NFL Fans: Top 10 Things You Shouldn't Do When You Go to an NFL Game

Dan NelsonCorrespondent ISeptember 27, 2010

NFL Fans: Top 10 Things You Shouldn't Do When You Go to an NFL Game

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    GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 26:  Fans of the Oakland Raiders cheer during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 26, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Raiders 24-23.   (Photo by Christ
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    Going to an NFL game is always a unique experience. No other sport in America brings out more interesting people and puts them all in one place.

    There are fans with their team's logo tattooed on their arms, shirtless fans, fans covered in paint, and don't forget about Raiders fans.

    Some fans are over-the-top sold-out for their team. Generally, we can admire their dedication, though sometimes it goes too far.

    On the other hand, some fans are so ignorant and annoying, they make you wish you were sitting at home watching the game in HD on Fox. Don't be one of those fans.

    The following are the top 10 things you should never do when you go to an NFL game, so you can enjoy your experience (and so can everyone sitting around you).

10. Get a Tattoo For Your Team

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    NEW YORK - APRIL 22:  Brian Skidmore, fan of the St. Louis Rams shows off his Rams logo tattoo prior to the 2010 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 22, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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    ...especially if you're a Rams fan.

    Please, for the love of all that is good in this world, never get your favorite NFL team tattooed on your body. Anywhere.

    Did you just throw up in your mouth a little?

    Here's a shoutout to an article by Bailey Brautigan that is one of my favorites:

    The 15 Worst NFL Fan Tattoos

9. Drink So Much That All You Do Is Rant To The Air in Front of You

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    HOUSTON - SEPTEMBER 12:  Greg Duncan of Houston, TX sips on a beer while tailgating before the NFL season opener game between the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on September 12, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/
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    Beer is a major part of American sport. There's no denying that and no problem with that. Beer is awesome.

    But beer at an NFL game can often get out of hand. Yes, I'm talking to you, Mr. "I spend $100 on beer at sporting events."

    No one wants to listen to your "mumble rant" for three hours about how terrible the offensive line is. Let's be honest, 10 beers in from the upper deck, you can't see the offensive line.

    When you're arguing with yourself, it's time to be cut off.

    And for those in the "I'm not 21 yet and it's easy to get beer at football games" crowd: It's easy to get beer a lot of places where it won't cost you $8 a pop. You're an idiot for spending so much money just to get drunk.

    At least be smart about it. Have someone buy you and your buddies a couple 24-packs and watch it from your apartment on the big screen TV you bought with your credit card.

8. Get Mad at People For Standing Up

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 13:  New York Jets fan fireman Ed Anzalone cheers for the New York Jets during their home opener against the Baltimore Ravens at the New Meadowlands Stadium on September 13, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by J
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    Have you ever sat in the lower deck at an NFL game? Been yelled at by some 65-year-old rich guy for standing up so he can't see?

    When Adrian Peterson bursts down the sideline, Peyton Manning launches one done the seam, or Champ Bailey jumps a route, you stand up.

    You get on your feet in anticipation of the big play.

    If you can't handle it, stay home.

7. Leave Early

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    DENVER - OCTOBER 7:  The fans empty out of the stands in the fourth quarter as the San Diego Chargers defeated the Denver Broncos 41-3 at Invesco Field at Mile High on October 7, 2007 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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    American fans have one major problem across sports: They leave early.

    Don't leave early!

    Just when you think you've seen it all, your quarterback leads the team to back-to-back scoring drives to take the lead in the fourth. It happens.

    It's worth staying 20 times just for the one time it happens. Even you, Lions fans. After all, you've been through so much devastation, how much can staying to the end of one more loss really hurt?

6. Wear a Jersey of an NFL Team That Isn't Playing

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    FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10:  Fans of the New England Patriots hang a sign which reads 'Don't Be Stupid, Stupid!' against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Pho
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    This is a cardinal sin, yet it happens at every NFL game.

    Look, don't wear your Curtis Martin jersey to a 49ers game. You're not cool for wearing your Peyton Manning Jersey to a Titans game.

    Congratulations, you own a jersey of a team that isn't playing in this stadium. Just wear a normal shirt, man.

5. Wear a Jersey From Another Sport

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    NEW YORK - JULY 18:  A fan of Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees holds up a jersey during the game against the Tampa Bay Rays on July 18, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees defeated the Rays 9-5.  (Photo by Jim McIs
    Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

    Hey, guy in the Albert Pujols jersey, I know you and the Rams fans have little to cheer about, but Pujols doesn't play for the Rams.

    This is a football game. If you don't have a jersey for your team, don't wear a jersey. Normal shirts are OK, too.

    Oh, and Yankees fan, we don't care that you're a Yankees fan. There are about two billion of you. Leave the Jeter jersey at home, this is football.

4. Go To The Game Just to Root Against The Team You Hate

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 20:  A Green Bay Packers fan wears an old jersey of quarterback Brett Favre (not pictured) #4 of the Minnesota Vikings during the game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on December 20, 2009 in Charlotte, Nor
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    Hey Packer fans, I know Wisconsin is boring, but stay home when your Packers don't play on Sunday.

    Enough of the green and gold littering the stands when the Vikings play the Panthers. Don't you have anything better to do?

    And fans, why are you letting your traitor friend tag along to the game?

    You don't bring a fan of your most hated rival to the game with you. He/she may be your best friend, but not for the next three hours. Bring someone who will sit next to you and give you a high five when your team scores.

    This goes for all rivals, not just Packers-Vikings.

3. Swear a Lot, Really Loudly

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    SAN DIEGO - JANUARY 26:  Three female fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers show their hate for the Oakland Raiders during Super Bowl XXXVII on January 26, 2003 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. The Buccaneers defeated the Raiders 48-21. (Photo by
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    Congratulations, you know a four-letter word.

    When you're going to yell things, be clever. Cleverness is funny and enjoyable for everyone. Yelling, "Hey Flacco, you ****ing suck" takes no brain power and it makes you and other fans of your team look like ignorant idiots.

    If you don't have anything clever to say when you taunt, don't say anything at all.

    Even opposing fans/players will appreciate clever comments. Yelling expletives just starts fights. We want to enjoy the game, don't be an idiot.

    If you need an example, look at the picture above. It's hilarious, unlike you.

2. Yell at a Player When You Don't Know His Name

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    DENVER - AUGUST 29:  The name on the back of the jersey of safety Troy Polamalu #43 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is obscured by his hair as he defends against the Denver Broncos during preseason NFL action at INVESCO Field at Mile High on August 29, 2010 in
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    Podigrilu? Poloorulo?

    "Hey 43, you suck!"

    "Who's 36? That dude's terrible, why do they let him play. All he does is screw up."

    Look, if you don't know his name, shut your mouth. If you don't know enough about the team to know the players on the field, you probably don't know enough about the game to actually get mad at anything.

1. Boo Your Own Team

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    FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 8:  A fan of the New England Patriots boos the Oakland Raiders before their 2005 NFL opening game at Gillette Stadium on September 8, 2005 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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    I know you're passionate. I know you're angry. He just threw another interception. He just blew his coverage again. He fumbled. He's an idiot. He always does this. He can't manage the game. He can't manage the clock. He's always challenging stupid plays. He can't block. He can't catch.

    I get it. Bad things happen, mistakes are made. No game is played or coached perfectly.

    But the bottom line is: You don't boo your own team.

    Do you want them to win? Well, sucking the life out of the stadium probably won't help. Making sure your favorite team knows you're done cheering probably won't lift their spirits.

    Look, you can get mad. You can blog about it later.  But when you're at the game, don't boo your own team.

    Even you, Philadelphia.