep at all". Pacing, tossing and turning and excitement for gameday. You flip through each and every sports network, ESPN; NFL Network; Fox, you pick it. Nothing can pass the time until the morning. If I get 4 hours of sleep on a Saturday night in preparation for the game, I count it as a win. It usually ends up being a 3AM-7AM type of night. It's okay, we only get 16-20 of these a year. I'll sleep when I'm dead.

Here comes Sunday morning! The best day of the week. HANDS DOWN. I like to get an early start on the day. That means computer on, fantasy football team up and the over-thinking and nonsensacle matchup deliberation begins. But the Bears defense usually holds running backs out of the endzone.... but I heard he had a great week of practice. Damn who do I start?! (Note to readers: Stick to your gut, trust me)
    
Now it's off to the bagel shop for coffee, bagels and the Sunday Morning paper. A thing of the past but it's one of life's best past-times. Not many things top that combo. It's funny, it seems like from now until kickoff it's ALL about food (what a fatty) but anyways, it should be about 10AM now. That means food is starting to get cooked/heated up and pre-game shows are blaring.

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When my Jets are playing, it's their pregame show on their local radio network (1050 ESPN NY shout-out, I got you Don LaGreca) and it usually means myself and my two brothers shouting back and fourth at the radio calling the people who call in idiots. Lets face it ... the majority of us Jet fans are our own special idiots. (Sidenote: I'd LOVE to find out how my electric bill SPIKES on a Sunday. It's radios, computers and TV's on from 7AM-midnight, that'd be a fun test.)

12 noon, one final look and second guess over the fantasy roster. Blog Photo - One Diehard Football Fans Ritual As The Season Begins Maybe call up a buddy in the league and try to grab a TE because the bye week messed you up or you don't like the matchup. Usually come up empty but hey, it's worth a shot. Buddies should start coming, antipasto (hot and coldcuts for those non-ginzo's) is out and the beer/drinks start to get on ice. It is almost game-time. Usually around 12:30-12:45 we head to the basement and assume the positions and take our seats until midnight. Only time people move/get up is for food, drinks or bathroom trips.

I'm sure everyone has their own gameday rituals and especially if you are a season ticket holder who leaves the house at the same time, gets to your tailgate at the same time and sits in the same seats all season long. I would LOVE to hear your rituals. It is probably a little shorter than mine and that is fine, so shoot them in the comments or @ me on twitter: @NickSpano.

Whether you are a fan of the Jets, Giants, Cowboys, Patriots of 49ers -- the one thing we can ALL agree on is the BEST TIME OF THE YEAR IS UPON US. Enjoy it .... however you do it.
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