NFL Football: 10 Things Fans Should Do To Prepare for This Season

Bailey Brautigan@BBrautiganFeatured ColumnistAugust 30, 2010

NFL Football: 10 Things Fans Should Do To Prepare for This Season

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    We're almost there, football fans! With only one more week of boring preseason football left, now is the time for us to mentally and physically prepare for an action-packed season of America's favorite sport.

    We know that the excitement and anticipation can be a bit overwhelming, and many fans are having trouble making the transition into football season.

    Worry no more! Here is a checklist of everything you need to do to get ready for some football.

10. Sign your Wife up for Monday Night Pilates Lessons

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    We all like to spend time with our significant others, but football is just not something we want to compromise in the name of "quality time."

    First, move your date night to Tuesday or Wednesday, and then find something for your wife to do on Monday nights...that doesn't involve you.

9. Stock up on Charcoal

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    Football and grilling out go hand-in-hand, but there is nothing worse than having to make a last-minute charcoal run right before the game starts.

    So add brats and hamburger to your weekly grocery list, and start clearing a space in your fridge large enough to fit a case of beer.

8. Air Out Your Favorite Jerseys

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    They've been in the back of your closet or the bottom of your drawer for long enough, and let's be honest here:

    They kind of smell.

    So let's break out the Febreze and hang up our jerseys so they'll be ready to wear by game one.

7. Replace Batteries in Your TV Remote

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    This seems obvious, but perhaps the most important element to a good football-watching season is a functioning remote control.

    If you can't remember the last time you changed your batteries, better do it now just to be on the safe side.

6. Rearrange your Living Room

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    Now is the time to position your favorite "football-watching chair" for optimum television viewing. Make sure you pick a spot where you can watch the game without any chance of shadow, glare, or any other obstacles.

    Your best bet is to determine the spot closest to the TV without obstructing the view of other seats in the room. Another must-have is a remote holster for your recliner.

    This one even comes with a heart-rate monitor.

5. Over-Tip Your Babysitter

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    A little of this will go a long way. Make sure that you start tipping your babysitter the big bucks leading up to football season.

    This way, when you get stuck watching the kids, your babysitter will know you mean business when you need her for a last-minute Sunday night.

4. Prepare Your Football First Aid Kit

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    This isn't your run-of-the-mill first aid kit. No, football deserves a special kind of preparation. This kit should include supplies especially intended to treat football-related injuries.

    Some items to keep in mind:

    1. Eye drops to help relieve the dry eyes you'll surely suffer from because of limited blinking while staring at the TV.

    2. Throat lozenges to treat your sore throat that comes from screaming at the television.

3. Have a Conversation with your Phone Company

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    We all hate it when we're in the middle of an exciting game...and then our phone rings.

    In order to make sure that your football-watching goes uninterrupted, be sure to call your telephone service provider and block all incoming calls during NFL games.

2. Start Training your Bladder

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    Since you will only have a chance to relieve yourself during timeouts and halftime, you need to start training your bladder so you won't miss a second of game-time.

    In order to achieve optimum bladder-dependability, start drinking as much water as you can and then hold it for as long as possible. Do this on a regular basis, and soon you will be ready to watch a game all the way through.

1. Plan your Bar Schedule

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    Finding the perfect sports bar is a must for football season.

    Start by using Google Maps to locate the closest bar. This way, you will know exactly how much time you have to drive to the bar, insuring that you won't miss a second of the action.

    And then work out a designated driver schedule with your friends.

    Follow all of these steps, and you are sure to have a successful and exciting football season.

    And we don't have much longer to wait.